WILD ANGELS

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A wild angel had appeared to him, the angel of mortal youth and beauty, an envoy from the fair courts of life, to throw open before him in an instant of ecstasy the gates of all of the ways of error and glory. On and on and on and on! - James Joyce from 'A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.'

Here's the deal, music fans: Should you choose to, you can listen to this entire record FREE streaming through this website. I’d love it if you’d do this at least once, but you could do this forever. (Or until you’re sick of the songs, whichever comes first.) Honestly – as the artist, I am happy to get my songs heard by any means necessary. However, if you can afford to, there are also some other options that perhaps you’ll consider:

Option 1: If you like what you hear (and want to support this artist – er… me that is – which by the way would be pretty damn awesome) you can download individual songs for just .70 cents each.

Option 2: Download the entire 9-track record for just $5 and you’ll score a bonus track (yeah!) and a wickedly cool, fully illustrated lyric-book. This is taking your support of this artist (the same cat that is writing this) to the next level. That might make you feel good but it will make me feel great.

Option 3: For a scant $2 more, I'll send you a CD in addition to everything in the option above. That's $7 for the hardcopy disc in an attractive, eco-friendly CD jacket - right to your door (minus shipping) along with an immediate download of all 10 tracks and that amazingly cool lyric-book. I would hug you if I could. Seriously. And because I don’t want to be in the shipping business – this CD will be sold in a limited edition run of 100 copies. When those are gone – it will no longer be available.

A few considerations:
My only desire is to make these songs a part of your music collection.
Try before you buy! Listen and like it. (Or don’t.) I’m not giving these songs away, but I fully believe you should be able to hear every record you purchase in its entirety before you put down your hard-earned cash for it. I’m not doing this for charity. I’m certainly not in this to make a boatload of cash. That being said, it is pertinent to point out that all proceeds go directly to the artist (ahem). That is to say, no record companies, execs, or industry middlemen are involved in this endeavor. So should you choose to pay more than the minimum prices I mentioned (thanks Mom) you can do that too. I have no marketing machine, no promotional campaign, no insider contacts or lawyer friends. I just have YOU and the internet. By taking part in this process, you empower not just me, but ultimately all independent artists. Peace.



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released December 7, 2010

Produced by joe Wilford and Lily
Words and Music - joe Wilford
Additional vocals on 'Accidental History' - Richard Kimball
Recorded at ICE-9 Studios, Johnson County, Iowa 2009-2010
Artwork by Bosami
All songs BMI - Art Never Dies

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Track Name: Fuse
And I wait here for the
passage of time
The corrosion of the wind and the rain
Shelter me no more my love
Cause I’m headed for the free
Leave me to escape from all these Earthly chains

And I’ve felt the sting of
Everything that’s wrong with this
It won’t heal as long as the knife remains inside
Choices bleeding at my feet
Sometimes I’ve fallen to ascend
No regrets just lessons learned within the lies

Can I fuse?

And I’ve held on for so long
Handful of razors in my palms
There is no light behind my head
I still thirst for life you’ve bled

And suspicion traces cracks
Into the mortar of your bricks
It seems your concrete is just sand after all
And if you feel so secure
Why must you stand to hold it up
Walk away lets watch it burn as it falls

Can I fuse?

And we’ve come to far to turn
The tapestry is far from complete
Stitch the last mile and stay for real
Cause it’s a long way back to heal
Track Name: If we were all suddenly somebody else
Couldn’t fathom it
broken and bashed with a twist
Dashed into crags and left
Shining with hatred at the edge
In the froth of the aftermath
I am not sinking
I rise from the bottom
inside and without
Swallow my doubt
Soak in the brine of silent resolve
My defiance is silence
not a voice or a shout

There are few hands
that have shaken through
The dust of remembrance
coughed into palms
No sun on horizons
the horses are slaughtered
Tourniquets tightened on simple instinct
Broken wings fluttering high over the brink
Drama - her blade tempered in half-truths
Slashes, splatters and poisons gashes
Of the last link

Stay-stay yourself
If we were all suddenly somebody else
Save-save save yourself
The sting in your eye begs you to blink it away

And yes I said yes I will yes

Dissolving in water and gray like gratitude
Swirled into ash and lava internally
Cadence hangs in the air like a memory
In spite of the smoke and its smoldering canopy
I see you emblazon the night with your spark
But I'll smash your lantern
and find my own way in the dark
find my way in the dark
under open skies
Track Name: Soulsmith
Venture and roam
For the roots are rotted
Courage expands within proportion
Keep not standing
Drawing it out
Finish with fire heat and might
I temper the locks in the smithy of my soul

Unresolved conscience
Inhibits decision
Fear paralysis
Strike off the chains and go free
Heed no judgements
Cast out opinions
I hammer out hinge in the smithy of my soul

The slag and the ashes spilled outright
And the songs are molten down
Like the skies
Heaven's lies
As the fallen come crashing down

Spirit sparks fly from the anvil
Hold fast to file and vise
Toil and rejoice
in the roar of the bellows
With measured blows
Wrought in iron
The answer
I forge the door in the smithy of my soul

Deliver yourself
Take up the keys and be gone
Track Name: So it goes
Take down Slaughterhouse 5
And I'll read you Pilgrim's lines
As he opened up the dark
Kilgore walks the streets tonight
What he sees words can't describe
Apathy - its blackened heart

Summer's gone but your hand's still warm
Your smile keeps the cold away
Concentrate on this alone
We'll save the world another day

X's on the canvas mat
There's no cradle, there's no cat
And these mountains can't be traced
Cup your thoughts like coffee black
And spill out the nothing left
Into the hands of whom we're placed

Kiss me, make it go away
Your magic healing hands of peace
Take this world and make it right
'Cause no help's coming from above
Track Name: How to tell a true war story
This much is true I had a buddy
In Vietnam
He was bold and fearless
A daredevil with true balls of steel

