Irony Curtain

by The Ragamuffins

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'Irony Curtain' is the Ragamuffins' newest record, and their most ambitious to date. Rooted in the sounds that have come to define their corner of the United Kingdom, the band have stitched together a record of love, loss and life on the dole in Coalition Britain - recession rock you can dance to, if you will.

NOTE: Tracks 10-15 segue into each other to form a 'medley' that closes the album; unfortunately, due to the way Bandcamp works, if you're streaming the album online there's a slight gap at the beginning of each song. Sorry! We've checked, and this isn't an issue with the downloads; it all sounds as it should.

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released 07 May 2012

© The Ragamuffins 2012
All songs by David Jaggs
Recorded by the Ragamuffins at Studio Bedsit, Pennine Lancashire
Produced by David Jaggs
Mixed and mastered by Joshua Raven
Album Artwork by James Darlington-Brown and David Jaggs
Additional artwork by Richard Brunning

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Track Name: Generosity Killed The Fat Cats
Generosity killed the fat cats
Curiosity takes the blame
The press coverage takes the biscuit again and again and again 
Generosity takes a life time
I heard charity starts today
We all dream about winning a fortune and blowing it all away

So are you working hard or hardly working, working hard or hardly working
Working hard or hardly working at all?

Generosity killed the fat cats
The prime minister swiped the cream
In a move reminiscent of previous tyrannical regimes
Generosity killed the fat cats
They keep trying to go out in style
To leave most of the rest of the country to wake up with Jeremy Kyle

So are you working hard or hardly working, working hard or hardly working
Working hard or hardly working at all - all?

I've been trying to write an epitaph
That makes you smile and makes you laugh
And makes you think but make you think much better
Track Name: Don't Love Too Much
What do you do when all the lights go out
And what do you talk about
To drive me up the wall

I'll take you to heart then I'll take you to anywhere
So what in the world are we doing here
If there's nothing between us after all

Don't waste your hopes and fears
If it's all going to end in tears
Don't waste your hopes and fears
And just don't (don't don't don't don't) don't love too much

Don't love too much

You told me that honest to God you were heaven sent
But we fell in love by accident
And not by the work of higher powers

From the moment we met in the back of the ambulance
To the times when I begged for a second chance
It's been polythene kisses, cellophane cuddles and paper flowers

Don't waste your hopes and fears
If it's all going to end in tears
Don't waste your hopes and fears
And just don't (don't don't don't don't) don't love too much

Don't love too much
Track Name: Whatever Happened To The Common Decency Of Lying?
Another night spent working on my TV tan lines
Cos you could make rejection an Olympic past-time
You don’t tell me lies the way you used to, baby
And that just leaves me hanging on and on and on and on….

And you got told that slow and steady wins you races
But you go slow and steady in unusual places
You don’t tell me lies with any real conviction
And that just leaves me hanging on and on and on and on

Yeah you cheat
And you lie
But you don’t know how to say goodbye
Yeah you cheat
And you lie
And the truth hurts even more

So why’d you try and wear your halo far too tightly
Cos butter wouldn’t melt when you act that politely
You control the truth to suit your own agenda
And that just keeps me hanging on and on and on and on
Track Name: Home From Home
Staring at the milky way
Wondering what happened to yesterday
Well if you're not listening then I won't open my eyes

And the sentiment's just not there
When we're stranded in the middle of God knows where
With the odd rogue satellite using the clouds for disguise
All the stars looked better with moonbeams and glitter to spare
I'm not bitter I'm just not walking on air

I've never felt so home from home from home
I've never felt so home from home from home
I've never felt so home from home from home
I've never felt so home from home from home

There's nothing left but gravity to keep us here
I never knew a feeling could be so sincere
Till you insisted on crossing your fingers with every word
All the stars looked better with moonbeams and glitter to spare
I'm not bitter I'm just not walking on air

I've never felt so home from home from home
I've never felt so home from home from home
It only took a week to burn down Rome
I've never felt so home from home from home

So set sail for sentimental seas
I might miss the comfort zone but Christ I won't miss days like these!
Track Name: Elanor Fits
Eleanor’s kisses were just near misses for so long
Eleanor’s kisses were just near misses for me
It’s a long way down
If you don’t got a parachute
It’s a long way down when you’ve got so far to fall

Eleanor’s affection was out of the question for so long
Eleanor’s affection was out of the question for me
It’s a long way down
If you don’t got a parachute
It’s a long way down when you’ve got so far to fall - OH

Eleanor fits
Eleanor would
Eleanor always looked so good
Eleanor fits, but Elanor won’t be good for you!

