Range Songs

by Mickey Theis

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Recorded in Denver, Colorado during the month of January, 2015, Range Songs is the debut full-length album by Mickey Theis. This collection of eleven lushly arranged originals run the emotional gamut from playful to sorrowful, fiery to quietly searching.

​Folk and Americana listeners will enjoy the more familiar song structures of "Orphan" and “Freedom,” while the more confessional "Places" and "Elsewhere" navigate darker, more elaborate musical terrain. Other tracks, like "True Love" and “Silent Son” demonstrate Theis’ craft as a budding producer, as he skillfully weaves sparse, Folk melodies into Springsteen-like, anthemic Rock. These more traditional tracks support a compelling counterpoint in songs like the haunting Folk number, “O Haniel” or Nilsson-esque Country lament, “Are You Coming out Tonight?"

​Range Songs marks the first full-length release on Theis’ label, Infinite Gesture Records.

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released September 27, 2016

COLIN BRICKER- mixing and mastering
MARK CLIFFORD- vibraphone, melodica, and various percussion
CHARLIE MERTENS- bass (acoustic and electric)
PHIL NORMAN- cello
ADRIENNE SHORT- violin
COLIN STRANAHAN- drums and various percussion
MICKEY THEIS- vocals, guitar, and piano
QUINN THEIS- accordion, glockenspiel, organ, piano, tack piano
JULIE THREATTE- viola
DANIEL WATT- trombone
KATIE WATT- french horn
XANDY WHITESEL- mixing and mastering
DON WILLIAMS- trumpet
TORI WOODROW- violin

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Mickey Theis New York, New York

Mickey Theis is an actor and musician, originally from Denver, Colorado. He has performed extensively as an actor and has toured internationally with Motel Motel, a band with which he recorded NEW DENVER (2008) and THE BIG ISLAND (2010). He has self-released one solo EP, NO SAINTS (2008) and is currently writing material for a full-length album, RANGE SONGS, set to be released Spring, 2015. ... more

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Track Name: Orphan
I am an orphan
I am a raindrop falling
down through skies of nothing
I am your best friend
I am that scream you won’t send
over fields a buzzin’

I am your longing
I am those two sweaty clenched fists
I can feel all your suffering
I’m not what you had planned
I’m each and every loose end
you must me keep from erupting

I am your faults and vaults within your heart you
lock up tight, every night
I am your wrists
I am your alpha-bits you try to hide
from my eyes

I am those voices
I am those fifty cents that
you won’t give up for something

I am your last chance
I am that weekend romance
you always kept on loving

I am your death
I am your self-respect
I take my time, I am your crimes
I am this skin, I am this list of sins
you hold inside all your life

I am your last breath
and you want to take back all that
disgusting shit you thought you wanted
Track Name: Places
you’re gonna have to work
you’re gonna wanna eat something
you’re gonna look out the window
and wish the weather would change

you’re gonna go work every day, baby
you’re gonna wanna be someone
you wanna be a statue you better have legs
you wanna be at the top, girl?
don’t let me stand in your way

but there are a lot of places between New York and LA
millions of faces, miles away

release.

it’s gonna be okay
you’re gonna go get a drink with your friends
but for some reason on Sunday
you won’t have much to say
the people behind you will wait
you’ll get a cup of tea
and day dream all day
of the stacks on your desk, blowing away
of your sisters in the sandbox
and you wanna go play

and there are a lot of places between New York and LA
millions of faces, miles away

yeah, there are a lot of places between LAX and LGA
millions of faces, miles away.

release, release, release.
Track Name: Silent Son
have you spoken to your brother?
did you owe him something or another?
how’d it go?
and how’s your mother?
where’s she living now?
have you even bothered to wonder how?
no, you’ve taken your orders
you’re out the door
never stopped to ask yourself
what was it all for
‘cause you don’t need answers from up above
you can be sure that the only ones that’ll save us from ourselves
are the ones we love
silent son, I will miss you when you’re gone
lead them on with the arrows in your arm
a sudden star, sinking on the airwaves, holding on
holding on, I will miss my silent son.
have you spoken to your brother?
where’d he go?
is he starving in the gutter
or is he belly full?
and how’s your mother
now that you’ve gone?
how will you feed yourself,
mr. skinny bones?
I am your father, known you all the while.
no sense in explaining, holy child.
‘cause we don’t need answers from up above
we can be sure that the only ones that’ll save us from ourselves
are the ones we love
silent son, I will miss you when you’re gone
lead them on with the arrows in your arm
a sudden star, sinking on the airwaves, holding on
holding on, I will miss my silent son.
Track Name: Elsewhere
take me home
all this fire in my head has got to go
I’m an ocean
I can feel your waves crashing in my bones
and I would be there when you want
I would be your dearest one
I would be madly in love
if I could be elsewhere
it comes and goes
most times I fill up my mind with so-and-so
I tear you open
then I smile like it’s out of my control
but I can’t know
all there is to these lies I won’t show
I’m just the host, child
one must crack through the shell to pierce the ghost
and I would be there when you want
I would be your dearest one
I would be madly in love
If could be elsewhere
Track Name: Freedom
I met freedom by a highway sign
saw the poverty in her eyes
she was young and terrified
and her needs seemed rarely satisfied
I asked her where she was going
she said, “okay, I can light your way
but I’m afraid to die.”
for a moment I was paralyzed
with a feeling I couldn’t quite define
she seemed indifferent but she didn’t mind
that I was standing there just right beside
asked her if she had the time
“for what,” she said. “wanna take a ride?”
I felt a shiver chase up my spine
as I considered what she had in mind
she said, “I’m afraid to die.
I’m afraid to die” and so was I,
but I’d been aching to be crucified all night
and the stars were bright
in the Colorado night
and the moon hung high
I opened my eyes
and the cars went racing by
hopped in the passenger side
we were looking like Bonnie and Clyde.
we went East and we went West for a time
went way out past the borderline.
I fell in love with the way she smiled
she treated me like some broken child
I always told her that we’d be fine
but she never called me hers and I never called her mine
and she was afraid to die, afraid to die
and so was I.

