by W.C. Beck

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released March 2, 2012



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W.C. Beck Portland, Oregon

W.C. Beck is an itinerant singer/songwriter from KS who returned to France after calling Portland home for the last 7 years where he wrote & recorded a host of projects. Beck’s songs span from indie folk to classic country and tell of the American heartland and a forgotten epoch. With catchy melodies and sophisticated compositions, most songs find their depth in the personal, moving narrative. ... more

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Track Name: Rolling Hills
when I was young
the rolling hills I’m from
like sleeping giants lay
under skies that stretched for days

I grew up quick
and filled my mind with all that fit
‘til I felt my skin change
into something strange and slick

for the summer had turned to fall
and my pond had grown too small
and I knew it was time to heed
the wild river’s call

so I swam west
to where the rivers come to rest
at the mouth of a beach
where the sky falls in sheets

and I grew up there
though it felt like growing old
for the current is fast and deep
so the water is always cold

and as autumn reached its end
I felt my scales change to fin
and I learned
oh what it means
to start again

and oh the days grow long
as I think about how far I’ve gone
‘cause it’s a morning sky on fire
or a night alone
when that old song
takes me back home
‘cause running around ain’t forever
just make sure that you don’t stay too long

now all that I am
ever was or may become
is a part of those hills
that I swam like hell from

for that’s where my dreams
hung upon the moonbeams
and I suppose I’ll get there someday
but it’s always upstream

and as winter melts away
I see my pond lies just the same
and I know that deep below my skin
something has changed

Track Name: Canoe
The days fade like the rain into the sea
The mirror holds my face but I don’t see me
I’m walking up and down these old city streets
side-stepping shadows with my frozen feets

oh you don’t have to sail
halfway ‘round the world in your canoe
oh just to get
a different point of view

and oh, mama, won’t you come here quick
‘cause I don’t know what to do
and oh, sweet baby, don’t you tell me maybe
‘cause it’s the thing that I am supposed to do

well these hanging clouds they bore the daylights out of me
stumbling around on worn-out hips and twisted knees
I wanna see my name someday in Caslon type
oh but for now my thoughts in hangars wait and dream of flight


Track Name: Dresden
On a cold black night
the day before Saint Valentine
my father’s father ripped apart
your mother’s mother’s bleeding heart
more Blanche DuBois than Joan of Arc
more vengeful rage than hero’s art
yeah, we knew what we were doing
that we’d leave ourselves in ruin
and that we’d go
until it all is gone

Dresden, baby will you ever learn
oh, that you weren’t a saint yourself when you got burned?
No, you weren’t an open book when you wrote your page
With all that you’ve seen, would you ever act your age?
Or will you go until you’re gone?

The sacred pearl of your empire
that night reduced to a funeral pyre
well that gorgeous horror
lit a thousand fires until there was no night
in your despair you denied your pain
tried to repair, but you built with hate
yeah, we knew there’d be no defense
when burning rage replaces innocence
and that we’d go
until it all is gone


Track Name: LA
Let’s go to LA and buy new bodies for cheap
let’s go to New York and build our dreams out of concrete, baby
let’s go to Vegas and not tell no one we came
let’s go back home and see how much we’ve changed

Let’s build up an empire and tell the whole world how to live
Or write a book of prayers and poems and teach the world to forgive
Let’s pray to God that our side wins
let’s forget what we learned and do it all over again

Well I pray that your dreams come true
and oh, how I wish I could make this easier for you
well I say all these things and I mean well
oh, honey baby, only time will tell

Let’s turn a film about the cruelest century
let’s listen and watch as people talk
about how they’d never do those things
let’s promise the moon and stars to ourselves
let’s screw up big and blame it on someone else


Let’s go to LA and buy new bodies for cheap
let’s go to New York and build our dreams out of concrete, baby
let’s go to Vegas and not tell no one we came
let’s go back home and see how much we’ve changed
oh, baby
Track Name: Gin and Cigarettes
You tried to hide the gin and the cigarettes
with chewing gum to disguise your breath but
your excuses had the same sick smell
my ears burned my eyes began to well with
tears of rage ‘cause I can’t win
yeah, I know that you’ve been out
oh with him again

I called you up at a half past twelve
you lied and told me you were by yourself but
I can’t cry if you’re untrue
‘cause I’ve done the same damn thing to you
we both wanna bury this axe and start
over again but why’d you bury
yours so deep in my heart?

Like a raindrop going back home to the sea
it’s taken me so long to see
that there’s a rainbow above you
and don’t you know that I love you
I’m in pieces because of you

I wish I knew why our love changed
I wish I knew if you’d be back again but
throwing hearts in a wishing well
ain’t gonna change how everything fell apart
that day when you walked away
those years when you slipped so silently away

Track Name: Captain America
Captain America, oh what a mess you’ve got yourself in now
trying to find a way to clean it up somehow
well, you’re looking through me
far far away to another land
trying to tell me you’ll make me a better man


I woke up on a beach watching a tug of war
between the man in the moon and the lady in the sea
Ain’t that just like my heart
oh the way that I push and pull away
and you push and pull away from me


‘Cause all the world’s a-changing, honey right before your eyes
and all we are is all we know and everything we hate
and all we ever say could never ever change the time
or the ones that we left behind
oh won’t you be the one for me

I’m frozen in time
frozen inside of the person that you wanted me to be
well I’m not him
and I’m listening
and he ain’t me


Track Name: Black River
Well, that Black River rolling
like a thief in the night
yeah, that Black River rolling
like a thief in the night
well you robbed me
and you broke me
yeah, you left me alone
when you took my baby’s life

Well, Black River burning
a deep hole in my heart
yeah, Black River burning
a deep hole in my heart
we went out too far
past the train yard
they never found her
I’ll never be the same no more

Well, Black River won’t you
carry me back home
I said Black River won’t you
carry me back home
‘cause my baby
don’t you know
she’s down below
and I can’t take this pain no more