Younger Than Today

by Eliot Wilder

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When I look back on my 60 years
It all seems like a blur
It all seems like it was here and now it's gone
And when I think about all the stuff I've done
And the stuff I've yet to do
I can't believe that my time ain't that long

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released October 3, 2015

Cover boy: Larry Kusnitt, whereabouts unknown.

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Track Name: Riding On to Glory
What am I waiting for
Shouldn't I be moving
Shouldn't I be moving along
This sad old world
Well it ain't no good
All the righteous go wrong
There is a promise
Of a bright tomorrow
Some kind of heaven up the road
It's a place of peace
It's a place of joy
It's a place to lay down your load
You've heard the tale
You've heard the story
Can you dig it
Riding on to glory

Why am I wasting
My sweet precious time
Doing the junk that I hate
What does it matter
In the scheme of thing
If I am early or late
I know there's gotta be
More than this
More to what life is all about
I have to be moving
Have to be moving along
Of this there can be no doubt
You've heard the tale
You've heard the story
Can you dig it
Riding on to glory

There is no maybe
There is no sort of
There is no time to delay
There is no almost
There is no nearly
There is only one way

I can't be lazy
I can't be stupid
I can't sit around and chew the fat
Gotta get my ass
Right off of my chair
Doing my thing is where it's at
Nothing good ever gets done
All by it's lonesome self
I may not have money
I may not have fine clothes
But there are other forms of wealth
Track Name: You Could Belong to Me
I'm a pretty good catch as catches go
I'm funny, I'm smart and I'm sensitive
And I ain't exactly hard on the eye
You could do worse than to be with me
You could do much better
Yeah, that's for sure
But I gotta ask you, why

I am loving
You are needing
I could fill up your empty heart
Take my hand
And I will hold you
And we'll never be far apart

I am as seasoned as seasons go
I've been around the block once or twice
And I've had my share of ups and downs
We can make a go of it, yes we can
We can do what all the happy couples do
We can take to the limit and out of bounds

Just think, you could belong to me
And nobody else
Just think, you could belong to me

I am handy 'round the house and garden
I can cook and I can clean
I fold my boxers and put them away
I don't sit around watching the Super Bowl
I don't text, yeah I am a luddite
I will hang on every word that you say
Track Name: Younger Than Today
When I look back on my 60 years
It all seems like a blur
It all seems like it was here and now it's gone
And when I think about all the stuff I've done
And the stuff I've yet to do
I can't believe that my time ain't that long

Like to think about what I might do
If I could go back
If I could go back to way back when
Oh I am so much older now, baby
I was much younger than that then

I am remember when the birds were singing
In four-part harmony
And it came through to me loud and clear
Well it came down like a joyful rain
And it drowned away my sorrows
I felt unconstrained and without fear

I'm just playing the hand that I'm dealt
From these crummy old cards
They ain't coming up the ace of spades
Oh I am so much older now, baby
Yeah, yeah, yeah

The end of days now seem palpable
Like it's almost just up ahead
And just up ahead is where I'm bound
My bags are packed and I'm ready to go
I got some weed stuck in my sack
Hope some day I see you around
Track Name: I Could Use a Miracle About Now
People talk and talk about their God
And all the wonderful stuff that he does
And when I ask them why He does it
They get no further than "because"
Well "because" is good enough for me
I'll take anything that you got
I'll hand over the keys to my car
And all the useless things that I've bought

Can't you see that I'm a desperate man
Of that I can avow
And I could use a miracle
I could use a miracle about now
About now

I know it's asking kind of a lot
But I wouldn't say nothing if I wasn't in need
I've done taken so many left turns
I don't know how now I should proceed
I could use a little bit of help
Actually I could use a ton
I've got a hold of the shit end of the stick
And it's not my idea of fun
Track Name: Walk With Me
We can be separate
Or we can be together
We can be heavy
Or light as a freakin' feather
We can be haters
Or love each other
We can be a mean old man
Or a loving mother

