Mike Moran

Mike Moran

 Traverse City, Michigan, USA
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Mike Moran is a National Award Winning Songwriter from Michigan and lives in San Diego, CA. His music is compared to timeless artists like Paul Simon, John Mayer, and Tom Petty. He has been a featured as up an coming artist on AOL Music and performs close to 200 shows a year all over the Mid-West.

Biography

A staple on the touring circuit, up-and-coming singer-songwriter Mike Moran has earned comparisons to John Mayer, Dave Matthews and Paul Simon with his catchy acoustic melodies and high-energy live shows. Mike’s charismatic stage presence and relentless touring schedule have won the singer fans across the country, propelling songs “Best Be Falling” and “Chicago” to the top of fan charts on Ourstage.com and garnering invitations to open for Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Martin Sexton, Colin Hay, Buckwheat Zydeco, Eddie Money and Derrick Brown. In 2008, Mike was highlighted as a Featured Artist on AOL Music, and was a Grand Final winner on Ourstage.com for his infectious single, “Delicious.” With over 40 original compositions and two full-length albums under his belt, Mike continues to perform over 200 shows a year, earning critical and fan praise and building his reputation as one of the most in-demand artists on the independent music scene.

We are happy to announce that Mike Moran has reached an agreement with a private investor to create Quarter After Entertainment. Which will provide funds to market Mike Moran and his music on a national level for the next three years! This deal came to fruition on September 1, 2009.

Lyrics

I Can't Make Everybody Happy

Written By: Mike Moran

Not everybody tunes to the same radio station
Not everybodys talented between the sheets
Not everybody falls under the same kind of religion.
Not everybodys gonna listen when you speak
No one ever seems to listen when I speak
Chorus
I can't make everybody happy
I'm doing whats best for me
Give me a guitar give me a song
Leave me alone,I'm gonna sing
I can't make everybody happy
I'm going to stick with my dream
Of being what I wanted to be

Not everybody laughs at the same
situations
Not everbodys going to like what they
see.
And not everbody here makes good decisions.
Not everybodys gonna care what you think
No one ever seems to care what I think.
Chorus
I can't make everybody happy
I'm doing whats best for me
Give me a guitar give me a song
Leave me alone I'm gonna sing
I can't make everybody happy
I'm going to stick with my dream
Of being what I wanted to be
Bridge
Now everybody here, has a story
And everybody here has got some place they'd rather be
But do you have the patience not to worry
And stand up beside, what you believe.
Cause not everybodys gonna believe
Chorus
I can't make everybody happy
I'm doing whats best for me
Give me a guitar give me a song
Leave me alone,I'm gonna sing
I can't make everybody happy
I'm going to stick with my dream
Of being what I wanted to be

Are you being what you wanted to be?

The Difference

Written By: Mike Moran

This is gonna work out
It's time to put your head down
Straighten all the kinks out
and get what you deserve
Make your Ma and Pa proud
Cause this has gotta be the last town
That you every want to let down
When you come back to earth

Chorus
They tell me that the hardest part of living is living in the moment.
You think you know the difference
you turn around your moment is gone
It may come down to a decision that will change the way your living.
The only way to live it, is to give it everything that you've got
If you got a good girl
you wanna buy her a new dress
let her know that she's a princess
You're gonna need her love
Call your good friends
that can put up with your bull shit
and know the meaning of a closed fist
when your head blows up

Chorus
They tell me that the hardest part of living is living in the moment.
You think you know the difference
you turn around your moment is gone
It may come down to a decision that will change the way your living.
The only way to live it, is to give it everything that you've got
It's time to get some for yourself
Get some for yourself

Lets prove em all wrong
all of the critics
all of the cynics
sitting at the bar
Just keep your head tight
You know you wanted this your whole life
And it's gonna be a dog fight we know thats for sure

Chorus
They tell me that the hardest part of living is living in the moment.
You think you know the difference
you turn around your moment is gone
It may come down to a decision that will change the way your living.
The only way to live it, is to give it everything that you've got

It's time to get some for yourself
Get some for yourself

Delicious

Written By: Mike Moran

You see I'm trying to learn something from my mistakes
But the bad it feels to good now
You see Im driving out
to lay my eyes on her display
It's too bad that I can't touch you

