awkwardsville

awkwardsville

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Mattress (fetters)

I was an actor, and she was an actress
love did not hesitate, love needs no mattress

I was excited, she was easily bored
our coming together was a double-edged sword

I got what I wanted, now I can't give it away
yeah, she likes to see me grovel, she loves to hear me pray

And life's so sad it's funny, God looks down and laughs
at a sad little monkey, takin' out the trash

(Chorus)
I waited for my ship to come in, until I passed out on the beach
and dreamed the one true love in my life would stay beyond my reach and even though I tried so hard, I felt my heart might burst
I gave it everything I had, but someone else got there first

She plays guitar so awful like the singer for the Breeders
but I tell her she's good 'cause someday I'm gonna need her

She says, "Don't ever change, stay the same, Daddy-o
yeah, the faster you move, the slower I'll go."

When will the nightmare end? I want this dream to stop
I hate the way I feel but I like the girl a lot

I pounded on that door so hard, I knew she was gonna let me in
but when the Devil answered he said, "Brother, where you been?"

(Chorus)

I was an actor, she was an actress
love did not hesitate, love needs no mattress

(Solo and fade)

Prairie Dog Town (fetters)

The van don't stop in prairie dog town
we're too hip to screw around
Drive all day 'til the day is done
to Telluride to view the slum

disappear into a night so bleak
fall asleep counting creeps

(Chorus)
The van don't stop in prairie dog town
we're too hip to screw around
down in prairie dog town

I'm humiliated, then I'm paid
emasculated, then I'm laid
Deep inside I feel like a kid
gettin' spanked for something I never did

I heard a woman cry through the motel wall
this life I lead makes my skin crawl

(Chorus)

It ain't Christmas, it's Halloween
that's why these Christians act so mean

Here's a spoon, here's the raisin bran
but it's hard to eat when we tie your hands

In a world of pain, an ounce of good
but until the rules are understood...

(Chorus and fade)

Hell (arduser)

The man with the gun smiles bright
his teeth are shining in the sunlight
He's got me backed up against a tree
wonderin' what he's gonna do with me

Maybe he'll kill me
Maybe he'll just watch me sweat
he doesn't know yet...

(Chorus)
Oh, I think I've entered Hell
the bodies lie where they fell
No one asks and no one tells
but I think I've entered Hell

He makes me take off all of my clothes
strikin' me with a rubber hose
I don't make a sound, but still I cry
and stare back at him with hatred in my eyes

Maybe he'll kill me
maybe he'll just watch me sweat
he doesn't know yet...

(Chorus)

There's a million ways to die
and somehow I think this might not be my time
I just keep on staring straight ahead
at the fire that keeps the beast fed

Maybe he'll kill me
maybe he'll just watch me sweat
he doesn't know yet...

(Chorus and fade)

Bed of Nails (nyswonger)

I dreamed
a great big dream
and I tried
to make it so I had
my ducks all in a row

But they said, "Come back tomorrow," so I live from day to day
Is the man behind the curtain or a thousand miles away?

And my calendar is molting like some lonely bird of prey

(Chorus)
Won't you come and lay, lay with me on a bed of nails
and we'll spend an interesting night on a bed of nails

If I
were far from home
and you
were all alone
would you
pick up the telephone?

And tell me that you love me but you do not want me back
would you tenderly inform me that you're on a different track?

As the credits roll, the music swells, the scene dissolves to black

(Chorus)

Never dreaming what the morning will unveil...

Won't you lay beside me, dear?
Why, you're trembling in fear
I collected all your tears
won't you pour them in my ear?

I dreamed
the biggest dream
and I watched it fly away
to someplace I can never go

So I took my trusty hammer and I went to work instead
but the fruit of all my labor seems to fill your heart with dread

(Chorus and fade)

Joy and Madness (fetters)

I've never been so happy, never so in love
I must have a hundred angels watching from above
But when everything is perfect, my colors fade to black
and one hundred angels come under attack

(Chorus)
Joy and madness
slipping off the edge
Joy and madness
standing on a ledge

Staring down at the river and the pretty city lights
and the love I feel for all mankind envelopes the night
And the doors of heaven open, and I'm taken on a ride
'til I notice the gargoyle grinning at my side

(Chorus)

Gone is my hope for eternity
Gone is my greed for security
And gone is the drone of consistency
joy and madness...

I leap before I look, and I'm lifted in the sky
I have everything I ever wanted, and I don't have to try
My life becomes so easy, I wear a stupid grin
waiting for the train to take me back to hell again

(Chorus and fade)

Lucky Me (fetters)

Baby, baby
the world is crazy
who's gonna save me from myself?

