Ghosts & Men

by Beth Wimmer

Released 2011
Radiosky Records
Released 2011
Radiosky Records
Americana, Modern-Folk tales of men past, present, and dearly departed. Confident, worldly and warm - a la Aimee Mann, Tracy Chapman, Chrissie Hyde.
  • 04:41 Lyrics
    Lover On the Run

    Lover On The Run  

    Beth Wimmer  c2011

     

    The temperature is dropping, it's getting cold

    I can see your breath in here against the night

    I think my heart is stopping, words frozen in my soul

    Now i hear the reasons why you say we have to hide

     

    I dove into this hole with you my heart above my head..

    possessed in our exuberance, you said

    But it can't be too late, to change our fate

    We gotta make this right or else our Love could end up dead

     

    Chorus...  

    Do you really think that we should disappear

     Baby don't go sayin' things you think sound good to hear

     We got to be real, we can't be hiding from the sun

     but I'm gonna stay with you no matter what you've done

     I'm with you....my Lover on the run

     

    They're not gonna understand you killed the man for good

    if you don't turn yourself in, Babe i think you should

    I know a decent law man down on Gallahad

    he can explain he had it comin', he was bad 

     

    tell everyone it was self defense, you laid the devil dead

    just when he was gonna put a bullet in your head

    I know you're a good man, I believe in you

    even fully knowing what you're capable to do...

     

    Chorus~

    Do you really think that we should disappear

    Baby don't go sayin' things you think sound good to hear

    We got to be real, we want our places in the sun

    but I'm gonna stay with you no matter what you've done

    I'm with you....my Lover on the run

  • 04:47 Lyrics
    Sweet Tragedy

    SweetTragedy

    BethWimmer c2011

     

    Fantasies in your head, liquid courage   

    Painting the night with vivid image

    Come to my door your words of Passion

    Down on the floor next day you're crashing

    Every time you tell me you're coming 

    the road looks fine your engine's running

    Coming my way like a train full of candy 

    broken down the next day your world is ending

     

    Chorus 

    My bittersweet sweet poetry man, sweet tragedy

    sweet dirty bundle of nerves, sweet tragedy

     

    You let people down & call it their drama

    lie to yourself whenever you wanna

    Call me up drunk, tell me you Love me... 

    next day you're talking like you don't know me                                                      

    Spontaneous man lives life in the moment, spontaneous man can't stay in the moment

     

    Chorus

    My bittersweet sweet poetry man, sweet tragedy

    sweet dirty bundle of nerves, sweet tragedy

     

    Bridge...        

    He would do well to live all his life with me

    and i would live in hell tryin' to help him to be happy

     

    Your face in the dirt, officer's boot print

    you're swearing to God you'll alter your blueprint

    you're walking disaster, you tell me you know it

    so you finally ask me to help you not blow it

     

    I really love you my sweet, sweet poetry man, sweet tragedy

    sweet dirty bundle of nerves, sweet tragedy

    My bittersweet sweet poetry man, sweet tragedy

    sweet dirty bundle of nerves, sweet tragedy...

  • 04:15 Lyrics
    Bring You Back

    Bring You Back         

    Beth Wimmer c2011

     

    i sleep in the shirt you wore on your back, but it don't bring you back, don't bring you back

    i bring cake to your uncle and your pa, but you don't stop around you don't even call

    i left a note of love on your door, but later i saw it crushed on the floor

    i sleep in the shirt you wore on your back, but it don't bring you back, don't bring you back

     

    CHORUS...

    This town is grey without you   nobody here is laughing

    everybody talks about you... say are you comin' back...

     

    i wish i could make you answer my call,  do you know where you are, have you have a bad fall

    i don't know if you're dead or alive, but if you were alive i would feel it inside

    i took the dog out looking for you...   we came back home with only a shoe

    i sleep in the shirt you wore on your back, but it don't bring you back, don't bring you back

     

    CHORUS...

    This town is grey without you   nobody here is laughing

    everybody talks about you... say are you comin' back...

    This town is grey with worry   nobody here is laughing

    they tell me they're so sorry... and are you comin' back...

     

    Bridge:

    can you feel me pray and grieve? were you so unhappy you had to leave?

    i wish you trusted me with your fear. you could have stayed not disappeared

     

    CHORUS and...

