A track in honor of Pancake Day.
A track in honor of Pancake Day.

Pancake Day

When this album appeared in fall of 1995, I finally felt that I had put some distance between myself and the Violent Femmes experience. I was performing as an actor once again, and I had control over what I wanted to do with my future. Freedom was a new suit to wear.

This collection of songs looks at a time in my life when I was having the time of my life. Ideas were easy to come by, and I was very lucky to have many people around me who would help me dream in sight, sound and thought.

My hometown of Racine supplied me with the many memories that live just below the surface in the lyric world of this album. Ghosts and visions of spirit fugitives.

Pancake Day was a big event for me when I was a small boy with big eyes and no world view. This once a year pancake breakfast took place at Memorial Hall, and as a child, I remember thinking that it was really something that so many people could be in one room together eating. I liked seeing people I knew, and I loved seeing strangers. It was all new for me. Early thoughts in a young mind without the repeats that color one's memory. The beautiful in late '50s America before the rustle of the '60s. 

For more information about this record, please listen to this record. Thank you.

Above is the front cover of the bFrecordings version of "Pancake Day." The Almo Sounds version of the album had a purple background behind the cover image. The Almo version also featured label boss Herb Alpert playing trumpet on the album track, "Rainwater."

"Pancake Day"

Oh it's Pancake Day
Batter specked with bits of grey
The Venetians are in the Rialto
Camping out for the Day
The Barber kisses his wife
A close shave saves his life
Cousin Georgie plays nude piano
While living his secret life
But I just sit and stare
Looking nowhere in the air
My mind is heaven knows where
Maybe in the Quarry
Way deep down there
Oh the innocence lost
Growing old is such a cost 
To pay for a tape recorder
hearing life th…