Hang On

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released June 18, 2016

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King Mixer Chicago, Illinois

King Mixer is both musical ensemble and performing alias of Chicago singer/songwriterEric Howell. New LP 'Hang On' featuring members of Smoking Popes, NRBQ, BoDeans and Off Broadway. At a moment when guitar bands are fighting for a place in modern music, King Mixer offers up deliberately backdated sounds with a postmodern flare, which become harder to pin down with each genre-defying twist. ... more

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Track Name: Let It Go!
Say Hello - To a brand new show
To a fast change
On your remote control
Takes its toll - on the TV sage
Who put a racist joke - on a comic stage

Cuz I know - about the season of change
And when it's time to laugh - here comes the rain
And I can't cry anymore

(Chorus)
I got a love aching in my heart
So I gotta let you know
That this love is breaking us apart
So we gotta let it go

And I know - how the traffic flows
Cuz I'm a fast lane- and its moving slow
And I know - what it must look like
From the bleacher stands - to the finish line

And I know - we're saying goodbye to a best friend
So strike a match under this gas can
You say I burned nine lives honey well
I got ten and you've lost patience and I
Can't take any more

(Chorus)

Sun sweet angel won't you
Walk in the sand honey
Say you will say you understand
Here's my plan I know that
That's your man but he's not stain'
And I can't wait anymore…

(Chorus)
Track Name: And That's All
It's monday morning - the world starts turning
I know this won't be my day
months are goin by and while I sit and wonder why
The folks at home are living life day to day
( 4 bar break )

Today I got a letter - to make me 'feel better'
A lady friend who told where she was comin' from
Never read it through cuz when you live in a zoo
You don't give a damn about what's goin' on

Every time I visit it's the same old thing
Everybody got a different song to sing
Sometimes I just wish that they would shut their mouths
When they're talking bout something they know nothing about

(pre- chorus)
But you're not talkin'
And you're not hanging around…

(chorus)
So tell me how you're doin' - tell me how you're feelin'
Tell me if there's anything that I can do
I don't really want ya - I don't wanna getcha
I just wanna know what's goin' on with you
And that's all

(that's what I say - everyday)

III.
Now everybody knows me and everybody shows me
All the different things that happened while I's gone
I wonder when they'll notice that I'm not so devoted
To anything that came before I happened along
Please don't get me wrong I know they don't understand
Everything I've gone through to succeed in my plan
I know it's hard to see it but I do what I can
because this is what they tell me when they shake my hand (they say)

(Chorus)
Tell us how you're doin' - tell us how you're feline'
Tell us if there's anything that we can do
We don't really want ya - we don't wanna get cha
We just wanna know what's goin' on with you
And that's all
(yeah that's what they say - almost everyday)

(pre-chorus)
But you're not talkin'
No you're not hangin' around
(Chorus)
So tell me how you're doin' - tell me how you're feelin'
Tell me if there's anything that I can do
I don't really want ya - I don't wanna getcha
I just wanna know what's goin' on with you
So tell me how you're doin'
Tell me how you're feline
Let me know if there is something I CAN do
I don't really want ya - I don't wanna get cha
I just wanna know what's goin' on with you
And That's All
(yeah that's what I say - most of every day)
And That's All!
Track Name: Don't Chu Think (feat. Cliff Johnson)
I don't like you - and you - don't like me
So I guess that makes it even
And maybe I'm happy
I can see you - but you - won't believe
That there no good reason for hiding
Cuz you think you see through me

But I'm all wrong for you
You're not right for me
You keep telling me to make no plans
I'm not Superman don't you understand
Love is a painful emotion…

(Chorus)
Don't you think I realize that?
Don't you think I know just what you seek?
Don't you think I know who you are?
And don't you know I want-to-tell-
Everybody… what's happening to you and me

You asked me to meet up alone
Sure enough I'm sitting here on my own
While seasons collide with your reasons
I'm waiting forever…
Among fools who laugh in the rain
Sunshine that calls your name
No one knows you - nobody owns you
But you want it just the same

