Live In Japan

by Willie Wisely

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It's evident that Wisely's first tour after corrective vocal cord surgery was a spiritual return to singing. He also debuts new songs from the album "True" as well as some that remain unreleased. The particular appreciation of the Japanese audiences is evident.

“Live In Japan” is available direct from the artist in mp3, FLAC or Apple Lossless formats » williewisely.bandcamp.com/album/live-in-japan » Also available at iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and more.

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released November 28, 2014

Photo by YooHoo Mu
Thanks to Steve Shaw for the portable recorder
℗ & © 2012.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: Too Quick To Love (live, Sougawa-Daidai, Toyama, Japan 2012)
That dirty old t-shirt never looked better
Than hung on the frame of my beautiful Heather
She’s young, and I’m stung

Through all of the pain and all my denial
The arguments lasted for miles and miles
We went deep, deep into love

So long baby Heather
You were sweet to try
But I’m lost
And I’m too quick to love

The bedroom was burning, sweat on your face
The golden retrievers that slept ‘cross our legs
I insisted, you resisted

So long baby Heather
You were sweet to try
But I’m lost
And I’m too quick to love
Yeah I’m lost and I’m too quick to love

If I were the steam train you’d be the brakes
If I were Manhattan you’re a cabin up state
Long distance
My resistance

So long baby Heather
You were sweet to try
But I’m lost
And I’m too quick to love

So long baby Heather
You were sweet to cry
But I’m torn
And I’m too quick to love
Yeah I’m torn
And I’m too quick to love
Track Name: Sleep (live, Sougawa-Daidai Toyama, Japan 2012)
Sleep is all I need
It should come naturally
I’m lost when I’m awake

I’ll toss this way and that
Stare at where you slept
And think of bitter sweet

I can’t sleep
Knowing I’ll never sleep beside you
I can’t dream
No ‘Cause my dream’s to live my life around you
There’s no peace, no, no peace for me

Sun down fills up with dread
A pill to fix my head
I’m carrying that weight

When air becomes so deep
The clock begins to leak
But I can’t forget your face

I can’t sleep
Knowing I’ll never sleep beside you
I can’t dream
No ‘Cause my dream’s to live my life around you
For me there’ll be no peace, no, no peace for me

As long as I’m alone
I’ll lay here with the night
And beg my senses peace

Then suddenly a footfall, on a floorboard
In a staircase, post haste, no!
You leaving without saying goodbye
No goodbye, no good, then why’d
You gave me your love
You gave me love
You showed me your love

I wish I could sleep
Knowing I’ll never sleep beside you
I’ll never dream
No ‘Cause my dream is to live my life around you
For me there’ll be no peace, no, no peace for me

My head may never rest
Till I feel your soft caress
And you whisper sweetly sleep
Track Name: Christine (live, Sougawa-Daidai Toyama, Japan 2012)
She's ripped on flipsies lives in the sixties
Her hair is tumble-dry
Her eyes are white with lye
Her mind beyond repair
But I know it's out there somewhere

Take me down tonight Christine
Lord you are my sweetest dream
Pick me up in your limousine dear
Lay me on your evergreens

She loves to tease and men upon their knees
She gets what she please
Her heart's for rent or lease
Her mind is so corrupt
But all the boys lick it up

Chorus

I'm standing in the mirror sniffing out the atmosphere
I turn and she's in bed
With visions of gingermen cooking bread
Watch out girl your oven's red
Knead that dough till it's bled

Chorus

Take me down tonight
Lord I'm feeling all right
Pick me up, pick me up, pick me up
Ball me on your golfing green
Track Name: Cut Your Groove (live, Nouvelle Vibe, Shizuoka, Japan 2012)
I never made a threat I can't keep
I didn't talk tough to hear myself speak
I said what I feel was real
And that's all

So don't be frightened when you acquiesce
When we plant the bomb in your dress
Searching for a fuse we can use
To blow minds

I'm gonna cut your groove right on time
I'm gonna cut your groove every time
I come on like clockwork girl
With a word I'll change your world
If I cut your groove you're gonna move right now

To people never doing what they say
Who sleep at night thinking that's OK
Thinking we're fooled. It’s not cool
That's all

So don't be shy when I'm behind your lines
Feeling things nobody finds
Those things about you we can use
To feel good

I'm gonna cut your groove right on time
I'm gonna cut your groove every time
I come on like clockwork girl
Without a word I'll change your world
If I cut your groove you're gonna move right now

I'm gonna cut your groove right on time
I'm gonna cut your groove baby every time
I come on like clockwork girl
Without a word I'll smoke your world
If I cut your groove you're gonna move right now...
Track Name: Good And Bad (live, Nouvelle Vibe, Shizuoka, Japan 2012)
Good & bad love one another
How can we keep this from falling apart
Losing a memory to see things the right way
Only to feel it so deep in your heart

