Tomorrow

by Eliot Wilder

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To the lonely and invincible of the earth
To endure and then endure
Tomorrow and tomorrow
Dear God

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released September 3, 2014

This one is for my dad, who would've been 93.

Cover: Mom and Dad on their honeymoon, ca 1943

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Track Name: Tomorrow
The clock on the wall is spinning around
'Round, 'round and 'round
Like a wheel that's set in perpetual motion
And it yanks us along so cool and so unwittingly
Like the pull of the undertow in the ocean

And then a giant wave crashes in
And sweeps us all away
And we sigh dear God
Dear God
Dear God

To the lonely and invincible of the earth
To endure and then endure
Tomorrow and tomorrow
Dear God

The clock on the wall is spinning around
'Round, 'round and 'round
And the planets all revolve around the sun
And we are merely dust
And we are barely dreams
That fade away when the day is done

And we hush with our breath to hear
And we strain with our eyes to see
And if the shores are drawing near
Eternity! Eternity!

And then a giant brush sweeps in
And wipes the old slate clean
And we sigh oh my
Oh my
Oh my
Track Name: Done With You
I listened to all you had to say
And I listened to more than enough
If you wanna know what I think
You ain't so smart and you ain't so tough

And if you think that's all there is
Well I'm not even half-through
'Cause I am so done
I am so done
I am so done with you

You've not endeared yourself to me
And you've not got into my good graces
If you wanna know what I think
You've put on one too many faces

And if you think that's all there is
Well I'm about to turn the screw
'Cause I am so done
I am so done
I am so done with you

I hung with you through thin and thick
And I believed you to a point
If you wanna know what I think
You got your brains all out of joint

And if you think that's all there is
Try not to make this stick like glue
'Cause I am so done
I am so done
I am so done with you
Track Name: Moxy Lady
You know you you're a cute little heartbreaker
Moxy
You know you're a sweet little love maker
Moxy

I wanna take you home
I won't do you no harm, no
You've got to be all mine, all mine
Ooh, moxy lady

I see you on down on the scene
Moxy
You make me wanna get up and scream
Moxy
Ah, baby listen now
I've made up my mind
I'm tired of wasting all my precious time
You've got to be all mine, all mine
Moxy lady
Here I come

I'm gonna take you home
I won't do you no harm, no
You've got to be all mine, all mine
Track Name: When You're Good and Ready
Think about it
Take your time
Just slow down, slow down, slow down
You need to know
What you want to know
What road to go down, go down

And you'll go down
When you're good and ready
And you'll take your chances
When you're good and ready

Mull it over
Draw a breath
Take a bite of your finger nail
Have a drink
Have lots of drinks
Then weigh what's on your scale

Stand in front of the mirror
And have a little face to face
Go outside and sit in your car
Just don't drive any place

I got time
You got time
But maybe not so much, so much
What you decide
Is fine with me
Be sure to keep in touch
Track Name: Don't Tell Anybody Anything
Thought that I might make a difference
Thought that I might help you grow
Thought that I might catch you in the rye
But what did I know
Thought that I would do the right thing
Spread some love all around
Thought that I would learn an instrument
So I could make a loving sound
Oh yeah, thought I would do all that
Oh yeah, that's where it's at
'Cause I mean, what's the point carrying on
If we don't feel connected
What's the point of carrying on
If we can't be protected

Don't tell anybody anything
If you do, you start missing everybody

Thought that I might make a future
Disconnected from the past
Thought that I could find a new path
A path much better than the last
Thought that I could lay a foundation
To support the weakest wall
But I could not get myself started
Somehow I dropped the ball
Oh yeah, I lost my bearings
Oh yeah, a life of red herrings
Still I mean, what's the point carrying on
If we don't feel connected
What's the point of carrying on
If we can't be protected
Track Name: Unrepentant
Do the right thing
Or do the wrong, wrong thing
Wrong, wrong thing
Do the good thing
Or do the bad, bad thing
Bad, bad thing
I make no distinctions
You see, that's my way
I make no distinctions
And that's OK

Unrepentant and I don't really care

I'm not the devil but I ain't no saint
Ain't no saint
I'm not the devil but I lack constraint
No constraint
No constraint
I say what I want
Don't care who I hurt
Say what I want
I just blurt
Unrepentant and I don't really care

Tricky dude
One hell of a tricky, tricky dude
Tricky dude
I am mean and I am rude
And if you trust me you are screwed

