JOHN LENNON'S AUTOGRAPH
Mulberry Coach
All songs © 2009 Morris & Fisher
except "Waterloo Sunset" by
Raymond Douglas Davies


1. People Will Always Be Kind

People will always be kind
People will always be kind
People will always do their best for you

When I grow old and boring
I'll tell the little children that the world is gentle
And they will learn the story
Silver-lined and sentimental
Well, maybe it isn't true but you need to believe it
The sky is dark enough
If you aren't giving too, you don't get to receive it
So find the diamond in the rough

People will always be kind
People will always be kind
People will always do their best for you

It's a vale of tears
A neverland so evil even love can't come there
And all your darkest fears
They're coming true for somebody somewhere
Well, maybe I've got it wrong, but my eyes are wide open
And you don't see my crying
I'm keeping the levee strong and I gotta keep hoping
We find that golden rule in time

People will always be kind . . .

They want to – they would do –
If you make it easy to please
They want to – they'll love you –
When you make love your centerpiece

Well, maybe it isn't real but you need to believe it
Before the bill comes due
There isn't a better deal, man it's take it or leave it
And don't you want some kindness too?

People will always be kind
People will always be kind
Please can you always be kind


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2. Fiction or Fact

I can't be trusted
According to who?
Then there's the time that I got busted
In Idaho working voodoo
It's there in blue and white
Some halfwit blogger's site
With fifty million fans

Fiction or fact
Don't overreact
Is it fiction or fact
The truth is a fracture away

Free speech, free choices
Just keep it legal
In this democracy of voices
Any and every idea is equal
Just say it loud enough
On the record or off the cuff
Someone'll say it back

Fiction or fact. . .

I held you in such low regard
I should've held my tongue
This calumny of twisted words
Is wasted on the young
So I'll propose a simple toast:
Here's to those who need it most

You don't tell me the truth

She started small on a yellow sticky
Now the Wicked Witch has got her own wiki
And you can vet my epitaph
With pentothal and polygraph
And all the world will know
Yeah they'll find out if it's

Fiction or fact
Opposites attract
Is it fiction or fact
No retraction 'cause there's no contradiction
Fiction or fact
Nobody cares if it's fiction or fact
Nobody knows the difference anyway

 

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3. No Way to Be Loved

Good rocking at midnight
I will be there with my dancing shoes on
Having some fun till the music is done

They say that I'm lonely
They say that I'm living mysteriously
But they are all liars – I'm just me

The lights will go down
I'll put on my crown
And I will be flying
Till you come around and say
Baby, well you've had enough for now
This is no way to be loved

See the red setter
Tongue hanging all the way down to her knees
Her eyes say Somebody look at me please

(chorus)

 

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4. John Lennon's Autograph

Here's the forecast – morning showers
Then clearing up – then a thousand flowers
Will tell the morning goodbye
Then they hang their heads and I don't know why
Now it's perfect – now it's dying
To hold the sun – might as well be trying to
Spend the gold in the air
Turn around and it's cold out there

Nobody wants to see the magic go away
We're trying to delay it but we're trying in vain
It's like John Lennon's autograph
In the frost on the windowpane
I know you got the fever, mine is starting to come down
The things that seemed so valuable are laughable now
I got John Lennon's autograph
In the sand where the tide goes out

You can show me your collection
You never know – I might be the next one
Frowning out of the frame
Just a tiny eternal flame
By the headstone – nothing special
Be it ever so superficial
Still I call it my own
Lonely ghost on the last pay phone

(chorus)

Will the music make your mark
A memorial mosaic in Central Park
Your initials carved on the bark
We'll light a million candles to scare the dark

That was perfect – now take one of me
Point and shoot – you can tell 'em we were
Lying, naked, and free
Folly comes with a lifetime guarantee

(chorus)

 

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5. Blue Beliefs

Manifest
The gates have been lifted
It's happy hour at the people's park
And someone's shape has shifted
Now I can see between the quarks
And I don't like it so much
And neither do you
I think it's time
We got this project off the dime

When pedestrians are present
And dinosaurs walked the earth
Where the rubber hits the Rhodes scholar
For all it's worth
I'll meet you at the corner
Of Mulholland and the West
We'll drive until our destiny is manifest

Roxanne ran the gamut
Turning torments to delights
A two-bit Camelot
With lots of dark and stormy knights
But she didn't like it so much
And neither do we
Let's saddle up
And bring Godzilla's empty cup

When pedestrians are present . . .

