When It All Falls Down

Bonus Track By  Wahray and Soul

Written by Ric Albano Song Length: 3:19
Listen to the Song:
[audio:WAS/34-WhenItAllFallsDown.mp3]
1990
Lyrics
When it all falls down will you still be mine?
Will you stay be my side when all is not fine?
Would you take a chance on me one time,
If it all fell down?

If the sky gets stained with a touch of gray
And if lady luck won’t smile my way
Will you still be mine on those darkest days,
When it all falls down?

Now the king of kings has his wrath on me
For some long lost fueds that were never meant to be
Things have not gone my way lately but there’ll be better days
And now you must prove your worth to me
Believe in me and stay, when it all falls down

If the sky gets stained with a touch of gray
And if lady luck won’t smile my way
Will you take my hand on those darkest days,
When it all falls down?
Would you take a chance on me one time,
If it all fell down?

Now the king of kings has his wrath on me
For some long lost fueds that were never meant to be
Things have not gone my way lately but there’ll be better days
And now you must prove your worth to me
Believe in me and stay, when it all falls down

Composition © 1990 Ric Albano
Publication © 2011 Cygnus Wave Music

Song Info
Produced & Engineered by Ric Albano
Composed on September 3, 1990
Recorded September 1990
at Rathole Studios, Hazleton, PA
Mixed in 2003 & Mastered in 2011
at Cygnus Wave Studios

Performers
Ric Albano
Acoustic Guitars, All Vocals

Listener Guide
Grade

Analysis: A pure and excellent folk song with a simple message atop a simple acoustic riff. The recording suffers slightly from some high-end dithering, but the song itself is a gem begging to be re-done.

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Mrs. McCleary’s Farm

Bonus Track By  Wahray and Soul

Written by Ric Albano Song Length: 3:42
Listen to the Song:
[audio:WAS/32-MrsMcCleary’sFarm.mp3]
1990
Lyrics
There’s a place in the meadow, just around the bend
A place all the locals know well
Where, on Saturday night the men all come around
Their pockets are full of dollar bills
You see, it’s Judy McCleary that they’ve come to see
To forget all their problems for a while
She makes them remember what good lovin’ can be
With a jump and a hump and a smile

It’s been three long years since ole’ Bill McCleary
Married young, sweet Judy Brown
And one would be amazed that he doesn’t know
She does the most business in town
Even Deputy Parker is a customer now
He pays her a visit every week
They all live in fright, afraid to their wives
That someday their secrets may leak

But who’s to say what she does is wrong?
It helps to pay the bills
She knows she must write her life’s long song
A little heaven on the edge of hell

But Judy doesn’t mind bearing all her parts untanned
It is more like a daily routine
It’s kind of amazing, when you think of it
How many she has actually seen
As for her husband Bill, she just figures, well
What he doesn’t know can’t do him harm
While the rest of the men talk of gathering again on Mrs. McCleary’s farm

But who’s to say what she does is wrong?
It helps to pay the bills
She knows she must write her life’s long song
A little heaven on the edge of hell

Composition © 1990 Ric Albano
Publication © 2011 Cygnus Wave Music

Song Info
Produced & Engineered by Ric Albano
Composed on August 3, 1990
Recorded August 1990
at Rathole Studios, Hazleton, PA
Mixed in 2003 & Mastered in 2011
at Cygnus Wave Studios

Performers
Ric Albano
Electric Guitars, Bass Guitar, Drums, All Vocals

Listener Guide
Grade

Analysis: Lyrically, this is a follow-up to an earlier song called “Sweet Judy Brown”, with the same central character. Musically, the song borrows heavily from early era Rush, especially when it comes to the guitar tone and chord arrangements.

