Wilderness Years

by Eliot Wilder

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Days roll along
One into the other
All the time in the world, it seems
The next thing you know
There's one less day
And slightly taller weeds

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released October 26, 2014

For Jef, Bob, Pierre, and Tom, and all the Mutts.

Cover: Me, in the wilderness.

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Track Name: Come On Back Home to Me Soon
You ran away 20 years ago
And I haven't heard from you since
The last thing I saw was the back of your neck
An image that still makes me wince
You disappeared as if in a fog
Can't tell if I made you up
I stand alone on a subway grate
Hoping someone fills my cup

Come on back home to me soon
Nah-nah-nah-nah
Come on back home to me soon
Nah-nah-nah-nah

I heard you made a place for yourself
Divorced from all of the pain
You tried to rub me clean out of your life
But you couldn't erase the stain
I bet your kids don't know of me
They'd be shocked if they ever found out
That their mom was married before
Their world would be in doubt

Come on home now
Come on home now
Come on home now
Come on home now to me
Track Name: Sweetest Thing This Side of Heavenly
You taste so good just wanna eat you up
Devour every last crumb
You taste so sweet I gotta have you
Gotta grab your boobies and your bum
Well it's OK to get a little nasty
To say and do unseemly stuff
We are human, we are animals
We are animals who can't get enough
We are horny and we are hungry
With desires that can't be slaked
When I say I gotta have you
That's the part of me that can't be faked
Uh, uh, uh, uh

You are the sweetest thing
This side of heavenly

You taste so good just make me crazy
Make me wanna get a fix
You taste so sweet I gotta lick you up
More so when you pull your tricks
Don't be coy and don't be diffident
Come on and let it all hang out
Once your body goes
You'll want it all the more
You'll know what I'm on about
We are trapped here, we mortal creatures
With a bug up our loins
It jingle-jangles inside of us
Like a sack of loose coins
Uh, uh, uh, uh
Track Name: From the Very Start
The clues were there
When you think about it
As plain as the nose your face
But I refused to believe it was true
I had only hoped it was the worst case
I let you in when I knew I shouldn't
But you were quite persuasive in that way
You always said what I wanted to hear
Like a dutiful child I would obey

We came together and we fell apart
We knew that would happen
From the very start
I was dumb and you were smart
Should've known it would happen
From the very start

Should've seen it coming
Should've read the signs
You're as subtle as a flying ax
If knew then what I know now
I would've stopped you dead in your tracks

When I called you out on all your lies
You acted like I was out of my mind
You said I misunderstood what you had said
You said you didn't like being maligned

Now when I look back I could kick myself
You really took me for a ride
I'm sure you know how to sleep at night
But some things can't be denied
Track Name: Last Man Standing
It all started in a place long ago
And how we got to where we are
I don't know
We were kids with songs in our hearts
As we tripped along
Through life's false starts
Now we're not so young anymore
Now we've forgotten why and what for

Who will be the last man standing
On this shaky ground
Who will be the last man standing
The last man standing around

We burned through our years
And burned through our lives
Burned through husbands
And burned our through wives
We could not see just how good it was
Tried to get high enough to feel the buzz
Now we're caught inside the hands of fate
And frankly it don't feel none too great

It all started in a place long ago
And how we got to where we are I don't know
Took it on the chin and in our guts
Let them run us down and kick our butts
But we held our proud heads up so high
And we yelled at them fie, fie, fie
Track Name: Oh You Beautiful Thing
We run with the damned
Though these howling hot days
Telephones and testimony
We sing your praise

We slide down hell's sleek slope
Desperate and lost
We hear our blood-song singing
We see our names embossed

Oh you beautiful thing
All the joy that you bring
Oh you beautiful thing
Makes me wanna sing, sing, sing

We travel by helicopter
The doomed and the cursed
We survey these ancient lands
And where the dam had burst

Inside our tiny hearts
Chambers shrouded in mystery
They open and close
Involuntarily

Our flag covers continents
Fall in a black hole
In the end we sip lemonade
On Bikini Atoll
Track Name: Wilderness Years
I am a speck of dust
At the speed of light
I am the wind at your window
In the dead of night
Hope you see me before I disappear
I am wandering, wandering
Through these wilderness years

I am a moment in time
Blink and I'm gone
I am as brief as the dew
Before the dawn
Hope you see me before I disappear
I am wandering, wandering
Through these wilderness years

Take me in your arms
And take me away
Take me in your arms
And do it today

I am a passing cloud
On a breezy day
I am as fleet as the wind
I blow away
Hope you see me before I disappear
I am wandering, wandering
Through these wilderness years
Track Name: High Hopes
Don't be so down
Don't be so blue
It's just amazing
What you can do
Wear a smile
Yeah wear a grin
Being happy
Well it ain't no sin

Hey
I said, Hey
I got high hopes

Don't be morose
Don't be so glum
Things are looking up
My good chum
Why the long face
Why the downturned smile
Shake off your blues
Spit out your bile

Do it
Yeah do it
Just do it
Uh huh
Do it

Keep your chin up
Keep your grin up
Don't let nothing bum you out
If you lose hope
It's a sliding slope
Just you stay strong and stout
Track Name: I Want You More Than Ever
Just when I thought I'd let go of you
I saw a girl with your eyes
She looked through me the way you did
The way that you hypnotize

I want you more than ever
I want you more than ever
I want you more than ever
And I bet I always will

When this girl yawned
She cocked her head
Just the way you used to do
And when she laughed
Her mouth turned down
Like even joy could make her blue

When this girl yelled at her man
I could truly sympathize
Like me he stood and he took it
While he stared deep into her eyes
Track Name: No Time Like Now
Days roll along
One into the other
All the time in the world, it seems
The next thing you know
There's one less day
And slightly taller weeds

No time like now
No time like now
No time like now
Better do it

Days roll along
Like a marble down a slide
Nothing stops till it hits the end
You hold on while you can
But your fingers aren't strong
Strong enough
To keep you from crashing

Better get on with it
If you're gonna get on with it
Better make peace with it
If you can make peace with it

Days roll along
With the force of a river
That is rushing its way to the sea
And you're carried along
Surviving just barely
Until you can't survive no more
Track Name: Don't Lie to Me
You can beat me up
You can knock me down
You can do what makes you happy
You can do all that
You can do your worst
But just one thing
Don't lie to me

I know you like to twist the truth
To your advantage
You are a clever swine
But just don't twist it into something
You can't manage
That's the place I draw the line

Don't you lie
Don't you lie
Don't you lie

I know you like to make up stuff
That seems so true
You got a way with a phrase
But just don't act like I'm a fool
To what you do
I intercept communiques
Track Name: The Inverted Bell
I heard that you were hurting
And your outlook was pretty grim
I felt that I should call you
Jump back into the swim
Things with us are always cloudy
You are like a phantom limb

I can't ring but I can catch you

You said that you were hurting
You have some kind of rare disease
In a few years you'll be immobile
Won't feel nothing below your arms and knees
You can't even pick up your old guitar
It just sits there like a tease

Now both of us are hurting
Not a lot we can do
Somehow time got away from us
I should've been there for you
I can't go back and change it
Hopefully now I can come through