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by Michael Hahn

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Song-A-Day May was my attempt to write a song every day for a month. Check out the full video playlist on Mom Fears My YouTube (www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7_NtiPpK3ZZDTdSMl1Qi0IfmZD2WAVH2)

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released June 9, 2016

All music by Michael Hahn
except track 30 by Michael Hahn and Brian Chase
All lyrics by Michael Hahn
except track 15 by Ric Baker and track 24 by Willett Hahn
All songs copyright Mom Fears My Music 2016
Recorded at Mom Fears My Study-O in May 2016
Thank you to the Hahns: Katie, Willett and Judas. Thank you to Bridget Brennan, Brian Chase, Melissa Zimmerman, Ric Baker, Sherrie Maricle, Robin Dillaway, Breck Malcolm, Andrew Kane, Wawa, Jeremy Toy, Amy Gallagher, Josh Gallagher, Preston & Steve, Geofff Coleman, and everyone else who supported me in this endeavor.

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Michael Hahn is a singer, songwriter, sound designer, and recording engineer from Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. In his music he explores humor, love, loss, vulnerability, anger, and hope. Follow "Mom Fears My Music" on Facebook and Instagram.

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Track Name: #SongADayMay
Welcome to Song-A-Day May
31 songs in a matter of 31 days
Welcome to Song-A-Day May
The concept isn’t hard to grasp
But I’m gonna explain it anyway

When I’m designing sound for theatre
I get a little stressed out when I have to
Meet creative deadlines
So I’m-a write a song a day
Just to share, just to create
And maybe start a new hashtag along the way
Maybe I’ll adapt a poem
Or complete an unfinished tune
Or maybe I’m-a sing a little bit of
What I’m doing for you
The songs won’t all be good
In fact, most of them may be bad
But fuck it

Welcome to Song-A-Day May
I guess I should have mentioned
That there might be some profanity
Welcome to Song-A-Day May
I’m not making this up on the spot
But I did just write this song today
Welcome to Song-A-Day May
It’s time to create a little bit every day
Track Name: Okay
You never talk about yourself
I don’t even know who you are
Just that you’re sleeping on the sidewalk
Outside of the market
Right next to my car

You never ask me for a dime
I never offer you a cent
Just wonder why you’re growing old
Out here in the cold
What unfortunate events

And it's okay
To shake your fist and cry into the rain
You say that it could be much worse
Yes, life could be a curse
If the sidewalk wasn’t paved

I guess perspective is your friend
It certainly was never mine
But you could teach a thing or three
To people just like me
Perhaps this is a sign

And it's okay
To shake your fist and cry into the rain
You say that it could be much worse
Yes, life could be a curse
If the sidewalk wasn’t paved
If the sidewalk wasn’t paved
Track Name: Hello Me
Hello Me, haven’t seen you for a while
Hello Me, you’re looking so much older
Hello Me, you sound a little congested
Hello Me, have you forgiven yourself?

If you want a second chance
You have to take it
If you want to feel again
You have to reach out

Hello Me, I see you’ve gotten colder
Hello Me, have you forgotten your friends
Hello Me, you should let me in
Hello Me, I want to see you smile

If you want a second chance
You have to take it
If you want to feel again
You have to reach out

Hello Me, we’ll get through this together
Track Name: Root Leaf
How you get so big
Eating food of this kind?
When 900 years you reach
Look as good you will not

There is another Skywalker
There is another Skywalker
There is another Skywalker
There is another Skywalker

Luminous beings are we
Not this crude matter
Judge me by my size do you?
That is why you fail

Do or do not there is no try
Do or do not there is no try
Do or do not there is no try
Do or do not there is no try

Root leaf
I grow
Root leaf
I grow
Track Name: Breckenridge
You work three doors away
Graphically designing all through the day
I feel your pain when you’re blue
How can I show my love is true?

