Maximum SMD Vol​.​1

by Sean Michael Dargan

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No For Now 03:31
There is nothing (nothing) Nothing (not one thing) Nothing to be done about this… (maybe never, maybe just today) There is nothing (nothing) Nothing (not one thing) Nothing to be done… This fell from the sky like a meteor and I walked so gladly in its way It’s not to say that I wouldn’t really like to try, but that day might be a hundred thousand years, a hundred million miles away CHORUS No is no for now but it might not be forever If these vivid dreams hold sway Every second is an hour, every minute is a day but that day might be a hundred thousand years, a hundred million miles away No is no for now, it’s not forever.
2.
I swear heard a lion’s roar Coming from the room next door I grab a flashlight from the drawer and then I go Padding softly down the hall Trying not to trip and fall Or meet it crashing through the wall But all I see is Liam sleeping sideways, halfway falling on the floor Liam sleeping halfway out the door He’s like the toughest little bug Up off the bed, down on the rug And with no pillow there to hug He is on his own But when I hear that lion’s roar Even louder than before Tumbling, kicking, sneezing snore But it’s OK... It’s Liam sleeping sideways, halfway falling on the floor Liam sleeping sideways, falling halfway out the door, dreaming on all fours RUNNING, hunting, paws down on the floor
3.
In My Mind’s Eye I see you swimming In My Mind’s Eye you look back at me In My Mind’s Eye you are clearly winning In My Mind’s Eye you will always be In My Mind’s Eye my stroke is perfect In My Mind’s Eye my kick is strong In My Mind’s Eye my medal is silver In My Mind’s Eye! In My Mind’s Eye the whistle blows In My Mind’s Eye the race begins In My Mind’s Eye the crowd all knows In My Mind’s Eye which one will win In My Mind’s Eye you are on the block In My Mind’s Eye you fly through the air In My Mind’s Eye I am treading water In My Mind’s Eye! In My Mind’s Eye we own this pool In My Mind’s Eye we own this race In My Mind’s Eye we are neck and neck In My Mind’s Eye I can hold this pace In My Mind’s Eye my strongest stroke In My Mind’s Eye I take one last breath In My Mind’s Eye your flawless flip turn In My Mind’s Eye!
4.
They’re rolling up red lane lines for the last time Draggin all the chairs in off the deck I’m sitting catawampus on this beach towel I’m trying to to rub some sunblock on my neck I know you went up north to see your grandma But I thought you said you were coming home today... I’m looking for you on the last day of summer You’re nowhere around and I feel like a fool I’m missing you on the last day of summer See you tomorrow on the first day of school September, but it’s not like it’s not sunny September, but it’s not like it’s not warm Rode back to the house to grab some money Now hustle back to the pool to beat the storm They’re rolling up red lane lines for the last time Cutting down the blue tarps from the fence I’m looking for you on the last day of summer On the bleachers by the deep end of the pool I’m missing you on the last day of summer But I’ll see you tomorrow on the first day of school
5.
Just the threat of your precious love is all I need tonight Searing bliss of your acid kiss to banish hope from sight Your love will never fail to find my heart and impale Touch the fuse Just touch the fuse Touch the fuse of this lover’s dynamite This package that you gave me is the perfect size and shape It holds my messy destiny and there is no escape I rip the paper but keep the bow, close my eyes as it starts to blow Touch the fuse Just touch the fuse Touch the fuse of this lover’s dynamite You know this isn’t good for me, but still you come... still you come The road is littered with debris and you work so hard to stay so numb Lay my heart bare on the bench Ignore the blood and the stench
6.
In rolling fog at the Golden Gate Acid smog in an Apple crate Take our places as we will With ponds to jump, and time to kill We stole the dark out of the night Hid the polaroid from sight Down the road and back again A Praying Mantis Window Pane Escher’s sleeping bishop’s woodcut dream A femme fatale in brilliant leafy green You paint your scenes in groups of four On seventh-story, hardwood floors I cast the spells I best know how Then disappear and miss somehow A midnight drive to a twilight bed Monday morning songs instead A snapshot dashboard coffee stain A Praying Mantis Window Pane Escher’s sleeping bishop’s woodcut dream A femme fatale in brilliant leafy green There’s barely time to savor this Her long-awaited Ivory kiss The taxi exits far too soon With glowing chauffeur queen, the moon Fading as the sun comes up Her final brimming coffee cup An ever-growing daisy chain With Nader’s market cellophane In rolling fog at the Golden Gate These feelings won’t cooperate I’ll sit here and I’ll catch the rain A Praying Mantis Window Pane Escher’s sleeping bishop’s woodcut dream A femme fatale in brilliant leafy green
7.
From my room I can see the big dipper so bright, so simple and true At once so lovely and distant it reminds me of you I must have gazed upon it A hundred thousand times before But I never really saw it and now I am floored I lie in the grass and I stare at the sky and somehow I believe I can touch it ...somehow I believe. I used to live out in the country far away from the noise and the lights A billion baby stars born to the milky way every night But it never gets dark here in the city the stars are just things in my dreams The difference is so stark between us; life is just as it seems I lie in the grass and I stare at the sky and somehow I believe I can touch it... ...somehow I believe

