Foxes & Newshounds: The "Telling Tales" & "The Benefits Of A Downhill Paper Round" EPs

by The Ragamuffins

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released May 11, 2015

Artwork by James Darlington-Brown, David John Jaggs and Rick Fifield at Jenny Press, Clitheroe

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Track Name: Telling Tales
Pictures paint a thousand words and honey your face paints a picture
Just 'cos I don't call that much it doesn't mean that I don't miss you
Time can't steal a march on how you iron out my imperfections
But day by day I kick myself for never showing you more affection

It was you, it was me
Oh! We were everything we wanted to be
Anything we wanted to be
It was you, it was me
Oh! Yeah were anything we wanted to be
And everything we wanted to be!

I'm not sorry, you're not either
Sick to death of disco fever
I'm not sorry, you're not either
But step by step we're falling worlds apart

Patience is a virtue but I couldn't bear to wait forever
My head's too full of holding thoughts to keep the both of us together
I'm trapped between the shades of grey I guess I'll have to take my chances
Cos "Little Lucy" can't compete against your paperback romances

It was you, it was me
Oh! We were everything we wanted to be
Anything we wanted to be
It was you, it was me
Oh! Yeah were anything we wanted to be
And everything we wanted to be!

I'm not sorry, you're not either
Sick to death of disco fever
I'm not sorry, you're not either
But step by step we're falling worlds apart
Track Name: Acting Clever
Everybody’s saying it’s a matter of time
I keep on holding my nerve but I don’t know if you’re mine
Oh everybody’s saying it’s a matter of time
I keep on holding my nerve but I don’t know if you’re mine

But I don’t wanna wait forever
Chasing rainbows, acting clever
Yeah I don’t wanna wait forever
What’s the use in hanging on a fall

Everybody’s talking like it’s a matter of fact
But I don’t care where you’re from, cos that don’t change where you’re at
Everybody’s talking like it’s a matter of fact
But I don’t care where you’re from, cos that don’t change where you’re at

But I don’t wanna wait forever
Chasing rainbows, acting clever
Yeah I don’t wanna wait forever
What’s the use in hanging on a fall

Take out the last pin holding this in place
If we can’t keep pro-pro-promises then why do we
Make them in the first place (it’s such a waste)
And I watched you fall from the highest storey
You’re not the answer you’re part of the worry
Keep yourself outstretched here before me
If you could only look to see you’d see my arms wide open
But you kept pushing me, p-p-p-pushing me away, oh

But I don’t wanna wait forever
Chasing rainbows, acting clever
Yeah I don’t wanna wait forever
What’s the use in hanging on
What’s the use in hanging on
What’s the use in hanging on a fall
Track Name: It Never Rains On Mossley Hill
It’s a never ending struggle when you’re planning your escape
When you keep yourself together using paper clips and sellotape
Alright
Is this alright?
Is this alright?

You could use a change of scenery but you’d settle for a change of heart
Where the mountain ranges sound like different stages out of Mario Kart
Alright
Is this alright?

Just take me please
Where the future’s not so monochrome
Please
From the council flats and stately homesa
Please
‘Cause I’ve worked my sticky fingers to the bone
Is this alright?
Is this alright?
Is this alright?
Is this alright?

I can act a little vicious when there’s this much time to kill
And I’m not so superstitious but it never seems to rain on Mossley Hill
Is this alright?

Just take me please
Where the future’s not so monochrome
Please
From the council flats and stately homesa
Please
‘Cause I’ve worked my sticky fingers to the bone
Is this alright?
Is this alright?
Is this alright?
Is this alright?
Track Name: Paint By Numbers
1-2-3-woo!

Do you wish you had a memory like a fish in a sieve?
Because you've been forgetting her for so long
It's hard to pick and choose what other people believe
When you feel like you're a nothing to no-one

Yeah you've tried, and you've failed
Yeah you've tried, and you've failed all over again

I've got a problem that's mathematically false
Because it feels like she's the only solution
There ain't no consolation found in anyone else
And it's ruining your good reputation

Yeah you've crashed, and you've burned
Yeah you've crashed, and you've burned all over again

And now everybody knows, because she's everybody's girl
She doesn't want to fall in love, she's only trying to change your world

And now everybody knows, because she's everybody's girl
She doesn't want to fall in love, she's only trying to change your world...

Do you wish you had a memory like a fish in a sieve?
Because you've been forgetting her for so long
It's hard to pick and choose what other people believe
When you feel like you're a nothing to no-one

And now everybody knows, because she's everybody's girl
She doesn't want to fall in love, she's only trying to change your world...

And now everybody knows, because she's everybody's girl
She doesn't want to fall in love, she's only trying to change your world...
Track Name: Wishful Thinking
You've done your worst now take the rest
And kickstart a heartbeat in my chest
'Cause I just can't bear to fail the acid test
Oh ah, just do what you do best

You've turned out starlight on request
And then got your sunbeams repossessed
But I just can't bear to fail the acid test
Oh ah, just do what you do best

And baby (oo-ooo-oo)
Where are you? (oo-ooo-oo)
How come you're never here to catch me when I fall
It's like you never even notice I exist at all
And wishful thinking never gets us nowhere fast

And baby (oo-ooo-oo)
Where are you? (oo-ooo-oo)
How come you're never here to catch me when I fall
It's like you never even notice I exist at all
And wishful thinking never gets us nowhere fast at all
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