Western Daylight

by Eliot Wilder

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That summer by the lake
There was a boat house and a pier
We sat around a fire
Told some stories and drank some beer
One day you swam too far
We didn't hear you scream
I still wonder if it was real
Or something from a dream

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released June 18, 2015

Cover girl: Natalia Beth Cooper Stark, before she left

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Track Name: I Wancha Back
I wancha back
I wancha back
Ahhhhhhh
I wancha back
I wancha back

You got a thing about you baby
Can't say just what it is
You got a thing about you baby
I think it's 'bout to make me schiz
You got a thing about you baby
And it's kicked me in the guts
You got a thing about you baby
And it turns me into a klutz

You got a thing about you baby
Got a block rockin' beat
You got a thing about you baby
Without you I am incomplete
You got a thing about you baby
I know that you don't take no flack
You got a thing about you baby
Can't you see that I wancha back
Track Name: Hijacker
He's on top of every situation
There's nothing that he misses
Loves the mommas, loves the babies
Smothers them in kisses
Always has the answers to every single test
Always thinks that he knows what is the best

'Round here he is known as the hijacker
Beware, beware the hijacker
Once he finds
Once he binds you
He will steal away your soul

He is expert at extracting all the joy
He does it surgically
He is relentless, he is aggressive
He will never let you be
One day he will probably run for mayor
Somehow that doesn't seem quite fair

He is brazen, he is churlish
He gets just what he needs
He gives orders and you follow
That's just how he succeeds
It's best to give him a wide berth
'Cause soon he'll be taking over the earth
Track Name: The Most I Could Hope For
The way I thought about things
Back when my hopes were high
Just where I imagined I'd be
With an unlimited sky
I moved from town to town to town
Did just what the hell I pleased
No, nothing could keep me down
Or make me feel tightly squeezed

The most I could for now
Now that I lost the touch
The most I could for now
Well it's not too much

Well I knew some pretty ol' mean ol' folk
But also I knew some good
Gotten too hard to tell the difference
Couldn't now if I could
What is gonna happen next, ooh
I can't say
And if it turns out not so great
Well, it will have to be OK

Well I've dialed way down my expectations
Till they are almost zip
I pray that I can make it one more day
On this rapidly sinking ship
I know these are changing times
Right here in the land of the free
But I've changed so much over the years
That now I don't recognize me
Track Name: You Can't Go Home Again
Well I pulled in to my old town
A town I hadn't seen in years
I'd forgotten the names of the streets
And the names of my old peers
My old house and my old school
They pretty much looked the same
But there was something dark underneath
Something I could not name

You can't go home again
No you can't go home again
There ain't nothing for you there
There ain't no one who gives a care

I went to a bar to get me a drink
And I saw my old buddy Joe
I asked him what he'd been up to
And he said, Who really wants to know
You've not been back here since '72
So it's not like you give a shit
Whoever we are, whatever we do
Look around, this is it

Joe and I got into his truck
And we drove out to Buzzards Dam
We talked about the old times
And when he got back from Nam
Joe, he got pretty shit-faced
And said, Some things never last
I'm not sure what the answer is
But it doesn't exist in the past
Track Name: I Don't Like Things to Think About, I Like Things to Go On
Everything was going just fine
Until you came along
You with your droopy old face
You with your sad old song
Don't want to hear about it
You and your world of pain
Don't care that your father has died
Or that your mom has gone insane
Don't try to bring me down
You won't succeed
Go ahead and cut yourself
I won't watch you bleed

I don't like things to think about
I like things to go on

Everything was going just fine
Then you upset the flow
Had stuff set up just right
And you knocked it down like a domino
You make a great big noise
Some people fear you
Go ahead and cry for help
I won't ever hear you
Some folks they love their siblings
Or so I've heard
Well I could call you brother
But it's a meaningless word

