The Future's in the Past

by Herbert Bail Orchestra

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The Future's in the Past

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released January 1, 2013

Produced & Directed by Chris Rondinella
Recorded from August 6th to 19th at Heritage Recording Company in Burbank, CA
Mixed by Chris Rondinella
Mastered by Reuben Cohen at Lurssen Mastering in Hollywood, CA
Master Laquer cut by Ron McMaster at Capitol Records in Hollywood, CA
Artwork & Design by Zoso
Published by Herbert Stanley Bail Ltd.
All songs by A.Frattolillo & The Herbert Bail Orchestra


Anthony Frattolillo – voice, guitar
Andrew Katz – accordion, vocals
Colin Warling – piano, keyboard, vocals
Jack Dawson – violin, banjo, electric guitar
Ryan McClain – bass
Michael Villiers – drums

Steve Mitchell – percussion
Danny T. Levin – trombone, trumpet

Additional background vocals by Herbert Bail and Friends; Christopher Martin Adams, Brian Hakes, Aimee West, Aubree Galbiso, and James Emrich

Special thanks to all our backers for making this album possible, and to our Associate Producers: Diane McArter, Rinaldo Frattolillo, and Jill Reehl

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Track Name: Holy Smokes
Well I been driving around no two bit town,

Driving around no two bit town.

And there’s nothing left but holy smokes,

Nothing left but holy smokes.



Get off your horse

Well waltz right in

But stay the course

Ride on again



Now the highways rise to heaven’s wild

The highways rise to heaven’s wild

And this land is old but this town’s a child,

This land is old but this town’s a child



And it’s getting dark

When the day’s been done

Middle of the night

And I can see the sun



Now the highways rise to heaven’s wild

The highways rise to heaven’s wild

And I said this land is old but this town’s a child,

This land is old but this town’s a child



Get off your horse

Well waltz right in

But stay the course

Ride on again
Track Name: The Big Sound
Let those swim who can and the heavy ones

Will sink down where no one belongs



And you can hear them calling

Through a thunderstorm

I’m gonna right this wrong

Yes I am



Stuck at the stations that we know

The revels change but never seem to go

And this train will take you far away

But on the platform you’ll remain

Across broke down bridges and desperate cities

Inside of the old subway

I can hear them say we’ll have to make this land

Whole over again, all over again



And you can hear them calling

Through a thunderstorm

I’m gonna right this wrong



Let those rise up who may

And the mighty ones

Will sink back down to where they belong
Track Name: Take Me Down
Take me down and I will go

Go to sleep upon your shoulder

Take me in my new friend

Show me love we’ll never grow older



And we’re alive breathing in the air

And I’ll survive when you’re not there

Cause all roads ends my old friend

What once was love will rise again



Behind closed doors you never know

What you’ll see through the keyhole

So look inside and what you find

A memory that never dies
Track Name: Nobody Knows
Breathe on me mama please me offer

Reel me in but what are you doing

Like a wolf at my door

Push me in the water pull me under

Neath my mind is wet and my heart begins to sink

Down like your skipping stones



And oh we reach our hands out but they get cut off, they get cut off

And for all the chances we don’t take they haunt us while we lie awake, we like awake



That’s the way it goes

Let the full moon show

My heart’s got no shadow

But nobody knows



Crazy in the stairwell you fell there in laughter

And I was here once before but it ended, it ended

Quicker than a branding mark

Sitting at a table across from me but able

To hold your eyes on long enough to tell you

until tomorrow



And oh we reach our hands out but they get cut off, they get cut off

And for all the chances we don’t take they haunt us while we lie awake, we like awake



And that’s the way it goes

Let the full moon show

My heart’s got no shadow

But nobody knows

Light breaks through my window

I let the darkness go

And my heart’s got no shadow

But nobody knows
Track Name: Choose A Path
We are what we do

alone at night inside our rooms

And my lover’s face holds no mask

A stranger a one time and that time has past

Now will you lie down on these tracks with me



Choose a path

And follow

Climb the mast

To see right and wrong



There are voices in the wind

Who say we are all kings and queens

But I’m not the only one

Who feels I’m not where I belong



And when our bodies can bear a child

Will we live on in story

For love or glory

We all stand naked and fade away



But you choose a path

And follow

Climb the mast

To see right and wrong

There was a time

When I knew love well

But it was left behind

In the city’s swell
Track Name: The Nature of Things
Oh bless thee

Mother of Eden

From this garden of Cretans

who drove a cross

If you believe in a firey hell

It’ll never let go of your will

That there’s some fear from below that’ll kill ya

Alas I say

The soil will restore

What our bodies were before



The willow weighs

Its leaves on my face

And here there’s no time and no space

To try define

We are made from the same soil and stone

There are no single truths and all is unknown

Life just ferments and it is relentless

But no Devil will drink me

Down into Earth’s core

Where this myth will work no more



The soil will restore

What our bodies were before

Down into Earth’s core

Where this myth will work no more
Track Name: Epic Diva
An epic diva was drowning in quick sand

I came along and I grabbed her hand

She said my savior you are my man

I said you can tag along if you want to

All over again

And it was dark and cold in the woods at night

A beast approached us she held me tight

To hell with you I said you evil creature

With wicked teeth

I drew my sword as it leaped on two feet

And it was ten feet tall and oddly modeled

With the Devil’s horns and all that’s awful

And I turned around to see where my love had gone

But she’d become another form



And these fair ladies are like wild animals

Try and take them home and they’ll scratch your eyeballs out

And this kind of gallantry is gonna kill me

The next time you see a diva drowning brotha

Let her be
Track Name: The Future's in the Past
Well every man’s on this victory march

And all the saints are on the arch

And the gallions go with those who chose to chase after the lark



Chuck an anchor overboard

Hit your head on the cement

Let me take you down first avenue

And show you my lament



Well I was driving in my car and it was like a time machine

I said you see these things we see outside they’re things we’ve never seen



And the way we live our lives is really all a lie

We die first and then are born again forget and live our lives

Forget and live your life

Forget and live your life

Forget and live your life, oh



And I was sailing in a war ship

with a twenties football team

I said let’s furnish all these ships

with skin clad kicks and diamond demons

And we’ll go around the world and never come back

Not until this history’s future

And the future’s in the past

The future’s in the past

The future’s in the past at last, oh



Well I was driving in my car and it was like a time machine

I said you see these things we see outside they’re things we’ve never seen



And the way we live our lives is really all a lie

We die first and then are born again forget and live our lives

Forget and live your life

Forget and live your life

Forget and live your life, oh