The Wondrous Folly of Vaughn Frogg

by Edward Herda

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1.
Your haughty smile and your platinum hair Put me back every time I stare Your tongue is sharp like a rapier blade It cuts right through every time you say my name And I don’t know know that much about you I’m kind of tired from the night before And the girl who left me just this morning You were unexpected that’s for sure But I’m ready to stroll your soft, white shores And I don’t know that much about you But I think I might love you Just like them fools Juliet and Romeo They say love at first sight is a curse But I can think of a few things that are worse Like having your girl stole from under your nose Getting chased down by her dead cousin’s ghost Having a plague put on your home Ending your life in a dark, dank tomb Just like them fools Juliet and Romeo We may have just met today But I feel like I know you from another century My heart is skippin’ at a clip I want to share my time with this damn fine chick I don’t know if our play ends in woe But I want to see how far we can go Just like them fools Juliet and Romeo I don’t know know that much about you But I think I might love you Just like them fools Juliet and Romeo
2.
If 03:35
If you want to call me up, babe you know I’ll answer If you want to talk all night, you can talk my ear off I want to hear what’s in your mind From your demons to your dreams and drives I want to know all the love you’ve seen and the heartache that brought you to me If you want to kiss me babe, come on kiss me right now I’m standing right in front of you, you just got to reach out And kiss me long and slow I want to feel your breath in my soul And if our lips ever part, let’s pick it up from the start What if, what if we never met Would I have this quiver in my bones What if, we never said hello Would you wait for me? If you want to stay tonight, you can stay forever From what I see, you and me is happy ever after And the heavens will part for us You’ve got my love, my heart, my trust Baby I’m not going anywhere, I’m here for good, I swear
3.
Western Room 03:43
You can call me your cowboy I’ll call you my darling Clementine I’ll pull four roses like they’re thornless weeds You can drink my whisky till it’s dry I’ll ride with you on them lonesome trails Draw my pistol, kill your time You can rush me faster than a 49er I’ll pan your creek all night Darling I’m so fond of you Like Johnny was of June If we can find ourselves a wild western room We can make all our dreams come true I’ll be your bright, shining Sundance You can be my fair, supple Place We'll travel round and round and move from town to town Cause a little trouble along the way If we get held up caught in a bind If the law tries to bring us down I’ll be by your side with my guns blazin’ Ready for a high-noon showdown Darling I’m so stuck on you Like sugar sticks to a tooth If we can find ourselves a wild western room We can make all our dreams come true You can call me your Wild Billy Boy I’ll call you my Calamity Jane Share with me you tricks and a kiss from your lips I’ll forever share with you my grave Darling I’m a part of you Like morning is to its dew If we can find ourselves a wild western room We can make all our dreams come true (x4) When we’re put down, belly up Worms crawling through our bones As as long as you’re lying next to me Honey I’ll know I’ve finally made it home
4.
Toy Guitar 05:17
I bought myself this toy guitar So I could grow up and be a star Get my face in magazines And play my songs on MTV And that guitar meant the world to me I got it at the corner store For ten and change maybe more The man there said to play and play When my fingers hurt just keep on playing But the man from the store, I can’t recall his name This kid from school was down and out His parents didn’t want him around The other kids, they all played sports He played with me down at the park And he banged on them bleachers like a heavy metal star While I strummed away on that old toy guitar ... I went back home years ago And heard that my old friend was gone He shot himself in the skull After shooting up our old school And nobody went to his funeral I still play that toy guitar I pick it up it every day or so It brings me back to younger days I think about them like yesterday But my old kid from school, I can’t recall his name
5.
Lover, sing a song I know I want to hear it in my heart, feel it from your soul Lover, kiss me Kiss me so damn hard you bend my faith, break my knees These words she spoke Moments before she choked on three more Oh, oh, oh Lover, I never felt this way I’ve spent so many days praying to find my savior Lover, your behavior’s strange In the morning I’m yours by night you’ve changed This she thought As she filled up my glass, far past the water mark Oh, oh, oh Lover, why don’t you talk The words you once used are the words that once won my heart Lover why don’t you come to bed You’re up all night thinking trying to mend your head Lover you’re not the man I chose I want one with conviction not the eyes you look at me with Lover, look at your clothes They smell more like the night each time you come home She screamed, then she paused <Ranting from a homeless man otherwise known as "Griff"> Lover, I don’t love you no more It’s you and your ways, babe I’ve been here before Lover, I have to go I never thought we’d get here, but it’s clear this I know She said as she looked in my eyes After one last kiss and just before she said her last goodbyes Lover, sing a song I know
6.
You came in like a tornado Swept me away and then you let me go You ran out the door with your bags in tow Adios my lovely tornado You pulled me in and spit me out like a hurricane Drenching me in tears they coming down like rain I’m bruised I’m beat I’m busted, living with this pain See you on the flip side my hurricane You’re a torrent a flood from nature’s blood Only here to please your passing wake You rampaged through like no one knew And blame it on your swell for heaven’s sake You scorched me like a forest fire Not really caring if I live or I die I still get hot flashes when I think of that smile You must be the devil my forest fire You rattled me like an earthquake I once saw love I now see hate It’s magnitude blast of 10.8 I wish it’d stop this earthquake You came in like a tornado I’ll always love you that’s fo’ sho You ran away and I’m glad to see you go Have a good life my lovely tornado
7.
Brooklyn, oh Brooklyn, How the hell have you been? It’s been a long while since you and I panned for prospects in the park after dark, sipped’ on wine hoping the F just might stop, chasin’ the night praying she won’t close. Oh Brooklyn I’m coming home. California dreaming got the best of me, promised me blue skies and a golden breeze. But I learned heartache and the hard way to fall; you showed me how to take a hit on the chin and still stand tall; this damn town’s too damn soft and too damn fake Oh Brooklyn, take me away. I’d ditch my view for them old red stoops where I strummed my songs with you — flip my whip for that broken iron horse. Oh Brooklyn you’ve boroughd into my heart. Brooklyn, oh Brooklyn, Why the hell did we end? We had some good times, you and I: Skipping down 6th to grab a slice and a pound a brew, puttin' our faith on old Bill and our crew, stealing kisses in your hot summer rain. Oh Brooklyn, I’m coming home today. Brooklyn, oh Brooklyn I’m coming home to stay.
8.
War at Peace 06:34