Let me kick some ass for you
Let me kick some ass for you
Whether someone’s rude
Or you just don’t like their attitude
Let me kick their ass for you

You have impeccable taste in sweaters
And in shoes
And a part of me wishes
That I was seeing Beyoncé with you
But that’s not how I roll
I can’t express myself through dance
But I know how I can
if you give me the chance

Let me kick some ass for you
Let me kick some ass for you
You’re my spirit animal
And I’m your faithful friend
So let me kick some ass for you

This is the first Song-A-Day to have a bridge
Because you are so special Breckenridge

Let me kick some ass for you
Let me kick some ass for you
It isn’t weird to me
It’s just how I show my loyalty
Let me kick some ass for you
Track Name: Nobody Likes You
I said that nobody likes you and that’s okay
You don’t need to be liked anyway
I said that nobody likes you and that’s okay
It don’t matter what the people say

Just be yourself
Be comfortable with who you are
Just be yourself
Be comfortable with who you are
Just be yourself
Be comfortable with who you are
And don’t care about what people say

I said, I said
I said that nobody likes you and that’s okay
You don’t need to be liked anyway
I said that nobody likes you and that’s okay
It don’t matter what the people say

Don’t start no fights
Just live and let be who you are
Don’t start no fights
Just live and let be who you are
Don’t start no fights
Just live and let be who you are
And don’t care about what people say

Now one more time
I said that nobody likes you and that’s okay
You don’t need to be liked anyway
I said that nobody likes you and that’s okay
You don’t need to be liked
By everyone anyway
Track Name: Christ and William Wallace
Christ and William Wallace
Walking hand-in-hand
Across the gray sand beaches
Of the Western lands

Drowning deep in metaphor
They walked along the sea
Searching for the perfect place
To have a spot of tea

Christ and William Wallace
Unexpected kin
As they rose together
And sighed in unison

Christ said to Sir Wallace as he
Placed a hand on his head
If you fight for freedom
You’ll fight until you’re dead
Track Name: Baby Mama
Today is a day to think about mama
But I’d rather think about you
And all you’ve done for me
You carried our babies deep up inside
And deep up inside you
Is where I want to be tonight

I will do anything
You want me to do to you
Even mainstream S & M, oh baby
I will do anything
You want me to do to you
Even butt stuff if you want me to

We’ll give the kids Benadryl
And a little bit of bourbon
And then we can be as loud as we want
If you’re going to make me wait, oh
Then I’m just gonna master
The art of being patient

I will do anything
You want me to do to you
Even mainstream S & M
Yeah I’ll Christian Grey you
I will do anything
You want me to do to you
Even butt stuff if you want me to
If you let me

Oh girl, you my baby mama
Whoa girl, you my baby mama
And I love you
Track Name: Not Enough Verses
I don’t have enough verses to please you now
I have too many reasons to deceive you now

Given infinite time and a less ignorant mind
I may come up with a line that I can feed you
Left alone in your room with nothing else to consume
I guess we should have assumed that I would break you

I don’t have enough verses to please you now
I have too many reasons to deceive you now

Given infinite space and a less interesting case
We could have quickened the pace so we could leave you
And as you’re falling behind bet you wish you could rewind
And take back all of the times that I was wronged by you

I don’t have enough verses to please you now
I have too many reasons to deceive you now
I bet you’re wishing that I would just release you now
I have too much desire to take you down

Watch you kick and struggle as you drown
Drown
Drown
Track Name: Lament of the Octopus Man
Deep beneath the trodden stones
Of weather-beaten streets
Cowering in solitude
Catching rats to eat
Seeking purpose for a life
But wanting only death
While planning bitter vengeance
With every labored breath

Fractured faculty
Achromatizing memory
Lonely, Desperately
Undecided, Incomplete

Searching for the peace of mind
To heal a broken heart
Clinging to my sanity
While each thread falls apart
Grotesque aberration
Misshapen oddity
Call me what you will
But please just leave me be

