The KIDS of WISCONSIN

by Ed Askew

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here we have 8 songs and 4 instrumentals that i made from Nov. 09 through May 2010. it was recorded using proTools and reason software, my Alesis Synth, and various instruments like a harmonica, harmonium, toy glockenspiel, and a Honer Melodica. the songs are cheerful, serious, playful, and meaningful, to me anyway. all new.

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released April 6, 2010

album cover design: Bob Melzmuf

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Track Name: The KIDS of WISCONSIN
beautiful Harry
is from Milwaukee
in the city by the great lakes
he could be seen

with all his friends who loved him
the kids of Wisconsin
he was the the king of the west side
when he was 15

--snow on the lake
the wind was blowing hard
they walked all night
and never said a word
never said a word


laughter in the night time
he couldn't stop laughing
but when he saw that lovely boy
he thoughty he would die

beauty is fleeting
young love is blind
but that 13 year old child
..took Harry's crown

--snow on the lake
the wind was blowing hard
they walked hand in hand
and never said a word
never said a word
Track Name: CLOTHES MAKE THE MAN
young Richard Prichard was on his way home
he looked in a shop window at the beautiful clothes
if only he could have them he could climb out of this hole
clothes make the man is what Richard Prichard knows

and we all will pray
for a beautiful day
and the the sun will shine
when we feel that way

old Mr. Cole was the high school music teacher
he once had hoped to be a big band leader
if only he could move to another town thats better
they might let him conduct the local Philharmonic

and we all will pray
for a beautiful day
and the the sun will shine
when we feel that way

Mr Walter Walter met Miss Ida Bean
at the church picnic in the town of Lincoln's Bay
he knew she was the right one, he got her number from a friend
he thought if he called her up enough she'd love him some day

and we all will pray
for a beautiful day
and the the sun will shine
when we feel that way

the moral of this story is difficult to say
don't get too disappointed if things don't go your way
the wisdom of the angles is not something, we always can hear
just, look at your situation without hope or fear

and we all will pray
for a beautiful day
and the the sun will shine
when we feel that way
Track Name: BLUE-VERMILION
pink pastel and blue-vermilion
in the sky the clouds are coming
down the street into the school yard
where pinky green is playing with william

william has a horse of crimson
he rides all the way to scotland
over the pond into the west wind
and pinky green is making a painting

green and blue, red and yellow
all the colors of the rainbow
arms and legs and feet and faces
covered in colors when pinky paints them


towers rising, solders march to the war
but kids will catch them, as they fall

who will tell me, when daddy will come home
i wait all day, i hope he' s safe and strong
Track Name: ASHES AND EMBERS
airoplanes fly all over the world
rain clouds drift away
a little boy, looking up at the sky,
is trying to find out the way

invisible lines that carry the signs
that we all send and receive
cross the mountains, and oceans of time,
as rivers of dark and light fill our minds


nobody knows what happened before
the sun came up today
all i can remember is ashes and embers
the wind blows past away

such is the the beauty of kites in the sky
and children who hold golden the strings
that tug on our hearts when the wind makes us cry
but ashes and embers fall away when you smile


airoplanes fly all over the world
rain clouds drift away
a little boy, looking up at the sky,
is trying to find out the way

invisible lines that carry the signs
that we all send and receive
cross the mountains, and oceans of time,
as rivers of dark and light fill our minds
Track Name: LIKE A LIEF
i'm working on a song
i don't know what to say
i listen to the sound
of traffic on Broadway

the radio's playing
this old song is saying
love me love me love me
baby my heart is braking

but when i went outside today
it was such a lovely day
the park was full of people
everyone was smiling

i'm working on a song
i don't know what to say
i listen to the sound
of traffic on Broadway


- a blue moon
rises in the sky
an old satellite
passes by


i'm thinking about a friend
who's far away
he's probably in church
he likes to go to church

i'm watching a movie
from the forties
a wise-cracking reporter
helped crack the case

a thought is like a lief
on a river
you are that thought
until it's swept away

yes, a thought is like a lief
on a river
you are that thought
until it's swept away


- a blue moon
rises in the sky
an old satellite
passes by
Track Name: GRAND HOTEL
Mr Robinson walks by the pond in the park with his dog on a leash every day
sometimes he likes to sit on a bench and watch all the ducks fly away


Katie the cake lady likes to walk up and down and look at that beautiful rose
that grows in the middle huntington circle on the other side of the road


the king of the corner has an icecream concession he sells soft ice cream to the kids
but what he'd like if you asked him that question is a vacation in Madrid


Walter the porter caries baggage all day. he works at the Grand Hotel
on the weekend he plays with his kids and watches Lawrence Welk.


Father McMichel holds forth from the pulpit. he's the best damn preacher around
and that Sister Green likes Father McMichel is the worse kept secret in town


and by the river friends get together it's just like The iland of La Gran Jatte
Father McMichel and Walter the Porter play cards with the king of the corner.


Mr Robinson walks by the pond in the park with his dog on a leash every day
sometimes he likes to sit on a bench and watch all the ducks fly away


Katie the cake lady likes to walk up and down and look at that beautiful rose
that grows in the middle huntington circle on the other side of the road
Track Name: THE LIGHTHOUSE
what hope springs now
when the last, candle goes out

and children from the town
cannot find, a place to flower

what place, will we have now
what love, will keep it's vow

yet we go on, we wait and pray
for miracles, to rise from ashes

what dreams, we may believe in
on another day

the laughter, in the school yard
may be the prayers, that children pray

climb the stairs up to a tower
light a candle in the window
so dark ships on an angry ocean
may see the way, and not founder

what dreams, we may believe in
on another day

the laughter, in the school yard
may be the prayers, that children pray

climb the stairs up to a tower
light a candle in the window
so dark ships on an angry ocean
may see the way, and not founder

for Tony-
Track Name: SHIPS
a boy in a tree house could sit there all day
watching the sun rise and counting the clouds
ships above roof tops set sail in the dawn
children hope solders and sailors come home

the boy in the tree house looks down and sees
girls in the play ground jump rope with there friends
gunships set sail over homes far away
children watch movies at the end of the day