Elsewhere

by Eliot Wilder

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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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released February 13, 2015

Cover hospital: the real Saint Eligius, Boston

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Track Name: Great Wide Open
They came from all over
Every woman, child and man
They all had their reasons
That only they could understand

They dreamed of tomorrow
They were fairly pure of heart
They had popular opinion
And their songs burned up the chart

They all went into the great wide open
We saw them all disappear
They all went into the great wide open
A million miles away from here

They held up their banners
Each and every single one
They built up a contingent
To the bang of a gatling gun

They tore down all the fences
And they built up new monuments
They weeded out the losers
All the misfits and the malcontents
Track Name: Tommy Westphall's Universe
What is going on inside his head
No one really knows for certain
Maybe a door to another dimension
Wish we could pull back the curtain
He sits all day staring into space
And plays with his toy snow globe
Rocks back forth like a drinking bird
All wrapped up in a torn bathrobe
The world goes forward but he's in reverse
It's Tommy Westphall's Universe

The scene around him is pretty chaotic
But he appears calm and cool
He moans and grunts to make his point
A lesson they don't teach at school
Well, people laugh and people die
And people vanish and then return
If he's the God behind it all
He doesn't show much concern
The world goes forward but he's in reverse
It's Tommy Westphall's Universe

It's Doctor Craig and Doctor Samuels
They are having a very strange day
Is it David Birney and William Daniels
And it's not a role that they both play
There's Helen Rosenthal and Victor Ehrlich
Wayne Fiscus and Bobby Caldwell
Luther Hawkins and Cathy Martin
All of them did not end up too well
The world goes forward but he's in reverse
It's Tommy Westphall's Universe
Track Name: Away With You
I've seen you fade in the autumn
I've seen you reawaken in the spring
I've seen you in the depths of delight
And I've seen you when you felt a sting

I've seen you when you got knocked down
And I've seen you when they left for dead
I've seen you climb out from the ashes
I've seen you when all others have fled

And I have seen them
Yeah I have seen them
Nearly split you in two
But they can't do away with you
Away with you
Away with you

I've seen you get on down on your knees
I've seen you buckle under from stress
And I've seen you take it right on the jaw
I've seen you nearly acquiesce

I've seen you cry out in your despair
I've seen you stand alone on the brink
I've seen you blow away like blizzard, yeah
And I've seen you not know just what to think

They can try to put you down, down, down
They can rip you apart
But they can't stop the beating
They can't stop the beating
They can't stop the beating
Of your heart

I've seen you fade away in the autumn
And I've seen you reawaken in the spring
I've seen you in the depths of delight
And I've seen you when you felt a sting

I've seen you with your spirit nearly broken
I've seen you lost in a hullabaloo
I've seen your light nearly faded out
And I've seen they can't do away with you
Track Name: I'm the Boss
You may think you got the better of me
But I'm the boss
You may think there's no inequity
But I'm the boss
You may think that you are numero uno
I'm the boss
Just shows you how little you know
I'm the boss

You come to me with the same ol' complaints
I'm the boss
You spill them on me like a box of paints
I'm the boss
You say it's broke and I gotta fix it
I'm the boss
So I spin it around and then I remix it
I'm the boss
You have the nerve to ask for a raise
'Cause I'm the boss
You're requests never cease to amaze
When I'm the boss

You don't know about my mess of troubles
I'm the boss
You just sit in your tank and blow your bubbles
I'm the boss
Yeah I get paid more to mediate
I'm the boss
But that cash don't come on a silver plate
I'm the boss

I'm the boss, oh yes I am
I'm the boss, the big boss man
Track Name: Funeral Blues
Stop all the clocks and cut off the phone
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone
Silence the pianos and with a muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come

He was my North, my South, my East and my West
My working week and my Sunday rest
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song
I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead
Put crepe bows on the white necks of the public doves
Let the traffic cop wear black cotton gloves

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood
For nothing now can ever come to any good
Track Name: Elsewhere
If you'll excuse me
I gotta text
It's important
My brother Rex
He's got tickets for a show
It's Taylor Swift or J Lo
I gotta take it
Not time to chat
Your mom died
Sorry 'bout that
I'm not here
I'm not there
I am elsewhere

