Michael Braunfeld

Full Circle

by Michael Braunfeld

Released 2015
Released 2015
"Full Circle" was recorded live and captures the communion between artist and audience that has come to be the hallmark of a Michael Braunfeld show. The spotlight is trained on center stage on one man and his guitar. It is unadorned and it is stirring.
  • 04:08 Lyrics This Town

     

    This town was in a movie once

    Fifty-five years ago

    And everyone still clings to it

    Like religion and they all know

     

    There's the theater they all ran from

    The diner where they ate

    Still bragging from an old billboard

    Just off the inter-state

     

    Now the factories have shut down

    The stores are shuttered up

    And Main Street's just a place to go

    When you need to fill her up

     

    There's hookers on the corners

    The cops just walk their beats

    They're cooking meth at an abandoned house

    At Bridge and Ashland Streets

     

    This town's got nothing on which to borrow

    The good old days are good and gone

    This town will still be here tomorrow

    But I'm packing up my things and moving on

     

    Yeah my old man he's still hanging in

    Though he's getting on in years

    He's still standing tall behind his bar

    Pouring shots and slinging beers

     

    And he still talks a tough man's game

    Though he's starting to feel his age

    Yeah he's a bit more than forgetful

    When he talks about the good old days

     

    And I know that I once promised you

    Back when we were kids

    That I'd stay with you forever

    And for a while that's what I did

     

    But I'm getting out tomorrow

    You can come with me or not

    It'll be my first time anywhere

    And I reckon my last shot

     

    This town's got nothing on which to borrow

    The good old days are good and gone

    This town will still be here tomorrow

    But I'm packing up my things and moving on

     

    It's all I've got

    But I just can't take no more

    I'm pouring drinks at 10:00 a.m.

    All the has-beens and the have-nots

    Will open up the door

    And wonder where I am

     

    This town's got nothing on which to borrow

    The good old days are good and gone

    This town will still be here tomorrow

    But I'm packing up my things and moving on

    Yes I'm packing up my dreams and I'll be gone

  • 03:49 Lyrics December

    5:30 Monday morning

    And I haven't been to sleep

    Philadelphia's cold and gray

    And the rain ain't stopped in weeks

     

    There's snow up in Burlington

    And you can't get back home

    I light one more cigarette

    As you start to get stoned

     

    Maybe it's this time of year

    Maybe it's the night

    Maybe it's these phone calls

    That trail on out of sight

     

    But you've got your memories

    And you don't miss this town

    You still like to call me up

    When you're feeling kind of down

     

    You find comfort in a friend's voice

    And lose the things you should have said

     

    I'm all alone

    And almost gone

    You should come home

    Yeah come on

    Home to me

    Just come on home to me

    Right now

    Right now

     

    I guess the winter numbs me

    A little more each day

    Maybe you could lift me up

    If there was anything left to say

     

    I wish I was somewhere else

    Anywhere but here

    I want to find some great big world

    Where I could just disappear

     

    What do you remember

    What are you gonna do

    She held me in December

    Where the hell were you

     

    I'm all alone

    And almost gone

    You should come home

    Yeah come on

    Home to me

    Just come on home to me

     

    Now I'm singing star light star bright

    Why couldn't the first star I saw tonight

    Have been you

    Have been you

     

    I'm all alone

    And almost gone

    You should come home

    Come home to me

    Come on home to me

    Right now

    Right now

  • 04:25 Lyrics Washed Away

    They're boarding up the windows

    Of the stores that are still around

    They're getting ready for a big storm

    In this little seaside town

     

    Where folks still fight the good fight

    Against hard weather and hard luck

    Hard times came again and some gave in

    Some are giving up

     

    All of our lives we have been told

    How our families came to this land

    The American Dream the American Way

    They said that the streets were paved with gold

    Soon they'll be buried in muck and sand

    All that glitters washed away

     

    I went down to Alex Campbell's

    To help him with his place

    He was pulling out of the driveway

    And putting on a brave face

     

    He said I'm just trying to provide for my daughter

    I'm just trying to make it

    As far as this house goes it's already under water

    Let Sandy take it

     

    All of our lives we have been told

    How our families came to this land

    The American Dream the American Way

    They said that the streets were paved with gold

    Soon they'll be buried in muck and sand

    All that glitters washed away

     

    As the banks that hold the water start to disappear

    The banks that hold the notes start closing in

    It's always been tough to make a go of it here

    But these days it seems like you just can't win

     

    All of our lives we have been told

    How our families came to this land

    The American Dream the American Way

    They said that the streets were paved with gold

    Soon they'll be buried in muck and sand

    All that glitters washed away

     

