YOU CAN IF YOU WANT TO

by Michael Musika | Eric Kuhn

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released October 31, 2016

Lead Vocals and Guitar: Michael Musika

Guitar, Drums, Bass, Keyboards, and Backing Vocals: Eric Kuhn

Backing Vocals: Indianna Hale, Annie Laufman, Sterling Schlegel, and Erica Fink

© Michael Musika and Eric Kuhn, 2016. Recording in Mebane, NC at Duck Kee Studios by Jerry Kee; in Chapel Hill, NC at Three Oaks Studio by Eric Kuhn; and in Forestville, CA and Talent, OR by Michael Musika. Mixed by Eli Crews at Figure 8 Recording in Brooklyn, NY. Mastered by JJ Golden at Golden Mastering in Ventura, CA. Artwork by Michael Musika. Design assistance by Jen Kulbeck and Nicola Parisi.

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Track Name: Anna
You told me that you’d go to Reno if only I’d take you right now
I told you I work in the morning but it’s fine if you stay at my house
I wonder if either one knew what the other was talking about

I’m in trouble but I’m still too strong for dying
I’m crazy but I know it when you’re lying
There’s no love worth understanding nor no dream that’s priced for buying
If you’re tempted that’s fine go turn out the lights but I know why you’re hiding

You told me that you had a vision but something distracted your plans
How can you know me when people just fear what they can’t understand
We sent a man to the moon and he landed on instagram

I took the long way to learn who I can’t confide in
I know you’re hurting but I don’t know why we’re fighting
There’s no love worth understanding nor no dream that’s priced for buying
If you’re tempted that’s fine go turn out the lights but I know why you’re hiding

I can no longer pay for this overgrown grave
Someone left to keep me company
There’s a curse on this house that I cannot keep out
when everyone I meet I keep alone

I’m tired of living my life the way that I did as a child
You can’t be tamed if you’re wild it doesn’t matter how hard they might try
And there’s nothing so helpless as the bride of a spiritual guide

I left that death house and met my friends out in the forest
We watched the snowfall and waited for the horses
Driven mad by skullfaced maskes we laughed and shouted “tourists!
If you’re tempted that’s fine go turn out the lights but I know why you’re hiding”
Track Name: Crystal
I can see the sunrise out my bedroom window
Your mamma says that your a mess I’ll still be your friend though
Some children end up far from home everyone gets heart broke
I wonder if the dead could talk they’d tell me that I told you so


You shake in your sleep and blame it on a dream that someone left you
That’s awful strange to say as if I’m faraway when I’m right next to you
for one more hour girl I don’t know how far I’ll go
but I sure hope you’re here when I get home


I can see the sunset right into the darkness
the sun won’t care if I forget and act like we have never met
but all the same I’d rather go and get as close as I can go
I’m only five blocks from the beach you could walk down there with me
You shake in your sleep and blame it on a dream that someone left you


That’s awful strange to say as if I’m faraway when I’m right next to you
for one more hour girl I don’t know how far I’ll go
but I sure hope you’re here when I get home


I don’t know how far I’ll go but I still hope you’re here when I get home
Track Name: Rachel
You were chasing a ghost
You wished we were close
It’s too hard to wait

One’s only a child
For a short little while
And the hour’s getting late

As you called me to your blue trampoline
In the still of the night while your neighbors all dreamed
That the question is posed to that ground down below
Why is it we hold on to the past

We were going to school
Your walk looked so cool
in the fall afternoon

I won’t see you today
I like it that way
We’ll wait for the moon

As you called me to your blue trampoline
In the still of the night while your neighbors all dreamed
That the question is posed to that ground down below
Why is it we hold on to the past
Track Name: Indianna
Remember that Halloween
When you yelled at me
for driving too fast for your halloween mask

remember that sugar high
baby that sugar low
I danced while you screamed those words
into that telephone

when it’s this late at night and you’re feeling so high it’s smart to give up and go home
but instead I tried dying and I tried it two times but I only broke my collar bone


I don’t care for goodbyes whenever it’s time I’d rather just ghost and go home

Home? How can you say that I can’t believe you still don’t know
I can’t be sure that you love me if no one’s here to tell me so
Oh girl I know how you feel I’m so tired of living alone
Alone no matter how far there’s still farther and farther to go

Remember that sunny day
under that sleepy loft
you know what happened next
who cares how much it cost

the way that I saw you then
I can still see you now
if only you knew the way
you would remember how

when it’s this late at night and you’re feeling so high it’s smart to give up and go home
but instead I tried dying and I tried it two times but I only broke my collar bone

Remember that sugar high baby that sugar low
I danced while you screamed those words into that telephone
Track Name: Phoebe
It’s a long, long way back to where you’re from
from here in California
but i know right now something has changed somehow
from the way it was the is morning
all these people keep saying the way that i’m living
can’t keep up with people who keep up the price of the rent
what do they know about me and my home
and how fast I go in these skeleton bones
I’m a prince ask me a question
there’s perfection in the power of suggestion

That’s how I know that even though
you’re just a young girl out living on the road
if you want to see something crazy
just come back here and see me before you go

I might die is a spray paint sign on a jail in south Calcutta
my father slayed all his wandering ways to save the life of my poor mother
you can’t instill in his children the guard at the gate of the
building is god and the villain is willing to pay
What is a judge juggling justice judging what love is
trust me my love I’m a saint, this is not the movies
there’s a full moon that’s shining on this ruin