Fractured faculty
Achromatizing memory
Lonely, Desperately
Undecided, Incomplete
Growing from the seed
Of abounding enmity
As you die painfully
I’ll be the last thing that you see
Track Name: One Third
We’re one third of the way
Through Song-a-Day May
And I’m not even out of ideas
I’m still rolling along
Writing brand new songs
And I’m totally full of ideas
Like, I can’t even tell you
Just how many ideas
Are going on all at once
But they’re gonna be songs
Cause I’m full of ideas
Like, seriously, so many ideas

You suck
And so does Song-a-Day May
You’ll never make it to the end
Of 31 days
First a song about Yoda
Now a writer’s block song
You suck and so does your music
You should give up
You should give up

I don’t know what you’re saying
Cause I’m totally awesome
And I’m totally full of ideas
I’m just taking some pieces
And putting them together
Like a desk that I got from Ikea
Oh, we’re not done, there’s more music
I forgot to write some more lyrics
I’m still rolling along
Writing brand new songs
And I’m totally full of ideas

Ha ha ha
You’ve got to be kidding me
Is this a joke?
How do you not know
How many bars that you wrote?
Well, we’ll wait and see
By the end of week three
You’ll be empty
And stressed out
And crying to me

Well, I think you’re stupid
And you’re totally wrong
So just shut the hell up and piss off
But just you wait and see
By the end of week three
I’ll have something to knock your socks off

We’ll see
I’ll be back
Track Name: Lately
Lately I’ve been having trouble sleeping
And I’m sure there’s nothing you can do
Mostly I just stay up all night thinking
About how much I miss talking to you

Lately I’ve been having trouble speaking
But I know that isn’t an excuse
Mostly I just try to keep on breathing
Because I know that I can make it through

Oh, perspective changes
Oh, I’ve got no empty spots to fill
Oh, I don’t remember when I knew
But it’s hard to pray for answers
When I don’t believe in you

Lately I’ve been having trouble teaching
Sometimes it seems harder without you
Lately I’ve been focused on believing
In myself because that’s all that’s true

Oh, perspective changes
Oh, I’ve got no empty spots to fill
Oh, I don’t remember when I knew
But it’s hard to pray for answers
When I don’t believe in you
Track Name: Lucky Day
Today is my lucky day
Today I washed away the pain
Until you return
I’ll wait

Today is my lucky day
Today wash away the pain
Until you return
I’ll wait

Today
I’ll wait
Track Name: Ruin
Welcome to Hell
You build it for me
I thought all was well

But you lied to me
What to believe?
I held a scream
You shackled me

I can’t beat you
So I won’t fight you

Now I’m compelled
To set myself free
Your belly swelled

But it wasn’t me
What to believe?
I held a scream
For what’s left of me

I can’t beat you
So I won’t fight you

You ruin me
You ruin me
You ruin me
Track Name: The Lay of Talkana Silumiel
In Alustel there lived of old
Beneath the boughs awash with light
An Elven maid with hair of gold
Where stars shone day and night.

No beauty grander ever graced
The lissome form of elf or man.
The good reflected in her face
She spread throughout the land.

The daughter of Balanuil
Wise patron of Al-Dustriel
Elfhouses great and greater still
T'were none in Alustel.

Talkana they called her on sight,
The fairest Daughter of the Moon,
For in her eyes, both clear and bright
Grey magic sang in tune.

Capacity of priest and mage
And loving heart of Elven maid
She traveled long in role of sage
From Sarumvest she strayed.

Of Elves, the wordsmiths, great was she,
Of dweomer magic greater still
And wandering, light-limbed and free
She taught them both with skill.

To beast and tree and delving dwarf
With lithe, quick step and watchful eye
The Elhil learning she brought forth
All learned it that would try.

Because goodwill she always sought
To Liferock cold she learning bore
With tongue of gold full well she wrought
'Tween dwarf and elf rapport.

But fades the summer, comes the fall
And Elven lands will wear away
And cold will grow both hearth and hall
For nature's law's decay.