    Washed away

    Washed American way

  • 03:34 Lyrics Ocean City

    Early September

    Late summertime

    A spread out blanket a book

    Marlboro Lights

    A holiday weekend

    Just you and I

    To make and ponder memories

    In the warm sunshine

     

    We came here as children

    And took our children too

    Some things never change

    No matter how long it's been

    On the shoulder of a shoreline

    Content with the view

    You've always liked the ocean

    But you never go in

     

    So Let's go back to the room now

    I'm tired and there's a game on

    I'll grab a bucket of ice for my bourbon

    And there's a six-pack in the fridge

    We've still got tomorrow morning

    At least until eleven

    We can take a walk by the water

    Like we did when we were kids

     

    You sure do look nice

    In your new summer dress

    Your hair down and a smile

    And your cheeks a sun-kissed rose

    These black and white photographs

    Don't do you justice

    Yellow was always your color

    I suppose

     

    The sea breeze is cool

    On my sunburned skin

    The song of the carousel

    The Ferris wheel lights

    But the sweat on my brow reminds me

    Of the shape that I'm in

    It's been a long day

    So let's call it a night

     

    And go back to the room now

    I'm tired and there's a game on

    I'll grab a bucket of ice for my bourbon

    And there's a six-pack in the fridge

    We've still got tomorrow morning

    At least until eleven

    We can take a walk by the water

    Like we did when we were kids

     

    We can take a walk by the water

    And remember when we were kids

     

    Now the waves crash onto the beach

    Like years upon our lives

    Taking with them what was once before us

    And leaving only shells behind

  • 02:36 Lyrics The Local

    There's not a job in this town

    That I haven't done

    Been a barback a bouncer

    I've had me some fun

     

    I've parked cars at the hotel

    Sold dope on the side

    Been a liftie pumped gas

    Manned the grill at Slopeside

     

    I've cleared snow off of roofs

    Driven cabs and cleaned stalls

    That job I quit

    Thought I'd seen it all

     

    I've played covers at the Pub

    At Chaps and The Cabin

    If I was going to have made it

    It would have already happened

     

    So pour me a whiskey

    Pour me a shot

    Give me a beer

    It's all that I've got

    On this cold winter night

    In this half-empty bar

    Keep the drinks coming

    Here's the key to my car

     

    I've been a ranch hand a salesman

    A fly fishing guide

    Driven Cats on the mountain

    Made corduroy at night

     

    I've sold tickets at the movie house

    And cleaned up the aisle

    I've even mined coal

    At Twenty Mile

     

    I've built homes in the summer

    For rich folks to live in

    Two or three weeks

    Of any given ski season

     

    And when they all come in

    They think they own the town

    I've been here nine years

    I'm settling down

     

    So pour me a whiskey

    Pour me a shot

    Give me a beer

    It's all that I've got

    On this cold winter night

    In this half-empty bar

    I once had a true love

    But she left in March

  • 05:26 Lyrics Snowing in the Flat Tops

    It is snowing in the Flat Tops

    But here in town it's just cold

    I am sitting in this barroom

    Nursing a whiskey and my soul

     

    And I am calling out the drunkards

    On their stories and their lives

    Seems I've spent near most of my own

    Picking old guitars and picking fights

     

    It don't really matter if I win

    It don't really matter what I've got to lose

    'Cause redemption

    Is just a word I use

     

    I am sitting at a table

    In this rented room counting my pay

    She is standing in the kitchen

    Going on and on and on about her day

     

    So I light another cigarette

    With what is left of the one before

    She can still see possibility

    In a home so small that she can see the door

     

    It don't really matter what I do

    We've all got dreams some we don't get to choose

    And forgiveness

    Is just a word I use

     

    Please release me what can I do

    I gave it up I walked away

    Words come easy and always true

    And there's still so much left to say

     

    I am driving down this dusty stretch

    Of blacktop I'm all alone

    A few more hours and maybe I will sleep

    A few more miles and I'll be home

     

    And I am calling out the bastards

    On their smiles and their lies

    Seems I'll spend the rest of my life

    Picking old guitars and picking fights

     

    It don't really matter if I win

    All that really matters now is what I've got to lose

    'Cause regret

    Is just a word I use

     

    Like redemption is just a word I use

    Forgiveness is just a word I use

    Regret well it's just a word I use

     

     

     

  • 03:45 Lyrics Never Comes the Night

    Never comes the night babe

    Never comes the night

    To wake me from my daydreams

    Take me from the light

     

    Never comes the night babe

    Never comes the night

    Though streetlamps serenade me

    Neon burns so bright

     