Goodnight lady
Lady goodnight
Goodnight lady
It's time to say goodbye
Farewell lady
Farewell lady
It's time to say
It's time to say goodbye

Everything was going just fine
Until you made a scene
With you it's always something
High, low and in-between
I got my own thing going
Don't mean to be hard-hearted
You're not the only one with problems
Don't get me started
Go on and do your thing
And I'll do mine
And if by chance we meet
We can say that it is by design
Track Name: Come to Me
If ever you change your mind
'Bout leaving it all behind
Come to me
Come to me
Come to me, yeah

Well I'm here just for you
And I promise I'll be true
So come to me
Come to me
Come to me, yeah

If ever he treats you bad
If ever you feel so sad
Tell him where to go
And don't be slow
Come to me, yeah

When you feel so hurt
When you are down in the dirt
Come to me
Come to me
Come to me, yeah

If ever he treats you cruel
Don't you be nobody's fool
Tell him you're through
Do what you can do
And come to me, yeah

If ever your heart's been smashed
And your soul has been trashed
Come to me
Come to me
Come to me, yeah
Track Name: That Summer by the Lake
That summer by the lake
There was a boat house and a pier
We sat around a fire
Told some stories and drank some beer
One day you swam too far
We didn't hear you scream
I still wonder if it was real
Or something from a dream

You drowned, yes you drowned
You drowned, yes you drowned
Who can forget that day
The day you went away

That summer by the lake
Mosquitoes ate us alive
We sprayed ourselves with Deet
Waited for paramedics to arrive
They never found your body
Just your two-piece bathing suit
Well Tom he drank Tequila
And Sue she ate dried fruit

You had a flair for the dramatic
I must admit your final scene
Was quite climatic

That summer by the lake
We fished and ate s'mores
The heat was so intense
The sweat gushed out our pores
I still think about that day
And I was devastated
Did you forget just how to swim
Or was it something much more calculated
Track Name: This Could Be the End of Something Big
You've been running away
For what seems like ages and ages
You never told me exactly the reason why
Tried to track you down
But it was not easy
No, you were not a trackable kind of guy

And you say you don't care
And you say "It's cool, you dig"
And you say
"This could be the end of something big"

You've been cruising your own path
From what seems like the start of time
And I have yet to see all the good that it does ya
Bet you think that you are better
Than all of us losers
Just because you got fans who constantly buzz ya

Something great is gonna reach the end

You've been doing your own thing
And now it seems you got yourself a niche
And who is to say that what do is not great
But every time I read between the lines
All the love that I have turns into hate
Track Name: Living in Each Other's Pockets
Thems were good times
Thems were happy days
Drinking rum and soda
Lounging on a chaise
You told me that you loved me
And I believed it true
You told me that you loved me
And I said, Right back at you
Right back at you

Tea for two and two for tea
Living in each other's pockets
Me for you and you for me
Living in each other's pockets

We hadn't much money
We lived in a tiny dump
When you'd go into a tizzy
I'd fall into a slump
You told me that you loved me
And I could not resist
You told me that you loved me
And I was able to assist
And then we kissed

We got a little older
And a little bit wiser too
Time it got a hold of us
And wore us like a shoe
You told me that you loved me
And I acknowledged the same
You told me that you loved me
And I hung a frame
A picture frame
Track Name: In a Matter of Time
Days turn into weeks
And there is no relief, no relief
I kind of wonder if I'll ever get
Past my grief
Everyone says I gotta be patient
But that just don't work
I'm in the type of pain that makes me
Want to go berserk

In a matter of time
I'm gonna find me some peace of mind

Weeks turn into months
And there is no change, no change
All this obsessing has gotten to be
Real strange
Everyone says that I gotta calm down
And do some meditation
But my mind is like a radio
With you in heavy rotation

Months turn into years
And there is no end, no end
How many more steps down
Will I descend
Everyone says I gotta let it go
But my hands are tied
She's like the yank of gravity
She won't be denied