    (bckng vox)

    baby where you gone to wanna bring you back now

    baby where you gone to come on home

  • 04:10 Lyrics
    Blame Yourself

    Blame Yourself

    beth wimmer c2011

     

    We all loved him, we could all have warned him

    You can't blame yourself

    You can't blame yourself

     

    I saw it coming that he could not take the storm

    You can't blame yourself

     

    You always tried your best, it wasn't you who failed this test

    You can't blame yourself

     

    You have the sweetest sensitivity

    and i'm praying for your clarity

    don't shoulder the responsibility, please...

     

    There were words unspoken, you think they would have changed things

    You can't blame yourself

     

    His heart was already broken, you just can't know what life will bring

    Please don't blame yourself

    You can't blame yourself

     

    the sadness and the beauty lie in Love lost that has changed our lives

    please don't blame yourself

     

    Well i love your sensitivity

    and i'm praying for your clarity

    don't shoulder the responsibility, please...

  • 03:25 Lyrics
    Beautiful Friends

    Beautiful Friends

    Beth Wimmer c2011  

     

    you have such beautiful friends since i left you

    i thought i'd be the one who would get you

    to be my only one but i let you

    drink the love well dry

     

    you said you've been lonely and cry, and...

    you never had lovin' like i can

    but you cannot be faithful to one and

    fill the love well high

                                      

    we said we'd be friends so you're calling me every day 

    with your latest news

    it's hard to hear all that you say, i'm not over you....   ooooh  oooh...

     

    SOLO...

                              

    we said we'd be friends so you're calling me every day 

    with your excellent news

    what do you want me to say, i'm happy for you....   ooooh  oooh...

     

    your new beautiful friends will help you

    feel ok in your hell and propel you

    for a spell but you still are compelled to

    drink the love well dry

  • 04:06 Lyrics
    Easier Life

    Easier Life

    Beth Wimmer  c2011

     

    The more miles I put behind me   The less I recall his face

    I got your magic love beside me   I’m being kissed in every place 

     

    Chorus...

    Along this road to the easier life

    Along this road to the easier life

    I can’t believe it’s true  Every path that I’ve been down has led me to you

     

    Driving through his city   His bad ways clouding my mind

    But then you turn and call me pretty  And you take me by the hand

     

    Chorus...

    Along this road to the easier life

    We’re on this road and it's an easier life

    Crazy but it’s true  Every block that I been ‘round has led me to you

    It’s led me to you

     

    Bridge...

    I’m counting my lucky stars that you came into the bar

    when I was in your town playing my guitar

    Now wherever we go, home is where we are

    Funny but it’s true  Every gig I ever done has led me to you

     

    I feel the beauty of this country   Now I’m leaving it behind

    As we drive through different counties   Different faces come to mind

     

    but on this road to the easier life

    now i know i wanna be a good wife

    We're on this road to the easier life

    I can’t believe it’s true  Every road that I’ve been down has led me to you

    it's led me to you.... it's led me to you... it's led me to you

  • 03:08 Lyrics
    My Babe

    My Babe 

    Beth Wimmer c2011

     

    My man is the perfect combination of high and low

    My babe is the sweetest sensation of fast and slow

    Every time i fall he raises me up, if i gotta crawl then he stops to wait up

    My babe, he's the finest lovin' man i ever had

     

    My babe got the mix just right of boy and man

    He don't ever need to fight for me but i know he can

    He's the right balance of work and play, he's gotta work a lot but then we get to get away

    My babe, he's the finest lovin' man to come my way

     

    Bridge...

    You might say that i have said enough, but i say damn i can't believe my luck                         

    For years i've been singing through my crying eyes

    Now i wanna sing praises for my favorite guy

     

    BRIDGE...

     

    My babe is a sensual potion of earth and clean

    Sometimes he can play dirty but he's never mean

    He's had his share of pain and joy, his daddy left him when he was just a little boy

     

    My babe, he's the finest lovin' man i ever had

    My babe, he's the finest lovin' man to come my way

    My babe, he's the finest lovin' man i ever had

  • 03:18 Lyrics
    Makin' War

      Makin' War

    Beth Wimmer     c2011

     

    Boy you left me in a haze 

    said you'd be back in 20 days... it's a really beautiful town

    but honey without you i don't get around

     

    Chorus:

    well you say you don't love your gun... and you say this has to be done

    but while you're makin' war my love bleeds on the floor

     

    you love me up, i'm down with your ways                   

    tell me each night that i better stay... loved me so well, now i need you so                      

    this place feels like hell until you come home

     

    Chorus...              

    well you say you don't love your gun... and you say this has to be done

    but while you're makin' war my love bleeds on the floor

     

    Bridge:

    well i feel so cold and tired, everything i do is wrong

    yeah without you by my side, babe i just can't seem to be strong

     

    i can't reach you on the phone

    i hate sleeping all alone...  all i can think of 24 hours

    is making love with you in the shower

    Chorus...

