"Michael" as written by and Mark Edward Kozelek....
Michael, where are you now?

Somehow in my excitement the last time you called,
It slipped again to ask your hidden whereabouts
I got a lead from your old triple ex-girlfriend, she said
"I heard he lost his mind again"
"Again?" I said
I didn't know that you ever did

Michael, where are you now?

Sleeping through the morning in flannel impaired
Getting high in southern air
Shoeless, sandy eveing down the unfamiliar
Last whiff of salt-water freedom
Skipping shells in the dead zone
With the ghost on your side
Of the state borderline
"Take it."

Do you remember our first subway ride?
Our first heavy metal haircuts?
Our last swim on the east coast?
And me with my ridiculous looking pierced nose?
I remember your warm smile in the sun
The daydreaming boy without a shirt on
The Birmingham barfly father
Left the mother of three sons
You're the oldest juvenile delinquent bum
My best friend

Lyrics submitted by ThreeMilesDown

"Michael" as written by Mark Edward Kozelek

Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

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  • +2
    General Commentsimply a beatiful song

    great imagery and almost universal emotions and experience
    wakka7on November 27, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentA beautiful and wonderfully moving song.
    Noamchomskyon January 01, 2009   Link
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    General Commentyoutube.com/…
    He talks about Micheal in this interview. How a little while back he was playing a show in Atlanta and had a visit bacstage from the very Michael who the song is about, he hadn't seen him in over a decade. While onstage later on he heard someone scream out 'Micheal', so he played the song for the first time in years, and he could see Michael weeping in the front row.
    kwelion October 20, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is one of my favorite...
    one of the best songs about friendship ever written, about a friend who is really special like best friends are, and he's in trouble, alone, in need, maybe even dead now...
    I don't know whether mark kozelek wrote this one thinking about someone he knew (does anybody know??) but he expresses it thee way it is...with high level poetry "...shoeless sandy evenings down the unfamiliar last whiff of salt water freedom"...it's freakin' great!!!

    worth listening
    enjoy the lyrics
    koutaon February 17, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentActually I've heard that this is about his real friend, called Michael, who left and never came back home...
    lachimon March 21, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentone of the most beautiful Mark Kozelek's lyrics. He wrote this song thinking about a real friend of him who became a delinquent...
    piloton September 06, 2008   Link
  • 0
    Song ComparisonI wonder if Kozelek knew the song Michael by Jandek (songmeanings.com/songs/view/3530822107858602537/ & youtube.com/…) when he wrote this song.

    Full lyrics:
    Michael, Michael
    Where are you now?
    dbqpon May 22, 2015   Link
  • 0
    MemoryBeautiful song. I also have a childhood best friend named Mike, who I have recently gotten back in touch with. So it means a lot to me, having lived out many of these experiences for the first time with him
    Jestoon425on December 08, 2016   Link

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