Language Barrier

EXITMUSIC 1035
Written, arranged and produced by
Mikel Rouse
EXITMUSIC RECORDINGS

Released 05/31/2024

Written, produced and recorded by Mikel Rouse
Recorded at Center of the Earth, NYC
Mastered by Matt Agoglia at The Ranch Mastering
Mikel Rouse: Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards, Prepared Piano samples, Programming and Sampling
Ildiko Juhasz: Vocals on Left Alone
Joel Seasal: Trumpet
Evan Lee, Shawn Sale: Violins
Barbara Craig: Viola
John Gaze: Cello

Language Barrier is a simultaneous release with the University of Illinois Press publication of “The World Got Away”, Mikel Rouse’s memoir. The recording utilizes samples from the 1960s era Maestro Rhythm King Mark 1 Drum Machine, A thing of beauty that I learned about from composer and sax player Ellery Eskelin. The album was recorded between May 2021 and August 2022.

01. Conditions Apply
02. Doubling Time
03. Honey Go Landslide
04. Hot Desking
05. Left Alone
06. Love Life
07. Maestro
08. Mofo Mojo
09. Run For Her Life
10. Sportswashing

Lyrics

CONDITIONS APPLY

When your best times
Are behind you
When you see the writing
On the wall of silence

When all your best times
Are behind you
When you feel the ice crack
under your foot falling

Honey go lightly
Free as draft
And manager’s mansions
The altered facts

EZ pass on my ass
And just like that
You’re a Joe Sixpack
You’re what’s for dinner
The original sinner

Watching food for pleasure
Swipe up, swipe down
Tears of a sound
It’s the lightning round and round

I’m the gaslight out the window
And the monkey in the mirror

All the reasons I can’t hack it
All the mixers in the bagman

When your best times
Are behind you
You see the needle moving
But you cannot stop the clock

When all your best times
Are behind you in
The timeline for adventure
Inching ever near

Honey go lightly
Keep the change
And manager’s mansions
And last remains

Keep off the grass
And just like that
You’re a wandering act
Where consumer spending
Is never ending

It’s a bitches brew
Tailor-made for two
If you’re wondering
What I meant to you
Conditions apply

I’m the gaslight out the window
And the monkey in the mirror

All the reasons I can’t hack it
A spiritually blown gasket
The atmosphere hysterics
All the filler in the lyrics
All the mixers in the bagman

DOUBLING TIME

Gimme the ozone
Gimme the ozone
Signal to noise
Gimme the poses
In the ozone time
Think: girls and boys
Trickle down to the merits
Of the nowhere climb
Like what you see
When the body says no
The body never go back
Which one is me?

And now…
Take a round 1
Circle in the sound son
Bring about a new time frame
An eagle eye won

We can’t be right
Round 2
Give a shout out
Even in the brown out
Of everything you
Never wanted to be about
It’s about done

Groomsman the bridesmaid
Color me Hit Parade
Partners in the air raid
Dating the Medicaid

I won’t say what you want me to say
I remember like it was yesterday
I don’t need a visa to talk to you
I don’t need your permission

I miss mystery
Deep inside of me
Where the signal flows
The me no one knows
I can be the one-man show
As every bathroom’s taking votes
The doubling time that passes go

I won’t see the light
In this destiny
I won’t even out
Even if it kills me
I will miss the guiding light
Of hope and minor oversight
I hope you like your world

I knew before
Love Picasso
I knew before
Before I knew you

Gimme the ozone
Gimme the ozone
I don’t need you
Gimme the poses
In the ozone time
To tell me what’s right
Trickle down to the merits
Of the nowhere climb
I knew before
When the body says no
The body never go back
Before you were born

And now…
Take a round 1
Circle in the sound son
Bring about a new time frame
An eagle eye won
Some call this true
Round 2
Give a shout out
Even in the brown out
Of everything you
Never wanted to be about
It’s about done

HONEY GO LANDSLIDE

Did you ever bother the weather
The sinking feeling that 
Never no never before
Nobody’s minding the store

The persuasion and the carping
The honey go landslide
And parking the car in the odd lots 
The forgiving chat bots
The wait and see have nots

Carry on dead lady 
The recycled baby
And the party in power
If the off ramp believes
That it likes what it sees
A gentle release 

On the super highway
Where the cops use StingRay
And the fishing flower
If the mantra is free
To be you and me
And like what you see

I’m happy when I’m homeless
And I’m happy when I’m home
I’m happy with aloneness
I’m happy with a drone 
I surrender to the drone man
I surrender to the code
I can’t be everything I wanted
I can’t take every single road 
So I’ll call on the banshees
The waiters of the world 

Did you every bury a planet
A sinkhole feeling that
Maybe just maybe you might
Never be wronger than right

The ambition and the nation
The make believe mind games 
That cover the House where you live 
The power grabs waiting to give
And give up the ghost

And maybe in the morning
The angels you count on 
Will call on the carpet of dreams
It’s not what it seems
It seems to be calling you out
It’s what wait and see is about
It’s never too late to re-route
Take a number
Your order is ready

