The Learning Curve

by ManOrMouse?

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released March 6, 2010

all tracks written by Billy Mowbray
produced by Billy Mowbray and Matt Sime
recorded at Mouse Manor and Crypt Studios, London
drums: Jonathan Atkinson, Mark Richardson
bass: Ricky Barber
loud guitars: Dean Tidey
everything else: Billy Mowbray

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Track Name: Superman
Superman has the benefit
Of flying away when he fancies it
Maybe you weren't aware of it
Until he'd gone
So let it go, let it go
Let him get away
And maybe he will come back some day
To turn the tide and let you in
Track Name: Jackson
In the playground, boy so skinny
Says his mother slept with Elvis
And she hasn't been the same
Since the poor man died
In his satchel lives an angel
By the name of Saint Theresa
And a tangerine smile that he wears outside
He never laughs, he never cries

Jackson is a loser
Jackson is a tool
Jackson is a jackass
Like me and you

In the backroom he was everybody's nobody
Farrah slacks, crazy shoes,
Smelled of sandwiches on Tuesdays
And danced like a scorpion in a ring of fire
Tragic mix of fat lips, orange whips, epileptic fits
In the bible it says that God is the right thing
Man is the bad thing
Jesus Christ the go between
Do unto others as you'd do to yourself
But the truth is, school's a hard place to lose
And Jackson knew he was doomed
But he never flinched
He never lied

Jackson is a loser
Jackson is a tool
Jackson is a jackass, like me and you

Sunshine
Track Name: Alive
Somebody once told you
Your head is full of monsters
You trust them at your peril
The best that you can do is to run away
As fast as you can go

It doesn't matter what you've been thinking
It doesn't matter what you've been going through
I know
You're just keeping the dead alive
Keeping the dead alive

Villains used to tell me
I'll never amount to nothing
I'll only end up hurting myself
I can't predict the future and anyway
What the hell am I trying to prove?

It doesn't matter what you've been feeling
It doesn't matter what you've been going through
I know
We're just keeping the dead alive
Keeping the dead alive

Nobody believes you
Those monsters are so beautiful
You trust them 'cause you need them
The only thing to do is to run to them
Just as fast as you can go
Track Name: She Rules
She's got blood on her platforms
She's got mud on her face
She puts the heat in where the sun don't shine
She's turning sugar daddies sour
She's got a chip on her shoulder
She's got a samurai sword
She's gonna cut you like a superhero
She's gonna take on the whole world

She rules
Rules my world

She takes me out to a Japanese movie
Ai No Korida and Korrida knows me
Wears her hair tied up like Princess Leia
And a see-through Biba blouse from '73
And driving back to her mansion
She puts her foot through the floor
She's on a mission from an alien nation
She's fighting intergalactic war

She rules
Rules my world

She is elusive, she is skill
She lives by the rules of kill or be killed
And I am with her coast to coast
Like the long shadow of a ghost

She rules
Rules my world
Track Name: Waterfalls
It was like I had been
Four thousand rounds with a guilty Messiah
Taking it out on me
It was like I could feel
Nothing but crystals of bitterness
Filling the space where I knew that my heart should have been
It was like seeing gold
Winking from cold and dangerous waters
And I'd lost the will to swim

And it was like I was slipping down waterfalls
It was like I was plunging down waterfalls
Before it happened to me

It was such a strange sound
It was the brave beating of the drum
By a manchild wracked with doubt and disease
It was so loud
Like the ear-thrashing metal glory of Yngwie J Malmsteen
Busting kidneys with his terrible ease
It was like a new day
The sun came out and the clouds disappeared
As I drifted down that beautiful breaze
Straight into your loving arms

And it was like I was drinking from waterfalls
It was like I was guzzling down waterfalls
It was like I was deafened by waterfalls
When it happened to me
Track Name: September Rains
It's a crying shame we feel the same
You know I'd do anything to make it easier for you
'Cause there's no one to blame
It's just the way that it crumbles
Cookies in the desert heat, we took a tumble
Now there's nothing to show but dust
Tractors in the yard eaten up by rust

Bring on September Rains
Bring on September Rains
Fall on my hands again
Flush the sorrow from her beautiful face
There's nothing so sad, nothing so hard
Nothing like sliding back down the learning curve

There's a weather man crying on TV
Hasn't been a summer this dry in living memory
The farmers are beat, the harvest is lost
They're selling up and moving out but what a cost
When you've done all that you possibly can
To let it all go to another man

