Wild Blue Yonder

by Eliot Wilder

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Putting out the last of the garbage
Sam says, "I'll see you next year"
I'm about to say I won't be back
But Sam went to get a beer
And I'm left here to ponder
Over the wild blue yonder

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released July 24, 2015

Thanks to Dave Westner for bass on the song "Wild Blue Yonder."

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Track Name: Wild Blue Yonder
It's the end of the season
All the shudders have been nailed
We're folding the cabanas
All the big boats they have sailed
And I'm left here to ponder
Over the wild blue yonder

All the beaches are deserted
The roller coaster does not roll
The concessions are abandoned
An umbrella stuck in the shoal
And I'm left here to ponder
Over the wild blue yonder

Putting out the last of the garbage
Sam says, "I'll see you next year"
I'm about to say I won't be back
But Sam went to get a beer
And I'm left here to ponder
Over the wild blue yonder
Track Name: You Can't Keep a Good Man Down
You find me on a bad day
And I'm 'bout as bad as I can get
You find me on a bad day
And I can make you break into a sweat
But find me on a good day
And you won't see me frown
Find me on a good day
And I will be your clown

Try as you may and try as you might
He won't give up without a fight
You can kick him around
But he won't make a sound
You can't keep a good man down

You find me on a sad day
And I am laid down low in the dumps
You find me on a sad day
And I can't take on any more of these lumps
But find me on a good day
And you won't see me cry
Find me on a good day
And I'm an affable guy
Track Name: Traveling Around in a Cardboard Jacket
Circle the wagons and close up all the gaps
The boogie-boogie bugle boy
Is playing sweet ol' taps
The bars are letting out
And the drunks are on the prowl
And even the good cops
Are throwing in the towel
The riverboat captain he knows my fate
But everybody else is gonna have to wait

Traveling around in a cardboard jacket
I hope it doesn't rain on me
Traveling around in a cardboard jacket
Absolutely sweet Marie

The hen is in the hen house
Counting all her chicks
The pugilist is in the ring
He's getting all his licks
Suddenly a tsunami washes up ashore
The wave is so damn big that no one can ignore
The riverboat captain, he knows my fate
But everybody else is gonna have to wait

The man in black has fallen in a burning ring of fire
Down, down, down and the flames went higher
All the passions that consumed him
Have burned up his best suit
The devil blew on his horn
While the angel played his flute
The riverboat captain, he knows my fate
But everybody else gonna have to wait
Track Name: A Thousand Times No
Said I'd never talk to you, no, no, no
Not for all the money in Kuwait
Said I'd never play your game, yeah, yeah
For me I could never dream a worse fate
Said I'd never gaze again into your gray eyes
And all of the chaos that they create

No, no, a thousand times no
I won't be no fool
No, no, a thousand times no
I won't be your tool
No, no a thousand times no

Said I'd never come back home, no, no, no
And that is not no idle threat
Said I'd never give you back
Your dumb old books
Don't have a single shred of regret
Said I'd never play into your perfect hand
That is one most certain bet

I say no but my heart says yes
I say no then I acquiesce
Yes, yes, yes, oh yes

Said I'd never wait around, no, no, no
Not for all the golden bricks in Fort Knox
Said I'd never buy into your tired old lies
Sit ourselves down and have one of our talks
Said I'd never give into your tricky ways
Seal your memory inside a fool-proof box
Track Name: Jesus of Milwaukee
Jesus of Milwaukee went to see
Jesus of Poughkeepsie
Who lived in a lean-to down a dirty road
Well Jesus of Milwaukee he asked
Jesus of Poughkeepsie
How he deals with such a heavy load
And he said, Jesus Christ
I wield my rod
He said Jesus Christ
I'm the Lord thy God

Jesus of Milwaukee went to see
Jesus of Miami
Who lived in a palm tree
And drank his rum and Coke
Well Jesus of Milwaukee he asked
Jesus of Miami
What he thinks of the ordinary folk
And he said, Jesus Christ
I wield my rod
He said Jesus Christ
I'm the Lord thy God

I am, I am the Lord thy God
Stand back, stand back and be awed

Jesus of Milwaukee went to see
Jesus of Decatur
Whose church was just a rickety shack
Well Jesus of Milwaukee he asked
Jesus of Decatur
If he's on the inside track
And he said, Jesus Christ
I wield my rod
He said Jesus Christ
I'm the Lord thy God
Track Name: Song of Bernadette
Hey Bernadette you know I love you so
Just gotta tell ya
And I want the world to know
You're my special one
One closest to my heart
I feel just like crap ever since we been apart
Hey Bernadette you make me want to shout
I love you so damn much
Yeah that's what that's about
You may not know this
But in case you haven't heard
I wrote you this song
My pretty little bird

