Witness

by Eliot Wilder

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The key to life
Or so I've found
Is being wide awake and at the ready
Pulling your head
Out of your ass
So your vision's clear
And your hands are steady

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released July 2, 2016

This album is for Elie Wiesel and each and every witness.

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Track Name: The Way We Do What We Do
We screw things up
Then we deny
Then we act like we
Have never told a lie
Then we start to believe
The false as true
It's the way we do
What we do

It's the way we are
It's how we live
We take and take
And never give
We see our value
By what we accrue
It's the way we do
What we do

That's it
We got it
It's paid for
We bought it
We reaped it
We sown it
We broke it
Don't own it

We rape this world
And we don't care
Just as long as our mess
Doesn't mess with our hair
We believe that God
Will come to our rescue
It's the way we do
What we do
Track Name: The Big Idea
I believe if I kill enough of you
That you will go away
For forever and a day
And I believe if I kill enough of you
I can kill off your beliefs
All the indians and the chiefs

I got the big idea
And it goes like this
My idea is a can't miss

I believe I gotta kill enough of you
Blow you all to smithereens
With all my ways and means
And I believe I gotta kill enough of you
Make you pay for all your crimes
A hundred million times

No place for you to run and hide
It's gonna be a mass genocide
Run like a ninny and squeal like a pig
I'm coming to get you
Hot diggity-dig

I believe that if wipe you all out
I'll rid the world of vermin
That's what I determine
And I believe that if wipe you all out
This will be a better place
When we're all a single race
Track Name: My Greatest Hate of All
I can recall the first time I saw you
And I knew it then that you'd be big trouble
I told myself that I could look past it
But I guess that I could just not look past it

You stand so straight and so tall
You are my greatest hate of all

I knew that you were pretty damn tricky
You kept friends close and your enemies closer
People said I should be ready for the worst
And I guess that I should've kept that in mind

And I will hate you
Till the end of days
And I will hate you
And your hateful ways

You make it seem like nothing is different
None of it happened at least in your mind
But I beg to differ and I'm not forgetting
One day I'll tell you just how I feel
Track Name: Long Dusty Road
Hey, hey ho
I've traveled so long with my load
Hey, hey ho
I've traveled a long, long dusty road
Out, out of this world
Left all I knew so far behind
Out, out of this world
What in the world did I hope to find
Of all the places I'd been
And all spaces within

I'm going home

Hey, hey ho
All of my dreams gone down the drain
Hey, hey ho
I've traveled a long, long dusty lane
Here, here and gone
From the highest peaks to the furthest shore
Here, here and gone
Don't know my way around no more
All of the things I recognize
Have flown away like butterflies

Home, home on the range
Home, home on the range
Home, home on the range
My old home it don't seem strange

Hey, hey ho
My broken heart and aching feet
Hey, hey ho
I've traveled a long, long dusty street
I'm in need of repair
A little tender loving care
Track Name: The Redeemer and the Redeemed
No one gets nowhere
Without the love of another
A mother, a father
A sister or a brother
You can't live a life
The way it is dreamed
Without the redeemer
And the redeemed

If you think you'll get by
In this world all alone
I'm here to tell you
You ain't no rolling stone
If you wanna live a life
Where your road is paved
You need the savior
And the saved

You need me and I need you
We fit together like socks in a shoe
If you pry us apart
We will lose heart
One plus one equals two

We all need loving
But where is it found
It's in the heart
It makes the world go 'round
If we don't stick together
We will come unglued
We need the rescuer
And the rescued
Track Name: Gonna Hafta Do Without It
Used to have a lot of money
Used to have a lot of stuff
Used to have a lot of status
Just couldn't get enough
Used to have me a great big car
Drove it real fast
Used to live for the future
Now I live in the past
I have lowered my expectations
Live modestly
Tell myself that it's all good
It's best for me

Gonna hafta do without it
That's the mantra these days
Gonna hafta do without it
'Cause nothing really pays
Gonna hafta do without it
I'm on a downward trend
Living life on the cheap
Is there something you can lend me

