In The Autumn Of The Old Year

by Raymond Scott Woolson

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When the girl I loved was fourteen And her days were bright and clean She ran outside and laughed out loud And sang in praise of sun and cloud When the girl I loved was fourteen The most beautiful I’ve seen At least she was that much to me And that was all she had to be But we lived in different worlds then And never spoke but once or twice Even still she haunts my dreams And I confess it’s true The one I miss the most Is the one I never knew When the girl I loved was fourteen And her days grew dark and mean A cold world wouldn’t leave her be And cut her down indifferently But I could only stand by helpless Until the day she had to leave And when I knew that she was gone My heart broke all the way through For the one I miss the most The one I never knew Those troubled times are long ago now And I’ve lived my life alone If all I’ve left is to remember Well, that much I can do For the one I miss the most The one I never knew When the girl I loved was fourteen And one time she smiled at me
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Dear Cathy, all that I love keeps changing And nobody tells me what for Dear Valerie, all of my heart keeps breaking And I don’t have any more Now I’m terrified inside about How to live and how to live without Dear Cathy, ever since graduation I’ve been wondering what I learned Dear Valerie, was it my imagination Or did my daydreams get out of turn It was nonsense that I was thinking of But the one I lost was the only one I loved And I’d get by just fine If only you were mine When you left I started losing track of time My focus blurred and strayed And by the time we left ninth grade I was lost and lonely, silent and afraid Dear Cathy, I can’t forget those days And all that we suffered for But dear Valerie, was it just a bad phase Then it shouldn’t hurt anymore And there’s still too much I don’t understand Why good things change, and bad things never can When everything makes sense Including accidents And I find my place along this troubled way Until then, dear Cathy Come back and please tell me How to start and where to go and what to say
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Where is the boy you left behind? So quickly banished from your mind If you wonder, if you care He’s still there And oh this indifferent world Is so cold for the boy who never won the girl How much can one lonely heart take Before there’s nothing left to break Another year has passed him by (passed me by) He wonders why (I wonder why) If I could wish for just one day Another chance to try again Maybe the one that got away Might be the one I win
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They Fight 02:14
Over hill and dale, tree and hedge Past Tom the red fox, and his battered bugle horn Under rock and stone, sea and sky Oh my Divert the river, lift up the mountain when they pass Block out the sun with a moving cloud of dust Hare and Tortoise scatter, sidestep Duck, and duck Lift those banners high, and close your eyes I’m only warning you Over hill and dale, tree and hedge Past Tom the red fox, and through the Cove of Cork Under rock and stone, where no moss grows Oh no Divert the river, lift up the mountain when they pass Block out the sun with a cloud of dust that’s twice as high Hare and Tortoise scatter, sidestep Goose Girl and Duck Count to ten and start again Sing “ashes” so we don’t fall down Over hill and dale, tree and hedge Past Tom the red fox, and down the old sheep walk Under rock and stone, where I look And I look It was quite a sight, yeah And you should have been there

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Produced at home during a period of deep depression in the Autumn of 2015. Three short "confessional" songs and an accompanying instrumental. "They Fight" was originally written in 1989; this 2015 version was added so the album could end on a light-hearted note.

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released January 3, 2016

RSW: guitars, percussion, keyboard, vocals.

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