Many Faces

by Ilika Ward

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released June 24, 2016

Ilika Ward is:
Jake Ilika - vocals, acoustic guitar, pedal steel guitar
Joel Ward - vocals, acoustic guitar, grand piano

The Moonlight Riders are:
Jillian Rae - violin
Max Graham - mandolin, vocals
Jeff Swanner - upright bass

Produced by Ilika Ward
Engineered by Kevin Bowe*
Mixed and Mastered by Dylan Nau*
Recorded at Master Mix Studios / IPR in Minneapolis, MN*

*Long, Cold December recorded at North Coast Productions, Rochester, MN / engineered and mixed by Jim Fricker III

All rights reserved © Ilika Ward 2016

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Ilika Ward Minneapolis, Minnesota

Ilika Ward is an acoustic-based Americana group out of Minnesota, hailing from both Minneapolis and Rochester. Armed with acoustic guitars and vocal harmonies that grab your attention and don't let go, Ilika Ward's songwriting is one part modern folk, one part throwback to the sounds of the 1960's folk revival. ... more

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Track Name: I Could, But I Won't
If I decide to come with you tonight
Promises will be broken before we see the light
The moon's blacked out, but you're still bright
Giving color to the darkness, making things alright

Steady goes it, steady dear
Walk back slow and think it over
I'll be easy, and let you know
Maybe sometime I'll come over

How could I possibly be what you need?
Like a train that has derailed, I tumble and I heave
Further up the line you'll see
My engine keeps on blowing past destruction that I leave

Steady goes it, steady dear
Walk back slow and think it over
I'll be easy, and let you know
Maybe sometime I'll come over

Maybe this will be the last I see of you
Just a rusty, worn down version
Of the things you thought were true
Maybe it's me, maybe it's you
I vow never to know
What it is I'd like to do
Track Name: Tired Of Living
Some days I'm so tired of living
Not sure I can go on
Some days I'm so tired of giving
Just can't give no more

Take what I have
which is much less than before
I say a lot of things
I've thought a hundred times or more
Angry words in an angrier tone
In a long distance message
On my telephone

This is going nowhere
This is having ill effects
I can't keep handing you
All these signed blank checks

I've been thinking 'bout
The good times that we had
Just for something to cling to
But it could be a quarter to eight
And you would say that it's two

To say we're on different pages
Certainly would not be a lie
Rarely meeting in the middle
Lately never eye to eye

I feel I'm gathering speed
On my way to a brutal enemy
I'm all washed out
My white flag is up
If you can find one better
Then baby I wish you luck

Some days I'm so tired of living
Just can't give no more
Some days I'm so tired of giving
Just can't give no more
Track Name: What'll Be
If I should fall, remember me
With fondness wide, no misery
I hope it's said he gave it all
That he had will, that he stood tall

If you wake, and I'm not there
Don't you cry for me, my dear
A day will come for all that breathe
Their sun will set, no longer be

In the end, what'll be
I'll be what I'll be in the end

If when I'm gone, your heart grows cold
Let my memory lift your soul
Go outside and hear the sounds
It's in these things I will be found

In the end, what'll be
I'll be what I'll be in the end

I could never bear the loss of you
So what it is I'm asking you to do
Will be beyond any reasonable load
For any man, woman, girl or boy

In the end, what'll be
I'll be what I'll be in the end

If I should fall, remember me
With fondness wide, no misery
I hope it's said he gave it all
That he had will, that he stood tall

In the end, what'll be
I'll be what I'll be in the end
Track Name: Wear Out The Floors
Troubles of mine, they're not yours
Troubles of mine, they're not yours
You can walk in my shoes 'til you wear out the floors
Troubles of mine, they're not yours
Troubles of mine, they're not yours

You can judge, but you cannot comprehend
You can judge, but you cannot comprehend
Just what I've seen from going 'round the bend
You can judge, but you cannot comprehend
You can judge, but you cannot comprehend

Most days I don't have a penny to my name
Most days I don't have a penny to my name
And I've got nobody but my own damn self to blame
Most days I don't have a penny to my name
Most days I don't have a penny to my name

I chased my dreams into the city's throes
I chased my dreams into the city's throes
Through the alleys and the bars even the Devil dare not go
I chased my dreams into the city's throes
I chased my dreams into the city's throes

It's like I'm walking through a land that God forgot
It's like I'm walking through a land that God forgot
My soul feels like it's stolen, bartered for and bought
It's like I'm walking through a land that God forgot
It's like I'm walking through a land that God forgot

I know the sun's gonna shine upon my face
One day that sun's gonna shine upon my face
Right then and there, I'll have finally found my place
When is the sun gonna shine upon my face?
When is the sun gonna shine upon my face?

But all these troubles of mine, they're not yours
All these troubles of mine, they're not yours
You can walk in my shoes 'til you wear out the floors
Troubles of mine, they're not yours
Troubles of mine, they're not yours
Track Name: Hard Time Hurtin' Blues
Think I've got me something
When I got me a pile of nothing
These hard times are catching up with me

Sold most of my possessions
Learned me some new life lessons
These hard times are catching up with me

I need a job like I need water
There's a line twelve-deep that says they'll work much harder
These hard times are catching up with me

Running low on soul and high on grief
Each day I wake up trying to make ends meet
These hard times are catching up with me

Gonna grow my food and can it tight
Make it last through the winter for those really cold nights
These hard times are catching up with me

The soup is thin, but it softens the bread
As I'm eatin' and I'm wonderin' will I ever get ahead
These hard times are catching up with me
Track Name: Long, Cold December
It was the coldest winter in recent memory
Bitter winds rattle the windows of my home
The kind of days that make you long for summer
Rolling with the windows down
Singing your favorite song on the radio

My emptiness grows along with the cold
My resolve is whittled away
Never have you been so bold
As when I heard you say

I see you and me together
Through the cold and stormy skies
Seems like you just say whatever
It's all been a pack of lies

I think of you, I think of us
How we used to go dancing
You'd look at me with fire in your eyes
Is it so far gone that we can't get back?
As if my screams make me whisper

My emptiness grows along with the cold
My resolve is whittled away
Never have you been so bold
As when I heard you say

I see you and me together
Through the cold and stormy skies
Seems like you just say whatever
It's all been a pack of lies
Track Name: I Got Time
I had time on my side
Oh, I can't wait no more
I had time on my side
Oh, I can't wait no more
It's lonely in the darkness
Think it's time to come in from the cold

That weight gets so heavy
It's got my feet dragging slow
That weight gets so heavy
It's got my feet dragging slow
If things keep going poorly
Gonna have to scrape me off the floor

Even when I'm right
Oh, I feel so wrong
Even when I'm right
Oh, I feel so wrong
Sayin' I will stay
When I should be long gone

When I seen you last time
Had my heart singing a song
When I seen you last time
Had my heart singing a song
But too much time together
Didn't make this heart grow fond

I had time on my side
Oh, I can't wait no more
I had time on my side
Oh, I can't wait no more
It's lonely in the darkness
Think it's time to come in from the cold
Track Name: Wanderer
I am a wanderer
Watching from the side of the road
Always wandering
I roam from town to town

Can't you see what you're in for?
Can't you say what's on your mind?

I'm a wanderer

You always ask me
For things I just can't give
Always asking
That's no way
No way to live