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Singles #3

by Will Phalen

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I want to be a lover baby but sometimes I just want to fight I want to be the easy answer but sometimes I get tired of trying sometimes I get so tired sometimes I get in fights sometimes I get so tired of trying to try I want to burn out every light bulb and see what the world looks like at night I want to burn like a roman candle screaming on the fourth of july but sometimes my throat gets tired sometimes the words ain't right most of the time I'd rather keep them inside when the glaciers melt into the ocean sweeping our cities to the tides I'll strap to my shoulders Icarus wings fly up to venus when pegasus brings the love that I asked for and I'll be your lover too I want to be your lover, baby but sometimes I just want to fight for you I want to be yours will you be my lover too? sometimes I get tired sometimes I get in fights for you sometimes I lose my mind but you help me find it sometimes I want to be a lover baby I want to be a lover baby I want to be a lover baby I want to be a lover baby
sometimes I want to cry but these wells have all run dry these wells have all run dry sometimes I want to rise but your bed it feels so nice this bed it feels so nice and I could stay here all I could stay here all all my life all my life sometimes I want to die but then I see your light shining in my eyes and I could stay here all I could stay here all all my life all my life
I met you on a midway at a fair last year And you stood out like a ruby in a black man's ear You were playing on the horses, you were playing on the guitar strings You were playing like a devil wearing wings, wearing wings You looked so grand wearing wings Do you tape them to your shoulders just to sing Can you fly I heard you can! Can you fly Like an eagle doin' your hunting from the sky I followed with the sideshows to another town And I found you in a trailer on the camping grounds You were betting on some lover, you were shaking up the dice And I thought I saw you cheating once or twice, once or twice I heard your bid once or twice Were you wondering was the gamble worth the price Pack it in I heard you did! Pack it in Was it hard to fold a hand you knew could win So lately you've been hiding, it was somewhere in the news And I'm still at these races with my ticket stubs and my blues And a voice calls out the numbers, and it sometimes mentions mine And I feel like I've been working overtime, overtime I've lost my fire overtime Always playin' one more hand for one more dime Slowin' down I'm gettin' tired! Slowin' down And I envy you the valley that you've found 'Cause I'm midway down the midway Slowin' down, down, down, down


Two singles from the forthcoming psychedelic rock record by Will and the band, due out in 2019.

Plus a bonus cover track: Joni Mitchell's "That Song About the Midway" in honor of her 75th birthday on November 7, 2018.


released December 21, 2018

Produced by Will Phalen

recorded from April 2015 through August 2018 at
Cold Ghost Studios Chicago, IL
and Ryan's Basement Oak Park, IL

all songs written by Will Phalen (bmi) except "That Song About the Midway" by Joni Mitchell

Donny Mahlmeister - electric guitars
Kirk Pratt - electric guitars, synthesizer, organ, vocals
Ryan Juravic - drumkit and percussion
Will Phalen - vocals, electric 6- and 12-string guitars, acoustic guitars, bass guitar, pedal steel on "That Song About the Midway"

James Davis: trumpet, horn arrangements
Steve Duncan: trombone
Matthew Oliphant: French horn
Alex DiFabio: vocals on "I Want 2 B A Lover"


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Psychedelic Folk Rock born in the American Midwest

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