Windfall

by The Reflectors

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Deadpan. Jangle. Crash.

This record came to life in 2002 and was finished 2 years later.

I had to write and record it off company time, late night, so it's kind of an escape experiment. And all the master tracks disappeared into the ether before we were done, so it's BYOBass.

The balloon was over the outskirts of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

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released August 2, 2004

all tracks written, performed and produced by Westy Reflector

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in stereophonic splendor."
- disquiet

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Track Name: Windfall
I was thinkin
wishful thinkin
of a good luck charm
of a world turned my way

I’m just waitin on that windfall
from the secrets of the world I know
I’m just waitin on that wind to fall

I close my eyes
drivin’ dusty roads
sending clouds
into a clear big sky

with every mile another dream
distant sunlit scenery
every mile another dream

these are your darkest days
cubicle post-it haze
feeling for a ledge for a leap of faith

I’m just waitin on that windfall
from the secrets of the world I know
I’m just waitin on that wind to fall
Track Name: Altered State
It was almost yesterday
Everyone had too much to say
Now it seems everyone collapses in a different way

I’m guilty of giving in too
just to make the rent on a new york room
now everything’s cascading, so don’t be blue!

I gotta do what I gotta do

I’m livin one more shot at it
I don’t care what you make of it
And yeah, I know I can’t get back to yesterday
I’ll take the next best thing
Take me to an altered state

Walk among the stars today
Swim in the vacuum of space
If you move fast enough you can pretend you never change

Turn your dust into life
Believe in the things you think are right
We’re taking off for that black unknown tonight

you gotta do what you gotta do

I’m livin one more shot at it
I don’t care what you make of it
And yeah, I know I can’t get back to yesterday
I’ll take the next best thing
Take me to an altered state
Track Name: Battery Park
she was tired of being alone
on that rooftop in battery park
so she walked & walked & walked & walked & walked & walked & walked & walked
until church & state went dark

she had a meltdown on a Chelsea corner
and she held a sit-down at a sidewalk café
and she ate and ate and ate and ate and ate and ate and ate and ate
no one dared take her plate away

it’s been a few years since she needed to come back
and it’ll be a few years since she wore anything but black
now it’s too clear she’s gonna survive intact
but it’ll be a few years before she comes back again

“if you believe in fate, you’ll never have any fun”
that's what she told her viceroy down on 14th street
she laughs and laughs and laughs and laughs and laughs and laughs and laughs and laughs
she’s an adult in every single way

it’s been a few years since she needed to come back
and it’ll be a few years since she wore anything but black
now it’s too clear she’s gonna survive intact
but it’ll be a few years before she comes back again
Track Name: Fistful Of Dirt
i woke up this morning
to a useless clock and a crack
in the wall behind the clock that began to grow

sun still risin slowly
no use draggin out of bed
every station singing static on the radio

don’t ask me where we’re goin
there’s only one place left to go
that’s why i’m ridin out the ending w/you
i got a crisp white shirt
and a fistful of dirt
things mess up like they like to do

they say it stays dark these days
because we’ve lost all faith in god
so they’re having trouble turning on the sun

but the earth’s just slowin down
and it’s just about to stop
the only question is where will it be noon?

…the only question is – where?

don’t ask me where we’re goin
there’s only one place left to go
that’s why i’m takin this ride out w/you
i got a crisp white shirt
and a fistful of dirt
things mess up like they like to do

things mess up like they like to
do
Track Name: Princess
no princes in this city
no warnings about the wicked
just a princess and a quiet boy

sleep in a sleepless city
crystal in a concrete world
just a princess and a quiet boy

a silence passes through us
as our eyes meet on the subway
it wakes me with laughter as we sway with the train
a quiet moment of inspiration
just a boy
and his princess

faith in a faithless city
diamonds in a leaden world
just a princess and a quiet boy syncing

this silence given to us is simply to find
a quiet moment of inspiration
just a boy and a princess
Track Name: Russell Leaf #4
no one knows Russell Leaf because Russell leaves
the scenes of all his accidental overdoses
on all the strangers in his life
he’s never haunted by

Russell Leaf liked to dance with the stranger
things on his mind never kept him
from seeking out his next chance to fall in love

Russell Leaf knew compassion only keeps you down
loading you with baggage
claims against a next chance to fall in love

Russell Leaf believed there was no higher power
never went to church on Sunday
school never mattered he’s a rich man now

Russell Leaf just lives happily down Recent Memory Lane
the one place that you get more
than one first-time to fall in love

who wouldn’t want to be …. Russell Leaf?
Track Name: Baby's Comin Home
when your baby’s hurtin’ on the other side of the world
you gotta find a strong steely look in your eye

when your baby’s hurtin’ on the other side of the world
you gotta have calm courage and faith in life

baby’s comin’ home
fall you asleep
your baby’s comin’ home
don’t worry about your baby
comin’ home

when your baby’s callin’ from the other side of the world
you gotta synchronize the sunset with the sunrise

when your baby’s callin’ from the other side of the world
you gotta be a man
and fill that distance with love
Track Name: Free Songs
I was the last thing you ever got for free
The last no-cost house-comp write-off freeload show
You’d probably feel the same if you had to pay for me
But I gave it away so you’ll never know

I’m the last one you ever thought you’d see
The last one left too right three dimensional man
Electricity conducts my circuitry
I see all those sides you’ll never know

Light yourself on fire
People come for miles
To watch you burn
They’ll take your picture
No one will pay
To watch you burn

I am the best thing you ever got for free
The best one stop one night one times one man show
It’d be such a shame if you had to pay for me
Let’s cut the middle man, here we go

Light yourself on fire
People come for miles
To watch you burn
They’ll take your picture
No one will pay
To watch you burn