Harpo's Blues

by Eliot Wilder

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This girl of mine
Has blue-y blue eyes
She pulls at my heart
Each time she cries
I never knew
I wouldn’t have guessed
She holds my hand
And I feel blessed

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released February 1, 2014

Cover girl: Jes Johnson

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Track Name: Light in August
I’ve waited for so long to tell you
What’s going on with me
But when my letter came back from you
It really cut me off at the knee
Now I’ll never have a chance in hell
To go back to what it used to be
Baby

It’s been a hundred years or so
Since I last heard from you and where you’re at
I know you married Tommy and that
He treats you like a doormat
The pictures on your Facebook page
Make you look a little fat

You’re still my number one
Still my number one
Main thing
You’re still my number one
Still my number one
Pain thing

Now the light in August looks
More than just a little bit bleak
It does me no good at all to ruminate
‘Cause it makes me freak
I won’t make a sound now you won’t even
Hear me squeak
Honey
Track Name: Girl of Mine
This girl of mine
Has blue-y blue eyes
She pulls at my heart
Each time she cries
I never knew
I wouldn’t have guessed
She holds my hand
And I feel blessed

She loves to love

This girl of mine
She loves to sing
She loves Davy Jones
She wants his ring
She can make a fuss
She can stamp and scream
But how can I get mad
At my little dream

She loves to love
Track Name: Harpo's Blues
Woke up in the morning with a crinkled grin
The radio was playing “The Mighty Quinn”
Suddenly I felt slightly out of sync
My brain and my heart had lost their link
Ho-ho I should be laughing
Ho-ho why am I crappy
For a guy who dresses so snappy
Why do I find it hard to choose
For a guy who looks fuckin’ happy
I seemed to suffer from Harpo’s Blues

Went out for a stroll to see some old neighbors
Found that they all had disappeared
The buildings and the streets were one large crater
Starting to think it was a little weird
Ha-ha I should be parading
Ha-ha why am I so drowsy
For a guy who dresses so snappy
Why do I find it hard to choose
For a guy who looks fuckin’ happy
I seemed to suffer from Harpo’s Blues

Man oh man what is going on here
Was there some kind of dimensional shift
Man oh man what is going on here
“God’s judgment was mighty and swift”
Track Name: Indentured Servant
Life without delusion
Is a life in constant pain
Yearning for the sunshine
While standing in the rain

Freedom is just a word when all you do is pay
I am your servant, I will do what you say

What is your drug of choice
How do you cope
Stranded in the breakdown lane
Bereft of all hope

Freedom is just a word when all you do is pay
I am your servant, I will do what you say
Track Name: I Can't Fix This
Who can you say you really know
Who is a friend and who is a foe
I wish I could tell you
But I haven’t got a clue

There are two sides or maybe five
Each one is valid, each one is jive
And how could any one
Be absolutely true

I can’t fix this
I can’t fix this, oh no

Everyone has a god
Some point the way, some raise the rod
I think we should smite them
Once and for all

Imagine a world without all the hate
Like John Lennon said it’s not too late
But each time we try
We always seem to stall

Keeping you in mind
Loving you in kind
Track Name: Miss Isabella
Suddenly your feet are gone
Your head’s not where you remember
Suddenly the lights are gone
The middle of a deep and dark December
Where, where do you think you are
Where, where are the keys to your car
Miss Isabella, come back

Suddenly the clock have stopped
Time is interrupted
Suddenly the computer jams
The drive has been corrupted
Where, where is my little wanderer
Where, where are you now
Miss Isabella, come back
Track Name: Objects in Motion
Put your left foot in
Take your right foot out
Do the Hokey-Pokey
And shake it all about
The world is always spinning
Wonders never cease
Steam is always building
Looking for release

Objects in motion tend to stay in motion
Objects at rest tend to stay at rest
Objects in motion tend to stay in motion
Objects at rest tend to make a lousy guest

Beat us down with wires
Beat us down with chains
Grind us into pulp
And something still remains
The universe is dancing
At an uptown bar
The cosmos is aligning
Twinkle little star

Objects in motion tend to stay in motion
Objects at rest tend to stay at rest
Objects in motion tend to stay in motion
Objects at rest tend to make a lousy guest

We’d like to think that we are free
But we can’t escape the pull of gravity
Blame it on Newton, blame it on friction
The first law of motion is not some science fiction
The tug of inertia fucks with the freestyle
Give it all up because resistance is futile
Track Name: This Side of Nowhere
I am not a poor boy
And my story’s often told
I came out of nowhere
And I fell into the fold
I am like the guy
Whose soul is bought and sold

Let me take you down
Take you down
To this side of nowhere
Just out of town
Out of town
To this side of nowhere

I never left my family
I never moved away
I still ask permission
Before I go and play
Can I have some candy
“The word to use is ‘may’”

Let me take you down
Take you down
To this side of nowhere
Just out of town
Out of town
To this side of nowhere

Who would’ve guessed I’d end up like this
I once showed such cool
I was young, I was smart
I was nobody’s fool
The years flew by
And I stayed down in the basement
Good thing I have a knack
For self-effacement
Track Name: Some Cloudy Day
How I long to be in your loving arms
And stare in those bright seashell eyes
How I wish we were dating again
Hanging out till 2 at the House of Pies
Dream, and I can almost smell your hair
Sweet, like the lilacs in the spring
I can wait for a million years
Till you give me back my wedding ring
Sorry it all turned out this way
Maybe we’ll meet again on some cloudy day

Look what a mess I have made of things
Wish that I could just undo the past
Days are bright but the sun can be cruel
Right now I am feeling quite harassed
Give up give up give up that stupid dreaming
Put yourself out there on the front lines
Break out break out break out
From all that thrift-store stealing
The first one that gets shot
Is the one who whines
Sorry it all turned out this way
Maybe we’ll meet again on some cloudy day
Track Name: Thy Will Be Done
I can’t run fast enough
I can’t climb high enough
I can’t beat the history train
Strafing over these endless fields
With a hellhound on my heels
The whole wide world is insane
Dreaming of departed friends
It’s a whirlwind that never ends
Come back Cheryl, come back Shane

Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done

My flight leaves at dawn
When it goes I will be gone
For me it’s always do or die
I am ready to go
I am right outside your door
Hate to wake you up and say goodbye
A John Denver song
Haven’t sung it in so long
But right now it could make me cry

Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done

I have a fever
I have the shakes
And I must bid adieu here
Whatever it takes
I mean every word
Not fucking around
Like a wingless bird
Smack on the ground
Track Name: At Last the World Is Mine
Breathe in, breathe out
Stay down, stay out
At last the world is mine

Get up, lay down
Doze off, homeward bound
At last the world is mine