Downtown Santa Cruz

There’s a man singing in the alcove
His protest songs are pretty deep
His voice would make a crocodile
Lay right over on his back and weep

There’s a homeless lady in the street
Her bike fell and she barks
And the police car drives up close
Then pulls over and parks

Downtown Santa Cruz
It’s a place I love to be
Downtown Santa Cruz
It means so much to me
Downtown Santa Cruz
So unlike all the rest
Downtown Santa Cruz
Of all downtowns, it’s the best

There’s Bookshop SC where I browse
their magazine racks and shop for books
There’s Camouflage and I’ll go in there
When I want to get some dirty looks

Walnut Avenue is my breakfast spot
Where Cooper House was, is O’Neill’s
and over at the Nickelodeon
is where I feel all my good feels

Downtown Santa Cruz
It’s a place I love to go
Downtown Santa Cruz
It’s awesome, don’t cha know
Downtown Santa Cruz
It's even better than Oahu
If it was ever demolished
I don’t know where I’d go or do

At the Catalyst I’ve seen many shows
Like Evan Dando and Matthew Sweet
Seeing Pearl Jam’s secret show there
Sure was a big ol’ treat

Logos and Streetlight are great places
To buy used vinyl, movies, and cd’s
Pizza My Heart is where I’ll be at Midnight
Eating a slice of pepperoni and cheese

Downtown Santa Cruz
It’s a place I love to be
Downtown Santa Cruz
It means so much to me
Downtown Santa Cruz
So unlike all the rest
Downtown Santa Cruz
Of all downtowns, it’s the best

Downtown Santa Cruz
Of all downtowns, it’s the best.

2017

I worked as a Downtown Hospitality Guide in the 90's and I know it well.  Of course I had to write a tribute to my favorite place to go & be. Yay DTSC!
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Man, I Feel Like Crap Today

All my clothes are still in the hamper
And I haven’t gotten out of bed
I woke up with an ugly hangover
I don’t remember what we said
And then I looked at my cell phone
Looks like I did a drunk text
After he said he was leaving me
I called him a jerk and said “Next!”

I should be feeling better
I should be happier than I am now
I should be dancing in the backyard
But all I’m thinking is wow
I really messed up
he was all dressed up
From what I can remember I was cray
Man, I feel like crap, today

I turned on the bedroom TV
And I watched the local HOI news
Gretchen and Mark had an exclusive
That shook me and gave me the blues
They said there was a fatal accident
Out on the dirt road by Route 122
It was heartbreaking to find out
I could have been in there with you

I should be feeling better
I should be happier than I am now
I should be dancing in the backyard
But all I’m thinking is wow
I didn’t say goodbye
Now I’m asking why
Man, I feel like crap, today

You were my best friend
And I can’t believe you’re gone
My dear pickup truck
I hope my heart can go on
I don’t know what to say
Except, man, I feel like crap today

Man, I feel like crap today.

2017

Song Notes:

I imagine Alison Krauss really doing this one justice. It’s a joke song, but it would be so great to hear her voice sing it.

Updates to the GMM Website

I have added more info within a new section in this website called “Social & Project Links” to further explain some very essential things about who I’ve worked with and the stories about working with them.  I think it’s a good place to look at the History of my Career and see how much we have worked to get this far.

I hope to add in some various things I’ve been working on here as well.  It’s a very complicated process to get everything squared away, including the links to songs I’ve been working on or what exactly I want to add on this website.

Hope you are enjoying it, thanks for coming along on this journey with me!

Best,

M.K. Gray