I met freedom by a highway sign
and we went cruising down that yellow line
now I live alone in a home and I call it mine
and I don’t miss her (at least most the time)
but when I look at to those plains and feel mystified
it’s like I can almost see her eyes
when we split that bottle of cheap red wine
and went driving past the county line
and we were afraid to die, afraid to die
but we were living like the end of times
was nigh.
and the stars were bright
in the Colorado night
and the moon hung high
I opened my eyes
and the stars were bright
in the Colorado night
and the moon hung high
I opened my eyes
and the cars went racing by
I met freedom by a highway sign
and we went traveling for a time
though she was afraid to die
and so was I.
Track Name: O Haniel
well, I dreamed I saw an angel
I dreamed I saw a fire
it was fifty feet of pink light
and it sounded like a choir
it shot down from some constellation
held me for a time
then released me like a thief
deep in repentance for a crime
O Haniel! O Haniel!
it smiled like we weren’t strangers
while I shuddered and I wept
and then made may way apart
into the darkness where I slept
I dug my paws into my guts
I ran out in the wild
but she chased me down and woke me in the morning
in the visage of a child
O Haniel! O Haniel!
she laughed and took my hand
and said, “Now, sir, don’t run and hide
I can take you down that rainbow
on a quick celestial ride
so she raised me up into the sky
and not to my surprise
she had changed again into some shining beast of
flight before my eyes
O Haniel! O Haniel!
I saw the earth below me,
watched the milky way race by
and I danced and I sang out in the darkness
and I knew that I had died
O Haniel! O Haniel! O Haniel! O Haniel!
Track Name: Eyes Wide Open
there is a mark
on the skin of the heart
of an ancient god who
wakes from a dream of devotion
and there is a crack
in the shell of the sky
and it bleeds out and drains
down into the ocean
the old ones have no place to hide
their sculpted faces are denied, but their
eyes are wide open
eyes wide open
eyes
there is a sound
where we live underground
and we supplicate at the altar
to the physics of motion
we work every night
no one’s very polite,
but we’re paid quite well
and we all get a share of the potion
the mystic horseman takes a ride
his visions choke him from inside
but his eyes are wide open
eyes wide open
eyes
there is a path
to the sea and a smattering
of strangers who
bend at their knees and
believe they’ve been chosen
the ferryman sighs
there’s a strange fire in the sky
he would take them aboard
but the sails are torn
and the top-mast is broken

the congregation must decide
they turn their faces to the side
with their eyes wide open
eyes wide open
eyes wide open
eyes wide open
eyes wide open
Track Name: True Love
life is the hollow
I fill with a voice
and struggle with the absence
of a note to be sounded,
a spring to reach the source
the village is surrounded
the killer feels no remorse
but true love is underneath us all
true love is underneath us all
true love is underneath us all
suffering is the tincture
we drink out in the cold
don’t trust the neighbors
everything’s been sold
and death aches from the center
and poison rains from the sky
the novitiate is preparing
in the still of his worship
to a god the others loathe.
the marksman takes his position,
the martyr takes his oath.
but true love is underneath us all
true love is underneath us all
true love is underneath us all
true love is underneath us all
true love is underneath us all
Track Name: If This Vision
One two three four
This is nothing I haven’t seen before
But she’ll be five six seven eight nine
She’ll be alright when you are far away
If this vision is right
If this vision is right
If this vision is right
Then I’m seeing those lights
Going out, like their watching you go by
But we don’t mind, right?
Let them fade from sight
They will die and you’ll live to see the light
If this vision is right
Vision is right
Vision is right
While I am nothing like those lights
When I decide to see my world in light
If this vision is right
If this vision is right
If this vision is right
Track Name: Are You Coming Out Tonight?
Is it nice out where you are?
Do the others treat you kind?
On that distant shore,
Is there something altogether more
Than we expected to find?
Do you stretch in the morning,
Turn the stove on, take your coffee
With some sugar on the side?
And are you coming out tonight?
Are you coming out tonight?
Is it strange up in the light
Where the stars are burning bright?
On the planet where you are
Are their stars? Are their rainbows
Every once in awhile?
Do you feel things coming on?
Do your feelings linger on?
Or do you just feel alright?
And are you coming out tonight?
Are you coming out tonight?
Can you hear this silly song
On the channel that you’re on?
Are you there? Is there something wrong?
Do you feel alright? Do you feel at all?
Do you miss anyone?
Is there some place you can go
When the cosmos crushes everything
You think you have inside?
And are you coming out tonight?
Are you coming out tonight?
Are you coming out tonight?
Are you coming out tonight?
Are you coming out tonight?
Are you coming out tonight?
Are you coming out tonight?