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Olive Hill

Bonus Track By  Wahray and Soul

Written by Ric Albano Song Length: 2:04
Listen to the Song:
[audio:WAS/29-OliveHill.mp3]
1990
Lyrics
Six long months and six long days
Since I lost seen my baby go away
It started out as a cool yet sunny day
It was November 3rd, it was her birthday
It seems so long, yes it seems so long

Although I know I’ve changed so much since then
Yet I know that I will see her again
But I don’t when, no I don’t know when

Though we were so very far apart
There is a part of her that I held in heart
Which I took and buried in this place far away
I’ll go back down and reclaim it someday

There’s a place with mountains and trees
And narrow, winding roads in north Kentucky
It’s heaven by day and hell by night
A perfect reflection of me and Jane’s short life
Called Olive Hill

Although it seems so long since I sang this song
For the first time, for the last time on Olive Hill
Bluegrass shacks and wells

There’s a place with mountains and trees
And narrow, winding roads in north Kentucky
It’s heaven by day and hell by night
A perfect reflection of me and Jane’s short life
Called Olive Hill

Composition © 1990 Ric Albano
Publication © 2011 Cygnus Wave Music

Song Info
Produced & Engineered by Ric Albano
Composed on May 9, 1990
Recorded May 1990
at Rathole Studios, Hazleton, PA
Mixed in 2003 & Mastered in 2011
at Cygnus Wave Studios

Performers
Ric Albano
Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals

Listener Guide
Grade

Analysis: After an extended hiatus to attend school and re-record some older songs, I got back into writing and recording in late spring 1990. Armed with new knowledge and a different approach, the songs of the 90s varied much from the songs of the 80s, especially in this earliest period of the decade when I concentrated much on simpler, acoustic folk songs, such as this.

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The Miracle of Surprise

Bonus Track By  Wahray and Soul

Written by Ric Albano & Jim Morrison Song Length: 1:54
Listen to the Song:
[audio:WAS/24-TheMiracleOfSurprise.mp3]
1989
Lyrics
And in her eyes
The fresh miracle of surprise…

Composition © 1989, 2003 Ric Albano
Publication © 2011 Cygnus Wave Music

Song Info
Produced & Engineered by Ric Albano
Composed on September 28, 1989
Recorded September 1989 / Fall 2003
at Rathole Studios, Hazleton, PA
and Cygnus Wave Studios
Mixed in 2003 & Mastered in 2011
at Cygnus Wave Studios

Performers
Ric Albano
Electric Guitars, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Drums
Sinclair Soul
Vocals

Listener Guide
Grade

Analysis: Always intended as an introductory piece for “The Telephone”, this is the first of many to use a passage from a collection of poerty by Jim Morrison called Wilderness. Some synthesizers were added to the original piece in 2003.

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The Old Man

Bonus Track By  Wahray and Soul

Written by Ric Albano Song Length: 4:38
Listen to the Song:
[audio:WAS/22-TheOldMan.mp3]
1989
Lyrics
There’s an old man sitting down on the bench
For fifty years he made a living with a monkey wrench
He shakes his head as three young girls pass by
Their sexy legs just make him wonder why
They weren’t around here fifty years ago
He could have made one of them his wife, for all he knows
But instead he’s stuck with the same old bat at home
She never gave him pleasure, just grey hair on his dome

He makes his home in Hazeltown
Where no optimists, only pessimists hang around

When the old man finally gets on home
He sees his wife sittin’ bitchin’ on the telephone
She says; “I don’t like Roy going out at night…
Don’t he know he’s supposed to sit around and wait to die…
Well, ain’t it sad but true what has happened to him…
I should have listened to Ma and got married to Tim”

He lives alone in Hazeltown
Where no hoping, praying, and wishing is not aloud

When the old man finally packs his bags
And leaves his wife behind in here pile of rags
He heads on south, out to find where rainbows grow
And maybe there he can star in his old Vaudeville show
He felt so free walking slowly in the calm, fresh air
He felt as though the warm sunlight could restore his grey hair
He said; “I should have done this years ago”

No Longer lives in Hazeltown
And no longer does he keep his watch un-wound

Composition © 1989 Ric Albano
Publication © 2011 Cygnus Wave Music

Song Info
Produced & Engineered by Ric Albano
Composed on August 6, 1989
Recorded August 1989
at Rathole Studios, Hazleton, PA
Mixed in 2003 & Mastered in 2011
at Cygnus Wave Studios

Performers
Ric Albano
Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Vocals

Listener Guide
Grade

Analysis: A song about the attitude of my hometown with a quasi-reggae beat. This is one where I flubbed the lyrics on many lines but recovered alright through ad-libbing. The flange effect on the vocals may be a bit much and the drums, which were intended to be centrally showcases, did not mix well in the song.

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