Mike Rufo
07/15/2016

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I'm excited to release my new album, Nothin' But Now.  Check out the 8 songs on this CD below.

 

 

In My Hear, Dear (Through the Wall)

The Mad Trapper

Night Birds

Transcendental Meta-Worry

Nothing to Fear

Juanita

A Place

Brother Man (Been Told)

Mike Rufo
07/15/2016
Michael W. Rufo

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Mike Rufo - Vocals, Acoustic guitars

Gawain Mathews - Pedal steel guitar, Mandolin

Tony Glaser - Upright bass

Graham Patzner - Violin

Brandon Watson - Drums

Kelly McFarling - Background vocals

David Johnson - Background vocals

Produced by Gawain Mathews and Mike Rufo

 

Lyrics

If you leave, there's the door,
I don't want to talk about, this no more.
If you're gonna go then, walk away,
If you need to leave, baby, that's OK.

But if you leave me now, down those tracks,
Ain't no hard feelings, but don't come back.
I don't want no letters, telling me why,
Save the postage, baby, just, say goodbye.

Oh, but do you really care? If I'm here or if I'm there?
Always so above the fray, I think I'll be on my way.

Now that you done your thinkin', what's it gonna be,
Keep on walkin', or stay with me?
The time is passing, yes, the time has come,
Do what you must do, just, let it be done.

Oh, but do you really care? If I'm here or if I'm there?
Always so above the fray, I think I'll be on my way.
No, no, what I meant to say, I really would rather to stay.
Don't want to be alone, baby, baby I'm coming home.

Am I happy, what did you say?
I'll keep you in my heart, dear, every day.

Mike Rufo
07/15/2016
Mike Rufo

Story

This song tells the tale of Albert Johnson, the so-called Mad Trapper.  Johnson was reputed to have super human strength and wilderness skills and was the target of an intense Royal Canadian Mounted Police manhunt through the Yukon during a bitter winter in the early 1930s.  The song follows the slightly fictionalized account from the book of the same title by Rudy Wiebe.

 

Mike Rufo
2016
Mike Rufo

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This song alludes to a story of a young couple who decide not to be together yet because the world is stuck in senseless violence, separation, and injustice.  They decide to turn into night birds until humanity has had a consciousness transformation that eliminates war, hunger/poverty, and injustice.  Of course, the song is as much a set of images and that's just one possible interpretation.  Ultimately, it's about belief that a better world is possible and the comfort, love, and support that we provide to each other along the journey. 

Mike Rufo
07/15/2016
Michael W. Rufo

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A good-natured spoof based on a 1974 essay by the fabulous science writer, Lewis Thomas.

Mike Rufo
2016
Mike Rufo

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More musing on the path to peace.

Mike Rufo
03/06/2014
Michael W. Rufo

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This song was inspired by all of those who have and do struggle to make ends meet, while giving so much of themselves to their work, their families, and their communities. 

Mike Rufo
2016
Mike Rufo

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To everything, there is a season, and a place.

Mike Rufo
2016
Mike Rufo

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Getting set straight by someone whose been around.

Mike Rufo

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Much appreciation to my CD co-producer/engineer/session musician stud Gawain Mathews, CD drummer Kyle Caprista, and photographer extraodinaire Tamarind Free Jones.  Many thanks to my No Exit band-mates for playing many of these tunes live.

Lyrics

 

Mike Rufo
Mike Rufo

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I see you sittin’ there, but I don’t feel you near,

I want to talk to you, can’t find the words it’s true,

I want to touch your heart, I don’t know how to start,

Feels like a world away, maybe today’s the day.

 

Can you see me, can you see me now, can you see me walk inside that room?

Can you see me, can you feel me now, can you feel me breaking through this tune?

 

I’m feeling everything, this crazy world can bring,

The hunger and the poor, the everlasting war,

The sudden siren’s song, bionic world at dawn,

Are we to be the ones, walking from Omelas?

 

Can you see me, can you see me now, can you see me walk inside that room?

Can you see me, can you feel me now, can you feel me breaking through this tune?

 

You see the endless sky, now hear my silent cry,

You see a world of sound, now watch me turn around,

You see the moon above, now feel me see the love,

What do you really need, to dance upon this breeze?

 

Can you see me, can you see me now, can you see me walk inside that room?

Can you see me, can you feel me now,

can you feel me breaking through this,

breaking through this,

breaking this tune?

Mike Rufo
Mike Rufo

Lyrics

Hey there mama won't you open up your van,

Pretty baby I will love you all I can,

Sweet, sweet mama peace, love, and understand

Pretty baby, wanna be your sweatheart man.

 

Black lab named Seymour riding shot gun by your side,

Blue bandana sets him off with hippy pride,

He is loyal, as the day is night,

I hear him howin', crazy songs all night.

