The Cold War

by Michael Mazochi

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After a lengthy break from releasing full length albums under his name, Michael Mazochi returns with "The Cold War". The album is a look at the modern age and how it effects us as human beings. The 14 track album is a vibrant, exciting, and sometimes harrowing look at the effects of the times we live in and how we all need to find some sense of peace in the chaos that surrounds us.

"The Cold War" is mostly the work of one music obsessive who locked himself up in a small apartment and tried to make sense of the world around him. The album was made one piece at a time with nearly every instrument being played by Mazochi from drums to vocals. The presence of Maxwell Butler in a good handful of the songs provides a lift whenever and wherever he lends his talents.

"The Cold War" is Mazochi's most concise and directed album to date and one that seeks to look forward into the future while staying grounded in the past.

Credits : written, produced, engineered, and mixed by Michael Mazochi.

Musician credits...

Michael Mazochi :

All instruments and vocals except *

* Maxwell Butler :

Track 1 : Hammond organ.
Track 2 : Vox organ.
Track 3 : Piano.
Track 5 : Hammond organ.
Track 7 : Piano, string synthesizer.
Track 9 : Celeste.
Track 10 : Hammond organ, piano.
Track 11 : Pianet, Vox organ.
Track 12 : Hammond organ, piano.
Track 14 : Electrified piano.

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released April 8, 2016

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Michael Mazochi Los Angeles, California

Mazochi has been pursuing the evolution of expression for the better part of a decade. His work ranges from folk, to country, to indie rock, to pop, to rock and roll. His more instrumentally dense work with his band "The Von Furs" is an exploration of pop, psychedelic, garage and good old fashioned rock n' roll while his solo work tends towards the more intimate confessions of a solo artist. ... more

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Track Name: A World In Pieces
Oh and I’m still here for reasons I don’t understand.
But I wait as you count out the lines on my hands.
And I can’t believe there’s still nothing more to this life
Than black eyes and broken hearts
Millions of people just waiting around with dead end jobs
They’re just waiting to fall apart

(Ooh ooh) the world is in pieces
(Ooh ooh) what can I do
(Ooh ooh) the world is in pieces
So Ooh ooh Im waiting for you

What can I say to give you some hope in a thought
And how can we change if from outdated books we were taught
And I turned around to see time standing near and watching
The news on a t.v. screen
And I saw a war that had nothing to do with what we
Had told ourselves it all means

(Ooh ooh) the world is in pieces
(Ooh ooh) what can I do
(Ooh ooh) the world is in pieces
So Ooh ooh Im waiting for you

(Ooh ooh) the world is in pieces
(Ooh ooh) what can I do
(Ooh ooh) the world is in pieces
So Ooh ooh Im waiting for you

(ooh ooh) and the drunk choir sings….
Track Name: Golden Throes
You who would make a fool of mine
With callous voice to unwind
Lest not be judged upon the vine
Fruit that spoils in the gleam of time

But oh I know on your golden throes
The world see how it weeps for you

Saw your eyes turn a crimson wake
Fire splashed too in their stead
But all your thoughts turn to a day
You recall you recoil to play the fool

But oh I know on your golden throes
The world see how it weeps for you
Oh I know on your golden throes
The world see how it weeps for you

Bless your heart you witless one
A calm could surely serve you well
If the nightmare should turn to true
May the whole wide world weep for you

And oh I know on your golden throes
The world see how it weeps for you
Oh I know on your golden throes
The world see how it weeps for you
Track Name: The Cold War
Welcome to the cold war in the land of the free
Can anybody tell me what is wrong with me?
I’ve been running around the world and I’m incomplete.

But we’ve got internet, cell phones, I don’t smile if Im alone
A photograph to tell my friends what I believe when I am home
And I barely remember the way it smells outside

So If I don’t know where I should go
And I can’t breathe from all this noise
Well I’m not sure who I am anymore
So it goes. Welcome to the cold war.

Well your television set is a cold buzzing blue
How can anybody get along with you?
I’m watching an election get rigged on the evening news.

But we’ve got oil leaks, candidates, preach love never hate
Poverty rises as they say the unemployment rate
Has recently reached an all new 10 year low oh oh uh oh!

So If I don’t know where I should go
And I cant breathe from all this noise
Well Im not sure who I am anymore
So it goes. Welcome to the cold war.

