Parador Alternate Takes (Bonus Track Edition)

by Willie Wisely

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These eleven alternate takes are a companion to Wisely’s “Parador”, an album he made twice. This was the first attempt, mostly self-produced, leaving Wisely feeling uncertain about its quality. In retrospect, one version is a window upon the other, reminding us how fascinating and personal the process of writing and recording music can be.

Parador (Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition), available direct from the artist in CD, mp3, FLAC or Apple Lossless format at Bandcamp pages » williewisely.bandcamp.com/album/parador-bonus-track-edition
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released November 28, 2014

Produced by Willie Wisely except where noted.
Cover art: Sue Freedman
CD design by Peter Rosenzweig
Photography by Dean Groover, Shari Simonsen, Orrin Anderson
© 2005.Ella Records, ℗ 2005/2014.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: This Is Everything (Alternate Take)
Waiting for my entrance
Blowing past the street signs
Missing every other turn
Still getting there on time

Staring into loop holes
Faking every short cut
Knowing that my very best
Is on the other line

This is everything
Everyone you ever knew
Everywhere you ever went
Looking back at you

Tripped up on a green light
Waiting there for nobody
The future that I left behind
Standing in the way

What about the third time
Hanging in a long line
For a shimmer on a shoulder blade
Give me a sign

This is everything
Everyone you ever knew
Everywhere you ever went
Lookin back at you
This is everything
Everyone you ever knew
Everywhere you ever went
Looking back at you…
Staring back at you
Track Name: Too Quick To Love (Alternate Take)
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: Stayin’ Home Again (Alternate Take)
I fought for signs of life behind the crowds
Where flowers die beneath the man-made clouds
I swore another year would not go by

And I feel like staying home again
You are just the right medicine
I don’t care how we’re going to make it through
But, I’ll stay long as you want me to

The home town sings a song that understands
While freeways cut to ribbons all my plans
I’ve broken down but now I think I’ll stay

It’s so real, it seems so real?

And I feel like staying home again
You are just the right medicine
I don’t care how we’re going to make it through
But, I’ll stay long as you want me to
Nowhere’s a town I’m getting used to…

Seems so real, it’s so real?

And I feel like staying home again
You are just the right medicine
I don’t care how we’re going to make it through
But I’ll stay long as you want me to…
And nowhere’s a town I’m getting used to
Track Name: Erase Me (Alternate Take)
Songs of love lay on deaf ears wasted
Painters return to their canvas in the basement
You carved a number in the arm of my imagination

Pages torn from the books of history
Poets declare their words are mere confetti
Weep not for me, as I burn all I’ve created

But you, you can’t erase me
Songs of love lay on deaf ears wasted
You might think, you might think you found my replacement
But you, you can’t erase me
You can’t erase me

These old songs, they don’t need much protecting
But to watch me bleed, hell it must seem I’ve reached perfection
I’ll die laughing in the halls outside your coronation

But you, you can’t erase me
Songs of love lay on deaf ears wasted
You might think, you might think you found my replacement
But you, you can’t erase me
You can’t erase me
You can’t erase me
Track Name: Altitudes (Alternate Take)
Some call her quiet, others call her just plain weird
We hooked up in England days before she disappeared
Love had a way of crushing those she’d known
I thought I was strong, thought I’d maintain control

In her altitudes

These stones will wake her, stones tick her window pane
Her lights burn bright, can't she recognize my name
Am I a first or am I a scar of war
I’ll shatter the glass certain what she’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
"Someday sir, the dreamers will cage the ghost"
Pressing my face into the hollow of her throat
Suppose I should have learned by now
Ain’t no one going to pin her down

In her altitudes
Miles beyond you
Circle confound you
Altitudes
Miles beyond you
Her circles confound you know
Altitudes
Miles beyond you
Altitudes
Track Name: Joke (Alternate Take)
How can you stand there after all we’ve been through
And act as if good fortune’s nothing new?
You had me half believing that if your dream came true
I’d be receiving something too
But that’s a joke
And I was laughing too
But if you’re a joke
I’m a fool