HOT DESKING

In the morning I know you’re the same
I can tell by your smile and your name
It’s a fixture of what you became

Eye sore you more
Airtight

Every time I walk in a world
Thats a memory
Every time I walk in a world
Thats a memory
Every time I walk in a world
Thats a memory

Sit on the floorboard
And taking the hit
And see the route
The route around it

Oh my single soul
Pouring out of gold

I can re-write cities too
I can re-write cities too

All the rules
All the rules
Made for you
Made for you

Beat the sigh
Beat the sigh
Eye sore you more
Airtight
Air

LEFT ALONE

Baby got a market in the middle
Better to be on top
Maybe you stand and deliver
Ladle in the Be Bop

Waiting for the slow dog to Brooklyn
Maybe takes a couple of days
Meeting her is feeling like a shaman
Catching her mysterious ways

Single go to marriage in the morning
Single the best of me

I don’t wanna be left alone
Unless it’s alone with me
He don’t wanna be left alone
Unless it’s alone with he

Better try the slipper Cinderella
Never the size you think
Mickie was an excellent fella
With a garter and a smile and a wink

People are the funniest reason
When they get together or not
Walking through the park every season
Marking the time they got

Hoping hoping
Heaven heaven
Hoping hoping

Single go to marriage in the morning
Never for a moment to breathe
People are the people that you’re pouring
Make believe what you believe

Cathedrals were made to be broken
And broken’s where I’m aiming to be

I don’t wanna be left alone
Unless it’s alone with me
He don’t wanna be left alone
Unless it’s alone with he

Hoping hoping
Heaven heaven
Hoping hoping

Cathedrals were made to be broken
And broken’s where I’m aiming to be

I don’t wanna be left alone
Unless it’s alone with me
He don’t wanna be left alone
Unless it’s alone with me

LOVE LIFE

I’ll be damned
I’m your man
Love life
And my clouds

I’m never gonna beat around it
I’m broken and there’s no deposit
I’m driving on that road to ruin
Too late to wonder what I’m doin’
To late for me

I wonder
Wonder why I fight
Why I’m tight
Paper clouds

I’m never gonna beat around it
I’m broken and there’s no deposit
I’m driving on that road to ruin
Too late to wonder what I’m doin’
To late for me

MAESTRO

I don’t see the riddle
I don’t see the beat in me
I don’t see the reason
I don’t see what others see
I can ride the phantom
Of the reel to reel to be

I know why maestro
I know where my love go
I know why maestro
I know where my love go
I know why maestro

Beat down
Beat
Before you’re gone

I know why maestro
I know where my love go
I know why maestro
I know where my love go

I can see the reason
I can see the light
I can see the night without a fight

I know why maestro
I know where my love go
I know why maestro
I know where my love go

I won’t be the reason
I won’t be the pedigree
I will bust the notion
Of the reel to reel to be

Born free
Deafly

I know why maestro
I know where my love go
I know why maestro
I know where my love go
I know why maestro

MOFO MOJO

Tap into greatness, yeah
An ounce of forgiveness, yeah
Is worth a pound of her
Worth a pound
Her

Ramone of my dream
You’re the reason she passed
You’re right wing
You’re right wing

Old me old me
Old me old me

Pass the plate, yeah
The plate of entertainment, yeah
Well, yeah
What’s new is old again
Her

RUN FOR HER LIFE

A Seagrams split
All day every day
Black and tan sunset
Stop that guitar of regret
Plymouth be it let
And never forget
The last time you met

When you take the Ildiko
When you take the Ildiko
When you take the Ildiko

She don’t carry cash
And carry keep off
Natures path
And baby’s happy
Happy with that
And sunny stains the bed
And the curtains bled
What the Bible said
The Bible said

She don’t say why
She don’t sleep twice
I can carry the cash
And the Vice
I am buried
In the Marais
In the rubble
Of day to day

Oh oh oh oh
She’s the one
Oh oh oh oh
She’s the one

What I care to see
Keeps me company
Black and tan sunset
Tudor House from Idaho
The you and me
I know

I can be the one
She can be the be
On the road to oblivion
Where everything I see
Reminds me of you
Reminds me

Take the shot
Take the shot
To have not had not
The worlds on fire
The wonder for hire

SPORTSWASHING

Last night
Gaslight
Last call
Game ball

Please respect our neighbors
The lemonade stand
And deliver your brand
A swing and a miss
We can be around
And around

I love how I am
I love how I am
I can’t be that bad
I can’t be that bad

I love how I am
I love how I am
I’m stuck in the world
I can’t be that bad

And every single voice I match
Collecting dust and kill and catch
The punish and the penalty
The randomness for all to see

A proof of life in legacy
The mirror and the battery
It’s make believe again
It’s make believe again

Both sides now

Later on
I’ll be gone
Played for keeps
Played for keeps
Just last night
The gaslight

Both sides now
Both sides now

© 2024 Mikel Rouse
All rights reserved
Published by Club Soda Music (ASCAP)