If I Left This World

by Greg Wickham

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Greg Wickham, co-singer and songwriter for critically acclaimed Hadacol, returns after a 15-year hiatus with a full-length solo project.

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released March 17, 2017

Co-produced by Greg Wickham and Kristie Stremel
Engineered by Paul Malinowski at Massive Sound
Greg Wickham - Vocals, Guitars, Piano, B-3 Organ
Matt Brahl - Drums, percussion
Sam Platt - Drums
Richard Burgess - Bass
Fred Wickham - Guitars, harmony vocals
Marco Pascolini - Guitars, pedal steel
Bart Colliver - B-3 Organ
Kyle Dahlquist - Trombone, harmony vocals
Kasey Rausch - Vocals
Todd Etter - Fiddle, Viola
Anna Cook - Cello
Clarke Wyatt - Banjo
Fred Wickham, Jr. - Mandolin
Brent Hoad - Mandolin
Chad Boydston - Trumpet
Joe Athon - Saxophone
Ben Ruth - Sousaphone
Paul Malinowski - Guitar, percussion

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Greg Wickham Kansas City, Missouri

Greg Wickham burst onto the Americana/alt. country scenes with Hadacol. After recording the acclaimed Better Than This and All In Your Head, Hadacol went on an indefinite hiatus. Greg decided to vanish for a long while. But his Hadacol family and a slew of great musicians joined him for a joyous return to what he loves - making music with and for friends, family and anyone who loves a good song. ... more

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Track Name: Angel of Mercy (Song for Sophie)
Angel of Mercy (Song for Sophie)

Angel of mercy, wherever you roam
Watch o'er my baby when she's alone
Sing to her softly, caress her sweet head
'Til the still of the night greets a new day ahead.
Don't let my baby cry too long.

Stars shine on the valley below
Watch o'er my baby wherever she goes
Light up her path to adventures unknown
Let her dance through the shadows 'til she finds her way home.
Don't let my baby cry too long.

And I'll walk with you as long as I can
Then I'll watch over you through your badlands.

Sweet melody stick in her head
Help her remember a few words I said
Rock her so gently, after I'm gone
Make sure she knows that my love my lingers on
Make sure she knows my love lingers on.
And don't let my baby cry too long,
Don't let my baby cry too long,
Don't let my baby cry too long,
No don't let my baby cry too long.

Angel of mercy, wherever you roam
Watch o'er my baby when I'm old and gone.
Track Name: Me Oh My
Me Oh My

Oh me oh my.

Hazel Green's on the front porch swing
Playin' with the band on her wedding ring
Radio plays the local news
Since the old man left she's a little confused.

Jimmy's out rollin' in his pickup truck
Grippin' the wheel, cursing his luck
Playin' chicken on Highway 9
Straddlin' a bottle and a double yellow line.
Oh me oh my
When you get a little low
You gotta get a little high.

Abigail's laying by the railroad tracks
Starin' at the moon, thinking of Jack
Souvenirs in an old milk crate
Gonna add a few pounds to the Union freight.
Oh, me oh my
When you get a little low
You gotta get a little high.
Oh, me oh my
When you get a little low
You gotta get a little high.

Willie came home a little too soon
Bringin' Beth a rose in the afternoon
He just sat there and listened through the paper-thin walls
Tearin' off petals and watching them fall.

And I've been sittin' since a quarter to three
Watchin' reruns on an old tv
This dang guitar's got a broken string
Since you left I ain't written one thing.
Oh, me oh my
When you get a little low
You gotta get a little high.
Oh, me oh my
When you get a little low
You gotta get a little high.
Track Name: Ain't No Way to Love You
I've got a ton of skeletons behind my closet door
I've piled up the bones so high I can't stack any more
That ain't good
Yes, yes, yes, that ain't no good
Now there ain't no way to love you.

