Jeremy's Wonderland

by Jeremy Gloff

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about

January '97 found me in bad shape. I was in Atlanta without transportation. I didn't enjoy my job at WalMart. I struggled with establishing friendships. I was briefly interested in a boy but the relationship soured quickly. This further compromised my stability. A late night mental meltdown led me to the decision that it was best I return to New York. Thankfully a friend of mine had driven down to vacation and she let me ride back North with her.

Upon returning to Fredonia I reconciled with my family and stayed with them a bit. Then I stayed in Buffalo. Then Pittsburgh. Then Atlanta again. Then Pittsburgh. Eventually I settled in Fredonia, once again sleeping on the floor of a close friend.

During all this moving about I'd written the travelogue that became JEREMY'S WONDERLAND. I was feeling idealistic and whimsical. This was the spring of Hale-bop and I had the privilege of viewing that comet with a lot of different skylines in the background. I etched the words "live your life as free as possible" on sidewalks and benches and bus terminals and everywhere. We hosted some amazingly intense house shows.

After the thick and synthesized textures of MIDNIGHT BLOOMING and SONGS ABOUT STUPID PEOPLE I went for an earthier open-air sound on WONDERLAND. While SONGS ABOUT STUPID PEOPLE was recorded in isolation, these new songs were recorded with friends in the room and doors open. I can still hear the wheels of the 1997 highway and remember the way those summer stars bathed my face.

credits

released July 9, 1997

These songs were written, produced, arranged, and performed by Jeremy Gloff (unless noted)
Recorded and mixed by Jeremy at Food Boobs Studio - Fredonia NY (thanks Joshua)
All songs copyright 1997 Riotboy Music ASCAP
Photos: Jiouxlie Knapp
Riotboy Logo: Aaron Kreydt
Personal Healer: Pamela Rinehuls
Backup voices: Angels and friends
Constant financial and emotional support: A.D.S.
Jeremy's Wonderland is dedicated to Greg Greg and Jiouxlie Knapp
All songs written by Jeremy Gloff except:
"I Wanna Sellout" - music written and performed by Greg Greg
"Run" - lyrics by Jeremy Gloff/Anne Fearman
"Distance Thru Life" - music and lyrics by Another Dead Sharon (revised by Jeremy Gloff)
GUESTS:
"Where To Go Shalala" - Ellen Wheels by Jiouxlie Knappy (w/Wysocki)
Female vocals by Molly Rinehoudt
"The Joy In This" - whistles by Greg Greg (courtesy of Jocelyn Lash)
Harmony Vocals: Jim Briggs iii
"Wonderland" - co-lead vocals by Valuptuous Chant: Greg Greg, Aaron, Valuptuous, Jeremy
"Long Distance Running" - sopranino recorder by Mellissa Mioni
"Waves" - sax by Ted Isham
"I Wanna Sellout" - German by Amber Coppings
"Song About Stupid People" - Girls: Kortnee, Jocelyn, Kayla / Boys: Big Al, Mike Mitchell, Jeremy Coon
"Sleeping Beauty Dreams" - female vocals by Valuptuous
"Transmissions" - Marta sample courtesy of Greg Greg
"Run" - female vocals by Molly Rinehoudt recorded in May at Josh's parent's house
"Bad Season" - female vocals by Sakura and percussion by Korndog
"Distance Thru Life" - recorded at Josh's parent's house in May
Samples courtesy of Greg Greg - Seagulls by Jill Hayes (the real thing)
CD Remastered by Mark Nikolich at Atomic Audio

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Jeremy Gloff Tampa, Florida

Jeremy Gloff is an independent musician and writer residing in Tampa, Florida. Since his first album in 1993 Gloff has released a respectable 17 solo albums on his own Riotboy Records label. In 2013 released his 18th solo album INSIDE OF BLUE BUILDINGS - celebrating twenty years of making music. ... more

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Track Name: Cloudboy
Airplanes and jumping trains
I know he understands them
Shooting stars who sleep in cars
I used to live that life
Christmas lights shine off his records
As they spin
There’s more to my people
Than dirty jeans and safety pins

So I warn him
That I could love him
He might not feel the same way but that is okay
So just be my friend instead

Chorus:
Cause I’m a cloudboy
Yes I’m a cloudboy
And I live for the things that a highway can bring
Knowing you makes that okay
Yes I’m a cloudboy

“Free as a bird” says the jukebox and he sings along
And here at this table sit people who live like that song
Homeless Larry with coffee must wonder if life has a cause
Or if Jesus will turn out to be just like Santa Claus
I look at Holly…Keith and Aaron
And the boy in the corner who’s making me smile
Showing me doing nothing can be worthwhile

Repeat Chorus
Now watch me hit the highway
Track Name: Too Much Love
God I’m lucky I met you
Wish I felt more stable than I do
I often feel I’m in outer space
But when you sing in your car I felt I found my place
I love trains and the speed they go
A backpack and a jump we’re in Mexico
I wanna rest my mouth on top of your head
But I think you’re happy on your side of the bed
Don’t let these moments die…

Chorus:
Too much love and I don’t know where I should point it to
Too much love and I don’t know if I should give it to you

Asleep on my shoulder yellow lines speed by
And the clouds perform magic in the Florida sky
The best feeling I’ve ever had
I cry a lot lately and it’s not because I’m sad
I love trains they ain’t got no town
You’re a lot like them no one can hold you down
I really like it when you sleep here
But the cold night after is what I fear
Don’t let these moments die

Repeat Chorus

It’s all good…that’s what you’d say right now
It’s all good…I know that’s what you’d say right now I’ve got

Repeat Chorus

Too much love and I know I want to sleep next to you
And when I run will I run to you or run far away?