Life on Rye

by Elijah Taylor

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This is my third self-produced project, and I appreciate the support of everyone who has taken the time to take a second look at something that may not be traditional entertainment.


released August 9, 2002

Recorded at 2312 N. Blvd (My apartment) between September, 2001, and July, 2002. I use Rhode and Shure mics, De Armond electric, Yamaha, and Alvarez acoustic guitars, Ovation bass, Yamaha keyboard, Behringer mixing console, Line6 POD direct boxes for guitar and bass, Cry Baby wah pedal.

Photography by Melisa Dettloff. I wrote, produced, performed, recorded, edited, mixed, and mastered all of these songs, created the cover/package artwork, and additional photography.


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Track Name: Impossible
Our options are few at the moment
So make your decision
Don't blame it on me 'cuz you're scared.
You tell me just go as planned, but that is
Physically impossible.

How long has it been that we've been together?
Partners succeeding each day
We work so hard together,
But why do you act so impossible
With me?

Do you think you'll succeed
In making my life miserable?
You'll have to try harder than that
To be this person you think you are
With some power over me
That's impossible

The countdown to extinction continues
It screams in my face every day
Neither of us can stand it,
The way they keep us waiting,
And waiting


Track Name: Escape Today
You won't escape today...

Find your answers that you seek
To impossible questions here
There is nothing left to lose
Only money can bring action
To the lifeless path I'm on
Where do I get off
And start the path
To all that I can't have?

In the sun
The worst is yet to come
You can run
But you won't Escape Today.

I can't tell you what life means
But I might as well try
There is nothing I can say
That will help you believe me
Only money can destroy
What we call judgement
Where do I fall off
And put your life together
Once again?


You won't escape today.
Track Name: Space
We come from another planet
Just cadets in this life-game
Rotating madly out of control
Floating sideways, catching some rays
X-rays and Y-rays and Z-rays out in the sun!

We know that we don't belong here
It's obvious when we fly in the sky
And get so high
We'll never die, we smell like rye
You're weaker than I thought
Outer space could be.

We don't belong!

We could be anywhere
How would we know where the rest were?
Aliens from outer space
If we only knew how to find each other
It would be easy
Just like this change...

We come from space,
We have no place,
On this earth.

(Mix it up, mix it up...
Mix it on me, mix it on me)
Track Name: Complicated
Take me beyond words and share with me
The subconscious thoughts
Running through your mind
- and then send me home -
Show me the lost world that I cannot have
Even though you've offered me
- the darkness, the warmth, everything -

Lay your head in my lap, just like you do, always
And make me want you
- and then send me home -
I won't believe myself in the notion
That in the ocean
There's bigger fish than you

You and me, we're Complicated
Disturbing and intriguing
We will be unsedated
Passion flowing freely

Some things were meant to be
We will learn to love life in the end
So put your trust in me
Here we go now, let's move on to verse three...

Look up at me from my lap
And show me those eyes
And then let me wonder
- and then go back down -
Ask me, what would I like
For you to do, while you're down there
- the darkness, the warmth, everything -


Track Name: Just Fine
Walking down the street and watching
The wind pass through the trees
Everything looks black and white, from here

I kick a rock aside to see
The dust come off the ground
What do I do now?

Just passing time, until the end
But I can't find my way
It's like I'm blind
And I can't send myself
To a sunny day

I walk by stores and banks and wonder:
Do they really live the way I do?
I stumble to my knees and ponder:
Who can really give the way I do?

I'm just fine
In my mind


Mmm-mmm, oh I'm just fine
Mmm-mmm, doin fine
Mmm-mmm, I'm just fine
Mmm-mmm, in my mind!
Mmm-mmm, I'm just fine!
Mmm-mmm, in my mind!
Track Name: Amy (Miss 17)
A mysterious visitor appears before me
And talks about the effect I have on her
And I can see it in her picture: she's dangerous
She could be the death of me
I try not to think what I want
And stay safely away from her gaze
In the maze of life

But I can't see past
Those tempting eyes
Do you think you can handle the job that you've asked for
Miss seventeen?
And I should go now and leave you here
Without me turning your life upside down
Miss seventeen

So what do I do?
I have to behave myself (but why)
I've got this feeling like I'm sinking
Yet flying too, but around in circles
From up here I can see the conclusion
So clear in my head

But I can't see past
Those tempting eyes
Do you think you're up for the job that you've asked for
Miss seventeen?
And I should go now and leave you here
Without me turning your thoughts inside out
Miss seventeen

I don't know much about you
Early in the spring

I don't know much about me
Patient as I am!
I don't know much about you
So take my open hand!