I was born in my old granddad’s brigade Baptized by a bullet and branded with hate Taught to shoot first and kill not out of fear I kill for my freedom my life and my heir I don’t want this fight If I don’t shoot first another man might To earn my pay another’s life must end Is this salvation or a sin? My voice idles wild, my violence screams in tongues I pray for the will to accept what I’ve become Like the grenadier before me whose blood bombs my eyes Oblivion now blind to those of my kind I don’t want this life After all I gave and all I sacrificed When I die, if I die at all Will I rise or will I fall The southern seas bring solace, through highland fields we walk Beaming with desire to fire and make our mark Home is now unknown, for I’ve blazed blurry paths Taking lives throughout my tour tearing at my tracks I don’t want this war They say it’s peace we’re fighting for To earn my stripes another man must die How did god give me this right? My fate is angry if I disobey these, 
but angry if I slaughter 
this child, the beauty of my house, 
with maiden blood shed staining 
these father's hands beside the altar. 
What of these things goes now without disaster? 
How shall I fail my ships 
and lose my faith of battle? 
For them to urge such sacrifice of innocent blood 
angrily, for their wrath is great--it is right. May all be well yet. But when necessity's yoke was put upon him 
he changed, and from the heart the breath came bitter 
and sacrilegious, utterly infidel, 
to warp a will now to be stopped at nothing. 
The sickening in men's minds, the sickening in men's minds, the sickening in men's minds, tough, 
reckless in fresh cruelty brings daring. He endured then 
to sacrifice his daughter 
to stay the strength of war waged for a woman, 
first offering for the ships' sake. A power beyond my self controls my gun and steed I follow this dark knight hoping to be freed My father told his father, his father said to him Son be a man, we don’t speak of what we did Why am I still alive? For all I’ve done I should die There’s no time to put my mind at ease We’re fighting a war at peace We're fighting a war at peace We're fighting a war at peace
9.
Hey little sister it’ll be okay You can’t train a dog in his old age But you can still throw that old dog a bone Don’t you worry don’t you cry Daddy’s always gonna’ be by your side No matter if he stays or if he goes And it’s looking like he’s ready to hit the road You had it tough growing up I can’t say that I helped too much But I’m here now with a warm shoulder If you need to let it out If you just need to just scream and shout Well I’ll scream at the top of my lungs with ya And we won’t stop to til’ the cops come get us Oh, is this life as we know it Don’t I get back all I gave I’ve been digging so damn hard Trying to escape my shallow grave Where I was born to spend my days Hey little sister let me see you smile You’ve always been such a beautiful child Ain’t no need for that sullen grin So this burden carries you Like you ain’t got nothing better to do Chew your tongue to the bitter end All for someone who hardly even gave a damn Oh, is this life as we know it Don’t I get back all I gave I’ve been digging so damn hard Trying to escape my shallow grave Where I was born to spend my days And we’ll climb mountains of prayer atone our sins And when the scene unfolds our hearts will beat again Both players cast for mistaken parts Where the audience laughs before the tragedy starts And the ghost of our name’s fate will taunt our tomb But you won’t see his face but he’ll see you And I won’t stop the cops come get us Through all the backstreets, honey tonks and my east coast haunts And the wheels of justice will flying skip And the fish will haunt back you over the moon But I won’t stay down, I said I won’t stay down, I won’t, won’t stay down Oh, is this life as we know it Oh, is this life as we know it Hey little sister it’ll be okay You can’t train a dog in his old age But you can still throw that old dog a bone You had it tough growing up I can't say that I helped you much But it looks like it's time for me to come on home
10.
I took a bite today But the apple ain’t as sweet without you tasting it with me I try to turn the page But the words are all obscure, they all look the same They read your name I feel the warmth of your breath so hot When I’m lying in bed you’re kissing me in the dark I know that I had done my part I hear your tiny footsteps wandering through my heart My ashes fill the tin I’m trying to count sheep but the wolf always shows her teeth There you go again You pass me on the street, I blink and you’re gone I know that song I feel the warmth of your breath so hot When I’m lying in bed you’re kissing me in the dark I know that I had done my part I hear your tiny footsteps wandering through my heart The sunshine shines in my mind So clear and so bright Still pining for a girl that was mine She taught me to walk the line Picked me up when I fell behind Gave me the words to write a rhyme Damn that girl was fine I’d spend hours in her eyes With her dangerous curvy lines Guess I never saw the signs Or heard her long drawn-out sighs Aye aye aye I feel the warmth of your breath so hot When I’m lying in bed you’re kissing me in the dark I know that I did my part I hear your tiny footsteps wandering through my heart I still hear your tiny footsteps wandering through my heart
11.
Them Days 03:52
Them was the days of wine and roses Those were the times of whiskey and rye Long hot kisses on a summer’s night babe Those were the days I lost my mind We found each other without redemption You fell into me like a shooting star I let you in with no exceptions And no reservations in my heart If there was trouble we found it Hills we climbed Rules we broke ‘em That ain’t no crime If there was liquor we drank it A bed we’d lie If it was love I felt it For the first time I felt like a kid in an itty bitty playground Swingin’ ourselves up on them swings Laughing at the whole damn world around us You was my queen and I was your king But we was thrown from our whirlwind Ripped to shreds Fell out of that bubble A long time coming so you said Our time was over The bottle had gone dry Turning over stones for answers as we Watched the love inside us die Them was the days of wine and roses Those were the times of whiskey and rye Long hot kisses on a summer’s night babe Those were the days I lost my mind Those were the days I lost my mind Those were the days I lost my mind
12.
Searching 05:43
Will I find you in Kentucky, walking through bluegrass fields Maybe in Missouri, or out in old Tangiers Will our eyes meet in Nashville, while you’re up on stage Singing some old love song, when you finally find my face Are you up there in Seattle, shivering inside Waiting for my tender touch, to keep you warm at night Are you out there on the ocean, drifting on some boat I’ll throw you a lifeline, and pull you into shore I don’t know who you are girl, I don’t know if you’re sweet But I know you’re out there, searching just for me And when we meet will we sweep each other off our feet Will we kick up our heels and know, this time it’s real Will I see you sippin’ coffee, in the city by the bay Are you clickin’ your heels in Kansas, waiting to be swept away Are you livin’ in my hometown, right under my nose Have I seen you in passing, have I help open your door And when we meet will we sweep each other off our feet Will we kick up our heels and know, this time it’s real