 

And I'm fallin', fallin' for you,

Can't think of nothin' , nothin' but you,

And I'm falling, for you, I'm blind and crazy thinkin' of you.

 

The wind is blowin' wildly through your hair,

The van is rolling down the road to everywhere,

The sky is open, endless overhead,

I went every, every where you led.

 

Now you say your time with me is through,

You say you've got to do what you must do,

Well that's all right I'm getting tired too,

But hey there mama I will never forget you,

I will never forget you, I will never forget you...

 

And I'm still falling, fallin' for you,

Can't think of nothin' , nothin' but you,

Yeah I'm still falling, fallin' for you,

Still blind and crazy thinkin' of you.

 

I'm blind and crazy, thinking 'bout you baby,

I'm blind and crazy, thinking 'bout you girl,

I'm blind and crazy, girl you're driving me crazy,

I'm blind and crazy, girl you changed my world.

 

And I'm still falling, fallin' for you,

Can't think of nothin' , nothin' but you,

Yeah I'm still falling, fallin' for you,

Still blind and crazy thinkin' of you.

Mike Rufo

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I want to talk to you, baby, don't you know this much is true

I want to walk with you, girl, with the river running through.

I want to talk to you, baby, underneath the sky so blue,

I want to walk with you, girl, holdin' hands just we two.

 

I want to tell you everything you know,

I want to take you where you want to go,

I want to show you what you want me to show,

I want to be with you in an endless flow...

 

I want to see the moonrise, comin' up the Cortez Sea,

I want to see the sunset, underneath the swayin' tree,

I want to see the stars shine, just as bright as they can be,

I want to show you the Three Skies, all alone just you and me.

 

I want to tell you everything you know,

I want to take you where you want to go,

I want to show you what you want me to show,

I want to be with you in an endless flow...

 

I want to talk to you, baby, while the world is spinnin' round,

I want to walk with you, girl, all along this hallowed ground,

I want to talk to you, baby, in between the lost and found,

I want to walk with you, girl, while the sun is still unbound.

 

I want to tell you everything you know,

I want to take you where you want to go,

I want to show you what you want me to show,

I want to be with you in an endless flow...

Mike Rufo

Lyrics

You came around to tell, some things I didn’t know,

You said you tried to tell me, why you had to go,

And then you came around to show me, that you wouldn’t be around,

Then I came around to love you, but you were nowhere to be found.

 

I’m trying to remember, how I let you down,

It’s painful to remember, those tears in which we drowned,

And why should I go back to, back to all those tears,

Well I’d go right back just, just to feel that you are near.

 

And you never did tell me, what I needed to know,

And I know now, it was crazy, why nothing was said,

But did you know that, my love for you was real

 

We looked down on the angels, from up in the hills,

I can see you in my mind now, I can feel the warmth and chill,

I can hear me trying to tell you, that our love could still prevail,

When I saw your heart hardened, I knew that I had failed.

 

And you never did tell me, what I needed to know,

And I know now, it was crazy, why nothing was said,

But did you know that, my love for you was real

Yeah did you know that, my love for you was real.

 

You came around to tell, some things I didn’t know,

You said you tried to tell me, why you had to go,

You came around to show me, that you wouldn’t be around,

Then I came around to love you, but you were nowhere to be found.

Nowhere to be found, nowhere to be found, nowhere to be found...

Mike Rufo

Lyrics

Lookin' down the streets of plenty, I see a haggard boy.
He ain't had much to eat now, he got no bed to sleep in.
Why come this class division, all our souls be idlin' in remission.
Pretend we just don't see it, pretend we really don't feel it.
While our taxes feed a war machine,

Our taxes feed a war machine,
Our taxes feed a war machine,
Our taxes feed a war machine,
Taxes feed a war machine.

Just give me one stealth bomber, just give me my very own drone.
I don't want very much now, just a little tank for my belly.
I don't want very much now, just a little shield for my head.
I don't want very much now, just a little love instead.

But no our taxes feed a war machine, fifty-one percent.
Our taxes feed a war machine,
Our taxes feed a war machine, fifty-one percent.
Our taxes feed a war machine.

Do you think I like it this way, do you think I chose my fate?
I try to use my bootstraps, but they get so thin they break.
Come on you great big spenders, send some software my way, my way.
Lookin' down the streets of plenty, I see a callus nation.

While our taxes feed a war machine,
Our taxes feed a war machine,
Our taxes feed a war machine,
Our taxes feed a war machine,
Our taxes feed a war machine,
Our taxes feed a war machine,
Our taxes feed a war machine,
Our taxes feed a war machine.

Mike Rufo
Mike Rufo

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From Golden Boy to Golden Man, you moved across this promised land,

With your vision in your smile, love of life as your style,

Pushing forward to the goal, never worried ‘bout the toll,

Fearless, faithful leading on, two parts smarts and two parts charm.

