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"Phoenix. How was the recording and writing process? What makes this record different to your past record? How you came out with the title?"
-from Vents Magazine-

"Serious and fast. I think the songs were all written over a few weeks ,then the pre production took 3 days with us going into the studio for another 4 days to finish the recordings.
My last CD called Dog St., by Roi and the Secret People, was very classic rock sounding, which was what I was going for at the time with those songs. This time I wanted to go somewhere different.Something which explored another side of my musical influences.
The title of the whole album/project is called Phoenix. As i was in the process of moving out of Brooklyn to a house down in Easton,Pa. it seemed to fit with my new transition-a new beginning, sound, and direction for me at a time I was thinking about moving and leaving everything behind".

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released 01 January 2013

Vocals: Mike Roi
Bass: Mishal Zeera
Drums,Percussion: Kevin McAdams
Piano/Keys :Mishal Zeera
Guitars: Mike Roi, Mishal Zeera, David Leatherwood (on Always and Forever)

Produced by: Mishal Zeera

Recorded at : Mod Studios(NJ),Galiminium foil studios (Brooklyn),6th St. studios(Brooklyn)

Engineered by: MoD Alien, Jeff Berners

Mixed by : MoD Alien

Mastered by : Fred Kevorkian

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Mike Roi Easton, Pennsylvania

Mike Roi grew up in Jupiter, South Florida, lived and was immersed for years after in the music scenes of Philadelphia and NYC. Now residing in Easton,Pa. Mike has been singing in bands since the age of 16 and has been pursuing his passion for the kind of soulful music he grew up with ever since. ... more

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Track Name: Little Pain
You were everything to me
Baby
i swore that I'd never see our little showdown
time heals it all so they say
Maybe
took a chance then the years took you away
I'm sleeping underground
darkness like a shroud
come and pull it down
well I'm feeling that way
I'm feeling that way
You were as crazy as can be
Baby
i remember back on new years eve
you let your hair down
signs of another destiny
Maybe
look into my eyes , are you looking deep
I'm sleeping underground
darkness like a shroud
come and pull it down
feel the wreckage and the weight
of everything we made
love and a little pain
love and a little pain
well I'm feeling that way
yes I'm feeling that way
so pick me up for one more round
love and a little pain
i was lost and now I'm found
love and a little pain
so I'll take the high road
so so long
love and a little pain
I'm feeling that weight
I'm feeling that weight
I'm feeling that weight
I'm feeling that weight
Track Name: little bit closer
there was a time in my life
i knew yeah that one day
there would be some way
i would find you
so here i am and i ask why
the dollars i'm paying
the notes that you're playing
just money to you

i'm on the outside looking in
all i see is black with sin
all my city lights remain
they keep playing
the "yeah i got your style"
i see behind your smile
just a little bit closer
so it ends the same
hungry for fame
just a little bit closer

i turn my cheek and feel the sting
it burns as it lingers
but i'm just the singer
who bleeds through and through

i'm on the outside looking in
all i see is black with sin
all my city lights remain
they keep playing
the "yeah i got your style"
i see behind your smile
just a little bit closer
so it ends the same
hungry for fame
just a little bit closer

i'm on the outside looking in
all i see is black with sin
all my city lights remain
they keep playing
the "yeah i got your style"
i see behind your smile
just a little bit closer
so it ends the same
hungry for fame
just a little bit closer
just a little bit closer
i'm a little bit closer
Track Name: Phoenix
seems like a century gone
give me back the morning
outside the same wind blows
small crowd is forming
bathed in red siren glow
i hear the warning
seems like a century ago
life was exciting
st. marks took her home today
tonight I'll rise from fire
tonight I'll rise from fire
she was my everything
and every morning
promises that we'd stop
while we were scoring
but now she's gone away
i need now to numb the shame
hold on
st. marks took her home today
tonight I'll rise from fire
tonight I'll rise from fire
Track Name: DRIVE
forget where you're going go for a ride
step on in through the passenger door side
ease the seat back, there you go
i'll bind your eyes ,tighter here we go
just say something don't make a sound

i'll tell you lady don't make a sound
feel the motor running
while we're going downtown
feel the stretching,feel the break
when you line bends
that's when i go straight

can you feel
the same as i do down inside
feel
the memories inside your head...

just say something
yeah i'm long
i'm not easy but i'm not that strong
take it slowly ,i'll let it slide
get into my car
lets just go for a ride

can you feel
the same as i do down inside
feel
the memories inside your head...
lets DRIVE
get out of here
lets get out alive
DRIVE
the time is now
i'm locked up inside

i'll tell you lately don't make a sound
feel the motor running while we go downtown...