I want money c'mon and give it up
Give it up
I want attention
I like to interrupt
Interrupt
It's my world and you can't hide
You can't hide
It's my world bona fide
Track Name: Honey Love
You are sweet that's for sure
You take away all the bitter
When life looks so gray and drab
You add a touch of glitter
You bring a little lift to my walk
You can make the mute talk
And I just got to tell you

Oh, my honey love
Stick to me
Oh, my honey love
You're my honey bee

You're a peach without a pit
You're as rich as ambrosia
Everyone wants to be your pal
But nobody knows ya
I want to be the one exception
Still I don't have any misconceptions
Hey I just got to tell you

Hey, hey honey bee
I feel your sting
Hey, hey honey bee
You're no casual fling

You're a mensch without a doubt
You're my happy pollinator
You bring a buzz wherever you go
From the poles to the equator
Just glad that I live in your hive
I mean it and that's no jive
And I just got to tell you
Track Name: God Made Me Do It
God put his little voice inside my head
And I followed every single word that he said
He said to eat my pork
And save some room for pie
Why he went and said that
I can't say why
He said if I do good I will be rewarded
With all the good God stuff
That can be afforded

And if you want to know why I did what I did
Why I let the Lord thy God run my id
Can't you see that it is out of my control
I leave it to the man who rocked my very soul
God made me do it

God whispered sweet somethings in my ear
He told me that he loved me
Like a sweet little deer
He asked if I would I like to do his bidding
Sure, I'd do it
Who are you kidding
This is God, the big man upstairs
He's the richest of all the trillionaires

God made me love
And God made me hate
God gave me religion
And God gave me fate
The three big things I treasure the most
Are the Father, the son and the holy ghost

God told me stories to keep me in line
He said, "Follow my words and all will be fine"
So I do what He says even when it seems wrong
And I am at least six billion strong
Track Name: Farewell Smilin' Joe
Farewell Smilin' Joe
You're someone I'd never know
I'll see you around
Maybe in the lost and found
Where you are going
I've no way of knowin'
Farewell Smilin' Joe

Thought you were my friend
Guess it was all pretend
I looked around
You were gone without a sound
Farewell Smilin' Joe

Farewell Smilin' Joe
Where the hell did you go
First you were here
Then you disappeared
Didn't say goodbye
Didn't say why
Farewell Smilin' Joe

Thought that we were close
You supplied me my dose
One second I knew ya
What happened to ya
Farewell Smilin' Joe

Farewell Smilin' Joe
You're someone I'd never know
I'll see you around
Maybe in the lost and found
Think of me sometime
And drop me a dime
Farewell Smilin' Joe
Track Name: If Ifs and Buts Were Candy and Nuts
Wouldn't it be so nice to get
All of the stuff we've ever wanted
Wouldn't it be so nice to see
All of our assets flaunted
And wouldn't be so nice to witness
All of our enemies taunted

If ifs and buts were candy and nuts
Then we'd all have a merry Christmas
If wishes were horses, then beggars would ride
If ifs and buts were candy and nuts
Then we'd all have a merry Christmas
If dreams came true, then none are denied

Wouldn't it be so nice if we could
Wash all our sins away
Wouldn't it be so nice we could
Always have a sunny day
And wouldn't it be so nice if life
Were a cabaret

Hooray for you
And hooray for me
One day I am certain
We will all agree

Wouldn't be so nice to get just
A little pat on the back
Wouldn't it be so nice to try and take
A different sort of tack
And wouldn't it be so nice if I
Could so believe this yakkety-yak
Track Name: Hung Out to Dry
Where are you now
Where did you go
Where did you go
Where did you go
Why did you leave
Did you not believe in me
I'm sorry if I hurt you bad
Didn't mean to make you sad

Hung out to dry
I was hung out to dry
Hung out was I
Hung out was I

Why don't you call
Why don't you try
Why don't you try
Why don't you try
Wish I could wish you back
Back before it all went whack
Can't we just forgive and forget
Can't we commit
Can't we commit
Track Name: Thanks for Listening
I know that I can yammer on
That is just my style
I'm so sorry I bothered you
Glad you stuck around for awhile
Thanks for listening
See you sometime soon

Do I seem angry
Do I seem crazy
Am I out of my mind
I just don't get it whatever it is
Nothing's clearly defined
But thanks for listening
See you sometime soon
What's a good time
How 'bout tomorrow at noon

You say you're busy
You got important things to attend to
Not sure I believe you
Not sure that what you say is ever true
But you gotta do what you gotta do

So many distractions
Can't seem to focus no way no sir
The world moves quickly
It's just one great big blur
But thanks for listening
See you sometime soon
What's a good time
How 'bout tomorrow at noon
Thanks for listening
See you sometime soon