 

And you said, don’t just stand there talking,

join me in this calling.

You said, don’t be a part of stalling,

join me in this calling

 

And you knew that work must never end the day, without an ample dose of play,

In the mountains in the sea, dancing with eternity,

Diggin’ down and diggin’ in, you knew the effort was the win,

Hesitation would never due, when the wind was calling you.

 

And you said, don’t just stand there talking,

join me in this calling.

You said, don’t be a part of stalling,

join me in this calling.

 

I heard Mother Nature groan, “We’ve lost one of our own”,

And I heard the West Wind moan, as she carried you on home,

I heard Mother Nature groan, “We’ve lost one of our own”,

And I heard the West Wind moan, as she carried you on home.

 

Though it hurt to have you go, you gave this world a brilliant show,

And left us with your legacy, to heal the earth and keep her free,

Knowing what you’d want of us, we're gonna keep our spirits up,

I see you smiling still and laughing on, telling us to sing your song…

 

When you said, don’t just stand there talking,

join me in this calling.

You said, don’t be a part of stalling,

join me in this calling.

 

You said, don’t just stand there talking,

join me in this calling.

You said, don’t be a part of stalling,

join me in this calling.

Mike Rufo
Mike Rufo

Lyrics

 

When I see you staring at me in the morning light,

when I see you smiling at me in the dawn.

Then I know it's true, what I say of you, every noon and night,

You are the most beautiful woman in the world.

You are the most beautiful woman in the world.



When I see you with you sarong on and the sea alive,

when I see you walkin' in the burning sand.

When I see the clouds like a crown around every part of you,

when I see you in the mountains way up in the sky.

When I see you sigh as the time goes by with your lover's eye,

when I see you dancing on a summer's breeze.

Then I know it's true, what I say of you, every noon and night,

You are the most beautiful woman in the world.

You are the most beautiful woman in the world.



When I see you staring at me in the morning light,

When I see you smiling at me in the dawn.

Then I know it's true, what I say of you, every noon and night,

You are the most beautiful woman in the world.

You are the most beautiful woman in the world.

In the world, in the world, in the world.

Mike Rufo
Mike Rufo

Lyrics

 

In the morning when you wake up, somehow you always great us with a smile,

just one look at you and I know I can suffer any trial.

You are the sunrise, you're the morning you're the evening, you're the dew,

and everything that is seems to grow and emanate from you.

 

That's why baby, baby, you're my rock, and I really love your roll,

You're like a sunbeam and an anchor, anchor in my soul.

 

And in your eyes I see emeralds and places I suddenly remember,

now I don't to go around the world to evoke these feelings tender.

And everyday you show us how something old is beautiful and new,

in this world of second bests you remind us of what is really true.

 

Because baby, baby, you're my rock, and I really love your roll,

You're like a sunbeam and an anchor, anchor in my soul.

 

So come along my darling, let's discover what it is to be alive,

we'll all do our best to make this world a place where you can thrive.

But now your mind at ease, there is time enough for all that down the line,

now and now and innocence the wonder, of this precious time.

 

Because baby, baby, you're my rock, and I really love your roll,

You're like a sunbeam and an anchor, anchor in my soul.

Baby, baby, you're my rock, and I really love your roll,

You're like a sunbeam and an anchor, anchor in my soul.

 

 

Mike Rufo
Mike Rufo

Lyrics

 

I was a street talker, I was a moonlight walker.

I was the street talker,

I was a moonlight walker.

Street talker, moonlight walker, a street talker, a street talker, a street talker, yeah



I was a cream skimmer, I was a lotto winner.

I was the cream skimmer,

I was the lotto winner.

Cream skimmer, lotto winner, cream skimmer, cream skimmer, cream skimmer, yeah



I was a rainmaker, I was a two-bit faker.

I was the rainmaker,

I was a two-bit faker.

Rainmaker, two-bit faker, rainmaker, rainmaker, rainmaker, yeah

rainmaker, rainmaker, rainmaker, yeah

rainmaker, rainmaker, rainmaker, yeah

rainmaker, rainmaker, rainmaker, yeah

rainmaker, rainmaker, rainmaker, yeah

Mike Rufo
Mike Rufo

Lyrics

 

For three generations, we vowed we wouldn't take it,

the open hand that slowly closes, into a fist that crushes roses.

Now you might say we're just paranoid, looking for more than the 4th of July,

but when our basic rights are under attack, you just deny those facts.



So let's sing a song for a America, singin' it free for you and me

Let's sing a song for America, singin' it free for you and me.



Now it's hard to say if things are worse than when, Joseph M. was our Senator Sin.

call it the ebb and flow of history, or the fragileness of liberty.

