By December

by WiL

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released May 22, 2007

Produced and engineered by David MacKinnon
Additional engineering by Paul Aucoin and Kim “Chee” Storey
Mixed By Trina Shoemaker at Kiva/East Iris Studios, Nashville, TN. Assistant mix engineer: William Sender, except track#11,13 mixed by Jared Kuemper at The Operating Room, YYZ

Horns and strings arranged and conducted by Paul Ignatius Aucoin

Recorded at a cottage on Tooke Lake, Muskoka, Ontario, Chemical Sound, Toronto, ON; The Gas Station, Toronto, ON; Halla Music, Toronto, ON; The Junkshop, Toronto, ON; 6º Studios, Calgary, AB

Mastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering, Portland, Maine

Written by William Mimnaugh (SOCAN), except
* William Mimnaugh (SOCAN) /Jeff Leitl (SOCAN)
** William Mimnaugh (SOCAN) / Neil Osborne © Front Forty Music Publishing (SOCAN)
*** William Mimnaugh (SOCAN) / Warne Livesey (SOCAN).
**** William Mimnaugh (SOCAN) / Jason Collett (SOCAN) Jeff Leitl (SOCAN)
***** William Mimnaugh (SOCAN) / Patrick Steward (SOCAN)

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“I’m a guy who sings stories; I’m not this remarkable guitar player, incredible singer, or unbelievable songwriter-I’m not any of those things. I’m just a guy who does all of those things and enjoys them a lot.”
That aside, Wils’ live performances have become legendary. One such performance was written up by the Calgary Sun as having so much "power and soul it could stop your heart."
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Track Name: Tell You Twice
You don’t have a thing
In common with me
But i’ll tell you twice, i’ll tell you twice
You’re comin home with me

If you tell me no today
Then you’ll listen to your needs
Then i’ll tell you twice, i’ll tell you twice
You’re a bigger fool than me

Yah, you’ll only get one chance
To tell me no and make it mean
Then i’ll make it right and yes i’ll fight
So together both we leave

You may only say it once
That i’m a fool to think you’d have
Anyone who fights
And never might have a day with you in bed

Yes i’ll hear you out today
Tell me no and make it mean
But i’ll tell you twice
I know it’s right that you’re growin’ old with me
Yah, you’ll only get one chance
To tell me no and make it mean

Then i’ll tell you twice, i’ll tell you twice
That you’re comin’ home with me
Yes, you’ll only get one chance
To tell me no and make it mean

Then i’ll make it right
I’ll tell you twice that you’re comin’ home with me

Ooh ooh oooh aah aaah
Ooh ooh ooh ooh… mmmmm….

Baby i’ll fight for your eyes
Fill them back up with surprise
Then i’ll make it right, yes i’ll make it right
Just come with me tonight
You know i’ll make it right, yes i’ll make it right
Oh, come with me tonight
Track Name: Friend of Mine
Wait where do you think you’re heading
Without at least just telling me why it is you’re leaving this behind?
Don’t think you’re leaving without at least admitting right now that you believe you are a friend of mine

Because all along you’ll be a friend of mine
Yes and all along you’re a good friend of mine

Always good intention to admit we should hold hands
Won’t you just give in and admit i’m your best friend now, will be the time we said goodbye

Wait, where do you think you’re heading
Without at least just telling me
Why it is you’re leaving this behind?

I know you hated all the time that we spent on yelling
Why did we not just stay the friends we knew?

Because all along you’re a good a friend of mine

Yes and all along you’ll be a friend of mine

Yes and all along youre a good friend of mine

Yes and all along you’ll be a friend of mine


Well and all along you’re a good friend of mine
Track Name: Big Life
Follow your steps to the end of the hall
Open your eyes, let them take you, take you, take you to the door

Knowing we go, yet we stay anyway
Before you go, you give
All life, all life, all life so much more

We all know we die
It comes on its own time
We all know we die in life
So be big in your life

We all take a chance with a heart and a mind
The outcome gets bad
But you, still try, still try
You try time after time
We all know we die
It comes on its own time
We all know we die in life
So be big in your life

Just be big in your life

In the end you’ll see your life was bigger
Than if you had not lived it so bold
In the end you’ll see your life was bigger
And remember why you were so bold

In the end they’ll see your life was bigger
Than if you had not lived it so bold
In the end they’ll see your life was bigger
And remember why you were so bold
Track Name: Wedding Dress
You stayed up all night
Walking around in your wedding dress

I started this fight
Calling them out in your defense
I called them out one by one
Each brandishing a stolen gun
I called them out in your defense
You know the rest
Now i lay to rest

I stayed up all night
Writing you this letter, beth
To tell of this fight
All my blood drawn cold
An awful mess

Six shooters in the hands of five
I took down four, left one alive
He drew and shot through smoke and death
You know the rest
Now i close my eyes
And i say…. Oh, i say
I gotta say goodbye

Now i say good bye
You’ve gotta say goodbye, now
Right now
Just say goodbye
Now we say goodbye
Yes we say goodbye
Now we say goodbye

You’ll stay up all night
Knowing i loved you to death
Track Name: Rain On
Sometimes it rains
And sometimes it pours
Well, i don’t know the difference anymore

Sometimes you cry, cry ‘til you’re sore
Then beg me to scrape
Your heart off the floor

Just keep your head down
Search hand and knee
Pick up your own heart
Pick up with your sleeve
You drowned in the sink
Or alone in the sea
The difference it makes
Is not made on me

Sometimes it rains
Oh, and sometimes it pours
No, i don’t know the difference anymore
Sometimes you cry oh and cry ‘til your sore
I won’t know the difference…. Anymore

And i wont know the difference… anymore

Always we lost, in our cause
Deciding we’re bored
Returning things that we have lost
And once loved before
Track Name: Always With Love
Always with love, always with all of my love
From me

I give you all love
I give you nothing but this love
From me

Never leave myself any dignity

Why do you steal love?
Why do you steal all of this love
From me?

