Character Assassination/
Death To The Howdy-Doody Brigade, lyrics

[album info]

Songs:

By The Way
Little Fiddle (and The Ghost Of XMas Past)
The Cockfighter
My Best Interests At Heart
Take It By The Hand
La Di Doh
I'm With You
Ill Wind
So Close To Certainty
A Good Soundtrack (Pushin' Fear)
Ring Of Fire
If I Had A Ticket
Number Ten

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BY THE WAY   [back to top]

Thinking of all the times you missed
digging it in you can't resist
plenty of daggers in your room
I passed it on the way

Counting your bridges one by one
wondering how to burn them down
wasn't it grand you used to say
I passed you by the way

Something of a liability
to the creative process see
drawn to the clickity clack oh no
your mother breaks her back

Nothing turns out the way you planned
you're probably carrying the things you can
from the picture show you once called home
you lived there all alone

You were so picturesque I know
and my own body felt so cold
tasted like honey on your breast
a tombstone on my soul

Guess we're all stars in town tonight
seen in a skinflick burning bright
you didn't have time to make the switch
you passed it by the way

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THE COCKFIGHTER   [back to top]

You had to run out
you had problems with all Daddy told you
you had to find out
how to separate truth from lies and how
you could weigh up
when to gamble and when to take chances
with such brilliance
he would make definitive commentary
while the blood ran
down your chin

And you know you could see
he never once
never once had second thoughts

He's got iron will you see
but his clock is running down
he's confined to your history
Well he's a madman
kicks a dog leaves it flat out in the gravel
he's got his reasons
to be lashing out in a rage you see
there's no distractions
his arms seem to move like a windmill
and your friendship
is the worst thing Daddy's ever seen

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LITTLE FIDDLE (AND THE GHOST OF XMAS PAST)   [back to top]

What goes down will come up
it is so plain to see, I see that
you spend your money
to come flying after me
I know your troubles
and I know that they are bad
I think that
they are the worst of any troubles
that you've had
every body that you know
don't you know now
they are all just a part
of this little fiddle

And in this case it's so hard
to be wrong, yes now
when they're the ones that say that
every home should have one
They call you sexy
for what reason I can't see
you see I
I think that sexy
only can apply to me
The things you own
have a real noticeable stink
and you see that
things are really
not as sweet as you think

Well you will find that it will be
just like I said it would be
you can't change facts
just by acting simply
you have much talent
but you're problems they are bad
you find that
you can't buy your way out of this
and that is sad
yes now

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MY BEST INTEREST AT HEART   [back to top]

It was the worst and greatest movie
that had ever been made
you were the witness to the crime
the only person from the trade
but you were talking in your sleep
and then the words began to rhyme
the name you whispered in the night

it did not sound a lot like mine
Then I realized my harshest critics can lie
and they don't always have my
best interests at heart

I remember how you used to stare
I sang my off-key songs of love
I always wondered how long
before you turned to smack or god
I was always saying sorry
sending apologies by the lorry
I was never shrewd or canny

It was beneath me I thought
the crowd of well-wishers who form
and want a good slice of you
I didn't want anything
I did not know just what to do
I kept my rage out in a cage
out on the outskirts of the town
it was the only place where it would be
another harmless sound

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TAKE IT BY THE HAND   [back to top]

Well give me good reasons
and I'll take you by the hand
I'll try not to jump the tracks
as I take you by the hand
I'm taking the monster of corruption
by the hand

I'll try not to squeeze it
but I'll take it by the hand
you sure didn't ask for it
but I'll take you by the hand
you watch while the house burns down
I'll still take you by the hand

I'll match your despondency
and then take you by the hand
and if it's all wrong you'll see
I'll still take you by the hand
You're looking for tenderness
so I'll take you by the hand

When no-one's defending you
I will take you by the hand
I'll be taking the monster of corruption
by the hand
it does not affect the way
That I will take you by the hand


LA DI DOH   [back to top]

Well my head is full of nice things
And the riches that that brings
I have no voice to speak with
Because every line i sing
I sing
La di doh di doh doh
La di doh di doh doh
La di doh di doh doh
La di doh di doh doh

And though sometimes i am wary
And at times it seems so clear
Life mostly is grand to me
And there's not that much to fear
Just sing
La di doh di doh doh
La di doh di doh doh
La di doh di doh doh
La di doh di doh doh

You say that i am graceful
And a pleasure to be near
You really give an earful
But i'm needed over there
To sing
La di doh di doh doh
La di doh di doh doh
La di doh di doh doh
La di doh di doh doh

