Frankie Cleary

Frankie Cleary

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The Six Year Getaway is a 4 song alt-rock album inspired by years spent away from home. Written from love, lament, self-reflection, and a life in transit, this is an album for those who listen to any genre of music. Frankie Cleary’s engaging guitar and infectious vocals find resonance in all ears.

Biography

In the 5th grade I swore never to sing again after performing an embarrassing one-line solo in the school musical. I think my mom might even still have it on videotape. To her embarrassing equals adorable. Must be a mom thing. In contrast, the lead in that same musical went on to be the famous front man for the band, Something Corporate. Maybe I should have practiced more.

Though it’s apparent now that I didn’t follow through with my vow to stop singing, I did abstain into high school. Then a good friend of mine convinced me to sign up for one of the choirs with him. I slowly gained an appreciation for music, and soon I was harmonizing for hours on end. “Brown Eyed Girl” and “American Pie” became commonplace in the bus lobby of the school. With the help of two other friends, our tunes took a turn towards barbershop and we began busting tags until the janitor kicked us out. Our school wide popularity drove us to record a CD called Bus Lobby Tunes, permanently documenting the beginning of my musical career.

Although I didn’t continue in choir past high school, passion for the singing kept me singing. My voice sounded alone without the company of others, and soon I found a new form of accompaniment: my guitar. I remember sitting alone in my living room perplexed by the fact that new songs kept coming out on the radio. There are only so many chord combinations, leaving me positive every possible song had already been written. And then I discovered Oval Opus, a group of guys that I hung out with, partied with, and traded acoustic originals on the guitar with. This was the first band that I personally knew who could write songs that moved and inspired those who listened. I was driven to follow in their footsteps and start writing my own music. I came to discover that I could communicate poetry through song. That I too could write the types of songs and words that people could relate to. I began to bring my guitar everywhere and play for anyone who would listen.

By the time I was 20 in 2002, I dropped out of college in search of my dreams of becoming a musician. I had written enough songs to record a full album and found a studio online, which wasn’t much more than a handful of mics and computer equipment. We laid down acoustic guitar and vocals for 12 tracks, mixed, mastered, and turned out World Undercover, the kind of album that can only be created by idealistic youth. Derived from dreams and a bit of self-reflection, World Undercover soon became a hit among friends and family.

Summer 2002 I joined the Navy and set off on a 6-year journey to kill my musical career. I brought my guitar everywhere I went and tried to write and play as much as I could, but the job made it very difficult. Through the years, however, I wrote the songs that would soon form the core of my next album.

It was the response to my newest song “Different Side”, that convinced me to enter an open mic contest in the summer of 2006. That year I played in Manette, WA every Wednesday for several weeks, and as I played and sang my heart out that summer I gained fans and friends alike. Drawing crowds and votes with my newest originals and favorite covers, I placed first with a cash prize and future promises of gigs. The response and support I received for my music that summer was enough for me to take my songs to the professional level and try to turn out a real CD.

When I found Stephen Sherrard at Dbar Productions, I knew he could take 4 of my acoustic songs and turn them into the full band productions they are today. His years of experience, know-how, and amazing recording studio allowed my songs to reach the level they really deserved. I’ve since made 1500 polished copies of my CD, put together a great website, and started promoting to online sites, magazines, and stations.

At this stage I’m looking for reviews, fans, publicity, labels, radio, airplay, articles, features, streams, downloads, contacts, musicians, distribution, websites, and anything that will get more people listening.

Lyrics

On My Own

Written By: Frankie Cleary

Contemplate having faith
Make it through seize the day
Look around absent sound
Feel the earth hit the ground
Close my eyes your demise
Ending truth broken ties
Falling through turning blue
Still inside lost in you
Frozen time fated crime
Stolen life so sublime
How to feel so unreal
Setting sun my appeal
Holding on turning back
Facing fear total lack
I will go all alone
Til the end on my own

And you used to call me little child
And you never let me lie
And you gave me life
And I, I waited by your side
As I finally said goodbye

All this time passing by
Just one chance just one life
Driving home empty seat
Empty room hard to sleep
Giving in getting by
Waking up asking why
One more breath let it out
Here it comes breaking down
No more waking at night
No more running to you
With your arms open wide
I am lost and confused
In the stillness I see
All this was meant to be
Here I am all alone
Til the end on my own