I've got some rhythms
Go take all you want to
You've got the reason
Go do that think you do
Spin on your dance pole
Settle into your groove
Baby I got a thing for
Watching the way you

Chorus
Move your hips round in circles
Take time to jump in the miracle
I've got something to give you
But you know that I won't tell
Your legs twist around my like liquorice
God damn that girl so delicious
I've got something to give you but you know that I won't tell

And now I'm filing
The dollar bills around her waist
Well she gotta get through college
And all that knowledge
She gone cutting it up on that clean slate
It's to bad that I can't hold you now

I've got some rhythms
Go take all you want to
You've got the reason
Go do that think you do
Spin on your dance pole
Settle into your groove
Baby I got a thing for
Watching the way you

Chorus
Move your hips round in circles
Take time to jump in the miracle
I've got something to give you
But you know that I won't tell
Your legs twist around my like Liquorice
God damn that girl so delicious
I've got something to give you but you know that I won't tell
No I won't tell

Oh this potion
It's got me saying strange strange things
And oh your lotion
That makes your skin smell oh so sweet
It's too bad that I can't love you now

I've got some rhythms
Take all you want to
You've got the reason
Go do that think you do
Spin on your dance pole
Settle into your groove
Baby I got a thing for
Watching the way you

Chorus
Move your hips round in circles
Take time to jump in the miracle
I've got something to give you
But you know that I won't tell
Your legs twist around my like Liquorice
God damn that girl so delicious
I've got something to give you but you know that I won't tell

Chicago

Written By: Mike Moran

Let it ride boy
What you got to lose
The only thing your brewing is some mental abuse
Let her go boy
Get her out of your head
The solitude will show her she'll be missing you mad.
You can't wait for her decision
Let the time pass you by.
Or you can through yourself a journey take a trip through they sky.
Or you can weave through the city where the guitars cry
And the groove is always pushing through the middle of the night.

Go see that world
Forget about that girl
You've got to utilize your life
and pull it out of park and into drive

Chorus
I got a way of letting you go
I go and do something I've never done before
Gonna hop on that road and hope that it rolls through
Chicago
I've got a yearning churning deep in my soul
It's tapping and my head coming through in my tone
It's saying you deserve to let this all go in
Chicago

Let it die boy
Stop singing the blues
Well if you gonna sing them won't you sing them in tune
Let it fly boy
Your hat in the air
Roll the window down let it run through you hair
It's the fresh freedom feeling you've been looking to find
It's the monkey on your back that your leaving behind
It's a reoccurring dream
of an exit sign
Sometimes the smallest things can feel so divine
Let them go

Go see that world
Forget about your girl
you've got to utilize your life
and pull it out of park and into drive

Chorus
I got a way of letting you go
I go and do something I've never done before
Gonna hop on that road and hope that it rolls through
Chicago
I've got a yearning churning deep in my soul
It's tapping and my head coming through in my tone
It's saying you deserve to let this all go in
Chicago

Chorus
I got a way of letting you go
I go and do something I've never done before
Gonna hop on that road and hope that it rolls through
Chicago
I've got a yearning churning deep in my soul
It's tapping and my head coming through in my tone
It's saying you deserve to let this all go in
Chicago
I got a way off letting you go I go and do something I've never done before
I see you've got some rock, lets got find some roll in
Chicago
I know
Let me go

75 and Sunny Skies

Written By: Mike Moran

Meteorologist Brett Macaster
is calling for absolutely horrible conditions all across the Mid-West
Snow mixed with Sleet, Sleet Mixed with Hail, and Temperatures so cold
you might want to think about moving to San Diego
So Bundle up all your northern Michiganders and find yourself a good
place to bunker down it’s gonna get nasty
I heard in California the days do not rain
Well someone call Ma Nature to send some rays my way
I’m cooped up, cracked up, need to get outside
Old man winters blowing and his cold it just won’t die
Chorus
I can’t wait for summer to come
I can’t wait for summer to come
I can’t wait for summer to come
See it in my mind
75 and sunny skies

