Life is a Laugh

by Mumbling Thom

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1.
NO DAY TO SEIZE Now you wheeze When you don’t sneeze, you freeze In this morning sunny breeze Could we ease Your so-called strong disease ? We did what you please As we took our Fees, my lean Maïlyse As a Tamil who fought the Sinhalese There’s nothing that may your mind appease. As you swung from an old and high trapeze You're broken, dirt on your skinny knees We had all thought Who fell hard once Won’t fall hard twice Say to be true : A Lucky dunce Always get the lowest price You’re an old mutt that shakes filthy fleas You’re like a battle lost overseas For you, thickhead, there is no day to seize Where do you get this taste to displease ? There’s no day to seize There’s no day to seize There’s no day to seize There’s no day to seize
2.
GROW OLD TOGETHER I was in bed with my snorin’ wife When I was struck by the truth A dazzling truth, a sad-ass truth We won’t grow old together Sound the clarion, fill the fife I wasted my youth with Ruth Gloomy Bloody Cow Uncouth We won’t grow old together She had to buy a new family car For the child she’ll get one day A freckled face, a blonde son She could love more than a daughter I can’t breathe With you near me I can’t breathe With you near me Ouh ouh I can’t stand you Ouh ouh I can’t I can’t Ouh ouh I can’t stand you Ouh ouh I can’t I can’t I can’t stand you anymore I got used to hanging out in bars Filling myself with dismay Wiskey kills like a legal gun With silencer and stun And so, this guy came I didn’t know him He said : « it ain't you to blame A lack of love always maims (boys) But don’t forget where you came from. » We played beer pong and drank all night We laughed at our misfortunes But on the way back I couldn’t walk straight I fell and hit my head on the pavement
3.
THE BEST WE CAN You're right I'm wrong You're high I'm down You smile I growl and I groan You cry I'm a stone Still love me as you can Still love me as I am We try the best we can To be just fine You draw I sing You're a squaw I'm a king You're drowned I drink You stay I slink Still love you as I can Still love me as I am We try the best we can To be just fine No one is ever blamed No one is ever ashamed We know our quirks No one is ever blamed No one is ever ashamed Everything works Everything works
4.
Lonesome 03:28
WHEN YOU’RE LONESOME When you’re lonesome I sit in the street and I spy When you’re lonesome I’d like to call your name but I’m shy When you’re alone When you’re alone I sneak ‘round your place When you’re lonesome I still watch, hooked and sly When you’re lonesome I hang on to your every sigh When you’re alone When you’re alone I see you sniffin’ some lace Not just a pretty face, you look for some grace That you (seem to) seek in (the dark bounds of) an empty space I know you never pulled the ace, you never won a race What you need now is just a mad embrace When you’re lonesome Your rare smiles are so wry When you’re lonesome You cannot help but cry. When you’re alone When you’re alone I sneak ‘round your place When you’re lonesome, Babe You love only once you get high When you’re lonesome Your eyes tell your life is a dark lie When you’re alone When you’re alone I see you sniffin’ some lace Not just a pretty face, you look for some grace That you (seem to) seek in (the dark bounds of) an empty space I know you never pulled the ace, you never won a race What you need now is just a long embrace
5.
Cast Away 03:32
CAST AWAY D’you believe a man callin’ himself awake ? While he knows nothing ‘bout life’s values D’you believe in men who banished The sage who drank from the fountain, forbidden Some days I refuse any kind of civilization I dream of living on my own Castaway on an island It’s clear as day that those who seek the light Aim at leavin’ us in darkness Some lie in the shadow of a stingy sun Far from the ties that bind the needless (Some days I refuse any kind of civilization I dream of living on my own Castaway on an island Some waste their time Waitin’ to be recognized By a guide they’d feed to the crows) Some lose their lives Waitin’ to be sacrificed On the altar of their egos Come to me, walk with me We’ll build on this wasteland…
6.
Fallin' 03:19
FALLIN’ Now, you’ve gone, no mail left No matter what I’ve done, I was wrong You made me pay dearly You asked me to watch you fall I lost the one I never loved The one who always pleased Helen, I’m a toxic disease that we cannot cure easily You let me down You let me down I thought you were all mine, Babe You let me down You let me down I thought you were all mine, Babe This mockingbird has flown Now, I’m afraid to ask for the reason Why I’ll never change I’ve been slow to see I was hurting so willingly You let me down You let me down I thought you were all mine, Babe You let me down You let me down I thought you were all mine, Babe I sucked dreams and soul You’ve seen no gleam in the gloom Oh, Helen, You were fallin’ down You were fallin’ down, Babe I sucked dreams and soul You’ve seen no gleam in the gloom And I fled And I fled So I was rude Helen
