Friday, February 5, 2016

Wild Blue Yonder


Putting out the last of the garbage
Sam says, "I'll see you next year"
I'm about to say I won't be back
But Sam went to get a beer
And I'm left here to ponder
Over the wild blue yonder

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Elsewhere


They fuck you up, your mum and dad
They may not mean to, but they do
They fill you with the faults they had
And add some extra, just for you

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Remember Me


So I am a peephole
Into a windowless room
Where the sweat on the tiles
Is the only perfume
On the desk is a diary
And next to it a vase
The rose draws blood
And it drips on the lace

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Friday, January 29, 2016

From Eliot WIth Love


Our conversation moves in circles
And so do the hands of the clock
We sound like we are saying something
But it's all only idle talk
Mel says love is spiritual
But some of us disagree
Some get a kick out of being kicked
Every beater needs a beatee

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Wilderness Years


Days roll along
One into the other
All the time in the world, it seems
The next thing you know
There's one less day
And slightly taller weeds

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Armistice Day


What would it take to end
All this fighting
What could we do to stop
All the war
It's been going on
Since the very first caveman
Since he figured out
What a club was for

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Scary Guy at the End of the Hall


I got a dream in me
That nothing can quite kill
You may try to squash me
I know that's where you get your thrill
And I am gonna get myself up
And shake off these cliches
And I will see myself clear
Living in better days

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Far Country


I see justice
Just out of view
Yeah, I see justice
Don't have much to do
But I got no worries
Why give a toss
I'm already long gone from here
And I don't feel a loss

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Stockholm Syndrome


Out of left field
There came a sudden wind
Blew down our well-built fences
While the devil grinned
We were aghast
The end was here at last

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Saturday, January 16, 2016

A Proper Viking Funeral


I bleed real blood
Red as a your lips
It gushes out of me
In Technicolor strips
Can't hold it back
It is out of control
That's the way that it is
When you're a slave to your soul

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Friday, January 15, 2016

Primitive Man


I like the way that the world
Revolves around me
I am at the center
Of my very own galaxy
I get to call the shots
I get to say what's cool
I am no idiot, no
I suffer no fool

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

The Very Soul of Me


You shut the door
You turned the key
Never looked back into that darkened room
Never looked back at me
You left a note
You left it blank
No explanation given, no final words
Not even, I have you to thank

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Cattywampus


Now you must face your deepest fears
Or at the very least say
You're not afraid
If you do that
You're not just half way there
You are at the head of the parade

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Walk Away


Featuring Dave Westner, Natalia Beth Cooper, and Chris and Astrid.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Walking Distance


There is nothing
Nothing out in the desert
And no man
No man needs nothing

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Monday, January 11, 2016

Broken Things


Ah, well! for us all some sweet hope lies
Deeply buried from human eyes
And, in the hereafter, angels may
Roll the stone from its grave away

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Friday, January 8, 2016

Woebegone


The good and the bad
The happy and the sad
All the living and the dead
It will stay with me
For eternity
My thoughts are a tornado
In my head

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Better


Is this the way to live a life
Never think about the meaning
Then one day you wake up
And the whole world is careening
Well I'm no philosopher
Not Jean Paul Sartre
But it doesn't take a genius to know
You gotta have heart, miles of heart

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Eliot Wilder's America


We drank ourselves sick with lust
We spit into the brown southern night
We made a pact sealed with a prick
Somehow that black blood felt so right

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Blue Skies Ahead


I look at a faded photo
I don't recall the time or place
There is some girl in blue jeans
I don't recognize the face

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Monday, January 4, 2016

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Brutal Beauty


We ought to write it down in a book
And put it on our shelves
'Cause the past is just a story
We tell ourselves

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Saturday, January 2, 2016

A Star Fell Down on Indiana


A star fell down on Indiana
Just like it did in the beginning of time
We all turned out to see what happened
Some of us laughed
Some of us cried
And together we held onto each other's hands
Until the last of us had died

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Thursday, December 31, 2015

The New World


No none of us are alone in this
One way or other we face the abyss
The bum, the cabbie and the millionaire
Hitler and Ghandi and good ol' Voltaire
One thing's for sure we all grow frail
The electric charge comes off our third rail
And if you fight it then you are a fool
Ain't it a bitch how life is so cruel

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Music From Big Beige


A big beige building seated in the shade of the Fenway in Boston, Big Beige bore this music and these songs along its way, It's the first witness of this album that's been thought and composed right there inside its walls.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Breathe


Do you feel a certain pressure at night
Like something big pushing down on you
What do you think that it could be
Is it just this old wandering Jew
Oh I whisper in your ear
All the words you long to hear

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Monday, December 28, 2015

Summerville


Let's hang out in hotels
And sneak into their swimming pools
If they ever catch us
We'll say we don't play by their stinkin' rules
We'll go down to the Esplanade
On the Fourth of July
Stay up late for the fireworks
Plastered all over the Summerville sky

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Sunday, December 27, 2015

Goodbye Tomorrow


And into my garden stole
When the night had veiled the pole
In the morning glad I see
My foe outstretched beneath the tree

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Saturday, December 26, 2015

Head for the Hills


The cool wind of hope blows eternal
As if to keep us on our toes
Maybe there'll be a brighter day tomorrow
So pack up all of your woes

