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The new Toehider album is called "GOOD".

World-acclaimed singer/instrumentalist Michael Mills has gone all out on this upcoming release. Featuring his unmistakable, otherworldly voice and signature bizarre storytelling lyrics, this album runs the emotional gamut and will leave you in tears, both the sad kind and the GOOD kind.
Out now! Wrapped up in the amazingly epic artwork from Andrew Saltmarsh.

Comes with a download of the single "This Conversation is Over", check out the music video by Mike and Salty on this page too!


"Toehider... the man can do anything" - James LaBrie (Dream Theater)
"I think he's awesome and he's an amazing singer" - Devin Townsend (Steve Vai/Strapping Young Lad/Devin Townsend Project)
"Michael Mills is my musical hero" - Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon/Star One)

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released October 19, 2017

Mike Mills - everything except
"This Conversation is Over", which has Thom Mann on drums and Nick Delaney on bass, and was also mixed by Nick Delaney.

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Track Name: "Good"
Would ​you ​like ​to ​be ​amazing? ​Like ​you ​could ​take ​up ​the ​whole ​sky ​and ​cast ​a ​rainbow
across ​the ​air ​with ​your ​hands! ​And ​you ​can’t ​keep ​up ​with ​just ​how ​overwhelmingly ​awesome
it ​would ​be ​to ​feel ​so ​fancy-free, ​unashamedly... ​and ​but ​unexpectedly...
Would ​you ​also ​want ​to ​be ​awful? ​Festering ​in ​a ​pit ​of ​despair, ​just ​fantasizing ​about ​getting
terminally ​ill ​so ​you ​don’t ​have ​to ​deal ​with ​the ​shame ​of ​taking ​your ​own ​life? ​Hey, ​at ​least
you’ll ​die ​with ​dignity!
Okay...well ​wouldn’t ​you ​rather ​be ​somewhere ​in ​between?
Well ​if ​you’re ​asking ​me;
I ​don’t ​want ​to ​be ​amazing, ​and ​I ​don’t ​want ​to ​be ​awful. ​I ​don’t ​want ​to ​be ​awesome, ​no, ​nor
do ​I ​want ​to ​be ​dismal.
No, ​I ​just ​want ​to ​be, ​I ​really ​want ​to ​be, ​please ​just ​let ​me ​be
“Good”.
Track Name: [funnythings]
A ​garage ​sale ​for ​the ​deceased? ​Yes ​it’s ​a ​thing! ​I ​went ​to ​one ​with ​my ​cousin ​Dake. ​You ​go
inside ​the ​home ​of ​someone ​who ​died ​recently ​to ​buy ​their ​things. ​Maybe ​the ​family ​wants ​to
rid ​their ​memories, ​or ​maybe ​it’s ​to ​cover ​funeral ​costs? ​Well, ​there ​I ​was ​inside ​this ​house,
just ​rummaging ​through ​random ​crap. ​A ​couple ​of ​things ​I ​found ​include ​a ​wig, ​and ​a ​painting
of ​a ​dog ​that ​smokes ​a ​cigarette. ​But ​in ​the ​kitchen, ​see ​that’s ​where ​this ​thing ​I ​found ​was
that ​I ​want ​to ​tell ​you ​about.
What ​first ​looked ​not ​like ​anything ​soon ​revealed ​themselves ​behind ​the ​tuna ​tins. ​Had ​I ​just
found ​a ​cupboard ​of ​funnythings??
And ​so ​I ​called ​out ​to ​Dake, ​“You ​gotta ​see ​this!”. ​He ​came ​in ​all ​eager-faced.
“What ​if ​you ​suddenly ​thought ​of ​everything ​that’s ​made ​you ​laugh, ​but ​all ​at ​once?”
He ​looked ​at ​me ​much ​like ​you ​would ​if ​someone ​told ​you ​something ​just ​as ​cooked ​as ​that.
He ​said ​“yeah, ​I ​think ​it’s ​time ​for ​us ​to ​go ​now. ​Grab ​your ​things.”
“Oh ​no ​we’re ​not! ​We ​are ​not ​leaving ​here ​until ​you ​try ​this ​‘Cupboard ​of ​Funnythings’”
“Is ​that ​what ​we’re ​calling ​it ​now?”
“Yes. ​That ​is ​the ​official ​name ​that ​I’m ​giving ​it. ​So, ​when ​the ​cupboard’s ​open ​wide, ​then ​I
guess ​all ​the ​funnythings ​inside ​escape ​and ​nest ​behind ​your ​eyes. ​Does ​that ​sound ​nice?”
