Wild Goosechase Expedition

by Spottiswoode & His Enemies

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WILD GOOSECHASE EXPEDITION, the fifth CD from Spottiswoode & His Enemies, is the band’s most shamelessly eclectic recording since their debut eponymous release. It tracks the journey of a rock band on a doomed tour.

The remarkable artwork by renowned English painter, Alexander Gorlizki, clearly announces that the album is an homage to The Beatles. “It’s our Magical Mystery Tour,” says Spottiswoode. “As a bandleader, I often feel like a general leading his troops into battle. I’ve been playing with my Enemies for over a decade. The trip only gets more surreal. Many of these songs are about life on the road. But they could also be about being a soldier on a tour of duty.”

In addition to the title track, songs on this parallel theme include the manic Wake Me Up When It’s Over, the rocking lament Happy Where I Am, the psychedelic Purple River Yellow Sun and the tragic All My Brothers. As with all Enemies collections, a haunting narrative weaves beneath the surface of the individual songs and mysteriously elevates the whole journey.

The CD opens with the anthemic Beautiful Monday. It then gradually becomes darker and stranger. The band, in top form, careens from balls-out rock, novelty blues and haunting balladry to acerbic sometimes tongue-in cheek social commentary – as in the high-octane lament, All Gone Wrong. The adventure ends with the epic You Won’t Forget Your Dream featuring a beautiful solo from trumpeter Kevin Cordt followed by a tour-de-force response from Tony Lauria on piano.

The CD also shows off the incredible versatility of lead guitarist, Riley McMahon; soulful and savage saxophone and singing from Candace DeBartolo; and the rock tight rhythm section of John Young on bass and Konrad Meissner (subbing in for Tim Vaill who has since returned to the band) on drums and percussion.

Spottiswoode himself strums a guitar and sings from a catalogue of perspectives. Ever the chameleon, he plays jaded rocker, heartbroken romantic, vaudeville comedian, introspective philosopher, Zen-like sage and complete lunatic. He commits to every role. “I am tired of irony,” he says. “Each song is sincere in its own way. Sometimes my funniest songs come from the saddest place. That is the wonderful alchemy of songwriting. I meant every word of I’d Even Follow You To Philadelphia when I wrote it.”

WILD GOOSECHASE EXPEDITION was produced for Old Soul Records by Kenny Siegal (Chris Whitley, Larkin Grimm, Joseph Arthur, Johnny Society), and mixed by Tom Schick (Ryan Adams, Rufus Wainwright, Norah Jones, Kenny White).

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released 21 April 2011

Spottiswoode - vocals, guitar
John Young - bass
Candace DeBartolo - saxophone, vocals
Kevin Cordt - trumpet, vocals
Riley McMahon - guitars
Tony Lauria - piano
Konrad Meissner - drums, percussion

produced by Kenny Siegal
mixed by Tom Schick
artwork by Alexander Gorlizki
graphics by Dave Bias

An Old Soul Records release, 2011

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Track Name: Beautiful Monday
Beautiful morning, beautiful day
Beautiful people on a beautiful train
All going to work now so dutifully
Beautiful Monday, beautiful me

Beautiful airplane on a beautiful cloud
Beautiful children making a beautiful sound
All going to school now, it’s a jubilee
Beautiful Monday, beautiful me

Everybody look at me, take another look at me
I’m beautiful
Everyone be good to me, do the things you should to me
I’m beautiful

Weekend is over, yeah we had a good time
The world’s on our shoulders and we’re gonna be fine
All hoping that one day we’ll truly be free
Beautiful Monday

Everybody look at me, take another look at me
I’m beautiful
Everyone be good to me, do the things you should to me
I’m beautiful

And I only wanna make a difference, I do
Yes we’re all gonna make a difference, it’s true
Yeah I only wanna make a difference...
Track Name: Happy Or Not
Premises are open
Bottles have been broken
Waitress working overtime
I've done a little drinking
Drinking while I’m thinking
Thinking ‘bout this life of mine

They ask a lot if I’m happy or not
They ask a lot if I’m happy or not
“Are you happy, are you happy, are you happy or not?”