I've been sleepin' with the curtains closed
No sheets upon my bed
Chasin' down these thoughts of you
Runnin' through my head
I can't sleep
Yes, yes, yes, I get no sleep.
Now there ain't now way to love you.

Ain't no way to love you
That's the way it's gotta be
Ain't no way to love you
If you don't love me.

I hear the bulldog barking
Chasin' shadows on the wall
This image looking back at me
Is making my skin crawl.

I could walk to Memphis
Hitch a ride to Baton Rouge
Catch a train back to Kansas City
Still not have a clue
I need help.
Yes, yes, yes, I get no help.
Now there ain't no way to love you.

Ain't no way to love you
That's the way it's gotta be
Ain't no way to love you
If you don't love me.
Track Name: Small Roles
This old clock by the bed is a metronome
Rattling pictures in my head
This room ain't a home.
Rain plays like a slow waltz
The tv's throwing shadows against the wall.
Everybody's moving on.
They don't seem to know.

Every night you play small roles in my dreams
I wake to static in my mind
Trying to understand what they mean.
And time slows down late at night.
Everybody's moving on.
Track Name: Waterfall
I will be your wounded soldier
Staggering home from the war
And I will stand alone in the ring
Knowing what I'm fightin' for.
Hey, don't you want to crawl
To the waterfall
And slip back in.

I'll be your full moon on an August night
And your slippers on a December day
And when those blues crowd your worried mind
I will blow 'em all away.
Hey, don't you want to crawl
To the waterfall
And slip back in.
Hey, don't you want to crawl
To the waterfall
And slip back in.

And you could be my drive-in movie screen
Casting dreams in black and white.

And I will be your generator
And I will be your easy chair
And when those flowers bloom come springtime
I will be standing there.
Said I'm gonna be standing there.
And I'll be singing
Hey, don't you want to crawl
To the waterfall
And slip back in.
Hey, don't you want to crawl
To the waterfall
And slip back in.
Track Name: Clear
I think of you and I cry, that's a lie no I don't
Reliving dreams only means these tears on loan
I have no choice, it's only your voice I hear.

Down on a knee I can see she's comin' round slow
Beggars don't choose they just lose their desire, I should know
The wrecking ball swings while the bluebird sings in my ear.
It's so clear.

Houses may burn but I've learned that fire ain't so bad
Starting again can beat the end, it just depends what you've had
My wandering mind leaves a trail behind but there's nothing to fear.
It's so clear
So clear.
Track Name: If I Left This World
If I left this world today
Would you still feel the same way?
Would you tear down the walls
Forgive all my flaws
If I left this world today?

If you left this world tonight
Would it turn your whiskey to wine?
Would it make your mistakes
Nothing but bad breaks
If you left this world tonight?

I ain't leavin', but I'd give anything
For you to believe in
These songs I sing.

If I left this world right now
It wouldn't change things anyhow
Would all that I am
Make me a good man
If I left this world right now?
If I left this world right now.
Track Name: Wake Me Up
I've been wandering and wondering
What I oughtta do if I ever leave this bed
A little ignition on a little ambition
Oughtta knock these cobwebs from my head.
Oh, mama, I'm so tired
Oh, mama, I'm so tired
Please wake me up.

I've been thinking I oughtta be thanking
All you people who left me alone
But feeling no pain's still a helluva shame
When it means feeling nothing down to the bone.
Oh, mama, I'm so tired
Oh, mama, I'm so tired
Please wake me up.

I've been letting go
Since she let me know
I didn't figure in her plan
I live in a cold place
A half-empty space
They call home to the hollow man.

I've been feeling the weight of the world
Crashing down around my head
My EKG is laughing at me
I'm a couple of beats away from dead.
Oh, mama, I'm so tired
Oh, mama, I'm so tired
Please wake me up.
Wake me up
Wake me up
Wake me up.
Track Name: Almost to Springfield (For Lou)
Have you ever walked around when they didn't even know your name
Waitin' for something that never came.
Understand I'm a simple man
Nothin' but vanilla from a fella who's oh so plain.