You can take me
recreate me
rattle and shake me, I'm your man

Nothing in my life turned out the way I planned it
but that don't make it bad, it's just that I don't understand it

(Chorus)
Lucky me, lucky me, my true love left me
Lucky me, lucky me, someone better came along

I thought that I was doomed, but the emptiness made room
Lucky me, lucky me, lucky me, my dream did not come true

Sad and lonely
the good die young, don't they?
That leaves only you and me

If I don't last long
you'll have this song
to remember when we kissed off Babylon, and I loved you

Nothing in my life turned out the way I planned it, but that don't make it bad, it's just that I don't understand it

(Chorus and fade)

When There's Rain (arduser)

I try to lose myself, but I always end up found
I scream myself to sleep, 'cause I love to hear that sound

(Chorus)
When there's rain
(I don't hide)
When there's rain
(I stay outside)
When there's rain

So you've been mistreated, like everyone else on this earth
Why keep it inside, and play it up for all it's worth?

(Chorus)

Somebody's gone forever, there're so many things you didn't say
the seance won't work and will never, some debts just cannot be paid

I try to lose myself but I always end up found, I scream myself to sleep 'cause I love to hear that sound

(Chorus and fade)

More To Life (nyswonger)

She was born and raised a small town girl
Mom and Daddy ran the country store
TV told her of another world
her mind was reeling as she swept the floor

She dreamed of golden cities far away
famous people she would meet someday
She had to hurry through her final chores
wrote in magic marker on the door

(Chorus)
There's gotta be more
There's gotta be more
There's gotta be more to life than this

He was born into a wealthy home
never had to want for anything
Graduated from the Ivy League
bought the right girl a big diamond ring

Moved to a big house on the edge of town
worked overtime to pay the mortgage down
Tried making love to his reluctant bride
but could not fill the emptiness inside

(Chorus)

Who is driving when we're driven?
How'd we get that way?

Everybody's got a bone to pick
someone's always gotta mind the store
Someday everyone will call in sick
can't justify the heartache anymore

Another battle with a private vice
another virgin to the sacrifice
Where is it written in the master plan
one winner and a flock of also-rans?

(Chorus and fade)

Moaner (fetters)

He was an Anglican priest
and she's a Catholic nun
they like to play a little euchre
when the long day is done

It's a celibate scene
they share a bowl of ice cream
but then the air starts to hum...

(Chorus)
She's a moaner, a moaner
she's a moaner, don't ask me how I know

She's a barefoot hippie, with an operatic voice
he's a horny Mennonite who lost the power of choice
Blessed are the meek, but it's been over a week
and now his palms get moist...

(Chorus)

She's the President's wife, and though we've never met
Once I saw her get angry
something I'll never forget
Maybe it's only a dream, and I don't wanna be mean
but I'd be willing to bet...

(Chorus and fade)

Human Bean (arduser)

It's a sad disgrace
when the leader of our country embraces a goddamned lie

It's a cold day in hell
when anyone admits that they're wrong
All I want is for someone to look me in the eye

It's gonna be a long, long time
before we'll know what any of all this means
Our minds weren't built for all the information received

Wish I had some insight, but I'm just a human bean

(Chorus)
His t-shirt said, "Life's a bitch, then you die"
But his face didn't believe it, and neither did I

A thousand proclamations won't bring back the lost word
no rotten politician's gonna put me in the herd

If the garbage inside people's minds could be seen
The streets of New York wouldn't look like anything

Wish I had some courage, but I'm just a human bean
Wish I had some courage, but I'm just a human bean

(Chorus and fade)

Playing Dead (fetters)

This song ain't got no meaning
and my life ain't got no plot
once upon a time, I was clever
but this time I'm not

I know a very rotten person
I know a mean little girl
I think she's gonna live forever
she was made for this world

And we went stomping through the ruins
as she was making snide remarks
I hadn't slept in 48 hours I looked at her, she looked like a shark

And then the Devil appeared, and I knew my time was up
Hypnotized staring into the headlights, nothing left to corrupt

(Chorus)
I'd start a revolution, if I could just get out of bed
But why add to the confusion?
Everything is better if I just keep on playing dead

I left my brain in Colorado
I left my balls in old Detroit
I left my future in Athens, Ohio
back when I still had a choice

I wrote a letter to my parents
said, "I'm a mess, and I wanna come home"
But my mother disappeared like Salvador Dali, and now I'm on my own

At mile 23 of a 26 mile foot race, I had to make a judgement call
Is it really worth the blisters? That's when I started to crawl

And then my angels appeared, and I knew my time was up
Hypnotized staring into the Great White Light
Wish I could bottle this stuff!

(Chorus)

What's my life about?
Is it really about money?
No one has enough, even in the land of milk and honey

You want some of mine?
So rob me 'til I'm blind
Reap all that I sow
And I'll just let it go

Before you start to shoot, I'd like to say
"Gee, that's a nice 3-piece suit!"
And do you want my coat
and all the songs I ever wrote?

You have an honest face
but you're a member of the human race
so let's cut to the chase
and hold my hand while we both fall from grace

(Chorus)

This song ain't got no meaning
and my life ain't got no plot
once upon a time, I was clever
but this time I'm not

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