All It Takes Is One

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“All It Takes Is One” is the second album from veteran New Jersey power-poppers Mike Daly and The Planets. Their self-titled 2017 LP won them rave reviews and international airplay.

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released February 28, 2019

Mike Daly (lead vocals. rhythm guitar); John Reynolds (lead guitar, vocals); Jim Smith (drums, vocals); Jim Van Sickle (bass, vocals).

SPECIAL GUESTS: James Higgins (harmonica on “Star”); Alicia Daly and Tom Lucas (backing vocals on “Stupid Me”).

Produced by Mike Daly and Jim Van Sickle. Recorded and mixed by Jim Van Sickle at The Jerk Store, Hawthorne/Montclair, N.J. Mastered by Alex Saltz at APS Mastering, Astoria, N.Y.

All songs written by Michael Daly except “Any Given Night” written by Michael Daly and James Smith. © ℗ 2019 Pop Goes The World, LLC (ASCAP).

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Alan Reynolds, Karen Reynolds, Alicia Daly, Eric DeSisto, Larry Geraghty, Tim Jackson, Seth Pilipski, Melissa St. John, Kimberly Vogt, Stacey Volanto.

SUPERFANS: Chris Butler, Bob DeMaio, Jennifer Dwinall, Kevin Lami, Anne LeBart, Mark Runz, Bob Saypol, Donna Smith.

THANKS: Glenn Roughgarden, Amy Marie Smith, Scott Anthony, Anthony Arturi, Alana Bonillo, Bob Coffey, Thomas Daly, Kathleen Dawson, Jay Dravenstadt, Jenn Dundas, Chris Fennelon, Laura Grzymkowski, Stephen Halpern, Betsy Hays, Eileen McGlone, Danielle McGreevy, Eileen Moeller, Kathleen Moeller, Kate Moore, Margery Nardin, Mary Lee Palumbo, David Philp, Steve Pilon, Robert Plafta, Boo Reiners, Dan Salamon, Tim St. Clair, Donna Schuster, James Stanfield, Lynette Surie, Lou Tambone, Pat Tunney, Joanne Van Sickle, Roy Van Tassel, David Yaseen, The RocknRoll HiFives.

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Mike Daly & The Planets are a veteran power-pop group based in New Jersey, USA. The band released their debut EP, “The Cosmic Adventures of ManBoy,” in 2010. They made their live debut opening for The Smithereens in 2011. Their self-titled first album was issued in 2017 to rave reviews. For 3 straight years (2016-18), they’ve been chosen to play the International Pop Overthrow Festival in NYC. ... more

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Track Name: Slack
You know, I used to practice taekwondo
But now I taekwondon't
Guess you could say I used to have the will
But now I have the won't

I just want to stay inside all day
Comfy in my jammies
Polishing my Grammys that I'll never win,
And then later on, I'll order in

I've got a knack for slack
I used to have ambition
Hope I never get it back
'Cause I'd really rather have a snack
But more than anything, I'd wanna slack

There was a time I used to B 'n' C
But now I'm X’n Y
Like, "Why does 6 hate on 7 so much?"
Because 7 ate 9

I just want to spend each dreaming hour
Here in my cabana, singing with Susanna
My eternal flame
Oh Susanna, do you feel the same?

I've got a knack for slack
I used to have ambition
Hope I never get it back
'Cause I'd really rather have a snack
But more than anything...

Please don't judge me or begrudge me
'Cause I used to run your race
But now I need a different pace
And chocolate pudding by the case
Slack Pack!

I just want to lounge around all day
Comfy in my jammies
Hangin' with my Grammy
She's so freakin' cool
Sippin' margaritas by the pool

I've got a knack for slack
I used to have ambition
Hope I never get it back
'Cause I'd really rather have a snack
But more than anything
I've got a knack for slack
I used to have ambition
Hope I never get it back
I'm serious as a heart attack
'Cause eventually we fade to black
So I need you people off my back
'Cause I'd rather have a shot of Jack
But more than anything, I wanna slack

Copyright 2017 Michael Daly/Pop Goes The World (ASCAP)
Track Name: Come Along
You come along, looking like a refugee
From CBGB & OMFUG
A living, breathing punk rock fantasy
I could feel a tingling inside of me
Telling me I should either fight or flee
I had a sense you could be the end of me
When I asked if you were single
You said “Maybe!”
And when I asked where you were going
You said "Crazy! Wanna come along?"

Come along
Come along
Do you wanna come along?
Come along
Come along
Do you wanna come along?

