The Willing

The Willing

 Aurora, Illinois, USA
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Think Crosby Stills Nash & Young meet The Eagles meet Tom Petty's rhythm section with a slight pinch of Pink Floyd!

Biography

In a world of mediocre melodies and less-than-inspired lyrics, there is more than enough room for cleverly crafted well sung songs. The Willing are ready & Willing to fill that void.

In its nearly three decade-long career, The Willing (originally called "Ultima Thule" in the 70s) has literally been there and back--from an IL garage to performing non stop to a break up & reforming with all six original members --and has come out of it all as a durable and successful American rock act.
The sextet was born in the 1970s playing a mix of Rock & Progressive music, always taking advantage of their strong vocal power. The band lived & rehearsed together in an old 14 bedroom house in Milwaukee Wis & toured throughout the Midwest refining their music performing original songs & covers by Crosby Stills Nash & Young, The Eagles, The Moody Blues & The Beatles. During the break up of The Willing, Kent Cooper, Rich Wigstone & David Angel went on to form CBS recording artists The Boyzz, but after The Boyzz dissolved rejoined the ranks of The Willing.

The band has numerous songwriters in its ranks in the forms of Rich Wigstone (Guitar / Vocals), John Krahenbuhl (Keyboards / Vocals), Chris Gough (Guitar), Dan Smith (Keyboards / Vocals), David Angel (Bass / Vocals), & Kent Cooper (Drums / Vocals). With five songwriters, The Willing are never at a loss for new material! The Band follows the tradition started by The Beatles of having multiple lead singers & combinations of backup singers, but through it all, they have always sounded like The Willing.
(Think Crosby Stills Nash & Young meet The Eagles meet Tom Petty's rhythm section with a slight pinch of Pink Floyd!)

These six close friends continue to score with new fans focusing on their strong vocal harmony work & clever songs. The Willing just finished their new studio recording. “Unfinished Business” is a new full length CD released on Rave Song Records! The new CD is exploding with a powerful rhythm section, the soaring vocal power of five part harmony & all wrapped up in catchy well written songs with memorable melodies!

Lyrics

Ultima Thule

Written By: John Krahenbuhl

They used to live, for sunsets and rises
Life was a thrill, and full of surprises
So very young, searching for love
Touching the earth and sky above

Out on the run, playing it cool
Came up with the name, Ultima Thule

The sounds in their heads, is how it started
They wrote some songs ,and soon departed
To a new way, way to be free
Finding the path, of destiny

Out on the run, playing it cool
Lived up to the name, Ultima Thule

Now it was time, a time for choices
And it was clear, clear as voices
And so it was, for this band of friends
The journey was over, it came to an end

Out on the run playing it cool
That was the story of Ultima Thule

She'll Be Running

Written By: David Angel

She’s gonna run away from you
You can’t love her like I do
She’ll be running, right back to me
She’s gonna run away from you
You don’t love her like I do
She’ll be running, into my arms.

She’s gonna fly away with me
You can’t love her like I do
She’s gonna fly away with me

She is always in my heart /Two lovers torn apart
Stop Talking Stop Talking Stop Talking
Stop Talking to my girl

Baby baby why’d you leave me alone
Baby when are you coming home
Come on… Come on to me

She’s gonna run away from you
You can’t love her like I do
She’ll be running, right back to me

She’s gonna run away from you
You don’t love her like I do
She’ll be running

Running……Run back to me
Running……Run back to me
Running……Run back to me
She’s gonna run away from you
You can’t love her like I do
She’ll be running, right back to me.

You Walk the Line

Written By: Dan Smith

I know that your doing the things that you do
Cause you’re trying to find the truth
I wish I could say that I’ve been there before
But you know that it’s different each time
You, walk the line You, bought the time
Ohh, with our love

Your intentions are different than what you’ve made known
But your motives are always the same
If you can’t love me and be true to yourself
It’s a positive move that you’ve made

Down the line, Drink the wine, It’s not time
Not time, For, for our love

I’m a little bit different, but mostly the same
You know I can’t be someone else
But the differences make me a human again
And I can’t believe this is the death….
Of our love, It’s just hiding, In the darkness
It’s not time, For, For our love

Alexis You

Written By: Rich Wigstone

Alexis You, don’t know me
We pass by nearly every day but you don’t see
How much I love you
And how I dream that you were mine
It’s hard to know that it might never come to be

But when I see you with that other boy
It seems to me he treats you like a toy
How can I tell you that I’m different from the rest
So even if I can’t have you
I want you to be happy and it’s true
Your really going to have to put that boy right to the test.
Make sure he loves you
Make sure he treats you like a queen
Be sure he understands that there’s no one like you
And should you ever doubt, and it’s not working out
I’m hoping you’ll know what to do Alexis You
I know that you’ll know what to do Alexis You