Eleanor me, Eleanor you, Eleanor no-one else can do
The things you do to make me feel the way I do

Eleanor recently I’ve been increasingly thinking about maybe getting together
We’ve waited forever, I can’t get you out of my head
Eleanor instantly you were convincing me over and over again
I was under the weather but you got me ruffling feathers instead

Eleanor fits
Eleanor would
Eleanor always looked so good
Eleanor fits, but Elanor won’t be good for you!

So where do we go from here?
It’s gonna take plenty of time to grieve
Cos I can’t breathe
When all I dream about is you...
Track Name: Halfway Between Prada And Primark
Bet your bottom dollar she’s with someone now
Lighting up the day as only she knows how
She’s counting flowers from off the ceiling cos in truth she feels a little bit bored
Nothing lasts forever so the story goes
You tried to move away she nearly broke your nose
It helped you understand the feelings she was feeling from your hospital ward

I said there’s gotta be something more to life than her
I said there’s gotta be something more to life than Prada bags and Grazia
There’s gotta be something more to life than her
But you ain’t found nothing yet….

Every time you see her out there’s someone new
Trying to figure out a way to run her through
Maybe a line or two for practice cos without it she’s a little bit bored
You just stand there starry-eyed in disbelief
You’re waiting for the words to choke upon your teeth
She’s pulling dirty little disco shapes in dresses that you’d never afford

I said there’s gotta be something more to life than her
I said there’s gotta be something more to life than Prada bags and Grazia
There’s gotta be something more to life than her
But you ain’t found nothing yet….

She don’t believe in the things she’s done
Her heart’s as cold as the midnight sun
She’s gotten icicles weighing her eyelids down completely
Icicles weighing her eyelids down to sleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep...!
Track Name: Let You Down
It feels like every time we touch
You try and open up your heart a bit too much
Cos this ain’t the end of the story, it’s the end of a difficult chapter
And I hope that you’re my happy ever after

So don’t take your love to town
She’ll only go and let you down
Don’t take your love to town at all
Yeah don’t take your love to town
She’ll only go and let you down
But darling I can’t wait for you to fall

It feels like every time we kiss
You give me something, something else to miss
Now it seems you’re dead before your head can hit the pillow case
Despite the beaming smile across your face
Track Name: Just Use Your Hands, Elvis
Guilt-free living: What a simple decision to make
I'm getting tired of pleading innocence to cover up my honest mistakes

You put the sin into cynical
I'm always willing to learn
You might have rivers to cross over but I've plenty of bridges to burn

Just use your hands
And you can make everything better
Just use your hands
You've really nothing to lose
I’ve never been to the summit but your credit's 'bout to plummet
It's a good day to bury bad, bury bad, bury bad, bury bad news

Digital memories if you're after an hour to waste
I know the ones at the back of my mind were that easy to face

You keep on chasing the horizon, 
I'll keep on toeing the line
You can't keep trying to turn the clock back just because you're running out of time

Just use your hands
And you can make everything better
Just use your hands
You've really nothing to lose
I've never been to the summit but you're credit's 'bout to plummet
It's a good day to bury bad, bury bad, bury bad, bury bad news
Track Name: Fish And Chips
Oh London Bridge is falling down
And Wall Street’s gone delirious
The bankers on Canary Wharf have never looked so serious
I wrapped myself in cotton wool
To save me needing bandages
And Mother Nature’s on the social
Don’t know how she manages

With all this money going down the swanny
Yeah all your money’s gone down the swanny
But all my money’s gone down the swanny too

