The Friendship Ring

by Eliot Wilder

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The past is filled with peculiar ghosts
It’s best to let them all go
'Cause when you start to really stir things up
You find out stuff that you don’t want to know
Like how much you don’t matter
Or how much your ex got fatter

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released January 9, 2014

Cover girl: Natalia Beth Cooper Stark, from way back when.

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Track Name: Good With the Guilt
Ever since I was a lad
You had a way of making me feel bad
Every small misstep I made
It took on a very shameful shade

You always understood what was the best
I wasn't smart enough to pass your test
I was more like a thorn in your side
Your contempt for me you could not hide

You were always good with the guilt
You knew how to raise it up to the hilt
You were always good with the guilt
Making me cry over milk that was spilt

I was the one who would be at fault
I always mixed up the sugar and salt
You were good at placing the blame
Making sure my excuses seemed lame

You went to mom when I broke her vase
You went to dad and he got on my case
You were perfect in all that you did
And when you weren't well god forbid

I could count on you to never have my back
I could count on your to tell me what I lack
I just ain’t no good
Track Name: Slow Motion
Claw my way out of this nightmare
Rub the sand from my eyes
Steam is rising from the floorboards
The fresco on the ceiling never dries

The world is moving in slow motion
It’s like running in the ocean

Take a bath in black molasses
Slowly slip down the drain
Reek of something sickly sweet
Like the smell of bourbon rain

The world is moving in slow motion
It’s like running in the ocean

Today's the day I get myself
Right back together
Today's the day I head out
In uncertain weather
Track Name: Happy and Blue
You lift me up when I’m down
You bring me down when I’m high
Best of all worlds both good and bad
The rotten apple of my jaundiced eye

Happy and blue
All over you

You get a kick out of seeing me cry
It’s a balm for your tortured heart
My face resembles a traffic jam
While yours looks like abstract art

Happy and blue
All over you

You kill me, you really do
You slay me, ca-coo-coo-ca-chu
You get to the heart of funny and sad
Which makes me both wistful and mad
How can you be so good and so bad, bad, bad

You’ve really got that 100-yard stare
Makes you look both steadfast and cold
Makes me wanna do your laundry
Practice my old fluff and fold
Track Name: Dead Souls
One day well I didn’t recognize my face
The old me had vanished without a trace
Maybe he got sick of being in the race
Is he over there
Under the chair
Approach him if you dare
Approach him if you dare

We’re just dead souls wandering around
Dead souls not yet underground
Dead souls no one to be found

I want to think that my brain is the boss
Why it’s not I’m forever at a loss
It’s like a bridge that I can’t get across
Why do I do what I do
The world looks askew
I can't get close to you
I can't get close to you

Help me find myself
Help me find who I am
Help me find myself
Help me out of this jam

One day I saw you coming down the street
You saw me and beat yourself a hasty retreat
I fell down and spun out over the concrete
Didn’t ever see you again
Think about you now and then
I wonder all about way back when
Track Name: Scene of the Crime
Years ago I was a witness to something bad
The cops pulled me in and asked me
If I ever wore plaid
I told them no, but
I’d look just the same
I don’t want to be the one
Who takes all the blame
I would rather be someone
Living a happy life
Who at day’s end comes home
To kid and wife

I walked away from the scene of the crime
I walked away in my own time
I stumbled along through an endless maze
When I came out the sky was ablaze

That was a lifetime ago
Now I’m in witness protection
I have a different name
I’m on a course correction
Track Name: In the Scheme of Things
Ah, look at my friends
Ah, look at my friends
I’m not so important
In the scheme of things

This year I out went exploring
To find out just where I’d been
Reconnect with the man I was
And all the people I knew from way back when
Here is all that I was shown
It’s best to leave the dead old past alone

I went out looking for my old friend Mark
He used to lived just up the block
I had a Hofner and he had a Strat
Together we learned how to rock
His own recollection sounded dim
I guess it meant a lot of nothing to him

The past is filled with peculiar ghosts
It’s best to let them all go
'Cause when you start to really stir things up
You find out stuff that you don’t want to know
Like how much you don’t matter
Or how much your ex got fatter
Track Name: Keep It Hid
Once upon a time
In a land not far away
I had a story to tell
I had something to say
I joined a writing program
The whole damn thing was a sham

The past follows you wherever you might go
I keep it hid
The rest of the world doesn’t need to know
I keep it hid

Always got high praise
From my closest friend
But the teacher said I sucked
And the students followed that trend
I bared my very soul
The whole damn thing got out of control

All your stories are puerile and banal
But most of all they’re boring
This is the worst kind of pretentiousness
I can’t keep myself from snoring

Once upon a time
I took a strange detour
I had a story to tell
But now I’m not so sure
Looking back it seems unfair
The whole damn thing was a real nightmare
Track Name: What You Mean
If I searched for a thousand years
I doubt I’d find someone like you
I don’t mean to sound ridiculous
But it just so happens to be true
You changed my life my life
You are my religion
You have no idea what you mean to me

You got inside my head
And turned me inside out
Made me think someone still cares
Took away all of my doubt
You turned me on
You made me a believer
You have no idea what you mean to me

I forgot what friendship was
Until you came along
I forgot what friendship was
You made me write this song
I just want to thank you
Thank you, thank you

Some people have lots of friends
They don’t know how lucky they are
All I want is one special one
Someone who is my north star
You point the way
And I will be sure to follow
You have no idea what you mean to me
Track Name: Quicksilver
She has had travails
She has had the wind blown out of her sails
She needs some rest
She needs someone who is not so stressed
Someone to give her a hand
Someone to understand

And her tears roll down like quicksilver

She has had it rough
She has it had it with the dicks
Who give her guff
She needs a shoulder
She needs someone to hold her
Someone not a judge
Someone who will give her a nudge

And her tears roll down like quicksilver

Who will be the one to rescue me

She has had her fill
She has learned to take the sweet
With the bitter pill
She has made a mess
She has lived a life that no one would bless
C’mon let’s cut her some slack
Let’s be the ones to have her back

And her tears roll down like quicksilver
Track Name: Flypaper
I need a friend
I need someone like you
I need a friend
And you know what to do
So now
I stick to you like flypaper

Don’t let me down
That’s my one request
Don’t let me down
Don’t be like all the rest
And then
I stick to you like flypaper

I have been hurt
You can understand
I have been hurt
I make this one demand
Be true
I stick to you like flypaper
Track Name: Wishful Thinking
Got to have faith in something bigger
But what does that mean
It means you take a flying leap
From what is known to what’s unseen
And what’s unseen can mean whatever
The hell you want it to mean

Is there a spirit in the sky
Is there something when you die
Or is there only wishful thinking
Only wishful thinking

Isn’t it all a little silly
I mean I’m serious
You make up whatever you want to
From calm to delirious
And when it’s over the top it’s over
It’s no longer mysterious

Is there a spirit in the sky
Is there something when you die
Or is there only wishful thinking
Only wishful thinking

Give me your sweet and tender hand
I wanna go steady
Love means more to me than God
I hope that you are more than ready
We are out here in the great unknown
And the freakin’ headwinds are heady