She says sorry for something
He says there's truth in your lie
So close they’re coming together
That’s good for tomorrow, and great for tonight

Good & bad, hide from the weather
Keep it together under the sky
Fixing their rain clouds, speak with their tongues
Don’t say a word and you won’t tell a lie

She says I’m sorry for something
She says you know there's truth in your lie
So close we're coming together
Graet for tomorrow, that’s hot for tonight
Hot for tonight

Everybody needs a fair shake
Everyone needs to break down
Everyone needs a break down
‘Cuz everyone here is brave

Good & bad love one another
How can we keep them from falling apart
Fixing their puzzles speak without words
Start moving forward then back to the start
Track Name: True (live, Nouvelle Vibe, Shizuoka, Japan 2012)
It’s a short walk down past sidewalk café
Where the green line connects with blue
It’s hard work singing for strangers all day
But I do

If my song is good
And my rent’s past due
Be the echo and ring
True

It’s a long day under the city of drones
But the heat lifts when trains speed by
And I can’t hear the string I just played with my thumb
But I try

If my song is real
My weary tune
Be the echo and ring
True, True

My song is good
You can sing it too
Be the echo and ring
True, True, True
Track Name: Everybody Fears The Lord (live, Nouvelle Vibe, Shizuoka, Japan 2012)
Everybody pays for their sins someday
So you’d better start fearing the lord come sunday
No jumping ship when it goes down
No shaking his hand when Jesus comes to town
Everybody fears the lord come sunday

Everybody carries something they regret now
Burn that bridge once we get to it now
No jumping ship when it goes down
No shaking his hand when Jesus comes to town
Everybody fears the lord come sunday

Come along hell or high holy water
No messing ‘round with the preachers daughter
No jumping ship when it goes down
No shaking his hand when Jesus comes to town
Everybody fears the lord come sunday
Everybody fears the lord come sunday
Everybody fears the lord come sunday
Track Name: Who Blew Out The Sun (live, Sougawa-Daidai Toyama, Japan 2012)
Who blew out the sun
Shinned up a ladder and snuffed out the life giving one
Can’t you comprehend the magnitude
When you blew out the sun

Who pulls down the clouds
Drags them down hissing and kicking to die on the ground
Why oh why do I confide in you
When you blew out the sun

How am I so blind as to abide you
Beauty belies you hide every wound
Towards the night we glide me tied behind you
Drawn towards the light of lost afternoons

Who punched out the moon
Picked up a stone and plucked the old bird in the eye
How will I survive your vicissitudes
When you blew out the sun…
Track Name: Cannot Love You Enough (live, KD Japon, Shinagawa, Japan 2012)
You could say you’re satisfied with the love I provide
And you could say I’ve given you a lot but then I might think you lie
It ain’t easy knowing my love fails coming through

Well I used to think that it was enough to just work my days away
But though I loved you all of the while it was something that I left unsaid
It ain’t easy knowing my love pales next to you

I cannot love you enough
I love you nearly
Half so much dearly as I should
I cannot love… you enough

It ain’t easy knowing my love fails coming through

Well I didn’t stop by to apologize ‘cause we’d mull it over way too long
Besides I’ll bet you that you’re going to hedge and come to forgive me if I start coming on real strong
It ain’t easy having lame excuses, and I’ve got a few

I cannot love you enough
I love you nearly
Half so much dearly as I should
I cannot love… you enough

I love you nearly
Half so much dearly as I should
I cannot love… you enough
Track Name: Drink Up (live, KD Japon, Shinagawa, Japan 2012)
These are the days
These are the good ones
After this it’s all down hill
I got a raise
But something smells rotten
All good
Till you can’t pay the bill
Ah
Don’t know what this has to do with drinking
Hooking up, that’s all I want to do
But that old song’s got me thinking
Drink up ah-ah, all your sorrow
Drink up ah-ah, it’s almost tomorrow
Drink up ah-ah, time is borrowed
Drink up tomorrow we’re through

I’ve heard it said
Seen it written
You can’t stand still on a moving train
The seats are soft
Cabin’s air conditioned
You can’t feel
The wind or the rain
Ah
You ride along laughing and drinking
Hooking up with whoever you do
But the train you’re on is a ship that’s sinking
Drink up ah-ah, all your sorrow
Drink up ah-ah, it’s almost tomorrow
Drink up ah-ah, time is borrowed
Drink up tomorrow we’re through

