Past Imperfect

by Eliot Wilder

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It's been this way
For more than 60 years
And it's highly likely
That it will always be
So I'm putting a stop
To this pointless charade
I'm telling you
That you are dead to me

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released December 26, 2016

Thanks to Dave Westner for bass on "Miles From Here."

This one is for my sisters, miles from here.

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Track Name: Dead to Me
Just who are you
I'm not really certain
Don't really know ya
And that is the truth
You look familiar
Like someone I once knew
Like a sister I had
Way back in my youth

You say that you know me
But what do you know
Some guy you can judge
Some guy you can demean
You say you're my sister
And that may be true
But show me the form that says
I'm related to you

However you think
However you think it
However we share antipathy
You are dead
You are dead
You are dead
You are dead to me

I know what you're thinking
Or maybe I don't
I thought that I did
But I could be wrong
I don't know your signals
Don't know your intentions
Don't know your number
Ding dong

You think I'm opaque
You think I'm a dummy
Never done nothing good
Or even worthwhile
But all I see
When I look at you
Is a vacant stare
And a forced smile

We have an agreement
Whatever it is
Doesn't make much sense
And it seems pretty dumb
We pretend that we care
When we couldn't care less
You are not my pal
And I am not your chum

It's been this way
For more than 60 years
And it's highly likely
That it will always be
So I'm putting a stop
To this pointless charade
I'm telling you
That you are dead to me
Track Name: Next Stop Wonderland
Heat, haze and humidity
Gonna be the death of me
Where can I seek relief
Even if it's only brief
Hop on the Blue Line train
Go where it's less insane

Next stop Wonderland
Next stop Wonderland
Next stop Wonderland

Is that a breeze I feel
Why does it feel surreal
A sudden change of wind
Or did the drugs kick in
Shoes, ships and sealing wax
Rows and rows of sunburned backs

Leave this bad ol' city behind
Find myself a cooler clime
Just the sea and a sunshine day
Don't fear no manta ray
Blue sky and a cresting wave
Going down in a watery grave
Track Name: Them Old Devil Blues
So you think you got your problems
Let me tell you 'bout my problems
I got woes that none can compare
From my toes to the top of my hair
I got them old devil blues
He wins and I lose, I lose

So you think you got it bad
Well it ain't so bad my comrade
I got a pain deep down in my heart
And it's about to rip me apart
I got them old devil blues
He wins and I lose, I lose

The devil's got me by the force of his will
He's got his phaser on set to kill
The devil he got me on the run
He has his laugh, he has his fun
Ow, ow, oh yeah
I'm such a bad, bad boy

So you think you got your troubles
Well you ain't got no troubles
There's a dude with horns and a tail
Who says he'll get me without fail
I got them old devil blues
He wins and I lose, I lose
Track Name: No Lessons Learned
It wasn't enough when Eve and Adam
Got kicked out of Eden
It wasn't enough when Cain slew Abel
And moved away to Sweden
It wasn't enough when Herrod the Great
He murdered those little kids
And it wasn't enough when Judas turned on Jesus
And the whole world hit the skids

You think that we'd finally get it
That we'd stop doing bad
But just the fact that we never, ever get it
Ain't no cause to be glad
No lessons learned

It wasn't enough when we invented the knife
We had to go out and use it
It wasn't enough when we invented the gun
So seductive who can refuse it
It wasn't enough when we invented the bomb
So we could blow our shit apart
It wasn't enough that we could trash our world
Yeah, we've outsmarted the smart

It wasn't enough for you to kick me
But you kicked me when I was down
It wasn't enough for you steal my smile
And replace it with a frown
It wasn't enough for you to cheat on me
And act like you didn't do it
It wasn't enough for tell me your lies
And think I could not see through it
Track Name: Can't Shake It Off
I got a feeling deep inside me
It kind of freaks me out
My heart is racing a million miles an hour
The voices in my head they shout

I am haunted by the thought of you
Wish that I could let you go
But you're in my heart and you're in my dreams
You've shot me with your crossbow

