Where Have You Been

by Mike Uva

/
  • Digital Album
    Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    Purchasable with gift card

      $7 USD

    You own this

     

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    12-song CD in jewel case.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Where Have You Been via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 3 days

      $10 USD

    You own this  

     

  • Full Digital Discography Full Digital Discography

    Get all 7 Mike Uva releases available on Bandcamp and save 35%.

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads of Lights Coming Up, Commander Sun, Extras (Hook Boy 1996-2001), ‘Dawn’ / ‘One Hundred Percent’, Lady, Tell Me Straight, Static Songs, and Where Have You Been. , and , .

    Purchasable with gift card

      $23.40 USD or more (35% OFF)

    You own this

     

1.
you said you had to keep to yourself for a while i sent a letter to you, try to get you to smile three weeks and no reply, where have you been my friends are taking bets on the where you were when and if i never hear another song off that buffalo springfield record again it'll be too soon to have your voice stuck in my head and if you never sang along i might not be so damn sick of my old top ten they're the ones we used to sing together sweet lucinda tell me all about your new dress and things of which you spoke back when i couldn't care less it's three months and no reply, where have you gone my friends have given up on telling me to move on (repeat chorus)
2.
03:01
can i tell about us walking in the snow and the sound of snow crushed below our feet on the street where she lived this was something then that means just a little more now it means a lot somehow what would you give for one quickening to relive the summer sun it never shines in the same way and where is she now traveling wide and trickling down you let this sweet, you let this beauty on the ground and terrible now those scented skies miracle mouth and silver eyes that surprised you when she looked at you so cool and soon after looked away when you were too sure of yourself to say hey can i stay and what would you give for one quickening to relive a summer love but she does not feel the same way and where is she now traveling wide and trickling down you let this sweet, you let this beauty on the ground (repeat chorus)
3.
02:51
when the ghost of my lover descended all the furniture was upended and i received a bright red slap on my face i've been haunted since the day that i met you i'll be haunted 'til the day i forget the desperate in his voice when he asked me what about the dinosaurs leave it up to the meteoric rise of suicides among the green and lonely and what a sweet demise to be buried in a bed of stone bury me in blankets of ashes and bone on a street where the houses are walled in a little girl on the ground had fallen dressed in lace, a dirty face and smiling when i held out my hand to assist her she held a fistful of dirt and said sister, what inspires the sky to keep changing (repeat chorus) i've been dead so long i sometimes think my words don't fill the air so much as keep my mouth from watering i was not designed to turn my mind away from what has held me under a spell i was not designed to survive this murder (repeat chorus)
4.
drinking in an english garden was never like this butterflies ain't got nothin' on a cottonmouth kiss and we don't need chemistry textbooks to isolate the primitive fix we just mix and we mix and we mix and the water turns white and the little yellow light at the back of the oven of the oven glows bright tell me did i catch your name it got lost between the pillows and burned up in the flame and gone are the lovers to the accidental night i didn't even notice they were falling out of sight the sun in the window means another broken morning has won wasn't that fun and summer was an endless surface for the skimmer to skate and the rust in the wheelwell was only a glimmer of fate but empty pockets at the end of the season has got us down to rubbing two sticks for our kicks for our kicks for our kicks and the water turns white and the little yellow light at the back of the oven of the oven glows bright tell me did i catch your name it got lost between the covers or burned up in the flame and gone are the lovers to the accidental night i didn't even notice they were falling out of sight and all the little thrills and the singalong rhythm is gone and i don't know how you carry on, but you can count on this whatever you surrender you will surely surely miss the light in the window means the morning has come and i think i stayed a little too long i think i stayed a little too long i know i stayed a little too long now that summer is gone
5.
02:34
this is real, our love is real and when you went out the garden gate the northern states got so much colder but awesome is not wide enough for you this is real, our love is real oh anna leah you ride the wheels of love ridin' the wheels of happy silly love but i am feeling no pain i am feeling no pain in a fog you might well hit what you think you can see my radar says you're far enough from me we were right for so long, until i found out i was wrong oh i can never forgive you if you're gone this is real, our love is real and i remember you felt that way but something or someone made you say that heaven is not high enough for you this is real, our love is real oh anna leah you ride the wheels of love hot on the heels of someone you can love but i am feeling no pain i am feeling no pain i think i'll get some champagne in a fog you might well hit what you think you can see my radar says you're far enough from me and i was blaming myself for so long until i found out it was wrong and i might even forgive you when you're gone this is real, our love is real oh anna leah you ride the wheels of love ridin' the wheels of happy silly love
6.
7.
flung from your lips the insult that is so poetic i could almost recite but i won't fight try as you might to drag me into your garden of woe i won't go, no and i don't even think that you know the reason for your angry words and i don't care if you're right no, i won't fight throw that sucker punch because i don't like fighting and i won't play that game and i can hold my words as long as my breath and so far i've always won, yeah i've always won now that you see me bleeding from the fall i've taken you still swear to the night that you were right but i don't like fighting and i won't play that game and i can hold my words as long as my breath and so far i've always won, yeah i've always won throw that sucker punch because i don't like fighting and i won't play that game and when i come to, it's mostly still true but i have a trophy to bear
8.
00:49
maybe you were right to fade from sight like a too good dream maybe i misplaced my bet on a losing team and maybe i was wrong to sing this song to wallow in my grief 'cause a song is much too brief
9.
02:21
10.
it was summer in daytona i held my diploma but my love had left me, i was all alone and as my life was wrecked i chose to disconnect my heart and phone i was putting off decisions working for commission at the hotel when she climbed out of the pool and wanting her well i walked over to sell her a protective lotion if you gently motion it all over your body the sun will not burn the air is getting thin you need to take care of your skin and cover your head, you're turning red she looked at me suspicious, dripping and delicious and she asked me, do i look the amateur? and ready with an answer, i held up my hands and said, forgive me your skin is well attended, i will not pretend that you are unaware of dangers from above but if you've time for spending, i am recommending (chorus) and so we proceeded to talk of global warming and sunblock and i was thinking maybe she could be the one but so many times i've been burned by first impressions i have learned well then she handed me her number and yes i took it from her and the sun shines brighter than i've ever known and by the pool i hold her and yes caress her shoulder with protective lotion . . .
11.
02:09
we were so much alike i forgot you were there so untypical of me to be aware and i can't tell you when it begins i rise out of my skin and see everything happen from some other atmosphere like i'm far too far away to say i might like to be with you today it'll be alright when i'm down from my flight but even spacemen know when to look when the spaceship starts to cook some unfortunate ending could be undone oh when you see me rising above it's not that i'm not in love i'm just watching this happen from some other atmosphere and i might need someone else to say maybe we should have some fun today that'll be alright and i'll come down from my flight right away, right away, right away
12.