     

    bridge...

     

    i can't reach you on the phone

    i go drinking all alone... all i can think of 24 hours

    is making love with you in the shower

     

    CHORUS... x 2

    well you say you don't love your gun

    but i think that you're having fun

    and while you're makin' war my love bleeds on the floor  

  • 04:27 Lyrics
    Bad Moon Rising

    Bad Moon Rising  

    J.C. Fogerty

     

    I see the bad moon rising

    I see trouble on the way

    I see earthquakes and lightning

    I see bad times today

     

    CHORUS:

    Don't go around tonight

    Well, it's bound to take your life

    There's a bad moon on the rise. 

     

    I hear hurricanes blowing

    I know the end is coming soon

    I fear rivers over flowing

    I hear the voice of rage and ruin

     

    CHORUS...

     

    Hope you got your things together

    Hope you are quite prepared to die

    Looks like we're in for nasty weather

    One eye is taken for an eye

     CHORUS...

  • 04:32 Lyrics
    Damn Angel

    Damn Angel

    Beth Wimmer c2011

     

    Damn Angel damn you, i could have loved you, can you hear me say

    Trusted i trusted, with all that you gave that you would stay

     

    Did you think you would never shake off the cover of black clouds above you

    How did you hide the darkness inside from the souls who loved you

     

    Damn Angel damn you, i could have loved you, can you hear me sing

    Bless you God bless you, send you on your way and give you wings

     

    Did you think you would never find you a lover and white light within

    Here we are many who miss every thread of music in your skin

     

    Did you think of your Papa, alone in his Casa a sonless man

    Here we are many who miss every thread of beauty in your skin

     

    Damn Angel damn you, i could have loved you, can you hear me say (can you hear me...)

    Trusted i trusted, with all that you gave that you would stay (can you hear me...)

     

    Damn Angel damn you, i could have loved you, can you hear me sing

    Bless you God bless you, send you on your way, give you wings

     

    can you hear me, can you hear me, can you hear me?

  • 04:09 Lyrics
    For the Living

    For The Living

    Beth Wimmer c2011

     

    Hard to believe you're getting what you need

    when your world is on fire and you can barely breathe

    Strange to accept the world is thinking of your best

    when you lose your home or when you hurt yourself

     

    Where there is injury the Universe will see... and works divinely

    Where there is injury there is an energy that flows to right it

     

    When everything you touch seems to melt and break away

    it's time to leap out with your Heart and honey keep your Faith

    Life will let you down and there's struggle all around

    you can stand for what feels right, or meditate into the night

     

    Love and Compassion are the actions we can practice

    patience and forgiveness are the best ways for the Living

     

    Communicate don't isolate, you can shout aloud or pray alone

    there's a power in together and a power in your soul

     

    Poetry we'll see when our brothers... and sisters breathe and move in Peace

    Imagine all the people Free.........

     

    Love and Compassion are the actions we can practice

    patience and forgiveness are the best ways for the Living

     

    (Where there is injury the Universe will see... and works divinely

    Where there is injury there is an energy that flows to right it)

     

    Love and Compassion are the actions we can practice

    patience and forgiveness are the best ways for the Living

     

    (Where there is injury the Universe will see... and works divinely

    Where there is injury there is an energy that flows to right it)

NOTES
"Ghosts & Men is one of those albums which when you find, you wish you'd found earlier. Wimmer places two standout tracks in front of us--- one a standard, a cover of CCR's 'Bad Moon Rising'. While it is a song I usually can do without (I think I've just heard it way too many times), Wimmer slows it down and Damiano Della Torre grits it up with such class slide work, I find myself actually liking it. The other standout song is 'For the Living'. The slight ska beat and the shifting background vocals reminds a lot of certain songs on Steve Winwood's Back In the High Life, the intertwining rhythms giving it an energy beyond, if you will. Nice work, Beth. May others hear what I hear." -Frank O. Gutch Jr., RockandReprise.net