The Wonderlife

by The Wonderlife

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Recorded June-November 2013

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released December 3, 2013

Jake Vertin - Vocals, Guitars*
Jacob Lauing - Drums, Bass Guitars, Piano, Electronics, Vocals

All songs written, performed and produced by The Wonderlife*
All songs mixed and mastered by Mike Keller

*Guitar solo on Paradise by Gabe Wolf

*Dana and Novalis written by The Wonderlife and Gabe Wolf
*Right Idea written by The Wonderlife and Brennan Miller

Album artwork by Cheyenne Woodward

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The Wonderlife Palo Alto, California

Founded a decade ago by two 12-year-olds playing acoustic music, The Wonderlife has evolved into a dynamic indie rock band whose eclectic blend of pop, progressive rock, and reggae gives every fan something to enjoy.

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Track Name: Dana
In this dream it's me and you
As we start on Dana Avenue
In this altered state of mind
Track Name: Forever in My Mind
It was her birthday but the present was mine
The look on her face forever in my mind
It was a pretty face with a California taste
The next time's in no time

Bring me the time when spirits are high
Two lovers collide in the sunshine
The feeling so fine
When spirits are high
Two lovers collide in the sunshine

It was her birthday on a Saturday
She doesn't know what is on the way

The feeling so fine
The one you get when you find
Two lovers collide in the sunshine
Track Name: Novalis
The day will always bring us light
A welcoming transition from the night
With her colors waves and rays
Dancing through the sky's blue flood
Like a king of earthly nature
Revealing the splendor of our world is light

But the night lingers in its grave
Wasting its lonely place
Let's sink away in drops of dew
And wait on for the night

Glory to the queen of blissful love
With her colors waves and rays
Soft heir of sadness turn to go good ways

But soon the night releases
A force that tears light to pieces
And now a hidden power affects the soul
And I welcome in the night

Show me your face
Show me one last time
Track Name: The Devil's Game
Inside of a game
A psychoanalysis of my brain
Like a looking glass we see the same
Feelings sway but faces never change

So I sway
Reduced of everything but my own shame
The devil's game
And I'm trying to surrender

Inside of a game
A psychoanalysis of my brain
Through a looking glass we see the same
Track Name: Right Idea
In the winter I am cold
Brought upon by the winter snow
Compromise my spirit's strength
Staying high through the end of days

After one night with the devil inside
Consuming my thoughts and abusing my mind
I find the strength to carry on 'till spring wakes

Maybe I just haven't seen
That tender love and care is all I really need
Another side of life
Bring me to good health and good times

These days leave me sad and old
No one laughs 'cause the joke's been told
On the beach of a frozen lake
Where's the sand of the glory days?

Separate what's inside
The dreamless nights and my endless fight
I'm moving on
'Cause in the open we've got the right idea

I fall into the ground
An empty place I've found
Release my spirit when
The sun comes out again

I've fallen to the ground
An empty place I've found
Release my spirit when
The sun is high again
Track Name: Paradise
There's a place I know
A place where we can go
Where all our problems are left behind
And all I feel are your good vibes

Is there something on your mind?
A feeling you've kept inside
Tell me what's on your mind

Tell my why spirits collide
But never survive
They always demise

We go there when the times get rough
Getting high under the moonlight
Even if it's not enough
We watch the California sunrise
And soak up that sunshine

So when the body won't do what the mind will
A simple disconnection that is destined to kill
So save all those faint apologies that you bring
(Take a step back) and listen while I sing

Can you hear me cry?
No I'm lost in the light
A place I can hide
My own paradise

No I won't listen to your lies
But I might give in to your eyes
A transitory feeling
Loving is believing

We go there when the times get rough
Getting high under the moonlight
Even if it's not enough
We watch the California sunrise

You won't hear me cry no more
No I'm lost under the moonlight
The place I can hide
My own paradise

With all the complications life creates
A momentary life alleviates
The spirits are sick
Let's take some time to medicate
The natural way

We go there when the times get rough
So high under the moonlight
I found my paradise
Track Name: In Open Air
After all this time from you I've come to understand
You were there to listen to the echoes in my head
I'll do whatever you say

But I'm not waiting
I'll say whatever you say
And keep on faking that I could make it here with you

If you want me to stay
Hey, I'll stay away
To be right where I was before

One by one the pieces slowly fade and fall apart
A decade's worth of memories pay the toll and leave the heart
I'll do whatever you say

But I'm not changing
I'll say whatever you say
'Cause that's the way
That it was always meant to be

If you want me to stay
Hey, I'll stay away
To be right where I was before (I met you)

Only in time does the withering page
Gather what it takes to finally turn and remain

A matter of moments, the cigarette burns
The ashes burn deep but the smoke never leaves

I'm here then I'm gone from dusk until dawn
No I never sleep I just follow my feet

But she will find me again
Track Name: 3,080
The Southerner has traded his papers
For whiskey bottles, boots and self-certainty

Can you see?
The face once familiar now strangers on the street
Could it be?
Memories come knocking but different lives they lead

We'll find a way to bring you back another day
Back the natural way to paradise
But soon you'll learn nostalgia burns
But won't resurrect all the moments lost

Can you see?
The face once familiar now strangers on the street
Could it be?
Memories come knocking but different lives they lead

Look at yourself you're a murderer
Take just one look in the mirror
This won't last forever
Time is running away
Track Name: My Return
A year gone by
Ignoring what makes us cry
Turn my back on the truth
He's got no good news

Desolation in a crowded room
All I'll ever be is my own enemy

I've returned to the bottom
A fall from grace
Roads lost by leaves of autumn
Now I'm trapped in this place

Desolation in a crowded room
All I'll ever be is my own enemy
Take me wherever home is

Inside the memories are fading
The pain has now escaped me
Track Name: No Guarantees
As the clouds unleash
And my city seeps into the sea
(Waves roll patiently)

The current flows
So I'll always know that she may follow me

So here I am
I'm drowning in the deep
No sight of land
With miles beneath my feet

Even if I fall
Even if I'm weighed down
Even if it all ends badly
I will take the wheel
To mirror how I feel
'Cause I know that there's no guarantees

As my feed wade to meet the sand
Of a welcoming, unfamiliar coast
With these peaks it's unlike the northern shores I know
But I'm on my own and nonetheless it's home

Patiently, life
It waits for me

Even if I fall
Even if I'm weighed down
Even if it all ends badly
I will take the wheel
To mirror how I feel
'Cause I know that there's no guarantees