I can't say what will happen
Predictive as I am

Track Name: Playground
I'm sitting in the moonlight by myself
The conversations running wild inside my head
Only you, and only me whispering to you
The rest of the world is your playground

But you just, you just won't believe me
If I could, I'd let you deceive me
Why won't the rest of you see me?
I just can't wait for time to catch up

A roomful of girls
And none of them are my age
Most of them acting like memories still retained
(but I know better)
Memories of a life I once had
But where am I to be lost in the future?

But does that mean you can't have me? Yes
Just go back, go back and forget me
Why won't the rest of you see me?
I just can't wait for time to catch up

You're exactly the way that I like
All of the pieces to be
So call me from in your next life
But for now I can look at your picture
And dream of a day in the future
That I am accepted by my own

I'm dreaming of the moonlight by myself
The conversations running wild inside my head

But you still, you still don't believe me
If I could, I'd let you deceive me
Why won't the rest of you see me?
I just can't wait for time to catch up
Track Name: Wet Dream
I fell asleep in the road last night
I heard all of the voices at once
I had nowhere to run, nowhere to hide
My attention turned to the front

I managed back to the living room floor
Just barely made it inside
My hands were black from the fresh blacktop road
My arms lay limp at my side

But I woke up to the sound
Of my front door falling down
If I looked up what would I see?
My other self looking back at me

I ask myself, what can I do?
I dream of it every night
I cry for help in the vacuum of you
No one sees the sign

Then I woke up and looked around
Don't make one move, not a bloody sound
I told myself: get on your knees,
Cuz you can help if you just believe

Just look at it backwards and upside down
And turn it around and inside out
I see what you came for, now don't back down
Just listen to me in the wake of the ground

Then I woke up, my hands were bound
My other self was still around
I can't look up or I will see
Inside myself to the inner me.
Track Name: I'm Ready
I see an angel and it makes me want my own
To see and to touch and to kiss and to... hug
Where could heaven be?
Could you set me free?

I heard your name and a story
Of how you could turn my life around
At first I doubted what I had to offer
To someone from out of town
But then I heard the words I needed
From a friend as I drove my car through town
And now I'm ready, so come and get me!

We're going to meet on a Monday
And talk about things brand new to me
I can't think of what I want
I know I just have to feel the beat
I look to you for direction
A place to go; a way to be
I think I'm ready, just come and get me!
Naa na na naaaa na na na naaa na na naaa...
Track Name: The Reason
I remember the sunshine
I took all the of the pictures in my head
Can't forget the plane ride
Can't forget my messy empty bed
I could walk the front line
If it meant I'd see her once again
But I met the high tide
I walk alone in the sand

I should forget what I can't hear
If I should die how would the tide
Come back just to take me?
Back to the mainland
We were different in what we thought we were
And now we know the real truth
About you'n'me, baby

And you were, my true reason for love
In cold dark places where I
Was trapped inside my life
My true reason for love
The reason

Take me back to the ocean
Tell me I never have to leave
I watch all the waves in the fog
With the stars shining bright in the sky
Uncover the answer
To the question that I asked
What are you doing
And where are you going
And why are you leaving me here?


How could I have known
About the way you were
Without the twinkle in your eye
You trusted me to be
Just like you pictured me
The protector of your lies
But maybe


And you were, my true reason for love
In cold dark places where I
Was locked into my life
And fate just seemed to speak
Your name into my head
Where I can't escape you
My true reason for love
For love
Track Name: Glow
I lay my eyes on you, in the morning light
And I thank God I'm here
I see the things in you, that block your joy
From shining through

I feel your struggle, I bring your eyes in near
I can't think of any way to keep your thoughts in here
I taste your feelings, I understand your fear
I will catch you when you fall
I'll be there

You talk to me at night,
And tell me things I want so badly to believe
You say, "I'll love you forever
And we will be together, for all eternity."