If your world just seems ungrateful
And you're crucified with spears
Your friends are all so tasteful
And their rent's not in arrears
You get visits from sir pleasant
And his band of balladeers
The press gang has its field day
And the real you disappears
Just sing
La di doh di doh doh
La di doh di doh doh
La di doh di doh doh
La di doh di doh doh

And if these words are queer sir
Perhaps offensive to your ear
The cost of lies is dear sir
And a fist of dough won't clear
Just sing
La di doh di doh doh
La di doh di doh doh
La di doh di doh doh
La di doh di doh doh

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I'M WITH YOU   [back to top]

In a place where they have tlme to kill
hang around the gossip mill
the excuses run around so wild
and all descriptions fit the bill
it's a place that we left for the rain
seen through a fogged-up window pane
I'm with you

In that lonely time when thoughts could kill
I learned my lesson well
the days were getting hot again
and the humidity was hell
it's a place that we left for the rain
seen through a fogged up window pane
I'm with you

Well we spent sometime
hoping things would work
and some time hoplng they would fail
I put my lessons to the test
thinking maybe it was for the best
to leave this place
head out for the rain
seen through a fogged up
car window pane
I'm with you

Well she wanted to be an artist
and then she reached
just about breaking point
her coffee seemed to spin in the cup
like a jazz record playlng soft
she told me she knew some people
they were so tough that they went to jail
she never tried to second-guess
she would forget them like the rest
of the place that we left
for the rain
seen through a fogged up
car window pane
I'm with you

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ILL WIND

Send an ill wind make it real
Not unlike the broken seal
And you might bury me poor
Pauper's graves have their appeal
Well it's such unsound advice
Which you gave like Vincent Price
It's the pit's sweet pendulum
Those were days remember them
Send an ill wind make it real
Such a lovely clear eyed feel
Send an ill wind make it real
Such a lovely clear eyed feel

And the next thing I need more
I want all that's in the store
Time for truth it's time to try
For the times they tend to try
As for you unearthly child
You just did not make B grade
And you did not like the trade
Send an ill wind make it real
Such a lovely clear eyed feel
Send an ill wind make it real
Such a lovely clear eyed feel

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SO CLOSE TO CERTAINTY   [back to top]

It seems so close to certainty
I left so much so I could see
How far my patience would help me
It even wrecked my family

I felt my work was my reward
Practised so hard prayed to the lord
Gave to good causes one and all
It did not seem to help at all
Perhaps it's early yet they say
You'll live to fight another day

I took some things out of my past
Your love still hiding under glass
Dissolving stars bled on the grass
It seems they've come to rest at last
I see her nakedness untried
I'll dress in mourning clothes tonight

The victims need not to rise or stand
I won't press hard with my demands
I'll take my lover by the hand
And one by one we'd turn to sand
I see her nakedness untried
I'll dress in mourning clothes tonight

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A GOOD SOUNDTRACK (PUSHIN' FEAR)   [back to top]

The favourite game is still the same
A world of pain with a different name
Deal me out
So slide to the right and slip to the left
A tall bluebeard accused of theft
Big drop-out
It's a good soundtrack
But have no fear
It's just some loser pushin' fear
Deal me out

I thought i'd sussed the problem too
When all good things come back to you
Big drop out
You can lend an ear and be called a fool
Some people live this golden rule
Deal me out
It's a good soundtrack
But have no fear
It's just some loser pushin' fear
Deal me out

I'll pin the medal to my shirt
And pretend to forget the hurt
Big drop-out
Perhaps because i ask too much
I can't get close just out of touch
Deal me out
I sure don't want to be the man
That has to make the five year plan
Deal me out

It's a good soundtrack
But have no fear
It's just some loser pushin' fear
Deal me out

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NUMBER TEN   [back to top]

You're talking so loud, more than ever before
You hide in the crowd, more than ever before
You don't wanna know more than ever before
But if you gotta go, then I'll show you the door.

You ask how I feel - well, what's it to you?
It's easy to see that you got someone new
So if you wanna go, well sugar, please do
I gave you some love, but you threw it away

My smile's been wearing thin
I don't know how long it's been
Since I felt at ease with you
Sometimes it's just no good
And you say that I really should
But I don't feel at ease with you

Someone told me 'round town that things were getting you down
You act like a clown just to settle it down
But things are so bad, they're all I can take
It'd make me feel glad if you went on your way

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