Singles

HabitEXITMUSIC 1023
Written, arranged and produced by
Mikel Rouse
EXITMUSIC RECORDINGS

Habit is the new single from Metronome. It’s inspired by trees, drones and love. Released on July 17, 2015, it’s the inaugural single, B/W Growing Pains, featuring Claire Karoly. The new album from Metronome will be released in fall 2015. This single is available in 96kHz/24 Bit resolution.

Lyrics

HABIT

Trees hide their leaves
And just believe
Trees hide their leaves
And just believe

Everyone is dumb for days
Everyone is dumb for days
Everyone is dumb for days

Stuff is falling from the trees I know
Stuff is falling from the trees I know
Stuff is falling
Stuff is falling
Stuff is falling from the trees I know

You must know the feeling’s gone
And so I’ve said so long
You must know

Habit x7

Stuff is falling from the trees I know
Stuff is falling from the trees I know
Stuff is falling
Stuff is falling
Stuff is falling from the trees I know

Trees hide their leaves
And just believe
Trees hide their leaves
And just believe

GROWING PAINS

Growing Pains growing pains
Clean the carpet, clean the stains
Growing pains growing pains
Clear the planet’s last remains

Take pictures of your baby’s every move
Take pictures of your baby’s every move
I guess it’s just the normal thing to do
Pictures of your baby’s every move
Take pictures of your baby’s every move

Everything collapsing right on cue
What were you and I supposed to do?
Battles won and battles lost
Everyone is getting what they need
Trying to get over what they breed

Take pictures of your baby’s every move
Take pictures of your baby’s every move
I guess it’s just the normal thing to do
Pictures of your baby’s every move
Take pictures of your baby’s every move

Baby takes the money outa me
Trying to ignore the scarcity
Battles won and battles lost
All the things you can and can’t undo
Savoring the smiles that come to you

Take pictures of your baby’s every move
Take pictures of your baby’s every move
I guess it’s just the normal thing to do
Pictures of your baby’s every move
Take pictures of your baby’s every move


Growing Pains

EXITMUSIC 1023
Written, arranged and produced by
Mikel Rouse
EXITMUSIC RECORDINGS

Growing Pains is the new single from Metronome. It’s inspired by kids, cameras and love. Released on July 17, 2015, it’s the inaugural single, B/WHabit, featuring Claire Karoly. The new album from Metronome will be released in fall 2015. This single is available in 96kHz/24 Bit resolution.

 

Lyrics

GROWING PAINS

Growing Pains growing pains
Clean the carpet, clean the stains
Growing pains growing pains
Clear the planet’s last remains

Take pictures of your baby’s every move
Take pictures of your baby’s every move
I guess it’s just the normal thing to do
Pictures of your baby’s every move
Take pictures of your baby’s every move

Everything collapsing right on cue
What were you and I supposed to do?
Battles won and battles lost
Everyone is getting what they need
Trying to get over what they breed

Take pictures of your baby’s every move
Take pictures of your baby’s every move
I guess it’s just the normal thing to do
Pictures of your baby’s every move
Take pictures of your baby’s every move

Baby takes the money outa me
Trying to ignore the scarcity
Battles won and battles lost
All the things you can and can’t undo
Savoring the smiles that come to you

Take pictures of your baby’s every move
Take pictures of your baby’s every move
I guess it’s just the normal thing to do
Pictures of your baby’s every move
Take pictures of your baby’s every move

Lift Your HandsEXITMUSIC 1022
Written, arranged and produced by
Mikel Rouse
EXITMUSIC RECORDINGS

Lift Your Hands is the new single from Mikel Rouse and Metronome. Put the knives away for a rainy day. Released on January 13, 2015, it’s the first collaboration of Rouse with Metronome. The new album from Metronome will be released in fall 2015. This single is available in 96kHz/24 Bit resolution.

