Fatherland

by Eliot Wilder

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The world outside is frightful
And I don't care to know
Let it all go on without me
This epic horror show

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released November 11, 2016

Cover: Astrid and some guy.

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Track Name: Do Not Wake Me
The world outside is frightful
And I don't care to know
Let it all go on without me
This epic horror show

The world outside is gruesome
People got to hate
I will not join in the battle
I will not participate

Do not wake me from my slumber
Leave me here to hide
Do not wake me from my slumber
I don't want to take a side
Won't take a side

The world outside is hateful
People acting out so cruel
Don't want to know about it
Let me be a perfect fool
The world outside is crazy
Blood is flowing in the streets
People spewing out their hatred
Their eyes are as red as beets

The world outside is madness
And the madness it does increase
There can be no resolution
There can be no peace
Track Name: Dumb
You may think that you're oh so smart
That you never get nothing wrong
You better think
You better think again
And you may think you're on top of the heap
And no one can shove you off
Well you are wrong
You are wrong my friend
Don't you fool yourself
Don't delude yourself
Or you will pay the price
You better think twice

Dumb-da-dumb-dumb-da-dumb

You may think you're a know it all
And no one knows more than you
You better think
You better think again
And you may think you're in the catbird seat
That you're better than the rest
Well you are wrong
You are wrong my friend
Well you are not so great
You tend to overrate
And I don't mean to be crass
You got your head up your ass

You may think you can tell a lie
And no one is gonna catch you
Well you better think
You better think again
And you may think you can fool the fools
And no one's as sneaky as you
Well you are wrong
You are wrong my friend
What you sow you reap
When you are a creep
Don't think that there's no hitch
Yeah, karma
Karma is a bitch
Track Name: Subject to Change
I can never stay who I was
And I am not who I will be
Whatever was a minute ago
Is ancient history
Always gotta be a-movin' on
Hard for me to keep track
Headed out both hither and yon
Going forward, going back

Hey yeah, yeah
I am subject to change
Can't stay the same
Can't stay the same, no
Hey yeah, yeah
I am subject to change
I got no name
Got no name, no

There is never any here and now
Only what is yet to come
Time goes marching in a single file
It bangs on like a drum
If you think you will conquer the world
You better think once more
Just keep moving any way that you can
Or you'll become a dinosaur

You can't pin me to a place and time
I tend to move around
Nothing leads me but my own instincts
And that faraway sound
Who am I gonna turn out to be
Who can say for sure
It's likely to be something
Something that has no cure
Track Name: If I Could Take It All Back
I know I made you promises
I said a lot of things
I told you that I love you
To a swelling of strings
Don't blame you if you're angry
Or feeling shortchanged
I know you let your guard down
And nothing was exchanged

I hope that you don't hate me
Even though I know you must
I got a problem with commitment
Less sensible than cussed
I say a lot of stupid things
In the name of honesty
But they wind up being hurting
And I become your enemy

If I, if I could only take it all back
If I, if I could only take it all back
Don't you know that I would
I would do what I could
I would give you my word
I would give you my word
Just give me one more chance

I'm a wicked storyteller
I make every word count
I make you a believer
With my sermons on the mount
But I sense you're getting leery
Of all my tall tales
Think of me as your handyman
I've made you tough as nails
Track Name: What If, Then What?
What if I'd awoken a little bit later
I never would have witnessed that coup de main
And what if I'd stayed in bed a little bit longer
I never would have been on that train

And what if I hadn't been in such a freakin' hurry
I'd not have been a part of the event
Well I wouldn't have my name
Among the names in all the papers
I'd have not gone through what I underwent

And what if I hadn't done all the things I've done
That led me to this very time and place
What if I'd only been a different kind of guy
Maybe I'd deliver the coup de grace

What if, then what

What if I had dreamed a different kind of dream
Instead of one of mediocrity
Maybe I'd be rich and maybe more successful
I would be a better kind of me

And what if my genius was that of a Picasso
Or a Joyce or an Eliot or a Pound
Imagine me feted by high society
Instead of the underground

And what if I had been a little bit luckier
Instead being a so down and out
Maybe I would not be such a freakin' loser
Cleaning out other people's grout

What if I had taken a different path this morning
What if I went left instead of right
What if I had stopped to help out a stranger
What if I had some foresight

