L'Avventura

by Eliot Wilder

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And what happened to us
Is what happens to everyone
Sooner or later
And later is sooner than we think

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released February 11, 2017

Cover: T Rex, Cabazon, Calif., 6,000 years ago.

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Track Name: 62
My friends have come and gone
Some gone 'round the bend
And some gone forever
And I can't get over it

And what happened to us
Is what happens to everyone
Sooner or later
And later is sooner than we think

I wonder what they know
Are they befuddled
And are they as confused as me
And a little bit frightened

Do they get up in the night
And pace their rooms
Does their life have any value
Or do they just
Do they just disappear

Where do we come from
And what are we
And where are we going

We think we're living the life
Things are getting better
But slowly and surely
We are being replaced

That's how it always is
Don't let it get you down
Just hold on tight
For as long as you can

We all have a dream
And then it fades
And it turns into something
Something dark and obscure

We try to figure it out
Why did things go kaflooey
We know we're not blameless
But the price is too steep
Track Name: In Your Hands
All the good and the bad
All the sane and the mad
All the best laid plans
It's all in your hands

All the truth and the lies
All the dumb and the wise
All the best laid plans
It's all in your hands

You got the whole wide world
Right there in your hands
It is up to you
It is up to you

All the right and the wrong
Why can't they get along
All the best laid plans
It's all in your hands
All the left and the right
All the black and the white
All the best laid plans
It's all in your hands

All the love and the hate
All the poor and the great
All the best laid plans
It's all in your hands
All the weak and the strong
Why can't they get along
All the best laid plans
It's all in your hands
Track Name: Take Me Home
Well I wander through this old town
And I don't know where I'm going
What is around the bend
I have no way
No way of knowing

Could you take me home
Could you take me home

Well I ramble through this old world
And I have no real connection
I put myself out on the line
Just looking for a little affection

Well I know I'm a hopeless case
There ain't nothing to be done
You can scream your head off at me
But I'll always be the unfortunate son

Well I hope you're doing well
And your dreams they all come true
As for me, I'll be on my way
But I'll always
Always think of you
Track Name: Where I Live
This is my planet, this is my country
This is the state where I dwell
These are my people, these are my comrades
We all get along swell

Except for sometimes
We aren't so friendly
We go and pick up a gun
We shoot a neighbor, we shoot a stranger
We shoot everyone

Home sweet home
Home sweet home
Where I live
This is where I live

This is my workplace, these are my bosses
They all tell me what to do
This is my cubicle, these are my workmates
We stick together true blue

Except for sometimes
We aren't so friendly
We stab each other in the back
It's all about self-preservation
And who is on the top of the stack

This is my family, these are my sisters
We stick together thick and thin
When I go wandering they show concern
They ask me where I been
Except for sometimes
Track Name: The Million-Year Picnic
Let me take you down
To a place around the bend
There will be a surprise
That you may not comprehend
There are people there
And they look like you
They move when you move
They do what you do

Gonna burn us clean
Gonna burn us clean

Let me take you down
To a place at the end of the road
It's a dream come true
It will make your head explode
There are people there
And they speak in your native tongue
They will take you back
Back to when you were oh so young

Let me take you down
To a place you've never known
It will trip you out
And into a twilight zone
There are people there
And they will make you feel at ease
They're your kith and kin
And they will hand you over the keys
Track Name: Birthday Boy Blues
It ain't no fun in growing older
It's just a big ol' drag
All my friends they are dying off
And I feel like a rung-out rag

All them presents don't mean nothing
I trade 'em all to be young and gay
Yeah, put a candle on my birthday cake
And blow me, blow me away

It ain't no fun in celebratin'
Yeah celebratin' it just don't work
They say 60 is the new 40
So why don't I feel like I am some young turk

They laugh about my old-age spread
They laugh about my hair of gray
Yeah, put a candle on my birthday cake
And blow me, blow me away

It ain't no fun being all broke down
And hear them kids call me sir
Maybe if I squint harder in the mirror
I could see myself as I once were

If only I could just put it off
Put it off for one more day
Yeah, put a candle on my birthday cake
And blow me, blow me away

It ain't no fun to raise my glass
And toast to being 62
What is worth commemorating
When I'm facing my own Waterloo

Wish I that could swish around the dance floor
Just like Danny Kaye
Yeah, put a candle on my birthday cake
And blow me, blow me away
Track Name: Deliver Me From Nowhere
I love the shape of your eyes
How they light on me
I am so drawn to you
Just like gravity

I have been out a-wandering
And I have taken detours
If you deliver me from nowhere
I will be forever yours

I love the sound of your voice
A celestial choir
When I have fallen down so low
You lift me oh so higher

Deliver me, deliver me
Deliver me and I'll be yours
If you deliver me from nowhere
I will be forever yours

I love your sweet and kindly words
They pull me back from the brink
When I want to end it all
You make me stop and think
Track Name: These Are Just Words to You
You told me you would make it right
But that's not the way that it played out
I waited for your reply
To tell me the truth about how you made out
Then suddenly you were not very clear
And all the while you insisted on being sincere

These are just words to you
These are just words to you
These are just words to you
And nothing more

I'd go to the ends of the earth with you
And you told me you felt the same
And I believed in what you said
Well how could I know it was a game
You could sound really heartfelt and true
And for a moment I believed in you

Do you even know what you're saying
Is it just a caterwaul
Is it all sound and fury
Signifying nothing at all

You say that you value our friendship
But your talk talk talk is cheap
It's easy to say "I love you"
When you can't go down down down that deep
It doesn't matter what you intend, no
When you live in a world of pretend
Track Name: Part-Time Girl
I like your eyes
I like your mouth
I like the way that you talk your talk
I like your hands
I like your feet
I like the way that you walk your walk
I like all the things you do
And the things you don't
I like when I step out of line
You say that you won't
My part-time girl

I like your laugh
I like your cry
I never know what you're gonna do
I like your grace
I like your klutz
I like how you have combined the two
I like how you have changed my world
And brought me back from the brink
You did it like was nothing at all
And put me back in the pink
My part-time girl

I like your joys
I like your sorrows
I like the way you draw these out in me
I like your mind
How we connect
It's almost as if we were meant to be
I like all of the things we are
I like our stuff
I only get to see you some of the time
And that is enough
My part-time girl
Track Name: Eliot's Big Adventure
This is me
I'm on my way
To a place that I don't know
How I'll get there
Who can say
But it's time that I must go
I am packed
Got my lunch
Got me extra underwear
Got my map
Got my directions
I guess I'm going somewhere

See you later
See you sometime
See you around
Don't you follow
Don't come looking
I won't be found

This is me, here I go
I got my dramamine
Could be heaven
Could be hell
Or someplace in between
I'm excited and a little anxious
Don't know what to expect
I may screw up
I may blow it
I may be incorrect

This is me
All I am
I got my sites all set
See you later, alligator
I have paid my debt