Westphalia

by Eliot Wilder

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One day it rains
The next day it floods
The next you’re floating down the stream
All of these things are just temporary
The remnants of your waking dream

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released March 27, 2015

Tout est pour le mieux dans le meilleur des mondes possibles.

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Track Name: Need More Than You Can Give
It’s not your fault, you say
It’s just who you are
I would rather it be OK
But now you’ve gone too far
I don’t know what to say
To make you see where I’m at
So I just pull away
Put on my skin and hat

If it sounds like an excuse, you say
You mean to be sincere
I’ve let myself get blown along
By the storm of your good cheer
I’m having trouble sorting out
The lies and the good intent
You should get exclusive rights
To all the truths you invent

Things are crazy now, you say
You’re booked until next spring
Funny how you clear the decks
When you hear your cell phone ring
I can’t make it more clear to you
You zig when I zag
The whole thing’s tuckered me out
I’m old and I’m a drag

Need more than you can give
Need more than you can give
Track Name: Locusts
It came out of the sky
Or least it seemed that way at the time
It’s not like we were asleep
When presented with a new paradigm
Kingdom of tomorrow, come into our waiting arms
Into our hearts and minds
Shut the windows, close the blinds
Swept down like locusts
Swept down like locusts
Ate us alive

That voice that you hear in the dead of night
Is on the phone
It wants to know when you’ll make your leap
Into the great unknown
Kingdom of tomorrow, come into our waiting arms
Into our hearts and minds
Shut the windows, close the blinds
Swept down like locusts
Swept down like locusts
Ate us alive

I’ll never be one of them
No, no, no
I’ll never be one of them
No, no, no
I’ll never be one of them
Look at me, look at me, look at me, look at me

The past and the future are historically overbooked
All the while the reality of the present is undercooked
Kingdom of tomorrow, come into our waiting arms
Into our hearts and minds
Shut the windows, close the blinds
Swept down like locusts
Swept down like locusts
Ate us alive

I’ll never be one of them
No, no, no
I’ll never be one of them
No, no, no
I’ll never be one of them
Look at me, look at me, look at me, look at me …
I’ll never be one of them
Look at me, look at me, look at me, look at me …
Track Name: Carry Me
Take a walk in a sunny glen on a sunny day
Where all the birds are chirping so gay
That’s not say there’s anything wrong with that
That’s not to say that you should change as easily
As you change your hat
The frame looks a little off, she says
Carry me aloft, he says
Carry me, oh, oh, oh carry me, oh, oh, oh carry me
Carry me, oh, oh, oh carry me
I can’t carry you

I feel as lit as a candle on the Fourth of July
Sweet scented fireworks arcing in the twilight over fields of rye
Their sparks fan out into the night like mercury on ice
And stick to you with the stickiness of wet rice
I can’t sing your song, she says
Carry me along, he says
Carry me, oh, oh, oh carry me, oh, oh, oh carry me
Carry me, oh, oh, oh carry me
I can’t carry you

I fell down a well and only time will tell
If it becomes my secret lair
Like a fly trapped in a jar
I can only go so far until I need air

An anxious storm is drenching us with biblical rains
Lightning skitters across the sky like a map of varicose veins
We take this as a warning sign from an angry God
Who for too long has spoiled the child and spared the rod
When are you not wrong, she says
Carry me along, he says
Carry me, oh, oh, oh carry me, oh, oh, oh carry me
Carry me, oh, oh, oh carry me
I can’t carry you
Track Name: Lake Success
Whipping past my window
A Santa Ana whines
All across Lake Success
Rustling in the pines
Shifting into fifth gear
Trouble in mind

Cattle on the highway
Mow them all down
The dreamer and his dreams
Are banished from this town
A broken cup holder
Ashes on the dash

Why do I believe you when all you do is lie
Why do I believe you when all you do is lie
Why do I believe you

We’re ripping out the garden
And putting up a shed
We buried grandpa there
Beneath a thunderhead
Fertilize dichondra
The Santa Ana seethes

Why do I believe you when all you do is lie
Why do I believe you when all you do is lie
Why do I believe you
Why do I believe you
Why do I believe you when all you do is lie
Why do I believe you when all you do is lie
Why do I believe you
Why do I believe you
Why do I believe you
Why do I believe you
Track Name: Be All End All
I pick up a frequency
It vibrates in my ears
I take my special medicine
Evens out my fears
Eat and you will be full
Drink and lose your thirst
Sleep until next Saturday
Take the bad over the worst
It is my drug of choice
I conspire in my own demise
Make up any story you want
You can’t hide from your own lies
It’s my be all end all
Be all end all
Be all end all
Be all end all

Daydream in front of the TV
"Law & Order" is always on
Good guys, bad guys
It’s a nonstop marathon
Floss and you will not decay
Breathe and you will not drown
Smoke up that wicked herb
View the world from upside-down
I conspire in my own demise
Make up any story you want
You can’t hide from your old lies
It’s my be all end all
Be all end all
Be all end all
Be all end all