When you said that I should walk you home
I couldn’t leave bad enough alone
Looking back, I guess I should have known
That when you smiled, it was all for show
And when you grabbed me and wouldn’t let go
I was headed for an all-time low

When I woke up in the morning
Things were hazy
Then I asked where you were going
You said "Crazy! Wanna come along?"

Come along
Come along
Do you wanna come along?
Come along
Come along
Do you wanna come along?

I was looking for excitement
And you dealt it out in spades
You were just so bold and vibrant
And the worst mistake I ever made

You came along looking like a refugee
From CBGB and OMFUG
When I had a bottle in front of me
I’m not the same as I was back then
My hindsight is now 20/10
I’ll know I won't go down that road again

‘Cause if you had your way, I might be pushing daisies
But at least I learned to recognize the crazy
When it comes along

Come along
Come along
Do you wanna come along?
Come along
Come along
Do you wanna come along?

Copyright 2018 Michael Daly (ASCAP)
Track Name: Any Given Night
Last night was my last night with Sara Jane
She said “Boy, you never age, you always look the same”
I saw the fire into her eyes
And probably should have realized
Last night would be my last night with Sara Jane

Last night I woke up from a fever dream
I was a match and she was gasoline
Trapped inside a raging fire
No escape as the blaze grew higher
Last night I woke up from a fever dream

I knew any given night might be her last
She always burned too bright and lived too fast
Still I fought my way through the flame
That erupted at the mention of her name
Sara Jane

Today I got the call I always feared
And felt a burning anger in my tears
A dream deferred, a dream denied
A fire forever trapped inside
Today I got the call I always feared

Tomorrow I will drive around for hours
Try to find a field of her favorite flowers
I’ll lay them on her resting place
And pray she’s in a better place
Tomorrow I will drive around for hours

I knew any given night might be her last
She always burned too bright and lived too fast
Still I fought my way through the flame
That erupted at the mention of her name
Sara Jane

Tonight, she came back in different dream
I’d never seen her looking so serene
She said “Follow me into the fire”
But I finally did deny her
The time has come to chase a different dream

I knew any given night might be her last
She always burned too bright and lived too fast
Still I fought my way through the flame
That erupted at the mention of her name
Sara Jane

Copyright 2018 Michael Daly and James Smith (ASCAP)
Track Name: Find The Pleasure
In all passion there is pain
Let me say it once again
In all passion there is pain

In all wisdom there is loss
It's the fundamental cost
In all wisdom there is loss

Tears of grief, tears of joy
Well they're all the same, my boy
There's only so much pressure
You can stand
All the tension and fear
That's been building through the years
Always try to find the pleasure
Where you can

In all laughter there is hurt
That your mind learns to convert
In all laughter there is hurt

In all anger there is fear
Of losing something you hold dear
In all anger there is fear

Tears of grief, tears of joy
Well they're all the same my boy
There's only so much pressure
You can stand
All the tension and fear
That's been building through the years
Always try to find the pleasure
Where you can

In all passion there is pain
Only so much you can stand
In all anger there is fear
Find the pleasure when you can

Copyright 2017 Michael Daly (ASCAP)
Track Name: Nonsense
I'm not lookin'
for something different
for something "better"
as if it even exists
I'm not lookin'
for greener pastures
or youth recaptured
what kind of nonsense is this?

People runnin' from
One to another
Go undercover
To rediscover their bliss
Any bagel fits
Any banana, nut
That ain't nirvana
What kind of nonsense is this?

Ain't got no land
Ain't got no cheddar
Ain't Eddie Vedder
Could you find better than this?
I guess you could
If you want riches, but
That ain't what rich is
What kind of nonsense is this?

Baby you and I make perfect sense
When you weigh all of the circumstantial evidence
In the present and the future tense
You're my one and only
One and only
One and only
One and only one

So worry not
About tomorrow
'Cause Cupid's arrow
Definitely didn't miss
I'm not lookin'
For something different
That would be ignorant
What kind of nonsense is this?

