Stations of the Elevated

by Eliot Wilder

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I wish there were some crazy cure
But all I can offer are these words
Write it all down, every detail
'Cause it will fly away like birds

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released August 27, 2016

Cover shot: World's tallest filing cabinet, Burlington, Vermont.

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Track Name: My Penance
I done some bad things
Long time ago
And those bad things I did
They laid me low
They filled me with sadness, for sure
And they filled me with regret
Thought I was done with them
But I guess not just yet

Trying to do right
Trying to do better
Trying to be as faithful
As an English Setter, oh yeah

I was wicked once
I did rotten stuff
I took more than my share
I couldn't get enough
I saw suffering
And I turned away
People cried out
And I said, Have a nice day

Now I've changed
I've read the Bible
I'm on the hook
I am libel, oh yeah

They used to call me
Mister Misery
I rained down terror
Through history
I didn't care about nothing
Unless I could stand to gain
I was the arbiter
The arbiter of pain

But I am different now
I've turned a new leaf
I'm done with the hurt
I'm done with the grief, oh yeah
Track Name: Crooked Heart
Don't know nothing about emotions
Don't know nothing about empathy
Don't know nothing about caring
I only know about me

Don't want to know about your problems
Don't want to know how bad you hurt
When you've fallen to the bottom
I will cover you with dirt

Boom, boom, boom
Goes my crooked, crooked heart

Don't wanna hear about your issues
Don't wanna hear about your stupid ills
Don't really care if you're up or down
Go and take a bunch of pills

Don't give a hoot about your ailments
Don't give a hoot about your stupid needs
If you want to cry your eyes out
Find yourself someone who's heart really bleeds

Don't know nothing about loving
Don't know nothing about gentleness
Don't know nothing 'bout my fellow man
Yeah I am someone who could care less

Don't give a shit about interests
Don't give a shit about your demands
Don't give a shit about your setbacks
You are in service of my commands
Track Name: The Gift
I realize you got yourself
A shitty, shitty deal
I can relate to what you say
And I know just how you feel

I've been down this path, oh yeah
Most all of my days
And I gotta say it don't get better, no
To turn a phrase

And it looks like I've passed on
This rotten gift to you
And I'm sorry, I am sorry, yeah
For what you're about to go through

I know I can seem colorful
With all them stories I tell
But let me say it's no thrill to be me
That my life is pell mell

I suppose it helps me with my art
And it makes me what I am
I'd give it up but you see I can't
It's written in my program

Give me your hand
Give me your hand

It pains me to have to think it
To see myself in you
To know the thing that ate me up
Is now your voodoo

I wish there were some crazy cure
But all I can offer are these words
Write it all down, every detail
'Cause it will fly away like birds
Track Name: She Laughs in Her Sleep
Every night she lay down on her bed
She looks as though this time may be her last
But once crawls deep down beneath her sheets
She is out of here lightning fast

She laughs and laughs in her sleep
So I know
So I know
She laughs and laughs in her sleep
So I know
She must be happy

It must be a hap-hap-happy place
Off to the land of Wynken, Blynken, Nod
She's sailing 'round in her wooden shoe
Maybe that is why she done guffawed

'Twas all so pretty a sail, it seemed
As if it could not be
And some folk thought 'twas a dream she dreamed
Of sailing that most beautiful sea

Every night she lay down on her bed
And she counts all of her blessings and her woes
She thinks about the good times and the bad
And she fights to keep from being lachrymose
Track Name: Evil Kind
You may think that there is some place
You can hide
But you must know there is not
You may think
There is a cabin in the woods
A hidden lair where you won't get caught
But be on your guard
And don't be fooled
Here they come
Here they come

These evil kind
They're coming to get ya
Better pay them some mind
They're coming to get ya

You may think that there is some place
You can hide
But they are hot, hot on your trail
And you may think you are more clever
Than the rest
But you are headed
Headed for an epic fail
Keep your eyes peeled
Be at the ready
Here they come
Here they come

