Middle Distance Runner

Middle Distance Runner

 Washington, D.C., Washington, D.C., USA
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Middle Distance Runner is a DC rock and roll band, with pop sprinkles.

Biography

Middle Distance Runner is an indie-pop band hailing from Washington, DC. They formed in 2005, and have since released two full-length albums (Plane In Flames and The Sun & Earth), a self-titled EP, and a handful of singles (including two Christmas songs!). While firmly grounded in pop songwriting, their style shifts with each new recording, and they have been compared to bands as disparate as Radiohead and REO Speedwagon.

The four-piece is known for turning up the intensity live, while being careful craftsmen in the studio. Drummer Erik Dean has been compared to John Bonham for his heavy-footed style, and with help from bassist Tony Acampora's vicious tones, MDR boasts a fearsome rhythm section. Guitarist and keyboardist Jay Smith adds complex texture to seemingly facile pop songs, while lead singer Stephen Kilroy lends a soulful vocal touch.

Lyrics

Man of the People

Written By: Stephen Kilroy

VERSE 1
I know the in and the outside
I’ve done it forward and backward
I got ‘em running in circles
‘Cause I’m a cynical bastard

CHORUS
And I said oh, oh, oh
You could do worse you know, know, know
But you will never do better

VERSE 2
It ain’t a matter of conscience
I got the power of reason
I wear a tie and a jacket
I got a sense of achievement

CHORUS
And I said oh, oh, oh
You could do worse you know, know, know
But you will never do better

VERSE 3
In my banana republic
I do whatever I wanna
I am a man of the people
I give ‘em all bread and water

CHORUS
And I said oh, oh, oh
You could do worse you know, know, know
NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
Oh, oh, oh
You could do worse you know, know, know
But you will never do better

The Unbeliever

Written By: Stephen Kilroy

I get up when she wakes me
I'm fed up but she makes me
I don't pretend that I'm not her puppet

But I know I didn't choose her
And I know I'll never lose her
She's always peeking over my shoulder

How come everything's my fault
When I can't do what I want?

When I open my mouth she
Knows what it is about she
Already knows everything I'm thinking

When she closes my sentence
Then she asks for repentance
She's had my number since the beginning

How do I know I'm alive
When my heart ain't even mine?

Heaven help me, I'm sighing!
Heaven help me, I'm crying!
Heaven help me, I'll never leave her!
Heaven help me, I'm trying!
Heaven help me, I'm dying!
Heaven help me, the unbeliever!

How come everything's my fault
When I can't do what I want?
How do I know I'm alive
When my heart ain't even mine?

Hallelujah, I'm helpless!
Hallelujah, I'm selfless!
Hallelujah, I'm really nothing!
Hallelujah, I'm helpless!
Hallelujah, I'm selfless!
Hallelujah, I'm really nothing!

Cherry Blossom Bop

Written By: Stephen Kilroy

So we got these trees from the Japanese, CMON!
So let's abandon reason during tourist season, CMON!
And do the cherry blossom bop
The cherry blossom bop
When is it gonna stop
With the Cherry Blossom BOP?!

I got a folding map unfolded on my lap, CMON!
I got a baseball cap with a protective flap, CMON!
And do the cherry blossom bop
The cherry blossom bop
When is it gonna stop
With the Cherry Blossom BOP?!

I got a handful of snacks in a fanny pack, CMON!
And all my kids are fat and their t-shirts match, CMON!
And do the cherry blossom bop
The cherry blossom bop
How many stops we got
Until the Cherry Blossom BOP?!

Firehouse

Written By: Stephen Kilroy

Well, she called me on the telephone
And said “I wanna see you tonight”
She said “Meet me at The Firehouse
and I’ll be waiting for you inside.”
I said “Kiss me if you wanna.”
She said “I got something to say.
Do you love me?”
“I suppose so.”
“Then kid, you got a choice to make.”

If you love me then tell me you’re gonna stay
And if you don’t, then get the fuck away
And if you want it, then tell me it’s gonna be alright
But if you don’t, then you better say ‘goodnight’

I don’t know why you don’t
I don’t know why you don’t
I don’t know why you don’t
I don’t know why you don’t
I don’t know why you don’t stay!

I done called her, little bit later
And said “Honey, I’m not quite through.”
She said “Baby, I don’t wanna.”
I said “Baby, it’s up to you,
but you tried to put the fire out.
You even tried to shut up my flue.”
I said “Woman, don’t you love me?”
She said “Honey I guess I do but I just need you to tell me true…”

If you love me then tell me you’re gonna stay
And if you don’t, then get the fuck away
And if you want it, then tell me it’s gonna be alright
But if you don’t, then you better say ‘goodnight’

I don’t know why you don’t
I don’t know why you don’t
I don’t know why you don’t
I don’t know why you don’t
I don’t know why you don’t stay!

Discography

Middle Distance Runner - Plane in Flames (Self Released - May 2006)

Middle Distance Runner - EP (Self Released - 2007)

Middle Distance Runner - "The Unbeliever" single (Self Released - March 2009)

Middle Distance Runner - "The Sun & Earth" (Engine Room Recordings - October 2009)

Set List

Middle Distance Runner sets usually range from 35 minutes to 60 minutes and feature some/all of the following songs. Occasionally, MDR will break out a cover song.

NATURALLY (3:53)
BROTHER JOHN (4:07)
THAT'S A LIE (4:24)
MAN OF THE PEOPLE (1:59)
THE UNBELIEVER (3:53)
IF IT BLEEDS (2:48)
UP IN A TREE (2:32)
FIREHOUSE (2:51)
SECRET THINGS (3:05)
I'LL GO (2:40)
TONY'S RIFF (3:12)
HOW DO I CONVINCE YOU? (4:43)
UNDER HIS SKIN (4:54)
THE SUN & EARTH (4:30)
CHERRY BLOSSOM BOP (1:17)