    I've been drinking a little whiskey

    And I feel a little numb

    I've been waiting in the city

    And wondering if you'd come

    Come around

    Come around

     

    But never comes the night babe

    Never comes the night

    When you come and heal me

    Kiss me hold me tight

     

    I know that it ain't right babe

    I know that it ain't right

    I do the things I do babe

    I give up the fight

     

    And I drink a little whiskey

    Until I feel a little numb

    Extinguishing sparks of electricity

     Until I'm deaf blind and dumb

    But I'll come around

    I'll come around

     

    All of the days that I can't count

    All of the pieces I've left shattered on the ground

    And all of the ways I've let you down

    I'll come around

    Please come around

     

    Never comes the night babe

    Never comes the night

    Though streetlamps serenade me

    Stars are shining bright

     

    Never comes the night babe

    Never comes the night

    When you come and heal me

    Make it all all right

     

    Never comes the night babe

    Never comes the night

     

  • 03:44 Lyrics Harrison Street

    You like the thunder 

    I like the rain

    You said goodbye

    On a northern bound train

    I can see the people in the windows

    Moving from car to car

    They're having a time of it living their lives

    It does not look all that hard

     

    I always thought it would be easy

    I've grown tired of the pace

    I hear the thunder I'm under the gun

    I cannot get out of this place

     

    Main Street is empty

    The tank's running low

    There must be a place

    Where we both could go

    Like that cafe down on the corner

    The one where all the painters meet

    Or Paris in the twenties or the Village in the sixties

    Or that hotel on Harrison Street

     

    No one said it would be easy

    I need to see your face

    I hear the thunder I'm under the gun

    I cannot get out of this place

     

    Isn't there somewhere we could go

    Where we could be alone

    I'll stand right beside you

    I'll stand and provide for you

    I

    I will stand on my own

     

    No one said it would be easy

    I need just a little space

    I hear the thunder I'm under the gun

    I cannot get out of this place

  • 04:06 Lyrics Annie Dear

    Annie dear the sky is clear

    Would you like to go for a ride

    The night is dark and the air is cold

    But there ain't no end in sight

     

    And I'll pick you up at a quarter to two

    Outside your daddy's house

    Slip outside your window baby

    Quiet as a mouse

     

    We'll drive all night I don't care if it's wrong

    Listen to the radio all night long

    You can sit beside me Annie

    As you sing along

     

    I will love you till the day I die

    The best that I know how

    It might not be much longer baby

    The way I'm going now

     

    Will it all be the same in a hundred years

    Will you still be holding me tight

    When a hundred moons have come and gone

    Will you still dream of me at night

    And when the cold wind blows

    Outside your window

    Will you say a prayer

    For me

     

    'Cause Annie it's a miracle

    That I've ever come this far

    I spend my days in pool halls

    And all my nights down at the bar

     

    But I've seen the light and I'm trying to change

    Trying to rid myself of these evil ways

    Trying to do myself some good Annie

    And you a little more

     

    So I'll pick up this old guitar

    And sing myself a song

    Try to live this Rock and roll dream

    Like I've wanted all along

     

    Annie you said you loved me

    And t hat you'd never let me down

    Through the years the smiles and tears

    You would always be around

     

    Will it all be the same in a hundred years

    Will you still be holding me tight

    When a hundred moons have come and gone

    Will you still dream of me at night

    And when the cold wind blows

    Outside your window

    Will you say a prayer

    For me

     

    Annie dear I see it clearly

    Your hair is silver gray

    I'm sitting right beside you girl

    And all I've got to say

     

    Is it will all be the same in a hundred years

    I will you still be holding you tight

    When a hundred moons have come and gone

    I will still dream of you every night

    And when the cold wind blows

    Outside our window

    I will you say a prayer

    For you

     

    Yes Annie I will say a prayer

    For you

  • 02:54 Lyrics Jem's Song

    Take your troubles and put 'em in my hand

    I'll take you to a special place

    I will put a smile upon your face

    So we can play again

    Let your worries disappear

    Do not cry your daddy's here

     

    So hush now

    Sleep now

    Dream of what the world can be

    Don't rush now

    Slow down

    Tell me what you see

     

    Rock and roll and rock-a-bye my son

    The moon is hanging in the sky

    Stars like diamonds up so high

    And when this day is done

    A new one is awaiting you

    There's no stopping what you do

     

    So hush now

    Sleep now

    Dream of what the world can be

    Don't rush now

    Slow down

    Tell me what you see

     

    We'll climb mountains

    And slide down them

    Build a rocket ship for two

    We'll love so much

    They'll never touch us

    You and me me and you

     

