Serious Face

by Mike McCarthy

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Mike McCarthy's 'Serious Face' album is a throwback in time to an era of blues, soul, and roots music. Essentially a summer road trip album full of good vibes and great story telling, the album goes from all out slide guitar 'blues grit' to warm firelight ballads.

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released November 30, 2017

Produced by Mike McCarthy
Recorded and Mastered by Jeff McCormack at The Music Cellar and Mike McCarthy at Le Bunker, Central Coast NSW
Mixed by Mike McCarthy except for 'Serious Face' mixed by Roger Mars
Musicians - Mike McCarthy (Guitars/Lap Slide/Vocals) Michael Carney (Fender Rhodes/Keys), Syd Green (Drums/Percussion) Jeff McCormack (Bass Guitar) Tim Woods (Bass Guitar - Tracks 4 & 9) Raymond Richards (Pedal Steel - Tracks 4 & 10) Roger Mars (Wurlitzer/Percussion/Guitar/Vocals/Bass -Track 1) Sophie McCarthy (Backing Vocals) Coral Latella (Backing Vocals) Chris Gleeson (Backing Vocals – Track 8) Beth Gleeson (Backing Vocals – Track 8)

Artwork and Direction - Shaun Gonzalez & Jimmy Slide @TCSS

Thanks to all the musicians, friends and family involved in making this record. Hope you enjoy! Mike

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Track Name: Serious Face
SERIOUS FACE

Serious face
On a Monday morning
Hit the switch
Pump the music

Wake up great on a
Tuesday morning
Shot of Caffeine
Quit the talking

Hold my hand
Wednesday morning
Kiss your lips
Tuck my shirt in

Fill up the tank on a
Thursday morning
Turn on the news
But the news is boring

Game face
Happy face
Wide-eyed, silver & refined face in the mirror

Wrong face
Right face
Not enough time for a holiday face in the mirror

Serious face
Friday morning
Spill the coffee
Hold the music

Up so early on a
Saturday morning
Rip the cord
(Just to) ease the falling

Feel a little blurry on
Sunday morning
Take some deep breaths
Run into the water

Serious face
Monday morning
Hit the switch
Pump the music

Game face
Happy face
Wide-eyed silver & refined face in the mirror

Wrong face
Right face
Secret and heavy lined face in the mirror

M E McCarthy
Avoca Beach 13/2/17
Track Name: Satisfy My Soul
SATISFY MY SOUL

Birdcall
Water running
No other sound
But the wind humming

No cars
No static
Just a blue sky
River to satisfy

Satisfy my soul

I’m with you
You’re here with me
Get stuck
Get free

Wood fire
Dirt road
Stars at night
To satisfy my

Satisfy my soul

Take time
Breathe it in
Don’t forget
To release

Troubles come
Troubles go
Need you near
To satisfy my

Satisfy my soul

2/3/2015
Buckland River Valley VIC
M E McCarthy
Track Name: Ordinary People
ORDINARY PEOPLE

Tie around the neck
Like a dog choke collar
In the depths of the feeling
There’s a lonely boy that hollers

Sacredness forsaken
His sadness rises to frustration
And the wound it gets infected
Til the limb has no sensation

Ordinary people
Just like ordinary people

Sombre resignation
Creeps with momentary blindness
Almost broke the curse
In a short rage of defiance

A voice like yours but younger
Tries to raise itself up higher
To offer grace and summons peace
Like a distant burning fire

Ordinary people
Just like ordinary people


M E McCarthy
15-9-16
Avoca Beach NSW
Track Name: Hope
HOPE

Swift I fell into a hurricane
Senses crash
Like a brakeless freight train
Measured words don’t always hit their mark

Two times the winner, three times the loser
Come back I promise
I promise to be better
Mary, Mary you wish I were somebody else

Sold my coat to a stranger for a bus fare
I have to leave this city
Find me somebody somewhere
Heaven knows or maybe heaven doesn’t have a clue

Russian River, Santa Rosa, California
I picked up a van
Start to head for the border
Countries, rivers and roads drew me towards you

Hold to hope
Show me love
I hit the ground and you make me run

Swift I fell into a hurricane
Of love and life
And I’m never going back again
To the way I walked, the life I thought I knew

Somebody stop me if I’m rambling on
See I’ve found the love
I was searching for
For certain this journey’s been worth every mile

Hold to hope
Show me love
I hit the ground and you make me run

M E McCarthy 24/8/16
Avoca Beach NSW
Track Name: On Your Mind
ON YOUR MIND

Summonsed the spirit of James Dean
But your swagger was all out of line
Kicked against depression and your fears
Words never come out right