These are the days
Of ones and zeros
After this there’s nothing new
Of all the ways
We could’ve been heroes
Tonight’s the best we’ll do
Ah
I’ll figure out what this has to do with drinking
And hooking up when those days are through
As the harsh truth starts to sink in
Drink up ah-ah, all your sorrow
Drink up ah-ah, it’s almost tomorrow
Drink up ah-ah, time is borrowed
Drink up tomorrow we’re through

Drink up, all your sorrow
Drink up, it’s almost tomorrow
Drink up, time is borrowed
Drink up tomorrow we’re through
Track Name: Kiss Her And Make It Right (live, Nouvelle Vibe, Shizuoka, Japan 2012)
Oh man don’t act so insulted
You know she's smart to the truth
Can't stop the lie once they’re started
Kiss her and keep it true

Who cares your face got the boot print
So high, the price of delight
She’s going to give you the rainbow
Kiss her and make it right

Kiss her and make it right

So go and ruin a good thing
Go on you won't get a fight
I swear if I weren't your friend I'd
Kiss her and make it right

Hard to believe you'd dare let her go
So many boys would have died for what you've known
Kiss her and make it right

I say you should be the man now
You've got the chance to do right
And if she shows you the rainbow (grand pause)
Kiss her and make it right

Hard to believe you'd dare let her go
So many soldiers have died for what you've known
Kiss her and make it right
Track Name: His Eye, It's Wandering (live, Sougawa-Daidai Toyama, Japan 2012)
I saw you walking with him around the arcade
There's something you ought to know before naming the day
Parisian women are fine, he knows this well
His eye, it’s wandering

I saw him buying champaign for your anniversary
He was talking to a woman in line, he paid for her things
Now why's he trying to score in a game he can't play?
His eye, it’s wandering

Tend your goals
Maintain composure
Lead the life that you like
And don't be blind, his eye it’s wandering

His eyes would roll if you told him you're up on his schemes
He'd probably blame your girlfriends for just wanting part of his scene
Parisian women all talk, he knows this well
His eye, it’s wandering

I am wandering, I am wandering, I am wandering, I am wandering
Track Name: True (live, KD Japon, Shinagawa, Japan 2012)
It’s a short walk down past sidewalk café
Where the green line connects with blue
It’s hard work singing for strangers all day
But I do

If my song is good
And my rent’s past due
Be the echo and ring
True

It’s a long day under the city of drones
But the heat lifts when trains speed by
And I can’t hear the string I just played with my thumb
But I try

If my song is real
My weary tune
Be the echo and ring
True, True

My song is good
You can sing it too
Be the echo and ring
True, True, True
Track Name: Robe In Glory (live, KD Japon, Shinagawa, Japan 2012)
You and I
We held our codes
Long before toting heavenly loads
Let’s go home right now
Let’s go home and tell our story

I’m going to put on my robe in glory
I’m going home to tell…
I’m going to put on my robe in glory
I’m going home to tell my story

You and I
We stole the show
But there was much we did not know
Let’s go home right now
Let’s go home and tell the story

I’m going to put on my robe in glory
I’m going home to tell…
I’m going to put on my robe in glory
I’m going home to tell my story

Well I’ve been coming over hills and mountains
I’m going to drink from that Christian fountain
You know all of God’s sons and daughters that morning
Will drink that old healing water

I’m going to put on my robe in glory
I’m going home to tell…
I’m going to put on my robe in glory
I’m going home to tell…
I’m going to put on my robe in glory
I’m going home to tell…
I’m going to wear this robe in glory
Let’s go home and tell our story
Track Name: Blue Bayou (live, KD Japon, Shinagawa, Japan 2012)
I feel so bad I got a worried mind
I'm so lonesome all the time
Looking forward to happier times
On Blue Bayou

Saving nickles, saving dimes
Working 'til the sun don't shine
Looking forward to happier times
On Blue Bayou

I'm going back someday
Come what may
To Blue Bayou
Where you sleep all day
And the catfish play
On Blue Bayou
Where those fishing boats
With their sails afloat
If I could only see
That familiar sunrise
Through sleepy eyes
How happy I'd be

Gonna see my baby again
And be with some of my friends
Maybe I’d be happy again
On Blue Bayou

I'm going back someday
Gonna stay
To Blue Bayou
Where the folks are fine
And the world is mine
On Blue Bayou
With that girl of mine
By my side
The silver moon in evening tide
Oh some sweet day
Gonna take away
This hurting’ inside
Well or (Will ??)
I'll never be blue
My dreams come true
On Blue Bayou
Track Name: Altitudes (live, Nouvelle Vibe, Shizuoka, Japan 2012)
Some call her quiet, others call her just plain weird
We hooked up in England days before she disappeared
Well love has a way of crushing those I’ve known
I thought I was strong, I wanted her to maintain control