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Friday, December 25, 2015

A Long Day's Journey


You may think it's all a game
But you're wrong, you're wrong
We're all connected just the same
One big ol' throng
You may think you'll get away
With telling all your lies
Well you are in, I bet
For one big surprise

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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Encounter


O my love, where are they
Where are they going
The flash of a hand
Streak of movement
Rustle of pebbles
I ask not out of sorrow
But in wonder

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

23 Skidoo


When I ride on the subway
Well I feel so alone
No one looks me in the eye
No one tosses me a bone
All the pretty girls are texting
And twirling their hair
And I feel just like a no one
Who is not really there

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Little Bastards


You may think that he is hiding
But he is in plain view
He is me and he is you
You may think that he's gone missing
Just look over there
Look at the guy with the well-groomed hair

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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Sing Cuckoo!


Every addict is formed
In the crucible
Of the memory
Of that first hit

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Friday, December 18, 2015

The Other


We went to Niagara Falls a few summers ago and stayed with some friends who live in upper New York State, which is actually very rural, all fields and farms for as far as you can see. These friends live in a small college town called Seneca Falls, which is the very place that was fictionalized as Bedford Falls in the movie "It's a Wonderful Life." Only now the town, with the exception of the school, is pretty depressed - lots of these small towns were once factory towns, and now all the factories are gone. So you see a lot of people who look tired and careworn and blown apart. It was a sad place, and I couldn't help but feel that sadness. So when we came back I started writing songs that reflected that, songs about the displaced and the dispossessed. Songs about the separateness we all can feel.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

We Got a Groovy Thing Going


There's a dream that I have
And I'm with you again
There's a dream that I have
And we're laughing
And in this dream that I have
You are writing your name in the sky
In this dream that I have
You are dancing

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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Songs of Love and Regret


What if I had read the signs
And acted a little more quick
When I think of what I might have done
It just makes my heart feel sick

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Songs for a Blue Girl


One day you are on top of the world. You are young, you are strong, you are beautiful. But then, slowly and almost imperceptively, your youth fades, your strength slackens and the person you see in the mirror no longer glows the way it once did. "Where did your long hair go / Where is the girl I used to know," Brian Wilson sang, mournfully. Eventually, life plays a cruel trick on us: just when we think we've got the world by the tail, it all gets taken away. No one is exempted, no one is immune.

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Dreamland


We're all so busy
Busy, busy, busy
We start out somewhere
And then we disappear
We come and go
Put on a show
How can anybody
Get anything done 'round here

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

I Will Never Forgive You


You stand before me 

Your arms outstretched 

With your eyes staring up at the sky 

Your hand is waving 

And your black hair is blowing 

Could be hello, could be goodbye 

I will be waiting until you decide 

I will be waiting 

I'm along for the ride

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Kith


It wearies me; you say it wearies you

But how I caught it, found it, or came by it

What stuff 'tis made of, whereof it is born

I am to learn

And such a want-wit sadness makes of me

That I have much ado to know myself

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Sunday, December 6, 2015

The Man With the Glass Head


The infection was spread so easily
From one clammy hand to the next
It'd gone viral all around the world
Just like some scandalous text
And we were astonished and we were amazed
And we were perplexed

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Saturday, December 5, 2015

This Lonesome Road


Sometimes you're lucky
Through all your hard work
Sometimes you're not
And you go berserk
You hope for the best
But the weary don't rest

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Friday, December 4, 2015

Meet Eliot Wilder


We sail in the twilight of eternal now
When suddenly someone takes a long step off the bow
We search for him for an eternity
One, two, three
One, two, three
I'm in you
You in me

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Mercy


Of all the albums I've made, this is the one I'm most pleased with. It took a long time to finish; songs were recorded, rethought, retooled, re-recorded, remixed. Some I just had to walk away from, and were discarded altogether. In the end, I wanted to produce an album that has a shape, that told a story and that flowed together as a piece - and I believe this does that. And if you should take the time to listen to it as a whole (something I've come to understand is exceedingly rare nowadays), you may hear what I was trying to accomplish: 12 songs about the quality of mercy.

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Secrets and Lies


You tell me your stories
And I want to believe
You tell me your stories
And you deceive me
They sound realistic
They sound true
But there’s something about them
That’s not quite you

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The Great Escape


There will be good times
When we reach our destination
It will be like a life on permanent vacation
There is no freakin' bureaucracy
There is no red tape
So come on, come on, come on
Come on, come on, come on
It's the great escape

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Travelogue


My car is a clunker
Not like the fancy ones for which I valet
And when it breaks down
I ditch it hoping someone will just tow it away
I own one nice shirt
And one nice pair of pants
I go to work and take my place
With all the other worker ants

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Saturday, November 28, 2015

101


Uncertainty is an uncomfortable position
But certainty is an absurd one
Why not celebrate the vastness of our ignorance
And be a possibilian

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Friday, November 27, 2015

Promise


You talk like a politician
Or a guy who sells used cars
Or a guy who says he doesn't want your money
Or a guy who tells stories in bars
You sound oh so confident
Like you really believe what you say
Where's the truth
Where's the lie
What does it matter anyway

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