ephemeral parade

by William and the Wildflowers

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love + loss + grief + disillusionment + mending + celebration

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released July 5, 2019

All songs written and recorded by Will at the Rock n Roll Monastery in Western North Carolina

Photo courtesy of Megann Joyce Schmitt

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Will Schmitt Iowa City, Iowa

homespun tales and exaggerations.

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Track Name: oh tender love
Oh Great Spirit, come to me.
Oh Great Spirit, come to me.
I’m drowning, and I’m about to breathe.

Oh Great Spirit, come to me.
Oh Great Spirit, come to me.
The day is long, and I’m about to dream.

Oh tender love, please find me.
Oh tender love, please find me.
I feel alone, comfort me.
I feel alone, please comfort me.

Oh my body, don’t fail me.
Oh my body, don’t fail me.
Until I’ve learned to give completely.
Until I learn to love completely.
Track Name: coriander glow
Will you love me if I go back to Iowa
Will you leave me if I decide to stay
I know I've talked and dreamt a lot of Iowa
But won't you be here with me today

I want to laugh and sing and share everything
Hold me close and kiss me do not be afraid

But she guards her heart for good reason
And no one is to blame
I want to share this season
And frolic once again

If there's one thing to be sure
You are the one I love
So don't say good bye to me today

Will you love me if I go back to Iowa
Will you leave me if I decide to stay
I know I've talked and dreamt a lot of Iowa
But please be here with me today

She doesn't want to sacrifice her freedom
She doesn't want to be held down
I respect your wishes but I'll still wash your dishes
She's a princess but she fancies me a clown.

Will you love me if I go back to Iowa
Will you leave me if I decide to stay
I know I've talked and dreamt a lot of Iowa
But I want to be here with you again.
Track Name: i'll always love you
Baby I ain’t got much to show for my time
And baby I’m not sure I ever will
I don’t have a career and sometimes I’m gripped with fear
And ashamed when I see my own reflection

And I didn’t treat you right, I ran away in fright
Give me another chance & I’ll do it again
I’ve got no room to say, but I’ll say it anyway
Happy Valentines Day, I’ll always love you

We met mile 703, California PCT
Where the desert meets the High Sierra Mountains
You took me by the arm & said lets go
Lets see what kind of trouble we can get in

We got so filthy, your feet were black as pitch
But you always smelled sweet as the summer rain
And when the trail was over, I sold all of my things
And drove out to meet you in Washington

But the rain never seemed to stop and the sun barely shone
In the first couple months that I was out there.
Feeling crowded and depressed, purpose and jobless
I couldn’t stand to stare in your eager eyes

So I headed on the road, played a hundred shows or so
To much applause, but lonelier than hell
And then my sister died and my sorrows multiplied
I was too self absorbed to try and save her

You helped me try and hike it off
but no mountain’s high enough
Then the seasons started changing swift and fierce
The walls closed back in as the rain began again
so I left in a hurry and never looked back

I’m sorry I’m afraid of the love that we made
But I’ll hold our memories in my heart forever
I’ve got no room to say but I’ll say it anyway
Happy Valentines Day, I’ll always love you
Track Name: your wild country
Lord I’m home sick for your holy mountain
And its cold here within these bones
I feel trapped within this sacred body
And I want out, god dammit I want out

There are walls raised up all around me
I feel like I’m in a tomb
All alone within this quiet prison
My spirit aches for your womb

Please guide my hand in this surrender
Envelope my spirit today
This hardened heart is cracking open
And bleeding out in a new way

I recognize myself in your beauty
In the birds that sing your sacred song
In every ephemeral flower
I deeply sense that I belong

But we humans line up like cattle
Distressed and shuffled along
I want to sleep beside the river
And stare into your great beyond

How can I take your wild country
And bring that magic into town
I want to remember your promise
Whenever I come down.
Track Name: somewhere, somehow
Well I guess I’ll stick around with you

for at least a couple more tunes.

But I’ve got my sights on distant star’s sun soaked honey moons.

But I can’t escape this planet until the day I die.

But now that gives me hope when it used to make me cry “I.”

Make of it what you will, we’re mostly giving our best.

We fight for crumbs of solace and may be failing a test.

But the heart of humankind ventures forth through our time.

And I think some day we’re gonna make it.

Somewhere, somewhere,

somewhere, somehow.