No Getting Away

Written By: Chris Gough

I hear a song upon the radio
The memory takes me back so long ago
Was there something I could have said or done
That would have kept us here still near as one

You said to me, Love is never true
What does that mean
I’m still in love, with you

I never knew that love would come that night
And move in my house to stay
If I had known I would have run that night
But now there’s no getting away
There’s no getting Away

I hear the leaves as they rustle in the wind
It takes me back to that fateful night again
Through the pain and the pleasure we wrestled
until dawn
Only then did I know what had gone wrong

You said to me, Love is never true
What does that mean
I’m still in love, with you

I never knew that love would come that night
And move in my house to stay
If I had known I would have run that night
But now there’s no getting away
There’s no getting away

Mary Anne's on Fire

Written By: Rich Wigstone

Everybody knew about Mary Anne
That is of course except for me
She was a time bomb ticking playfully
Still all the men would come on hands and knees
Her beauty’s stunning with her back against the night
And we were warned she was a liar
But we kept quiet with some false security
Then someone set her off they crossed the line

Mary Anne’s on fire
I thought I saw it coming, still it left me shaken
Mary Anne’s on fire
Her life is littered with the men that she has taken
Your life she’ll commandeer, and then she’ll disappear
So you had best run for your life
Cause Mary Anne’s on fire

She was known for unpredictability
She had eternal magic in her eyes
And they could cause you to so easily forget
That you were sleeping with your own demise
Mary Anne will sing you gently off to sleep
She’ll say she’ll take you home for fun
She’ll say come meet me for a quiet afternoon
And the she’ll show up with a gun

I want to put her out, but she’s too hot, and it’s too late for me

Hold Me

Written By: John Krahenbuhl

When, will we fly, far away
Why, Can’t we fly, far away

Won’t you hold me, and never let me go
Won’t you hold me

Won’t you hold me, and never let me go
Won’t you hold me

Why can’t we fly, far away

Far from anger, far from fear
Far from the sadness, and far from the tears
Far from danger and senseless destruction
Far from the evil that caused all our seduction
Far from hunger, sickness and war
Far from the things we’ve seen and done all before

Won’t you hold me, hold me
Won’t you hold me.

Only Love can Change the World

Written By: David Angel

No jet planes, diamond rings
Fancy trips and all that bling, don’t buy a thing
But it’s hard, to do what’s right
Oh it’s hard, to do what’s right

Things that gleam, some obscene
Fill my head with all that stuff, never enough
But it’s hard, to find what’s right
Oh it’s hard to find what’s right

Rich and poor, peace and war
If we’re going to make a change, let’s start with love
Cause it’s hard, to choose what’s right
Oh it’s hard, to know what’s right
Oh Oh Oh Only Love can change the world

Fancy cars, rare cigars
Come what may, don’t overpay, just walk away
But it’s hard, to do what’s right
Oh it’s hard to do what’s right
Oh Oh Oh Only love can change the world

Gone

Written By: Rich Wigstone

Sometimes in the smoke and haze of a love that has gone by
The newness of love and first times with you can make me cry
These photos of ghosts that I hold so dear
They haunt me now and then
I reach out for those first times together
But first times can never be again, they’re all

Gone The first time I saw you
Gone The first time I called you
Gone The first time I held you when you cried out in the night
Gone The first time I kissed you
Gone The first time I missed you
Gone The first time that my heart came undone,
You were the one, they’re all Gone

Sometimes at night as I lay drifting back in time
The very first time that you wrote “I love you” comes to mind
These letters of love that I hold so dear
They haunt me now and then
And as much as I keep trying to pretend
Those first times can never be again

Gone The first time you met me
Gone The first time you let me
Gone The first time that we never made it home
Gone Our very first night
Gone My first love at first sight
Gone The first time that you laid with me
And stayed with me, they’re all Gone

I’m reaching out, it may be a crime
But I would give all that I have for those moments in time

Queen of the City

Written By: Dan Smith

She walks down, a flight of stairs
Wanders into the devil’s lair
Heads turn, someone looks at her
She wants to stay but she isn’t sure
Another night for the queen of the city
Who can deny the spirit of night

There was a time she didn’t live here
There was a time the future looked clear
She played her games and she paid the cost
She doesn’t dwell on the things she lost

Another flight for the queen of the city
Who can deny the spirit of night

The drinks are cool and the music burns
The men approach but they never learn
She walks away with a certain air
And leaves the world standing there

Another night for the queen of the city
Who can deny the spirit of night