This Time Around

by Michelle Lewis

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The debut album by Michelle Lewis. Bonus official music video for the title track, This Time Around.

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released September 24, 2004

This Time Around
Michelle Lewis - vocals, acoustic guitar
Mike Rivard - bass
Mark Bowden - electric guitars
Bill Wurts - drums
Stephen Webber - high string guitar, electric guitar
Zoux - piano, accordion

Caroline
Michelle Lewis - vocals, acoustic guitar
Matt Harmon - cello

San Francisco Bay
Michelle Lewis - vocals, acoustic guitar

Never Cried for You
Michelle Lewis - vocals, acoustic and electric guitars
Mike Rivard - bass
Bill Wurts - drums
Mark Bowden - electric guitar
Dan Brantigan - trumpet

Midnight
Michelle Lewis - vocals, acoustic guitar
Shannon Chwialkowski - bass
Bill Wurts - drums
Mark Bowden - acoustic and electric guitars
Jim Kelly - electric guitar

Searching for Something
Michelle Lewis - vocals, acoustic guitar
Mike Rivard - bass
Bill Wurts - drums
Mark Bowden - electric guitars
Zoux - hammond organ, percussion

Someday
Michelle Lewis - vocals, acoustic guitar
Zoux - piano
Mark Bowden - electric guitars
Mike Rivard - bass
Bill Wurts - drums
Matt Harmon - cello

Mess You Made
Michelle Lewis - vocals, acoustic guitar
Mike Rivard - bass
Mark Bowden - electric guitar
Zoux - hammond organ, percussion
Bill Wurts - drums

Fifth Floor Song
Michelle Lewis - vocals, acoustic guitar

Could Be You
Michelle Lewis - vocals, piano
Matt Harmon - cello
Andrew Blickenderfer - bass
Sarina Suno - violin

Had You Once
Michelle Lewis - vocals, acoustic guitar
Zoux - piano
Andrew Blickenderfer - bass
Sarina Suno - violin
Mark Petrie - percussion

Produced by ZOUX and Michelle Lewis
Recorded by ZOUX and Sarah Bearse
Mixed by Mark Wessel
Recorded and Mixed within Sherwood Forest, Bedford, MA
Mastered by Emily Lazar at The Lodge, New York, NY
String Advisor: Mark Petrie
Photography by Liz Linder
Photo Assistant: Andrea Fischman
Stylist: Kelly McDermott
CD Design: Deborah Wieder

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Michelle Lewis Boston, Massachusetts

==> New CD "The Parts Of Us That Still Remain" available now!

Michelle writes intensely visual songs, rich with melodic texture and emotional depth, and she performs with an unmistakable swagger. Too refined to call folk and too personal to call pop, her music surprises listeners who think they know what to expect from a singer/songwriter, and those who never expected to like one. ... more

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Track Name: Caroline
Caroline
You turn a million heads out on the street
But somehow you convinced yourself
you never could compete
And so you take to bed each man
that crumbles at your feet
And lying naked next to them
you cry yourself to sleep
And then you let just once or twice
turn into several dozen times
Caroline

Caroline
You use your smile as your best disguise
You lock yourself in bathroom stalls
and cut your inner thighs
You say that it’s the only place
that healing wounds can hide
You say it takes the pain away
you have inside your mind
What started out as once or twice
soon became a hundred times
Caroline

Don’t you know that evening’s coming after you?
How many lives you got until you’re through?

Caroline
You are your mother’s daughter, Caroline.
But you were always so much smarter
‘til you started your decline
You closed up all your windows
so the sun no longer shines
You lose yourself on percocets
washed down with gulps of wine
But if anyone should ask
you always tell them that you’re fine
I never met a girl so sweet,
so beautiful, so blind
How could you let a few bad months
turn into your lifetime?
Caroline.

-Michelle Lewis ©2001
Track Name: San Francisco Bay
Well you crept up on me like grey clouds on a blue sky
And you showered me with love and then you said goodbye
And though you’ve been out of my sight for quite sometime
Takes more than time and space to get you out of my mind

So excuse me if I stumble when we meet
It’s just that when you’re close to me my knees go weak
And if I could have one wish though bittersweet
I’d ask for just one day
in San Francisco Bay

But I know not what to do with all the love that you bring
I’m just a modern Juliet with no lark to sing
‘Cause morning can’t come for you when you already have gone
And I can’t keep playing a part that for me is all wrong

So forgive me if I fumble on the words that I must speak
Just let me bite my tongue before I’m in too deep
And I can’t promise years or months or weeks
But I’d settle for one day
in San Francisco Bay