Hey Bernadette

Hey Bernadette let me whisper in your ear
Whisper words
That only you can hear
In the evening when I'm alone in my bed
All these thoughts of you
Fill up my lonely head
I dream about ya most every night
I'm usually on the ground
And you have taken flight
Hey Bernadette what can I do
Ever since I died I wander 'round
Like a worn-out old shoe
Track Name: Got No Home
I done kicked around both hither and yon
And I never found a place
Where I could belong
Never had a home to call my own
Never had a closet to hang my coat
And my momma
Well she barely kept us afloat
And my poppa he was a rolling stone

Got no home that I can call my home
I live out in the sticks where the buffalo roam
'Cause where I roam is where I'm at
Got no space where I can store my stuff
I live my life and I don't take guff
The world is my own welcome mat

Well I hooked up with Katie
And her broke-down van
Got all our meals from a garbage can
It wasn't so neat but then it wasn't so bad
I played guitar and she played the drums
We rambled all around like a couple of bums
Then she went and left me
For a dude named Brad

Home, old bitter home
Home, old bitter home

Tried to get a job but there were none to be had
Just one more unemployed liberal-arts grad
With dirt on his shoes and a song in his heart
I moved to Chicago and then to Spokane
Then I wound up in the place where I began
But by then it was too late to make a new start
Track Name: Brilliant Day
The rain has ceased
And the sun is shining
Shining down with all its might
I crawl out from under my window
From under my window I take flight

Not a cloud in the sky
All this life is flying on by
It's a brilliant day
It's a brilliant day
Going all the way
On this brilliant day

I'm pleased as punch
I'm pleased as punch to be here
I feel like I am cock of the walk
Nothing can get me down
Nothing can give me feel bad
Not even all that dirty rotten talk

On this brilliant day
I can lounge around forever
On this brilliant day
I'm floating light as a feather

I'm getting a tan
My body is lean and mean
And all the girls
They want to know my name
I'm taking it in
I'm living for this moment
'Cause I know it won't be the same
Track Name: It's Always Winter Here
The days are short
It always looks like night
And I hide under the covers
The TV's on
At the foot of the bed
I watch stories of other lovers
This isolation
It's such a drag
Seems to last an eternity
I want to go out
But why should I bother
There's nothing out there for me

It's cold and wet
It's as raw as it can get
And it's been that way all year
I hope and pray
That the gray will go away
But it's always winter here

There is murder
Out in the streets
People doing terrible deeds
Wish I didn't know
That no grass will grow
'Cause it's been taken over by weeds

The temperature's falling
Not gonna rebound
At least that's what the forecasters say
Hasn't been like this
Since the last ice age
And it looks to remain this way

Got my supplies
And I got my books
Even got my favorite DVDs
I got no plans
Got nowhere to go
I think I'll do just what I please

Rain, rain go away
Rain, rain
Come again another day
Track Name: A Game to the Massacre
Well, me, I got mine and you, you got yours
And never, no never the twain shall meet
We run into trouble every time we collaborate
All that brotherly love
Well it turns into brotherly hate

From house to house and street to street
Over hill and dale
It's a game to the massacre
From here to there and there to here
The whole wide world
It's a game to the massacre

Why can't ever get along
And learn to live in harmony
I guess that's just too much, too much to expect
Sing out about love and peace
Don't want to see all the red raw meat
Want to win at any cost
Don't want to be the one to admit defeat

We say that we care
But then why is the world
In such a stinkin' mess
We say that we care
But then why do we act like
We could care less

Well I am happy now
I got all I'll ever need
And all I can say is nuts to you
You can all go rot in hell
It really matters not to me
You can burn with the bad old devil
He doesn't seem all that hot to me
Track Name: In a Waltzing Time
We can fight each other
For what good it will do
Or we hold one another
In a little dance for two

You won't listen to reason
And I won't listen to rhyme
But somehow we must come together
In a waltzing time
In a waltzing time

We can build steep fences
Put barbed wiring on top
Or we can embrace each other
And do a little Lindy hop

What is the sense in hating
Hating's such a crime
Let's just come together
In a waltzing time

We can wreak freakin' havoc
From fall into the spring
Or we can love one another
And get ourselves into the swing