Mercury Man

by Butch Young

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Pop Tunesmith Butch Young’s “Mercury Man” orbits into digital retailers.

Los Angeles based singer-songwriter Butch Young’s (self-released, home-recorded) album “Mercury Man” is now available @ iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, Spotify, Tidal and many other digital retailer and streaming sites.
Young serves up an idiosyncratic brand of Britpop, alternately exuberant and melancholic, by turns Baroque, Bubblegum and bittersweet. With characters conjured from the biblical, interplanetary, mythological and hallucinatory realms. Tongue firmly in cheek and heart plainly on sleeve. These playfully bouncy confections pop out of the box like sweetly hopeful prayers -- vaguely oddball incantations from the subconscious jukebox.
Featuring principal collaborator Matt Lee on electric guitar and bass. Mixed & mastered by Alan Brownstein with CD artwork by Grammy-winner Rachel Gutek.

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released January 15, 2016

Recorded in Butch Young's living room (Los Angeles, CA).

All songs written by Butch Young (BMI).

c. 2016 Butch Young / Little Christmas Recordings

All rights reserved.

Produced by Butch Young.

Mixed and mastered by Alan Brownstein

Design concept by Butch Young

Art Direction and Layout by Rachel Gutek

Contact: butchmusic@aol.com


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Butch Young Los Angeles, California

Butch Young serves up an idiosyncratic brand of Britpop, alternately exuberant and melancholic, by turns Baroque, Bubblegum and bittersweet. With characters conjured from the biblical, interplanetary, mythological and hallucinatory realms. Featuring principal collaborator Matt Lee on electric guitar and bass. ... more

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Track Name: Mercury Man
Long ago and somewhere far away
Another time another place
There came a special man
A message in his hand
To save us in the end
Here he comes again
As fast as he can

So baby
Don't be a fool
Don't be afraid
He's come to stay
Mercury man

He's breaking the sound barrier, too
Mercury man

Across the universe
A world away
At the speed of light he came
Falling from the sky
Beyond the great divide
To show us all the way
Flew in from mercury
With wings upon his feet

So baby
Don't be a fool
Don't be afraid
He's come to stay
Mercury man

He's breaking the sound barrier, too
Mercury man

Deep in the quiet
The deafening silence
Floating all alone in space
See how he's crying
So tired of trying
Every time to save the day

Here he comes again
As fast as he can

So baby
Don't be a fool
Don't be afraid
He's come to stay
Mercury man

He's breaking the sound barrier, too
Mercury man


c. 2016 Butch Young BMI
Track Name: Persephone
Goddess of the underworld
Mistress of the afterlife

As Persephone
Gathered flowers
Hades intervened
To drag her downward

When he opened up the earth
Persephone was swallowed
And such remained her curse
As witnessed by Apollo

Oh oh oh oh
Persephone
Oh oh oh oh
What's left for
What's left for me?

Goddess of the underworld
Mistress of the afterlife

Demeter roamed the land
To find her daughter
She did not understand
Where Hades brought her

And she searched relentlessly
Till a fountain filled her spirit
And she cried: "Persephone"
Who alas, could never hear it

Oh oh oh oh
Persephone
Oh oh oh oh
What's left for
What's left for me?

Goddess of the underworld
Mistress of the afterlife

Come Spring she'd be set free
Winter remanded
He fed Persephone
A pomegranate

Goddess of the underworld
Mistress of the afterlife


c. 2016 Butch Young BMI
Track Name: One Foot In
This simple kind of life
Take not for granted
You can do with it what you like
As is your habit

Sell you soul
Or trade your wife
Turn the screw or twist the knife
Well come on, let's have it

One foot in, one foot out
One foot firmly in your mouth
You talkin' to me?
I'm talkin' to you
We can keep talkin' till we're blue

This silent beam of light
Is not so magic
Though only seen at night
There's one advantage

Watch the galaxies explode
Tell the children they'll get old
That's right, God damn it

One foot in, one foot out
One foot firmly in your mouth
You talkin' to me?
I'm talkin' to you
We can keep talkin' till we're blue

This stupid little life
Is not so tragic
Though we'll never get out alive
It's one rich pageant