But I'm no lonely one - you're not the only one
No "big love affair" will make you change
Sweet hypocrisy - Two-faced sympathies
Only a fool could believe…

(Chorus)
Don't you think I realize that?
Don't you think I know just what you seek?
Don't you think I know who you are?
And don't you know I want-to-tell-
Everybody….. (solo)

Don't you think I realize that?
Don't you think I know just what you seek?
Don't you think I know who you are?
And now I know YOU want to tell everybody…
Everybody… Everybody….
What's happening to you and me
Track Name: Back To You
Never been too popular
so when they tell you that you're beautiful
How do you know they mean it?
You know I kinda feel invincible
when I'm driving through the carnival and they wave me through…
just like you know who...

(Chorus)
it all comes back to you
You're a call for rain on a heavenly day
In everything you do
You get a sweet release in the words that you say (hey hey hey!)

OH -UH-OH UH-OH WHOAH

VRS 2
We were heading for the top o' the charts
So why'd you have to come and broke it apart
in a crowded room…you told me the gig was through (aww!)
So I got a job at Dairy Queen
And heard you shouting out something mean
about a Dilly Bar bag
You said, "Hey! - Get a job you nag!"
While you were dressed in drag

(chorus)
And it all comes back to you
You riot in the streets in the name of peace
In everything you do
You get a sweet relief in hypocrisy
You don't see the irony…DO YA?!?

( - back ups Ohhh ohhh Ohhhh Ohhhhh Oh - Ohhh Ohhh)

[BRIDGE break down]
what in the hell do you think you're doin?
You're leading us into all KINDS of ruin
with your thoughts, and your beliefs about yourself….

vrs 3
It's really good to see you're doing so well
But no one needs to see your show and tell
of domestic life
You're 'Big Reveal' is another disguise?!?
The perfect picture of secrets and lies

(Chorus)
That all comes back to you (it all comes back to you)
You're an elaborate hoax designed to deceive
In everything you do (it all comes back to you)
You're a grassy knoll and I'm a Kennedy
If what you say is true (it all comes back to you)
The Man on the Moon was only on TV
It all comes back to you (it all comes back to you)
You get a sweet relief from dishonesty
Tell me honestly…don't cha?!?!
Track Name: One Too Many
It never gets old - when the hero's down and out
in the last scene
Like Rocky Balboa - when he hit the ground
in the final round in the ring
And Mickey cried "stay down!"
But he staggered to his feet
When they heard the trumpets sound
It felt like my own victory
But as I left my seat
I was just ordinary me…(annnd, scene! )

As I came crawling up to the finish line
Someone said "false start!"
I've had one too many dreams
That broke my heart

I'm giving up - on breaking down
upon my bended knee
I've suffered enough
I been kicked around throughout my history
I loved her from afar - since we were both seventeen
But she laid out in my car
with some six foot three marine
After all she meant to me
I guess it wasn't meant to be ( not for me )

But you won't find me staring down a wishing well
It's all dried up and dark
I've had one too many dreams
That broke my heart
I been turned down for the leading role
While you turned up a star
And that's just one too many dreams
That broke my heart… (solo)

So if I jump the shark
They won't say I'm past my peak
If I'm thrown out of this bar
There will be no paparazzi
No surreal reality
For this non-celebrity... (that's good news for me!)

If they offer up the leading role
You can take my part
I've had one too many dreams that broke my heart
You won't find me staring down your wishing well
It's all dried up and dark
I've had one too many dreams that broke my heart
I've had one too many dreams
One too many dreams
I've had one too many dreams..
That broke my heart
Track Name: Zookeepers
Everybody's talkin' 'bout you
Where did you go - you'd think they'd know that
You're on the moon

Acting like you haven't got a clue
To your own demise - you'd think that'd make you
Wise - but you're telling those white lies
To anyone with honest eyes
Looking for the truth

Anytime you walk across a room
They'll be lighting up your cigarettes and making you an offer
You just leave 'em coughin'
While all the other animals you choose
They circle me as if I were a cheating spouse it's torture
The dogs are saying divorce her
The leopards call in the lawyers
The keepers of the zoo

(Chorus 1)
Does anybody else out there
See the world as a beautiful parasite
Where life eats life
The evidence is everywhere
We do what we're doin' to survive.


