Scary Guy at the End of the Hall

by Eliot Wilder

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I got a dream in me
That nothing can quite kill
You may try to squash me
I know that's where you get your thrill
And I am gonna get myself up
And shake off these cliches
And I will see myself clear
Living in better days

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released April 3, 2015

For Anthony, the scary guy at the end of the hall.

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Track Name: Raise High the Roof Beam
Ran away from his own wedding
Didn't bother to say why
Was it that he was afraid to get married
Or maybe he was just shy
How will we ever know
Why did he want to go

Saw him make a dash for the exit
He had fear on his breath
He had a look of panic in his eyes
Like he were being chased unto death
Where was he headed to
He's got himself in quite a stew

Raise high the roof beam, carpenters
Like Ares comes the bridegroom
Raise high the roof beam, carpenters
Taller far than a tall man

They say he lived in a fantasy
But they were only guessing
If he had a story he could tell
Well he ain't confessing
He kept it all close to the vest
It's the kind of life he knew best

"I have these scars on my hands
From touching certain people
I have so much I to tell you
And nowhere to begin"

Always was a curious sort of guy
Never knew what made him tick
He pulled off a great vanishing act
It was quite a neat trick
His bride is still at the altar
Where is her Rock of Gibraltar
Track Name: Maybe I'm Crazy Now
Went to the doctor
And the doctor said
You got something wrong, boy
Wrong in your head
Well here's a pill
It'll put you straight
But when I took it
I didn't feel so great

Maybe I'm crazy now

Went to the preacher
And the preacher said
Believe in God, my boy
Before you're dead
You'll get to heaven
Just don't sin
So I prayed to God
But he never once listened in
Track Name: When I Rule the World
Better days are a-comin'
If you do what I say
Better days are a-comin'
If you don't get in my way

All will bow down
And pray to me
When I rule the world
All will kneel
And kiss my ring
When I rule the world

Better times are a-nearin'
It says so in the news
Better times are a-nearin'
If you mind your Ps and your Qs

All the banners will be wavin'
And all of the flags unfurled
And all the people will be singin'
When I rule the world

Better lives to be a-livin'
That is my guarantee
Better lives to be a-livin'
When you put your faith in me
Track Name: Jackson
Came back to our house
But no one was there
All the windows were broke
And a note was on the chair
"I love you too much
You love me too little
You have your calling
And I play second fiddle"

Going down to Jackson
Jackson town
I'm going down to Jackson
Jackson town
See you around

I screamed at your picture
But it didn't respond
Perhaps I was hoping to hear
From the great beyond
I cried my eyes out
Then I made me a plan
I'd go down to Jackson
And I would be your lovin' man

Let me prove that I can change
All of my selfish ways
Let me prove that I want to be
With you all our days

Went on down to Jackson
That very afternoon
Though I feared you might say
It was a little too soon
But when I arrived
There was no hide nor hair
It was like you had vanished
Right into the thinnest of air
Track Name: Futility and Its Remedies
Well I worked out a scheme
That made sense to me
And everyone agreed
It's a pretty good plan
In the next few months
I would change my diet
I would exercise
And read the Koran

Well I would think good thoughts
And I would change my life
I'd stop complaining
And be a good friend
And at the end
Of the next few months
Well all my troubles
I would transcend

Futility and its remedies
Futility and its remedies
Futility and its remedies
The cure is worse than the condition

Well I got into shape
And I lost a lot of weight
People said I looked
Ten years younger
What good did it do me
It didn't make me happy
The only thing I felt
Was hunger

I prayed to God
To help me out
But he must've been busy
With other stuff
I got down on my knees
I humbled myself
Just like when Job
Had screamed "Enough!"
Track Name: Scary Guy at the End of the Hall
His name was Anthony
And he lived just down the hall from me
And he used to say
They were out to get him
His apartment smelled of something rotten
Like food left out and then forgotten
And he wore an old suit
That didn't really fit him

He was the scary guy
At the end of the hall
He was the scary guy
At the end of the hall
With his eyes as black
As the wine dark sea
He sacred the hell
He scared the hell
He sacred the hell out of me

His name was Anthony
And he lived just down the hall from me
And he used to say
He was once a dancer
He lived in that room for 50 years
On his TV set were rabbit ears
And now, he said, he was dying of cancer

His name was Anthony
And he lived just down the hall from me
And he used to say
He was gonna kill me
Had a hundred pencils in his drawer
And a hundred more all over his floor
And he left a few in his will to me
Track Name: Cracked Wide Open
What was this thing I didn't understand
It was such a strange enigma to me
I tried so hard to figure it out
I searched high and low for a skeleton key
And then a light
Came shining through
And I knew exactly what to do

I hit it with my hammer
And it cracked wide open
And all of its junk spilled across the floor
I hit it with my hammer
And it cracked wide open
And a world of wonder it lie in store

The words on the box said handle with care
But I was never good with following directions
And all I wanted was my prize inside
Add whatever I could add to my collections
And then a light
Went off in my head
This could be the biggest thing
Since sliced bread

Yeah it was everything I ever
Hoped it would be
All my dreams and wishes
All rolled into one
Yeah it was everything I ever
Hoped it would be
And I shouted, Hot damn
I'm gonna have me some fun

Got what I need, I'm a happy clam
And there's nothing more I could ever want
What lies beyond I will never know
It beckons me with a familiar taunt
And then a light
It shined so bright
And I didn't feel alone in the night
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: I've Seen Better Days
It's been such a long time
Since this old world it went my way
Not much that I can do about it
And I don't have much to say
It's not for lack of trying
But you see I've had lousy luck
Some people their lives are perfect
While other lives run amok

I've seen better days for sure

Well I got an ache in me
From my head down to my toes
And with each passing day
The pain just grows and grows
I take my medication
And I watch just what I eat
But that won't stop me aging
Or put me in the mercy seat

I've seen the darkness
And I've seen the rain
I've seen a crazy wind
Blow over my beaten weathervane

I got a dream in me
That nothing can quite kill
You may try to squash me
I know that's where you get your thrill
And I am gonna get myself up
And shake off these cliches
And I will see myself clear
Living in better days
Track Name: It's Been Real
That big ol' clock on the wall
Is a-tick-tick-tick a-tickin'
Just as that big ol' plot
Gets to thick-thick-thick a-thicken
No time to sort out it out
Or understand what it's all about
We gotta cut away
For a word from our advertiser
No doubt what they got to sell
Will make us that much wiser
Come back for the final credits
Sorry 'bout these brutal edits

It's been real
It's been great
Now the hour is getting late
Time to sign off from our show
It's been real
It's been nice
We'll think of you maybe once or twice
Hate to say this but it's time to go, go, go
Goodnight, it's time to go

That remote you got in your hand
Is like a lethal weapon
Just one push of a button
And out of the poop you're steppin'
But poop is what we make
Please make no mistake
We love you like your brother
The one who beat and teased you
We love you like your mother
And we're happy if we've pleased you
We give you joy and sorrow
See you back here tomorrow