Dake ​opened ​it, ​then ​looked ​at ​me, ​then ​began ​to ​laugh maniacally! I ​held ​his ​face ​and ​said
“You ​see? ​Funnythings!!”
We ​sat ​there ​for ​most ​of ​the ​day ​taking ​turns, ​laughing ​away.... ​You ​know ​I’d ​laugh ​so ​hard ​I
thought ​that ​I ​would ​crack ​in ​half ​and ​split ​my ​sides. ​I ​took ​a ​breath ​and ​looked ​over ​at ​Dake,
and ​he ​was ​in ​a ​similar ​state. ​But ​it ​got ​hard ​to ​wait ​my ​turn ​in ​line. ​Dake ​was ​taking ​too ​much
time ​and ​so ​we ​squabbled ​over ​who’s ​go ​it ​was. ​I ​said ​“You ​can’t ​be ​serious! ​Get ​out ​the ​way” ​I
shoved ​him ​& ​as ​I ​did, ​Dake ​completely ​lost ​his ​shit. ​He ​snatched ​the ​door ​and ​accidentally
coughed ​and ​the ​cupboard ​door ​just ​broke ​clean ​off. ​Our ​bodies ​shook ​from ​toe ​to ​top. ​Would
it ​re-attach? ​No, ​it ​would ​not! ​And ​the ​funnythings? ​They ​wouldn’t ​stop....
*musical ​representation ​of ​incessant, ​relentless ​funny ​thoughts*
And ​so ​we ​scrambled ​out ​of ​there. ​We ​left ​the ​house ​and ​ran ​away ​into ​a ​lane. ​We ​hopped
some ​fences, ​tried ​to ​get ​back ​to ​my ​house ​as ​fast ​as ​we ​could ​go. ​The ​whole ​time, ​we ​were
screaming, ​laughing, ​howling ​so ​damn ​much ​that ​I ​think ​I ​broke ​a ​rib. ​My ​neighbour ​was ​in ​his
front ​yard ​hosing ​his ​driveway ​when ​he ​saw ​us ​running ​in. ​He ​said ​“Hey ​boys, ​you ​seem
excited! ​Tell ​me, ​what ​you ​doing? ​Where ​you ​been?” ​We ​gasped ​and ​tried ​to ​say ​that ​we ​were
at ​the ​garage ​sale ​up ​on ​the ​other ​side ​of ​town. ​He ​said ​“Oh ​I ​heard ​the ​guy ​that ​lived ​there
died. ​They ​found ​him ​with ​his ​throat ​all ​dried ​curled ​up ​at ​his ​cupboard ​I... ​I ​think ​that’s ​right.”
Will ​we ​die ​of ​funnythings?
Will ​someone ​cease ​the ​funnythings?
Endless, ​constant ​funnythings....
Funnythings.
Track Name: This Conversation is Over
If there's a hole in your heart, stop digging
You've got a scab on your soul? Quit picking.
It's as easy as that, and if you're feeling offtrack, just get back ontrack again.
Look, you're a quite decent human being. There's just so much that you are not seeing.
It's not hard to get, but you get so upset that your walls go up again.

And this conversation is over
This conversation is done
This conversation is over

They're just emotions, they are not dictum
So enough with playing the goddamn victim
And despite your own view, hate to break it to you
But your feelings aren't correct.

At one point you were an okay person
Why did you let your condition worsen?
And blame it on those that were there for you most
When you were at your lowest of your lows?

And this conversation is over
This conversation is dumb
This conversation is over

I never figured it to be the right kind of crazy
Can never tell when its depressed or when it's just lazy
I never feel like it's a thing that can be easily adjusted. Can I trust it to ignite me but not burn me to the ground?
I often wonder how much of it is even worth sharing.
It's hard to gauge if it's invasive or if it's caring
And a decision such as that cannot be simply taken back, it's a thought, just a fleeting scrap. Keep it quiet, and keep it down.

SIck of having these thoughts? Just stop 'em!
It's hard to tell what the hell's your problem.
There's a million or 2 people worse off than you and they seem to manage fine.
You should stop searching down dead end hallways.
....wait, am I lecturing myself, just like always?