And I’m torn between two different seas
Asking who I love more
you or me

But it’s not a question of the love I have for you
It’s a matter of regretting things I did not do
And I know I can’t make sense of all that still remains unclear
But something’s calling me that no one else can hear

So excuse me if I stumble when we meet
Just give me one last step before I fall at your feet
‘Cause there ain’t no mountain low or valley steep
that we can’t climb today
in San Francisco Bay
I’ll always find my way
back to San Francisco Bay
Track Name: Never Cried For You
Well I’ve been dreaming about you
I’ve been thinking of the one I thought I knew
But life for you has been torture
And you ran out without leaving a single clue
You were never one for conversation
Always quiet always a little withdrawn
And you tiptoed through the morning
And disappeared with the moon at the break of dawn

Well you never bothered to say goodbye
So I never thought that I should have to cry
For you
I never cried for you

Well I first felt reality
When I came home wanting to watch TV
But I guess that belonged to you
And like your smile you took it away from me
Guess now I can walk around naked
‘Cause I got more room in the closet for my clothes
And I don’t answer to no one
Truth be told I’m glad to see you go

Well you never bothered to say goodbye
So I never thought that I should have to cry
For you
I never cried for you

I forget more of your face each day
Loss has turned to anger
And that’s where it will stay
But remember it’s you that made things this way

‘Cause you never bothered to say goodbye
So I never thought that I should have to cry
For you
And you never told me you would disappear
So I never thought that I should shed a tear
For you
I never cried for you
I never cried for you.
Track Name: Midnight
You were only nineteen
And a bad breakup left you with no self-esteem
You asked him to light up your thin nicotine
And his hands were rough but impeccably clean
Time passes by
You can’t think of any excuse as to why
You’d stay with a man when you just want to fly
But he says that without you he would rather die
So stay by his side

Ain’t nobody gonna save you from Midnight
No one else is gonna change your world
Ain’t nobody gonna save you from Midnight
It’s your choice girl

The night finally came
He’s drunk and depressed and it’s you that he blames
You get up to go but you soon are restrained
By two hands that are grabbing your thin fragile frame
You suddenly freeze
And harder and harder his fingers will squeeze
Digging his nails in your arms through your sleeves
And he throws you against a cold wall while he pleads,
“Please don’t leave”

Well ain’t nobody gonna save you from Midnight
No one else can save you from his world
Ain’t nobody gonna save you from Midnight
It’s up to you girl

Well you try to forgive and pretend
That the same thing won’t happen again
But it won’t be too long ‘til you’ve found
That this time you’ve landed face down on the ground

You try to ignore
While for eight blocks he calls you a slut and a whore
Looking down at the clothes and the skin that he tore
Wondering, “What have I done that he would do this for?”
You can no longer tell
If you’re still on this earth or have gone straight to hell
Your reflection has ceased to resemble yourself
‘Cause you’ve been under some kind of horrible spell
and the clock strikes twelve

Well ain’t nobody gonna save you from Midnight
No one else is gonna change your world
Ain’t nobody gonna save you from Midnight
Except for you girl
Ain’t nobody gonna save you from Midnight
No one else is gonna change your world
Ain’t nobody gonna save you from Midnight
So get outta there girl.

- Michelle Lewis 2002
Track Name: Searching For Something
Got no car
Ain’t got no money
I’ve been walking in circles ‘round this town
Looked to a bar
For milk and honey
But emptiness in a glass was all I found

‘Cause I’ve been Searching for Something
To get me out of the slump I’m in
I’ve been Searching for Something new
Something new

I won’t hide
Under the covers
From anyone that can make me scream and shout
I’ll spend the night
With three different lovers
‘Cause I won’t know who I like ‘til I try them out

‘Cause I’ve been Searching for Something
To get me out of the slump I’m in
I’ve been Searching for Something new

Somehting new
I’ve been so blue
What can I do

I’ll take a chance
‘Cause I’ve been wondering
What kind of trouble I can get myself into
I’ll go to France
Or maybe London
And get to Dublin before the year is through

Cause I’ve been Searching for Something
To get me out of the slump ‘m in
I’ve been Searching for Something
To get me out of the slump I’m in
I’ve been Searching for Something new
Something new.