When pedestrians are present
And Johnny walked the line
When the drummer gets the Fender Rhodes
Scholar a valentine
I'll meet you at the corner
Of Mulholland and the West
We'll drive until our destiny is manifest
Manifest, manifest oh!

Manifesto
Workers of the world, it's time to
Loosen up the chains that bind you
Loosen up the world
Don't need me to remind you
We're living in that fabled age
When everything went to shit
Say goodbye to your happy home
You've seen the last of it
History so rarely breeds
A criminal to fit the crime
A villain worthy of the name
Well, as a matter of fact, there is this time

Workers of the world, it's time . . .

Someone was a greedy boy
Someone tried to have it all (they ate all the candy)
You need the heart of Gandhi not to
Put him up against the wall
History so rarely breeds
Such a complete collapse
The tattoo of opportunity
Is it knock-knock-knocking or playing taps?

What binds you to your jobs?
A general strike might show those proud nabobs
Of Horsewhip and Frogmarch LLP
The true meaning of "limited liability"

Workers of the world, it's time to
Loosen up the chains that bind you
Loosen up the world
Don't need me to remind you

Manifestation
Manifestation of my blue beliefs
The good thief
The bad thief
And then there's me
It's an explosion of melody
Get back and let it be
And I'm in ecstasy

Frogmarch through the week times fifty-two
Horsewhip that Clydesdale under you
I've got a ticket for a different destination
Call it destiny or call it just another manifestation

Manifestation of my blue beliefs
Good grief
Bad beef
Great Barrier Reef
It's an explosion of melody
Get back and let it be
And I'm in harmony

Now your boots are backwards in the stirrups
You were crushed by that throne you would usurp
I've got a ticket for a majestic restoration
Call it destiny or call it just another manifestation

I want a ticket for a different destination
Call it destiny or call it just another manifestation

 

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6. The Day Before Tomorrow

Ring the old out, ring in the new
And tomorrow's gonna be another day
In the fog now, I follow you
But I can't believe in any other way
When the daisy day's in flower

You'll go away
I will repay
All the borrowed hours
One more castaway
On the shore of the day
The day before tomorrow

Every morning, moving along
Though the current flows, the current time is now
Sound the warning, I'm falling away
Your reality is leaving me behind
And I have no staying power

You'll go away
I will repay
All the borrowed hours
One more castaway
On the shore of the day
The day before tomorrow

 

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7. Future Presidents

The child got told Don't Do It! and she did it
Do It! and she didn't
I like that attitude
Shine so bright as she toddled with her parents
Through a North American shopping mall
Wouldn't follow where they led
The itty-bitty T-shirt read
"I'm a future president"

Kindergarten's a cauldron of ambition
Kiddies on a mission
How do you like that attitude?
Teacher said, For you the sky's the limit
Why settle for the minimum when you could be
A doctor or a judge instead
But all the little children said
"I'm a future president"

Future presidents are all around us
Learning not to count on us
Future presidents, they walk among us
I think I saw the youngest one
Crying

The child got told Can't Have It! but I want it
Give it to me, mommy, don't make me mad
And now his face is turning red
Mommy, what he really meant
Was "I'm the future president"

Future presidents are all around us
Learning not to count on us
Future presidents, they walk among us
Maybe you're the youngest
Future presidents, they're all around us
Learning not to count on us
Future presidents, they walk among us
I think I saw the youngest one
Laughing

 

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8. Weapon of Choice

Started in the schoolyard, when they took me by surprise
I always found the words to cut 'em down to size
You can use your muscles, baby, I'm gonna use my voice
The tongue is my weapon of choice

You come in heavy -- I'll make you wish you never tried
You can break my bones, but I know how to hurt you deep inside
You can use a two-by-four but I'm gonna use my voice
The tongue is my weapon of choice

Nobody fights fair, and I'm the dirtiest in the game
My tongue is deadly and I'll cripple you with shame
You can use your muscles, baby, I'm gonna use my voice
The tongue is my weapon of choice
Well you can raise an army, man, but don't make me raise my voice
The tongue is my weapon of choice

 

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9. Lady Ashenfluff

Lady Ashenfluff, what do you want from me
You're a long way back in my history
Lady Ashenfluff, the way you look at me
Anyone would think it was our silver anniversary
Now – It's a game of solitaire
No matter how you stare
Or shed a tear, or whisper in my ear