can you feel
the same as i do down inside
feel
the memories inside your head
the memories inside your head...
lets DRIVE
all my life
all the lies
DRIVE
thrown it in second gear lets get out alive
DRIVE
all my life and all my time
DRIVE
yeah it's real nice to see you on my side...
Track Name: Brotherhood of Man
join the brotherhood of man
sleep or make a stand
fake the wink and shake the hand
face the masterplan
promises like grains of sand
like water in your hand
it's like water in your hand

like Icarus fly to the sun
he's not the only one
yeah the night has come undone
where do you belong
a lizard skin that must be shed
enemy or friend
enemy or friend

getting blood out of a stone
getting nothing but the bones
it's too late to come home
to come home...

those who have the middle man
there's blood upon the hand
promises like grains of sand
like water in your hand shake it out yeah pull it in
there's hustle in the sin
there's hustle in the sin

getting blood out of a stone
getting nothing but the bones
it's too late to come home
to come home
getting blood out of a stone
getting nothing but the bones
it's too late to come home
to late to come home
to come home....
Track Name: Burnout
yeah i asked you to dance when i wanted to just walk out
saw you holding his hand and i knew there was no way out
saw you standing in line and i wanted to come on strong
there was no better time yeah i knew i was on my own

all i wanted to say is if you ever change
the way you feel today
i wanted more
all you wanted was to tame me someday
maybe if i'm falling for you
there's not a lot i can do so
don't let your love burn out...

there was no other time , no other place
just us alone
i whispered into your ear
and sang to you your favorite song

all i wanted to say is if you ever change
don't let your love just fade
all i wanted was more
all you wanted was to tame me someday
maybe if i'm falling for you
there's not a lot i can do so
don't let your love burn out
lately i feel like you're miles away
when i feel your arms embrace me
don't let your love burn out

all i wanted to say is if you ever change
don't let your love just fade
all i wanted was more
all you wanted was to tame me someday
show the way
maybe if i'm falling for you
there's not a lot i can do so
don't let your love burn out
lately i feel like you're miles away
when i feel your arms embrace me
don't let your love burn out
don't let your love burn out
don't let it burn out
don't let it burn out
don't let it burn out...
burn out...
Track Name: O' Love
O'Love by M.Roi

i don't believe in brightness above
i don't believe in forever and you
if i could see my future
if i saw tomorrow with you
well i'd let you know i'd be there for you

hold me to your heart
o' love
hold me to your bones
o'love
let me go down, go down, go down

if the devil himself appeared before me
and he handed over everything
if you took off your tattered wings
to get way down here with me
i'd let you know i'd be there with you

hold me to your heart
o' love
hold me to your bones
o'love
let me go down, go down, go down
let me go
down
down
down
go down
well i'd let you know i'd be there for you
yes i'd let you know i'd be there for you
Track Name: Sweet Maria
Sweet Maria she was a teacher
had her fathers eyes
she stood there waiting her soul for taking
and mirrors were her eyes
all alone she waited for him
to come rescue her
so she could save him
she heard a horse out in the field
and watched him drawing near
and as she watched him get closer
the figure of him cleared
all alone she waited for him
to come rescue her
so she could save him
she left today
she couldn't stay
he took her away
he left today
goodbye Sweet Maria
his name was pelo
he dressed in yellow
and his duty was supreme
he said i'll take you to my house
where many wonders lay
that are never seen
and she knew when her hand
touched his wing
he had come to take her home
to sweeter things
she left today
she couldn't stay
he took her away
he left today
goodbye Sweet Maria
Track Name: Throwing Stones
seem to always take the long way home
it's 4:30 and i'm feeling old
the Q train south is gonna see me sleep alone and god help me
cause when the rain comes
it opens up my mind
every time

realize while i've been away
don't look down now yeah here comes that pain ,no

i call and i say i'm doing fine
i won't mention the whiskey on my mind
these orange seats they fade and sway
on this train-car i sink away
there's holes in my shoes
yeah my jeans are frayed
everyday

realize while i've been away
don't look down now yeah here comes that pain ,no
where are your friends when you need them most
take a look around now
be the first to throw that stone

i seem to always take the long way home
it's 4:30 and i'm feeling old
these orange seats they fade and sway
on this train-car i sink away
there's holes in my shoes
yeah my jeans are frayed, one more day

realize while i've been away
don't look down now yeah here comes that pain
where are your friends when you need them most
take a look around now
be the first to throw that stone
where are your friends when you need 'em most
just stand in line now be the first to throw that stone
Track Name: Always and Forever
simple words i write down define inside
these feelings i have i can't describe
your light, it shined
and broke my darkness with sunshine
you climbed my wall i had built so high
when i realized my baby
it was too late
the wall came down
and in love came
always and forever
my life is your life
and your life is our life
in this our love is finally realized
nothing will ever stand in my way
from loving you lady everyday
always and forever
always and forever
one look in your eyes and i knew
this feeling inside so brand new
well i tried to fight it
but there was no running away
hey lady
love saved me
we'll make it through, this song's for you
always
always and forever
together i'll never
let you be afraid
as we stand here in this union we made
always and forever
always and forever
always....