In her altitude

These stones can’t wake her, hear them tick my window pane
Her lights burn bright, can't she recognize my name
Well you’re not the first to show me your scars of war
Go ahead shatter the glass, imagine what I'll use it for

In her altitudes
Miles beyond you
Altitudes

I visit her father silent in his wheel chair
Told him I knew what he'd done to her sophomore year
"Well someday sir, the dreamers will cage the ghost"
Pressing my face into the hollow of her throat
Oh everybody knows by now
You’re never going to pin her down

In her altitude
Miles beyond you
My circles confound you
Altitudes
Miles beyond you
Oh I’ll never amount to much
Altitude
Altitudes
I’m in my altitudes
Track Name: Go! (live, Sougawa-Daidai Toyama, Japan 2012)
Well, thanks for the sage opinions
Now tell me something I don't know
And once you're finished bitchin'
Go, I said go, go, go, go, go
Don't wait for invitations, I said go. go, go

Well God gave the woman instinct
But how’s he supposed to know
That you'd smudge it up like lipstick
Go, I said go, I say go, go, go, go
Don't wait for divine intervention, I say go. go, go

Is it the way he loves you now?
Is it the way he loves you now? Go, go
Is it the way he loves you now?

Well you might leave here graciously
Or you could make the show
But either way you're history
Go, I said go, go, go, go, go
Don't wait for standing ovations

Go, I said go, I said go, go, I said go, go, go, go, go
You broke your obligations, now I, I say go. go, go
Track Name: Dr. Jack (live, Sougawa-Daidai Toyama, Japan 2012)
Well I’m Dr. Jack in a tin-foil suit
Bring on the spectators
Wax me up and it fits like skin
Warm the incubators

Well I’m Dr. Jack on the precipice
Bring on my investors
Bring to me their riches
Taste the fruits of my endeavors

Cells collide and then divide
One of me now two of I

Well I’m Dr. Jack and the crowd cheers on
Hail to God and science

Oh my sweet girl Friday
Said she must leave my employ

Well I’m Dr. Jack in a custom can
Bring on my detractors
I’ll eat them all for their vitamins
Belch the voice of traitors

Cells collide and multiply
Two of me times lambda pi

Well I’m Dr. Jack in the millennium
And I have seen the view
And science is for the few
Track Name: Low (live, Nouvelle Vibe, Shizuoka, Japan 2012)
Yes I'm down
Yes I'm down
I’m so incredibly low
I couldn't go no further
Less I'd be near underground

Yes I'm high
Yes I'm high
Well I’m so incredibly up I's afraid I'd bust a nut
So afraid to crack my eyes

I'm young & I just don't care
I'm young & I just don't care
Take me back
Free to go

I's away
I's away
So incredibly far I parked my car beside the road
I walked for days

Yes I'm near
Yes I'm near
Well I'm so incredibly close that the chair that you sit down in
Is still warm from my respiring do you feel someone wispering in your ear

I'm young & I just don't care
I'm young & I just don't care
Take me back
Free to go

Yes I'm good
So very good
I'm oh so damn delicious you gotta lick your dishes
Come on baby fetch my slippers you know you should

Yes I'm bad
Yes I'm bad teah
Well I'm so incredibly worse than a drunkard in church
Or that pistol in your purse
Oh my lady wants to see me riding in a hearst
Riding in a hearst

I'm young & I just don't care
I'm young & I just don't care
Take me back
Free to go

I'm young & I just don't care
I'm young & I just don't care
Take me back
Free to go,
Free to go,
Free to go,
Free to go
Track Name: Lady Of Love (live, Sougawa-Daidai Toyama, Japan 2012)
Both: Sha-la-la
He: She’s a tiger for me
She: He's in love
Both: And it's easy to see

Both: Sha-la-la
She: He's your typical ted
He: But I can’t seem to say
Both: What ought to be said

Give me time lady of love
'Cause I'm crippled inside
You’re my, lady of love

Both: Sha-la-la
He: She's a tiger in town
She: I'm in love
Both: And she'll wag it around

Both: Sha-la-la
She: I say, “kiss me my man”
He: But in public, I couldn't
Both: I should, but I can’t

Give me time lady of love
'Cause I'm crippled inside
You’re my, lady of love

Both: Sha-la-la
He: She’s a tiger in bed
She: I’m in love
He: And it’s gone to my head

Both: Sha-la-la
He: Well I’ll cum with a speed
She: And I’m just getting started
He: And he’s cutting z’s

Give me time lady of love
'Cause I'm crippled inside
You’re my, lady of love...