    So take your troubles and put 'em in my hand

    I'll take you to a special place

    I will put a smile upon your face

    So we can play again

    Let your worries disappear

    Do not cry your daddy's here

     

    So hush now

    Sleep now

    Dream of what the world can be

    Don't rush now

    Slow down

    Tell me what you see

     

    Hush now

    Sleep now

    Dream of what the world can be

    Don't rush now

    Slow down

    And make it reality

     

     

  • 06:20 Lyrics In the Morning

    In the morning you thought I was sleeping

    But I watched you go

    A yellow cab waiting for you

    Outside in the snow

     

    If I were stronger or braver or better

    Or the man that you need

    I'd have stood in that doorway and held you

    And not let you leave

     

    And I can't count the ways

    That this whole thing has turned into hell

    I knew one of these days

    You would figure it out for yourself

     

    You wanted an old love

    To feel like it was all brand new

    And I'm sorry I couldn't just give in

    And give it to you

     

    I bought flowers and wine

    But I'd finally broken your heart

    I guess it was just a matter of time

    Until we drifted a part

     

    You were lovely and lonely and longing

    For much better days

    And you knew that you never would find them

    Without walking away

     

    Year after year we just waited

    For dreams to come true

    Choking back tears breath bated

    What more could we do

     

    You wanted a love you remembered

    And the man you once knew

    And I'm sorry I couldn't just give in

    And give it to you

     

    How the winter creeps in

    Through these old windowpanes

    With every creak in this cold lonely house

    I think maybe I'll see you again

     

    And a love is a love is a love

    Until it is not

    You give what you give what you're left with

    Is what you have got

     

    You get what you get

    And you hope that it gets you through

    And in the morning the lonely crept in

    Like winter will do

     

    And I wish you the best

    I wish you a life filled with ease

    I wish you'd never left

    I wish you'd come back home to me

     

    And I hope you are happy

    I hope you've found love that is true

    And I'm sorry I couldn't just give in

    And give it to you

     

    I'm so sorry I couldn't just give in

    And give it to you

     

     

  • 03:17 Lyrics This Living

    Snow was swirling 'round the traffic light

    Dancing in the street

    White like my knuckles on the steering wheel

    I was sitting straight up in my seat

     

    And I'm only two days out

    From another month out on the road

    But babe I'm coming home

    And I missed you so

     

    There'll be rain in West Virginia

    And sweet sunshine in Tennessee

    There'll be snow in Colorado baby

    And this living is gonna be the death of me

     

    I coasted into Houston on fumes

    I broke down in Santa Fe

    Living out of bags in cheap motel rooms

    I guess it's always been this way

     

    And these days go by slow

    I'll try to call before the show

    Tell the kids I love them both

    And I miss them so

     

    There'll be rain in West Virginia

    And sweet sunshine in Tennessee

    There'll be snow in Colorado baby

    And this living is gonna be the death of me

     

    I've played to crowds both sides of Texas

    And way up north in New York City

    But through it all I missed you all

    And this living is gonna be the death of me

     

    Yes this living is gonna be the death of me

  • 03:31 Lyrics Over There

    I learned to walk you weren't here

    I learned to talk you weren't here

    I learned to read I learned to write

    I learned to bleed I learned to fight

    You weren't here

    You were over there

     

    Changing diapers you weren't here

    Changing schools you weren't here

    Changing seasons changing times

    Changing hearts and changing minds

    You weren't here

    You were over there

     

    Dodging bullets in the sand

    Of some far-off distant land

    On the outskirts of an ancient city

    Trying to avoid the IEDs

    Until one day they say

    Your luck ran out

     

    Money was tight you weren't here

    The mortgage was due you weren't here

    They tried to take away our car

    They did not care who you are

    You weren't here

    You were over there

     

    That telephone call you weren't here

    A hospital hallway you weren't here

    We prayed to Jesus Grandpa was dying

    Mama was hugging her knees and crying

    You weren't here

    You were over there

     

    Dodging bullets in the sand

    Of some far-off distant land

    On the outskirts of an ancient city

    Trying to avoid the IEDs

    Until one day they say

    Your luck ran out

     

    A playground bully picked on Katie

    So I did what Mama taught me

    Seven stitches in my chin

    But you should have seen that kid

    You weren't here

    You were over there

     

    Whether it's a sandbox in the park

    Or a desert in the dark

    Those that know wrong from right

    Still have bullies left to fight

    You weren't here

    You were over there

     

    But I am not angry anymore

    Because I know what you died for

    I know why you were not here

    So we could live free without fear

    But how I missed you so

    When you were over there

     

    How I miss you so

    Now that you're up there

     