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Dolfie Klaus 02:50
DOLFIE KLAUS Dolfie Klaus likes the sixties, guitars, beers and sluts He often tries to scoop up dirties and slam some butts Mostly evenin’ he’s too drowned, he waves at a fish He doesn’t recognize either a gal of a chick or a bish Jeez ! Enough ! Jeez ! Enough ! Enough is enough ! Jeez ! Enough ! Jeez ! Enough ! Enough is enough ! Jeez ! Enough ! Jeez ! Enough ! Enough is enough ! Jeez ! Enough ! Jeez ! Enough ! Enough is enough ! DK tried it on with my wife, but she shot him down So he tried it on with my sister, but she kicked this clown Then he tried it on with my neighbor, she said she’d rather clean a john He said : "I don't know your John, but let me introduce my johnson" Jeez ! Enough ! Jeez ! Enough ! Enough is enough ! Jeez ! Enough ! Jeez ! Enough ! Enough is enough ! Jeez ! Enough ! Jeez ! Enough ! Enough is enough ! Jeez ! Enough ! Jeez ! Enough ! Enough is enough ! Dolfie Klaus, I’m sick of you Yer blue bells tales make me feel so blue You, Duffy Gross, I’m tired of you Dickhead, you’re as welcome as the flu
8.
THE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER Me, I'm only a lighthouse... lighthouse keeper Locked in a lighted green glass-tower Waste all my days and all my nights Trying to catch the running time A King of Madness dreams us all up A Lord of Illusion A Crazy Genius dreams us all up A Master of Confusion Boats never float on far ... far horizon Of a silver blood red sea... There's no way out of my condition I'm just the lighthouse keeper A King of Madness dreams us all up A Lord of Illusion A Crazy Genius dreams us all up A Master of Confusion
9.
FREEDOM RIDERS (GET ON THE BUS) We defy Jim Crow Laws We call for a massive change We’re rebels with a just cause We want Fed’s rules to be rearranged Get on the bus Get on the bus We’re all Freedom riders Get on the bus Get on the bus We’re all Freedom riders Welcome on board We want to break our chains Today we refuse pain We want to free ourselves From centuries of slavery Get on the bus Get on the bus We’re all Freedom riders Get on the bus Get on the bus We’re all Freedom riders Welcome on board The Freedom Rides are dying to take you away, To take you away, to take you away On May 14, Mother's Day In Anniston, Ku Klux Klansmen Some still in Church attire Attacked the ‘Greyhound’ and slashed the tires First, as the bus burned, the mob tried to hold the doors shut Then, it took the riders, it beat them in the gut Later, Eight Klansmen did the same with the ‘Trailways’ They left the Freedom Riders semi-conscious in the back.
10.
LOVE YOUR MAN (A Good Wife’s Guide) AUNTY ANNIE & LOUISE’S MOTHER : « You will love your man… You need to keep the house clean, Louise. You will love your man… Learn to be a good cook, Louise. Well… You will love your man… Tease, Please. Be happy. Louise. Oh… You will love your man… Do not talk. He’s yer boss, Louise. » NARRATOR : She was born in Van Horn in 1941 A place that her mum did adorn Where she felt at ease Louise fell in love with a guy from downtown Married at 16 No baby yet So Aunty Annie and Mummy said : AUNTY ANNIE & LOUISE’S MOTHER : « You will love your man… Learn to be a good cook. Louise. You will love your man… You need to keep the house clean. Louise. Oh… You will love your man… Tease, Please. Be happy. Louise. Oh… You will love your man… Do not talk. He’s the boss. Louise. Louise. » « You’ve been alone You’ve been alone Too long, you shirk your obligations. Louise Have a son, Oh oh Have your son Be a good wife Be a good wife NARRATOR : As far as Louise can see (Be a good wife… Be a good wife) All her dreams have been broken, violently (Oh oh… Be a good wife… Be a good wife) As far as Louise can see All her dreams have been broken, violently . Drop the bottle Stop boozing Louise
11.
White Sage 04:03
WHITE SAGE A quiet cool morning When I whisper your name, lost dreaming As I speak to my mind I catch a slant of light…. still wandering Cleanse your soul with white sage Let It burn, let it burn They say that a sad wind’s blowing They say that a storm is brewing… that a storm is brewing Let them talk, my sweet love Don’t give up on me now. Have faith in us, Have faith in us Babe. Cleanse your soul with white sage Let It burn, slowly Is it fair to blame our days past For what we are today ?

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released November 15, 2015

Thomas "Mumbling Thom" Amacker - voice, guitars, jew's harp, percussions
Serge Morattel - guitars, bass, korg, fender rhodes, organ
Roland Soldano - drums

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