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Mulberry Coach
All songs © 2006 Morris & Fisher

1. My Heart Won't Stop

It's way past time and living's a crime
But my heart won't stop
I lie here trying to commence my dying
But my heart won't stop beating for you
The pounding in my head gets louder and louder
I'm drowning it out now with potions and powders
But my heart won't stop
It won't skip a beat, won't make a mistake
It keeps me alive and it's keeping me awake
All night

Goodbye, farewell, well hello hell
But my heart won't stop
I wanna touch down on alien ground
But my heart won't stop beating for you
The pounding in my head gets harder and harder
And every nighttime turns into tomorrow
And my heart won't stop
It won't be shattered, no it just won't break
It keeps me alive and it's keeping me awake
All night

I want to let it go
Don't want to tell you how I feel
Don't want to let you know
I'd open up an artery for you

So long, bye bye, I'm ready to fly
But my heart won't stop
I wanna be one with the setting sun
But my heart won't stop beating for you
The pounding in my head gets harder and harder
And every nighttime turns into tomorrow
And my heart won't stop
It won't be shattered, no it just won't break
It keeps me alive and it's keeping me awake
All night


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2. Drastic Fate

His last Franklin taken by a card mechanic
He falls down drinking in a quiet panic
His happy hour shrank into a New York minute
They checked him in and kicked him out of every local clinic

To each his own, too little too late
He can't avoid his drastic fate
The clock was ticking, then the clock ran out
Now he knows what it's all about

The glass ceiling wasn't difficult to shatter
She stepped on everyone, then kicked away the ladder
Coined money for the corporation coffers
But a day of reckoning is dawning in that corner office

To each her own, too little too late
She can't avoid her drastic fate
The clock was ticking, then the clock ran out
Now she knows what it's all about

We begin so enthusiastic
About the fancy dancing we're doing
Tendons aren't elastic
They only stretch so far but like the fools we are
We turn ballet into slapstick

I love you baby with a passion so gigantic
I'm acting crazy but I've always been romantic
A true believer in the ties you cannot sever
I'm gonna stick with you forever

To each his own, too little too late
You can't avoid your drastic fate
The clock was ticking, then the clock ran out
Now you know what I'm all about
To each his own, too little too late
We can't avoid that drastic fate
The clock was ticking, then the clock ran out
Now we know what it's all about


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3. Crime Scene

Now history's an anthology
Of dirty tricks and atrocities
Brave new millennium
Drowning in tears and we've just begun

Look now people, oh yeah it's a crime scene
Gonna round up everyone
Take away our guns
Put us in the lineup for the witnesses to point out
Just look at that face
That ugly blushing face
Man I saw you at the crime scene
You turned your back and ran
And all the blood that spilled out
Never touched your lovely lily-white hands

Whenever the rich man meets the poor
Guess who's gonna have to endure
Some new calamity
'Cause the name of the game is Don't Blame Me

Look now people (etc.)

I'm waiting for justice
I'm taking the call
I'm praying for mercy
'Cause I need it most of all

Look now people oh yeah it's a crime scene
Gonna bust us one by one
Take away our guns
Put us in the lockup and the victims they will cry out
Just look at that face
That ugly blushing face
Man I saw you at the crime scene
You turned your back and ran
And all the blood that spilled out
Never touched your lovely lily-white hands


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4. This Call May Be Recorded

Angels spend eternity with their headphones on
Listening to that conversation you thought was gone
The one where love was shattered
And nothing really mattered
Except your pride

Security is tighter now than it's ever been
No one's got the time to dance on the head of a pin
The words of consolation
Of rage and hesitation
They've heard them all

This call may be recorded
Your good deeds will be rewarded
For training and for quality
Assurance, don't you lie to me
This call may be recorded

Every day I miss the mark when I talk to you
Mixing up those metaphors that I wish were true
The billion souls of China
Khartoum and Carolina
We're all the same

You can't hear them whispering in that darkened room
Vows are taken, lips are sealed, then they lower the boom
And raise their ragged voices
Then make their deadly choices
For one and all

This call may be recorded . . .

Who will stay, who will go
Who winds up at Guantanamo
Who's that breathing after the tone
Lose my name, close my case
Remove my number from your database
You're no angel, leave me alone

Angels spend eternity with their headphones on
Listening to the tales we tell down in Babylon
Language rearranges
But the story never really changes
At all

This call may be recorded . . .