    Flying through the clouds so high

    You and Grandpa reunite

    On the golden streets of an ancient city

    You're watching over me and Katie

    And I know your love for me

    It won't run out

     

    I know one day I'll see you again

     

  • 03:50 Lyrics My First Mistake

    My first mistake was thinking

    That you and I would last

    It started out so quickly

    And then ended just as fast

    As the days go by

    The time it flies

    Until it is the past

    My first mistake was thinking

    That you and I would last

     

    My last mistake was ever

    Giving up my place

    Just before you decided

    That you needed a little space

    There was only red

    Those words you said

    Thought I'd punch you in the face

    My last mistake was ever

    Giving up my place

     

    And it's a shame the way you love someone

    When it'll never be returned

    And though it pains me love to tell someone

    A flame forever burns

    I am stronger

    I am wiser

    I am better now at last

    I used to long to kiss you

    Now you can kiss my ass

     

    My old way of thinking

    Was follow the Golden Rule

    But that was long before

    You played me for the fool

    I was oh so sad

    And fighting mad

    I wanted to be cruel

    My old way of thinking

    Was follow the Golden Rule

     

    My new girlfriend is better

    Than you will ever be

    She's a vegan eats organic

    And she drinks herbal tea

    There's no more fits

    She's got real big ... dreams

    And she lets me be me

    My new girlfriend is better

    Than you will ever be

     

    And it's a shame the way you love someone

    When it'll never be returned

    And though it pains me love to tell someone

    A flame forever burns

    I am stronger

    I am wiser

    I am better now at last

    I used to long to kiss you

    Now you can kiss my ass

     

    Yeah no more songs

    Of love gone wrong

    I'm putting you in the past

    I used to long to kiss you

    Now you can kiss my ass

  • 04:32 Lyrics Circles

    I remember the day I last saw you

    You were just about ready to leave

    A lifetime lay packed in the hallway

    Your new life was just overseas

     

    And I tried so hard to imagine

    Something I could not ignore

    Like the time you had called from Chicago

    I'd seen this scene one time before

     

    Darling for you to be

    The best that you can be

    You've got to see

    That life moves in circles

    You try to be

    The best that you can be

    Today

    That's all I can think of to say

     

    I know all the tears I have cried for you

    And the times you have gotten me by

    All the years that I have spent in love with you

    Have ended in time for goodbye

     

    So you see I'm no expert on living

    You seem to have it worked out so nice

    Remembering words you once whispered to me

    When you needed the same advice

     

    Darling for you to be

    The best that you can be

    You've got to see

    That life moves in circles

    You try to be

    The best that you can be

    Today

    That's all I can think of to say

     

    Yesterday was hard

    Today must sound foolish

    Tomorrow is a whole other day

    And just as your friends

    See life at it's fullest

    I see it as running away

     

    Darling for you to be

    The best that you can be

    You've got to see

    That life moves in circles

    You try to be

    The best that you can be

    Today

    That's all I can think of to say to you

     

    That's all I can think of to say

  • 04:57 Lyrics Linden Street

    It's Bob she said

    Without picking up the phone

    He only calls when he's been drinking

    Sometimes I'm lonely

    But I'm better off alone she said

    And she just let the phone keep ringing

     

    I could pick up

    And pick up where we left off

    And sometimes I think that I want to

    Other times I wish

    That I could just run off

    Like all those lucky men do

     

     When I first met him

    He really swept me off of my feet

    He could have had any girl back then

    And sooner than we should have

    We found that house on Linden Street

    And I felt like I was better than all the rest of them

     

    I spent my days playing house

    We spent our nights playing cards

    And making love until our sweat chilled

    Then he got fired for stealing

    And things started getting harder

    I started working at the mill

     

    He said he'd find something

    And I would kiss him at the door

    The smell of coffee and bacon frying

    But he didn't want to settle

    Like he had those times before

    And one day he just stopped trying

     

    He said he'd be out hunting

    But I knew that he was not

    He'd come home smelling like beer or perfume

    He'd be at the bar

    With Dickie selling pot

    Or up the stairs in Ginny Lynn's room

     

    Well it was late one night

    And I was feeling awful beat

    I heard his car pull up the driveway

    God damn that fight

    Woke up half of Linden Street

    And I watched him drive away

     

    Now when I was a young girl

    My daddy told me I was a princess

    But I've never met a soul who felt the same

    Those nights alone

    When I am stoned out of my senses

    Are the only times this crazy world feels sane

     

    It's Bob she said

    Without picking up the phone

    He only calls when he's been drinking

    Sometimes I'm lonely

    But I'm better off alone she said

    And she just let the phone keep ringing