Backwords

by Dale Wicks

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about

First things first; yes, I know that "Backwards" isn't spelled like that. The album began as a collection of songs I'd written long ago and never gotten around to recording, and I was going to call it "Lost & Found." Then I found out Mudvayne had an album called that already and I didn't want to anymore.

Meanwhile, my last album, "Soon," got a lot of the older songs because they worked well in a stripped-down setting. They're all pretty reflective, though. Words written while looking back.

As usual, I got a bunch of my amazing friends together to play on the album. I was going to do a CD release show with a full band, but then COVID-19 happened. So, until I can, it'll be free on Bandcamp. How 'bout that?

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released April 13, 2020

Freya Rettig: Harmony Vocal (3, 14), trombone (3)
Sam Kenny: Trumpet (3)
Brandino Proch: Saxophone (3)
Don Wicks: Piano (3, 6), Synth (6)
Eric Boyea: Slide Guitar (4)
Rhema LaMontagne: Flute (6)
Patty Pershayla: Vocal (7), Harmony Vocal (11)
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Artwork: CR Warner
Mixing/Mastering: Matt Ten Clay

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Track Name: Electric Boat
Electric boat on the cool, wide water
Lightning motor on a liquid lie
Metal airplane, light as a feather
Lazy looping circus in the sky

The irony & madness in the world in which we live
May steal from us more than it gives

Distant folks, closer than a whisper
Distant whispers make a stranger of a friend
Surrounding music, impossible to listen
A thing so precious doesn't cost you a cent

The irony & madness in the world in which we live
May steal from us more than it gives

Every day, constant stimulation
breeds a numbness born of too much to feel
Twisting wisdom into information
Cannot make your reality more real

The irony & madness in the world in which we live
May steal from us more than it gives

Electric boat on the cool, wide water
Lightning motor on a liquid lie
Track Name: Backwords
I can hear the screaming in the silence
I can feel the distance in a touch
I remember forgetting myself in memories of youth
& never coming out
Is that what my life's about?

Morning comes & I'm just another runner
in the human race upon the course of life
One more song sung to someone who is gone
in front of people who are not listening

People I agree with don't agree with me
I can't feel their anger anymore
But people I abandon don't abandon me
& it means the world to see them at my door

Morning comes & I'm just another runner
in the human race upon the course of life
One more song sung to someone who is gone
in front of people who are not listening

Who are not listening

Maybe there's a way I can feel the things I say
And not say them to fit in the way I have again
I was thinking of a girl when I was thinking of my world
Now the girl has gone away & I'm where I am today
& then tomorrow

Morning comes & I'm just another runner
in the human race upon the course of life
One more song sung to someone who is gone
in front of people who are not listening

But it's all I know & I'll go to bed a-lone
before I'll listen to what I don't want to hear
So say goodnight & live another life
& I'll be waiting with my memories of us
Track Name: California
I've never been to California
I've never been too self-assured
I never bent over backwards to have the last word
I want to write you a letter
I want to right what I put wrong
I was wrong & I'm sorry
Thought you had a right to know

Time & time again
I took too much time again
& it took you far too far away from me
I wasted time & it's time that I see how time has wasted me
How time has wasted me

You never said you'd never need me
You never settled for my best
You never set down all those things you carried
So deep inside your chest
You wanted peace & quiet
You got another piece of me
It's all that I could piece together
Rest in peace & memory

Oh, & time again
I took too much time again
& it took you far too far away from me
I wasted time & it's time that I see how time has wasted me
How time has wasted me

I've never been to California
Time has wasted me
Time has wasted me
I've never been to California
Time has wasted me
Time has wasted me
Track Name: Balloon
It takes a lifetime not to live a lifetime
You'll decide who you decide to be
Or talk yourself through any condemnation
Enlightenment's not worth this misery

Head so wide
Nothing inside
Stretching to the limit with all the hot air in it
Clear the stars above to make some room
for this balloon

Don't cry to me that there's no-thing worth believing
When all that you believe is nothingness
Who will save your soul when you've turned your heroes mortal?
Float away upon your bloated head