5. Go & Touch (instrumental)


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6. Power of Pride

Okay, the towers are down
Okay, they're blowing up London Town
Okay, we've taken Iraq
Now can we have the towers back
Power of pride

You know, I wanna be good
You know, I swear I did the best I could
You know, as hard as I tried
I couldn't keep the beast inside
Power of pride

Okay, we bury the dead
Okay, the babes must still be fed
Okay, we're counting the hours
And gathering up the withered flowers
Power of pride


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7. When You Said Hello

When you said hello I was thinking of
What I did yesterday and what I'd eat tonight
Maybe rice and beans, maybe make a lasagna
I didn't respond to that letter from the bank
Forgot to thank everybody who came to my opening
They must despise me

When you said hello I was wondering whether
I'd said hello to the guy who let me in
And my back was aching, it could be my kidney
That happened to Jimmy, he missed a week of school
Oh, really cool, I think I'll cover the sofa in the living room
In yellow linen

And oh I didn't mean to be unkind
When I turned away
Oh I was lost inside my mind
I was miles away
Tell me, did I fail you completely
When you said hello

When you said hello I was counting out
All the beats of a song, and I couldn't let you in
I missed the moment, it happened again
I've got to improve, I'm running out of friends
Did I send my acceptance of their fabulous offer
Or just a salad

And oh now I'm standing in this line
They're making me wait
How did I get so far behind
Now I'm running late
And oh I didn't mean to be unkind
When I turned away
Oh I was lost inside my mind
I was miles away
Tell me, did I hear you correctly
Did you say hello


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8. 25 Hours

When I first saw him he looked so good
At the little bodega in the neighborhood
He was picking up a pound of rice
Ooo the man can cook! I didn't think twice
Back at his house we sat on the floor
He told me why Shrub beat Kerry and Gore
Should've bailed then but he had great hair
It wasn't like I had to be somewhere

25 hours with the wrong guy
25 hours with the wrong guy
25 hours with the wrong guy
25 hours a day

Over risotto I heard the story of his life
His former job, his former wife
He didn't listen to a thing I said
My clever repartee went over his head
He introduced me to his cat named Fluff
He laughed too much and didn't think enough
But after another glass of Zinfandel
When he said please I said what the hell

25 hours with the wrong guy . . .

All night long I did not sleep
Gray light seeped through the shade
Fluff was kicking his litter around
And scratching maniacally
And some bony body's in the bed with me

Slinked into work at one but nobody was fooled
Fell asleep in a meeting, I might've drooled
The boss said Someone's had too much fun
As a matter of fact I had next to none
You used to have to marry 'em as soon as you kissed 'em
I cut to the chase, got him out of my system
Pretty dumb but I'll shed no tears
25 hours beats 25 years

25 years with the wrong guy
25 years with the wrong guy
25 hours with the wrong guy
25 hours with the wrong guy


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9. 3 Minutes

I'd come unglued for 3 minutes
Be very very rude for 3 minutes
I'd lock the door if you tried to come in
Commit any number of deadly sins
I'm telling you, I don't know what I wouldn't do
For 3 minutes

I'll take 3 days for 3 minutes
Wander in a haze for 3 minutes
I'll get the blues and take 'em out on you
Promise you anything, it won't come true
I'm telling you, you don't know what I'd put you through
For 3 minutes

I know it doesn't seem like much to show
A verse, a chorus, a pretty good solo
3 minutes is all it lasts
It's not enough but it's all I have

I'll make you cry for 3 minutes
The hope will die for 3 minutes
I'll give it all I've got for 3 minutes
I love you, yeah but not for 3 minutes
I don't believe I would sell my soul
But the devil might rent it if I'm on a roll
I'm telling you, I don't know what I'll have to do
For 3 minutes
3 minutes


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10. Boardwalk Cats

All night long the gamblers go
Shuffling down the boardwalk
Bad hands at the Taj and the Sands
Every dollar gone to the house
Nothing left for the homeless
Tough breaks, the bigger the stakes
Well, the smaller you feel
Back broken on fortune's wheel

Boardwalk cats don't care if you lose
Carl and Barney gonna bring 'em their food
The cats know they can be trusted
And you can go home busted
Well, better luck next time
The boardwalk cats are fine

Long before The Donald arrived
Before the Great Depression
Stray cats fighting the rats
Mobbed-up millionaires come and go
The boardwalk cats are staying
Downbeach, way out of reach
Of the rock and the shoe
They're doing much better than you

Boardwalk cats . . .