Copyright 2017 Michael Daly (ASCAP)
Track Name: Stupid Me
It's so hard to be
It's so hard to be
It's so hard to be the one
Who's always fallin' down
Always fallin' down

And it's so hard to be
So hard to be the tree
So hard to be the falling tree that
Never makes a sound
Never makes a sound

But I keep on pushin' through
Though I couldn't tell you why
Like that stupid ant
With the rubber tree plant
I guess my hopes are high

It's so hard to be
It's so hard to be
It's so hard to be the one who
Keeps the wolves at bay
Keeps the wolves at bay

And it's so hard to be
It's so hard to be
It's so hard to be the one who
Rarely gets a say
Rarely gets a say

But I keep on pushin' through
Though I couldn't tell you why
Like that stupid ram
Rammin' into that dam
I guess my hopes are high

And if you put my hope
Under a microscope
You'd see a thousand tiny little hopes
Fighting to survive
And it's up to only me
It's up to only me
To keep them alive
To keep them alive

It's so hard to be
So very hard to be
Yeah, it's so hard to be
So very hard to be
It's so hard to be
It's so hard to be
Me

But I do it all for you
With my head held to the sky
It's just like stupid me
To never concede
I guess my hopes are high
I guess my hopes are high

Copyright 2016 Michael Daly (ASCAP)
Track Name: Here She Comes Again
My heart is broken in so many places
I don’t believe that it can take any more
Here she comes again
Hell-bent on proving me wrong

And while I’m trying to pick up the pieces
Some are trapped between her heel and the floor
Here she comes again
Hell-bent on being in a song

She’s not evil
She’s not even in the same time zone
She just has trouble
Knowing when to leave bad enough alone
And it’s bad enough alone

I’m so wrapped up in our unhappy ending
That I don’t know where to begin anymore
Here she comes again
Here she comes again

Just when I think that she
Is finally through with me
She’s hell-bent on proving me wrong

Copyright 2019 Michael Daly (ASCAP)
Track Name: Weary
I’m sorry I was mean
I didn’t mean it
It’s just that I’ve been so unhappy
Bitter and tired
Weary

I’m mired in regret
It’s paralyzing
There I go again, overanalyzing
I see it in your eyes
Weary

CHORUS:
I want to be someone else
Anybody else but who I am
I wish I were somewhere else
Anywhere else, but here I am

And I know I’m making things
More complicated
Than they have to be
But that’s just me defeating myself
Weary

You can’t take anymore
Can’t say I blame you
You’re showing me the door
I guess we’re both exhausted by it all
Weary

CHORUS:

And I try to be up, and I try to be strong
But it’s hard when you’re so unkind
And I know that this place isn’t where I belong
Can you see how I’ve lost my mind?

I’m sorry I was mean
I didn’t mean it
But I was just returning fire
No wonder I’m so
Weary

CHORUS:

Copyright 2015 Michael Daly (ASCAP)
Track Name: Star
So I’ve been strange
My demeanor seems to change
Whenever we see each other
It makes you uncomfortable but
You are so rare
That you catch me unprepared
To have your light shine on me
I’m all but blinded by it

If I could give anything to you
You’d see you the way that I do
As the star you are

It’s not just lust
It’s not even about us
Though you’ll always have my
Undying admiration
It’s about you
And that voodoo that you do
The sparkle in your eyes
The mischief in your smile

If I could give anything to you
I’d give you the confidence to
Be the star you are

And it’s no secret
Everyone who knows you knows it’s true
It’s no secret to anyone but you

And so while I
Always take tremendous pride
Seeing you in the spotlight
Whenever you’ll allow it
I want to be there
When you finally take your share
I’ll be cheering for you
’Cause you know I adore you

If I could give anything to you
I’d give you the confidence to
Be the star you are

Copyright 2005 Michael Daly (ASCAP)
Track Name: The Hardest Drug
You are the hardest drug I've ever done
A singular addiction
A terminal affliction
There've been times
I thought we might be through
But when they say "Pick your poison"
You're the one I always choose

All I really wanna do
Is breathe you in
Drink you in
Take a turn on this thrill ride
Again and again and again
The high you give me isn’t easy to explain
But when you're coursing through my veins
There's pleasure even in the pain

You are the hardest drug I've ever done
Your uniqueness
Is my greatest weakness
I’ve lied to myself
That I could just walk away
But the truth is that without you
I can’t get through the day

All I really wanna do
Is breathe you in
Drink you in
Take a turn on this thrill ride
Again and again and again
The high you give me isn’t easy to explain
But when you're coursing through my veins
There's pleasure even in the pain

And you'll probably be the death of me
But I don't mind
No, I don't mind
Cause I know that it's my destiny
And I don't mind
No, I don't mind

You are the hardest drug I've ever done

All I really wanna do
Is breathe you in
Drink you in
Take a turn on this thrill ride
Again and again and again
The high you give me isn’t easy to explain
But when you're coursing through my veins
There's pleasure even in the pain

Copyright 2017 Michael Daly (ASCAP)

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