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From Telegraph Hill

by the Vinyl Skyway

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Hanging On 03:53
Who cut you down outside the bar? With a steel blue pipe beneath his arm? It's been almost thirteen weeks gone by Who cut you down and left you cold? Making good on bets that you had blown Cutting through the flesh they had sewn It was just last night they checked you in Wiped you down and threw your blues away Baby hold on It's just too much You hangin' on Baby don't go You're just too strong They had a gun And now you're done Watch yourself the spotlight turns you on Fly too high, it's sure to bring you down Wallflowers die someday, you know But you can wait, you can wait You can wait a little longer You were always certain weren't you boy Who could burn your blue eyes Bear the brunt It's been almost 13 weeks gone by Who cut you down and left you cold? Baby hold on It's just too much You hangin' on Baby don't go You're just too strong They had a gun Now you're done hangin' on
Well they told me to write a pop song One that sounds just like you So I wrote down this one Don't you like it? Tried it once twice shy and true Aaaaaaa-aaah Aaaaaaa-aaah Aaaaaaa-aaah Aaaaaaa-aaah Mr. Lucky on the guitar I saw you score before the show And now it's time! Aaaaaaa-aaah Aaaaaaa-aaah Aaaaaaa-aaah Aaaaaaa-aaah Well they told me to write a pop song Once that sounds just like you Aaaaaaa-aaah Aaaaaaa-aaah Aaaaaaa-aaah Aaaaaaa--aaaaa-aaah
Deadly 04:02
It's come clear that I have passed a wave Mediatic crazed sensation I don't wanna join your soft parade Sometimes it gets so lonely AAAAHHHH! 9 to 6 they watch you roast the dead what's showing on your tele? radiating mandates through your head and mine is smashed to pieces, baby AAAAHHH! Dead in America Fucking Deadly Red in America Bled in America And your five and dimes will all collapse Hang your children out to dry Here's an honest observation It's just a lie Dead in America Fucking Deadly Red in America Bled in America
Interlude 00:45
Shuttlecocks 03:47
I'll build the fire You put out the fire We exist it's perfect harmony We'll till the tide Watch us from inside Writing out the elogy You've gone away Baby took a right turn and she crashed bringin' you down don't go mary jane it won't be the same without you here you've gone astray baby took a right turn and she drowned bring you down just a stop to unwind careful what you might find we brought desire thought it got us higher a fix for tired company shuttlecocks can fly watch them in the sky A lesson in psychology
Kitchen 03:33
She's in the kitchen where she likes to go and hide I'm in a planet on the other side baby please forgive me because we're going for a ride and it's gonna test your patience wait another day, so far away will we get the time to find some peace i'm not trying to turn you off or tell you lies baby please forgive me the road, it slipped away the time, we tried to waste and I'm a castaway for you please forgive me
Everlong 04:12
When you're gone I'll smell the sheets and weep for everlong it's a fever I would fight for til your death and catch my breath please don't go You're so gorgeous in the sunlight you could brighten my horizons on this gray soggy life we've made you're love lights, they were waiting the ones I wore were fading now you're gone and I could use a change i might see you, everlong alibi, you're a pillow when I need a place to lie so take me in, I need a place to rest it's not my best everlong
Sleepwalking 01:45
I recall a time when the mood was not so blue frozen blocks of mine memories for me and you go, dear find make your mind back when you were mine I was just sleepwalking
Lovely Day 02:47
It's a lovely day for you, girl Cast aside the weight for a while You got me running in circles All I wanna see is your smile Wipe away the past with a flicker Just go on and give it a try I can see the whites of your necklace As I go by Could it be love? Love's waiting it's just love When it gets cold I'll cover up your skin and we'll get old together Just before dark we watch the burning sunset it's so beautiful like you baby
So, pack your bags and go You're a foolish man with foolish plans you know All the broken deals All the washed up reels and the rubbish in your wake Where are you going? Where did you go? When will find the time is right spend the night
Mary Anne 02:56
Mary Anne is gone now But she used to paint my lips and I'd chip away her smile across the dark miles Mary Anne was stoned out but she wore a pretty smile collecting all the while she's worth a fortune but she's gone now I was dirty you were cutting glass chronic misfits of the moral class take the grave stones of the ones I love You went back home and now you're lonely Mary Anne was thrown out but she tore her way back in while sipping dirty gin and making babies but she's gone now
Salut 00:26


Recorded in Boston, New York and San Francisco during the year of 2006. From Telegraph Hill is the second official Vinyl Skyway studio release. On the eve of its release in 2007, the Boston Globe profiled the album:

"Great artists create beauty from catastrophe, and writing pop songs -- ravishingly lovely ones that seem to effortlessly glide, soar, and transcend whatever tragedies inspired them -- is something that Michael Hayes does supremely well. At its heart, this is a headphone record of exquisitely crafted pop -- principal songwriter Hayes has an apparently limitless capacity for melody and hook -- by turns breezy and shimmering ("Lovely Day" ), Beatles es que ("Sleepwalking" ), ornate and lush ("Hangin' On" ), and stripped-down and minor-key melancholy ("Mary Ann" ). "From Telegraph Hill" has the air of a breakthrough record."

In the summer of 2005, Michael Hayes and Andy Santospago decided to promote their 2004 debut release on the west coast, performing at festivals and clubs. To make this even more interesting, the two sought out support from Hayes' former Lemonpeeler bandmates, drummer Booth Hardy and bassist Rob Pevitts. The chemistry on the tour was so strong that the group would commute from coast to coast during 2006 for the creation of the album. Keyboardist Dave Lieb was kidnapped by the band during a recording session at Kissy Pig in Boston.

In February of 2007, the band took up residency at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, MA, and played a host of shows and festivals to generate interest.


released January 1, 2007

All songs written by Michael Hayes. Lovely Day, Shuttlecocks and Everlong co-written by Michael Hayes and Andy Santospago. Booth Hardy on drums. Rob Pevitts on bass. Dave Lieb on keyboards. Michael Hayes on guitar, vocals, harmonies. Andy Santospago on lead guitar, lap steel, effects, harmonies. Angela Valley, Dave Smits, Kelly McCann and Beth Daly on harmonies. Jim Eddy on one lead guitar part. Rachel Allgood plays piano on Lovely Day. Ben Hedlund plays keyboards on the alternative version of Deadly.


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The Vinyl Skyway have independently released numerous critically acclaimed records and singles worldwide since their formation in 2003. The music is described as "shimmery pop Americana with killer dashes of CSN harmonies." The band's sophomore classic "From Telegraph Hill" invites comparisons to the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Big Star and Fleetwood Mac. Listen to Long Cool Journey, now available! ... more

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