New Middle Class

New Middle Class

BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

Adventurously original acoustic pop. Great melodic songs, full of warmth, wit and truly delightful and surprising turns of phrase. Distinctive vocals and harmonies, award-winning songs: unique, often tongue-in-cheek. newmiddleclass.com

Biography

New Middle Class continues to climb the glamorous ladder of singer/songwriter success with the release of their 2009 CD "What's That Thing?". Their songs enjoy national airplay on over 50 stations, and:

2007 BBC Radio Scotland – Featured artist, 1 hour interview
2006 South Florida Folk Festival Songwriter Finalist
2005 Avalon Rising Star Finalist
2003 1st Place – Music To Life Contest – Kerrville Folk Festival
2002 Southwest/SE Regional Folk Alliance Formal Showcase Artist
2002 Just Plain Folks Lyrics Contest Finalist
2001 John Lennon International Song Contest Honorable Mention
2001 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest Finalist – Gospel/Inspirational
2000 South Florida Folk Festival Songwriter Finalist
2000 Great American Song Contest Honorable Mention
2000 American Songwriter Magazine Lyric Contest – 1st Runner-up
2000 Unisong Song Contest Finalist
1999 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest First Prize winner – Pop Category
1999 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest Third Prize winner – Folk Category
1999 Lake County (Chicago) Folk Festival 2nd Place Winner
1995 New Jersey Folk Festival New Folk Showcase Winner

Lyrics

Beautiful

Written By: Mike & Barbara Borok

I was mousy - I was shy
I was invisible to guys
No one asked me to dance
No one gave me a second glance
I was just a lost and lonely soul
How could life be so unfair?

I was awkward - I was plain
I faced a lifetime of pain
Had no good points - not one
Life was over - so young
The mirror kept me company
But it was not my friend

But the day I dyed my hair
That's when everything changed
The day I dyed my hair
I was beautiful

I was born again overnight
I was popular - all right!
I was confident - no fears
And respected by my peers
They used to be so mean to me
But that’s all history

‘Cause the day I dyed my hair
That's when everything changed
The day I dyed my hair
I was beautiful

It's like a fairy-tale come true
Now I have hair that I can live up to

Like a flower, I bloomed
I came out of my cocoon
Now I don’t have to hide
What was always inside
‘Cause all my new friends used to be
Insecure and awkward just like me

But the day we dyed our hair
That's when everything changed
The day we dyed our hair
We were beautiful

Softer Than Bullets

Written By: Mike Borok

Show me the light, 'cause it's all black and white
Back here in Kansas again
Where a scarecrow could cry when children ask why
The world was so badly planned

Who made us stubborn and blind?
Why were we so poorly designed?
Who made us softer than bullets?

Who turned the bones of fish into stone
Fish that wished they could walk on land
Where we lived in fear, holding sharp stones and spears
In our tender, clawless hands?

Who made us stubborn and blind?
Why were we so poorly designed?
Who made us softer than bullets?
Who made us softer, softer than bullets?

All this, they say, took only six days
Then the next day was Sunday
It was just begun, so much more to be done
But no one showed up on Monday

Oh, I want to go
Somewhere under the rainbow
Where I can believe what I want to believe
Not what I know is so

Who made us stubborn and blind?
Why were we so poorly designed?
Who made us quick to catch fire,
Thirsty for blood, weaker than desire?
Who made us softer than bullets?
Who made us softer than bullets?
Who made us softer, softer than bullets?

Loch Ness Cafe

Written By: Mike Borok & Joe Giacoio

I was having lunch with Elvis
At the Loch Ness Cafe
We were talking about the dreams we nailed
And the ones that got away
I said, "I wish I was a star like you
God, I love that rock n roll"
He said, "Finish up your soda, son
And your fries are gettin' cold"
The waitresses are beautiful
But they won't give me the time of day
Why do I keep on coming back
To the Loch Ness Cafe?

Odysseus drank his coffee, black
Then he set out on some trip
And when he thought no one was looking
Lincoln pocketed the tip
I pretended that I didn't see
I just minded my own business
'Cause I knew that the Invisible Man
Was the only other witness
Everybody stares at me
But when I catch them, they look away
Why do I keep on coming back
To the Loch Ness Cafe?

At a table in the corner
Where the lights were turned down low
I saw the Kennedys holding hands
With Marilyn Monroe
And J. Edgar Hoover, in disguise
Was pretending to mop the floor
Near where Castro sat with Sigmund Freud
Comparing their cigars
The busboy says I'm crazy
And he hits me with his tray
Why do I keep on coming back
To the Loch Ness Cafe?

Einstein ordered after me
But they brought his dinner first
The waiter took a shortcut
Through an alternate universe
In the men's room, Adolph Hitler
Was complaining to the Pope
That Pontius Pilate got there first
And used up all the soap

Einstein had a hard time
Trying to calculate the tip
He was counting on his fingers
I could see him move his lips
And Hamlet had an omlette
While Ophelia ate a Danish
She said, "You're driving me insane-ish
You're a cold fish with a death wish"

I stopped in after midnight
For a little bite to eat
When I saw the Loch Ness dinosaur
Sitting in my favorite seat
She had a leather jacket on
And a Jimi Hendrix shirt
She was watching the display go 'round
With those oversized desserts
I said, "I thought that you were dead"
She said, "No, I've just been away
But I can't resist the cheesecake
At the Loch Ness Cafe"

Discography

Recordings: Government, 1999.9, New Middle Class, Release 2.0, What's That Thing? - 2nd Mortgage Records. Compilations: Music to Life 2003 CD, Oasis Acoustic: Humor, Vol. 1, MASC Winners, Undercurrents - Fast Folk #805, Local Color - Folk Next Door 4