What if I had listened to that tiny voice inside me
The one that should not ever be denied
Maybe things would've gone a little bit different
Maybe then I would not have died
Track Name: Every Race Has Got to Start Somewhere
Don't matter where you start
Don't matter when you go
Just as long as you get, get yourself going
Don't matter what you say
Don't matter how you say it
Just as long as your juices are flowing

Over here or over there
On a whim or on a dare
Every race has got to start somewhere
Take a step or make a leap
Jump on in balls deep
Every race has got to start somewhere

Don't matter if you lie
Don't matter if you tell the truth
Just as long as you stand, stand and deliver
Don't matter if you're frightened
Don't matter if you're bold as balls
Just as long as you jump into the river

Don't matter how you talk it
Only matters how you walk it
You gotta get, get yourself going
Don't matter what they think
Only matters that you don't blink
It's your row and you gotta be sowing

Don't matter what you do
Don't matter how you do it
Just as long as do, do, do, do
Don't matter if you're early
Don't mater if you're late
Just as long as you continue

Every race has got to start
Deep down in your heart
Every race has got to start somewhere
Track Name: Dark They Are and Golden-Eyed
This is not my home
These are not my kin
I'm a stranger here
Living like a bedouin
Two worlds collide
Dark they are and golden-eyed

This is not my town
These are not my kith
I stand out in a crowd
Just like a monolith
Two worlds collide
Dark they are and golden-eyed

Don't know the native tongue
Don't know the native slang
Can't speak a word
Sprechgesang
Two worlds collide
Dark they are and golden-eyed

Violet grows the grass
Platinum grows the hay
New Year's every eve
Christmas every day
Two worlds collide
Dark they are and golden-eyed
Track Name: Fatherland
We been wandering through this land
Looking for our home sweet home
We been cast out like so much trash
Everywhere we roam
We may be lowly, we may be fools
We may be stubborn like a pack of mules
We may be stupid, we may be nuts
We may be dirty but boy have we got guts

Down and down we go
To the fatherland

We been a-dreaming of another world
A world in which we rule
We live in mansions up on the hill
And we go to the finest school
We may be downtrodden, we may be lost
We may live in tenements that look just like a holocaust
We may wear rags, we may be in debt
We may be down but we are not done just yet

We been a-hoping for a better time
When it's Christmas every day
When all our dreams will come true
And we shine like the milky way
We may be broken, we may be hurt
We may have our faces shoved down in the dirt
We may paupers, we may have no clout
But one day we will rise on up
And show 'em all what we're all about
Track Name: Brave Fool
You hear them voices, yeah
In the middle of the night
They keep you up, they keep you up
And full of fright
You give in to what they say
You know they will not go away
In the end they take their toll
Down, down the rabbit hole

You hear them whisper, yeah
You hear them moan
They sound just like a bad connection
On the telephone

You must be a brave fool
Endure, endure
You must endure

You hear them voices, yeah
They call you to you
What the heck, oh what the heck
You gonna do
What's the message
What do they want
You are their victim, yeah
And their confidant

You hear them voices, yeah
They sound so sweet
They sing high, they sing low
Both on and off the beat
They bleed into your waking days
For now and for always
At the very least you're not alone
With your bad connection on the telephone
Track Name: Forever Goodbye
It's the same old sad sentiment
And I've written it many a time
You'd think I'd know all the verses by heart
And I'd know every rhyme
It's the same old sad sentiment
It's become my paradigm

Forever goodbye

I like to feel the rhythm here
And hook in with the beat
I disconnect my conscious mind
And reconnect my feet
I broadcast from the highest tower
And then down in the street

Can you see me
Can you see me
Can you see me waving

I'm not waiting for explanations
Or what this all might mean
It's a little late to be faking it
Or sticking somewhere in between
So I'm sneaking out the back door
And I'm coming out clean
Track Name: Last Day of St. Stephen
Once upon a time
I had the world in my hand
And once upon a time
I had the world at my command

But those days are gone
And I'm left all alone
Yeah those days are gone
And my heart is as dead as stone

Once upon a time
I had a room with a view
And once upon a time
I lived on Skyway Avenue

But those days are past
And my life it lay in ruin
Don't have a friend to ask
Just what the hell am I doing

Once upon a time
My word was sacrosanct
And once upon a time
I made the girls all faint

But those days are over
And I am nearing the end
It hurts me to look back
Unless I pretend