And you used to call me little child
And you never let me lie
And you gave me life
And I, I waited by your side
Holding you holding you

It’s not my fault
That I’m all alone
And it’s not my choice
That I’m on my own
And I let you go out from my eyes
And I paid the price
I paid my price

Outta My Mind

Written By: Frankie Cleary

I'm feelin fine
I making it right all night
And everything's okay
Just watching my troubles fade away
There washing away

And I know that I've had too much tonight
And I'm going outta my mind
Deep inside I know that it's not right
It's all in my mind,
it's all in my mind
I'm outta my mind

It's getting late
I wish I didn't have class at 8
The room it spins
But I am only about to begin
Please pass me the gin

And I know that I've had too much tonight
And I'm going outta my mind
Deep inside I know that it's not right
It's all in my mind,
it's all in my mind

So where should I go from here
I'm feeling so alone
It all seems to be so unclear
So what do I have to lose tonight
As I fade away into
This worthless night

And I know that I've had too much tonight
And I'm going outta my mind
Deep inside I know that it's not right
It's all in my mind,
it's all in my mind

I wish that I could take control of my life
And finding a guiding light
To lead me out on through this miserable night
I'm outta my mind
I'm outta my mind
Get out of my mind

Different Side

Written By: Frankie Cleary

I’m sorry what’d you say
I can never hear right
I’ve been so distracted these days
If you could see through my eyes
Then maybe you’d see me a little bit differently
I don’t need your fake sympathy for me to feel like

I, I kinda wanna scream out loud that
I, I wanna escape the crowd and

Everyone here will try and make some sense of this and
Everyone will ask me why and what’s the point of it and
Everyone here must know my current state of mind
Everyone here can see I have a different

Side, side, I have a different
Side, side, I have a different side

I’m sorry I couldn’t give
Everything you needed from me
This is no way to live
So deep in secrecy and
Maybe you need me to live a life I just can’t lead
Or be someone I just can’t be and that’s why

I, I kinda wanna scream out loud that
I, I wanna escape the crowd and

Everyone here will try and make some sense of this and
Everyone will ask me why and what’s the point of it and
Everyone here must know my current state of mind
Everyone here can see I have a different

Side, side, I have a different
Side, side, I have a different

And everyone wants to feel like they're apart of it
And no one's acting real they're not so different
I’m sorry I couldn’t find a way to live life without my
Different, different, without my different side

And everyone here
And everyone here
Everyone here will try and make some sense of this and
Everyone will ask me why and what’s the point of it and
Everyone here must know my current state of mind
Everyone here can see I have a different

Side, side, I have a different
Side, side, I have a different side
I have a different
I am different

The Being Of Me

Written By: Frankie Cleary

There’s a place
And I’d go tomorrow
If I could just find a ride
But the thing
The ticket is one way
And I couldn’t leave if I tried

I will look past the faces
Of people in those places
I might learn a thing or two
Like I’m supposed to do
I could be spiteful or caring
Bitter or sweet
But in the end I’ll probably be me

There’s a mirror
Somewhere downstairs
But it’s covered
With boxes and things
Cause the stare
Of the man who looks back at me
Always shows how much he’s afraid

Of the people and places
And the looks on their faces
I might learn a name or two
Like I’m supposed to do
I could be frightful or scary
Or absurdly friendly
But in the end I’ll probably be me

Some people are afraid of what they might say
Though I wouldn’t claim
That I’m either way
Cause I know
It’ll probably show
By the being of me

There’s a face
On a three by five picture
That covers the marks on the wall
And along with all the others
Remind me of where I belong

I left people and places
Who by now changed their faces
Forgot a name or two like I was meant to do
I wasn’t what they were expecting
And in the end they left me
Afterall I was just being me
And in the end I’ll always be me

Discography

The Six Year Getaway - 4 songs
Currently submitted to various stations and online sites for play

Set List

Songs from The Six Year Getaway:
On My Own
Outta My Mind
Different Side
The Being Of Me

Other popular originals:
Eli Song
That December
Bitter Song
Raining For Days
World Undercover
Up and Gone

Favorite Covers:
Flake
The Freshman
How's It Gonna Be
Parachute
Piano Man