Electric Daydreams

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2016 has been an astonishingly weird year, and the songs I've been humming to myself throughout the day are about all I've had to keep me from just thinking "holllllllyyyy shiiiiiit ohhh jeeeeezzzzz" 24/7. This mini-album includes five new songs along with my previous single tracks "We Don't Know Anything", "Purgatory", and "Wherever We Go" from the summer. Hopefully they'll help you as much as they've helped me.

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released November 22, 2016

All music by Michael Guy Bowman. Backup vocals from Hallie on "Touch My Brain" and "We Don't Know Anything."

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Track Name: The Wild Years
Oh, the Wild Years
You're wondering why the world is the way the world is
Oh, the wilderness
You don't know where to go or who to know or what you've missed

You're looking everywhere for something new
Do all the things you always wanted to
Live on the highway and sleep in the car
Bathe in the ocean and love in the bar

Oh, the wild
Oh, the Wild Years
Oh, the Wild Years, the Wild Years, the Wild Years
Oh, the wild
Oh, the Wild Years
Oh, the Wild Years, the Wild Years

Oh, the Wild Years
You're wondering why the people are the way the people are
Oh, the wilderness
Nowhere you've ever been has ever been so very far

You're prowling in the allies like a cat
Crashing on open floors and yoga mats
Your shirts are dirty and your teeth are green
But all you want is what you haven't seen

Oh, the wild
Oh, the Wild Years
Oh, the Wild Years, the Wild Years, the Wild Years
Oh, the wild
Oh, the Wild Years
Oh, the Wild Years, the Wild Years, the Wild Years
Oh, the wild
Oh, the Wild Years
Oh, the Wild Years, the Wild Years, the Wild Years
Oh, the wild
Oh, the Wild Years
Oh, the Wild Years, the Wild Years, the Wild Years, the Wild Years

Wild Years
Give some away to the way that you're on
Wild Years
Let people say they can't say where you've gone
Wild Years
Live for the light of the dusk and the dawn
Oh, those Wild Years

Oh, the Wild Years
You're wondering why the world is the way the world is
Oh, the wilderness
You've got to have a life to have the right to reminisce

You might seem crazy, and you may well be
You're paying the price of living fantasy
And if you can't recall the reason why
Look where the empty highway meets the sky
Track Name: Touch My Brain
I've been turning on and off the radio
Looking for a way to go, a way to win

Skimming through the books and watching every show
There's too much to know, plug me in

And oh, how I'd like to be there with you
On your level, in your memories, on your plane
And oh, how I'd die just to share with you
Crack me open
Happy groping
Touch my brain

I can deal with scanners and inception
My reception is open wide
'Cause I believe in making true connection
Full injection, crawl inside

And oh, how I know you'll be happy here
Full steam ahead mate, it's my dream boat, break champaign
And oh, how you'll flow through my hopes and fears
In the background
Set the trap now
Touch my brain

Have mercy, have mercy
I'm getting so thirsty
My dendrites don't bend right
I need them to mend right
The wonders are plundered
So you're going under
I'll keep you, we'll creep
To the light at the end

Get behind the drywall in the wiring
You're inspiring, breaking ground
The waves of change are breaking in my wavelength
I have saved strength, it's found

And wow, what a cow I must seem to you
Fistulated, reinflated by your will
And oh, what a show it really is, you know
Time to strap in
Make it happen
Touch my brain

Okay, now you're touching my brain
I don't really like it
Get out
Track Name: We Don't Know Anything
We don’t know anything about love
We just know what’s on the TV
We don’t know anything about life
We just know what we like to see

We don’t read books
We sometimes look
But we always fall asleep
We follow trends
And lose our friends

We don’t know anything about truth
We just know where we’re going to stand
We don’t know anything about choice
We just get movies on demand

We don’t know how
We just fell down
From the fryer to the floor
We lost our taste
And went to waste

Oh, we don’t know anything at all
Not the strangers down the hall
Not the numbers that we call
Oh, we don’t know anything at all
Not the date and not the year
Not the reason why we’re here

We don’t know when to sleep or wake up
We just know when we’re out of drugs
We don’t know how to date or break up
We just communicate with shrugs

We don’t know where
We ought to stare
When the picture’s going black
Nothing to do
No hint or clue

We don’t know how it got to this point
We just forgot to turn the dial
We don’t know anyone in this joint
We just know we might be a while

What good are facts?
I can’t relax
When the news is always bad
Don’t look outside
No matter what

Friends, we don’t know anything
And by now we can’t even tell
The food in the kitchen is rotten
And so are we!
But at this point, it’s how we smell
So when you’re bored
And you’re hungry
And you’re tired
And you don’t want to go out
Well, there’s a screen in every room
And every pocket
So tune it all out, because you’re tuning in
To what we’re shoving right through your socket

Oh, we don’t know anything at all
Why the good things feel bad
Why the music makes you sad
Oh, we don’t know anything at all
Not the right and not the wrong
Not the meaning of this song
Track Name: Wherever We Go
Wherever we go
I'm sure we'll be fine
Let's get out the door
And go down the line
Pull out the maps
We're taking a lap 'round the signs

Wherever we go
There's something to do
So just name a place
I'll leave it to you
We're painting the town
Circling round
Passing through

Oh, wherever we go, we go
Oh, whatever we know, we know
Oh, we've got such a long way to go

Wherever we go
It's one of those days
Out in the sun
Under the haze
There's nothing to lose
Whatever we choose
Is OK