All those times you played us for fools
You said we could reach the summit
If we make it past the border
But they're firing mortar
And you gave the order
To drop the nukes

(Chorus 2)
Does anybody else out there
Feel just a little bit scared to die
The evidence is everywhere
That maybe you're a little bit paranoid
Or you might be right… this time
Cuz everybody everywhere
Is doin what we're doin to survive
We're telling those white lies
To anyone with honest eyes
Looking for the truth

Fallen angels will steal your wings
And wild lions eat everything they can catch
What if we've already been saved?
And all of this is a paradise

Fallen angels with melted wings
The wild lions eat everything they can catch
But what if we've already been saved
And all the world is a paradise

All the beauty in the plans we make (the ridiculous plans we make)
We can do anything we dream of
What if we've already been saved
And all of this is a paradise
That we blew up
This is a paradise we blew up
Track Name: Business Unusual
Welcome to the race in a new democracy
The streets are lined with signs
Staring in the face of their own hypocrisy
Suddenly right on time
There's talking and everyone's buying

Offer me up insight so mysterious
Prying them with wine - and high priced whores
You won't see a dime off the deal
Get serious - what do they pay you for?!?
To just stand there and hold the door?
There taking it to the floor
Does anyone know the score?

[Bridge]
You can try all you want to
To forget what we've been through
But the bridge has been blasted
And we can't get past it
You already told me
You're not gonna do it
But you said that the last time
And you know we've been through this
So try all you want to
To deny what we've been through
But the ballad has been cast
In a vote beyond your grasp…
[psychedelic middle eastern interlude]

You're talking and everyone's buying!
Your ship has come in tonight
But it's turning against the tide
Onto an empty shore
Where nobody knows the score
And I don't care what The Man will try to tell you
It's only to sell you more!

And more! And more! And more! And more!
Track Name: Gravity
And holy shit that's gotta hurt
With nobody left you love in this world
Someone once told you love was a lie
Well it turns out - that they were right
They sold your soul just for a song
Divorced of consequence and wrong
A sociopath flashing peace signs
A beautiful body poison your mind
They need to keep you wanting more
While they got one foot out the back door
I'm sorry folks but we're outta time
And I been waiting all my life!


I't's coming at you all of the time
The wants and the needs of a mind
There's fire in the air tonight
And confident incompetence
Is coming at you all of the time
In particles and waves of light
Invisible to the naked eye
And into the orbit of..

Gravity you can surf on the sound
On the way out you turn it around
So get in touch when you're in town
And hang me up when I'm calling
Gravity you can surf on the sound
On my way out you turn me around
We all get lost to get found
You pick me up when I'm falling
Down, down, down, down, down
Down, down, down, down, down
Track Name: Somethin' Else
And so you found it all…
And you're talkin' 'bout fate
You'll tell anyone
About your plan to set a date
But you're pushing too hard
And you're giving it all away
And you're making me talk about it
Yeah you're making the levy break

When I was
Perfectly flawed and in sad shape
You made all those things about me ok
But see it's taking too long
And I'm wondering why you wait
I see you're thinking 'bout getting older
Well I'm still trying to act my age
And we're laying all these years to waste

(Chorus)
And I know you've long moved on now, baby but wait
Cuz I'm trying hard to forget your pain
And live through these mistakes
Cuz there ain't nothing that's gone
That's anything you can't replace
I see you walking arm in arm
But I'm still standing - standing in the same space
Living in the wrong place, wishing there was
Somethin' Else to say


