Cassettarcana

by Willie Wisely

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Starting in 1982, Wisely recordings were often recorded on analog 4-track cassette decks. "Cassettarcana" is a collection of his transcendent moments from the medium – which if manipulated properly, makes for a sound that is so satisfying that to call these mere "demos" would be a sad understatement.

“Cassettarcana” is available direct from the artist in mp3, FLAC or Apple Lossless formats » williewisely.bandcamp.com/album/cassettarcana » Also available at iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and more.

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released November 28, 2014

Except where indicated, written, performed & produced by Willie Wisely
℗ & © 2014.Ella Records

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Willie Wisely Los Angeles, California

Willie Wisely released his first full-length album in 1992, touring the US and Japan ever since, building a following for his evocative pop. He is a songwriter’s songwriter, often compared with Elliot Smith, Ron Sexsmith and Paul McCartney. His latest CD marks the 18-year reunion of his Minneapolis-based group the Willie Wisely Trio, road warriors noted for their circusy, jazz-anti-jazz aesthetic. ... more

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Track Name: Cripple Queen Anne
Born in the gallion
Attendant to the maiden Queen Anne

Reared as a noble
She rode her little pony in the yard

Reared from the saddle
Her neck broke in Brigham Wood

I witnessed the crippling
I wish to see (that) justice is inured

Committed in malice
Her total paralysis endures

Cripple Queen Anne…

solo

As your humble servant
I wish you utter but to name a man

Mark your assassins
I’ll find them if their feet can stroke the sands
Track Name: Young & Relentless
Giddy up go daddy oh dee oh
I have bit the snow cookie
I have felt the canoe pull
Perrywinkle peapod oh dee oh
I have played the horse breather
I have tasted monkey

Longevity pie oh dee oh
Come in and seedy furniture
I have smelled the Q-Tip
Tyrannosaurus Rex, the eater of cars
My mother is my tow truck
I have alien armpits

I have loved the dance horse
Peas Porridge loves a girl fight
I’ve absorbed the flurp stains
Filafel P. Pancake commonwealth pie
Nick St. Nicholas gives bass lessons, oh dee oh

I was young & relentless
I was young & relentless
I was young & relentless
I was young & relentless
I was young & relentless
I was young & relentless
I was young
Track Name: Two Charcoal Hearts (Cassettarcana version)
Two charcoal hearts
We stick together
Birds of a feather
Two charcoal hearts

Planets collide
You won’t impress us
Charmed like asbestos
Two charcoal hearts

My how those long distance bills
They sure add up

So if you’re feeling tart
And they’re much the lessor
Call me professor
Two Charcoal Hearts

My how those long distance bills
They sure add up

Two charcoal hearts...
Track Name: I Bought A Headache (The Replacements cover)
Standing in the snow
Suckin’ my soda pop
Hopin’ of a glimpse of
ZZTop

Come on St. Paul
Civic Center
Eight dollars fifty cents
I bought a headache
I bought me a headache

Smokin’ Jim
Till it’s coming out of my ears
Long haired girls
Shakin’ way past her years

Come on St. Paul
Civic Center
Eight dollars fifty cents
I bought a headache
I bought me a headache
I bought me a headache
I bought me a headache
Track Name: Cool Coquette
She’s the oriental girl with the popsicle stand
Twirling her bikini top in her hand
She’ll be getting your bundles all up in a brief
She’s packing a rod so don’t piss on her seat

Cool Coquette, ooh-la-la-la-la
Cool Coquette, ooh-la-la-la-la
Cool Coquette, ooh-la-la-la-la
Cool Coquette

Alligator suit and a gabardine smile
Astroturf weave and she keeps it in style
They all call her Max but she’ll answer to Steve
You can look up her number in the dictionary

Cool Coquette, ooh-la-la-la-la
Cool Coquette, ooh-la-la-la-la
Cool Coquette, ooh-la-la-la-la
Cool Coquette

Swashbuckle pants and a mastodon footprint
She's poppin' the hood as you're copping your last glimpse

Cool Coquette, ooh-la-la-la-la
Cool Coquette, ooh-la-la-la-la
Cool Coquette, ooh-la-la-la-la
Cool Coquette, ooh-la-la-la-la
Cool Coquette, ooh-la-la-la-la
Cool Coquette, ooh-la-la-la-la
Cool Coquette, ooh-la-la-la-la
Cool Coquette
Track Name: Ready To Wear (Cassettarcana version)
Paris she’s the perfect girl for me
She goes all the way
Touches me in that special way
Paris she’s the perfect girl for me

She does all them things I’d like to do
Sips me like I’m tea
Swallowing occasionally
Paris she’s the perfect girl for me

