No Surprise (re​-​imagined single)

by Willie Wisely

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We were in a Gram Parsons mood that day, in a studio frequently used by the great Gary Louris of the Jayhawks. His mojo was rubbing off, as we attempt that 70's country rock vibe, pedal steel and all.

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Now I can’t understand why you treat me like you do
I’d re-arrange the stars
Mine becomes ours

And I can’t comprehend these amazing stunts you pull
You leave me with a thrill
But I know what’s coming next
No surprise

No surprise
No surprise
No surprise
What’s wrong now?
I hate that look in your eyes

You just say the word and I’ll be out of your life for good
That’s not what I want to do
But I know what’s coming next
No surprise

No surprise
No surprise
No surprise
What’s wrong now?
I hate that look in your eyes

You say the word, I’ll be out of your life for good
That’s not what I want to hear
But I know what’s coming next
No surprise

credits

released February 7, 2014
Ed Ackerson: acoustic guitar, pianet
Peter Anderson: drums, tambourine, shaker
Chris Heinrich: pedal steel
Mike Ruekberg: backing vocals
James Voss: electric bass & backing vocals (not used)
Willie Wisely: electric guitar, vocals
Engineered by Ed Ackerson, Peter Anderson, Willie Wisely & Ken Chastain
Mixed by Chuck Zwicky
Produced by Wisely & Ed Ackerson
Recorded at Flowers Studio, Minneapolis & Weepah Way, Laurel Canyon, CA
Art by John Berry

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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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