Wildernessed (album)

by Patrick Burke

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Based loosely on the life of Oscar Wilde. Includes quotes, paraphrasing and other references to the artist.

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released June 16, 2017

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Patrick Burke Portland, Oregon

"When I first listened to this CD, I felt like I was experiencing some kind of magic — the music and lyrics reach the listener with ease and echo in your head afterward, leaving you wondering about the inspiration."

Jennifer Priest Mitchell, The Times
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Track Name: Dreamland
DREAMLAND
(Music and Lyrics, Patrick Burke)

Think I may be in the book now
Think I finally made your list
You're giving me that look now
I'm just mill for the grist

When do I get to see you?
I'm waiting here impatiently

Every car on the road now
Seems to be heading your way
Every cloud in the sky now
When do I get to see you?
When do I get to know?

I'm finding you in dreamland,
I'm finding you here
I'm finding you in dreamland,
I'm finding you here

I'm gonna see you shortly, I'm gonna see you
I'm gonna see you shortly, I'm gonna see you
Track Name: Sorry Seems to be the Only Word
Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word
(Music and Lyrics, Elton John, Bernie Taupin)

What do I do, to make you see me?
What can I do, to make you care?
What'll I feel when lightning strikes me?
And the day arrives when you're not there,
What do I got to do, to make you listen?
What do I got to do, to be heard?
What do I do when it's all over?
I just can't let it die without a word...
It's sad, so sad, so sad, it's a sad sad situation,
And it's getting more and more absurd,
It's sad, so sad, so sad, why can't we  talk it over?
Oh it seems to me,
Sorry seems to be the hardest word
Track Name: Whisper and Shout
Whisper and Shout
(Music and *Lyrics, Patrick Burke)

Just when the sun was unknown
You gave me something to shine about
I like it when we're alone then we can whisper and shout
Down to the finest degree
Here with our coffee and tea
You'll feel much more than you'll see
Here when we whisper and shout
You turn me down and refuse
these *Foolish things that wise lovers do
Life favors what we're about
Here when we whisper and shout
I love this passionate game
*Slake my unquenchable flame
I know there's no one to blame
Here when we whisper and shout

( * indicates lines by Oscar Wilde)
Track Name: The Radical Mayor of Moscow
The Radical Mayor of Moscow
(Music and *Lyrics, Patrick Burke)

The radical mayor of Moscow
Looks into the sky
And thinks about the size of the universe
There are planets all around
That never will be found
Never will have names, as if that mattered

They are not lost

The radical mayor of Moscow
Looks into the street
And thinks about the size of the earth
There are people all around
That never will be found
Never get their chance to save us all

They rattle in and out of life
Like heat within a flame
Some will leave a name,
The rest will disappear
Some are lost

Dynamite and socialites
Will never blow me away
As long as I can stay
Within these walls we have
These walls we have

Whatever you believe, whoever you receive
Truth is an opinion and the facts a mystery
Like the texture of the air we breathe
And suck between our teeth
Nothingness has something you can feel

We are the legends of our own illustrations
The last link in a chain attached to nothing
Holding onto water
As it rushes through our hands
I'll meet you in the stands before they crumble

We are not lost.

*I bent my eyes upon the summer land,
*And all the painted fields were ripe for me,
*And every flower nodded to my hand;
*But Sorrow came and led me back to thee.

(* indicates lyrics excerpt from a poem by Lord Alfred (Bosie) Douglas)
Track Name: The Best Thing
The Best Thing
(Music and Lyrics, Patrick Burke)

I think about you every time it rains
and all the roads that lead up to your name
the tether is invisible but then...

I miss you when I'm playing my guitar
I miss you and I don't get very far
I miss you and I don't know what to do
About you

I know that you're gone
and I know that I'll go on
If this darkness has a dawn

I miss you when I'm looking at your face
But a photograph could never take your place
It's the only thing that hangs upon my wall, That's all

You know I love you
I miss everything you do
and I learn as I go not to feel so low
I know that you're gone
And I know that I'll go on

You're the best thing I've got wrong
You're the best thing...
Track Name: A Thirty Second Song About Suicide
A Thirty-second Song About Suicide
(Music and Lyrics, Patrick Burke)

Well it's not that I'm suicidal
It's just that I'd feel much better dead
And it's not like I don't like survival
I only disagree
With every thing I've said.
Track Name: Jennifer Juniper
Jennifer Juniper
(Music and Lyrics, Donovan Leitch)

Jennifer Juniper lives upon the hill,
Jennifer Juniper, sitting very still.
Is she sleeping?
I don't think so.
Is she breathing?
Yes, very low.
Whatcha doing,
Jennifer, my love?

Jennifer Juniper, hair of golden flax.
Jennifer Juniper longs for what she lacks.
Is she dreaming?
Yes, I think so.
Is she pretty?
Yes, ever so.
Whatcha doing,
Jennifer, my love?

I'm thinking of what it would be like
if she loved me.
You know how lately this happy song
It came along
And I've got to find a way to tell you.

Do you hear her?
Yes, I do, Sir.
Could you love her?
Yes, I could, Sir.
Whatcha doing Jennifer, my love?

Whatcha doing now?
Right now...

Jennifer

J-J-J-J-J-Jennifer
Track Name: Judge and Jury
Judge and Jury
(Music and Lyrics, Patrick Burke)

You take your better side
And turn away from me
You seem to be inclined
To shut down what you're afraid to see

Oh, life is blue
Sometimes the sky will fall
Your voice is coming through
But I might not take the call
When you look to find a particular sign
Can you read the rules that you've redefined?

