This Cover Our first album "This" was released in 1990 on the Minneapolis label Big Money, Inc.

"This" was recorded under the name tiltawhirl, but just as the album was about to be released we received a letter from the lawyers for Sellner Manufacturing Co, the makers of the Tilt-a-Whirl (tm) carnival ride. Turns out they are from Faribault, a small town in southern Minnesota, and their lawyers offices are about 3 blocks from First Ave/7th Street Entry here in Minneapolis. They had actually seen a poster for one of our shows.

Anyway, they threatened to sue us if we didn't change our name. They were very persuasive. Under time pressure we just picked the name of a song off the record: "arcwelder". Which, in the long run, is probably a better name anyway. Unfortunately, there were 1000 albums already pressed that said "tiltawhirl" on the cover. Sellner agreed that we could release them if we put a sticker (that they wrote) on the front stating that we were in no way associated with them etc.

I suppose if you have one of those albums it could be worth $5 or $6 by now
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Lyrics (all lyrics (C) 1990  arcwelder)
This
Such A Very Long Time
Blue
What Am I Supposed To Do?
Living Legend
What Have I Done To Me?
Arcwelder
Pint of Blood
Moment of Passion
It Won't Change
Understanding

This (w.graber)

Such A Very Long Time (s.macdonald)

It saddens me to see it go 'cus I've been waiting such a long time
And I already miss it so because it's only been a short while
It's walked away it's disappeared but I've been waiting such a long time
It's gone away for good I fear and it's only been a short while

And I've been waiting such a long time
And I've been waiting such a long time

Such a very long time (time)

My only chance in many years and I'm about to lose it now
I'm unaccustomed to the tears that want to flow out
I feel like I'm an amateur playing in the major leagues
I always feel so insecure and all I want to do is scream
And I've been waiting such a long time
And I've been waiting such a long time

Such a very long time (time)

My face is white and my shoes are black and all the rest of me is gray
And I can't get my colors back because it's thrown them all away
I want it to come back right now because it's only been a short while
I lie awake and wonder how I could have waited such a long time
And I've been waiting such a long time
And I've been waiting such a long time

Such a very long time (time)
Such a very long time (time)


Blue (music arcwelder, words s macdonald)

Thereís something happening to me that we should be talking about
I canít eat or sleep you donít think anythingís wrong
If I want to talk to you looks like Iíll have to take a number
At the rate itís going youíll never hear me sing this song

Why should I feel this way
Why should I feel this way

What we have happening here are two sets of expectations
Whatís so casual to you means a lot to me
I simply donít understand the situation
Is this the way that I always heard it should be

Why should I feel this way
Why should I feel this way

Thereís something happening to me that we should be talking about
I canít eat or sleep you donít think anythingís wrong
If I want to talk to you looks like Iíll have to take a number
At the rate itís going youíll never hear me sing this song

Why should I feel this way
Why should I feel this way

What Am I Supposed To Do? (w.graber)

Living Legend (music arcwelder, words s.macdonald)

All I want is everything
Any less is the same old thing
So many know you well
And it never seems to stop
Donít I know it well
How you never want to stop
I can understand
I can run away
I can blow it off
To another day
If I had it all to give
I would give it all to you
If I had the world to give
You would have the world in your backyard

Competing living legends
They wake up and they strangle us
I hate the competition
From breathing living legends

Get that man out of my face
You make it seem like some kind of race
All I want is time with you
All you want is time with him
Why do you spend my time with you
Trying to spend your time with him
I can understand
I can run away
I can blow it off
Or let it fade away
If it wasnít there
You could be some kind of friend
Why is it always there
To be a friend is not that hard

Chorus

What Have I Done To Me? (music arcwelder, words s macdonald)

I'm not gonna tell ya cause you'll just say to me that these things happen when you don't take care of yourself
I wanna know why it has to be that I can feel this nagging pain all the time
I wanted to be invincible I wanted to be made of steel all I had to do was take a box from the shelf
All I know is Iíd like to feel the way I did when innocence was once mine

Oh what have I done to me now
Oh what have I done to me now

Iím not gonna ask you cause thereís do much to do when money is your only goal you live and die by the knife
Soaring building fall down on you happy people never use the old roads
Better put the blinders on cause I donít wanna see the way all of these little things take away from my life
Competition grinds on me the business world is dominated by toads

Oh what have I done to me now
Oh what have I done to me now

I wonít even tell ya cause thereís too much to say when I say nothing but should have spoken for hours
You always go back to the start people with fragile hearts shouldnít be building glass towers
Morals come crashing down when passion gets in the way I think we both know what he wanted to take
I always seem to back my heart into a corner where I know it will break

Oh what have I done to me now
Oh what have I done to me now

arcwelder (r.graber)

[Instrumental]

Pint Of Blood (music arcwelder, words s.macdonald)

The devil works inside the man
The man who hides behind the make-up
How many say I shook the hand
Of the man behind the make-up

Thereís a tornado in my mind (My mind contracts in the scope of a year)
Where the echo never stops (Stop all the love and the hope and the planning)
If you turn and walk away (Away from the sadness and lies and the fears)
What will happen to me now (Now that itís said and been done all over again)

How did wrong become a right
For the man behind the make-up
Whatís so blinding is the sight
Of the man behind the make-up

Thereís a tornado in my mind (Mind if you do if you donít I donít care)
Where the echo never stops (Stop all the doubts and give in to emotion)
If you turn and walk away (Away from the thoughts that are too much to bear)
What will happen to me now (Now that it all is uncertain again)

A nation bows before the name
Of the man behind the make-up
Singing songs wonít hide my shame
Of the man behind the make-up

Thereís a tornado in my mind (Mind that the panic has lead to a meltdown)
Where the echo never stops (Stop the lies and tell us the truth)
If you turn and walk away (Away from the people enough this is wrong)
What will happen to me now (Now that our whole worlds are falling apart)


Moment of Passion (s.macdonald)

Are you ready to die
For a moment of passion
Can you take a lifetime of regret
Are you ready to die
For a moment of passion
Can you take a lifetime of regret

Are you ready to pay
For a moment of passion
Do you wanna have any doubt
Are you ready to say
To your moment of passion
Sorry but it hasnít worked out


It Won't Change (s.macdonald)

Thereís a word above and the word is love it wonít change it wonít change
And the sky is blue and so are you it wonít change it wonít change
And he treats you bad like he always had it wonít change it wonít change
And he treats you wrong like he has all along it wonít change it wonít change

Understanding (music arcwelder, words s.macdonald)

Gleaming steel reflects a coldness
Pasted smile faking flair
ďIíll never smile againĒ the song goes
Plate is empty nothing there

[chorus]
Why try when thereís no understanding
Why try when there is nothing left
Why try when thereís no understanding
Understand thereís so much to be felt

Decisions past future decided
The one that counted forgot how to add
Multiplying means division
Slide the rules Iíll be glad

[chorus]

Iíll get this last one in and then stop writing about it
Iíll get this last one in and then stop thinking about it
Iíll get this last one in and then stop

[chorus]

Understanding
Understanding
Understanding
Understanding

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