Somewhere, somewhere,

somewhere, somehow.
Track Name: my society
I’m not a story teller, I’ve got no flair for fictions.
I write what I know, and I have a few addictions.
I fall in love so fast, and slowly pushed them all away.
I trust my fellow man, but I don’t trust my society.

They use our minds against us to profit from the pain.
Theres a million empty churches promising to do the same,
while Jesus sleeps upon the steps of the house that bears his name.
So the preacher calls the cops and they lock him up again.
And he says to the prisoners “at least here they will let you in.”

The poor can’t afford to get the help they need, because health care is a system that runs on fear and greed.
Insurance towers keep on growing and they need to be fed.
If you can’t afford the coverage you might as well be dead.
Yes, we’ve got to outperform the previous 3 months, increase shareholder value, and pay those at the top 800 times the wages of those who do the real work.
Hey we are just the middle men thats just the way it works.

Its cozy at the top, work hard to get there too, just take from the many and give it to the few.
Now get down on your knees and shine my pretty black shoes.
Rub them good and hard and if your lucky I might tip you.

I’m not a story teller, I’ve got no flair for fictions.
I write what I know, and I have a few addictions.
I fall in love so fast, and slowly pushed them all away.
I trust my fellow man, but I don’t trust my society.
Track Name: tend the fire
Tend the fire in your heart,
and I will light your way.
Flicker lively in the dark,
and we’ll share a brighter day.

But I need you to invite me in, and I need you to do it again.
I am always with you, but I need you with me, too.

Life’s a trick of optics and light,
to distract, deceive, and delight.
You sense purpose but its unclear,
my hope’s that you’d draw me near.

But I need you to invite me in, and I need you to do it again.
I am always with you, but I need you with me, too.

I had to give up my sense of control to feel what I did not know.
And because I let go, I’m freed and open to grow.

But I need you to invite me in, and I need you to do it again.
I am always with you, but I need you with me, too.

Please guide me back to the stream
when I try to quench my thirst.
Wash my eyes so I can see
who I am born to be.

But I need you to invite me in, and I need you to do it again.
I am always with you, but I need you with me, too.
Track Name: better friends
I’m not grounded when I fly, but I can’t help reaching for the sky, somewhere out there and within my soul, rooms for heaven here below, here below

I tried walking in a straight line, but I stumbled from time to time and I felt guilty, disgusted with myself, ingested poison for better health, better health

But I am not giving up, I'm never giving in, I’m not giving out out, I will be a friend We can take it all up, we can take it all in. We can talk it out, we can be better friends, better friends

I tried moving but had to stop, tried making money but didn’t like to shop,
tried judging others and only hurt myself, ingested poison for better health, better health

I’m misguided, sometimes, its true, and I will tell you what I really think of you, and I wish that I could take away the pain, an ounce of sunshine, a drop of rain, drop of rain

But I am not giving up, I'm never giving in, I’m not giving out out, I will be a friend We can take it all up, we can take it all in. We can talk it out, we can be better friends, better friends

I think love can conquer all, and maybe every climb accompanies a fall, I’ll take my licks and sometimes I may bite, but I’ll hold you with love tonight, love tonight

But I am not giving up, I'm never giving in, I’m not giving out out, I will be a friend We can take it all up, we can take it all in. We can talk it out, we can be better friends, better friends
Track Name: christmas time in winterset
The courthouse is lit like a great big pyramid
Piping songs of holiday cheer
Angels hark from the hay from live nativity
Proclaiming that Christmas is near

Its Christmas time in Winterset, Iowa
Its Christmas time you can feel it in the air
Its Christmas time in Madison County
And I can’t wait to be there

West Bridge’s halls are decked with plastic holly
And Montross’s has your hallmark ornaments
The High School Choirs sing Hallelujah
While the band warms up their instruments

Its Christmas time in Winterset, Iowa
Its Christmas time you can feel it in the air
Its Christmas time in Madison County
And I, for one, can’t wait to be there

The light posts on the square are wrapped in garland
And tied with pretty red bows
Even the turbines south of town have got the spirit
blinking brightly like Rudolph’s shiny nose

Its Christmas time in Winterset, Iowa
Its Christmas time you can feel it in the air
Its Christmas time in Madison County
And I, for one, can’t wait to be there

I hope that it will snow come Christmas Morning
So we can make some fresh tracks on our way
Through the City Park and on to Clark’s Tower
Where from the top we’ll shout out and say

Its Christmas time in Winterset, Iowa
Its Christmas time you can feel it in the air
Its Christmas time in Madison County
And I’m so glad to be here

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