In March of 2005, Nashville-based WingDing Records
released a five song extended play recording
of new material by singer-songwriter Joe Croker.

Learn more about the EP, entitled "Candy World,"
at WingDing's mySpace website or purchase the cd online.







Lyrics from the five-song collection are listed below.


Click on titles to access lyrics.



Careful


Candy World

Hungry

What'd She Pay?


Beasts Fall Away












































Careful
by Joe Croker

I sold out to the sound
Heard another Kurtz rivet off another dumb round
Poet corpse mouthing Humvee tread
Mummy with a mike make me real, real mad
Steer clear, sugar, 'cause I'm headed to hell
If I'm not careful

Baby, I'm shaking in all of my joints
Elvis come back, show me the finer points
The kids are knock, knock, knocking themselves dead
Colonel in back, he count up bricks of lead
Come down front, girl, it's bound to swell
If we're not careful

I grew up rich and then I got poor
Got envious, I got pocket sore
"Too weak, too weak," I said, "I gotta compete
With the muscle down sound pounding up the street"
And the heart of rock and roll, it came and got me…
But he can be a creep

Jean Jacques Rousseau, he rock on stage tonight
Everybody wild under the flashing lights
Always do more than you intended
Pulling them strings you already bended
The kids with the guns, man, they think he's a trip
Power always stands in the place of wit
If you're not careful

I sold out to the sound
Heard another Kurtz rivet off another dumb round
Skeleton kid, man, he’s hitting with a lyric
Don't get me wrong, boy, I love teen spirit
Hop on, sugar, 'cause we're headed to hell
If we're not careful


































Candy World
by Joe Croker

You broke my heart
Then you filled yours up
Out on the boulevard
Honey, it’s a candy world

Maybe you misunderstood
Maybe you just didn’t care
But it’s all good
In a candy world
(candy)

Ah — Ah — broken hearts
Melt in their sleep
Through mercy grow sweet
Soon every angry piece
Is candy

It’s time I awake
Without a crumb or a name
Every sucker for pain
Knows it’s a candy world
(candy)

Your reputation’s been paved
Inside your pop tart estate
That pretty lock on your gate
Tells me it’s a candy world
(candy)

I’m not laying down blame
I seize only the day
All the sugar is safe
I know it’s a candy world

And you broke my heart
(Candy)
Then you filled yours up
Out on the boulevard
(Candy)
Baby, it’s a Candy world

Suppose God were to stray
Suppose He just went away
Never said anything
He’d still leave us a candy world
La da di de da ...





"Candy World" (abridged)
Live in Atlanta

George Marinelli - electric guitar
Jim Photoglo
- bass
Mike Radovsky - drums
Charlie Degenhart - background vocal
Joe Croker - vocal, acoustic guitar


































Hungry
by Joe Croker

Speedball bruise
Same old cruise
Living off tunes
They make you less hungry
Same body smash
Same affectionate rash
Call Doctor Fascist
His stash make you less hungry
So he say

But if the only safe haven
Is Never-Never Land
Then we might as well stand
Under the sacred boot of Goofy

And if the new strain of us
Defies diagnosis
They’re gonna look back
To the simple days of psychosis

And still you long for more
Yeah, you long for more …

Peach sunrise
In your passive, long-famished eyes
No matter how dark it gets
Inexplicable heaven in hell yet

And you long for more
Yeah, you long for more more more …

Nibbled on more than the edge of despair
With a still life in front of your dying chair
Strap yourself in, now you can’t eat
All that rotten fruit stuck on the street

And you long for more
And you long for more more more
Nothing wrong …

Speedball bruise
Same old sad cruise
Living off tunes
They make you more hungry
Same body smash
Same affectionate rash
Call Doctor Fascist
His stash make you more hungry
Hungry ...












































What'd She Pay?
by Joe Croker

My friend the sky takes endless hits
Ozone rips and micro chips
I raise my hands, the profligate
Traitors all, she’ll accept us yet

Oh, Mama Nature, your soufflé
I forgot to eat
I starve today
On images that bloat and burn
The eye will feed but it will not learn

We’re all trained on the newest doll
She’s a strobe light in the wall
Anorexic star about to fall
What’d she pay?
What’d she pay?
Tell me, what'd she pay?

Just like a plant my body thirsts
For heaven’s rain and the wealth of earth
I’m poor with all these stores about
Self-chastising I go down

My eye trained on the newest doll
Lightweight ingénue, et al
The eternal juvenile
What’d she pay?
What’d she pay?
Tell me, what’d she pay?

Our light’s in a different latitude
The body’s rhythm, it takes new food
Ten thousand years ahead they’ll say,
“Them people made the change in day

When they trained their eyes on the newest doll
Burned the coal and the oil and all
In the temple to the juvenile
What’d she pay?
What’d she pay?”
They’ll ask themselves,
“Woa, hey, what’d she pay?”





















































Beasts Fall Away
by Joe Croker


I forget each day
All the beasts
They fall away
It’s like your hair in a locket wrapped
Revives my eyes
Long after my heart collapsed

Baby, I broke down years back
But ‘till this day
I didn’t know every vein had cracked
But I’m back like dawn
And joy goes on and on

And I know it’s love
Courage and love
Courage and love
That can save us
Something simple and wild
Something so cheap
You’d pay your life
Just to keep it free

La la la …

I’ve had too much—too many gifts
Too much oil in the lamps
Blinding the stars
But we all die—that I can see
So more of the day
Aint gonna set us free

And I know it’s love (love)
Courage and love
Courage and love
That can save us
Something simple and wild (wild)
Something so cheap
You’d pay your life
Just to keep it free

La la la …

I forget each day
All the beasts
They fall away
And I should know
'Cause I broke down

I broke down an hour ago
And, man, I’m back like the dawn
Don’t need to recall that joy goes on and on

And I know it’s love …
Something simple and wild (wild)
Something so cheap (cheap)
You’d pay your life (life)
Just to set it free