I'm not distracted
I multitask
What am I tasking
Please don't ask
So many friends
So little time
So much to do
Hills to climb
Love to talk but I'm so busy
That's no lie
I'm in a tizzy
I'm not here
I'm not there
I am elsewhere

I'm important
I got a meeting
With other people
Time is fleeting
We get together
Exchange our views
Exchange out numbers
No time to snooze
We are here
We are there
We are

I am frantic
I'm not alone
Everyone else is on the phone
We're all talking
What do we say
Not that much
Some old cliché
Up and down
Is relative
It's who we are
It's how we live
We are here
We are there
We are elsewhere
Track Name: Things We Left Behind
When I was a child
I talked like a child
I thought like a child
And I walked like a child
But now I'm a man
And I put away my childish things
Now I'm a man
And I put away my water wings
They are at the bottom of my drawer
They don't do me no good no more

These are the things we left behind
These are the things we left behind
We will never get them back
We will never get them back, no, no
All these of things we left behind

When I was a child
I lived like a child
I played like a child
And I lied like a child
But now I'm a man
And I've given up my childish ways
Now I'm a man
I'm done with all my childhood days
They are stored in my memory
They are there for all eternity

I'm done with my soldiers
And I'm done with my sled
I've put them all away
Hid them all under my bed

When I was a child
I cried like a child
I laughed like a child
And I hurt like a child
But now I'm a man
And I've learned to live with the pain
Now I'm a man
And I know it's best not complain
I keep my feelings locked up tight
I am adroit and I use no sleight
Track Name: Ain't Got No Traction
Ain't got no love
Ain't got no hate
Ain't got no nothing at all
No way to communicate
Ain't got no race
Ain't got no community
Ain't got no justice
Ain't got opportunity
Ain't got no power
Ain't got no hope
Only thing I got
Is a downward slope

Ain't got no traction, no, no
Ain't got no traction, no, no

Ain't got no good
Ain't got no bad
Ain't got no family
Not even a deadbeat dad
Ain't got no friend
Ain't got no enemy
Ain't got no name for myself
No sense of identity
Ain't got no luck
Ain't got no wealth
Things ain't good for me
Not even my health

Ain't got no future
Ain't got no past
Ain't got no present
Ain't built to last
Ain't got no faith
Ain't got no charity
Who cares who I am
Or what becomes of me
Ain't got no name
Ain't got no face
When I disappear
I won't leave no trace
Track Name: This Be the Verse
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

This be chorus of this song

But they were fucked up in their turn
By fools in old-style hats and coats
Who half the time were soppy-stern
And half at one another’s throats

This be the bridge of this song

Man hands on misery to man
It deepens like a coastal shelf
Get out as early as you can
And don’t have any kids yourself
Track Name: That's When I Start Forgetting
You say that I get what I want
Even when it's unfair
But I don't really care what you say
You say that I should feel so bad
For all the wrong I done
But just how do you think I get my way
You say I act like a child
And I never grew up
Well it's written in my DNA

I can hear you call my name
And I hear you try to place the blame
And that's when I start forgetting
You want from me something more
You say I've lots to answer for
And that's when I start forgetting

You accuse me of atrocities
You say I'm a selfish pig
But I do what I must to survive
You tell me that I have no heart
That's it's always all about me
But that's how I stay alive
You tell me that I hurt you bad
That all I ever do is lie
But I can't help that I contrive

Who am I
Who are you
Well I don't know
What else is new
Who am I
Who are you
Well I don't know
What is true

You say that I'm a son of a bitch
And I stole your stuff
And I got no one to answer to
I've lived alone all my life
With few bumps in the road
What else do you expect me to do
I'm the boy who never grew up
Just like Peter Pan
Only difference is I never flew
Track Name: Betrayal
It's been years
Since you went away
But I think of you each and every day
It's been years
Since you last came 'round
And made that old man sound
Where have you hid
I'm still your kid

Oh Daddy dear
I don't understand, no
Why did you forsake me

I waited for you
At the station
At every bus stop in this old nation
I held out hope
That you would make it
Could not accept that you would break it
I waited for you day after day
While you were so very far away

I been looking for you everywhere
Yeah, yeah
I don't know why
You don't seem to care
Yeah, yeah

I have your picture
On my wall
You are so big and I am so small
And I will wait
Until you return
Guess some lessons I will never learn
We always get our old signals crossed
I am out here feeling lost