I'm sorry, so damn sorry
I missed it, I never guessed
You express yourself so well with silence
And I read your mind
But I must've missed it

You feel so self-contained
You are your own light
And the hand that I extend
Is the hand you bite

Oh life is short
Good friends are hard to find
It takes a strong will to ignore
Such a sinister downhill slide

When you read the lines that you've redefined
Can you leave the sign that you know is lying?

I'm sorry, so damn sorry
I missed it, I really missed it
Your judge and jury say
The guilty party is always out there...

I'm sorry, so damn sorry
I missed it, I never guessed it
You express yourself so well with silence
And I read your mind but I must've missed it

I'm sorry, so damn sorry
I missed it, I really missed it
Your judge and jury say
The guilty party is always out there...
Track Name: The Rain Inside
The Rain Inside
(Music and Lyrics, Patrick Burke)

So I wait for the rain in my heart
And it falls from the clouds in my eyes
And it's quiet, so quiet

She forgets about him she forgets
And he thinks that she still cares,
He doesn't think
And the black dog lies down, lies down

And the sadness in the strings he can't face
As the angel finds her wings and flies away
And the sorrow that he feels is the wealth
of his mistakes
Track Name: A Hard Love to Kill
A Hard Love to Kill
(Music and Lyrics, Patrick Burke)

You won't believe the things I don't remember
I don't recall the color of your eyes
But I can't forget the very day you fell for me
There are emotions and thoughts that never die

I call but never get an answer
I rest my head upon my hand
I look through glass, I look through words,
I look through windows
I look inside but still don't understand

Oh no the world moves on to slow
I get impatient for a change
And I've tried to keep what seems to drift away
I've tried to tell what's
Black and white from grey

I wonder if you ever look at pictures
I wonder if you ever hear those songs
Sometimes I catch you shadow in the mirror
I wonder what I did that was so wrong

I still remain as viewless as I ever was
The views that I retain I can't defend
I'm tearing at the world,
I'm tearing out the page
That tells me how the story starts to end.

Overblown, this cause is overblown
Just tell me what you think and I'll go home
Really there were you really there

Sometimes I don't believe the things I know
Your feelings must be hidden deep inside you
Like ancient relics kept within a shrine

I'm not so sure I never feel their presence
I'm not so sure I never feel they're mine
I don't know why I write these words
And sing these songs
I don't know if it's futile just to try
But the feelings that were
Overflowing yesterday
Are too persistent to be drowned out with a lie

No matter what you think I may be saying
No matter what I sound like in this song
My heart will only be here for the taking
No matter if you think that's right or wrong

All my friends appear to come and go
I seem to lose more than I make
Last night I dreamt that I was losing ground
I feel the same when I'm awake

Oh no the world moves on to slow
I get impatient for a change
And I've tried to keep what seems to slip away
I've tried to tell what's
Black and white from grey
Track Name: So Alive
So Alive
(Written by Daniel Ash, David Jay
and Kevin Haskins)

I don't know what color your eyes are, baby,
But your hair is blonde and brown.
Your legs are strong, and you're so, so long.
And you don't come from this town.

My head is full of magic, baby,
And I can share this with you.
The feel I'm on a cross again, lately,
But it's nothing to do with you.

I'm alive, so alive.
I'm alive, so alive.

This drug makes me crazy,
makes me see more clearly.
Oh, baby, now I can see you.
Wish I could stop,
Switch off the clock,
Make it all happen for you.

I'm alive, so alive.
I'm alive, so alive.

I don't know what color your eyes are, baby,
But your hair is blonde and brown.
Your legs are strong, and you're so, so long.
And you don't come from this town.

My head is full of magic, baby,
And I can share this with you.
Feel like I'm on top again, baby,
That's got everything to do with you.
I'm alive, alive.
I'm alive, so alive.
Track Name: De Profundis
De Profundis
(Music and Lyrics, Patrick Burke)

We started out with diamonds
Diamonds in the way you looked at me
I found you in the desert
Your hair was falling down upon your face

What if we lived under a different star
Where fate was bringing us together
Instead of pushing us apart
The heart you have inside
Where all your thoughts reside,
Surely you can see, please remember me

Two silhouettes of birds in flight,
I really thought I might
Have found the warmth of winter
Your image in the mirror,
And what you said to me was beautiful...

Seems like a thousand years,
Seems like you're far away,
Seems like you're gone
We started out with gold
But when I tried to hold you
Something changed to dust

I want to meet you in the morning,
I want to meet you at night
I want to find you in the forests of Arden,
I want to make love to you.

Incessant and intense I find another fence
That keeps me at a distance;
Your steadfast resistance
There's nothing I can do or say
I have no right to you
But nature takes it's course
And there's no greater force
Than how I feel about you

Before the rains will come
There is a gathering of different kinds of clouds
Some will break and some will stray
The wind will take the rest away

So many things I long to do
so much I want to tell you,
So much I want...
You're the way I feel when I wake up
From a good dream

Oh pray for me I'm empty as a seashell,
A long distance call to nowhere
I know that's this is useless
Still I hope for some relief
Some kind of a connection
And maybe through it all you'll know...
you'll know...


That I genuinely love you.
Track Name: Wildernessed
Wildernessed
(Music and Lyrics, Patrick Burke)

In the way you look at me
It's in the way you look at me
The feeling
Travel through the open door
We travel through the open door,
Look up now

You've gone so far
Tell me you love me
You've gone away
Tell me you love me
Tell me you love me

Yesterday was bright and fair
Footfalls were as light as air
I'm fading
Echo of a ringing bell
The echo of a ringing bell
Is fading

I'm not asleep
Oh but I'm dreaming
I'm not asleep
Oh but I'm dreaming


"Someday all of this will
only be a memory.
A memory steeped in
emotions I will question.
That's what love becomes when
taken out of context;
simply a questionable emotion."

O. Wilde

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