Such a sad old situation
A road with no end
With this lack of communication
The enemy is in your own head

Tell me what’s on your mind
Tell you what’s going around in mine
We could be balanced baby we could be kind
Just have to take it one step at a time

So she landed down in Melbourne
Where all the seasons form into one
Paid a dollar on the street for a poem
Says the weary tide is on the run

Well we’re all holding out for something
Just a word, a look, a little touch
When the riverbed dries to nothing
We can never think of giving up

Tell me what’s on your mind
Tell you what’s going around in mine
We could be balanced baby we could be kind
Just have to take it one step at a time

Summonsed the spirit of James Dean
But your swagger was all out of line
Kicked against depression and your fears
And the words never come out right

2016
M E McCarthy
Track Name: Thief
THIEF

I’ve got to raise my voice
Not going to hide any more
All the highs and the lows
Murder and the white noise

It’s about time we learnt
Compassion and Empathy
Our fellow man
Suffering at the hands of greed

Reticence it called my name
I said no leave me alone
If I don’t live to better the world I’m in
Then I’m just a thief in somebody else’s home

You build up walls
Then we knock them right down
And that look in your eyes
Just like a building storm

You’ve got to watch your words
Better hold your tongue
The fight’s never over
Until the war is won

Reticence it called my name
I said no leave me alone
If I don’t live to better the world I’m in
Then I’m just a thief in somebody else’s home

I’ve got to raise my voice
Not going to hide any more

M E McCarthy
Kakadu, NT
23-6-16
Track Name: Mist
MIST

Heavy mist sits on the mountain
I cannot see my hands
A road is calling somewhere
My legs they fail to stand

To sit upon the mountain
Snow strange below my feet
I’m tumbling like a boulder
Into the valley deep

Hold to the bed of the sea as it rises
Bend to the pull of the moon as it rises

The earth is full of secrets
Fault lines and mysteries
I’ve stolen tiny glimpses
Struck by what I’ve seen

Someday we’ll feel it on us
Wave of eternity
Light that goes on forever
Sustaining love & peace

Hold to the bed of the sea as it rises
Bend to the pull of the moon as it rises

Heavy mist sits on the mountain
I cannot see my hands
A road is calling somewhere
My legs they fail to stand

To sit upon the mountain
Snow strange below my feet
I’m tumbling like a boulder
Into the valley deep


© 2017 M E McCarthy
Track Name: Roads Home
ROADS HOME

A brother takes off for the east
The other for the west
Two roads from the same home
A journey and a test

How many miles, how many nights
How many months and years
To find yourself or to lose yourself
Amongst your thoughts and fears

Get back
My home
So many roads
Get back
My home
Push me I’m a rolling stone

Brother one was a strong man
He was confident and brave
Took off quick on a jet black horse
Keen his time to save

No stranger did he speak to
No trouble did he find
Til he reached the east coast
But he found no piece of mind

Get back
My home
So many roads
Get back
My home
Push me I’m a rolling stone

Brother two was a dreamer
Carefree and aloof
Travelled slow journey long
Took in all he could

Stopped to talk and gave his heart
He was generous and kind
Never made the west coast
But he didn’t seem to mind

Get back
My home
So many roads
Get back
My home
Push me I’m a rolling stone

M E McCarthy
Eden, NSW
2015
Track Name: Port Augusta
PORT AUGUSTA

Wind it howled as the sun went down
Pulled in slow on the edge of town
To sleep the night and wait our turn
A thousand miles from home

Call of the west, a great unknown
Full blooded words and an undertow
That took us north, took our breath
To where the spirit crows

We made our choice to work it out
Baited luck and let go of doubt
Port Augusta
Took a turn for the best
Or at least not for the worse
Port Augusta

Blood red sky, coffee pot
Milling over all we’ve got
Your hands are cold. My head is hot
With thoughts of yesterday

The army emerged, their numbers strong
Pointed their guns in front of the car
I turned to you in a state of shock
But you were fast asleep

We made our choice to work it out
Baited luck and let go of doubt
Port Augusta
Took a turn for the best
Or at least not for the worse
Port Augusta

Not much comes for those who wait
Except for dreams in a filtered state
I’ve waited long and my thirst is great
Oh deliver me now


M E McCarthy
Avoca Beach, NSW
1-8-16
Track Name: The Light
The Light

I saw the light
It came to me
Strangest dream

I saw the light
Entrancing me
Body Free

M E McCarthy
MacMasters Beach NSW
May 2017