songs from Wheelhouse

by GrooveLily

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This is the collection of songs we've amassed over the years for the concert/musical/powerpoint presentation that is WHEELHOUSE. Some were written as early as 2003, and some were written in 2012 - it's been a long gestation period.

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released January 30, 2013

songs by Gene Lewin, Brendan Milburn, & Valerie Vigoda

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GrooveLily Seattle, Washington

Bicoastal trio GrooveLily inhabits that contemporary space where creative musicians ignore the boundaries laid down by words like rock, folk, jazz and pop. The success of their first concert-musical, the critically-acclaimed holiday show STRIKING 12, has led them farther into the world of theatre, where they have carved out a unique niche as a rock band writing and performing shows. ... more

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Track Name: Take On The World
Every day I
do my share
chain myself to this
home office chair

I feel these walls close in on me
I'm nowhere near where I wanna be

and it's farther in the distance
every day
I'm fading away
from the life I want to lead where I will

CHORUS:
take on the world,
together we could
take 'em by storm,
like we said we would
but I don't know how
to follow our dreams
when you leave it to me to make them all come true

Temporary
is what we said
you'd bring home the bacon
and I'd make the bed

until we're on our
feet again
you'll quit the day job
and then

we'll be partners like we planned it.
Did you forget?
We had it all set.
Now it feels like you don't really wanna

CHORUS:
take on the world,
together we could
take 'em by storm,
like we said we would
but I don't know how
to follow our dreams
when you leave it to me to make them all come true
Track Name: Giving It All Away (live)
I BEEN UNINSPIRED, I BEEN OUT OF JUICE
FROM THE BIG RATRACE IN THE SLOWPOKE LANE
I’VE BEEN SO DAMN TIRED OF MY NECKTIE NOOSE
AND MY BIG BRIEFCASE IS LIKE A BALL AND CHAIN

I BEEN STUCK IN SECOND GEAR BABY
I BEEN IN THE WRONG CAREER, BABY
I BEEN WOND'RING WHY I'M HERE BABY
I AIN'T GONNA WASTE ANOTHER YEAR, NO

I HAVE BEEN GIVING IT ALL AWAY
I HAVE BEEN GIVING IT ALL AWAY

WELL IT GETS REAL OLD REAL FAST I KNOW
WITH YOUR NOSE TO THE GRINDSTONE THE LIVELONG DAY
WE SHOULD ROCK AND ROLL, DON'T YOU WANNA GO
WHILE THE SUN'S STILL SHINING WE SHOULD MAKE SOME HAY

SO COME ON LET'S MAKE A PLAN BABY
WE GOTTA GET OUT WHILE WE CAN BABY
WE JUST NEED A BIGGER VAN BABY
DON'T WANNA GIVE IT TO THE MAN NO NO

I HAVE BEEN GIVING IT ALL AWAY
I’VE BEEN GIVING IT ALL AWAY

I'VE BEEN GIVING EVERYTHING, NOTHIN' LEFT TO GIVE
I'VE BEEN THINKING REAL HARD ABOUT THE WAY WE LIVE
LET'S COMBINE OUR WORK AND PLAY
AND WE CAN DRIVE AWAY 
IN A BIG... R... V!

YOU DON'T NEED YOUR STUFF YOU'RE A ROLLING STONE
WE CAN DITCH THE APARTMENT, WE CAN DITCH THE CAR
AND I READ SOMEWHERE YOU ARE WHAT YOU OWN
YOUR ACCESSORIES'LL TELL YOU WHO YOU REALLY ARE

BUT I AM NOT A TURTLE ASHTRAY
WHERE'D WE GET THIS TURTLE ASHTRAY
WHAT AN UGLY TURTLE ASHTRAY
SOMEBODY TAKE THIS TURTLE ASHTRAY

WE'RE GIVING IT ALL AWAY!
WE'RE GIVING IT ALL AWAY!
WE'RE GIVING IT ALL AWAY.
WE'RE GIVING IT ALL AWAY.
WE'RE GIVING IT ALL AWAY.

WE SHOULD GIVE IT A SHOT, GIVE IT ALL THAT WE GOT,
'CAUSE TOMORROW IS COMING, AND READY OR NOT,
WE SHOULD STRIKE WHILE THE IRON IS STILL KINDA HOT
WE CAN STOP FOR THE NIGHT IN A WAL-MART PARKING LOT!
WE'RE GIVING IT ALL AWAY....
Track Name: Idea Man (live)
Idea man
plays in your band
keeps you on track.
When you're in doubt
he helps you out,
he's got the knack,
yes, indeed.

Idea man,
he's got a plan
to light up the night.
When something's wrong
he won't take long,
he'll make it right,
yes, indeed.

But if his way
leads you astray
what can he say to make amends?
Then his mistake
keeps him awake
it makes him think he's betrayed his dearest friends.
No ideas,
just dead ends.

Idea man
lately began
living in doubt.
Stuck standing still,
he never will
find his way out.
No, no, no.

Idea man
can't understand
why he can't see
used to belong
used to be strong
used to be me,
yes, indeed.

And now this clown
has let you down
I can't depend on anything I know
I take the blame
I am so ashamed.
I can't believe I brought the ones I love so low.
No idea
where to go.