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Dear Vanessa,

It's been awhile since you've been gone. The Polish Ice shop is shutdown for the winter so I know not where I will get my daily dose of vitamins. Sam's Pizza is still open as is Gateway 26 so I won't starve or be bored to death. The place isn't the same without you or your pet pot belly pig, however the neighbors are happier. The pools been drained, rolled up and put into its tattered cardboard box for the winter. The Sea Gulls are lonely and it's windy as hell. I try to get through the nights with six packs of Natty Ice, cold cheesesteaks and Who's Line is it Anyway? reruns but it's not the same without you.

Keep your chin up,

Edgar Tompkins, III
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Not an Exit
Christ forgave the bastards but I simply can not
For all that you've done to me I just hope you rot
Been trying to get through to you, six years can't you see
And all that I ask of you is please listen to me
The things that hurt me so much you've simply forgot
This is not an Exit. I don't know who told you that
Try to pick up the pieces and get your life back on track
They say the road to Hell is paved with the likes of you
The bad machines don't know they're bad but at the factory they do
You think your time's short here, I'd have to concur
Did you get something nice with your thirty pieces of silver?
You may not be dying but you have a touch of the flu
This is not an Exit. I don't know who told you that
Try to pick up the pieces and get your life back on track
The Frog was wrong to question the scorpion for what it is that he had done
So, I'll breathe in let water fill my lungs and forgive you for what you've done
This is not an Exit. I don't know who told you that
Try to pick up the pieces and get your life back on track
- Joe Boylan


New Jersey Avenue
Porching it up Compton Style when a fat man picked a fight
He said you can leave here with your drinks but you won't leave here with your life
We were shocked when Tommy Jay smashed the bottle over fat boy's head
There was so much blood on the floor we were all sure he was dead
And I don't know why revenge tastes so sweet
But hurry up let's stomp him before this guy gets back on his feet
So we stumbled down 25th street onto New Jersey Avenue
Caught a cab twenty bucks roundtrip was the best that we could do
The trip across the island was longer than it normally takes
So we got out at Mr. D's to get us some cheese steaks
And I don't know why Salt Air tastes so sweet
But it doesn't really matter when you just want something to eat
I've been coming down here for 26 years I don't think I can come back any more
The inventory I take of all my mistakes as the fog comes up the shore
Its 3 AM the Princess is dead and I just missed last call
Wandering around all through this town thinking one day I'll miss you all
I was sitting under the Ferris wheel with a girl on LSD
Six guys she could choose from why'd it have to be me?
I trudged my way back to the Mary Anne motel
Finished up the thirty pack in my own private Hell
I had about six bucks to get back to the city
While my friends dozed around me drunkenly
And I don't normally consider myself a thief
But I'll hurry up and rob them while these guys have no shoes on their feet.
- Joe Boylan

Water

Water
I need you now
Come home
Stay with me somehow
I don't know where we're going
But I know that you'll be there someday
I look familiar to your eyes
But I'll fool you with my disguise someday
Echo
Can you hear me?
In that place
Where I long to be?
I don't know where we're going
But I know that you'll be there someday
I look familiar to your eyes
But I'll fool you with my disguise someday

Water
- Joe Boylan and George Wright

Spring Break: Central America
Drinking Margaritas by the pool
Been 16 months since I was in school
And these are the best days of my life
Sleeping all day I'm drinking all night
Gonna break it down cause I want to look cool
Women round here make you act a fool
Got a little visit from the company
They said to me son this is where you should be
And these are the best days of my life
Training all day I'm studying all night
The things they're teaching me are really out of sight
Your Uncle Sam keeps you safe at night
And these are the best days of my life
Killed a leftist rebel with his own knife
The Washington jerks they are such tools
We got the Contras to keep the Sandinistas cool
Gonna funnel some guns to them through Iran
Something's politicians just don't understand
That these are the best days of your life
Your Uncle Sam keeps you safe at night

