Wiseacre

by Eric Slick

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1.
Take me in this night I’m the loneliest one Maybe you’re too kind, but I’m having some fun Maybe I’m not certain, I’m a simple person When it comes to down to it. "Catch me when I fall”, I recalled in the woods. Told you not to crawl, Now you’re miles ahead Maybe I’m not perfect, I’m a simple person When it comes to down to it.
2.
Children 04:27
You may look back You may attack The holy rosary intact And I will know Before you know Look on the afterlife I’m shown We are only children here yearning to feel love The past will hold you ’til its gone Have you been caught? The afterthought; I tried to call and you picked up You’re on the prowl I shut my mouth He never loved you anyhow We are only children here yearning to feel love The past will hold you ’til its gone
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Over It 03:45 video
In the bloodlust of the evening! Can’t help but believe him That flame in the furnace That’s burning in earnest If love was all, I’d need it now If i could get it back somehow How can you not get over it? I’d write it off but I’d forget it How can you not get over it? How can you not get over it? Did you see me at the tavern? In the year of the Saturn? Crying on your shoulder In the heat of the pallid summer If love was all, I’d need it now If i could get it back somehow How can you not get over it? I’d try it all but I’d regret it! How can you not get over it? How can you not get over it? Can’t take anymore! Just open the door! In my darkest hour Love me again! Don’t leave me again! To go fend for myself. How can you not get over it? I’d try it all but I’d forget it. How can you not get over it? How can you not get over it?
4.
Quarantine 02:53
It’s in the way that i lean upon all of my friends It’s in the way that you leave and say nothing again Taking all my time Working overnight Leave me in the darkness, i’ll be fine Quarantine me, cause i’m like a disease What you want me to be is a god in a dream Leave me at the station, i’ll come home Oh, Quarantine my life. You came to me, was it real? as you always conceal. Begging for your forgiveness You dig in your heels. I desert my pride to avoid a crime You can overwhelm me, if you try Quarantine me, cause i’m like a disease What you want me to be is a god in a dream Leave me at the station, i’ll come home Oh, Quarantine my dreams away. Quarantine me, cause i’m like a disease What you want me to be is a god in a dream Leave me at the station, i’ll come home Oh, Quarantine my life away. Oh, Quarantine my life away.
5.
Alarm, Alarm! My fears go arm in arm. To the army at war with love And one day the hero, and one day the foe. Forgiveness tied in yellow round the old oak tree. Turning and take disbelief. Turning into stone. While the century retreats, to the memory repeated in a futuristic world. I get a little bit closer to heaven Shimmering mirage. Like hunger. Like a lesson Like this must be obsession. There was a flicker in the overhanging night And all the life I’d hidden Seven maids a milking in a dream of white Trees on the back of the fires’ poison light I get a little bit closer to heaven Shimmering mirage. Like hunger. Like a lesson Like this must be obsession. Upon my face a smile Just a trace, all the while Thoughts of wasteful waters flow Alarm! Alarm! My fears go on and on and on and on.
6.
Don’t you ever wanna scream it Wide awake from wild dreaming I know it’s like a mourning that you can’t erase Your body let go Got a future to believe in “Does the power have a ceiling?” And so we told the martyrs of our love To wait, our bodies let go I’ve got nothing to lose but you can’t see it and you can’t see it Pick apart a tattered feeling Complicated for a reason I know it’s like a weakness it’s like a bad escape the rhythm won’t shake. Don’t you ever wanna scream it Wide awake rom wild dreaming I know it’s like a mourning that you can’t erase Your body let go Oh too late, your body lets go. I’ve got nothing to lose but you can’t see it and you can’t see it
7.
I was just a little child, Born in Philadelphia I was almost there inside a car. Father, you were far away Mother, working everyday Parents of my past That I don’t want to hear about again. I’m not the kind of person you can figure out But we can try to understand in time. I’m not the kind of person you can figure out But we can try to understand in time. Running to the Riverside Hiding under Kelly Drive. From the other kids who used to kick. Maybe I was born to run Maybe I just have no fun Fall asleep before the party starts I wake up all alone You’re not the kind of person I can figure out But I can try to understand your mind. You’re not the kind of person I can figure out But I can try to understand your mind.
8.
Haunted 03:33
Everyone around me is trying. Everyone around me, shaking hands. Had enough of living and lying. Open up your mind Maybe if you’ll ever have a moment It’s the accidental heart You’ve been wanting for so long I’m not haunted I will guide you The truth; Someone’s falling in love with you. I gave up the rhythm for the country Why did I think loving you was above me? I looked in the mirror, I felt lucky. Life is just a pardon the prisoner in everyone around you Officer, I’m caught I’m tangled up in thought. I’m not haunted I will guide you The truth; Someone’s falling in love with you.
9.
Someday 06:59
The day is here and now You’re with me I know the path is gone, will you see? Tears streaming in the sun And you are the one When you hold my hand Am I missing? In love with everyone As we move To sounds of atriums in our heads Say that we made it through It’s because of you And the maiden won’t have a winter Even though we’ll be gone someday I know i’ll be the air with you Even though we’ll be gone someday I know I will take good care of you It’s not too much to ask for your love We will return again Wind and dove I stole a mirror from gods who made it clear that decisions come from the heavens The rest is destiny We grow old The tables turn on us and bestow Right when the going’s good It’s a lot to hold But the feeling is mutual, hold it! Even though we’ll be gone someday I know i’ll be the air with you Even though we’ll be gone someday I know I will take good care of you
10.
Natalie 03:00
Natalie, my love Be with you always Natalie, I know That you are far away to find the meaning of tomorrow Know in time, we’ll be better together Sing me a song from the moon above Our kind is not one I could dream of Do you remember we fell in love? I can’t forget. Natalie, my love I owe you everything The world is not all you have given me I’ve watched you grow with every passing day I know you’ll help me in the same way Sing me a song that I used to know Pull me away from the undertow We’ve been awake since so long ago Please come home now Natalie, my love I hold you dearly Natalie, my love You are the one I see We find our way back to the center I would like to go to the beginning.