You can beat that symbol for a long time
Till the line comes crashing on the wrong rhyme
But all that racket won't be enough
To bring back Lady Ashenfluff

You say you don't know who you are these days
Have you bid goodbye to your elegant ways
Lady Ashenfluff, well I can help with that
Anyone can see you aren't much of an aristocrat
Now – Your feet are soaking wet
And still you're not there yet
The world went on when all your words were gone

(chorus)

My face is soaking wet
And still I can't forget
The world went on and all our love is gone

Well you can . . . (It's been a long long time)
Till the line comes crashing on the wrong rhyme
But all that crying won't be enough
To bring back Lady Ashenfluff
Bring back Lady Ashenfluff
Bring back Lady Ashenfluff

 

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10. Waterloo Sunset (R. D. Davies)

Dirty old river, must you keep rolling, rolling into the night
People so busy, make me feel dizzy, taxi lights shine so bright
But I don't feel afraid
As long as I gaze on Waterloo sunset
I am in paradise

Every day I look at the world through my window
Chilly chilly is evening time
Waterloo sunset's fine

Terry meets Julie, Waterloo Station, every Friday night
But I am so lazy, don't want to wander, I stay at home at night
And I don't need no friends
As long as I gaze on Waterloo sunset
I am in paradise

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Millions of people swarming like flies round Waterloo Underground
But Terry and Julie cross over the river where they feel safe and sound
And they don't need no friends
As long as they gaze on Waterloo sunset
They are in paradise

Waterloo sunset's fine . . .

 

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11/12. Trouble Condition/Self-Made Man

You built your skeleton
Section by section from pieces of lead pipe
You got your heart a-pumping
You followed directions you found on a website
Prosthetic smile and an artificial tan
And you don't love anyone
That's the mark of a self-made man

Self-made man, self-made man
Newer than new, and if I was you
I'd pack it all in, and try it again

The only voice you heard
Is the one in your head that says Show me the money
The only books you've read
Are "How to Be Deadly" and "Greed for Dummies"
You're on your own and you own all that you can
They say God don't make junk
You must be a self-made man

Self-made man, self-made man
Newer than new, and if I was you
I'd pack it all in and
Try to recall
When you were small
I know you felt the connection
It's been there since the world began

You made a billion dollars
The weapons you sold, they were super-bombastic
You've got a fancy girlfriend
Her jewelry is gold-plate, her knockers are plastic
So many enemies, and a club with just one fan
And you don't love anyone
That's the mark of a self-made man
No you don't love anyone
You must be a self-made man

Self-made man, self-made man
Newer than new, and if I was you
I'd call it a loss
And fire the boss

 

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13. Mother's Day

Swan Song
What a lovely day
Oh what a shame
If we threw it away 'cause we found
The price was too high to pay

We can amble on
Hello duck and tundra swan
The pundit said the coast was clear
And then that coast was gone

And though no man is a hero to his valet
Could I interest you in a well-stuffed
Ballot-box?
And all our walks meant nothing 'cause the
Wallet talks
Louder than the trees

No you can't deny
We're running out of time
Daydream believers changing
Caution into crime

And though no man is an air-conditioned island
We can wear it down to a lifeless
Pile of rocks
And all our talk meant nothing when the
Thousand shocks
Shake it to the core

Desensitize Me
Oscar's a ghoul
He's setting us such an example
Graphic is cool
Put me in touch with my inner cannibal
Yeah – somebody's blood and guts
Are needed to keep it real
Buy these director's cuts
The more I see, the less I feel
You desensitize me

Ba ba ba ba ba ...
And no, no woman is a hero to her cabinet
Take a bow, little man, 'cause it hasn't
Happened yet (but it will)
April's getting warmer and the
Clock is set
For daylight saving time

Yeah – it's all a substitute
The journalist wouldn't dare
Show me the ugly truth
The less I see, the more I couldn't care less
You desensitize me

Mother's Day
I had a dream – ooo
I found the holy grail – ooo
I took all the gasoline
And turned it back to shale
I took all the animals
And freed them from our jails
Mother's Day, Mother's Day
It was my Mother's Day

When I woke up – ooo
The world was dark – ooo – it took a
Long time to drain that cup
Well, the dawn can't be too far
Oh, mother dear
Show us who we are
Mother's Day, Mother's Day
It was my Mother's Day
Mother's Day, Mother's Day
This is my Mother's Day
This is our Mother's Day

 

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