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Neon and Gold

by Dan Jacob Wallace

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1.
Fell 04:50
i fell into a sleep it was so deep, it was so deep it took me on a trip so far away, so far away i spiraled like a snake winding through town winding through town i left without a trace without a trail, without a sound far away away, far away away i fell upon a face tattooed in bronze tattooed in bronze it had an air of grace knee-deep in sin, knee-deep in sin i left it in the ground couldn’t keep up, couldn’t keep up with treasures on my back weighing me down, holding me back far away away, far away away i ran into a man he was alone, he was alone he met me long ago on my way out, on my way out to nowhere left to go covered in sand, covered in sand with hands invisible he reached inside, put me inside far away away, far away away
2.
ladies, gentlemen i’m so happy you could attend no one’s challenging you to understand all we ask is you sit still and listen though there’s no rule against pretending to care someone, someone you know he’s on fire from head to toe no one’s challenging him to be a man all they ask is he do the best he can nobody over here even gives a damn someone, someone you know she’s grown tired, bitter and cold no one’s challenging her to run a scam all they ask is she find herself a man she thinks they’re full of it prefers life alone
3.
Too Soon 03:18
heaven is a place on earth give it to the dirty people count their blessings as a curse i’ve been counting mine since my first rebirth someone’s got to give it a name so we can call it out when we’re in the dark everything’s got something to tell have to learn to read the language every word i ever said has fifty meanings i can choose from later someone’s got to give it a name so we can call it out when we’re in the dark there’s a face, there is a photograph dig it up, go deep into the past when you find there is an alibi we will be in touch…don’t mourn too soon it’s surprising what is there it’s surprising what is not there everything i ever had evolved from some sort of illicit bargain someone’s got to give it a name so we can call it out when we’re in the dark there’s a face, there is a photograph dig it up, go deep into the past when you find there is an alibi with a little luck, we will be in touch… don’t mourn too soon
4.
Jacques 04:19
when they speak, they’ll speak of you running around you’re always open to anything wandering around nowhere to go closing your eyes till there’s something to see what about them, could they make you happy? they need somebody someone like you and so do you what about me, could i make you happy? i need somebody, someone like me and so do they when they drink, they’ll drink to you praising the way you’ve always shown them how to be free, they wonder why you’re so alone, closing your lips till there’s something to breathe what about us, could we make you happy? we need somebody someone like you and so do you what about you, will you make you happy? you’ll need somebody someone like her, and so will she all we can do now is wait wait for you to come down here where we are where we are we are here when they dream, they’ll dream of you holding their hands nobody’s better at that than you are clutching their skin so close to the bone closing their lives till there’s something to be what about me, could i make you happy? i need somebody, someone like me and so do you what about you, will you make you happy? you’ll need somebody someone like her and so will they don’t be afraid
5.
god only knows what you have done to become who and what you are today is a new day, where will you go? will you leave us here to wonder who you are and what you know? all you know or is all this just for show? god only knows what you have seen to become who and what you seem today is a new day, where will you go? won’t you stay here teach us how to forget everything we know? all we know, even if it’s just for show is it life, is it time, is it everything combined? god only knows what we’ll become now that your time here’s done and gone today is a new day, seen it before when our skin is still skin and our time’s running thin yes we’ve seen it all happen before all before, before you and all your lords is it light, is it night, is it all these things combined? god only knows what we will do now that your time here’s done and through today is a new day, seen it before still our skin is still skin and our time’s running thin yes we’ve seen it all happen before all before, before you and all your lore
6.
Pindrop 04:51
keep up the good fight, your chin high soon you will win the prize i know you, you’re all right you’re just fine the big appetite, the reason for the ride the first of your kind hold on, keep it up, it’s not done till you say you’ve had enough, not yet ‘cause you’re everyone’s type the reason for the night, the end of all time the biggest reason why still you have to ponder and wonder how things would have been for you if you had been born of thunder not just a little pin drop don’t drop, wake up pounce like the panther whose time is up remember that 9 times out of 10 you will not win 9 times out of 10 you’ll have to give in one shot, that’s all it takes for you to make the kill one shot, here it comes no not quite yet we’ll just have to keep on dreaming still you must hold your head high waiting till the time is ripe to strike and still i, i think you’re fine, you’re all right the key clipped to the kite the reason for the flight the biggest little tike still you sit there pondering, wondering how things might have been for you if you had been born of thunder not just a tiny pin drop still you must hold your head high waiting for the holy light to shine on you because 9 times out of 10 you will not win 10 times out of 10 you’ll want to give in the reason for the wine the pearl in the rhine the hello not goodbye the bravest of the knights
7.
i see you looking back from behind the lizard and the cat from between the shadows and the cracks i know it’s hard to be you always i know you’re not the you I see today i hope you’ll be someone who I can know sometime above you there’s a man flying so low you could touch his hair flying happily without a care he sees you looking at another face he knows you’re not the you he sees today he hopes you’ll be someone that he can know sometime you will be anything or anyone you want to and you will be anyway and any flavor you want to to be…I need you every day i see you looking back from behind the posers and the hacks from between the crevices and cracks i know it’s hard to be you always i know you’re not the you I see today i hope you’ll be someone who I can know sometime you will be anything or anyone you want to you will be any way and any kind of color you will…I need you every day now