Bring on September Rains
Bring on September Rains
Fall on my hands again
Flush the sorrow from this beautiful place
There's nothing so sad, nothing so hard
Nothing like sliding back down the learning curve
Track Name: Devil In Disguise
(Instrumental)
Track Name: Do Or Die
Evidently you are not alone
With the voices in your head keeping you company
Evidently you're the heir to a throne
In a kingdom somewhere West of insanity

We do or we die
Take our places on the ladder up to the stars
But the harder we try
The clearer that we see Man was never
Meant to live on Mars

Evidently you've been taking a chance
But dancing with the devil
Only gets you into trouble with security
You take your number when they send you down
The dumbest mother in the whole damn penitentiary

We do or we die
Take our places on the ladder up to the stars
But the harder we try
The clearer that we see Man was never
Meant to live on Mars

Evidently you've got nothing at all
But that's the way you like it
Watch the comeback kid
Drag himself up off the floor
This is godless holy war

We do or we die
Take our places on the ladder up to the stars
But the harder we try
The clearer that we see Man was never
Meant to live on Mars
Track Name: Ethel And Maud
Ethel was a creature who could out-run any man
She was a credit to her own company
She sent out all the wrong messages
She lit the camp fires, burned the bridges
And shot herself at the battle of wounded knee
Thursdays she would peak outside the curtain,
Look around and say hello to some young man
Just to keep on hurting
Ethel was a creature 'bout as lovely as can be
Ethel was an island in the sea

Maud the magic mermaid she got tired of getting stoned
In a luckless dive down in the depths of Tennessee
She saddled up her pickup truck
She spent the night with the local buck
And in the morning headed out towards the sea
On the way she stopped to give a lift to some poor girl
Who tried to smile
Even while the tears rolled down her cheeks
Maud the magic mermaid's going to dry out in the sun
Ethel might as well come along

They talk about boys, boys, boys, boys, boys
Ethel starts to thinking
That Maud should keep on drinking
'Cause she's the wisest sounding woman in the world
So she climbs into the backseat
She says, 'I'm glad we met,' and falls asleep

Driving through the desert night
Maud swings into a purple light
That emanates from deep in Ethel's breast
A dinghy floating on the tide
A mother singing to her child
A lullaby so soft it'd break your heart
And on the road a passer by
Would swear he didn't believe his eyes
A glowing pick-up racing through the sky

Maud the magic mermaid's going to dry out in the sun
Ethel might as well come along
Maud the magic mermaid's going to dry out in the sun
Ethel might as well come along

Come along now
Track Name: Time Stands Still
If you have a point of view
Kindly share it with the class
I’ve been spinning in circles
Hoping to find my way through this long grass
If you’ve got the time to kill
I could murder an hour, a second, a moment
Anything to release me,
To despatch me from this endless night

Time stands still
Time stands still
When I think about you
It makes me sadder still

You’ve got the magic touch my friend
Can you make me disappear?
Then bring me back as plastic flowers
Watch how the faces lift
When you pluck me from thin air
There’s damage in your eyes, my friend
I can see we’ll get along
I want to be your punch-bag
I want to be anything to anyone

Time stands still
Time stands still
When I think about you
It makes me sadder still
Time stands still
Time stands still
When I think about you
It makes me sadder still

What the eyes do not see
The body cannot feel
While the eyes still believe
The body cannot heal
Track Name: Mahalia
It's 22 left turns to her door
She's barricaded all of the short cuts
She doesn't want to play any more
Pulling bad magicians out of rabbit holes

Mahalia
Mahalia

And out of the sun comes a dead-eyed dick
To play her with his bow and arrow
Too much candy's going to make a girl sick
Now she's reading fortunes in a traveling show

Mahalia
Mahalia

Oh, what am I going to do?
What am I going to do?

Mahalia
Track Name: Lost Myself
We don't even fight anymore
It's keeping me up at night
You used to pull a gun up to my head
And why d'you wear that old night gown?
What have you got to hide?
All the light has vanished from your eyes

Oo oo oo, I lost myself
Oo oo oo
Oo oo oo, don't blame yourself anymore

What's the point of being wrong
When somebody else takes the blame?
And where d'you learn to punish me so well?

Oo oo oo, I lost myself
Oo oo oo
Oo oo oo, don't blame yourself anymore

I lost myself
I lost myself