Head so wide
Nothing inside
Stretching to the limit with all the hot air in it
Clear the stars above to make some room
for this balloon

Take a holiday from the way that you've been
If all the world's against you,
there's probably a reason
& it's not just me
You vilify your money but insist that it judge you
You call yourself a thinker,
but it's miles above you
to do more than repeat
the flavor of the week until it's next week

Head so wide
Nothing inside
Stretching to the limit with all the hot air in it
Clear the stars above to make some room
for this balloon
Track Name: Raining In Her House
She's making a hole to let in the rain
And stop her mind from wandering again
The man in her life doesn't mean to be mean
But he left her before & he keeps leaving

His mind won't let go of the girl from before
He's dragging his boots all over her floor
Dirt from her garden all over her heart
She just planted the seed and he tore it apart

He's a big baby, toddling around
He's a big baby to be bringing her down
She's in danger of drowning if she can't find her way out
With the tears that she's crying, it's raining in her house

Raining in her house

He's telling the truth when he looks in her eyes
His sincerity hurts worse than lies
She let in the rain, it's coming in sheets
& now he's got her mud all over his feet

It mattered before, it won't matter now
She's saving her life, the only way she knows how
She's holding her breath & diving down deep
Her waterlogged heart only hurts when she dreams

She's a big baby, toddling around
She's a big baby to be bringing her down
She's in danger of drowning if she can't find her way out
With the tears that she's crying, it's raining in her house

Raining in her house
Track Name: Aurora
Aurora, Aurora
I've just got to tell you
I can't take it anymore
I'm going to California

We've had more bad times than good times
Now it's time for goodbyes
We can't fake it anymore
I'll drop this tired disguise

& fly away from you
I've got nothing to say to you
You can say anything you need to believe
just as long as you don't say it to me

Aurora, Aurora
I bought these flowers for you
You just had to know how I have adored you
It takes time to make things happen,
but it's not the time that matters
Perhaps I wasn't honest
I hope that makes it easier

For you to forget me
& stop wasting time on me
You can say that I'm a child who only thinks of himself
Just say it to somebody else

Was it all in my head?
Or was it wrong how I left it?
I'll never get over how you cared for me
You're a talented girl & I wish you the world
I was only ever handsome in your poetry

But I ran away from this
I'm sorry about the mess
Insult me if you will, & I think that you might
I'm just praying that you're not right
Track Name: Lover, Don't Come Over
Lover, don't come over
Don't wanna see your smilin' face no more
Your touchin' makes me happy, but your leavin' makes me cry
So lover, don't you come to me tonight

Lover, don't come over
Take my breakin' heart away for good
My mind's made up for good now
You ain't no good for me
& it ain't no good to sit & think of things we'll never be

So lover, don't come over
Lover, stay at home

Lover, please be gentle
& lover, please be kind
Don't find another lover before I've had my share
Of the blues you blew my way the day you left

I don't wanna see you cry, girl
Wipe the tears from your eyes
Stick out your chin begin again with your new life
Before you don't come over, I just want you to know
Though you're gone, I'll be drea-min' of you tonight

So lover, don't you tempt me
& lover, don't you cry
The good & the bad we've both been through
Is through for now for me & you
There's nothin' left to do but say goodbye
There's nothin' left to do but say goodbye
Track Name: Epiphany or Apostrophe?
I will wait here
I will bleed for many days
If I die here
I will die in disarray

How long is forever?
How good is the best you'll ever have?
How long is forever?
Just as long and good as the memory of it lasts

I will taste this now
in the flavor of a kiss
I release this lock
& unclench an open fist

How long is forever?
How good is the best you'll ever have?
How long is forever?
Just as long and good as the memory of it lasts

How near was eternal?
So close that you felt it as it passed?
How long is forever?
Just as long & good as the memory of it lasts
Track Name: Cartwheeling
I fear I've fallen down 'cause now I'm
staring at the ceiling
& I'm fearing this new feeling doesn't
feel the way it's feeling

Trying new things is all the rage
until the new thing is old age
Then it will send you reeling
& cartwheeling
& cartwheeling

The house of cards my cards can house
keeps me on my heels
I play this game of cat and mouse that's
losing its appeal