You may think that there is some place
You can hide
While the the world, the world is under attack
And you may think
You are safe under your covers
But someone, someone will yank them back
Better wake up
Pull on your pants
Here they come
Here they come
Track Name: Trading Up
Had me a wife
But she got pretty old
Started looking around
Lo and behold
Found me a girl
Made me wag my tongue
She had firm breasts
Yeah, I like 'em young
So what if we don't relate
She is my new soul mate

I'm trading up
I'm trading up
I'm trading up
It's only natural

Now this girl
She drives me insane
Can't stand the way she talks
She's a real birdbrain
Hate all her music
Hate all her culture
Still I prey on her bones
Just like a famished vulture
I feel like a kid
Not some fart who has hit the skid

Yeah this girl
All she does is text
When I try to talk to her
She looks at me perplexed
I hate all her values
Nothing to admire
Still I suck on her essence
Just like a hungry vampire
If she loses that new girl smell
I will trade her up as well
Track Name: Not Enough Love
You hate me and I hate you
And that's the way it will be
We can't change
Yeah, we refuse
That's been our history

There's not enough love
Not enough love
Not enough love in this world

You shoot me and I shoot you
We blow each other up to pieces
It's war we've fought
Throughout all time
And it never, never ceases

What can we do
Yeah, what can we do
We can't find a way to get along
Try as we might
Try as we may
Why do always get it so wrong

No matter how we try to let our hate go
There's not enough love, no, no, no

There's not enough love
Not enough love
Not enough love in the world
Track Name: Days of Wonder
I see things I simply can't believe
Things that completely blow my mind
I see a kind of insanity
A craziness that can't be defined

These are the days
The days of wonder
And they are crashing down like thunder
These are the days
The days of wonder
And they leave me wondering
They leave me wondering
These days of wonder
These days of wonder

I see a world spinning out of control
In ways it's never done
People are fighting tooth and nail
They are taking away the fun
Track Name: Sad State of Affairs
Can't think about it
Can't contemplate it
It's sadder than a thrift-store painting
So much anger
The id unleashed
Our virtues are a-tainting

The way I see it
It's a sad state of affairs
A world gone wrong
And no one cares
The way I see it
It breaks my heart
Try to put it altogether
But it falls apart

Can't truly grasp it
Get my head around it
It makes no sense to me
People are cruel
Rip you up for nothing
Ain't got no empathy

Can't quite believe it
It can't be happening
Wanna raise my fist and curse
Left is right
Down is up
Everything is in reverse
Track Name: Your Mind Is on Vacation
Sitting there yakkin' right in my face
You're coming on like you own the place
If silence was golden
You couldn't raise a dime
Cause your mind is on vacation
And your mouth is working overtime

You're quoting figures, you're dropping names
You're telling stories, you're playing games
You always laugh when things ain't funny
You try to sound like you don't need no money

If talk was criminal, you'd lead a life of crime
Cause your mind is on vacation
And your mouth is working overtime

Well life is short and talk is cheap
Don't make promises that you can't keep
If you gotta keep talking can you make it rhyme
Cause your mind is on vacation
And your mouth is working overtime

Don't like this song, just grin and bear it
All I can say is if the shoe fits wear it
Though I hate 'em
I wish you were a mime
Cause your mind is on vacation
And your mouth is working overtime
Track Name: Stations of the Elevated
Way up there
Way up there
There is someone who can hear me
Way up there
Way up there
There is someone who is near me
I look up
I look up
And I can almost hold it
I reach up
I reach up
Like someone has foretold it
I can see what it means
All symbols and vaccines

I'm going up

Near or far
Near or far
It makes no difference anymore
Here and gone
Here and gone
Take it in or ignore
Drink it up
Drink it up
It's yours for the taking
Spit it out
Spit it out
The ground below is quaking
I can see what it means
All napalm and proteins