All songs © W.D. Neely
A Big Mistake. An apocryphal gospel song; yet another secondhand account from an unreliable narrator. DOWNLOAD AT CD BABY
AlGoreRhythm. This tune was submitted to Al Gore’s people for consideration as a campaign song back in 2000. No way of knowing whether it might have tipped the scales.
Billions of Brain Cells Ago. A song on the topic of attrition. Good thing someone managed to write it down at the time. DOWNLOAD AT CD BABY
Cheney’s Arrival. Dick’s first day at his new job. Expectations are high. WATCH THE VIDEO / DOWNLOAD AT CD BABY
Dance of the Knee-Jerk Reactionaries. A selection from the National Security Council Songbook. This scorched-earth ditty requires constant updating. DOWNLOAD AT CD BABY
Eine Kleine Weltschmerz. French may be the language of love, but German is definitely the language of angst. Oscar Brand once described this as “one of the strangest songs I’ve ever heard.” We’re honored. DOWNLOAD AT CD BABY
Father Abraham. An anti-draft song set during the Civil War era. Better late than never. DOWNLOAD AT CD BABY
Happy in Bananaland. An escapist fantasy. Let them think the less of me; I have found my destiny . . . . DOWNLOAD AT CD BABY
Ho-Hum Road. A rural reverie sprung from urban exile in deepest Brooklyn. DOWNLOAD AT CD BABY
I’m With You. Till the trumpet calls, my dear. (The author’s relatively rare venture into the realm of the heart.)
Maybe I Lied. How are you gonna prove it? DOWNLOAD AT CD BABY
Media Ecology (Nothing Ever Goes Away). Heads up: our indiscretions and miscalculations will outlive us, enshrined forever in cyberspace. WATCH THE VIDEO / WATCH THE FAN VIDEO / DOWNLOAD AT CD BABY
Mere Mortals. Whom the gods would destroy, they first make expendable. DOWNLOAD AT CD BABY
Mobian Waltz. The title says it all — which is why we can dispense with lyrics for a change. DOWNLOAD AT CD BABY
New Beatitudes. This popular lifestyle applet hasn’t been upgraded since its release millennia ago. Here’s version 2.0: enhancements and bug fixes. DOWNLOAD AT CD BABY
No Harm Done. A lullaby for our noncommittal (and uncommitted) zeitgeist. DOWNLOAD AT CD BABY
No Hurry. Might as well get used to it: all God’s children run a little bit late. DOWNLOAD AT CD BABY
Now Now. Feeling a bit Götterdämmerung-out. But things could get worse. And probably will. DOWNLOAD AT CD BABY
Pollyanna in Exile. Biding her time, honing her blade, bringing back the light one day. Inspired by the great tradition of Scottish and Irish exile songs. DOWNLOAD AT CD BABY
Resistance. A good-old-fashioned protest song, based on the sneaking suspicion that there might currently be some call for this sort of thing.
Roughshod. Memo to the boss: Old Testament vengeance doesn’t come across so well in today’s marketplace. Might be time to retrofit your brand. DOWNLOAD AT CD BABY
Rubicon. A meditation on fate and the futility of trying to escape it. Don’t kid yourself—it’s got your number.
Say It Ain’t So, Sam. Prompted by Ronald Reagan’s initial assault on the safety net begun more than 30 years ago. Thanks to the ongoing, mindless campaign against “Big Gummint,” this song manages to stay current.
Science & Technology (You Owe Us An Apology). We realize we have to take the good with the bad, but the ratio seems way out of whack. And the trend line is not encouraging. DOWNLOAD AT CD BABY
Skeptic’s Lullaby. In praise of doubt: Dubito, ergo sum (I doubt, therefore I am). Even grown-ups need the occasional lullaby. DOWNLOAD AT CD BABY
Tedium. Ennui, musically manifested. Might be a questionable topic for a song — but never out of fashion. DOWNLOAD AT CD BABY
The Cautionary Tale. We may profit from others’ instructive calamities, but let’s not forget the entertainment value. DOWNLOAD AT CD BABY
The Here and Now. The case against deferred gratification. The Epicureans had it about right — this is all you get, so enjoy the moment. DOWNLOAD AT CD BABY
Thru Askin. A simple, heartfelt plea for a more civil society. DOWNLOAD AT CD BABY
Times Like These. Ever get the feeling that your optimism is somewhat misplaced? (Or at least mislaid?)
Toothache. Love is like a toothache: Pearly whites as white as snow, but those gums have got to go. DOWNLOAD AT CD BABY
Two Cheers for Moderation. A few words on the virtues of self-restraint. But let’s not go overboard. DOWNLOAD AT CD BABY
Until Just Now. Thought I’d managed to swim clear of the wreckage. Guess not.
What Would I Do? Anticipating the loss of a loved one. DOWNLOAD AT CD BABY