Found myself a true love
Got myself a new job
Everything I need and more
One day we’ll have children
What we gonna build them?
Wonder what we’re living for

They ask a lot if I’m happy or not
They ask a lot if I’m happy or not
“Are you happy, are you happy, are you happy or not?”

Well I’m sure it’s gonna be alright
Hallelujah Hallelujah
'Cause I’m gonna make it right
Happy New Year Happy New Year
No I don’t know what it’s all about
Have a good time Have a good time
But I’m gonna work it out
Hallelujah Happy New Year
Happy Happy Happy New Year
Happy Happy Happy New Year
Happy Happy Happy New Year
Happy Happy Happy New Year

Another bottle opened
Another promise broken
Waitress says it’s closing time
I’ve done a little drinking
Drinking while I’m thinking
Thinking ‘bout this life of mine

They ask a lot if I’m happy or not
They ask a lot if I’m happy or not
“Are you happy, are you happy, are you happy or not?
Are you happy, are you happy, are you happy or not?
Or not? Or not? Or not, or not, or not?"
Track Name: Purple River Yellow Sun
Up above the river the rising sun
In a ball of laughter we drifted on

Purple river yellow sun
Purple river yellow sun

We could hear the traffic from the motorway
But sky and trees and water were all that we could see

Purple river yellow sun
Purple river yellow sun

Then we heard the water then we heard the waterfall
And then we saw the water then we saw the waterfall
Ah the waterfall
Ah the waterfall

We fell through the limestone to an ancient cave
I saw a look of wonder on everybody’s face

Purple river yellow sun

Shells and bones of dinosaurs
Lonely paintings on the walls
Prehistoric Michelangelos

Purple river yellow sun
Purple river yellow sun

Such a world of wonder aint the world so wonderful
Such a world of wonder aint the world so wonderful
Ah it’s wonderful
Ah it's wonderful

The holiday was over we took the train back home
But still the image lingers in my soul

Purple river yellow sun
Purple river yellow sun
Purple river yellow sun
Purple river yellow sun
Track Name: All In The Past
I was young not so long ago
But that was then and you’ll never know
Who I was, what I did, how we misbehaved
Who we loved, who got killed, I’ll take that to the grave

‘Cause it’s all in the past
Yes it’s all in the past

Precious sweet, I shan’t repeat the tale
But you’re very kind, it’s been on my mind as well
Yes it’s true that’s the time I was at my best
But what’s the use, where’s the thrill in granting your request?

‘Cause it’s all in the past
Yes it’s all in the past
And I sang that song
And I’m moving on
‘Cause the past is gone

Thanks again my gentle friend for the compliment
But with respect I shall neglect the very thing you want

‘Cause it’s all in the past
Yes it’s all in the past
Yes it’s all in the past
And I sang that song
And I’m moving on
‘Cause the past is gone
Track Name: Just A Word I Use
Take a boat out on the river
Through a city so familiar
All the tourists come in June
So pick an autumn afternoon

Glass and steel and bricks and mortar
Old cathedral by the water
Beyond the bridges you can see
All the wicked history

Love is just a word I use to tell you how I feel
Love is just a word I use to tell you how I feel

See the scurrying commuters
Each one hurries to the future
New York, Paris, Tokyo
Round and round and round we go

Love is just a word I use to tell you how I feel
Love is just a word I use to tell you how I feel
Love is just a word I use to tell you how I feel

Take a boat out on the river
Take a boat out on the river
Track Name: I'd Even Follow You To Philadelphia
You always said I didn’t care
I wouldn’t make any sacrifice
But then you left me and I finally finally fell for ya
Now I’d even follow you to Philadelphia
Yeah, I’d even follow you to Philadelphia

I don’t give a shit about my career
And you know it’s not going so well
They say if you follow your heart it makes you healthier, sometimes wealthier
Well, I’d even follow you to Philadelphia
I’d even follow you to Philadelphia