So swallow that pill & suck it down
'cause you may not get another round
This time, it's for real
so cartwheel
so cartwheel

My whole life is spinning 'round
But this old world still spins around
It takes a bit of talking down
What it's worth to figure out

You need to understand
that you hold life in your hand
so forget what you had planned & start your yielding
& cartwheeling
& cartwheeling
Track Name: Two Angels Falling
You & I in red & white
Black & blue, I'm here for you we are
Two angels falling in love

Further from the firmament
Our hellish love is heaven-sent we are
Two angels falling in love

Wickedness is only what you make of it
Letting others tell you what to do is the mistake of it

I don't care where you have been
or if you've seen the things I've seen
We are two angels falling in love

I will have no others before you, my love
There is only one thing now that we have still to do, my love

To commit our profane crime
& together, pay the sacred price
We are two angels falling in love
Two angels falling in love
Two angels falling in love
Track Name: This Old Man
This old man, he played a foolish game
The same one that you have
A long the road that leads to nowhere fast
& this man was wrapped up in his vice
He always drove so fast
Much faster than his wife, his daughter & his son

So take care of yourself
Oh! Take care of yourself
Take care of yourself, 'cause others care for you

This old man, he wasn't the one to suffer
The tears he cried were few
to the torrents shed by all his next of kin
& this old man, why did he go so young?
Why couldn't he give it up?
When he died, he was older than he was

So take care of yourself
Oh! Take care of yourself
Take care of yourself, 'cause others care for you

To all the young fools & the old youngsters
Your days are longer than you ever knew
So please take care of you

So take care of yourself
Oh! Take care of yourself
Take care of yourself, 'cause others care for you

Take care of yourself
Oh! Take care of yourself
Take care of yourself, 'cause others care for you
Track Name: Straight as the Crow Flies
Sometimes I feel like I died in the crash
& all of my future is bits of my past
cycled back & forth like a revolving door
to a dream that never has been

So I bought a red car so the drunks see it better
It's like the old one had been through a letter shredder
Pieces of black and pieces of blue
twisted up with my dreaming
of making it even

You don't get much for secondhand dreams
When everything's money, nothing is free
Just pennies on the dime
Dry your eyes
& glide through the maelstrom
straight as the crow flies

I want to run away
Take my shiny red car to another state
But the wolf dogs the crow
He will never be far
Anywhere we go
There we are

You don't get much for secondhand dreams
When everything's money, no one is free
Just pennies on the dime
Dry your eyes
& glide through the maelstrom
& try not to cry

You don't get much for secondhand dreams
When everything's money, no one is free
Just pennies on the dime
Dry your eyes
& glide through the maelstrom
straight as the crow flies
Track Name: Irony & Madness...
The irony & madness in the world in which we live
May steal from us more than it gives

Distant folks, closer than a whisper
Distant whispers make a stranger of a friend
Surrounding music, impossible to listen
A thing so precious doesn't cost you a cent
Every day, constant stimulation
breeds a numbness born of too much to feel
Twisting wisdom into information
Cannot make your reality more real

The irony & madness in the world in which we live
May steal from us more than it gives
Track Name: Last Wasted Time
I have wasted too much time
carrying on like this
Problems face you every day,
you have got to be a man & solve it

The tears have all fallen
now the grass is dry
It wasn't unnoticed, my reply, I said
"This is the last time

I will say that it's over now
& I'm going away back home
Where I can find a little peace & shelter
& get myself some sleep"

I have wasted all my life
wasting all my time
I wanted to be living more
A dream within a lie

The sun is disappearing,
now the night will fall
A new day beginning as I say to you
"This is the last time

I will say that it's over now
& I'm going away back home
Where I can find a little peace & shelter
& get myself some sleep"

& I will know
that it's over now & you can't go home again
Unless you quit
Unless you quit the game
& leave yourself behind

This is the last time

I will say that it's over now
& I'm going away back home
Where I can find a little peace & shelter
& get myself some sleep

& I will know
that it's over now & you can't go home again
Unless you quit
Unless you quit the game
& leave yourself behind

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