From Elven ken Talkana passed
Though loved they fierce the Elven maid
They searched strange lands both cold and vast
But then returned to glade.

Now light shines pale in Alustel
And sorrow marks the Sarumvest
Where Talkana's graceful feet once fell
But nevermore shall rest.

For fades the summer from glade and vale
And Elven lands are brown and sere
As ever colder grows the trail
Of Moondaughter who disappeared
Track Name: Mr. Spice and Mr. Pickle
Now Mr. Pickle’s coming out today
Gonna get him to work on sound for my play
Mr. Pickle’s been away for a while
But he’s coming back strong
He’s coming back in style

He got a bottle of Bulleit
And some tunes to jam
Damn, it feels great to be
Back in the band

Now Mr. Spice is happy as can be
Getting Mr. Pickle out to DTC
We’re gonna rock out
And we’re gonna get down
During tech week we’re gonna paint the town

He got a bottle of Bulleit
And some tunes to jam
Damn, it feels great to be
Back in the band
Track Name: Seventeen
Seventeen and she never met her mother
Seventeen and just wants to be left alone
Seventeen and she’s never known another
But she knows that this padded cell ain’t home

She’s alright
She’s okay
She’s just waiting for the time to plan her escape
She’s alright
She’s okay
She’s just waiting for the right girl to come her way

Seventeen and she never met her mother
Seventeen and it’s time to find her home

She’s alright
She’s okay
She’s just waiting for the time to make her escape
She’s alright
She’s okay
She’s just waiting for the right girl to come her way
Track Name: Preserver
Now I’m sure that you have heard this all before
But I need you to listen to me once more
You’ve been pushing us along
Trying hard to keep the family strong
Without you driving we would fall through
But that’s why I need to tell you

While you’re saving all the lives
Don’t forget about yourself
While you make sure we survive
Don’t forget to save yourself

You’ve been the rock that we can lean on
The solid ground we built our house on
Never fearing death; not afraid to drown
Lifting us up while you’re sinking down

While you’re saving all the lives
Don’t forget about yourself
While you make sure we survive
Don’t forget to save yourself
Track Name: The Gunslinger
Long before the Western Sea
Long after a vision appeared to me
The Gunslinger stood strong
And pulled two six shooters
And within minutes the whole
Town of Tull was massacred
Get right with your god tonight
If you give up now you won’t have to fight

Deep within the Todash space
Erased
With Black 13 against your face

The Gunslinger stood tall
And walked across the sand
To track the sorcerer
The Man in Black is not a man
So he continues on
With the lives of his ka-tet in his palm

Deep within the Todash space
Erased
With Black 13 against your face
Oy!

Oh, Susannah
Why’d you have to burn?
Oh, Jake Chambers
Why’d I never learn?
Track Name: Two Thirds
We’re two thirds of the way
Through Song-a-Day May
And I’m not yet out of ideas
I’m still cruising along
Writing brand new songs
Still totally full of ideas
There’s no sign of that jerk
Who keeps yelling at me
So I think that I’m free to say
Just a few of the things
That I’ve wanted to say
Since somewhere around the third day

There’s too much pressure
To do this project
There’s too much pressure
To do this now
Why did I agree
To do this project?
Why did I agree
To do it now?

Ha! I fucking told you
You suck and you’re useless
You’re dried up and empty
You’ve got no chances to do this
There’s still ten days to go
And wouldn’t you know
I was right about you
Being afraid to let go

What? I’m not afraid
To be myself
I can let loose like anyone else
Maybe you should try
To sing with me on my side
Let’s see if you can handle this jam

Don’t challenge me, you nerd
I can destroy this tune
I’ll be rocking and rolling all night
Actually now I see
That this jam can be sweet
But can you handle my blistering metal?