THIS CONVERSATION IS OVER
THIS CONVERSATION IS DONE
THIS CONVERSATION IS OVER
Track Name: Millions of Musketeers
I ​fell ​asleep ​in ​a ​field ​filled ​with ​rocks ​and ​mushrooms
Yeah, ​not ​too ​classy ​but ​it ​was ​comfy ​and ​nice
When ​to ​my ​surprise ​-
I ​got ​woked ​up ​(but ​I ​felt ​quite ​refreshed, ​well ​rested)
Heard ​all ​these ​sounds ​that ​I ​can’t ​quite ​describe
But ​I ​guess ​I’ll ​try, ​it ​sounded ​like
Millions ​of ​Musketeers
Running ​and ​screaming ​wild
Millions ​of ​Musketeers
And ​sure ​enough, ​when ​I ​looked ​up ​at ​the ​horizon
A ​bunch ​of ​musketeer ​dust ​filled ​my ​eyes
And ​also, ​there ​was ​flies.
What ​did ​I ​do? ​Well ​I ​ask ​what ​wh.. ​what ​would ​you ​do?
I ​put ​on ​my ​boots ​and ​I ​ran ​for ​my ​life
(one ​boot ​was ​still ​untied)
You ​think ​I’m ​perhaps ​exaggerating? ​I ​am ​not.
I ​had ​a ​pretty ​good ​view, ​I ​was ​up ​on ​a ​rock
I ​even ​paused ​for ​a ​second ​and ​counted ​the ​lot
Millions ​of ​Musketeers ​running ​and ​screaming ​wild
Millions ​of ​Musketeers. ​Felt ​hats ​and ​sharp ​rapiers.
Millions ​of ​Musketeers.
*musical ​representation ​of ​millions ​of ​musketeers ​running ​really ​fast*
*musical ​representation ​of ​me ​valiantly ​trying ​to ​outrun ​the ​musketeers
*musical ​representation ​of ​me ​getting ​really ​tired ​because ​of ​how ​unfit ​I ​am*
Well ​I ​gave ​up. ​I ​can’t ​outrun ​a ​musketeer ​mob!
I ​put ​my ​hands ​up ​and ​just ​closed ​my ​eyes
And ​they ​frickin ​ran ​on ​by!
Yeah ​you ​heard ​right! ​They ​weren’t ​out ​in ​that ​field ​to ​get ​me
They ​just ​kept ​screaming ​even ​though ​they ​were ​nice
Yeah, ​they ​seemed ​fine.
So ​yeah, ​take ​note ​if ​you ​sleep ​in ​peculiar ​places
You ​might ​get ​woked ​up ​by ​this ​odd ​sound ​and ​sight
But ​you’ll ​be ​alright, ​it’s ​just ​those ​guys
Millions ​of ​Musketeers ​- ​yet ​not ​a ​musket ​in ​sight....?
Track Name: How Do Ghosts Work?
It ​came ​in ​through ​my ​kitchen ​window.
Ominous ​and ​wispy, ​frozen-like
And ​I ​don’t ​know ​if ​it ​knew ​that ​I ​was ​watching
As ​it ​helped ​itself ​to ​all ​the ​food ​in ​sight
Gluttonously ​cramming ​things ​into ​its ​gullet
But ​it ​passed ​through ​my ​kitchen ​window ​there ​all ​right?
And ​I ​could ​hear ​its ​dragging ​chains ​across ​the ​floorboards
How ​were ​they ​not ​just ​falling ​through ​the ​other ​side?
How ​do ​ghosts ​work? ​Do ​they ​know ​of ​their ​matter ​inconsonance?
Do ​they ​know ​we’re ​there ​when ​they ​pass ​through ​us?
Are ​we ​helpless ​to ​their ​immortal ​stunts?
I ​think ​that ​I ​am ​decent.
I ​feel ​that ​people ​think ​I’m ​good ​and ​nice
I ​strive ​to ​live ​respectfully ​and ​“normal”
And ​I ​stand ​up ​for ​myself ​when ​I ​know ​I’m ​right
WHY ​does ​this ​feeling ​that ​I’m ​awful ​flood ​my ​body?