I give you all love
No more less than all the love
You’ll need
Always have all of the, all the space you need

Never leave myself any
Space for me

And so you walk around now
You hate the lonely and the down
So quick to call this creepiness
Always one creep missed
Always one you miss
The one inside of you, i guess

You never gave love
So now there will be no more love
From me
Track Name: The Way I Used To
Hold my shoulders level eyed
And call me out the way I know you used to

Something changed this time you lied
And looked at me a way I was not used to
I see the truth and know you’ll die
Along the way and will not mean to
Knowing i have bought more time
I need to live and love
The way I used to

The way I used to

Having this much time to give
I’ll be sure to make sure I have and kept you
One last time around the table
I‘ll chase you again the way I used to

You see the closest time to die a man can cheat
Or make him sure he loves you
I must admit flirting with death has made me see you in a light a light that suits you
The way I used to

Could you stay aside a man on broken knee?
Do you need to take more time to prove and see
That you could look at me
The way I used to
Hold your eyes
Be a man alive

The way I used to
Watch you smile

See you smile inside, the way I used to

The way I used to
The way I used to
Track Name: December
I could take this hollowed moon
And show you sometime soon
Things you could remember

And you would run out on this day
And lie that you’re ok
Then turn give me the finger

Don’t throw these things away
You know that they get better

I can say without a lie
Things would be just fine
By december

Just wait until december

When it’s time for me to prove
That you i will not lose
I will treat you better

Try and stay just for a time
The truth is that i’ve lied
Have your coat on go outside
Keep warm while you cry
In december

I’ll promise you december

By december

A change would have you cry
By december
A change would have me cry
By december

This change will have us cry
By december
Track Name: She's Coming Down
Always, always burnin’ my heart down
Now you’re too late, too late to put it out now
Gotta tell you
Nothin’ left in this heart now
It’s been torn out
Hung up to bleed all the blood out

Its pourin’ out now
Its pourin’ out now
Its pourin’ out now

See i’ve said these, too many words warning you now
But you still shoot up and hate comin’ down now
Gotta tell you wont be there while you fall down i’ve gotta get out get out get out get out while i still can now

Gotta get out now!
Gotta get out now!
Gotta get out now!

You know i loved you a whole lot better
When you were so keen just to be alive
Now you’re sure to die

Gotta come down now!
Gotta come down now!
You’ve gotta come down now!

She’s comin’ down now
She’s comin’ down now alright
She’s comin’ down now

She’s comin down now!
She’s comin down now.
Track Name: Tight Fist
You know it always ends up like this
You in the corner with tight fists
Giving me those eyes
Like you used to do

Why does it always come down to this
You in the corner, less happiness
It’s all about the things we used to do

Tears will come and times will be tough
Screamin’ and fightin’ not enough for us to dispose of love

Layin’ in our bed late afternoon
And talking about the things that i will do to you before we’re through

Oh, oh, i’m getting better
No, no don’t throw away these days
‘cause you know, we’ll be ok

You know it always ends up like this
You in the corner with tight fists
Giving me those eyes like you used to do
Just giving me those eyes like you used to do
You’re giving me those eyes like we’re through
Track Name: Help
Well I can help
For you to be somebody

Just let me help
For you to be someone

Right now, right now

We all will fall
It’s just the way that life is
And soon you’ll fall
And leave us all behind
But we’ll go on as much as our own hearts dead

So let me help
For you to be someone

Right now, right now

You’re white!!
You’re white!!
You cannot sleep tonight

You’re white
You’re white
Well i can help…. Save your life

You will be ok with time
Just be sure you don’t lie
You will be ok in time

I can help…save your life
Track Name: Honey Pie
Love my sweet honey pie
Love my honey bee

Gonna take your lovin’ arms
Wrapped soft around me now
Need your lovin arms around me all day and night
Call me on the telephone
Don’t leave me alone tonight
Tonight tonight, tonight tonight, tonight tonight oh, tonight

Love my sweet honey pie, love my honey bee
I want your sweet little lovin’ ass
Sat right beside me now
I want your lovin’ ass beside me all day and night

I need your sweet little love and kisses
All through my life
Tonight tonight, tonight tonight, tonight tonight
Oh, tonight, alright!

Love my sweet honey pie
Love my honey bee, oh lord!
I want your sweet little lovin’ arms wrapped soft around me now
Need your lovin’ arms around me all day and night
I want your sweet little lovin’ kisses all through my life
Tonight tonight, tonight tonight, tonight tonight
Oh, tonight alright!

Ah ah ah ah, ah ah ah ah (ooh ooh ooh ooh)
Ah ah ah ah, ah ah ah ah
Ah ah ah ah, ah ah ah ah
Ah ah ah ah, ah ah ah ah
Track Name: Don't Let Me Down
Hey, don’t you try and kill me off today
Know, i will up and run
Just keep up your face
And don’t let me down

We’re both holed up in this room for hours
You sad lonely coward
Just move

Get up and run from these people you’ve come to let skin you
Well that’s what you do

And don’t let me down
Don’t let me down
Just get up and run

Now

And don’t let me down

Well it’s hard not to fall on this face
When i let down friends who dropped by just to save
A man let down by all these promises
That i’ve often made
Well get up today
Show you’re ok

Don’t let me down!
Don’t let me down!
Just get up and run, now
Don’t let me down
Don’t let me down
Don’t let me down
Don’t let me down…