So welcome to the cold war in the land of the free
Where is everybody that is just like me?
You see my gun is loaded now who am I supposed to be

But the people think in left and right and never see what’s out of sight
Im thinking about my ups and downs I need to turn my life around
And why does it look like everyone’s got more than me…me me ME ME…

So If I don’t know where I should go
And I cant breathe from all this noise
Well Im not sure who I am anymore
So it goes. Welcome to the cold war.
Track Name: Black Rain
Black rain Black rain
wash it all away
Seep into my bones.
I think you’re here to stay
Black rain.

White horse White horse
why do you follow me?
Rider on the wind

Well white horse go away.

I see the river rising now
I think we’re gonna drown
As the walls are falling down
As the water turns to clear
Is there anybody here?
Is there anyone at all?

Black night Black night
Take me to my ease
And if my time has come
Spare me my disease
Black night

I see the river rising now
I think we’re gonna drown
As the walls are falling down
As the water turns to clear
Is there anybody here?
Is there anyone at all?
Track Name: If I Go Blind
Well I’ve been looking for a sign
That everything would be just fine
But I can’t keep my eyes awake
What happens if I miss the day?

But oh there’s one more thing…

Just keep me here and hold me tonight
Be my eyes if I should go blind
Keep me here and hold me tonight
Be my eyes if I should go blind

Well I’ve been looking back for so long
And I’ve been keeping tabs in song.
What happens to our pasts if they’re gone?
They say that “love won’t last” but they’re wrong.

But oh there’s one more thing…

Just keep me here and hold me tonight
Be my eyes if I should go blind
Keep me here and hold me tonight
Be my eyes if I should go blind

And I’ve been looking for “a long time coming”
But I’m not here to count the days.

Well I’ve been looking for a sign
That everything would be just fine.
Track Name: Because It's Love
Oh my baby’s gonna go out tonight
gonna go out tonight
gonna go out tonight
Oh my baby’s gonna go out tonight.
Gonna see the lights of the town.

Gonna buy my baby a diamond ring
And a diamond ring
and a diamond ring
Gonna buy my baby a diamond ring
But to here it don’t mean a thing.

And I know it sounds silly when I call your name
And I tell you to come back home
Ain’t got no money but I’m doing the best I can…

Because its love (3x)

Woke up early in the afternoon
In the afternoon
In the afternoon
Woke up early in the afternoon
With a pain up in my skull. (OH NO!)

Oh my god what did I do?
What a deed I do?
What didn’t I do?
Oh my god what did I do?
And where the hell am I?

And I know it sounds silly when I call your name
And I tell you to come back home
Ain’t got no money but I’m doing the best I can…

Because its love

Because its love
Track Name: The Lucky Ones
Into the tide,
I cast my dreams of making up my mind
I found you there.
Your breath was still, your lungs too cold to care.

If time has long since passed me by
Well I’d climb the rocks to reach the shore again
If my light has failed you dear
Don’t say a world or let them know we’re here

Is it worse to live in doubt or live in fear?
Cos I don’t know.

We bide our time
And tell ourselves that all will be redeemed
In all our youth
The bruise of time will turn a deeper blue

And tell me where the shore recedes
To calm the sea so we can live again
Into the deep we call our home
Cos in love and loss well we can be alone

To wipe the lines from where the sun once shown

Time will tell if we’re the lucky ones or we’re the ones who fell
So close your eyes. There’s nothing we can change tonight.
Track Name: The Losing Kind
Crimson lace
Around your eyes
To unwind

When I don’t see
I go blind
In my time

I don’t have any words to keep you here
I see the darkness up ahead my dear
But now is fine and we are on our own
So I don’t mind…I feel fine

Clear blue lake
Take me down
To see no more

What I don’t know
I don’t mind
The losing kind

I don’t have any words to keep you here
I see the darkness up ahead my dear
But now is fine and we are on our own
And I don’t mind
No I don’t mind
I don’t mind
No, I feel fine…
Track Name: Back Home
You hold your heart next to mine
Some days I wish you’d leave me far behind
So I won’t be the cross you bare
I knew I would but baby, it’s not fair.

So if not tomorrow…

Someday I’ll know my way back home
Someday I’ll know my way back home
Somewhere that I can be alone
Someday I’ll know my way back home

You met me when I was good
You broke me into pieces. I knew you would
So here I am, I’m torn in two
Should I be real to me or good to you?