And a lifetime’s worth of liquorice allsorts
Flying saucers, sherbert dips
Are nothing in comparison to what she wears upon her lips
I could use a few of Alan Sugar’s oh so famous money-making tips
‘Cause the Monday morning papers wrap up Friday evening tea-time’s Fish & Chips

Oh there ain’t no use In slowin’ down
You’ve got to keep momentum up
I overdosed on Fairy Liquid
From under-rinsing coffee cups
I’ll steal a boat, and plot a course
From Merseyside to Mozambique
And hope that when I get there
The financial situation’s not so bleak

With all this money going down the swanny
Yeah all your money’s gone down the swanny
But all my money’s gone down the swanny too

And a lifetime’s worth of liquorice allsorts
Flying saucers, sherbert dips
Are nothing in comparison to what she wears upon her lips
I could use a few of Alan Sugar’s oh so famous money-making tips
‘Cause the Monday morning papers wrap up Friday evening tea-time’s Fish & Chips
Track Name: Out With The In Crowd
I didn't wanna go out with the in crowd
Out with the in crowd
Didn't wanna go out with the in crowd
Out with the in crowd
I never wanna go out with the in crowd
Out with the in crowd
Don't wanna go out with the in crowd woooaaaahhh…
Track Name: Glue
I'm in a mess
I wanna un-cross my heart 
So I guess it never comes true
Cos nothing seems perfect after you

And i'm at a loss, I'm counting the cost 
Of expressing conflicting
Points of view
Cos nothing seems perfect after you

You, were the glue that held my bones together
You, had the makings of my patron saint
You, were the glue that held my bones together
You, you and me together's going to  have to wait 
Track Name: Vampires At Heart
You were everything I needed 
At the age of seventeen
But now it's east Pacific sunsets, 
Instead of Transylvanian rock n roll dreams

Then as the stakes get high your dreams get blown away
And now it feels as if there's nothing left to say
And as the twilight of your youth approaches fast I know we are
Just vampires at heart
Track Name: Dr Ronald
Dr Ronald's on the NHS
Been there a while but can't get used to the stress
Dr. Ron's (been) going out on a limb for a while
Dr. Ronald's at the top of her field
There's no diseases that she won't get healed
Dr. Ronald's (been) going out on a limb for a while
Dr Ron(lad's) been on the verge of collapse for a while
Dr. Ronald's on the brink of crazy
Injecting knitting needles into jelly babies
Dr. Ron's (been) going out on a limb for a while

(Woo woo)
Dr. Ronald's going to be (gonna be) sleeping with the fishes
Dr. Ronald's going to be sleeping with the fishes
Dr. Ronald's going to be sleeping with the fishes tonight

Dr Ronald's on the NHS
Been there a while but can't get used to the stress
Dr. Ron's (been) going out on a limb for a while

(Woo woo)
Dr. Ronald's going to be sleeping with the fishes
Dr. Ronald's going to be sleeping with the fishes
Dr. Ronald's going to be sleeping with the fishes tonight
Track Name: Different People
We were different people then
And the world was our oyster
Now we don't have a choice to make
Just another bitter pill to swallow
I'm trying not to reminisce
But we can seal it with a kiss 'till tomorrow

We were different people then
When the world was our oyster
Now we don't have a choice to make
Just another bitter pill to swallow
I'm trying not to reminisce
But just be careful what you wish for next...
Track Name: Out With The In Crowd (Reprise)
I didn't wanna go out with the in crowd…
Out with the in crowd
Didn't wanna go out with the in crowd
Out with the in crowd
I never wanna go out with the in crowd
Out with the in crowd
Don't wanna go out with the in crowd woooaaaahhh…

You never knew me before,
A fact you hardly disguised
But now I guess you're just another mother with a glint in her eye
It's hard to hide your disappointment when the fly's been in the ointment a while
You'd sneak a cheeky ciggie at the back of the bus
But ain't that what a regional celebrity does?
You're going out with the in crowd, ow-ow-ow-ow-ow-ow-ow-ow out….