The rat race ran your circles and I had to grab the wheel
The doctor said your ulcer would never heal
That’s a joke
You trying be cool
But if you’re a joke
What’s it to me
What’s that make me
I’m a fool

Now we speak of money which we held in such disdain
How once the world was ours, shit would change
But that’s a joke
And I’m laughing proof
But if you’re a joke
What’s that make me
If you’re a joke
I’m a fool

You’re a joke
You’re a joke
But if you’re a joke
What’s it to me
If you’re a joke
I’m a fool
Track Name: Through Any Window (live, Cream City Music, Milwaukee, WI USA, 2005)
Early in the morning when the sun comes through any window
Breaks the promise that each day is a new early morning, through any window

Blue is the memory of her bedroom eyes
Green as the envy I can’t hide
Red is the color that she lays so bare
In early morning, through any window

Sunlight kissed me on my head of gloom in early morning
Glide across the bed then fade by noon through any window, in early morning

Blue is the memory of her bedroom eyes
Green as the envy I can’t hide
Red is the color she lays so bare
In early morning, through any window

School bus take them far from home
Take the children far from home
Take the children far from home
Soon to see how sad their lives become, through any window

Blue is the memory of her bedroom eyes
Green as the envy I can’t hide
Red is the color that she lays so bare
In early morning, through any window
In early morning, through any window
Track Name: Drink Up (Alternate Take)
These are the days
These are the good ones
After this it’s all down hill
I’ve got a raise
But something smells rotten
All good
Till you can’t pay the bill

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

You ride along laughing and drinking
Hooking up with whoever you choose
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
I could’ve been heroes
Tonight’s the best I’ll do

I’ll figure out what this has to do with drinking
And hooking up when those days are all 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: Who Blew Out The Sun? (Alternate Take)
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 back 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
When you blew out the sun
When you blew out the sun
Track Name: Parador (Alternate Take)
I’m your puddle of water, you jump over me
Your rusty old screen door, come and go as you please
Everything comes to you so easily
There’s so much more to you than me

So I look up find you flying over Parador
Wishing I had wings to fly too, wishing I was self-absorbed
Got to find another hobby, keep me busy and take up time
I’ll forget that you don’t call me and slip inside this dream of mine
Over Parador

Gather up my scratchy records, collect some extra time
Got to find another reason, to keep your heart from reaching mine
I’m your Mario Lanza’s “Last Concert In Spain”
Want to be your Getz/Gilberto
Making sure I get played and played and I’m not crazy
I’m not crazy

So I look up find you flying over Parador
Wishing I had wings to fly too, wishing I was self -absorbed
Got to find another hobby, keep me busy and take up time
I’ll forget that you don’t call me and slip inside this dream of mine...

Oh-no
Track Name: Freestyle (Bonus Track Alternate Take)
She's a thief
Deep in the tube
Snaggin' mad air
And crushin' 'em all down at Newps

I've got my board
Bored with the dudes
Followed her around
And I nearly got my neck in a noose

Everything she do, she do with a call of the wyld
That don't make her a freak
When she says forever, she only means a little while
That don't make her a liar
She freestyle

She was hot
Thermometers fused
How am I gonna catch her
Behind all the TV crews?

I've got the goods
Kinda damaged and loose
A double grab 360 off a
Twelve foot Samoan should do

Everything she do, she do with a call of the wyld
That don't make her a freak
When she gives you love, she's going to give you more than a smile
That don't make her a liar
She freestyle
Kickin’ it free
She freestyle
Little miss free

You know I can’t really call her mine
But I can’t believe she calls me all the time
One of those things that’s just too good to be true
Kiss her face again
Please don’t pop my balloon

When she says forever, she only means a little while
That don’t make her a freak
When she gives you love, she's going to give you more than a smile
That don't make her a liar
She freestyle
That don't make her a liar
She freestyle
That don't make her a liar
She freestyle
That don't make her a liar…