- Michelle Lewis © 2002
Track Name: Someday
Come to me now
hands soaking wet
For this will be a night
that you won’t soon forget
And don’t look for me
in the morning light
‘Cause I was thinking that the fish
might need some company tonight

And just hold me now
I am sinking under you
Hold me now
‘cause there’s nothing left to do

And if you ask the wrong questions
at the wrong time
You might not get the answers
that you were hoping to find
And I was thinking to myself
on this cold winter’s night
I hope that I’m happy
on the day that I die

Hold me down
I am floating away
Hold be down
I think it’s better this way

We can’t forget the bad
It’s just the way the world is
And that includes you and me baby
And the damage you did

And I can’t let it go
it’s just the person I am
And I was hoping you would wait for me baby
and I was wonderin’ if you can just

Hold me back
I am slipping away
Hold me close
I’m gonna miss you Someday
Yes Someday
Yes Someday
One of these days
Yes Someday
One of these days.
Track Name: Fifth Floor Song
Night falls dark in the city
Where the people have no names
And the rats are running in circles around
All the bums asking for spare change
And they say I’ve got a great view
From my room on the 5th floor
But it’s nothing like the view I used to have
Cause I can’t see you anymore

So greetings now
From the virgin hotel
I just called to say
I’ve been missing you like hell

And I watch the cars race by my window
As they beep and speed out of sight
And it always seems the loudest sirens must be heard
When I’m trying to sleep at night
And there are some nice people here
I’ve even met a saint or three
And I can’t complain about everything
There’s just someplace I’d rather be

So hello from all
Of my sisters and me
I just called to say
That I miss you horribly

And they’re trying to make something outta me
Something I just don’t want to be

And they say “Stop making that loud music, girl
We’re turning in for the night”
And it takes everything I’ve got inside of me
To smile and say “alright”
And sometimes I feel so all alone
I just want to find a place that I call home

So in case I haven’t
Made it perfectly clear
I just wanted to mention again
How I wish
How I wish
How I wish
You were here.

-Michelle Lewis ©1999
Track Name: Mess You Made
And you said to me,
“Why don’t you stop hangin’ round with your shadow?”
And I said to you,
“Because he’s the only one I can trust now.”
And why don’t you care
Care about the way I feel
Well that’s ok
It never was such a very big deal

And you said you were lost
And just wanted to be found
Now look at the mess
Just look at the Mess You Made now

Then you said to me,
“It’s not my fault, I didn’t mean to.”
And I said to you,
“I’ve used that line way before you.”
And how silly of me
To think to think to think
To think I had the upper hand
Well I should have known
A little shit like you would cease to understand

And you were just a little boy
A little boy with bright eyes
But I had already guessed
For me there was no disguise

Oh so now I see
I see you were just using me

And you were just a little girl
A little girl fucked in the head
For you ever to think
That I would forget what you did
And you said you were lost
And just wanted to be found
Now look, look, look at this mess
Just look at the Mess You Made now.
Track Name: Could Be You
Don’t want to know what time the clock shows
it might say the sun
is trying to break through
Don’t answer the phone I don’t want to hear
the voice
on the line
it might be you
Could Be You
Could Be You

Don’t want to know which way the wind blows
it might bring a breeze
that breaks me in two
Don’t answer the door I don’t want to fear
the face
that’s outside
it might be you
Could Be You
Could Be You

And I lie
to comply
with your questions
Obsessions
That horrify
the bed where I lie
And I try
not to cry
when I think of
the strange love
between you and I
I wonder, why?

Can’t stay awake
Can’t fall asleep
Can’t close my eyes
Still can not see
Don’t want to hear
or speak your name
Just say goodbye
everything’s changed

Don’t want to know what time the clock shows
It might say the sun
is trying to break through.
Track Name: Had You Once
You’ve entered my mind a hundred times
since you’ve been gone
And though I’ve been through my doubts I can’t figure out
just where I must have gone wrong
And why you did go I’ll never know
or quite understand
But love you I could, much better, I would
If you’d give me one more chance

And friends, they say, “Don’t bother girl,
he’s not coming back again”
but I refuse to swallow the fact
that this is the end

Cause if I Had You Once
I can get you back again
If I Had You Once
I can get you back again
But I don’t think if I ran to your gate
they’d let me in
So could you meet me halfway
between the clouds
And heaven

Well some drunken fool played the part
of a ticking time bomb
And he didn’t think enough to stop his car
‘til he hit you head on
And they say that it was painless
‘cause you died right on impact
I can’t believe you couldn’t feel a blow
to your body like that

And I think this is all
incredibly unfair
To watch you fly away and leave me
to crawl down here

But if I Had You Once
I can get you back again
If I Had You Once
I can get you back again
But I seem to be lost
and lacking all sense of direction
So could you please tell me
the best way to get
to heaven

And I’m wishing now for one last chance
to say things I did not
But goodbye never did cross my mind
‘cause I always thought

That if I Had You Once
I could get you back again
If I Had You Once
I could get you back again
If I Had You Once
I will get you back my friend
Cause I lost you once
I will not lose you again
And I know you’re busy up there
working for the man
But come and see me if your boss
gives you some time off
from heaven.