But if not tomorrow…

Someday I’ll know my way back home
Someday I’ll know my way back home
Somewhere that we can be alone
Someday I’ll know my way back home
Track Name: Leaving Tomorrow
Well I left my home with nothing
And I don’t know for how long
I’m always searching for something.
Something that don’t feel wrong

Yes, some days I miss some things
But not enough to keep me here
Now I get the feeling
I’m the town they call “nowhere”

Oh but I lay it on the line
Cos the dark it pulls this heart of mine

So I’m leaving tomorrow
Leaving for where I do not know
Leaving tomorrow
I don’t know where but I know its time to go.

Well time is a rusted anchor
The sea won’t wash away
A shipwrecked fool had left here
When he thought he’d something to say

But good or bad the losers lose
And the dogs all have their day
And the anchor becomes a beacon
To remind me that I can’t stay

Oh but I lay it on the line
Cos the dark it pulls this heart of mine

So I’m leaving tomorrow
Leaving for where I do not know
Leaving tomorrow
I don’t know where but I know its time to go.

When I was a young kid
My mama said to me
“Son, you can be just what you like
But dreams they don’t come cheap”

And now I know just what she meant
As the days all pass away
Don’t spend your life a shipwrecked fool
If you have something to say.

Oh so I lay it on the line
When the dark pulls this heart of mine

So I’m leaving tomorrow
Leaving for where I do not know
Leaving tomorrow
I don’t know where but I know its time to go.
Track Name: Lie, Lie, Lie
How many more times do I call your name?
Well the days have changed babe, but you’re still the same.
How many more times do I take the blame?
Well, I took your medicine and I went insane.

You say your heart is not like mine
Well, someday baby I’m leaving you far behind.

So lie lie lie don’t cry on me
Oh cos baby I won’t be there.
Lie lie lie baby lie to me
And tell me that you don’t care
Lie lie lie don’t cry on me
Oh cos baby I wont be there
Lie lie lie baby lie to me…

I’m not the second one to come though your door.
And all you ever want babe is more more more…
Once I thought I saw you babe
But now I know you ain’t here anymore
I thought I told you once before
you better clean your room before you walk that floor.

And now you got me out in your party hat
Tell me babe, am I supposed to live with that?

So lie lie lie don’t cry on me
Oh cos baby I wont be there.
Lie lie lie baby lie to me
And tell me that you don’t care
Lie lie lie don’t cry on me
Oh cos baby I wont be there
Lie lie lie baby lie to me…


So lie lie lie don’t cry on me
Oh cos baby I wont be there.
Lie lie lie baby lie to me
And tell me that you don’t care
Lie lie lie don’t cry on me
Oh cos baby I wont be there
Lie lie lie baby lie to me…

You lie lie lie lie lie lie lie lie….
Track Name: It Ends
Well I’ve been through this living, like I’m born here to die.
I see no sense of sympathy in any man’s eyes.
But, I don’t need your ribbons to know where I’ve been.
You see Ive run from the country, and I’ve been running since.

But I know that someday it ends.

So hold me up, when I’m going down
Darling, hold me up, to live by the sound
Darling, hold me up, when I’m going down
Darling, hold me up, to live by the sound.

So I drank of your liquor and I lived on your bread.
And I walked the high road but chose the other instead.
And I shouted through the canyons and I swam in the lakes.
While I chalked my misgivings up to a young mans mistakes.

Cos I know that someday it ends

So hold me up, when I’m going down
Darling, hold me up, to live by the sound
Darling, hold me up, when I’m going down
Darling, hold me up, to live by the sound.

There’s a light on in the bowery, ‘neath a legion of shelds
But it’s a soldier’s remorse for a refusal to yield
See, we hold up our dead to impossible deeds
Like it’s some sort of penance for being born a bad seed.

But I know that someday it ends
Yes I know that someday it ends.

So hold me up, when I’m going down
Darling, hold me up, to live by the sound
Darling, hold me up, when I’m going down
Darling, hold me up, to live by the sound.

And if I die in the city, don’t bury me here.
Return me to the willows where the river runs clear.
And if I meet my maker, well I’ll tell her that I tried.
See I’ve run from the country, but I’m not one to hide.

Cos, I know that someday it ends
Yes, I know that someday it ends.
Track Name: Good Luck
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Track Name: And Empires Fall
You will come to me I know
Sure as the sun burns off the snow

Awash in the calm of winter’s glow
Empires fall just like before

And if you find a peace of mind
Help me find a piece of mine

Watch the seas now as they turn
One, one hundered armies burn.
A nation kills so as to earn
The lost still can not be returned

And if you find a peace of mind
Help me find a piece of mine
If you find a peace of mind
Help me find a piece of mine