The Benefits Of A Downhill Paper Round

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released 16 December 2013
©The Ragamuffins 2013
All songs by David John Jaggs
Recorded and Mixed by The Ragamuffins at Studio Bedsit, Pennine Lancashire, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester and University of Liverpool.
Mastered by Simon Stride
Album Artwork by Paul Machin of All Machin Productions LTD, Liverpool
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Thanks to Paul & Tina, Ed, Rick, Bill, Claire and Martin and Paul

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Track Name: Shoegazing
How long
And how've you been
If actions speak louder than words then your silence is deafening

There's kids on the warpath
And pigs on the run
So gaze at your laces
Or wake up in hospital son

How cold
And how naive
I guess the future's not as colourful as everyone would have you believe

There's kids on the warpath
And pigs on the run
So gaze at your laces
Or wake up in hospital son
Track Name: Fingernails & Fairytales
Emily
You keep confusing me
You find it hard to see the wood for all the trees

You and me
Were just not meant to be
But it's so hard to find perspective on your knees

Oh Emily
You keep confusing me
You find it hard to see the way things really are
Oh Emily
You're just no good for me
Because I'm trapped between the gutter and the stars

Emily
Excuse the irony
But you said sanity was just a state of mind

Chemistry
Can help you find epiphany
To leave that god-forsaken working week behind

Oh Emily
You keep confusing me
You find it hard to see the way things really are
Oh Emily
You're just no good for me
Because I'm trapped between the gutter and the stars

And now you're chewing through your fingernails
Because this is nothing like the fairytales you read
When you were innocence personified
Your life has left you terrified
And life don't owe you nothing girl

Emily
You keep confusing me
You find it hard to see the sand for all the beach

Chemistry
Can help you find epiphany
But all your horoscopes keep slipping out of reach
Track Name: Declan, Put Your Dancing Shoes On
Declan put your dancing shoes on
Arthur grab your spade
Cos Judy's sitting pretty at the top of the hit parade

Ronald's looking nervous
With a glass of diet Coke
He was asked to share a memory
But thought "is this some sort of joke?"

Here we go again
You're changing history completely
It's a mystery how you lot ran the world

Mark was having trouble getting back from overseas
Guess there's a family reputation for bringing countries to their knees
And Lizzy's looking pleased
At tying her colours to the mast
Well she was shaking hands with tyrants in the not-too-distant past

Here we go again
You're changing history completely
It's a mystery how you lot ran the world
Here we go again
You're changing history completely
It's a mystery how you lot ran the world

Oh decisions, decisions, decisions
You made with such arrogant precision
Wiping communities away
And as all of the dignitaries start to weep
The company that you used to keep
Says more than words could ever say

"Sir" Norman counts his lucky stars
And Bernard starts to sweat
Because cover-ups don't write themselves
And you're not off the hook just yet
So Declan, put your dancing shoes on
This dog's had her day
And George don't spare the tissues to wipe those crocodile tears away

Here we go again
You're changing history completely
It's a mystery how you lot ran the world
Here we go again
You're changing history completely
It's a mystery how you lot ran the world
Track Name: Eleven In The Afternoon
Well it's half past ten and I've not stopped to think
'Cos it's hard to keep your eyes shut
When your mind's been on the blink
And the news is full of grim predictions
Science fiction
And pop-star secret drug prescriptions
To help you chase those miracles away

Woah, woah, woah

You're a little bit older
Wiser than you thought
But that's no surprise
You're older, wiser than you felt before
And you're not sure
How much of this that you can take
The best mistakes are the ones that you're yet to make
Aim for the stars and hit the moon
'Cos it's eleven in the afternoon

It was twelve-fifteen when I rolled out of bed
But I had to take the chance
To rest my weary little head
And I'm sick to death of patronising
Socialising
Wolf-in-sheep's-clothes advertising
Psychopaths who've pissed it all away

Woah, woah, woah

You're a little bit older
Wiser than you thought
But that's no surprise
You're older, wiser than you felt before
And you're not sure
How much of this that you can take
The best mistakes are the ones that you're yet to make
Aim for the stars and hit the moon
'Cos it's eleven in the afternoon
Track Name: Something To Shout About
Oh girl
You're feeling under the weather
You've got ideas above your TV station
Bags of teenage desperation
But oh, it's getting harder to find you
And now the chips are down
The dice are loaded
You take your gin
With Coca Cola

You're in
Then you're out
But it's nothing much to shout about
You're in
Then you're out
But it's nothing much to shout about
Nothing much to shout about at all

Oh girl
You said you're good for whatever
You've done your best to really turn the corner
Take a trip to somewhere slightly warmer
But I don't think that you're trying so hard
You'll make another hollow, empty gesture
To emphasise the mess you think...

You're in
Then you're out
But it's nothing much to shout about
You're in
Then you're out
But it's nothing much to shout about
Nothing much to shout about at all