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“Collateral” by Michael Shoup
My first Song-A-Week! Submit Ideas!

Welcome to the first Episode of my Song-A-Week!

This weeks submission was inspired by a number of people’s ideas, so thanks to “begreeted”, “gremlar” and “annct” for submitting and helping me coming up with this one.

I hope you enjoy “Collateral” and stick around for what comes up next week. Lyrics below.



I’ve got memories of this town
From back when you were still around
The friends that I lost
And the missteps that cost me my pride

I may not be a perfect man
But at least I know who I am
With all this tossing and turning
From yesteryear’s learning inside

I’ve got Collateral Damage
So much more than I can manage
Heart at the Helm
But I keep washing over the side
I don’t know what the plan is
Just trying to find where my dry land is
All open ended
Except this unintended
Collateral Damage
From living my life

My heart keeps looking like a travelogue
Every time I start singing songs
But all this rocking and rolling
Helps me keep knowing I’m alive

I can’t stay still
This lack of motion keeps making me ill
It’s something I gotta get through
This life I woke up into is mine.



from Song​-​A​-​Week, released February 1, 2011

Song-A-Week is a weekly video blog where I take submissions / ideas from readers of my blog and pick one [or a few] each week to write a song about. Viewers can submit ideas at the URL above, and a new song will be posted every Tuesday.




Michael Shoup Nashville, Tennessee

My mother calls me Michael. My friends call me Shoup.

A Songwriter, Storyteller, Pixel Manipulator, and Entropic Strategist, I make music and tools for others like myself.

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