I love your spirit, your heart is free and clear
I just want to be a part of your exodus from fear
Take me with you, wherever you may go
I will be there, in your glow.
Track Name: Genetic Malfunction
You have it so easy
You laugh at those not given
Your Genetic Malfunction
Who do you think you're fooling?
It only works in the movies
Or so I keep telling myself

Take your square jaw back to the gym
Where you belong
Thinking nonsense, and feeling nothing

Now that we've established
Just how important you are
Take a look at yourself
And tell me what I should fear
What is so much better
Tell me if you please
C'mon, tell me


Don't mind me
I'll be the one ignoring you now

How long did you think it would take
For you to fall down?
I'm sorry I'm not there for you
Get out of my way now
Cuz now its my turn to be
You genetic malfunction

Track Name: I Found My Wallet
Oh, I found something dear to me
Under the bed she laid
I had looked in every place I'd known
She just had gone out to play

Where have you been?
I've missed you more than words can say
Cuz without you, I can't go on with my miserable life
I found my wallet, today, yesterday.

Then she opened up, and let me see
All of the things I had missed
I counted my money, one, two, three
If it's not all there, I'll be... mad

Oh, wallet... where have you been?
I've missed you more than night and day
Cuz without you, I can't go on with my miserable life
I found my wallet, today, yesterday.

I knew it was you, stay in my pocket, where you belong.
I'm getting the glue, so I can stick it, and end this song.
Track Name: Echo
Off in the distance, I see myself
Trying to remember
The fog of summer
The wind in my face
With the road beneath me
But it all fades
Into reality
The taste of fate
Is creeping up onto me
I try to run free,
Escape to eternity
The feelings are gone
But were they ever there?
It was just an echo
Get me out of here

-chorus 1-
It's time to see
Who I am
I thought it was over
This wasn't planned
Where is that feeling
I used to have
Echoes pollute my banging head

Time flies by
And leaves me with questions
Why can't I look around
And take some suggestions
I feel I have gone
To the edge of reality
There's no turning back
And then it comes to me
I hear it again
Like a gunshot in a movie
It echoes around
And makes me uneasy
The feelings are gone
But do I even care?
It was just an echo
Now come on over here

-chorus 2-
It's time for me
To choose a plan
You thought you could hurt me
So here I am
Where is that power
You said you had?
Echoes destroy the walking dead

Now that I know the truth
I can get over you
You can't hold me back
That's the door and I'm walking though
Now life is my game, its my place, its my time
This town is my pain, its my home, its my dime
The places I go, I can feel now I'm fine
But there's no one to stop me from losing my mind
The feelings were wrong, you caught me in a stare
It's all just an echo, now ask me if I care

[chorus 2]

[chorus 1]
Track Name: Take Her
You may find I'm not your type
But does it really matter?
We may play or we may fight
But still we're not together
I just stopped by Friday night
To maybe hear your laughter
So hold me, touch me, squeeze me tight
Enjoy the time we have

Together we will enjoy whatever we may want to do
With the lights out we cry out with no doubt
And hold out our hands in the blue
And the things that we share will make us
Still aware of the way I see you

Some say we are in the wrong
They say we'll burn in hell
But I say listen to my song
They lean back and say "well...
I guess it won't be very long
Till you two see the danger."
Throw it out and hear my song,
And make love to a stranger

In a motel, in a bedroom
It don't make one difference
How you do the dirty deed
Rock her all night long again
Say "there's more than this"
Take her all the way again



Track Name: Misunderstanding
The choices we make about living dictate outcomes
A fountain of words can't describe
How people react to each other
But is that right? Of course not.

There's too many ways to mess this up
One of those is contentment
I can't describe the way they fight


It's so clear what I should do
With myself
But I can't describe the state
I'm running straight for the gate

Wake up and smell the ugly truth you know already
Take the right actions when challenged; don't run away
Not today anyway


It's so frightening, what I need to do to myself
And I won't pass up the good
My journey is misunderstood
Track Name: Find Me
Same old thing again
Same emptiness, my old friend
And in the dark, there is no end to this

So I will search, near and far, and back again
But when I find you, will I know?

Come find me, find me, find me

To listen, to my heart
For every decision I make about life
And the general feeling is foolish
And I can't stay in exile within my own life
As I wait for the right one to fall in my lap
Holding a big bright sign that reads:
"I'm for you and I finally figured that
Simple, yet complex fact out."

Come find me
Find me...

Same old thing again
Emptiness, my old friend
And in the dark, there is no end.
Track Name: But A Dream
The gates are open to a higher road
Just take the chance, just take the chance
It's one in a million, or so I've been told
Just take the chance, you fool
Sometimes I see the world in all it should be
Time flies and then it starts to fall to me
But what I see, it's but a dream.

Promises kept are keeping me
To the ground, to the ground
If I keep working, maybe I'll see
If I turn around will there be
Sunshine on evening ocean waves
To soothe me
I'll fly and play among the gates of heaven
But what I see, it's but a dream.

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