- Joe Boylan

Afraid of Me
Look in your heart, tell me what do you see?
Don't lie to yourself, I know that you'll find me..there
So listen to me, and every word I say
enough of the lies, and I'm tired of the games you play..now
I'm asking what you're made of, let me see
and what are you afraid of, are you afraid of me
Are you afraid of me?
Gave you all I had still it was not enough
Got your poker face on but I'm calling your bluff
So, listen to me and every word I say
Enough of your lies and I'm tired of the games you play
I'm asking what you're made of, let me see
and what are you afraid of, are you afraid of me
Are you afraid of me?
Look in your heart, tell me what do you see?
Don't lie to yourself, I know that you'll find me..there
So listen to me, and every word I say
enough of the lies, and I'm tired of the games you play..now
I'm asking what you're made of, let me see
and what are you afraid of, are you afraid of me
Are you afraid of me?
- Wayne Lee

Child of Divorce
All of those times you yearned for respect
The Egyptian Cross that you wear around your neck
That burlap sack full of your memories
You're locked out of the house and you forgot your keys
And the rain pours down just like cats and dogs
And the pain hangs on like some heavy fog
Twenty years old with no place to go
Got bored with yourself so you took to the road
You wanted to prove your father was wrong
Fell in love with a boy but it didn't last long
And late at night with your safety boy
Hold on to him tight you're nobody's toy
It's been that way since the old man went away
It's a shame what they do to kids these days
And all alone in a seaside motel
Cutting yourself when things don't quite jell
So was it your mom or was it your dad
Or was it your self that made life so bad?
- Joe Boylan

Nor'easter
Can't seem to make her happy
Can't seem to enjoy her smile
Been a year now maybe more Who knows?
Your faith's been washed on the shore
You found peace but she's angry
Party's going on and they can't see
This charade and your smile
You have no grace but man, you got style
Twisting turning spinning round who knows?
Maybe time you left town
Everyone's gone for winter streets empty traffic light blinking red
Abandoned boardwalk, empty beaches left alone with the thoughts in my head
She's gone but the pain lingers
You gonna play guitar with those broken fingers?
There's a nor'easter off the coast
Says she loves you but she gave up the ghost
They don't laugh there no one cheers
Haven't celebrated in years
Beaten eyes that don't see Who knows?
Just don't say you believe in me
Broken vows and suicides and all those things she left unsaid
Misdemeanors, vandalism, broken bottles nights full of dread
Everyone's gone for winter streets empty traffic light blinking red
Abandoned boardwalk, empty beaches left alone with the thoughts in my head
- Walt Mamaluy and Joe Boylan

The Beautiful Losers
There was this boy you see
said, "God gave this one to me.
He cheered me up with the snow,
gave me a place to go."
He's trying to lose himself all the time
He's trying to get away but has too many steps to climb
He's trying to hide away all his inner sores
He says he's trying to quit but he keeps on riding that horse
There was this girl I knew
says I haven't got a clue
There most be something out there
Though I doubt it's really fair
She's trying to find herself all the time
At the cost of all the ones that she leaves behind
She thinks the world out there can be saved
She doesn't realize everyone's been bought and paid
So she keeps on going ahead though there's really no place to go
She's so full of faith she tunes into every show
And here I am again
Disappointment my old friend
I thought we ended the curse
But now the pain is much worse
So, I'll put my faith in the one who may have the plan
In a world of petulant children there stands a man
Putting all of us on his back one day we'll be free
And I have to believe he will lead us to victory.
- Joe Boylan

Suffer in Silence
I don't think she loves me no more
try to pretend it doesn't hurt but inside I'm dying
Been there many times before
they say it gets easier but inside I'm dying
And I wonder why
I suffer in silence
Too scared to say how I feel but I think you're slipping away
I suffer in silence
Got so much on my mind but there's nothing that I can say
What happened to the vows that we made
I swore my love to you and i swear that I still do
But I'm wondering if you strayed
There's a difference in your eyes
And it feels like I lost you
And I wonder why
I suffer in silence
Too scared to say how I feel but I think you're slipping away
I suffer in silence
Got so much on my mind but there's nothing that I can say
Where have you been at night?
Why haven't you come home?
I just don't want to fight no more
So I guess i'll suffer alone
I suffer in silence
Too scared to say how I feel but I think you're slipping away
I suffer in silence
Got so much on my mind but there's nothing that I can say
- George Wright