And don't expect any guarantees, cause when they're up they just do what they please,

come on now people don't it freak you out, they're lying faster than you can count.



So let's sing a song for a America, singin' it free for you and me

Let's sing a song for America, singin' it free for you and me.

Freedom from inquest, freedom to decry, freedom from mindware, freedom from lies



So come on then let's have a debate, but what it is to be a patri-ain't,

are you loyal to a mere country, or the rule of law that made you free.

And don't come talkin' 'bout no faith-based facts, those oxymorons just ain't where it's at,

and no your means ain't justified by your ends, without our rights ain't nothing left to defend.



So let's sing a song for a America, singin' it free for you and me,

Let's sing a song for America, singin' it free for you and me.

Oh, let's sing a song for a America, singin' it free for you and me,

Oh, let's sing a song for America, singin' it free for you and me.

Singin' it free for you and me,

Singin' it free for you and me,

Singin' it free for you and me.



Mike Rufo
Mike Rufo

Lyrics

 

If modern times are getting you down,

if modern times are messin' you around.

If too many cars are parked in your brain,

if too many cell phones are drivin' you insane,

 

If too many people are nesting in your hair,

if too much concrete has spoiled your everywhere.

If the whole damn world seems to be comin' in,

if the whole facade is starting to wear thin.

 

Then come on down to Nowherelon,

come on down to where the waters run.

The water is free, the water is pure,

the water gets deeper the more you explore.

 

When the air you breath starts to make you choke,

when the love you need begins to run amuck.

When your search for the truth is runnin' aground,

when your articles of faith have all left town.

 

When your habits meet your heart and the tears spring forth,

when the children of your hope are broken with remorse.

When the pain and repression evaporate away,

when your whole foundation begins to sway.

 

Then come on down to Nowherelon,

come on down to where the waters run.

The water is free, the water is pure,

the water gets deeper the more you explore.

 

Come on down to Nowherelon,

come on down to where the waters run.

The water is free, the water is pure,

the water gets deeper the more you explore.

  

When your habits meet your heart and the tears spring forth,

when the children of your hope are broken with remorse.

When the pain and repression evaporate away,

when your whole foundation begins to sway.

 

Come on down to Nowherelon,

come on down to where the waters run.

The water is free, the water is pure,

the water gets deeper the more you explore.

 

Come on down to Nowherelon,

come on down to where the waters run.

The water is free, the water is pure,

the water gets deeper the more you explore.

Mike Rufo
Mike Rufo

Lyrics

 

Recessions impressions depression the world,

communism, capitalism, socialism swirl.

Advertising, propaganda different they say,

economic embryonics point the other way.

 

 

Grow, grow, growth like an abscessing cyst,

leaching off the earth like a parasitic tic.

Reactionary impotents fingers on the bomb,

gesticulating geriacs sing Gene Autry songs.

 

 

Supercalafragelistic scintillating soot,

patriotic parrot licks it from his foot.

Wafting in the wallows of the post-primordial soup,

propadeaudic prostelysizers shitting in a coop.

 

So what's the point, where's the tip, vocabulistic thrust.

Look around, split the ground, peer into the crust.

If still obscure, withdraw your doors,

jargonistic jeopardy, where will you put your trust?

 

You can put in the CIA, or you can put it in the triple C P, or you can put in Y O U or you can put in M E E, you can put it in love, you can put in hate, you can put in anything but can you relate

 

Yip-ee-ii-oo-kii-yip-ii-eh, yip-ee-ii-oo-kii-oo, Yip-ee-ii-oo-kii-yip-ii-eh,Yabadabadoo,

Yip-ee-ii-oo-kii-yip-ii-eh, yip-ee-ii-oo-kii-oo, Yip-ee-ii-oo-kii-yip-ii-eh,Yabadabadoo.

 

Grow, grow, growth like an abscessing cyst,

leaching off the earth like a parasitic tic.

Reactionary impotents fingers on the bomb,

gesticulating geriacs sing Gene Autry songs.

 

Recessions impressions depression the world, recessions impressions.

Recessions impressions depression the world, recessions impressions.

Recessions impressions depression the world, recessions impressions.

 

Mike Rufo
Mike Rufo

Lyrics

 

Oh, my baby,

Oh, my baby,

Oh, my baby,

Oh, my baby,

My baby is going away.

Mike Rufo
05/30/2014
Mike Rufo

Story

"Spyin' Eyes" (Lyin' Eyes by the Eagles Parody) by Mike Rufo.  With Gawain Mathews (multiple instruments, recording, engineering, backup vocals) and Kyle Caprista (drums and backup vocals).

I couldn't resist writing this once the chorus leapt out at me...

Mike Rufo
11/06/2015
Mike Rufo (Parody "Stuck in Lodi", John Fogerty)

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