From Telegraph Hill

by the Vinyl Skyway

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Recorded in Boston, New York and San Francisco during the year of 2006. From Telegraph Hill is the second official Vinyl Skyway studio release. On the eve of its release in 2007, the Boston Globe profiled the album:

"Great artists create beauty from catastrophe, and writing pop songs -- ravishingly lovely ones that seem to effortlessly glide, soar, and transcend whatever tragedies inspired them -- is something that Michael Hayes does supremely well. At its heart, this is a headphone record of exquisitely crafted pop -- principal songwriter Hayes has an apparently limitless capacity for melody and hook -- by turns breezy and shimmering ("Lovely Day" ), Beatles es que ("Sleepwalking" ), ornate and lush ("Hangin' On" ), and stripped-down and minor-key melancholy ("Mary Ann" ). "From Telegraph Hill" has the air of a breakthrough record."

In the summer of 2005, Michael Hayes and Andy Santospago decided to promote their 2004 debut release on the west coast, performing at festivals and clubs. To make this even more interesting, the two sought out support from Hayes' former Lemonpeeler bandmates, drummer Booth Hardy and bassist Rob Pevitts. The chemistry on the tour was so strong that the group would commute from coast to coast during 2006 for the creation of the album. Keyboardist Dave Lieb was kidnapped by the band during a recording session at Kissy Pig in Boston.

In February of 2007, the band took up residency at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, MA, and played a host of shows and festivals to generate interest.


released January 1, 2007

All songs written by Michael Hayes. Lovely Day, Shuttlecocks and Everlong co-written by Michael Hayes and Andy Santospago. Booth Hardy on drums. Rob Pevitts on bass. Dave Lieb on keyboards. Michael Hayes on guitar, vocals, harmonies. Andy Santospago on lead guitar, lap steel, effects, harmonies. Angela Valley, Dave Smits, Kelly McCann and Beth Daly on harmonies. Jim Eddy on one lead guitar part. Rachel Allgood plays piano on Lovely Day. Ben Hedlund plays keyboards on the alternative version of Deadly.


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The Vinyl Skyway is an American rock group led by singer/songwriters Michael Hayes and Andy Santospago, established in 2003. Music critic Jonathan Perry observes that "writing stunning songs that soar and transcend whatever difficult circumstances that inspired them is something this band has always done supremely well." “Long Cool Journey” will be released May of 2018 and is now on pre-order. ... more

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Track Name: Hanging On
Who cut you down outside the bar?
With a steel blue pipe beneath his arm?
It's been almost thirteen weeks gone by
Who cut you down and left you cold?
Making good on bets that you had blown
Cutting through the flesh they had sewn
It was just last night they checked you in
Wiped you down and threw your blues away
Baby hold on
It's just too much
You hangin' on
Baby don't go
You're just too strong
They had a gun
And now you're done
Watch yourself
the spotlight turns you on
Fly too high, it's sure to bring you down
Wallflowers die someday, you know
But you can wait, you can wait
You can wait a little longer
You were always certain weren't you boy
Who could burn your blue eyes
Bear the brunt
It's been almost 13 weeks gone by
Who cut you down and left you cold?
Baby hold on
It's just too much
You hangin' on
Baby don't go
You're just too strong
They had a gun
Now you're done hangin' on
Track Name: Pop Song (Don't You Like It?)
Well they told me to write a pop song
One that sounds just like you
So I wrote down this one
Don't you like it?
Tried it once twice shy and true
Mr. Lucky on the guitar
I saw you score before the show
And now it's time!
Well they told me to write a pop song
Once that sounds just like you
Track Name: Deadly
It's come clear that I have passed a wave
Mediatic crazed sensation
I don't wanna join your soft parade
Sometimes it gets so lonely
9 to 6 they watch you roast the dead
what's showing on your tele?
radiating mandates through your head
and mine is smashed to pieces, baby
Dead in America
Fucking Deadly
Red in America
Bled in America
And your five and dimes will all collapse
Hang your children out to dry
Here's an honest observation
It's just a lie
Dead in America
Fucking Deadly
Red in America
Bled in America
Track Name: Shuttlecocks
I'll build the fire
You put out the fire
We exist it's perfect harmony
We'll till the tide
Watch us from inside
Writing out the elogy
You've gone away
Baby took a right turn and she crashed
bringin' you down
don't go mary jane
it won't be the same without you here
you've gone astray
baby took a right turn and she drowned
bring you down
just a stop to unwind
careful what you might find
we brought desire
thought it got us higher
a fix for tired company
shuttlecocks can fly
watch them in the sky
A lesson in psychology
Track Name: Kitchen
She's in the kitchen
where she likes to go and hide
I'm in a planet on the other side
baby please forgive me
because we're going for a ride
and it's gonna test your patience
wait another day, so far away
will we get the time to find some peace
i'm not trying to turn you off or tell you lies
baby please forgive me
the road, it slipped away
the time, we tried to waste
and I'm a castaway for you
please forgive me
Track Name: Everlong
When you're gone
I'll smell the sheets
and weep for everlong
it's a fever I would fight for
til your death
and catch my breath
please don't go
You're so gorgeous in the sunlight
you could brighten my horizons
on this gray soggy life we've made
you're love lights, they were waiting
the ones I wore were fading
now you're gone and I could use a change
i might see you, everlong
alibi, you're a pillow when I need a place to lie
so take me in, I need a place to rest
it's not my best
Track Name: Sleepwalking
I recall a time when the mood was not so blue
frozen blocks of mine
memories for me and you
go, dear find
make your mind
back when you were mine
I was just sleepwalking
Track Name: Lovely Day
It's a lovely day for you, girl
Cast aside the weight for a while
You got me running in circles
All I wanna see is your smile
Wipe away the past with a flicker
Just go on and give it a try
I can see the whites of your necklace
As I go by
Could it be love?
Love's waiting
it's just love
When it gets cold
I'll cover up your skin
and we'll get old together
Just before dark
we watch the burning sunset
it's so beautiful like you baby
Track Name: Where Did You Go
So, pack your bags and go
You're a foolish man with foolish plans you know
All the broken deals
All the washed up reels
and the rubbish in your wake
Where are you going?
Where did you go?
When will find the time is right
spend the night
Track Name: Mary Anne
Mary Anne is gone now
But she used to paint my lips
and I'd chip away her smile
across the dark miles
Mary Anne was stoned out
but she wore a pretty smile
collecting all the while
she's worth a fortune
but she's gone now
I was dirty you were cutting glass
chronic misfits of the moral class
take the grave stones of the ones I love
You went back home and now you're lonely
Mary Anne was thrown out
but she tore her way back in
while sipping dirty gin
and making babies
but she's gone now