Mike Pinto

Mike Pinto

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Mike Pinto's style of music sounds like the reggae vibe of Sublime mixed with the smooth vocals of Jack Johnson. Along with this "summertime" style of music, Pinto displays unique lyrical skills and a voice as distinct as it is infectious.

Biography

Mike Pinto grew up in Fairless Hills, PA and graduated from the University of Delaware in May 2004. He's been a singer/songwriter/guitarist for 8 years. A former member of the band Discord, Mike blends reggae, ska, and dub styles, but still enjoys the smooth sounds of an acoustic guitar.

Biggest musical influences: Bradley Nowell, Bob Marley, Jack Johnson, Mason Jennings (lately)

Lyrics

Bill's Song

Written By: Mike Pinto

Billy’s on the run from the policeman
Couldn’t keep his cool with the foolproof plan
With his finger on the trigger, money in his hand
Fleeing for his life in an unmarked van
With a partner in crime so sick of doin’ time
Spent his life in the county while still in his prime
Was a smooth operation told the evening news
‘Til the security guard made his move

Billy’s on the run from the policeman
We knew this day would come don’t you understand
Just like his father he lives for the dollar bill
He’ll lie, cheat, and steal just to make a deal
Well-prepared got the perfect scheme
Some sticks of dynamite and an M-16
Kicks down the door and as they hit the floor
He screams, “Put your hands up this is a robbery”

Put your hands up (2x)
This is a robbery (2x)
Put your hands up, put your fuckin’ hands up
This is a robbery (2x)

Billy strapped his chest with some TNT
“Thank god I wore my vest,” said a security
Guard named Bernard who was dressed undercover
His weapon’s fuckin’ lethal like he was Danny Glover
Oh, Bernie’s got his mind on the fortune and the fame
Wanted to be a hero, wanted to get his name
On the front page of the paper titled COP FOILS CAPER
Ready to blast these fools send them straight to their maker

But, oh, has he forgot about his family
You shouldn’t be thinking ‘bout bravery
When you got mouths to feed
Bernie stood and drew his gun
To send these boys to kingdom come
But before he killed a single one
Billy dropped him to his knees

Calling all cars, put out an APB
Keep your eyes peeled for a GMC
Truck or van there is a Caucasian
Man behind the wheel with a shiny piece of steel that
Took the life of a guard named Bernard
Whose body lies still ‘tween 4th and Girard
These ruthless criminals are making fools of us
So shoot to kill they’re armed and dangerous

Billy’s on the run from the policeman
Couldn’t keep his cool with the foolproof plan
With his finger on the trigger, money in his hand
Fleeing for his life in an unmarked van
He pulled the trigger put a bullet in the middle of a
Neck of a man took the money and ran
Switched his vehicle and prayed for a miracle
The police searched for night and day
But Billy and his partner got the money, got away
Now how you gonna tell me that crime doesn’t pay

A Thousand Years Ago

Written By: Mike Pinto

Some may say
The choice is ours
Others seek advice while starin at the stars
Others fold their hands and pray and wait
Hoping that one momentous day
Their heaven will await
And those who hope through microscopes each day
Say they know the answer but its only theory
Was our fate set in stone
A thousand years ago

There exists a girl halfway round the world who looks as lost as lost could be
Who looks exhausted just like me
And she's been losing sleep over thoughts too deep to consume
As she stares at the ceiling of her room
And though she's trying so hard to make some sense about
Every little thing and each event that
Comes her way and now she's praying
Up into the sky where her god is waiting
But is he really there to listen to her prayer
Or is he from a story
A thousand years ago

What do you believe is true
In a world that's filled with lies
And who do you think painted the pictures that became our morning skies
Do you even think at all or are you just another
Materialistic fool or skeptic
Who counts their money just to see if they're alive
And are you alive

Some may say
The choice is ours
Others seek advice while starin at the stars
Was our fate set in stone
A thousand years ago

Tricky Nicky

Written By: Mike Pinto

Tricky Nicky always ran around town
She’s the type of girl who turns your frown upside-down
Five fucking minutes in the sack and you’ll return with a
Dozen roses and some weed to burn
Shit you think I’m babbling but Nicky’s always dabbling
With coke she’ll smoke your grass toss your ass like a javelin
Before you get thrown here’s advice of my own
You better take out a mother-fucking loan (and it goes)

Tricky Nicky’s gonna spread her disease
Don’t bother to play the father she can’t have no babies
She’ll take your money and she’ll take your Benz
And for a tab of ecstasy she’ll do you and a friend
What a shame what a shame Tricky Nicky’s not the same
As she was before she got stuck in the cocaine game
The coke she’d steal would make her feel good for an hour or two
‘Til she woke up with her throat cut in a hospital room

Oh you’ll have to forgive me I have spoke too much
See as my pen hits the paper my lips hit the dutch
Well you know how that goes but lets continue to flow about
Poor old Tricky Nicky’s scenario

It was an emergency as she went under the knife as doctors
Urgently tried to save Nicky’s life
There was a burglary and she was too high to fight
Cause she was staying with a dealer that she met that night

Tricky Nicky always ran around town
She’s the type of girl turns frowns upside-down
Five fucking minutes in the sack and you’ll return with a
Dozen roses and some weed to burn
Shit you think I’m lying but Nicky didn’t die
And the scar on her neck would only reflect the pain she keeps inside
So pass the story right on through cause that is all that you can do
Cause Tricky Nicky’s coming to a town near you

Discography

Little District, LP (2005)
Mike Pinto, EP (2004)

Set List

Set times: 1-2 hours. Original artist, not a cover band (though covers get thrown in the mix occasionally).

Originals:
Bill's Song
One More Time
Dear Senoritas
A Thousand Years Ago
Reincarnation
Chilean Lover
Tricky Nicky
When I Die
I'll Let You In
Never Hold Me Down
Bad Luck
Addictions
Betty Got Knocked Up
Terrible October

Covers:
Bob Marley (too many to mention)
Sublime (too many to mention)
Jack Johnson (too many to mention)
Tom Petty
Johnny Cash
Mason Jennings
Pepper
many others