Trouble

by Eliot Wilder

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Poor old Fred
He passed so young
No more pearls
Will fall from his tongue
Woe is him
But more woe is me
I gotta a big ol' hole
Where my heart used to be

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released February 11, 2016

Cover girl: Jes Johnson

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Track Name: A Smell of Honey, a Swallow of Brine
Yeah, you tricked me
You tricked me good
You got me to do
What I never thought I would
You seemed so sure
And you seemed so smart
That was your game
It's hard to believe that part

It's all my fault
Yeah, I'm the fool
I let myself get taken
Let myself be a tool
But you, you had that look
You had those eyes
Those eyes didn't tell no lies

A smell of honey
A swallow of brine
This is for you my valentine
A smell of honey
A swallow of brine
I am yours and you are mine

You were a genius
At chatting me up
I came on to you, yeah
Like an overeager pup
You took me by the scruff
You taught me some tricks
You told me to play dead
That's how you got your kicks

You laugh when you tell me
That I lead with my chin
I'd commit on your behalf
The most egregious sin
You don't do nothing
'Cept laugh under your breath
I say, Please take me with you
On your way to your death

You done with my nonsense, yeah
You're through with me
I'm one more fool in the annals
Of your history
It must be nice
On your side of the fence
You do what you want
Without consequence
Track Name: Tower of Blues
Well I am up here
Up here so high
So high up
I kiss the sky
And nothing, nothing's gonna bring me down
No, no, no
Nothing bad is headed my way
I'm gonna have me a happy day
Live it large like the Mardi Gras
And kick the pricks in their big ol' ass

I put on my rock and roll shoes
And jump on off the tower of blues, yeah
The tower of blues
The tower of blues

Well I am up here
Way up a stream
So high up
My life is a dream
And nothing, nothing's gonna wake me up
No, no, no
I'm taking time to smell me a rose
Smell it till it decompose
Nothing's ever gonna ever bum me out
Being gay is what it's all about

I am up here
Up on a mountain
The water's sweet
As a soda fountain
And nothing, nothing's gonna wreck my day
No, no, no
You can tell me that I am a fool
Suck me down in your whirlpool
Rain on me with your bad vibes
Stab me with your stinging gibes
Track Name: Talkin' Blue
I cut my finger with the carving knife
And there is blood splashed over the sink
I've tied it off with a strip of ribbon
And now my finger is a funny shade of pink
I feel a little bit woozy
Like I'm gonna pass out
But then I look myself in the mirror
And I think, Who is this Boy Scout

He's talkin' blue
He's talkin' blue
Like this

I'm sitting down in a movie theater
Waiting for the feature to start
There's a thousand freakin' trailers
Not one a single work of art
Then my girl she says
Go burn these pois'nous weeds
In yon blue fire
These screech-owl's feathers
And this prickling briar

She's talkin' blue
She's talkin' blue

I must be losing it
I must be losing it
Track Name: Everything's Jake
No need to worry anymore
No need for regret
No need to carry the weight of the world
I am all set
No need to tie myself in knots
Over stuff I can't control
I am good with things just as they are
I am ready to roll

It's all jake with me
It's all jake with me
Yippie-kai-o-kai-yee
Everything's jake
It's all jake with me

I take my daily Valium
Everything's light as a cloud
Nothing's ever gonna bring me down
No bad vibes allowed
Ice cream sundaes on a Wednesday eve
Fan mail from Singapore
No one's ever gonna say
Just how this could have been more

Just got word from the man in charge
That it's time to turn out the light
OK, then, I guess that's all
See you soon
Nighty night
Track Name: Two Cents Worth
You didn't ask me my opinion
But here it is just the same
I have learned a thing or three
Since I started playing this here game
I think it's rather amusing
The way you put yourself out there on display
It's like you're still back in high school
Don't see any changes
Don't see the decay

I thought I'd throw in
My two cents worth
For all the good it will do
I thought I'd throw in
My two cents worth
Even though I don't have a clue
I thought I'd throw in
My two cents worth
Just one more turn of the screw

You think that you have still got it
And there are many who tend to agree
You think you are still handsome
A lot more handsome than, say, me
But isn't just a little bit sad
That you go out looking for this attention
It's like you're shouting, Look at me
And sadly no one voices their dissension

I thought I'd throw in
My two cents worth
Even though it's a cliche
I thought I'd throw in
My two cents worth
I'm jumping into the fray
I thought I'd throw in
My two cents worth
Not that it matters what I say
Track Name: Don't Let Go
How many times must I ask you
To reach out and take my hand
Yeah, yeah
And how many times must I ask you
Before you finally understand

Don't let go
Don't let go, now
Don't let go
Don't let go, my old friend

How many pleas must I make of you
Before you'll finally listen to me
Yeah, yeah
And how many tears must I shed
Before you take me seriously

How many years will it take you
Till you finally get it in your head
Yeah, yeah
And how many years will it take you
Will you wait until I am dead
Track Name: The Pine Barrens
Two bad guys in two black suits
Drag a body out in the snow
They need a spot to bury it in
A spot that no one would know

It was a million years ago
And a million miles away
I don't remember whatever we did
Or all the things that we used to say

Two bad guys in two black suits
Find that the body is still alive
One pulls a gun out of his coat
And winds up shooting a beehive

Pandemonium reigns down on our heroes
In the form of bee-hive swarm
Can't get a break

Two bad guys in two torn suits
Running through the weeds
A third guy is in hot pursuit
All of these dastardly deeds
Track Name: I Shall Not Be Moved
There was a time
When all the world
When all the world it really got to me
There was a time
When so many things
When so many things they meant a lot to me

But then it got
Got to be all too much
And it started to wear
Wear me out
And all my values and all my dreams
They were cast in doubt

And I said
I shall not be moved, no
I shall not be moved
I shall not be moved, oh yeah
I shall not be moved

There was a a time
When all I did
When all I did was preach the good word
There was a a time
When it mattered not
When it mattered not if I got heard

But then it got
Got to be all too bleak
And I started to lose my way
And from the point on my black and white world
Well it blurred into gray

Nothing you say and nothing you do
Is gonna get to me
I stand apart
Stand apart
Stand apart from thee
Track Name: All Gone Now
There came a call
In the middle of the night
It woke me up
And gave me such a fright
My buddy Stevie
Said that Fred had died
And when he said it
I cried and cried

All gone now
He's all gone now
And nothing's ever gonna
Bring him on back
I miss him all the time
This old friend of mine
All gone now

Always thought
That Fred'd be around
I never figured
He'd ever be struck down
But time keeps a-marchin'
Tramples you like a horse
Nothing you can do
It's an unstoppable force

Poor old Fred
He passed so young
No more pearls
Will fall from his tongue
Woe is him
But more woe is me
I gotta a big ol' hole
Where my heart used to be
Track Name: Faith
When you're broke and when you're busted
When the world makes you disgusted
When you're down to your last dollar
When no one wants to hear you holler
When you feel you've had enough
Of sucking up all this rotten stuff

You gotta have faith
You gotta have faith
You gotta have faith
Faith

When no one knows you by your name
When you don't want to play no game
When you've been kicked in your ass
When you just want to take a pass
When the world is all too much
When you long for a human touch