There wasn’t cold that could make him shiver
He was one crazy cat
On Halloween he painted himself up cryptic
Paraded through the ville
Naked except for his gun

One day he stepped on a rigged 105 round
That blew him high
Into the trees and branches he was scattered
I swear I nearly cried

So I wrote his sister about a week later
Told her all these things
That her brother made the war seem so much fun
How we lit up the villes bringing smoke to bear

Yes he was hell raised straight from Cane
We were the best of friends for fact
I wrote his sister this beautiful letter
Would you believe
I never heard back
Track Name: Accidental History
Falling into all of this
Throwing it down
Fingers splayed
Clutching the mist
Nothing to grasp
Inhaling the dust of the
Centuries, I’ve found
An accidental history

Echo the shattered glass
Relinquish the fist
Vanquish the fear
Savor the pain
Breaking the mirror
Push away from the side
Ghosts of the land, they are
Useless as pride
And they're buried in sand
Step up to awaken the mystery
Of this accidental history

Helpless and headlong
A need strong as lust
Buried in whispers, I
Swallow the hush
A dying barb of
Sacrificial devotion
This series of scenes
Spurred into motion
Canopied like the moon
Silhouetted branches of trees
Accidental History
Track Name: Ash
And my heart is breaking up
These feelings sculpted out of mud
I can taste the opinions
Salty cauterized incisions
I lick your scars I smell the fear
The touch of death was nearly here
I lie awake I navigate
The space between us can’t be
Straight

And it’s clear the cards are stacked
The ace of scarlet rides in black
To this stellar procession
A blood-soaked throne
A king’s concession
I give to you the vibrant life
Between the blood the skin the knife
Take my crown
Still, your shallow breath
Sparks more fire
than all I have
Left
To burn
Track Name: Walk while ye have the night for morn, Lightbreakfastbringer
I walk away walk away walk away from this
Through the doubt behind my eyes
and the pulse of fear within
My stride is straight my stride is true
It’s taking me away from you

Deceived like an eclipse
the sun has blinded all
Scattered like shrapnel in chaos
splintered in walls
Afraid that what we know is right
and changing is the fuel
Dumped into the fire of fear—unknowing

I walk away walk away walk away from this
Broke through the cane and left a trail
of feelings I discard
Crucified and drawn again
gravel scorched and dusted
Left alone to ponder love
and people that you’ve trusted

Innocent of all but knowing
captured within the search was over
Held tight till your nails broke in the fall
The sky was aflame
your hope was razed to the ground
I held the match and I waited too long

I walk away walk away walk away from this
The blood that once united us
is red with impurity
Standing in silence
I pray for deliverance
Resolve like an ocean
washing away footprints

Interpretations—victim of yours
Regrets—I have none
Complications—victim of yours
Regrets—I have none

I walk away I walk away and face into the sun
I walk away I walk away
and then I run
Track Name: Victory
There are pieces of me left
within this shell that can
still accept the bitter truths
There are cards that have been dealt
and accordingly they take
tricks that strip away my youth

Into a cycle
that kills as it stifles
lacerates the skin of hope I have
left

There are things that I regret
but I can’t change them now
there’s no sense in looking back
And if you see me someday
sleeping on a park bench
I would hope you have the heart
to say hello friend my

how I’ve missed you
Life has kissed you
bruised your lips
bloodied and ripped and bit you
All your lies have
been realized
Taste the bitter fruit and
swallow it down

And I see now how it stands
the city’s afire outside my door
I’m still betting on the muse
What have I got left to give
does it matter at this point
Lift your glass and light the fuse

Sing a chorus
to high heaven
Bended knees won’t bring redemption
Smell the smoke of bridges burning
walk to the water
there’s no turning
back now

Here we are
the insane,
artists and the doomed
Waiting to die and we’re all trapped
in three corners of the same room
And what of the world?
with its bitter twists of fate
Shoulder the burdens and still in this
carnival of life we celebrate

Spin the knife
with your conviction
Guilt is a savage addiction
Free yourself and start the landslide
Ride it down and look back with pride
my love.
Track Name: Yes I will, I said (Bonus Track)
Couldn’t fathom it
broken and bashed with a twist
Dashed into crags and left
Shining with hatred at the edge
In the froth of the aftermath
I am not sinking
I rise from the bottom
inside and without
Swallow my doubt
Soak in the brine of silent resolve
My defiance is silence
not a voice or a shout

There are few hands
that have shaken through
The dust of remembrance
coughed into palms
No sun on horizons
the horses are slaughtered
Tourniquets tightened on simple instinct
Broken wings fluttering high over the brink
Drama - her blade tempered in half-truths
Slashes, splatters and poisons gashes
Of the last link

Stay-stay yourself
If we were all suddenly somebody else
Save-save save yourself
The sting in your eye begs you to blink it away

And yes I said yes I will yes

Dissolving in water and gray like gratitude
Swirled into ash and lava internally
Cadence hangs in the air like a memory
In spite of the smoke and it’s smoldering canopy
I see you emblazon the night with your spark
But I'll smash your lantern
and find my own way in the dark
find my way in the dark
under open skies
Track Name: Ash (acoustic remix)
And my heart is breaking up
These feelings sculpted out of mud
I can taste the opinions
Salty cauterized incisions
I lick your scars I smell the fear
The touch of death was nearly here
I lie awake I navigate
The space between us can’t be
Straight

And it’s clear the cards are stacked
The ace of scarlet rides in black
To this stellar procession
A blood-soaked throne
A king’s concession
I give to you the vibrant life
Between the blood the skin the knife
Take my crown
Still, your shallow breath
Sparks more fire
than all I have
Left
To burn