8.
Maybe 04:01
maybe it’s the time for something different hope we’re not too late we will keep on trying till there’s nothing left to live for nothing left to save keep on pushing at the door until you break the hinges don’t you hesitate – we’ll all escape we will escape the fitting rooms riding away on silk balloons some things may never change but i’m on my way maybe it’s the time for something better hey, we can deal with that we’ve got every boy and girl and every lonely sinner ready to attack keep on banging at the door until it turns to splinters then bust right through the cracks – don’t turn back we will escape the living rooms riding away on magic brooms some things may never change but i’m not to blame maybe you’re the crazy one they sing of hey, i can deal with that keep on doing to me what you’re doing keep me blooming, weed my habitat don’t you listen to a word they tell you keep on groovin’ you’re worth far more than that: the best they’ve had
9.
there is a feeling i get when you’re near me like mud being changed into wine we’ll have a party for you and my body you’ll drink for the rest of your life we are supposed to believe in each other before we shrink can’t get much smaller than this there is a symptom of which you’re a victim i sense when your defense is down so i’ll learn to be your disease’s procedure to cure and to keep you around we are supposed to believe in each other before we sink into another ice age open a window, look out at the people below, they don’t know we exist so let’s close our eyes till our minds become blind to the world we will live in a kiss we are supposed to believe in each other before we sink into another ice age we are supposed to believe in each other before we sleep can’t get much smaller today
10.
Sonatina 04:11
11.
Homage 04:17
she’s a hostage to his laughter he’s the needle at her hip they both know what’s coming after they know it’s nasty but it fits give them everything they ask for on their sticky honey trip if you give them what they’re after i know they’ll give us all a hit there’s no shame now, there’s a reason she’s the reason for his laughter he’s the pleasure in her grip they both know it spells disaster they know it’s deadly, but it clicks there’s no shame now, there’s a reason they’ve got the sweetest smile you’d ever hope to see they’ve got the sweetest kiss that lips could ever need they’ve got the sweetest breath you’d ever hope to breathe they’ve got the sweetest lives that anyone could lead everybody leaves before they learn to stay everybody cheats before they learn to pay everybody lives a little bit too late everybody tries, everybody tries she’s the heathen in his rafters he’s the razor at her wrist they both know what they are after they know it’s buried and it’s rich here we are now, this is an homage an invitation, we are the ones that you saw there in the dark
12.
Swollen 03:58
darlin’, swollen dreams stretch the ceiling ball of music in tan skin and gold miners dancing look out they’re coming through with their glass-scratching fish-hooks’ cold rusty gleam if they pop this cockloft top off us drifting in, sifting out, clogging unclogging quiver, quivering pick one, we’re going up through a hole in the ceiling so dust off your wings let’s fly to the summer wind that made them all give in to all their hopeless whims we’ll start again if they try and drag us back down there with their spear-guns and fish-claws and chrome-plated pictures, picturing look out they’re watching you with their sin-chasing eyeballs bobbing about
13.
stay one more night in the back of my mind can’t quite forget you stuck there in my throat thrown out just one time too many in one day 12 just to get there, 50 more to stay play us a song but a real one not your own we will sing along, whatcha’ say? you won’t play it our way? no more reversing of sundown and dawn just one more look…i’ll be gone grown ups still play all their old games in the rain cylinders humming, black crust smoke remains play us a song but a real one not your own we will sing along, watcha’ say? you won’t play it?…go away i won’t play along, i won’t sing that song you can’t say i’m wrong to escape from that old tired dry cliché
14.
Le Néant 03:59
what do i see past the landscape of bones and debris? past the rampage of lost legacies? oh baby i see you touching me oh baby i see heaven and earth swallowed up like the early bird worm universes colliding head first oh baby i see us taking turns, till one day when there’s no one left to line up nothing to touch nothing to hide or to dig up who will find us flickering lights lost in the cracks of space and time? what will i be once this world turns to dust and debris? but a soft flash, a lone memory? oh baby will you remember me? oh baby i’ll be neon and gold bottled up in a vacuum tight hole spit out light years beyond what we know oh baby will i have you to hold? till one day when there’s no one left to find us nothing to crush nothing to fight or to climb up what designer will sublimate what is left of our love and rotten brains? what will it be? nonsense worlds for an eternity? dried up dew drops with botched histories? oh baby where did you become me? oh baby there’s still heaven and earth twisted up like a school-boy’s self worth like the tongue of a baby’s fist words oh tell me what have we learned ‘cause lately i see nothing through the hot tide convulsing and blind reaching and rushing right through me spinning supine suspended in time watching the sand and stars combining

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“There’s definitely something innovative about Neon and Gold. Maybe it’s the neo-psychedelic arrangements, the Alice-in-Wonderland lyrics or the smooth-as-silk delivery. Maybe we should listen again.” – Performing Songwriter Magazine

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released February 3, 2006

Dan Wallace: vocals, guitars, various other instruments, songwriting; George Lawler: drums; Elisabeth Johnson: violin.

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Dan Jacob Wallace Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Dan Jacob Wallace is a composer, songwriter, and guitarist currently based in Milwaukee.

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