So don’t strike that Liberty Bell
No, don’t strike that Liberty Bell
I love you so much and we know each other too well
So please don’t strike that Liberty Bell

Just like your Mama always wanted
She and you stepdaddy can help raise the kids
To get you back you know I’d go through any kind of hell for ya
I’d even follow you to Philadelphia
Yeah, I’d even follow you to Philadelphia
I’d even follow you to Philadelphia
Don’t strike that Liberty Bell
I’d even follow you to Philadelphia
Don’t strike that Liberty Bell
I’d even follow you to Philadelphia
Track Name: Sometimes
Sometimes, sometimes you really have to bleed
Sometimes, sometimes a drink is all you need
Sometimes, sometimes it only takes a look
Sometimes, sometimes you better kiss the book

Sometimes, sometimes you really have to keep your cool
Sometimes, sometimes you're gonna play the fool
Sometimes, sometimes the world is in your hands
Sometimes you’re just working for the man

Sometimes, sometimes you’re poisoned with regret
Sometimes, sometimes the ship is gonna wreck
Sometimes, sometimes there’s nothing you can do
Sometimes you see the daylight coming through

Sometimes, sometimes there’s a joker in the deck
Sometimes you close your eyes and make a bet
Sometimes she’ll really get beneath your skin
Sometimes, sometimes you’re even gonna win
Track Name: Chariot
Nothing to say
Only a melody
Hmm
Hmm

Nothing to hold
Only a memory
Summer has come
Summer has gone

Now run to your chariot
Run to your chariot

Counting the days
Until the war begins
Hmm
Hmm

Run to your chariot
Run to your chariot

May calmer minds prevail
Over fear and greed and hate

Run to your chariot...
Track Name: All Gone Wrong
When I was born life was a better place
Daddy was strong, Mummy had good taste
The music was better, the movies were better
Everything was better

When I was young everything was nice
We just had fun, we were civilized
The sports cars were better, porn stars were better
Everything was better
Everything was better

Now it’s all gone wrong, gone wrong
Yes it’s all gone wrong, gone wrong

Used to believe we were on our way
Used to believe there was a brighter day
But now they cry about freedom, lie about freedom
Every day it’s freedom

Used to believe that we had evolved
But now we’re back to the Son of God
They’ve got religion, we’ve got religion
Everything’s religion
Everything’s religion

Yeah it’s all gone wrong, gone wrong
Yeah it’s all gone wrong, gone wrong...
Track Name: Problem Child
Problem child
We forgive you
Problem child
We really miss you
We know your life is hard
We know that you hurt
We don’t want you to hurt

Problem child
Please stop running
Problem child
We’ll send you money
It’s not too late to call
No, it’s not too late at all
We’ll be there if you fall

Remember we love you
Remember we love you

Problem child
We want you with us
Problem child
Please forgive us
We know your life’s been hell
We hope you're doing well
We only phoned to tell you

Remember we love you
Remember we love you
Remember...
Track Name: Happy Where I Am
Oh no
I don’t wanna go
I don’t wanna go
Just wanna stay home
I don’t wanna go
I don’t wanna go

‘Cause I’m happy where I am
Yes I’m happy where I am

I really don’t really don’t really don’t, don’t wanna go
I really don’t really don’t really don’t, don’t wanna go

Don’t make me cry
Don’t make me cry
Don’t make me cry
Don’t wanna say goodbye
Don't wanna say goodbye
Don't make me cry

‘Cause I’m happy where I am
Yes I’m happy where I am

I really don’t really don’t really don’t, don’t wanna go
No I really don’t really don’t really don’t, don’t wanna go
I really don’t really don’t really don’t, don’t wanna go
I really don’t really don’t really don’t, don’t wanna go...
Track Name: Wild Goosechase Expedition
We’re on a wild goosechase expedition
Down to the middle of nowhere
Nowhere
We’ve brought supplies and lots of ammunition
But we’re very confused by the brochure
The brochure

When the sun comes out
We’ll sing and we’ll shout

We’re carrying so much silver
It’s weighing down all of our saddles
Our saddles
We’re floating downriver
A crocodile ate both our paddles
Our paddles