You know I damn near drowned in a big city melting pot
Learnin' everything I'm not
I ain't that pretty and I aint' that witty
I guess I never knew or I just forgot.

But I've got crushed mosquitoes on my windshield
Butterflies in the wiper blade
And I'm almost to Springfield
Where the sun shines on this dog's ass every day.

Well, I walked around with my face to the ground
To the sound of a voice of a girl who was stuck in my head
And they weren't jokin' when they said I'd be chokin'
On the bones of a love that was already clinically dead.
That's what they said.

I'll buy a Red Sovine with the last of the floorboard change
As soon as I'm out of AM range
Pop a Coke, light up a smoke
And thank the Lord goin' home never feels strange.

'Cause I've got crushed mosquitoes on my windshield
Butterflies in the wiper blade
And I'm almost to Springfield
Where the sun shines on this dog's ass every day.
Track Name: I Will Comfort You
Red is the color of the devil in the night
Black is the color of the pale moonlight
I wonder why you're blue.
Some are gonna laugh, some are gonna cry
Everybody gotta find a way to get by
I wonder what you'll do
I will comfort you.

Plenty is the number of the troubles you see
Few are the worries you ever really need
I think you are the one.
Some are gonna yell, some are gonna scream
Some are gonna lay around and never do a thing
And sometimes you just hang on
I will comfort you.

I will comfort you
I will comfort you

Winter is the season of your discontent
Spring is the reason you never give in
I'll be there should you fall
Even in a crowd some are all alone
Everybody gotta find a way to get home
I'll be there when you call
And I will comfort you
'Til the sun shines through.

Red is the color of the devil in the night
Black is the color of the pale moonlight
I wonder why you're blue.
Track Name: How Much I've Hurt
There's echoes in the hall
From a darkness I can't see
There's a restless feeling in this house
And it's coming straight for me
I've fought convictions
I've shadow boxed the truth
Waged war against the years
But couldn't hang on to my youth.

I'd float across the plains
Rise up from the Earth
I'd love to ease your pain
By telling you how much I've hurt.

I wish I had an old voice
Weathered, cracked, and true
I'd sing a thousand songs
If I could drive one home to you
I've sung to pictures
I've sung these songs to walls
And though I've sung to no one
I sing for you dear most of all.

I'd float across the plains
Rise up from the Earth
I'd love to ease your pain
By telling you how much I've hurt.
I'd float across the plains
Rise up from the Earth
I'd love to ease your pain
By telling you how much I've hurt.

There's trouble in the highlands
This valley's gonna flood
But these fields will surely rise again
I feel it in my blood.
Track Name: Elsie's Lullaby
Strangers talk loud but don't speak the truth
Faith don't come easy when the darkness slips through
Trouble lays low just waiting for you
And falling apart ain't a hard thing to do.

Sleep, Angel, sleep beneath a blue sky
Dream, Baby, dream with your eyes open wide
Think for yourself, then go do your best
Peace comes to those who let God do the rest.

I hope your dreams grow too big to scare
And I hope your heartbreak won't be too much to bear
Always remember even though life ain't fair
Reasons to hope are still everywhere.

Sleep, Angel, sleep beneath a blue sky
Dream, Baby, dream with your eyes open wide
Think for yourself, then go do your best
Peace comes to those who let God do the rest.

Know that I'll love you even when I'm not here
Whisper these words and I'll always be near.

Sleep, Angel, sleep beneath a blue sky
Dream, Baby, dream with your eyes open wide
Think for yourself, then go do your best
Peace comes to those who let God do the rest.

Sleep, Angel, sleep beneath a blue sky
There's a long road ahead, and it's a heck of a ride
So think for yourself, then go do your best
Peace comes to those who let God do the rest.
Peace comes to those who let God do the rest.
Peace comes to those who let go of the rest.