It was the summer when the kid was born
And I had lost my mind
I could just as easily pull the plug
As kick myself from behind
I wasn’t seeking anything other than
A way to end this gloom
You can see lots of points of view
In different corners of a room
I didn’t want what I had
I didn’t want what was to come
Now all that lunacy seems to me
More than a little dumb

Be all end all
Be all end all
Be all end all
Track Name: Veritas
You’ve got yourself a story that only you can tell
You’ve got yourself a story that’s as dark as a well
When you draw from it, it’s like panning for gold
Oh, but the truth be told, the truth cannot be told

You look just like her, what is your name?
You look just like her, are you playing her game?
You have the same signature; you’re from the same mold
She said, the truth be told, the truth cannot be told

It’s a wicked old town, dry all the time
It’s a wicked old town, city won’t spend a dime
From the Texaco to the Fluff N Fold
Frankly, the truth be told, the truth cannot be told
The truth be told, the truth cannot be told
No, no
Track Name: Westphalia
So many things can get you down
It’s hard to keep track
Who can you count on to call your friend
Who has got your back
I wish I knew what I could say
How on earth did you end up this way
It is the best of all possible worlds
It is the best of all possible worlds
It is the best of all possible worlds
If you can just hang on

All the traffic is locked in reverse
A highway heart attack
The signals are crossed at every curb
The daylight turns to black
If I could give you a word of advice
Take two in the morning but three would be nice
It is the best of all possible worlds
It is the best of all possible worlds
It is the best of all possible worlds
If you can just hang on

Wake up to the sound of a sigh of vague dissatisfaction
The pull and the tug of the ghost in the rug leaves you with no traction

One day it rains the next day it floods
The next you’re floating down the stream
All of these things are just temporary
The remnants of your waking dream
I recommend you go on retreat
Where interesting people all go to meet
It is the best of all possible worlds
It is the best of all possible worlds
It is the best of all possible worlds
If you can just hang on
Track Name: Westender
I came from such a long ways
I too want my story told
Who will be the one to tell it
Who will be the one to sell it
Listen to the story, there is no glory
Gone for good
Forgotten history, no great mystery
Testify, testify
All in the name of progress, no
Who will defend the Westender

There was a place I called my home
Where the sheets were all hanging on the line
Who dreams my dreams for me
Who lays waste the hearth of my family
Listen to the story, there is no glory
Gone for good
Forgotten history, no great mystery
Testify, testify
All in the name of progress, no
Who will defend the Westender

Who will defend the Westender
Who will defend the Westender
Track Name: Good Intentions
Got my seat at the diner
Waitin’ for my pancakes and beer
Some girl in the next booth is whinin’
Nothin’ but rice pudding
Between the ears
Gonna bring my big boot over
And kick her in her big fat rear
Talkin’ ‘bout shit is one thing
But talkin’ is just so much hot air
Sure you’ve got a million good intentions
They just don’t go anywhere
No doubt you mean what you say
So sweet to live without a care

Good, good, good intentions
Good, good, good intentions
Good, good, good intentions
I’m pickin’ up good intentions
Good, good, good intentions
Good, good, good intentions
Good, good, good intentions
I’m pickin’ up good intentions
You say that you mean well
See you on the road to hell

Got my seat on the Green Line
Forgot to bring my iPod along
Listen’ to cell-phone conversations
Hope this trip don’t take too long
Like like, like, like and more like
Like what is, like what’s wrong

Good, good, good intentions
Good, good, good intentions
Good, good, good intentions
I’m pickin’ up good intentions
Good, good, good intentions
Good, good, good intentions
Good, good, good intentions
I’m pickin’ up good intentions
You say that you mean well
See you on the road to hell

You say you want my number
What on earth do you want it for?
Do you really plan to call me?
Am I one more number that you need to score?
Good, good, good intentions
Good, good, good intentions
You say that you mean well
Good, good, good intentions
Good, good, good intentions
See you on the road to hell
Track Name: Closing Words
You didn’t even say goodbye
You never left me a reason why
It would’ve been nice to see you try
I wouldn’t expect it’s your style to cry
This is the last you will hear from this guy
These are my closing words to you
These are my closing words to you
These are my closing words to you

With every turn of the cosmic wheel
I am further from the place from where I can heal
It’s only bitterness that I feel
And I pursue it with such zeal
Hopelessness is only part of the deal
These are my closing words to you
These are my closing words to you
These are my closing words to you

How I long to kiss your shining face
How I long for your embrace
But now you’re gone without a trace

No matter what the rules of the game
No matter what they’re always the same
The winners march off with glory and fame
And the losers bow their heads in shame
Out of the corner of the picture frame
These are my closing words to you (These are my words)
These are my closing words to you (These are my words)
These are my closing words to you