And you can gnaw your chicken bones
Just leave those cats alone

All night long the humans go
Saying goodbye to their money
All round Monopoly Town
The times you need a friend the most
That's when you can't find one
Amen, you can say that again
But I wish you'd shut up
I'm choking on fortune's cup

Boardwalk cats . . .


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11. Suffering Under the Illusion

I'm suffering under the illusion
That someone's out to get me
Someone just won't let me
Be myself
I'm suffering under the illusion
That time is running out, that time
Has got me on the run
And I'm the only one
Suffering

Life is all it's cracked up to be
I think about it, then I hit the wall
Life is always what it should be
Nothing more or less than what it would be
If I never thought at all

I'm suffering under the illusion
That heaven's high above me
And you could never love me
Anyhow
I'm suffering under the illusion
That love is like a rainbow
It's here and then it's gone
And I will still go on
Suffering

Life is all it's cracked up to be
I think about you when I start my day
Life is always what it should be
Nothing more or less than what it would be
If I loved you anyway


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12. -1, +1

This house was a haven but not anymore
Sign on the door says Welcome to Elsinore
And you suffer the arrows and slings
And I do too
I'm with you

Negative one, positive one, it all adds up to nothing
Negative one, positive one, it all adds up, it all adds up

You call it a castle, it's all a defense
Rats in the walls and ghosts on the battlements
And you wander from ruin to room
And get nowhere
I'll be there

Negative one, positive one, it all adds up to nothing
Negative one, positive one, it all adds up, it all adds up

I got a letter from the fan club
They want to take my wings away
But then they'll give me back my Segway
Negative one plus one


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13. Jeroboamiad

From Trophyville to Tenement Town
The loaded gun, nowhere to run
The lion and the lamb will lie down
But not before you hear him roar

Your neighborhoods, your worldly goods
Your desert palaces and Hollywoods
Landslides and genocides, I'll work 'em till I'm satisfied
And these are just a fraction of the evils I could mention

Don't bother with another barrage
Of beatitudes from do-right dudes
Euro-trash and dollar garbage
They're all the same when they feed the flame

Your fashion shows, designer clothes
Your Sunset Boulevards and Savile Rows
Mudslides and suicide, no remedy will go untried
The melodies of misery will be written into history

And on the night in question did you know
The world was going up against the wall
The charge was racketeering, but when they held the hearing
Nobody was listening at all

Yeah he's one prophet that you didn't make
This jackanapes is wasting precious time
They proved that he was liable, they whacked him with the Bible
To illustrate the nature of his crime

The lion and the lamb will lie down
And one by one, as day is done
The stars will say goodnight to the sun
God knows when we'll meet again

Your stately homes, your pleasure domes
Your thousand-dollar plates and jeroboams
Landmines and Columbines, no quarter on the battle lines
For every lucky martyr there's some diehard who's Fucking up the karma


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14. The New New Wave

The note in the bottle I threw in the sea
A generation later came back to me
A strange handwriting said Come out of the cave
Get ready for the new new wave

Bright young mongrels gonna learn old tricks
I'm talking 'bout the spirit, the spirit of Seventy-Six
Before you knew it, we were digging a grave
Still waiting for the new new wave

The new new wave
Crashing over the shifting sand
The true blue wave
Ride it in to a green new land

The kingdom's coming but you don't know when
And every revelation returns again
There must be something left from all that you gave
You'll need it for the new new wave

The new new wave
Crashing over the shifting sand
The true blue wave
Ride it in to a green new land

(Climb aboard) Gotta finish what we started now
(Climb aboard) When the world was young
(Climb aboard) Or anyway I was
I was speaking in tongues
Am I speaking in tongues

The note in the bottle I threw in the sea
A generation later came back to me
My own handwriting said You better be brave
Get ready for the new new wave

The new new wave . . .

 

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