Ghosting

by Eliot Wilder

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I am not here
And you are not there
Nobody is anywhere, anywhere
I thought that I knew you
A humble boast
I thought that I knew you
But you're a ghost

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released August 29, 2015

Cover girl: Susan Gil, whereabouts unknown

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Track Name: Not So Funny Now
We had a ball, we had a blast
We had the time of our lives
We kicked some teeth, we kicked some ass
We traded all of our wives
We acted badly, we acted madly, yeah
We were hell on wheels
We made mayhem, we mixed it up
We went head over heels

Ha-ha-ha, ho-ho-ho
And a couple of la-di-das
Remember when we had a cow
Ha-ha-ha, ho-ho-ho
And a couple of tra-la-las
It's not so funny now

We wrote some songs, we made a band
We went out rocking the town
We worked so hard, we worked so rough
Nothing would keep us down
Who'd a thunk we'd never make it
Never get a record deal
There's no way we'd believe it
The thought was simply surreal

What's that, are you crying
Are those tears in your eyes
I don't get it, I don't get what went wrong
It came as a great big surprise

We screwed up, we burned out
We never broke on through
You got a life
I got a life, yeah, no big whoop-de-do
I got old, you got old
You were the first to pass
When I look back, just gotta laugh
Gotta say that it's a gas
Track Name: A Vicarious Life
I enjoy you from afar
And all the great things that you do
You are so happy
So full of joy
How could I not want to be a part of you
You got a boyfriend
He loves you so
And you just want to shout it from up on high
"He loves me so
Oh yes he does
And I just love my dreamy dream guy"
Well good for you
You got what you want
It makes me happy
It's yours to flaunt
What does it matter
How I do
I wish you the best
In what you pursue

I am living a vicarious life
I am living a vicarious life
I am living a vicarious life
Through you

You got an apartment above a bar
And you can stumble back upstairs after closing
You listen to records you bought at Goodwill
And you watch as their grooves are decomposing
Your boyfriend's tastes are pretty awesome
At least that's what you always say
He's a poet and he writes a blog
Where he puts all his work on display
You got a cat
You are a teacher
You love the world
And every creature
You are amazing
You do it all
You stand above me
A hundred feet tall
Track Name: Lemon Avenue
The rent was cheap
Didn't have much stuff
And the stuff I had
Was just enough
Life was easy
Life was good
Had all I needed
In that neighborhood

Sometimes I long for those good old days
And all the mischief we'd go through
Just me and friends
Just me and friends
Down on Lemon Avenue

Had a mattress
Down on the floor
Didn't ever lock
My front door
My shelves were made
Of bricks and boards
It was like living
In the House of Lords

Spent my days
With my friend Jef
We had a band
Nearly made me deaf
We played some gigs
And we got paid
And sometimes after
We got laid
Track Name: Ugly Business
The seed is in me
And it grows and grows
The seed is in me
And it knows, it knows
I know I can't kill it
No matter what I try
I know I can't kill it
It will only amplify

Oh this ugly business
When will it ever go away
Oh this ugly business
Looks like it's gonna be here to stay

The germ is in me
And it's a deadly bug
The germ is in me
And it's a bad-ass thug
It makes me carry out
Unconscionable things
It makes me carry out
The biddings of the kings

You never want to know
What happens with the stuff you've bought
You toss it in the trash
And never give it a second thought

The worm is in me
And I can't root out
The worm is in me
And it grows from a tiny spout
I know I can't slay it
It's stronger than kryptonite
I know I can't slay it
So I don't bother to fight
Track Name: On Hope
Why is it that every time
Someone's hand reaches out to me
I just wanna hold on to it
'Cause I take it all so seriously
But over and over
I prove to be a fool
And over and over
I don't learn this simple rule

I don't know just what is best
Hard truth or soft soap
And I don't know which is worse
No hope or false hope
No I don't know

Why is it that every time
Someone somewhere says they care
I just wanna believe it's true
Wholesale and foursquare
But over and over
I get taken like a chump
And over and over
I fall back into a slump