Walk with me
Through this world

We can be cheaters
Or we can be honest and true
We can hold ourselves back
Or we can be one who comes on through
We can be merciful
Or we can be hard and cruel
Just 'cause we're sympathetic
Doesn't make us anyone's fool

Walk with me and hold my hand
Tell me your stories
And I will understand
Walk with me and don't let go
We'll take it easy
We'll take it nice and slow

We can be wide open
Or we can shut ourselves down
We can be decent
Even if there is no one else around
We can be accepting
Or we can be narrow and judge
We be fluid like the ocean
Or we can be the one who won't ever budge
Track Name: Tore Up From the Floor Up
Broken, I am broken
A million pieces all around
Broken, I am broken
Not good enough for the lost and found

Tore up from the floor up
Tore down from the top down

Wasted, I am wasted
I really look like total shit
Wasted, I am wasted
I just don't know where my pieces fit

Tore up from the floor up
Tore down from the top down

Broken, I am broken
A million bits scattered everywhere
Broken, I am broken
Watch me vanish in thin air
Track Name: Bless You
I told you a story
Of when I went and ran away as a kid
I told you a story
Of what I went and did
I ran to my friend's old tree house
And I sat for an afternoon
And the sun it moved behind the clouds
And I missed my home too soon

Bless you, bless you
Bless you my girl

I told you a story
Of when I went and ran away as a child
I told you a story
Of when I went and went wild
I climbed down from my friend's treehouse
And I crossed a mighty moat
And there stood my mom on the corner
In her dark brown coat
Track Name: Gentrifaction
Used to be my neighborhood
Was a friendly place
Used to be I fit right in
With every friendly face
But all I knew
Is gone without a trace

Gentrifaction
I feel so alone
Gentrifaction
Home bitter home

Used to know the guy next door
His name was Phil
Whenever something was wrong with me
He gave me a pill
But now he's gone
And I miss him still

Yeah, I pine for the good old days
When I fit right in
When someone says there's a bright tomorrow
I say where have you been

Used to be I felt quite at ease
When I hung out
Now everything seems foreign to me
There is no doubt
Guess I gotta be moving along
Find me another route
Track Name: Seven Ate Nine
It's all a numbers game
No matter how you play 'em
It's all a numbers game
Gotta play 'em as you lay 'em
You can try to count 'em
But it's so tough to keep track
And if you keep on counting
You'll have a stinkin' heart attack

One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine
Seven ate nine
Seven ate nine

Your days go flying on by
And you grow a little bit older
And with each day gone by
You feel a little bit colder
Hey, nothing can stop it
Nothing can put on the brake
Well the clock is a tick-tick-ticking
Put another candle on your birthday cake

It's all a numbers game
No matter how you crack 'em
It's all a numbers game
Whatever way that you stack 'em
You start at zero
And wind up who know when
You find you're all timed out
From the moment you begin
Track Name: Falling Down
I try get up, I try stand up
I try to do the very best that I can
But still I'm falling down
I raise my hand high, I raise my voice up
Up into the holy stratosphere
But still I'm falling down
I lift myself up, I stretch my legs out
I take a run into a brutal wind
But still I'm falling down
I guess I am clumsy, I guess I am an clod
Every time I try to break on through
I go and blow my wad

I get my hopes up, I roll my dreams out
I try my best to be all hunky dory
But still I'm falling down
I drag myself out, I pour my guts out
I put on my the bestest that face I can
But still I'm falling down
I do my duty, I bust my buttons
And I all but blow off the top of my head
But still I'm falling down
I guess I am foolish, I guess I am a dope
I cling to thought things will get better
When there isn't any reason to hope

I do the best that I can
But I'm only the person I am
And the person I am
Is only trying to stand

You may not see me, I may not be here
But if I'm not why does it hurt
When I am falling down
I do my business, I have my say
I try to be as clear as clear as I can
But still I am falling down
I make my music, put out my records
And I do it with all sincerity
But still I am falling down
I may look stupid and I may seem naive
But if you look closer
Maybe you too will believe