The Wondrous Folly of Vaughn Frogg

by Edward Herda

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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 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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Track Name: Just Like Juliet and Romeo
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
Track Name: If
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
Track Name: Western Room
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
Track Name: Toy Guitar
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
Track Name: Lover, Sing a Song I Know
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
Track Name: Natural Disaster
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
Track Name: Dear Brooklyn
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.
Track Name: War at Peace
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
Track Name: Michelle's Song
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
Track Name: Tiny Footsteps
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
Track Name: Them Days
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
Track Name: Searching
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