Such ​haunting ​thoughts ​of ​shame ​and ​guilt.. ​But ​why?
If ​I ​swear ​to ​you ​I’ll ​try ​harder ​tomorrow
Will ​you ​spare ​me ​of ​these ​hellish ​taunts ​tonight?
How ​do ​ghosts ​work? ​Do ​they ​know ​the ​power ​they ​have ​over ​us?
Spinning ​days ​to ​weeks, ​yet ​years ​to ​months
Why ​bombard ​us ​with ​all ​these ​thoughts ​at ​once?
How ​do ​ghosts ​work? ​Do ​they ​know ​they ​lack ​consistency?
Do ​they ​think ​they’re ​not ​our ​enemy?
Or ​do ​they ​only ​go ​after ​men ​like ​me?
“It’s ​not ​me” ​it ​said. ​“You ​seem ​quite ​upset. ​Just ​try ​to ​forget.
Oh” ​it ​said ​“I’m ​not ​anything. ​I’m ​not ​even ​here.
It’s ​all ​you ​in ​there.
It’s ​on ​you” ​it ​said.
“It’s ​on ​you.”
“It’s ​all ​your ​fault.”
How ​do ​ghosts ​work?
Track Name: Dan VS Egg
Dan ​VS. ​egg. ​It’s ​not ​that ​hard ​to ​get.
There’s ​Dan ​seated ​there ​with ​the ​egg ​at ​a ​6-sided ​table ​(and ​the ​table’s ​not ​set)
Under ​the ​violent ​moon, ​I ​guess ​they’ll ​be ​starting ​soon.
He ​writes ​me ​a ​note, ​it ​says ​“please ​enclose ​a ​Hanna-Barbera ​cartoon”
“Are ​you ​gonna ​fight ​it?”
“I ​don’t ​know”
Or ​is ​it ​more ​a ​mind ​thing? ​Keen ​to ​see ​where ​all ​this ​goes
A ​TV ​set ​inside ​plays ​“Hawaiian ​Eye”
I ​wish ​I ​could ​tell ​Dan ​good ​luck, ​but ​I ​fear ​that ​too ​much ​time ​has ​ticked ​by
We ​wear ​a ​face ​the ​same; ​a ​smile ​but ​deep ​in ​pain
For ​the ​chairs ​have ​a ​press-stud, ​but ​it ​always ​undoes
So ​we ​sit ​on ​the ​cold ​wire ​frame
“Are ​you ​gonna ​fight ​him?”
“I ​don’t ​know”
Or ​is ​it ​like ​a ​mind ​sting, ​wonder ​how ​this ​will ​go
“How ​you ​gonna ​find ​him?”
“I ​don’t ​know!”
Or ​is ​it ​more ​reminding, ​revealing, ​revolting?
“No.”
Oh! ​Dan ​is ​egg.
This ​is ​how ​it ​goes
He ​leans ​in ​and ​rubs ​his ​finger ​back ​and ​forth ​under ​his ​nose
The ​end.
(dan ​is ​also ​egg)
Track Name: I've Been So Happy Living Down Here in the Water
Oh, ​indeed! ​Let’s ​bring ​this ​back ​to ​speed.
A ​field ​we ​see, ​the ​usual ​shrubs ​and ​trees
A ​subtle ​breeze... ​look, ​just ​everything ​you ​need.
And ​on ​the ​road ​we ​see ​someone ​you ​know
You ​remember, ​no? ​From ​a ​previous ​episode
Why, ​it’s ​Malcolm ​going ​on ​his ​way ​to ​home
He ​passes ​by ​a ​river ​wide ​a ​shimmering ​light ​catches ​his ​sight. ​And ​so ​he ​dives ​in ​and,
surprise! ​He ​sees ​our ​guy, ​and ​he ​recognizes ​the ​stony ​giant. ​He ​might, ​or ​it ​kinda ​reminds ​him
of ​that ​giant ​bride. ​He ​waves ​a ​“hi”, ​and ​with ​big ​jewel ​eyes ​it ​sighs ​-
“Hello ​and ​welcome ​to ​my ​home ​here ​in ​the ​water. ​It’s ​so ​exciting, ​it’s ​exactly ​what ​I ​wanta.
You ​see ​I ​travelled ​far ​to ​discover ​what ​I ​are...” ​and ​Malcolm ​laughed ​and ​corrected ​his
grammar. ​Then ​he ​thought ​and ​said ​“ahh! ​I ​might ​be ​your ​father.