Why is it that every time
Someone somewhere offers me some rope
I cling to it for my dear life
But in the end I feel like a dope
'Cause over and over
Someone lets me down
And over and over
I feel like a clown
Track Name: American Berserk
We call our land
The land of the free
We wave our flag
In the name of liberty
We do what's best
And we do what's right
Even when what's right
Leads us into a fight

My country 'tis of thee
Land of sweet insanity
Of thee I sing
Of thee I sing
Don't be my enemy
Won't you come back to me
Let freedom ring
Let freedom ring
Let freedom ring

We make the laws
We are the judge
We set the tone
And then we don't budge
You can put us down
Say we're rude and crass
But when you need our help
We will save your ass

We are a cop
The world is our beat
Get out of our kitchen
If you can't take the heat
And if you fight us
We'll bring you to your knee
And if you resist us
We'll start World War III
Track Name: Ghosting
Met a girl named Jane
And we got married
Carried on for a couple of years
Yeah, we carried
Then one day
Jane she ran away
I still think about her
Each and every day
Jane are you out there

I am not here
And you are not there
Nobody is anywhere, anywhere
I thought that I knew you
A humble boast
I thought that I knew you
But you're a ghost

Met a girl named Sharon
And she bewitched me
Fell in love for a couple of years
Then she ditched me
She broke my soul
She broke my heart
Haven't been the same
Since we been apart
Sharon are you out there

Met a girl named Chris
She came to my rescue
She stayed with me through thin and thin
And I say thank you
Someone can love you
I am here to say
Someone can love you
Come what may
Track Name: Pale Gray Eyes
She came to me in a dream
And stayed for a little while
I remember the smell of hair
And her half-cocked smile
She had a way of making me laugh
When I was down and depressed
Maybe it was her joie de vivre
Or maybe it's the way that she dressed

She had those pale gray eyes
And boy they zeroed in on me
How I loved her pale gray eyes
As blue as the winter sea

She had an air of self-satisfaction
Even though she was not satisfied
She had a need to break down boundaries
A need that could not be denied
The thing about her that got me most
Is a thing I can't explain
She managed to tear me down
And then build me up again

Don't you know that you wrecked me
You wrecked me for good
Don't you know that you wrecked me
And I can't forget you even if I could

She's no angel that's for sure
But she more of a saint than me
I could tell her my deepest stuff
And she'd listen with sympathy
Too bad I chased her away
But then good things never last
And when I see her now out on the street
She says, Hey, it's all in the past
Track Name: The Villain of the Piece
In every story
Someone is good
Someone is good to beat the bad
In every story
Someone stands up
Someone stands up to punch the cad

But the one we care about
Well it ain't the police
The one we care about
It's the villain of the piece

In every story
Someone does right
Someone does right and slays the wrong
In every story
Someone is fearless
Someone is fearless and so strong

We all love the good guy
And all the good the good guy does
But we love the bad guy more
The bad guy gives us such a buzz

In every story
Someone is heroic
Someone is heroic and oh so bold
In every story
Someone is evil
It's the way a story's told
Track Name: Spooky Girl
Late at night when the traffic slows
And you barely hear a sound
A soft whisper comes through to me
And I know that you're around

You are a spooky girl
Scare me all to hell
You are a spooky girl
You find me where I dwell

You haunt me in my dreams
And you stay with me in my days
I see your face everywhere
And I can't seem to shake your gaze, yeah

Hey, hey spooky girl
Do you have a name
Hey, hey spooky girl
I'd like to know it just the same

You give me a terrible fright
Shakes me down to my bones
One thing I know for sure
With you I am never alone
Track Name: Little Ease
You wear your black not by choice
But by design
And the design decrees it's so
And you must go along
It's what you do
You are draped from head to toe
You live your life in a box
And what you don't know
You just don't know
And what you don't know

In you go
In you go
In you go
In you go
Little ease
This is it
This is it
This is it
This is it
Little ease

We put you there because we can
We wield the power
We steer
Cry your head off we just don't care
We won't see
You weep a tear
We keep you hidden from the world
So that the world
Won't live in fear
So that the world