She, she takes me there
She waves her hair
She’s ready to wear

She wears all them clothes I’d like to wear
Her tastes are refined
I think they’re the imported kind
Paris she’s the perfect babe for me

She, she takes me there
She waves her hair
She’s ready to wear

Paris she’s the perfect girl for me
She goes all the way
Certain things I don't have to say
Paris she’s the perfect girl for me

She, she takes me there
She waves her hair
She’s ready to wear

She, she takes me there
She waves her hair
She’s ready to wear
Track Name: Drownin’ of Two (Cassettarcana version)
I try to be kind then I find that I
Lied to hide how I feel
So I smile but you know how deeply it goes
Low, oh I got it bad

I seen you baby sit stare at the pool
You wait till I’m watching you
Before you jump in
Fool you know you can’t swim, so let it begin
The drowning of two

I seen you baby sit stare at the pool
Then you wait till I’m watching you
Before you jump in
Fool you know you can’t swim, so let it begin
The drowning of two
The drowning of two
Track Name: Here We Are With Our Feet On The Ground
I won’t steel your children
I won’t steel your cows
I won’t knock your fence
‘Cuz I know that’s your personal walls

Send me to your rivers
Send me to your farms
Lead me down the path boy
Where the sun beats nice and warm

Meadows green with no sunlight
Bacon in the pan with no pigs in the sty
Cars wizzing by at the speed of sound
Here we are with our feet on the ground

Meadows green with no sunlight
Bacon in the pan with no pigs in the sty
Cars wizzing by at the speed of sound
Here we are with our feet on the ground

I won’t steel your children
I won’t steel your cows
I won’t knock your fence boy
Track Name: I Wish I Could Make More Noise
And I’ll ask why you’re getting used to
And you’ll tell me about your chosen issue
And I wish I had anything to tell you
I wish I could make more noise

There’s no fear I could handle more of
TV is there to reasure us
And all a bunch of flag waving’ morons, yeah
I wish I could make more noise

I love listening to b-sides
And I love looking into my eyes
And I’m scared of what can happen if I slide in away forever
I wish I could make more noise
Track Name: Real (Cassettarcana version)
When famine flies land in the face of people
And hungry eyes, tell you fate is sealed

This might smart a bit
No avoiding it
It’s not counterfeit… it’s real

The ambassador had failed to gain appeal
At the backstage door where she finessed the deal

No more alibis
Broadcast to justify
The years we all denied… what's real

Whatcha doing about tomorrow?

Nations wiggle out, curmudgeons grudging steel
And they whistle a tune of drought, bodies are revealed

It’s no TV show
To hell with rock and roll
It's not a vaudeville joke
Or extra terrestrial… it's real

You can’t wiggle out
With your frown or pout
Why don’t you cut it out
‘Cuz this here it’s all about… real

Real
Track Name: Glued For Breakin'
I’m a racehorse gambling man, and I’ve bet my life away
Ridin’ home on empty, not a penny for the tank
I don’t mind, I don’t mind, glued for breakin'

Faulted at the banks and I’ve stolen on the job
Begged from my own wife and I’ve cheated my own Pa
I didn’t mind, I didn’t mind, glued for breakin'

I’m a bronco at the factory
That clowns and cowboys broke
I’m shards of wedding china
Left next to her note

Had my run of luck, leaving card games still alive
Why is it they don’t gag me up, put me in the trunk and drive
I wouldn’t mind, I wouldn’t mind, glued for breakin'

I’m a bronco at the factory
That clowns and cowboys broke
I’m shards of wedding china
Left next to her note

I miss my little girls, but I mustn’t dwell tonight
Why’s it when you’re sick, can’t remember feeling right
Pay it no mind, pay it no mind, glued for breakin'
Track Name: Mule (Cassettarcana version)
I’m a man named Mule without a queen
I’d raft upstream to find your swarthy dream
I’m a man named Mule without a home
The river gives me two directions known

I have seen the sky turning green
Clouds run blue, sun and moon disagree
Brine meets blue, out there on that horize
No point on which to fix my Mississippi eyes

I have seen your ship out on the rise
It comes so near then sinks below the skies
So I followed you to Cairo, Illinois
You knew this man and gave him mooring lines

I have seen the skies turning green
Clouds run blue, sun and moon disagree
Brine meets blue, out there on that horize
No point on which to fix my Mississippi eyes

I can see the day I broke my knees
Two feet towards the town two towards the trees
I’m a man named Mule without a queen
They’ll drag the river bed for my remains, for my remains…

I have seen the skies turning green
Clouds run blue, sun and moon disagree
Brine meets blue, out there on that horize
No point on which to fix my Mississippi eyes

I have seen
Clouds run blue
I dig you, out there on that horize
Point, my Mississippi eyes