Disaster

by Daniel Knox

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released 14 February 2011

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Track Name: It Gets Better
IT GETS BETTER

When your car breaks down
And it will certainly break down
Don’t cry and don’t frown
Don’t throw all the dishes around

When you don’t know what to do
Ugly children cough on you
Don’t pick them up and shake them
Children are fragile, you don’t want to break them

It gets better
It gets better

Close your eyes and count to ten
Try now to remember when
You had money to play with
And friends you could stay with

Happy days may still return
Take the ashes from the urn
Don’t be afraid to spill them
Trouble continue till somebody kills them

It gets better
It gets better

Dancing girls are in the chorus
Dancing girls are very gorgeous
Stupid and beautiful
Don’t they take your mind off the pain?

Trying to scrape up a buck
Heartbroken and poverty-struck
Smashing the seat just by sitting
You’ve got to be kidding

It gets better
It gets better


END.
Track Name: What Have They Done To You Now
WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO YOU NOW?

If you’re gonna fool around
Why don’t you keep it out of town
Don’t give me all the details
I don’t wanna know
I don’t wanna know
What have they done to you now?

Guess you’d better keep your pants on
There’s no more tables left to dance on
I used to carry you home
I don’t anymore
Won’t anymore
What have they done to you now?

Old familiar
Friends to fill your
Heart with grief
And agony

A little friendly conversation
Character assassination
I just don’t care anymore and
I don’t wanna know
I don’t wanna know
What have they done to you now?


END.
Track Name: Disaster
DISASTER

Disaster disaster
Explosions ripping through the paint and plaster
Disaster disaster disaster disaster.

Tragedy tragedy
A vacant lot where you're whole childhood used to be
Tragedy tragedy tragedy tragedy.

Accident accident
Your friends are gone but you don't know just where they went
Accident accident accident accident

Disaster disaster
Crying right into the face of laughter
Disaster disaster disaster disaster


END.
Track Name: Man Without A Past
MAN WITHOUT A PAST

Beneath a train on State street
A simpleton behold
Clinging to a satchel
And all that he's been told
Underneath his suit he's angry
And wants you all to pay
Before you slap the cuffs on
And carry him away . . .

Look at the hookers with their hundred dollar hats
Skyward snouts like common household cats
Life is fine and dandy
For the prudish namby pamby
If we're all the same
Then spread the blame
Till we die like rats

I think we can agree evrybody hates a tourist
Raping the scenery. Very, very foolish
Life's a budding flower
When you're the one in power
But nobody knows
Why the public chose
Man without a past

It looks like a beautiful doomsday
What I wouldn't give to hear you say
Goodbye. Goodbye.

Raise your fists but you don't know what you're in for
Sidewalk savages with nothing left to live for
Can't get a favor if you ask it of your neighbor
Oh no, not so fast
Who is he, you ask?
Man without past


Same solitaire where you seldom see the joker
Boo-hoo commuter to and fro so mediorce
Smiling complacent
When I'm crazy and impatient
What did you expect?
Next time skip the check
Man without a past

It looks like a terrible Tuesday
What I wouldn't give to hear you say
Goodbye. Goodbye.


END.
Track Name: Gone Old Days
GONE OLD DAYS

When you let a fool
Believe he’s clever
The world seems
Smaller than ever
Our houses
Are too close together
A man can’t live in this weather

The old days are gone
The old days are gone

You’ll die from love
Or cigarettes
No one
Deserves what he gets
But there’s always
A way into heaven
It looks just
Like channel seven

The old days are gone
The old days are gone

Waking up’s
A waste of breath
I’m full of life
I’m scared to death
And the good news
Is too upsetting
Our whole lives
Spent were regretting

The old days are gone
The old days are gone

I’ll find you
When the walls cave in
The holyland
The den of sin
And it’s not your
Fault if we’re failing
Just hold on
Tight to the railing

The old days are gone
The old days are gone



END.
Track Name: Naive Theresa
NAIVE THERESA

Savage people from savage lands
With savage faces and savage hands
How they long to do
Horrible things to you
My Theresa

The only thing that worries me
Is your faith in humanity
There’s nothing I can do
To make it up to you
Naive Theresa

To the boys with big words and boring faces
I tip my hat ‘cause I’m going places
That they’ll never go and you won’t go with me
Is it such a big goddamn deal to kiss me?

White girls with pretty hair
White girls with skin so fair
They think they’ve got it made
A lifetime in the shade
Just like you Theresa


END.
Track Name: You Should Be Shining My Shoes
YOU SHOULD BE SHINING MY SHOES

I ought not to think of the past, but then
This town gives me the blues
It's nice that you've learned to forgive, my friend
But you should be shining my shoes

You should be wearing a nametag
Serving somebody's food
I should be riding in limousines
You should be shining my shoes

I don't believe in justice
Life is unbearably cruel
The only prediction I trust is
You will be shining my shoes

It's like you to bring up the past again
What options have we to choose?
It's lovely you've learned to forgive, my friend
But you should be shining my shoes

You should be
Shining
My shoes


END.
Track Name: Redhanded
REDHANDED

It happened at the pleasureland arcade
Where fantasies and criminals are made
I shuffled in the pay my browsing fee
And loaded in booth number three
But through the hole what should I find
But a detective of the undercover kind

When you’re caught redhanded
You’re branded a liar
They look down on you
And send you to
The lake of fire

So I decided I’d leave town
Quietly, when no one was around
There came a voice from at my knee
My brother to say goodbye to me
I gave him a kiss
What do you think happened next?
The kiss was taken out of it’s context