We’ve erased our tracks
There’s no way back
We’re on a wild goosechase expedition
Down to the middle of nowhere
Nowhere
Nowhere…
Track Name: All My Brothers
No one to hold you, no one to call your name
No one to love you, no one to feel your pain

Freedom, freedom
Freedom, freedom

All my brothers, all my brothers in the sun
We run for cover, we run for cover from the guns

Freedom, freedom
Freedom, freedom

Only the desert, only the desert understands
All my brothers lying broken in the sand

Freedom, freedom
Freedom, freedom
Track Name: Wake Me Up When It's Over
I’m letting go of the big decisions
I’m letting go of all the crap
I’m leaving it to my wife and my manager
And I’ll just take a nap

My lawyer thinks it’s a good idea
She says I’m overwhelmed
All she needs is my signature
Before she takes the helm

So, wake me up when it’s over
And tell me how it went
Wake me up when it’s over
Don’t forget to pay the rent
Wake me up when it’s over
And no matter what you do
Don’t consult me
No it won’t insult me
‘Cause I got faith in you

They’re all sure I’m gonna make it
As long as I don’t get in the way
So, I’m leaving it to my wife and my manager
And I’m calling it a day
My therapist says I should give up control
I’m bossy, I’m neurotic, I’m depressed
So, I’ve dug myself a great big hole
And that’s where I’m gonna rest

And wake me up when it’s over
And tell me what I did
Wake me up when it’s over
Just before you close the lid
Wake me up when it’s over
You're loyal, you're brave and you're true
Don’t consult me
No it won’t insult me
‘Cause I got faith in you

All the great men were just like me
Though most of them were creeps
They made their mark on history
While they were asleep

And wake me up when it’s over
And tell me who we’ve killed
Wake me up when it’s over
After all the blood’s been spilled
Wake me up when it’s over
Yeah it’s better if you do
Just keep your hand steady
Hell I’m sleepy already
But I got faith in you
Track Name: The Rain Won't Come
I used to think there was someone
I used to think the rain would come
But the rain won’t come

I wanna get this business done
I wanna sing a happy song
But the rain won’t come

I went to the church, I read the lesson
I know that I’m a lucky man
Yeah, every day I count my blessings
Still I can’t find the promised land
No I can’t find the promised land

I used to think the good guys won
I used to think the rain would come
But the rain won’t come

I went to the church, I read the lesson
I know that I’m a lucky man
Yeah, every day I count my blessings
Still I can’t find the promised land
No I can’t find the promised land

I wish we all could get along
I wanna sing a happy song
But the rain won’t come
But the rain won’t come
But the rain won’t come
But the rain won't come
Track Name: Wonderful Surprise
I got the piano tuned a week ago
It’s in the living room of our little home
No I won’t be playing my guitar
Any more

The sun is shining down on old New York
Across the Brooklyn Bridge up to Central Park
But I’m sitting here alone inside
Trying to write

Girl, won’t you tell me what I’m doing
And girl, won’t you tell me where I’m going
And oh, you never told me the sun was gonna shine
It’s a wonderful surprise
It’s a wonderful surprise

And now she’s calling me from the train
She left here yesterday in the pouring rain
I say “I love you so,” she says “Yes, I know
I’m coming home”

Girl, won’t you tell me what I’m doing
And girl, won’t you tell me where I’m going
And oh, you never told me the sun was gonna shine
It’s a wonderful surprise
It’s a wonderful surprise
It’s a wonderful surprise
Track Name: You Won't Forget Your Dream
Though all the engines of the world
Are humming in the morning
You won’t forget your dream

Yes, you better write it down
Just so you can remember
Don’t drink your coffee, write it down

All that you’ve seen
Don’t let it float away

Cross the city in your sleep
A million people going to work now
You won’t forget your dream

All that you’ve seen
Don’t let it float away

Now you’re laughing at your desk
You’re talking on the phone now
You won’t forget your dream

All that you’ve seen
Don’t let it float away

You won't forget your dream...