Factory Town

Factory Town is inspired by old manufacturing neighborhoods of the Northeast where the EP was written and recorded.  Wise Old Moon wrote this collection of songs in the neighborhood of Parkville in Hartford, CT where the pneumatic tire was invented in the early 1800s.  ‘Factory Town’ was recorded 45 min. South of Hartford in the historic mill town of Holyoke at Ghost Hit Recording located in a repurposed factory building.  

‘Factory Town’ tells the story of the buildings that seem to last forever and the people who currently reside in the neighborhoods; it tells the story of where Wise Old Moon comes from and where they’re going as a band. 

1.  Let Me In 
I say I’m right outside, I’m really on my way
I’m just making sure that you’re there to let me in
I’ve been spending all my own precious time
Standing on your front porch again

Some people say, if you want to get away
You’ve got to go some place that’s unfamiliar
I’ve been thinking lately, if you want to get anywhere
One of these days you’ve got to let somebody in

Why don’t you give me a key, please take it easy on me
I’ve been waiting for you to come down
I can’t for the life of me
I can’t figure it out, I can’t figure it out

Out there on the border of truth and consequence
There’s a strange hue to that sunset looks like a storm is coming in
I’m out here on your front porch watching the rain fall down
I always end up on the lonely side of townI keep on knocking but you never come around

Why don’t you give me a key, please take it easy on me
I’ve been waiting for you to come down
I can’t for the life of me
I can’t figure it out, I can’t figure it out

Written by Connor Zane Millican (BMI)
Guitar/Vocals – Connor Zane Millican
Guitar/Vocals – Ian Meadows
Bass – Greg Lake
Drums – Stephen Cusano
Vocals – Dustin Meadows

2. Annabelle
Just like a steam train locomotive she’s coming around the bend
She doesn’t have any destination those railroad tracks never come to an end
We moved down to Memphis in July of 2010
We had our sights set on the family forever
Wound up lost out in the desert again

Anytime anywhere it’s Annabelle
I think I see her in the river
But when I dive into the water there’s no one there

I’ve been singing
Those same sad love songs
I’ve been running away from
Time and time again

I woke up this morning there was little left to lose
I’ve been driving in reverse trying to find a different point of view
I went out to a party and I ran into you
In your eyes there was this ancient discovery
It’s been a while since I remembered it too

Anytime anywhere it’s Annabelle
I think I see her in the river
But when I dive into the water there’s no one there

I’ve been singing
Those same sad love songs
I’ve been running away from
Time and time again

Written by Connor Zane Millican (BMI)
Guitar/Vocals/Harmonica – Connor Zane Millican
Guitar/Vocals – Ian Meadows
Bass – Greg Lake
Drums – Stephen Cusano
Vocals – Dustin Meadows 

3. Shakes My Head
I don’t believe in love I don’t believe in pain
I don’t believe in a god damn thing anymore cus in the end we fade
I don’t believe in us I’m runnin out of faith
Could we be more than this another time and place

And it shakes my head and it breaks my heart
To be part of this to be torn apart
Its like a sucker’s bet you get sold and bought
Is this all there is should I try this hard

Why am I trying so hard to figure out who we are
How are you supposed to know

I can’t believe it that it comes down to this
Let down our guards gave into carelessness
It all goes to black and the tide comes in
The tide goes out we start again
We start again

It shakes my head
It breaks my heart

Written by Connor Zane Millican (BMI) and Author Griffin
Guitar/Vocals – Connor Zane Millican
Guitar – Ian Meadows
Guitar – Andrew Oedel
Bass – Greg Lake
Stephen Cusano – Drums 

4. Wildfire
Everybody is getting out of town
There’s a bright flame burning down the mountain now
Out on the highway it’s like a parking lot
Nobody’s moving nobody talks

She’s a wildfire, I’m in her way
I’ve been burned before, I know the pain
She’s a wildfire, hills all ablaze
You better bring the water, you better pray for rain

Just a bolt of lightning, that’s all it takes
For this quiet little town to go up in flames
My tender heart, good tinder makes
But I played a part, I made mistakes

She’s a wildfire, I’m in her way
I’ve been burned before, I know the pain
She’s a wildfire, hills all ablaze
You better bring the water, you better pray for rain

I know in the morning, when the fire will die
We’ll look at the wreckage, we’ll look at our lives
We’ll look at each other, at least we’re alright
But nothing’s left of the town, the fury is gone from her eyes

She’s a wildfire, I’m in her way
I’ve been burned before, I know the pain
She’s a wildfire, hills all ablaze
You better bring the water, you better pray for rain

Written by Connor Zane Millican (BMI)
Guitar/Vocals – Connor Zane Millican
Guitar – Ian Meadows
Bass – Greg Lake
Drums – Stephen Cusano
Organ – Paul Philippone
Vocals – Mary Corso

5. Ballad of a Factory Town
The gears of this city have been grinding since 1800 and something
Now I’m sitting in this old factory here in modern times
And I get this strange feeling as I look out over the buildings
I think to myself what it must have been like

They don’t make ‘em like they used to anymore
Not for fifty years or maybe more, I can’t be sure
They don’t make ‘em like they used to anymore

Industrialization following reconstruction
Oh, boy that must’ve been something
But that was long ago, well before my time
Now those two bedroom loft apartments are looking mighty fine

They don’t make ‘em like they used to anymore
Not for fifty years or maybe more, I can’t be sure
They don’t make ‘em like they used to anymore

Now the gears of this city are done grinding, hung on display for decoration
To serve as a reminder of better times
And don’t you miss that sweet nostalgia, because nothing lasts forever
That’s what keeps the past and present a great divide

They don’t make ‘em like they used to anymore
Not for fifty years or maybe more, I can’t be sure
They don’t make ‘em like they used to anymore

Written by Connor Millican (BMI) and Author Griffin
Guitar/Vocals – Connor Zane Millican
Guitar – Ian Meadows
Bass – Greg Lake
Drums – Stephen Cusano