Tell the author of the sun
To construct another one
Let's get right to it

One foot in, one foot out
One foot firmly in your mouth
You talkin' to me?
I'm talkin' to you
We can keep talkin' till we're blue


c. Butch Young BMI
Track Name: Dime Store Jesus
Dime Store Jesus is
Stifling his sneezes
Worn-out waitress
Addressed him with her
Blessings and her sins

I am, you might recall
Your lord & master
No one you'll ever find
Could bless you better

Tent show revivals are
Thumping on their bibles
Gas station seekers
Arrive to hear him speak
And speak The Word

I am, you might recall
Your lord & master
The one you trust to tell
Just what's the matter

Son
Only son
Only son
Son

Dime Store Jesus
Time you leave us

I am the chosen one
Your lord and master

Sidewalk Caesar
Relieved of all his seizures
Renders to Jesus
A dime and nothing more
To catch the bus

There goes, you might recall
Your lord & master
Dime Store Jesus has
Arrived to save us

Son
Only son
Only son
Son


c. 2016 Butch Young BMI
Track Name: The Fools of May
It's a story line
As old as time
Wanting a love
That can't be mine
Even the sun
Needs a reason
Sometimes to come out and shine

The Fools of May
Are coming on to play
To play
The Fools of May
Jumped up upon the stage

Like their saddest song
When you were young
Made you want to sing along
The Man in the Moon
Is pining for you
When he feels alone the dark

The Fools of May
Are coming on to play
To play
The Fools of May
Jumped up upon the stage

Sometimes you can'y help feeling
Like the foolish one
Nobody loves you, honey
Like a fool in love

Now it's time to go
Play your role
In your slow-mo picture show
Look how the stars
Are finding it hard
Tonight to summon a spark

The Fools of May
Are warming up the stage
The stage
The Fools of May

c. 2016 Butch Young BMI
Track Name: Child of Nature
On the battlefields of home
Wherever you may roam
I hope you’ll always know
You still have a place to go

Do you remember
That time you fell upon your face
Trying to fly into space?
You couldn’t wait
Little Child of Nature
Flying high as the sky will take her

Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh
Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh

On the autumn leaves of gold
Or winter’s silver throne
She lives out in the wild
I miss this nature’s child

Do you remember
That time we flipped into the lake
Just as the moon was taking shape?
It fascinates little Child of Nature
Let’s celebrate whoever is her maker

Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh
Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh

Do you remember
When you would run out in the rain
Letting it fall upon your face?
You loved the taste, little Child of Nature
You went away, little Child of Nature

Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh
Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh


c. 2016 Butch Young BMI
Track Name: Sunday Driver
Who’ll be there
Turning wider down that crowded thoroughfare?
We’re all waiting just for you
'Cause you’re always slowin’ down
Though you’re only passin’ through

Hey, Mr. Sunday Driver
We’re in a hurry when the workday’s done, yeah
Hey, Mr. Sunday Driver
Was the sun in your eyes?
Or are you awake?
You're riding the break, man

How I fear
Once my coffee’s cold
I'll still be waiting here with a smile
I’ve got better things to do
Than to wait behind a man
Who’s admiring the view

Hey, Mr. Sunday Driver
We’re in a hurry when the weekend comes
Hey, Mr. Sunday Driver
Was the sun in your eyes or
Are you awake?
Move out of the way, man

Time out for a couple of years
He’s turning wider
So slow he’s grinding the gears
This Sunday Driver

'Cause you’re always slowin’ down
Though you’re only passin’ through

Hey, Mr. Sunday Driver
We’re in a hurry when the workday’s done
Hey, Mr. Sunday Driver
Was the sun in your eyes
Or are you awake?
You're riding the break, man


c. 2016 Butch Young BMI
Track Name: Mohammed on Top of the Mountain
It was a quarter to eight
When we tried to escape
Through a hole in the ceiling
We're molecular cells
Deconstructing ourselves
And the truth is revealing

Where do we go from here?
Segueing into some unseen dimension
And doing away with our fears

Do you feel like
Mohammed on top of the mountain?
Ponce de Leon in search of his Fountain
Of Youth eternally?