That’s how I know that even though
you’re just a young girl out living on the road
if you want to see something crazy just come back here and see me before you go

time goes by outside so slowly
as all alone i watch the sun go down
one night a girl yelled through my window
why you always inside looking out
you don’t need to be so lonely
you don’t need to be so lonely
you don’t need to be so lonely
i found out

That’s how I know that even though
you’re just a young girl out living on the road
if you want to see something crazy just come back here and see me before you go

It’s a long, long way back to where you’re from
from here in California
but i know right now somthing has changed somehow
from the way it was the is morning
Track Name: You Can If You Want To
Don’t leave your heart on the side of the road
You might find one day you’ll need it
Even though you’re frustrated honey put on your coat
and walk right on through that cold winter

out of your own mind get off of my mind
and off of the women left unconciously behind and
away from the children who you give all your time
leave them alone to their stories

I was always thinking about someone I forgot
as if there’s some other way we could find it

Every day that you’ve lived and some that you have not
loss after loss is repeated
all the times your in trouble some stolen some shared
have parted their ways from silence

the hallway always asks for the whole way back home
I never realized that we’d find it

When the spring sun is shining you can take off your clothes
and sit down on the edge of the water

When the bright blinding sunshines at the edge of the sea
too wide and too deep for one to travel
in all of the lifetimes flowers and seeds
there is but just one destination
Track Name: Tia
I remember when your mother sent you off to live in Switzerland
when we were living life as if we’d never be ourselves again
never ever ever ever again

You said youth is graveyard music you lose it when you swear the truth is
stranded in the mountains wounded where snow sitll falls in early june and
cartoons take their cues from humans you dared me cuz you knew I’d do it

years passed by I’ve lived a crazy life
and spent my time with lots of other girls
but none who I could promise to be true the way i promised you
you crazy girl

Tonight I tried to read your letters hoping I’d remember better
but pleasure’s never under pressure wasting effort chasing clever
ways to to tell the perfect story you threw my keys into the quarry
and told me that you’d kill me surely if ever I grew old and boring
Staring out of bright green eyes that long ago hot summer night
shaking in your bathing suit you asked me if I wanted to

I remember when your mother sent you off to live in Switzerland
when we were living life as if we’d never be ourselves again
never ever ever ever again
Track Name: Cindy
I saw momma sitting cliffside in the Pacific Pallisades
She fed the baby the baby bottle but that baby had teeth for days

Baby said to mamma I won’t forget where I come from
mamma said yeah you can remember it but you best forget it while you’re young
forget it while you’re young

you’re brother’s grandfather got captured and locked in a cage
one and all they’ll be watching you all the world’s a stage
If you’re ever going to get what you want
You can’t be scared to be alone
Go on find your way back home

You’ll struggle and you’ll suffer then one day you’ll realize
the only one you could lose if you won can’t stand the upper hand
You can’t make her understand

oh I know she’s so smart and so tender of heart
that the walls of the apartment all shook
when I told you the truth it was only her youth
and the site of those precious good looks

that’s got you both scared but don’t be I swear
who cares what they write on tombstones
Go on find your way back home
Track Name: Arielle
Arielle I am a drowning man
You know the way so well
I understand

Arielle though I could use your help
You’ve got to save yourself
I understand

When I was young like you
I thought the world was through
being my mom and dad
and holding my hand

when I laid down
I heard the shades go so slyly down
I heard your words go all mumbling how
I worked so late that it’s near morning now
if you fall asleep you’ll start dreaming out loud
You’ll see the hitch hiker stick out his tongue
and tell the sun you can never outrun
wherever I am

when I wake up
I like to see the sun
right on the horizon
when ever i can

When I was young like you
I thought the world was through
being my mom and dad
and holding my hand

Arielle whenever I see you now
You look at me just like I see myself
Whoever I am

Arielle if only that you could tell
when i’m around you I don’t act like myself
you’d understand
Track Name: Hideaway
When I fall in love with you again
The birds will sing, the fish will swim
The moon will shine in the room we're in
When I fall in love with you again

The sun goes down and shadows show
the time has come for letting go
of all the ones forgotten and the ones we'll never know
from where we've been to where we'll go

Hideaway, the bell's no longer ringing
Hideaway, the prize is dead and gone
Hideaway, the ghosts still go on singing
Hideaway, the journey that we're on
Hideaway, temptation in a temple
Hideaway, inside a mountain song
Hideaway, I promise that I won't be long

The band's on stage, the crowd's arrived
the music plays, then fades, and dies
I saw the scene reflected in one dancing woman's eyes
when you were young and so was I

When I fall in love with you again
The birds will sing, the fish will swim
The moon will shine in the room we're in
When I fall in love with you again
Track Name: Yana Dee
The anniversary was the New Year’s Eve party
where everybody dressed like they were Prince
The girls scored what they wore from the lingere store
but I’m pretty sure that yours came from good will

on the shore of the great lake in Michigan so faraway
on a day some long ago December

I saw you standing by the stairs I was young and unprepared
for someone so wild and unashamed
I waited late into the game to walk you home and through the rain
You stayed with me for days and days and missed your plane

Back to the shore of the great lake in Michigan so faraway
and I wish that you would have stayed longer

You’ll never know if you don’t ask
it doesn’t have to be the last minute on the last day of December

You’ll never know if you don’t ask
it doesn’t have to be the last minute on the last day of December

You’ll never know if you don’t ask
it doesn’t have to be the last minute on the last day of December