My ​giant ​girlfriend ​was ​out ​every ​damn ​weekend. ​And ​I ​remember ​when, ​her ​eggs.. ​I ​dusted
them. ​So ​yeah, ​no ​amends, ​I ​put ​it ​to ​an ​end.”
But ​he ​looked ​in ​awe ​at ​his ​crusty ​claw ​and ​its ​beastly ​jaw ​and ​the ​bear-like ​paws, ​and ​the
stony ​warts ​and ​whatever ​more.. ​It ​was ​nothing ​like ​he’d ​seen ​before. ​‘Cept ​his ​bride ​(the
whore) ​and ​his ​mind ​it ​thought ​of ​all ​the ​sorts ​of ​guys ​she ​saw. ​And ​he ​stopped ​and ​paused
and ​chose ​to ​ignore ​it ​all... ​and ​said
“I ​always ​dreamt ​that ​I ​might ​have ​a ​son ​or ​daughter. ​Now ​you ​can ​live ​out ​in ​my ​house ​of
brick ​and ​mortar.”
“But ​I’ve ​been ​happy ​living ​down ​here ​in ​the ​water. ​It’s ​so ​enticing, ​it’s ​precisely ​what ​I’m
after/orfter.
“Oh! ​No ​you ​should ​come ​with ​me. ​Obey ​your ​father’s ​orders.
You ​will ​move ​in ​at ​once ​into ​my ​living ​quarters.”
“AAAWWW ​but ​I ​was ​happy ​living ​deep ​down ​in ​the ​water
And ​it ​hurts ​to ​walk ​up ​there ​now ​that ​I’m ​made ​of ​boulder.”
Track Name: It's So Fikkis!
You ​see ​that ​hot ​girl ​over ​there, ​with ​a ​good ​face ​and ​quite ​nice ​hair?
See ​how ​you ​cannot ​help ​but ​stare?
Yeah ​THAT ​is ​fikkis.
Or ​thumbing ​through ​a ​pamphlet ​when ​you ​spot ​an ​item ​that’s ​worth ​$10, ​but ​all ​your ​money
you ​want ​to ​spend ​on ​THAT ​fikkis.
Stop ​looking ​at ​me ​like ​you ​don’t ​know.
You ​idiot! ​Ooohh ​you ​don’t ​see ​what’s ​going ​on?
It’s ​okay ​to ​feel ​good ​about ​something.
Surrender ​yourself ​because
It’s ​so ​fikkis!!
You ​might ​be ​heading ​into ​town
You ​see ​that ​good ​arcade ​burnt ​down
You ​know ​that ​thing ​that ​makes ​you ​frown?
Yeah ​THAT’S ​fikkis
Or ​when ​you ​sit ​quietly ​in ​a ​hall
And ​you ​wish ​your ​Mum ​would ​call
And ​you ​don’t ​feel ​anything ​at ​all?
*nods ​head* ​fikkis.
Surprise! ​Hey, ​it’s ​your ​birthday!
I ​can’t ​help ​but ​notice ​no-one ​bothered ​to ​show ​up
But ​I ​made ​you ​a ​cake ​that’s ​delicious
You ​can ​eat ​it ​till ​your ​trauma ​is ​numb!
Yeah! ​It’s ​so ​fikkis!
I ​sympathise ​it’s ​problematic ​when ​all ​your ​thoughts ​are ​automatic
You ​think ​you ​can ​control ​your ​emotional ​responses
But ​it’s ​okay ​to ​be ​ecstatic, ​and ​even ​be ​a ​tad ​emphatic
Just ​use ​the ​power ​of ​fikkis, ​for ​it ​is ​your ​compass
Surrender ​your ​mind, ​succumb ​to ​the ​power ​of ​the ​fikkis
Far ​beyond ​the ​treetops ​and ​mountains
But ​tinier ​than ​the ​funnythings ​behind ​your ​eyes
Hey, ​there’s ​that ​feeling ​that ​something ​is ​happening
Toes ​start ​a ​tappening
Feel ​it ​in ​your ​body ​and ​your ​stupid ​feeble ​brain ​when ​you ​s-s-sing
It’s ​so ​fikkis
Fikkis
and ​kikkis.

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