Yeah! French fries and puppies
Ice cream, goldfish, and guppies
Highway medians with flowers
And dreams about super powers
It’s not that hard to be positive
Even when you’re mean
I think if we try hard
We could make a great team

Yeah, okay
We can give it a try
It’s not like I have anywhere to be

Well, great, then its settled
We’re an unstoppable pair
Just like Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet
Track Name: Redacted
I wrote a song but it was a lie
I couldn’t bring myself to sing it for you
I wrote a song for you but it was lie
I couldn’t bring myself to sing it for you

I cursed you for your faith
I called your life a waste
I listed reasons why
Your beliefs make me cry

I wrote a song but it was a lie
I couldn’t bring myself to sing it for you
I wrote a song for you but it was lie
I couldn’t bring myself to sing it for you

I justified my hate
I blamed a hopeless fate
I knew that I was wrong
Here’s your redacted song

I wrote a song but it was a lie
I couldn’t bring myself to sing it for you
I wrote a song for you but it was lie
I couldn’t bring myself to sing it for you
Track Name: Betty
In my darkest days
I let her go
And lost her forever
She’ll never know
What she meant to me
And how she saved me

A neck so sweet
A body so fine
And a voice divine
I held her in my hands
As she sang to me
And pulled her close up against me

Oh god, I need my girl
Now I’ll never be the same
Oh god, I miss my girl
Betty was her name

Sometimes late at night
I hear you in my dreams
And I scream and scream
And scream and scream

Oh god, I miss my girl
Now I’ll never be the same
Oh god, I sold my girl
Betty was her name
Track Name: Dimension X
I am the ruler of Dimension X
I am the ruler of Dimension E
I am the ruler of the galaxy
And all you can see right now

My planet was boring
I couldn’t see it anymore
So I just flew to outer space
To rule the galaxy once more

I am the ruler of Dimension X
I am the ruler of Dimension E
I am the ruler of the galaxy
And all you can see right now

My planet was boring
I couldn’t see it anymore
So I just flew to outer space
To rule the galaxy once more

I am the ruler of Dimension X
I am the ruler of Dimension E
I am the ruler of the galaxy
And all you can see right now
Track Name: Wawa
If you’re feeling down
And you don’t know what to do
Baby you just need to let the
Wawa service you

All-day coffee, play the lottery
Gas pumps unless you got a legacy
A one-stop shop full service deli
Please excuse me while I get
Another half-gallon of tea
Shorti, classic, family size
I got hand-spun milkshakes in my eyes
And cheese-stuffed pretzels on my mind
The greatest store that you will find

If you’re feeling down
And you don’t know what to do
Baby you just need to let the
Wawa service you

Now if you’re not part of the Wawa scene
Then you probably don’t know what the hell I mean
It’s a convenience store with a warmer side
Built-to-order east coast pride
If you don’t have a Wawa down your way
Don’t worry ‘cause they’re spreading ‘cross the USA
Made it all the way down to Florida
And now once more let me remind ya

If you’re feeling down
And you don’t know what to do
Baby you just need to let the
Wawa service you
Track Name: Untitled and Awesome
This is how I play the guitar
With my fingers and my soul
When I’m feeling the muse
Then I transfer it all to you
With the sound of my vocals
And a really rocking tune

This is how I play the guitar
With my fingers I blow your mind
When I’m feeling the groove
I lay it gently under you
With some deep-seated bass
And the drums will get you too

This is how I play the guitar
With my fingers I slip inside
When I’m feeling the mood
I just expose myself to you
Then my awesome concoction
Will explode all over you

I’m back with a new kind of attack
Song-A-Day May is like straight up crack
Once you get some you just can’t stop
But if you don’t quit soon you’re gonna drop
Now give it time if you wanna get loose
Just a little bit of rhymes to get your juices
Flowing and your knowing that you wanna start dancing
But you’re too scared to wanna take a chance and

I’m sick of weak singles
We need some awesome jingles
You got skills, no passion
Then, son, you best just cash in

Now if wanna step up get down
I don’t have the time to take your ass to town
I’m too busy writing these sweet-ass jams
To wanna mess with you and your weak-ass fans

I’m sick of weak singles
We need some awesome jingles
You got skills, no passion
Then, son, you best just cash in