The sun he keeps his schedule as consistent as a maze
Some days he feels like showing up with sense of urgency
but lately he’s slacking, like he’s better than his job
and leaves behind his mess to tick off the moon and stars
Chorus
I can’t wait for summer to come
I can’t wait for summer to come
I can’t wait for summer to come
See it in my mind
75 and sunny skies

Well it looks like Old Man Winter has gone MIA
and sweet Summer has finally arrived so grab your Mountain Bikes,
Kayaks or whatever the hell it is you do and get out there and enjoy yourselves
She dishes out the lightning and thunders up the earth
Flavors June, July and August, with all her spices and world herbs
It’s a patented concoction she’s been making since day one
But She closes in September and just like that my summers gone
A little warmer weather, in my life
A little warmer weather, by my side
I like it 75 and sunny skies

Chorus
I can’t wait for summer to come
I can’t wait for summer to come
I can’t wait for summer to come
See it in my mind
75 and sunny skies

Persistence

Written By: Mike Moran

Lady I, I love your sweet sweet face
and all your little mannerisms, watcha doing in a place like this
You Girl, with your expensive vocabulary
Damn I need a dictionary
Just to read your lips

Chorus
Now I’ve got to tell you what kind of man
I could be to your world, I plead you listen to me
My sweet don’t you see, I’m not leaving until you say you love
I’m not leaving until you say
You love me

You see this world, it spins on your fingertips
How I crave your sour lips, right here on my face
And this falling out, it leaves me in shambles
Woman I can’t handle
The way you’ll walk away
Today then tomorrow I’ll say that

Chorus
Now I’ve got to tell you what kind of man
I could be to your world, I plead you listen to me
My sweet don’t you see, I’m not leaving until you say you love
I’m not leaving until you say
You love me

Big Blue World, I can’t take much more of this
Will someone take an iron fist
And put me in my place
And this endless charade of false hope and no shows
Still I can’t let go
Of the way you shake your shape

Chorus
Now I’ve got to tell you what kind of man
I could be to your world, I plead you listen to me
My sweet don’t you see, I’m not leaving until you say you love
I’m not leaving until you say
You love me

Best Be Falling

Written By: Mike Moran

I’ve got this sudden ambition
Competition in my head
Don’t know your name but your face I could never forget
It’s like a dream that you put on repeat for the ride
Over and Over I keep picturing you by my side
Some people fall for the comfort of just having someone
Well if I fall I wanna fall face first flat right into it
Squeeze me like a vice, tell me this is right
Tell me that you want this for the rest of your life
Just Sit back, go ahead and enjoy the ride
Here comes the camera baby wave up your arms now and smile
Don’t fret about all that you have yet to decide
Girl I know the feeling
My motive on this mission is for you to only listen to your heart.
Chorus
When I go home with someone
I wanna go home with you
I will abide by your laws but I will break all your rules
I could spend all my money
On all the things we would do
If I’m falling for someone I best be falling for you.

I’ve got this strut in my step, urge to confess
This ball that won’t stop bouncing straight right out of my chest
It’s telling me I’m lucky, it’s saying your no fool
It’s asking how’d you get so smart while skipping all that school
Now I don’t know the answers to the riddles in life
Sometimes I get so stubborn I over analyze all my
Itsy bitsy problems. I can make them so big
The only way to solve them is the healing of your kiss
So lets splish splash, jump around like kids in a pool
Stir up some trouble like some punks on the last day a school
Don’t fret about all that you have yet to decide.
Chorus
When I go home with someone
I wanna go home with you
I will abide by your laws but I will break all your rules
I could spend all my money
On all the things we would do
If I’m falling for someone I best be falling for you.

You’re the squirrel up in my ceiling
That I just can’t catch
That button on the panel that says
Do not press
Everything I wished for
But I never could get
You’re that motive in my mission
And my mission is for you to come along

Chorus
When I go home with someone
I wanna go home with you
I will abide by your laws but I will break all your rules
I could spend all my money
On all the things we would do
If I’m falling for someone I best be falling for you.