Lyrics

LIFT YOUR HANDS

Hey, let me lift your hands
Fifth estate MANPADS
Hey, let me lift your hands
Fifth estate MANPADS

Put the knives away
For a rainy day

I live like I’m rich
When I’m poor
I live like I’m rich
When I’m poor

Boredom: please forgive me
Boredom is gone forever
Boredom: please forgive me

When you put your hands up
When you put your hands up
When you put your hands up
Your hands belong to me

When you put your hands up
When you put your hands up
When you put your hands up
Your hands belong to me

You never knew her
She never knew you
You never knew her
She never knew you

Put the knives away
Hey, let me lift your hands
Fifth estate MANPADS
I live like I’m rich
When I’m poor
I live like I’m rich

I live like I’m rich
When I’m poor
I live like I’m rich
When I’m poor

Take it all back
Take it all
Take it all back
Take it all

SideMyself2EXITMUSIC 1021
Written, arranged and produced by
Mikel Rouse
EXITMUSIC RECORDINGS

 

Side Myself is the new single from Mikel Rouse. It’s inspired by Fashion Week, drones and love. Released on December 2, 2014, it follows the previous singles and sketches and ideas for the 13 hour installation ‘One Boys Day’. More singles will become available through 2013-15. This single is available in 96kHz/24 Bit resolution.

Lyrics

SIDE MYSELF

I saw the world
Through a 50 year plan
I come correct
Like I’m rich with no where to go

Maybe I’m not god
But I feel like god tonight

And you never side with myself
If you ever go back
To the empty shells in a broken home
Of a Western style attack

In a wonder-world of fashion
With a minimal flare
You can take the bread & the bombs galore
Play dress-up standing there

And you never side with myself
Is it something you lack
In the sink or swim of the Middle East
Of our Western heart attack?
Side myself

I can’t pretend you matter
I’m living alone
I’m living alone
I’m living alone ’til I die

When I miss you
I miss you more
Even when it’s good news it’s bad news
Even when it’s good news it’s bad news

And you never side with myself
If you ever go back
To the empty shells in a broken home
Of a Western style attack

In a wonder-world of fashion
With a minimal flare
You can take the bread & the bombs galore
Play dress-up standing there

And you never side with myself
Is it something you lack
In the sink or swim of the Middle East
Of our Western heart attack?
Side myself

You said that you loved me
You said that you loved me
You said that you loved me

© 2015 Mikel Rouse
All rights reserved
Published by Club Soda Music (ASCAP)

Mayan YoursEXITMUSIC 1020
Written, arranged and produced by
Mikel Rouse
EXITMUSIC RECORDINGS

Mayan Yours utilized handclap delays from the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza, Mexico and builds on these delays to construct a maze like structure. I Dry Gin explores the pleasures and the perils of drink. This single is available in 96kHz/24 Bit resolution.

Lyrics

MAYAN YOURS

Where are the duds?
Where are the wannabes?
Where are the bombs waiting for history?

Send in the clowns
Artillery rounds for free
Selling the psalms
Selling the rosary

Infinity breaks and bake yellow cakes for me
Another collapse
Another sobriety

Mayan yours
Ours Mayan yours
Mayan yours
Ours Mayan yours

I have crossed a million stars
I have crossed a million stars
Waiting on the wonder
Waiting on the wonder

have crossed a million stars
Waiting on the wonder
Waiting on the wonder

Mayan yours
Ours Mayan yours
Mayan yours
Ours Mayan yours

Where are the duds?
Where are the wannabes?
Where are the bombs waiting for history?