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released August 14, 2020

Eric Slick - Vocals, Drums, Guitar, Synthesizer, Piano
Sean Thompson - Guitars
Andy Molholt - Vocals, Guitars, Synthesizers, Piano, Cassette Mellotron
Todd Bolden - Bass, Vocals
Matt Combs - All stringed instruments
Natalie Prass - Vocals on “Closer To Heaven”
Butch Walker - Backing Vocals on “Children”
Steven Drozd - Backing Vocals on “Over It”
Michael Johnson - Backing Vocals and Synthesizers on “Over It”
Mary Lattimore - Harp on “Natalie”

All songs written by Eric Slick (Cabin Crease Music ASCAP), except “Closer To Heaven” written by Eric Slick and Scott McMicken (Pressonsongs ASCAP)

Produced, Engineered, and Mixed by Jeremy Ferguson at Battle Tapes in Nashville, Tennessee.
Mastered by Ryan Schwabe

Cover photo by Jason Travis
Back cover and insert photos by Wrenne Evans
Cover font work and design by Darryl Norsen/D. Norsen Design

Thanks to Rusty Sutton and the entire team at THE GLOW, The Slicks, The Prass Family, Chuck Taylor and Wiseacre in Norfolk, everyone involved in our wedding, James Taylor (my vocal coach), Benny Meza, Jeremy Ferguson (and Exie), Nick Bockrath, Dominic Angelella, Branden King, Frances Quinlan, Michael Johnson, Andy Molholt, Jon Pfeffer, Sean Thompson, and Todd Bolden.

Special thanks to Marvin, the most incredible dog I could ever ask for.

This album is dedicated to the love of my life, Natalie. Wiseacre wouldn’t exist without your love, compassion, and motivation. You continue to inspire me every day.

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Eric Slick Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

While with previous solo records Palisades and Bullfighter Slick mined his subconscious for the moodier and more abstract side of the coin, Wiseacre is a technicolored exaltation. It reads like a novel, sequencing in chronological order the ups and downs of self-acceptance before fully committing to someone else. ... more

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