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"Wrong Tree"

from "Pomp and Circumstance" EP by Casey Ruff



This is one of my favorite songs I've written, as the mournful horn melody returns to me all the time.

This song has been with us for a while before we recorded it, and the recording is evidence of worthwhile effort and craft. If I remember correctly, this was the first song that gave me the idea of having horns in my music. My brother pointed out the bridge is like Chicago's "Feeling Stronger Everyday", which I am completely fine with.

The imagery is on the verge of mythological, as I leaned on the symbolism heavily. A forlorn beast baying at an immovable change. Ugh. Brutal.


Why do I try so hard, to fill your love with me?
Why do you keep your arms so hard to reach?
I'm barking up the wrong tree.
Claws broke to my toes
I'm supposed to go back home but I don't.

I've been losing my voice

Now the summers over.
The nights have gotten colder.
The leaves have turned and they burn upon the breeze.
As I've been barking up the wrong tree.
Been howling, growling, sighing, crying,
with a grief that will not ever sleep.

I've been losing my voice


from "Pomp and Circumstance" EP, released April 1, 2014
Caleb Bue- bass guitar
Kubby Casual- drums, marimba, bells, and tympani
Casey Ruff- acoustic guitar and vocals
Jeremy Ruff- trumpet
Kathleen Ruff- baritone sax
Randi Lee Tunnel- trombone
Adam Tunnel- lead trumpet
Kate Voss- piano and vocals
Dan Walker- electric guitar and vocals

Recorded at Sound Track Unlimited in Greenwood, WA by Paul Beaudry
Mastered by Doug Krebs. Check out www.dougkrebs.com


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Casey Ruff Seattle, Washington

A singer/songwriter living in Seattle, WA. He's originally from Custer, MT. Known by migrant beet laborers as "El Dragón de las Altas Llanuras". Former high school mascot. Future nihilist. Acting Vice President of the M. Bellucci Fan Club. Sounds like AmeriContra, Gravelvet, and Frontier Orchestral ... more

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