These are the songs I love to play
Don’t make me throw your style away
You knew my riffs were here to stay
I think we’re better off that way
Track Name: Time Out
I may just step away
For an hour today
Just to think about
The world I’m living in

I may just drift away
And take some time to play
Try to forget about reality
I may just

Go, go, go, go, get away
No, no, no, don’t follow me
I just need some time alone

When I’m gone
I won’t think about the challenges I face
When I’m gone
I won’t think about the confines of this space
When I’m gone I won't
Be afraid

I may just step away
For an hour today
Just to think about
The world I’m living in

I may just drift away
And take some time to play
Try to forget about reality
And I'll

Go, go, go, no, get away
No, no, no, don’t follow me
I just need some time alone

When I’m gone
I won’t think about the challenges I face
When I’m gone
I won’t think about the confines of this space
When I’m gone I wont
Be afraid
Track Name: The First Man Lost on Jupiter
The sun breaks the window
Caressing my face
Today is a new day
A new chance to escape
They say that it can’t be done
My elation misplaced
I’m scared to let go
But I’m willing to test my fate

I’m headed to space
Where I’ll live out the rest of my days
The first man lost on Jupiter
That was the case
I’m headed to space
Where I’ll live out the rest of my days
The first man lost on Jupiter
So much for being afraid

What I see is amazing
Heart beats at an inhuman pace
All the wonders that I behold
In this magical place
I won’t get to tell anyone
I’ll never get back to my base
I can’t say that it bothers me
So long, goodbye, I just couldn’t wait

I’m headed to space
Where I’ll live out the rest of my days
The first man lost on Jupiter
That was the case
I’m headed to space
Where I’ll live out the rest of my days
The first man lost on Jupiter
So much for being afraid
Track Name: Darkness
I’ve been singing this song
For way too long
My voice is tired
My hands are tired
My head is tired
But I’m okay because

When I die I know
There’ll be nothing but darkness
When I die I know
There’ll be nothing but darkness

I’ve been on the fence
For way too long
My legs are tired
My eyes are tired
My need is dire
And I’m afraid because

When I die I know
There’ll be nothing but darkness
When I die I know
There’ll be nothing but darkness

I’ve been singing this song
For way too long
My eyes are tired
My voice is tired
My hands are tired
But I’m okay because

When I die I know
There’ll be nothing but darkness
When I die I know
There’ll be nothing but darkness
Track Name: Enmity of the Octopus Man
Contrary to popular belief
I know that vengeance
Will give me peace
And I assure you I will
See this through, my friend
To it’s unfortunate end

When will this pain leave my mind?
When will this frustration subside?
How can you go on with your life?
In due time perhaps I will realize
How you justify your lies

And in these moments preceding
With anticipation of our final meeting
I hold my breath as I
Imagine your demise
Your life so insignificant
Preying upon the innocent
Perhaps my purpose is to
Rid this world of you

When will this pain leave my mind?
When will all this hatred subside?
Why can’t I forgive and let die?
I swear that I’ve tried
It’s eating me alive

Now I know what I feel is reality
Deepest hatred slowly killing me
True enmity

Now I know what I see is reality
A broken man decays in front of me
What now of me?
Track Name: Farewell (#SongADayMay Reprise)
Farewell to Song-A-Day May
31 songs in a matter of 31 days
Farewell to Song-A-Day May
Yes I’m well-aware that this is
The same song as the first day

But now it’s time to end this project
And I figured a reprise would
Be the perfect punchline
And I wrote a song a day
Just to share, just to create
And found out that hashtag
Existed already anyway
I adapted a poem
And completed an unfinished tune
And I even sang a little bit o’
What I’m doing for you
The songs, they weren’t all good
But most of them were not bad
Except this one, but fuck it

Farewell to Song-A-Day May
By now you should know to expect
A little bit of profanity
Farewell to Song-A-Day May
I’m not doing this shit next year
No way

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