Well you know you were
My bible book and page
But all my sins they lived within your face
Because those angel eyes
Were the devil's just the same
And now they've both since been discarded
While I'm still thinking - thinking how it started
How you would come to doubt it
How I would live without it

(Chorus)
I know you've long moved on now baby, but wait
Cuz I'm dying to forget your name - and live to see the day
When there ain't nothing you got
That's anything I really need
Cuz everything I really want
You keep waving in front of me
But see I'm thinking too hard
And I'm giving it all away
You're acting blind to what we lost
But still your eyes - they show a trace
Of you when I found ya
Of you when you were somethin' Else to me
Track Name: So Happy (It's Nobody's Fault)
PLAYED HIDE AND SEEK SO LONG TO FIND YOU
THE GAME BELONGED TO NO ONE ELSE
YOU WERE THE VOYEUR IN THE MIRROR
I SAW YOUR REFLECTION IN MYSELF

BUT TIME HAS A WAY OF CHANGING PICTURES
I SAW THIS ONE OF YOU, AN ANGEL
BECOME A VULTURE PICKIN' CROW

AND AS YOU FLOAT DOWN THE BAYOU
AMONG THE STICKS AND STONES
I HEAR THE NAMES THAT THEY CALL YOU
AND THERE'S A PAIN THAT DOESN'T SHOW...

(CHORUS 1)
BUT I WANNA KNOW
WHERE DO YOU GET OFF FEELIN' SO HAPPY
DON'T SAY IT'S LOVE
IT'LL MAKE ME LAUGH
UNTIL IT HURTS

II.
SLEEPING ALONE CAN BE CATHARTIC
A SIDE OF THE BED YOU'VE NEVER KNOWN
YOUR SLEEPING AROUND LEFT YOU LETHARGIC
LIKE SOME DISEASE THAT'S IN YOUR BODY
LEAVING LESIONS ON MY SOUL

I'LL NEVER SMOKE THAT PEACE PIPE
I'LL NEVER BREAK THAT CODE
I'LL SEE THE MOON IN YOUR DAYLIGHT
I'LL WATCH THE SUN GO DOWN AT DAWN

(CHORUS 2)
WHAT I WANNA KNOW
IS WHERE DO YOU GET OFF FEELIN SO HAPPY
DON'T SAY IT'S LOVE
IT'LL MAKE ME LAUGH
UNTIL IT HURTS
AND I JUST GOTTA SAY
YOU'LL NEVER MAKE IT OUT THAT WAY
I TRIED TO GET BACK
YOU HAD TO MOVE ON
LIKE IT WASN'T YOUR FAULT (SOLO)

CHORUS 2 REPEAT

LAST LINE IS:
TIME WON'T GIVE BACK
TIME WILL MOVE ON
IT'S NOBODY'S FAULT
IT'S NOBODY'S FAULT
IT'S NOBODY'S FAULT
Track Name: Days That Used Be
I don't get my hopes up anymore
that when work is done and you and I walk out the door
that come 5:15 you and me will be drunk and carrying on
till 3 (not like it used to be)

All this talk of getting old - how every day's a miracle
I think it's time we settled down so you can see
Why prolong the agony

(Chorus)
Cuz I - can't keep hanging around - those days that used to be
Oh no cuz I - I know what I know now - and I know what it means

Time marches on I'm in love what's that song
They got pictures to prove we were there
We all know that things must change but tell me
why can't it remain as it was when I last stopped to stare
And all those things that you believed you're wishing now
you could retrieve there's no guarantees delete your head
reboot your heart
It's just this changing of the guard now honey
don't take it so hard just gotta get these kids to bed
Start the car

(Chorus)

I can't take no more…all this falling down on the floor
cuz it's 9:15 and I've arrived but we can't keep carrying on 'til three

Cuz I can't take no more
So help me up off the floor
Cuz it's 12:15 and I'm alive but we can't keep
Carrying on till three (can we?)
Now it's 2:15 and it looks like we...
will be... carrying on til three!