Used to drink a lot of booze
Used to smoke a lot of weed
Used to jerk myself off
Fulfill my wanton need
Took a lot of selfies
Liked to look at my face
Now I do my best to hide it
Like I'm living in disgrace
I have lowered my expectations
No more picking up the tabs
Walk around like your average schmuck
No more riding 'round in cabs

No I ain't young no more
I'm all aches and pains
And all my youth is spent
Just an old man remains, yeah

Used to be full of vigor
Used to be full of vim
Used to have a lotta mojo
Now my outlook's pretty grim
Used to own a lotta stock
A mover and a shaker
Now I've scaled it all back
And I'm living like a Quaker
I have lowered my expectations
Living life austere
No one ever sees me now
I'm not really here
Track Name: About to Be Movin'
I had me a good time
Yeah, it was pretty great
Got into some mischief
But now it's getting late
I'm packing it up
Getting ready to go
Where will I be going
Well I don't really know
I'm not a little kid, no
I can stand on my own
I'm not a little kid
You could say that I've grown

I'm hitting the highway
Got something to prove
I'm hitting the highway
I'm about to move

I've done me some thinking
About the past few years
I had me some laughs
I shed me some tears
I've learned about friendships
I've learned about devotion
I'm taking all that knowledge
And I'll put it into motion
I'm not a little kid, no
I've gotten more mature
I'm not a little kid
That is for sure

Here I go
I am only just beginning
Here I go
My tiny wheels they are spinning
Here I go
Heading down the highway
Here I go
Gonna do it my way
See you all later
Gonna do my thing
See you all later
I'm cutting the string

I had me a good time
Times I couldn't transcend
But like all good things
It has come to an end
I learned me some lessons
Maybe one or two
Like how to do what's right
And what not to do
I'm not a little kid, no
I'm nearly almost grown
I'm not a little kid
I'm set to go it alone
Track Name: Every Time I Write a Song
The key to life
Or so I've found
Is knowing when life is beckoning
Grabbing hold of fate and chance
And facing down your reckoning

You don't know when
Or in what form
Or just how you should respond to it
But all I can say
Is that you must be prepared
And then you must
You must bond to it

You see, every time I write a song
I'm stepping through a door
Don't know what is on the other side
But I bet it's something I can't ignore

Now you must face your deepest fears
Or at the very least say
You're not afraid
If you do that
You're not just half way there
You are at the head of the parade

I would rather hide myself away
And I would rather not be brave
And I would rather go to sleep

The key to life
Or so I've found
Is being wide awake and at the ready
Pulling your head
Out of your ass
So your vision's clear and your hands are steady
Track Name: Witness
I bet you think no one is looking
But I see, I see
I am there on the subway
You are not hidden from me
You think you're shielded by a force field
Or a separate reality

I bear witness
I bear witness
I bear witness to your world

I see you putting on your makeup
I see you eating your junk food
I see you acting oh so kindly
I see you acting very rude
I see you laughing at your iPhone
I see your turpitude

Wherever you go
Whatever you do
I am watching you
You can't hide
You can't conceal
I am watching you

I see you cheating on your taxes
I see you lying to your wife
I see you spreading like a cancer
I see you twisting in the knife
I see all this and so much more
I see the way you live your life
Track Name: To the Very Last
We will fight you in the streets
We will fight you in our yard
We will defend what we need to defend
We will stand on guard

We will fight with all our might
We will fight steadfast
To the very last
To the very last

We will not be kept down
We will not be held back
We will not be told what to do
We are ready to attack

We will not be pushed aside
We will not be your slave
We will not politely fold our hands
Yes we will misbehave
Track Name: Cheater's Ball
You are dancing face to face
You are dancing cheek to cheek
You hold on tight
Tight as you can
Until you feel broke and weak
You hang on
Hang on for dear life
If you let go you're sure to fall
You are a dancer
At the cheater's ball

You know all the steps
You know 'em all by memory
You move in rhythm
Like a ticking clock
You rise and fall in reverie
You move through space and time
You move like a neanderthal
You are a dancer
At the cheater's ball

Your face is hidden in the crowd
Your body swallowed by the swarm
You laugh and then you weep
The abhorrent becomes the norm
You drown yourself in dreams
Dreams and alcohol
You are a dancer
At the cheater's ball