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Recorded safely from a distance, amidst the weirdness of the COVID pandemic: the lads and I were never in the same room together, and yet the parts blend deliciously, like a fine, French soup.

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released December 4, 2020

Sean Michael Dargan -- Maximum SMD Vol. 1

1) No For Now
2) Liam Sleeping Sideways
3) World’s Second Fastest Swimmer
4) Last Day of Summer
5) Lover’s Dynamite
6) Praying Mantis Window Pane
7) I Stare at the Sky

Slightly Charred Records, Madison, WI (p) 2020
All songs written by Sean Michael Dargan © 2020
Produced by Sean Michael Dargan and Chris Bonner
Guitars and Vocals by SMD, recorded by SMD and Jennifer Dargan
Drums by Bill Guetschow, recorded by Kaelan Guetschow
Bass by Joe Lampe, recorded himself
Keys by Aaron Scholz, recorded himself
Guitars from the Phil Corriveau collection (Thank you Marcy Parker!)
Mixed and mastered by Andrew LaValley at Bear Sound
Visual design by Aaron Graff
Photography by Rhonda Vanover
This record is for my main man, Liam Lee Dargan

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1) No For Now -- “Every second is an hour, every minute is a day… but that day might be a hundred thousand years, a hundred million miles away.”

2) Liam Sleeping Sideways -- “I swear I heard a lion’s roar coming from the room next door… I grab a flashlight from the drawer and then I go padding softly down the hall, trying not to trip and fall...”

3) The Last Day of Summer -- “They’re rolling up red lane lines for the last time… cutting down the blue tarps from the fence.”

4) The World’s Second Fastest Swimmer -- “We own this pool! We own this race! We are neck and neck… I can hold this pace! My strongest stroke! I take one last breath… Your flawless flip turn!”

5) Lover’s Dynamite -- “Just the threat of your precious love is all I need tonight… the searing bliss of your acid kiss to banish hope from sight. Your love will never fail to find my heart… and impale.”

6) Praying Mantis Window Pane -- “Escher’s sleeping bishop’s woodcut dream… a femme fatale in brilliant leafy green.”

7) I Stare at the Sky -- “I lie in the grass and I stare at the sky… somehow I believe I can touch it.”

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Sean Michael Dargan Madison, Wisconsin

Sean Michael Dargan is almost too tall, standing six feet, four inches in his favorite black-and-white saddle shoes. On a good day he writes and plays pop rock in the vein of Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello, Aimee Mann, and the Gin Blossoms. Guitar and voice are his main instruments, but if you’re not nice he’ll go get out his bagpipes. ... more

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