When you’re caught redhanded
You’re branded a liar
They throw rocks at you
And send you to
The lake of fire

(instrumental)

Picking garbage up off the street
With a dustpan and shackled feet
Oh - society you’ve got me wrong
It’s why I wrote this dreadful song
You pushed a good man to the edge
Why don’t you take a minute
Stop and think
Light a cigar
Pour a drink
While you’re busy I’ll be on my way

When you’re caught redhanded
You’re branded a liar
They’ll throw the book at you
And take you to
The lake of fire

(instrumental)

END.
Track Name: Lovescene
LOVESCENE

It puts the ice-pick in your heart
Tears the building blocks apart
It tells you what to do
Then puts the blame on you

It makes you try and tell a joke
Then wish that you had never spoke
Approaching through the fog
Embrace this lucky dog

Groping for more than I can hold
Sulking like a twelve year old
Then suddenly I find myself dancing
Oh, how I hate dancing

(instrumental)

I used to be a drunk
I thought the roses stunk
You made me laugh
Cut me in half

I stagger up from lower class
Stumble like a stupid-ass
I hear the bells
The music swells

Groping for more than I can hold
Sulking like a twelve year old
And suddenly I find myself dancing
Oh, how I hate dancing

(instrumental)

END.
Track Name: Get To Know Your Neighbors
GET TO KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORS

There was an old man from Illinois
Who had a thing for little boys
He liked to trap them in his car
Wouldn’t you like to know where they are?

There was a young maid from New York
Who had a visit from the stork
Then put the baby in the trash
Some decisions have to be rash

There was a man who lived in pain
Thought he was the king of Spain
Couldn’t understand why his countrymen
Fed him pills and shut him in

There once was a house
There once stood a house
With brothers and sister
Nephews and nieces
They were all blown to pieces
By a boy with a match
Who walked away without a scratch

(la-la-la, la-la-la-la-la-)

There was a man whose house was robbed
He shot the guy who did the job
But there’s no justice, it appears
They put him away for twenty years

There was a girl who fell in love
With the biggest prick you could think of
He liked to tie her up and then
Pass her around to all his friends

And the missionary turned up dead
The natives misunderstood what he said
While trying to spread the word of God
He bought it from a firing squad

And the hobo in your doorway
Who stinks and gets in your way
Don’t think that he can be saved
The streets have turned his heart depraved
Don’t try to see the virtue
Assume he wants to hurt you

(la-la-la, la-la-la-la-la-)

(la-la-la, la-la-la)


END.
Track Name: No Accident
NO ACCIDENT

Tennis shoes on the wire
A house on fire
You are the one that I desire
Socks that don't match
A gate that won't latch
I have an offer without a catch because

This is no accident
This is no accident
This is no accident
You and me

A plea for protection
Slight infection
I never worry about rejection
A beautiful mess
A boy in a dress
A few magic words in a moment of stress because

This is no accident
This is no accident
This is no accident
You and me

I like the looks of a room that you've slept in
Love's not a thing you fall into or step in
As you should know

Misinformation
Lost combination
A brief love affair with a distant relation
An awkward silence
An act of violence
Scream "happy new year" and cheer at the sirens for



This is no accident
This is no accident
This is no accident
You and me


END.
Track Name: Reminder
REMINDER
I’m looking for a sharp knife
Looking down the deep dark hole
Looking for the bullets, the gun, the man to pull the trigger,
and the shovelful

Looking for tomorrow
Look back with sorrow
On another day you’ll be missing
When you’re kissing it goodbye

(instrumental)

You should walk with a partner
And keep them beside you
Tell them that everyone in town will say they’ve tried you

And if you think I’m wrong then just disprove me
Ask god in heaven to remove me

Looking for a slow burn
Something to remind you
That no matter where you move
Your troubles seem to find you

You ought to find a new town
A place to belong
Remember that every lie you tell becomes a song

And if the song I’m singing should disgust you
Give me just one reason I should trust you

(instrumental)

END.
Track Name: Loves Money
LOVES MONEY

In one ear and out the other
Sell your wife to save your brother
It’s no one’s fault the ship just sunk
Wet dreams, you wake up drunk

My heart is in my wallet
Anything, anything, you wanna call it
And it weighs ten pounds and doesn’t move
It love’s money but it doesn’t love you

All my cards are on the table
No longer young and able
I call your bluff and tell you twice
Evrybody, everybody has their price

My heart is in my wallet
Anything, anything you wanna call it
It hurts like hell but I see it through
I love money but I never loved you

(clacking)

Setting fire to all the churches
With each and evry single purchase
I sign my name and place my bet
To keep you bastards in my debt

My heart is in my wallet
Anything, anything, you wanna call it
It weighs ten pounds and doesn’t move
It love’s money but it doesn’t love you


END.
Track Name: Be Afraid
BE AFRIAD

Be afraid
Of the man behind the door
Or the three legged dog

Be afraid
Of the mail when it arrives
Or the victim who survives

Be afraid, be afraid
When you don’t know what to do
Be afraid, be afraid
Because I’m afraid of you

Be afraid
Of the invisible phone
Be afraid
When they leave you all alone

Be afraid
Of the newspaper
Be afraid
Of the skyscraper

I won’t be in your corner
When the
Honeymoon
Is over

Be afraid
Of the warm reception
Or the great deception
Or the grocery clerk
Or the ride to work
Orr your mom and dad
Or the dream you had

Be afraid, be afraid
When you don’t know what to do
Be afraid, be afraid
Because I’m afraid of you


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