Melodies & Ghosts

by Phillip-Michael Scales

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released January 13, 2015

Written and performed by Phillip-Michael Scales
Keys on Lay It On Me by Phred Brown
Guitar on Brother, Brother by Devon Geyer

Recorded and Mixed by: Neil Baldock
Mastered by: Andrew Sarlo

Thanks: Friends, Family, George Pajon, Phred Brown, Devon Clarke Geyer, Neil Baldock, Kirabelle Frabotta, Alissa Shelton, Tyler Rehm and Andrew Sarlo

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Phillip-Michael Scales Chicago, Illinois

Phillip-Michael Scales (formally Briar Rabbit) is a gifted songwriter who happens to be the nephew of BB King. His sound fits snuggly between folk and soul; demonstrating his knack for thoughtful, catchy melodies. Whether singing about heartbreak, following dreams, or growing up; his perspective, coupled with his command of language is incredible. It's no surprise he won a Songwriting Award. ... more

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Track Name: Lay It On Me
Lay It On me
Wanna hear it from you before anybody
Lay it on me

Don't make me guess
Don't make me figure it out
Hate when the truth is on your face
but it aint in your mouth
Lay it on me

Hearts break every other day
but it's the stressin of the guessin
that I can't take
Lay it on me

Save me some time
Save me some face
Just tell me if somebody's sleepin in my place
Lay it on me

I see a thousand pounds of thought are stuck inside of your head
I'm trying to pick up on what you left unsaid
I'm trying to be cool
I'm trying to be kind
I'm trying not to lose my mind

So lay it on me
I gotta hear it from you before anybody
Lay it on me
Track Name: 'Til It's Something
Her love stains like red wine
Can't get it out your mind
Even after its over
It was months ago
You did all that you could
They tell you "Give it time"
But it does no good

And you're sure her song has shipwrecked other men
But you can't blame her and you sure as hell don't blame them

Cause it's nothing til it's something
and you realize that it's out of your control
It's nothing til it's something
And all those pieces, they might never make a whole
They might just leave a hole

Looking in her eyes
You'd swear that they were mirrors
You see yourself clearer and you know she feels the same
But it's one way glass
It's always been her talent
Making men feel like they matter
and then taking it away

The feelings aren't as hard as they are heavy
When you realize you were never really ready

Cause its nothing til tis something
And you realize that it's out of your control
It's nothing til its something
and all those pieces, they might never make a whole
they might just leave a

Hold on to anything, there's a chariot in your chest
She's the belle of every ball
and now you think you got it all

But its nothing til tis something
And you realize that it's out of your control
It's nothing til its something
and all those pieces, they might never make a whole
they might just leave a
Track Name: Bricks
I built you up in my head
So big you barely fit
It wasn't fair, wasn't voluntary
I get carried away
I'm just a man with too much to say

Who's better off caring less
and I swear I do my best
but when that heart comes to call
Beware, you'll get it all
it just happens when I fall

There's a dream of mine
It refuses to die
Despite what history shows
Where she steps into my life
and like a song I recognize
We take all of these bricks and build a home

I must of mistook her for you
It's something that I do
I'm not mad that you're gone
I'll move along
I just hate being wrong

About that dream of mine
It refuses to die
Despite what history shows
Where she steps into my life
and like a song I recognize
We take all of these Bricks and build a home

And I know I just sound crazy to most
I spend my life chasing melodies & ghosts
But long ago a muse traced her shadow on my soul
and I just gotta know

About that dream of mine
It refuses to die
Despite what history shows
Where she steps into my life
and like a song I recognize
We take all of these Bricks and build a home
Track Name: Stay
You were the round-faced woman with curly hair
I closed my eyes and you were everywhere
Never thought I was the type to have a type
But you sang so sweet I could barely breathe
Let alone speak, please- Pardon me
I was glad and terrified that night

There were less stops than I thought
when I got kicked off the train
I was so ready to walk and then in you came
oh, lover stay and turn grey

It's been a while, you know me inside out
It's hard to think of my life without you
I still get starry-eyed from time to time
But I've got dreams don't let me forget
that miserable men are measured in regret
So I've got to live my life with that in mind

You press your chin to my chest as you look up at me
And I can't think of a love that came so easily
Oh lover, stay and turn grey
If I learned anything in my romantic past it was
"love her now in case it don't last and if it does
that'll be the reason why"

You whispered my heart without a leash or a chain
Now it stays in the yard and hardly ever complains
Oh Lover, Stay and turn grey
Track Name: Brother, Brother
Oh my God
We're dying
and no one wishes more than me
that this were just hyperbole

Oh, God
I shouldn't be scared to sing this song
That half the world will take it wrong
and tell me nothings going on
but brother, brother
There's far too many of us dying

Oh my God
It's awfully hard to ignore the news
When the footage looks like you
It sounds insane to the untrained
But I've been here twenty-eight years
and it's bootcamp everyday

Since I don't have the luxury
of knowing that it won't be me
Do I talk white? Wear skinny jeans?
Who knew my skin was so scary
Oh God

Oh my God
If you're there
Just know that everybody's scared