By nine-forty-five
We were barely alive
Among all we'd ingested
Many drinks were imbibed
In a mid-Soho dive
Where we both got arrested

Where are they taking us, dear?
Down to a cell in the House of Detention
Closing our eyes and our ears

Do you feel like
Mohammed on top of the mountain?
Ponce de Leon in search of his Fountain
Of Youth eternally?

I don't care what you say
I don't care what you do
All I know is that I love you

When you're swimming in my vein
All my worries slip away
Yes I must admit I want to

In the following days
We emerged from our haze
And regained all our senses
Though it gave us a fright
Maybe such is the price
Of the height of transcendence

Where do we go from here?
And can we get back
If it's too much adventure?
Learning to swallow our fears

Do you feel like
Mohammed on top of the mountain?
Ponce de Leon in search of his
Fountain Of Youth eternally


c. 2016 Butch Young BMI
Track Name: Algernon
I didn't want to speak with you
It's driving time for the things you do
I fell in love, but so what?
Now I feel down in the dumps

Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, that is love

Algernon
I was writing on the company wall
I was searching for the truth of it all
Algernon

I couldn't stand to wait for you
I hung up and you did, too
Now I wish you were here
Just one thing I'd tell you dear:

Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, that is love

Algernon
You're killing me with all your carrying on
You can't expect that we would always be young
Algernon

I tell you pretty baby
Come back to me my lady

Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh
That is love

Algernon
I was writing on the company wall
I was searching for the truth of it all
Algernon

Algernon
You're killing me with all your carrying on
You can't expect that we would always be young
Algernon


c. 2016 Butch Young BMI
Track Name: Asteroid
Riding on my asteroid
With the one I love
Coming down for oxygen
Gets so tough

Soaking up the starlight
Of a distant sun
Gone in the morning
When I wake up

You sold me your sunny skies
You chased the clouds
To make it clearer
Lightning cracked it open wide
And now the storm is that much nearer

I saw you at the station
A travel reservation
Made out just for one

Does your imagination
Carry you to places
Or are you on the run?

Dropping through the atmosphere
Plummeting to earth
Hope you had fun for what it's worth

Falling out of orbit
With the ones you love
All the world around you revolves

While you were getting high
Someone had to make a living
It's no use and no surprise
You take and take
But there's no giving

I saw you at the station
A travel reservation
Made out just for one

Does your imagination
Carry you to places
Or are you on the run?

While you were getting high
No one checked the children's fever
And now you act surprised
At what you're finding in the mirror

I saw you at the station
A travel reservation
Made out just for one

Does your imagination
Carry you to places
Or are you on the run?

Will you ever learn, Asteroid?
You gotta come back to earth
Track Name: Wonderful Life
So I'll just stumble on my way
From the cradle to the grave
Though I never seem to notice what
Is holy now
Holy cow

It's a wonderful life
A wonderful day
And we can all come out to play

Yeah, we're coming to life
We're coming today
And love will always find a way

So what
If the world just blows away
Leaves us lonely in it's wake
Would we ever stop to notice that
It's over now?
Oh, and how

It's a wonderful life
A wonderful day
And we can all come out to play

Yeah, we're coming to life
We're coming today
And love will always find a way

It's a wonderful life
A wonderful day
And we can all come out to play

Yeah, we're coming to life
We're coming today
And love will always find a way


c. 2016 Butch Young BMI
Track Name: Starlit Lullaby
Starlight, star bright
Shine upon the earth
With promise of rebirth
'Cause star that die
Still will shine
Long afterward

Oh how I long to see them shine
And hear their song one more time

Look to the western sky
For a starlit lullaby

Moonlight, tonight
Glows upon the ocean
Stirs emotion
And the melody
By the ocean breeze
Plays in reverse

Then with a beauty beyond words
The mermaid sing:
La la la la la la

Look to the western sky
For a starlit lullaby
Lullaby
Starlit lullaby

Bye bye bye bye bye bye bye
Oh my love
This is our goodbye

Bye bye bye bye bye bye bye
Oh my love
Don't turn out the light

Light years from here
A star that's barely blinking
Mutely winking
Sputters out her song
So sing along
Chime in the verse

All of the birds
In the universe are singing:
La la la la la

Look to the western sky
For a starlit lullaby
Lullaby
Starlit lullaby


c. 2016 Butch Young BMI