James Brown

Written By: Mike Moran

Welcome to the dance floor
You better check your mind
Lets get right with it, start with the basics
And move on down the line
All you anti socials
Get your heads back in the game
I’ve been thinking about you
Were starting businesses
And calling this one James
Gonna take it round, and round and round the world
Send it round round, and round round, round the world
Get it out, What, Get it out What, Get it round the world
Get up boy and go to go, go go go

Chorus
Sir James says move your feet
Is that how you vision it?
Making non believers believe
Is that what were calling this?
The figures statistics don’t mean
Really what the picture is
Gotta give it right back
Give it some room to breath
Get up and get your message out
James Brown

All I want for Christmas
Is a brand new strat guitar
Start me a rock band, travel the great land
And play in all the bars
Once you get them dancing
You best keep them on the floor
Make that bass pop, snare lock
They’ll be lining out the door.
Gonna take it round, and round and round the world
Send it round round, and round round, round the world
Get it out, What, Get it out What, Get it round the world
Get up boy and go to go, go go go

Chorus
Sir James says move your feet
Is that how you vision it?
Making non believers believe
Is that what were calling this?
The figures statistics don’t mean
Really what the picture is
Gotta give it right back
Give it some room to breath
Get up and get your message out
James Brown

Got to get on the good foot
Popcorn!
Get on the Good Foot
Popcorn!

Spaces

Written By: Mike Moran

Where do you run, when you know that you’ve got no place to hide?
Do you stick and fight it out, or do you fault? Let them order you around your whole life
I think I’ll stick with fighting
In this time
I can only use my patience
To deal with all the demons I’ve been dealt
And all the lessons learned I wasted
On don’t

Chorus
Running in and out of spaces
Never knowing where my place is
Lining up my fears to face them
Building life up around the lies
But for once I felt alive

How do you be, when you don’t know what it is to become
And you stare at all your options and subside
Let the motor that you warmed never run
And just lie in your bed
Think of the time you wasted
On the things that never turned out in the end
All these lessons lost you blame them
On don’t

Chorus
Running in and out of spaces
Never knowing where my place is
Lining up my fears to face them
Building life up around the lies
But for once I felt alive

I got a quarter of years, a bucket of fears
Hundred thousand miles, on a wheel to steer
Never ending question what you gonna find on the road
A time to try new things, find a sense of peace
Take my time to find what is I believe
When there’s no one on your back selling this is how to live
And where to go.
So I punch it once, punch it twice
Ride down the ramp on the seventy-five
And see how fast this hunk of steel can roll
It’s a beautiful thing, when you can take a dream
Turn it into something for the world to see
Don’t know how your gonna do it just pick it up
And learn as you go
And you don’t know will you know
What you fear is what is what you’ll find.
At you’ll find

Chorus
Running in and out of spaces
Never knowing where my place is
Lining up my fears to face them
Building life up around the lies
But for once I felt alive

Discography

"Where Were You?" - June 2003
"The Balance" EP Sept 2006
"Spaces" July 25, 2008

Presently in Studio Recording second full band album due out this summer.

Set List

Original Songs

Where Were You?
I Can't Make Everybody Happy
One Day
Just Friends
Little Ms. Gossip
Love Handles
This is Goodbye
You Are My Blood
The Adventures of Andy North
Night on the Town
A New Kind Of Way
I Am Home
You Never Know
Chicago
Spaces
Linna Linna
Best Be Falling
This Town
James Brown
Delicious
Slowin'Down
One Of Us
I'm Not Leaving Until....
F*cked Up World
The Bitterness
Back Door
Down Every Which Direction
Take A Chance
Somehow
I'll Be All Right
Out Of My Head
Doubts
Get Better
75 and Sunny Skies
Who's Driving Me Home?
Lay it Down
You Lost My Vote
The Difference

Covers
Wild World - Cat Stevens
Satellite- Dave Matthews
Jimi Thing - Dave Matthews
Lie in Our Graves- Dave Matthews
Jesus etc. - Wilco
Wrapped Around Your Finger - The Police
Message in a Bottle- The Police
Every Breath You Take- The Police
Bubble Toes - Jack Johnson
Flake - Jack Johnson
Sitting, Waiting, Wishing - Jack Johnson
Posters - Jack Johns