Mayan yours
Ours Mayan yours
Mayan yours
Ours Mayan yours

I have crossed a million stars
Waiting on the wonder
Waiting on the wonder

Infinity breaks and bake yellow cakes for me
Mayan yours
Ours Mayan yours
I have crossed a million stars

Another collapse
Another sobriety
Waiting on the wonder
I have crossed a million stars

I DRY GIN

In the morning I dry gin
In the mornings you won’t let me in
And in the mornings I dry out
And forget what we were all about

And no one’s winning for now
Like every one is swimming to drown

And in the middle of the night
When the bottle don’t put up a fight
And in the middle of the room
That’s spinning like a well worn tomb

And sober’s winning for now
But no one’s singing along
Like everyone else drifting alone

And in the morning I dry gin
When I beg the morning to begin

© 2014 Mikel Rouse
All rights reserved
Published by Club Soda Music (ASCAP)

Dawn-CoverEXITMUSIC 1019
Written, arranged and produced by
Mikel Rouse
EXITMUSIC RECORDINGS

Welcome to 2014. The new single Dawn (B/W Tears Of Joy) is now available on iTunes and Bandcamp just in time to ring in the New Year. The new single joins Ambulance Chaser and The Law Of Average as tracks from a soon to be announced 13 hour installation. More singles will become available through 2013-15.

Lyrics

DAWN

Who is Dawn in your world?
Who is Dawn in your world?

I think she’s an angel
With no time to spare
A heavenly body
A heavenly stare

But danger moves quickly
Without any need
To pick up the pieces
To pick up the speed

Who is Dawn in your world?
Who is Dawn in your world?

Isabelle Isabelle Isabelle Blue
Isabelle Isabelle Isabelle Blue

And if I don’t love you
What am I gonna do?

I think she’s an angel
With no time to spare
A heavenly body
A heavenly stare

But danger moves quickly
Without any need
To pick up the pieces
To pick up the speed

Who is Dawn in your world?
Who is Dawn in your world?

Isabelle Isabelle Blue
Isabelle Isabelle Blue

And if I don’t love you
What am I gonna do?

TEARS OF JOY

Here’s a wish
From me to you
Here’s a missile
Made for two
And here’s a reason
From up above
To mix a brew of
Uncovered love

And here’s a tissue
For your tears of joy

Here’s a planet
Spinning true
Here’s a blanket
Just for you
And here’s a reason
To hold on tight
And trust the moment
To get it right

And here’s a tissue
For your tears of joy

Thank God it’s only one
Thank God it’s only one

Here’s to Hayley
Here’s to Gib
Here’s to Betty
And womens lib
And here’s to Steven
Girl or boy;
And here’s to Mellie
And tears of joy

And here’s a tissue
For your tears of joy
And here’s a tissue
For your tears of joy

Ambulance-ChaserEXITMUSIC 1017
Written, arranged and produced by
Mikel Rouse
EXITMUSIC RECORDINGS

Ambulance Chaser and The Law Of Average are the first tracks from a soon to be announced 13 hour installation. More singles will become available through 2013-15. This single is available in 96kHz/24 Bit resolution.

Lyrics

AMBULANCE CHASER

She’s an ambulance chaser
A fitness trainer
A single malt missing
On a steep retainer

She’s an ambulance chaser
A guru come later
A penny for her thoughts
If you should try to date her

She’s an ambulance chaser
A total stranger
A message in a bottle
Sent to Betty Danger

She’s an ambulance chaser
The Bureau of Labor
Has cuddled with the kittens
Of her strange behavior

She’s an ambulance chaser
An ambulance chaser

Law-Of-Average

EXITMUSIC 1018
Written, arranged and produced by
Mikel Rouse
EXITMUSIC RECORDINGS

Lyrics

THE LAW OF AVERAGE

The law of average is a blessing
Of fables and fears and letting go, oh…
Stumble blind until you know
That fair trade ended long ago

And every girl I’ve known
Was right until I’m wrong
I’d bless the heart savant
That’s beating loud and long
I’m running out of steam
And where I don’t belong

The law of average is not catching up
With tangled hair and mating so, oh…
Stumble blind until you know
That fair trade ended long ago

And every girl I’ve known
Was right until I’m wrong
I’d bless the heart savant
I tried to bring along
I’m running out of steam
And where I don’t belong

Lyrics © 2013 Mikel Rouse
All rights reserved
Published by Club Soda Music (ASCAP)
Used by permission