Wherever we go
Is where I wanna be
The high and the low life
It's all fine by me
Up 'til it's late
I just wanna wait
And see

Oh, wherever we go, we go
Oh, whatever we know, we know
Oh, we've got such a long way to go

Wherever we go, we go, oh no
Whatever we know, we know, oh no
Wherever we go, we go, we go
Track Name: I'm Seeing Everything
There's nothing wrong with walking through your door
So long as I can cover up my tracks
I mosey round your room while you are gone
I'll be out before you're even back

And I'm not taking anything
I'm just touching everything
The dirty dishes on your stove
The pockets in your fancy clothes
And I'm not missing anything
I'm just feeling everything
The scent of you upon your sheets
Your toothbrush against my grinning teeth

There's nothing wrong with looking through the glass
So long as you don't see me through the blinds
I'm never bored, no matter what you do
I always want to know what's on your mind

And I'm not taking anything
I'm just part of everything
'Cause everything you have is shared
As long as you don't know I'm there
And I'm not missing anything
I'm just into everything
The stuff you hide beneath the bed
I wonder what's inside your head
But I'm not taking anything
I'm just seeing everything
The food you cook, the way you sleep
The jokes you laugh at on TV
And I'm not missing everything
I'm just loving everything
But now you're getting much too high
You're crashing out, I don't know why

Your vomit is red
Oh God, are you dead?
You're falling to the floor
You can't reach the phone
You're in there alone
I'm breaking down your door
You're barely awake
Your body could break
I don't know what to do
But your car's in the back
And your key's on the rack
And now I'm holding you

And I'm not sure of anything
But you, my dear, are everything
I'm gunning it inside your car
I'm pulling into the ER
And I'm not saying anything
'Cause now I'm losing everything
They load you on the stretcher now
I leave the keys and bail out

And now I'm seeing everything
But I'm not saying anything
And now I'm seeing everything

Two weeks have gone by, and it's good to see you home
But there's bars on the windows, my cover is blown
You're locking the door, and you're closing the blinds
But I'm in the glass when your eyes meet mine
Track Name: Suicide Hotline
All the friends you used to know
Remember how it used to go
With you and them and what they said
And what you're doing now instead

Swore that you would show 'em all
And leave behind the shopping malls
And water towers and power lines
And climb as high as you can climb

You can't go back, you're up there now
You're too far out to just come down
There's nothing left to break your fall
And you can't bare to lose it all

Suicide Hotline
I'm supposed to care, but I don't
I see the stop sign
I should just wait there, but I won't
Suicide Hotline
It's more than I can bare

Fake a smile, punch a clock
Haul the garbage 'round the block
Give away another year
To proving why you're hanging here

Conversations never start
Regarding contents of your heart
Full to burst, but nothing's changed
While all the world has rearranged

Around you in the center of
A halfway life you never loved
If you can't learn to love it now
What little's up could all come down

Suicide Hotline
I'm supposed to care, but I don't
I see the stop sign
I should just wait there, but I won't
Suicide Hotline
It's more than I can bare

I'm waiting for an arm to grab me
I'm looking for a net below
I don't see anybody waiting
I've got to let somebody know

Suicide Hotline
I'm supposed to care, but I don't
I see the stop sign
I should just wait there, but I won't
Suicide Hotline
It's more than I can bare
Track Name: Tomorrow's Gonna Come
Every single day, I feel it happening
The moving of the rocks, the tremors and the shocks
Heaven only knows which way it's coming from
But tomorrow's gonna come real soon

People all along the street
Stumble over on their feet
Always falling down and down and down
Pilots in the windy sky
Don't you ever wonder why
We keep going round and round and round?

Every single word you say, it takes me there
I've seen it on the news, I feel it in my shoes
I won't sleep at all until the work is done
For tomorrow's gonna come real soon

And when it comes, I will be there with my open arms
And when I feel it, I will know it can't do me harm
And when the world I know is gone, I'll be moving on
When we change

Every single television's always on
People in the lines all listening for signs
High up on the hills, I hear the beating drums
For tomorrow's gonna come real soon

And when it comes, I will be there with my open arms
And when I feel it, I will know it can't do me harm
And when the world I know is gone, I'll be moving on
When we change

Every single day, I feel it happening
And if you don't believe, just look around and see
Heaven only knows which way it's coming from
But tomorrow's gonna come real soon
Track Name: Purgatory
Oh Muses guide me, please provide me with your hallowed song
I’ve been to Hell and back, I’m losing track of the road I’m on
Help my recounting of this mountain rising in the dawn

I’ve been traipsing every terrace up in Purgatory
Crowded by sinner’s souls stripped of every dignity
Carrying the weight of what I’ve done and all the worst of me

I’m taking the long road
I’m starting the fire
Next time that you see me
I’ll be higher

I see the pride, I see the envy and the anger now
I see the ones who wait, the ones who take, or just ate out
I see the lovers without love are not without a doubt

The days are long, we walk in circles while the sun is high
We look for answers if there’s chance for us in Paradise
Heaven knows I will climb unto the stars to make things right

Oh man, it’s easy from the outside looking in
The stairs are not so tall for those who can begin
Oh, but I’ve been looking so far out of frame

I focus now upon my feet upon the path
I make the distance, let the step stones do the math
I know the next half of life won’t be the same

I’m not searching for a sliver of a silver lining
I am taking what is left that I can say is mine
And if the road I’m on is long and winding
Well, you know, it’s fine

I’ll be drinking from the river at the end of this
And know that when I look into the eyes of Beatrice
I will be purified of all that I no longer miss