House Of Fans

 

House of FansEXITMUSIC 1010
Written, arranged and produced by
Mikel Rouse
EXITMUSIC RECORDINGS

A collection of songs and re-recordings of material from the past 10 years, House Of Fans marks Rouse’s return to almost straight forward pop, similar to his early band Tirez Tirez. Yet there’s always a twist to Rouse’s music and House Of Fans is no exception. Experimental turns abound and Rouse proves once again to be a genius at sampling his own recordings for further exploration.
A collection of songs and re-recordings of material from the past 10 years, House Of Fans marks Rouse’s return to almost straight forward pop, similar to his early band Tirez Tirez. Yet there’s always a twist to Rouse’s music and House Of Fans is no exception. Experimental turns abound and Rouse proves once again to be a genius at sampling his own recordings for further exploration.

1. Anyways
2. Monsters
3. When I Got Old
4. That’s Your Butt On My Hand
5. All That Time
6. I Changed My Mind
7. Where The Lights Are On
8. A Girl Named Jesus
9. Top This Ride
10. Shades Of Grey
11. All Around The World

(Scroll down for lyrics)

Lyrics © 2006 Mikel Rouse
All rights reserved
Published by Club Soda Music (ASCAP)
Used by permission

ANYWAYS

I have lived to die man
I’ve done all that you can
And I won’t let you go
And I won’t let you go

I would gladly be here
Or the same time next year
And I won’t let you go
And I won’t let you go

I’ll be the one to hold your hand
To shape the markets on demand
You’ll be the one, the best in show
The cover girl you’ve never known

What a place to be sent
For this silent treatment
And I won’t let you go
And I won’t let you go

Maybe time will tell all
In the winter or fall
And I won’t let you go
And I won’t let you go

I’ll be the one to hold your hand
To shape the markets on demand
You’ll be the one, the best in show
The cover girl you’ve never known
An’ you’ll be the one, the first to know
Just what it’s like to be alone

MONSTERS

I don’t see things the way you do
I don’t share stories, dinner for two
I don’t see movies or shop in malls
Or bathe on beaches when nature calls

And advertisements for longer life
A bigger muscle, a moral knife
Won’t cut the frenzy of passersby
The poor, the lonely, the super-sized

The shaken features of everyday
The massive head wound, the kid at play
Won’t stop the boardroom and change the law
Or change the truth of what I saw

I don’t see children
I don’t see lovers
I just see monsters

I don’t see progress
I don’t see heartbeats
I just see monsters

I don’t see babies
I don‘t see limos
I just see monsters

I don’t see you
I don’t see me
I just see monsters

And I know you see me
But I just see monsters
I’m pretty excited
I bought a gun

WHEN I GOT OLD

I guess I got older
That’s how I got wise
I bet you’re the morning
Making the most of lies

When I got old I’d be happy
When I got old I would stay
If I get old in the evening
Promise you won’t go away

Lucked out with misbehavin’
Moving through time and space
Took my time explaining
That smile across my face

When I got old I’d be happy
When I got old I would stay
If I get old in the evening
Promise you won’t go away

I think I’m on fire
Sleepin’ from nine to five
I’m just a work for hire
Wanted dead or alive

When I got old I’d be happy
When I got old I would stay
If I get old in the evening
Promise you won’t go away

THAT’S YOUR BUTT ON MY HAND

In Pakistan they like to say
We throw a party and the people stay
And in India you hear ‘em say
We can build the bomb a better way

But in America we twist around
We take our time when we go underground
Assimilation is a funny thing
And at the sports bar you can hear ‘em sing…

That’s your butt on my hand
That’s your butt on my hand
That’s your butt on my hand
That’s your butt on my hand

In Hollywood they like to say
That it’s reality that doesn’t pay
And in the Bible Belt you hear ‘em say
In education’s where we stop and pray

But in America we sleep around
We take our time when we go underground
Assimilation is a funny thing
And at the Rosebowl you can hear ‘em sing…

That’s your butt on my hand
That’s your butt on my hand
That’s your butt on my hand
That’s your butt on my hand

ALL THAT TIME

And this is your birthday
Which looks different from mine
That floats through your life
And time after time…

As the years fall away
With a Tenderloin mind
You can sense without meaning
The loves left behind

Imagine all that time
Imagine all that time
Imagine all that time

You can clear out the cobwebs
Make room for the new
A dashing young doctor
A painter or two

But it’s dance that surrounds you
Like a messenger bike
That brought tears to the censors
And skeptics alike

Imagine all that time
Imagine all that time
Imagine all that time

And brought love from your family
And family or not
It’s dance that surrounds you
What you see’s what’s you got

A life full of meaning
And misery like mine
And love from the family
And me for all time

Imagine all that time
Imagine all that time
Imagine all that time

I CHANGED MY MIND

When I get on with my life
Get outa my way
And why did you even try
When you wouldn’t stay?

Here’s how people miss their shot
Even when it’s not probably their fault
And how I changed my mind

When somebody’s on the phone
Says they can’t go on
And you try to twist their arm
Banking on that charm

Here’s how people miss their mark
Even when they’re not lying in the dark
And how I changed my mind

When I whistle in the wind
Missing my best friend
Oh well, everyone’s alone
And they just go on

Here’s how people miss their shot
Even when it’s not probably their fault
And how I changed my mind
And how I changed my mind
And how

WHERE THE LIGHTS ARE ON

For every dream that’s left a mark on you
I’ll be there when you finally wake
And even though you’re lying there alone
You’re not alone for goodness sake

Beating out a life that’s been forgotten
Takes a steady hand, that’s what I offer

For every time your soul has been unplugged
And every day you’ve wanted out
The lights are always on at my request
Never for a moment doubt

Forget all the lies you’ve never borrowed
Give this world a break from all the sorrow

Holding the line faster than time
When the last bit of hope is gone
And the love that you find won’t leave you behind
In the house where the lights are on

And every single note I’ll hold for you
In all the lives you’ll ever lead
And fill the air with sounds of falling rain
All the sounds you’ll ever need

Leave behind the times you beg to follow
I’ll be by your side for time
And I will glide with you along the river
I’ll deliver, I’ll deliver

Forget the rhymes, forget all the times
And escape from the life you’ve drawn
And the love that you find won’t leave you behind
In the house where the lights are on

TOP THIS RIDE

If I was born to love you more
I’ll wait until the time is right for you
Or wait until the time is right for two

As I suspect, the time is now
We travel at the same speed side by side
But something in the road has stopped this ride

For now
Forever?
Top This Ride

If I was born to be alone
I never would have met you face to face
Underneath a sky the stars erased

And as the stars fall to the sea
I’ll walk beneath the empty sky alone
Or wait until I find you on that road

For now
Forever
Top this ride

If I was born
To love you more
I’ll wait until the time is right for two…

SHADES OF GREY

I’ve agreed to wait and see
And finally it came to me
In shades of grey I won’t see

I guess I’ll never know
What makes you come and go
Winter and fall before
Wishing you back for more

We all see
What we want to see

I’ve agreed to take the lead
And finally it came to me
In shades of grey I won’t see

I guess I’ll never know
What makes you come and go
Winter and fall before
Wishing you back for more

We all see
What we want to see
You for you
And me for me

ALL AROUND THE WORLD

How ’bout
When you met me
All around the world?

In those ways you forget me
All around the world

About face in my head
Over heels in love with

You in the summer
All around the world

In those days, in your slumber
All around the world

About me in my bed
Rolling over and out of

View from my window
All around the world

Until you remember
All around the world

About time to forget
All the mornings that turned out

Bad timing matters
All around the world