about

In the spring of 2011 my world was rocked in many ways. It was time to take stock in the life I had been abusing for so long. The months following the fleeing tornado saw a lot of change — I became addicted to it. So in September 2011 left my full-time job in advertising and ran to the desert not really sure what I wanted to do. I holed up in a small motel called The Pioneertown Inn with my instruments and endless amounts of corned beef hash. There I had long, inspiring conversations with the desert's silence. And it was there It in that small shack that I wrote a large portion of these songs.

The Wondrous Folly of Vaughn Frogg is a linear story. And it's a story within a story. And finally a story within a story within a story.

Special thanks to my beautiful tornado, BT. Without her I would probably be dead.

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released March 5, 2013

All songs written by Edward Herda
Produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Max Allyn at Dig It Studios

Edward Herda: Guitar, banjo, mandolin, baritone, harmonica, vocals
Max Allyn: Bass, percussion, guitar, piano, baritone, ukulele, saw
Leah Kouba: Vocals
Matt Bradford: Dobro, lap slide
Diane Hobstetter: Accordion

Cover art by Heather McMillen: www.heathermcmillen.com
Design and typography by Thomas Kim and David Zweig

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Edward Herda Santa Monica, California

Edward Herda is a writer and storyteller who has worn many hats within a variety of creative fields his entire life: Stand- up comedian, creative director and musician. The music he writes is just part of his overall vision for living a life filled with original thoughts. ... more

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