No matter what I try
No matter what I do
No matter how I think it all through
Can't shake it
Can't shake it
Can't shake it off

I got a feeling deep down in my guts
It makes me feel so nauseated
When I try to squeeze you out of my life
Well I get so damn frustrated

I have tried to rid you from my thoughts
But you go and rape me while I slumber
I never quite have you figured out
But you've always got my number

I got a lump deep down in my throat
Feel like I can barely speak
I try my best to go with my strengths
But then you always make me weak

I can't shake you now way, no how
No matter what tactic I use
Up, down, inside and out
I am bound to lose
Track Name: You Were Gone
Was it all a dream
Or was I wide awake
Was it all for real
Or was it all fake
I put my faith in you
That was my mistake

Then came the dawn
And you were gone
Gone, gone, gone

Remember you told me
That you would be mine
You drew me a heart
Like a Valentine
You acted so sweet
As sweet as saccharine

You said that you loved me
But that was a lie
If it were true
Why'd you say goodbye
You swatted me away
Like a measly fly
Track Name: Miles From Here
Over yonder lies a valley
And everyone is happy there
They all got just what they wanted
And they got it fair and square

They are dancing in the streets
They are jumping for joy
They are shouting at the top of their lungs
This is the real mccoy

Hi, hi, hey, hey
Hi, hi, hey, hey

Over hill and over dale
Way beyond the dusty trail
Miles from here
Miles from here
In and out you hear them shout
Counter march and right about
Miles from here
Miles from here

There is a kingdom in the forest
Just beyond the weeping trees
The light's a hazy shade of amber
The smell of lilac's on the breeze

People live with simple pleasures
They take only what they need
No one wants for nothing more
Satisfaction's guaranteed

Over yonder lies a city
It is just around the bend
All the streets are paved with chocolate
And everyone is your friend

Do you think that I am lying
Do you think it don't exist
But if you don't try to go there
You won't know what you missed
Track Name: He Came Back
It was like something
Out of a science-fiction movie
The resurrection of a man
Long ago forgotten

He was the son
Of some migrant old grump
Nothing but skin and bone
Rags and tatters
And misbegotten

He had a funny look
Neither here nor there
He wore a plain white shirt
And a well-worn slack

He said he had to go away
But he would return
And sure enough
He kept his word
And he came back

He said he must put an end
To all the world's hatred
And he would put an end
To all of its folly

And he did what he said
And he said what he did
And we stood back and said
Wow and by golly

He had a funny look
Neither here nor there
He he took a lot of heat
And he took a lot of flack

He took our guns
And he took our bombs
And he beat them
Beat them into plows

And we fought back
And we hunted him down
And we bludgeoned him
And it barely raised any eyebrows

He had a funny look
Neither here nor there
He he took a lot of shit
He took a lot of smack
Track Name: Bestest
I listen close
To your tiny heart
It beats so clear and so true
It gives me strength
It gives me will
It gives me reasons to continue
When I need some fixin'
When I need some maintenance
You're there to turn the screw

You are the best
No you are the bestest
Better than anything I deserve
You are the best
No you are the bestest
Better than anything in this world
You are the best
No you are the bestest
You're the bestest, baby

I'd given up
And I'd given in
Didn't think I'd ever feel no joy
I was a mess
And I was out of my tree
I was a sorrowful little boy
But then you picked me up
You gave me some lovin'
You fixed this broken ol' toy
Track Name: The Last Time That I Saw You
I always thought
That we would have another day
I always thought
You'd be around
I always believed
We'd laugh and share one more drink
I always believed
I'd blow back through your town

How would I know
That the last time that I saw you
How would I know
That the last time that I saw you
Would be the last time I saw you
Would be the last time I saw you

I always dreamed
That one day we'd find each other
I always dreamed
We'd return to those special days
And I always hoped
I would hear your crazy laughter
I always hoped
We'd be together again always

Where did you go
I cannot find you
I cannot find you here or there
You are not here
And you are not there
So I say a little prayer