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I Do Not Give A Damn

by Big Bad Rooster

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Diana Barahona Michael Solan's poetic lyrics are put to music by some of the finest young bluegrass artists around. I can't wait for their next CD. High art from Whiskey Bottom. Favorite track: All I Know.
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Poor Boy 01:57
Poor Boy by Michael Solan I feel just like a genius I think therefore I am I'm just a poor boy Pretty mama take my hand I feel a lot like jesus This place just like heaven I'm just a poor boy I do not give a damn Line up all the bad men Put us all to death And when the sinners have all gone away I wonder is there anybody left?
Mollye Lou 03:09
Mollye Lou by Michael Solan This little sister's just a dream She twists up curls just as long as i've seen Nobody knows where her mother has been Mollye Oh, no don't you cry Don't let the lonely let you wonder why Never seen eyes look so much like the sky blue Please don't you cry, please don't you cry like you do Sweet pea, baby, angel is you The whole wide world is just in love with you So don't you cry like you do, mollye lou Please don't you cry, please don't you cry like you do If you're alone, just you hold your breath I'll be home before you're blue to death So don't you ever be blue, mollye lou Please don't you cry, no don't you cry like you do
Sobriety 02:08
Sobriety by Michael Solan Sobriety brings on many changes Not the least among them are the dreams that I’ve been waiting on, The songs that I’ve been praying to be sung Since many lives ago, they’re known for folding on their own A homely duckling in a pond, an origami swan becomes On and on, goin’ on, off and on we go on, on and on and off we go Conformity is setting in so suddenly All I ever wanted was to be stubborn and ugly What has become of me, what have you motherfuckers done to me Why are we the ones who are suffering They are the ones who really are doing the suffering May they suffer on And on, goin’ on, off and on we go on, on and on and off we go I can’t wait to go back out into the world With a forty and a philly and a pretty little girl Something I’ll sorely regret and yet a subject for a song better than this one All my loneliness and of all my desperation Spitting image of a snake chasing his tail In this manner, I will never cease to fail in pleasing me Some far off beauty teases me, teaches me nothing of meaning Ever could or ever would come so easily, nothing good comes easy
All I Know 02:46
All I Know by Michael Solan All my life I have been winding toward the never-end And I find yet again, it goes on, so blows the wind In my mind all these lines turn to convoluted lies And my friends, where does the time go? All I know Hope it’s not for nothing, all for nothing, all for none All for show, I for sure won’t take nothing with me when I’m gone, babe You can go with me into the unknown In my soul, in my soul, have I ever had one Beg to ask the question, if I have to ask, would I ever know? So it goes, so they say, so they say but who is listening? Who is listening? Say it again, so blows the wind All my life I have been dying to describe to you A few things you might find confusing, lies, wisdom, dumb excuses Truth is, when we really get down to it, our love is like our music It’s here, and then it is gone All I know, all I’ve known It’s all wrong, it’s alright, when I’m gone you’re singin’ my song It’s been fun, it’s been real, it’s been cool, but it hasn't been real cool Everything, and everyone that I know, but do I really know them Or has this all been for nothing? All I know, it’s not all for nothing If you love something, hold on


“There’s a new trio of roosters in town and they want to make some noise in Long Beach’s vibrant roots music scene. There won’t be a loud crow at dawn but a hoedown howl of a screaming fiddle and the boot-stomping strums of a guitar and banjo…

The record is a mix of high-energy original songs, ballads and harmonies connected by impressive musicianship and Solan’s deeply personal lyrics. ‘It definitely owes respect to that tradition of old-time music, but at the same time it’s lyrically and musically a little bit more current, a little bit more musically ambitious,’ Solan said.

The first tune on the release was penned by Solan when he was about 15. It’s called ‘Poor Boy,’ and starts with a fast-paced fiddle that sets the tone for the rest of the tune.‘It’s about the exuberance of life and opportunity knocking on your door and the excitement of getting out into the world and being carefree,’ Solan said. The album title, ‘I Do Not Give a Damn,’ was taken from a line in that song.

It’s followed by a ballad called ‘Mollye Lou,’ which Solan wrote years ago about his then 7-year-old sister and the hardships she had growing up. Rounding off the record is “Sobriety,” an upbeat tune about the cycle of addiction, and ‘All I Know,’ a philosophical look at ‘what I’ve come to understand or I think I understand about life,’ Solan said. ‘It’s very autobiographical,’ he said of the record. ‘At the same time I hope that other people can relate to my experiences.’”

-Richard Guzman, Press-Telegram


released January 1, 2015

Michael Solan: Lead Vocals, Guitar
Camilo Barahona: Fiddle, Vocals
Gaspar Barahona: Banjo, Bass, Vocals
Brad Babinsky: Upright Bass on Mollye Lou

All lyrics by Michael Solan
All music by Big Bad Rooster
Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Paul Rhoda


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