credits

released January 1, 2004

"Dreamy folk. . . . Mike Uva has written one charming record here." –Dagger Zine

"This is a lovely record. . . . A mostly acoustic-based, home recorded, one-man pop record, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN luxuriates in its verdant, cozy, hushed textures and Uva's detached but wry lyrics. . . . Superb! The whole LP is superb." –The Big Takeover

** PICK OF THE WEEK ** "WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN is like the finest red wine: not too sweet, instantly affecting, enjoyed optimally through relaxed consumption, and it leaves an insatiable taste for more." –Delusions of Adequacy

"An excellent singer-songwriter effort." –Punk Planet

"An almost textbook example of jangly-pop perfection. . . . WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN exerts the lightest possible touch, brushing by with a slight breeze and leading you softly into a place for dreams. Summer afternoons remembered in winter, transient loves recollected in solitude, fragile melodies etched into hazy sounds–they're all here in this oblique and lovely record." –Splendid

"[Uva's] lyrical imagery combines with truly inspired arrangements." –Largehearted Boy

license

all rights reserved

tags

about

Mike Uva Cleveland, Ohio

"Sublime pop . . . as catchy as Bob Pollard, as slyly subversive as Lou Barlow, as effortlessly melodic as Nick Salomon.” —PopMatters

“[Uva's] songs stick around like old friends, their warmth, accessibility, and unshowy intelligence always welcome." —Blurt
... more

contact / help

Contact Mike Uva

Streaming and
Download help

Redeem code

Report this album or account