THE FUTURE IS WORSE THAN THE PAST


T H E W O R D S
All compositions by R. Stevie Moore,
unless otherwise bloated.
01. Found A Job
(David Byrne)

Damn that television
What a bad picture
Don't get upset
It's not a major disaster

There's nothing on tonight, she said
I don't know what's the matter
Nothing's ever on, he said
So I don't know why you bother

We've heard this little scene
We've heard it many times
Fighting over little things
And wasting precious time

They might be better off, I think
The way it seems to me
Making up their own shows
Which might be better than T.V.

Stevie's in the bedroom
Inventing situations
Krys is on the street today
Scouting out locations
They've enlisted all their family
They've enlisted all their friends
It helped saved their relationship
And made it work again

Their show gets real high ratings
They think they have a hit
There might even be a spinoff
But they're not sure about that

If they ever watch T.V. again
It'll be too soon for them
Krys never yells about the picture now
She's having too much fun

Stevie's in the front room
Creating complications
Krys is on the rag again
She's pouting at relations
They've enlisted David's family
They've enlisted Tina's friends
It helped save their relationship
And made it work again

So think about this little scene
Apply it to your life
If your work isn't what you love
Then something isn't right

Just think of Krys and Stevie
They're happy as can be
Inventing situations
Putting them on MTV

Judy Judy McGraph
Protecting her big fortune
Kurdt Loater's on the street again
Rejecting every portion
They've enlisted Kennedy
They've enlisted Nixon, too
It helped save their investments
And let them fuck you, Hit it!

Yes yes yes yes yes yes
Hey hey hey hey hey
Yeah yeah yeah yeah


02. Misplacement

I couldn't find what I was looking for
Cause the employees in the dining area
Had changed the room
What was I to do?
I had my orders to locate you

It didn't matter that it took up time
Cause the personnel director
Says that everybody is cool
As long as I stayed busy I'd search for you
Where'd they put you?

Misplacement
Where you hiding now
Misplacement
Have you seen Pow Wow?

Oh what a mess, what a fucked up day
When the assistant manager insists
I don't deserve a lunch hour
It's so important to the company, so I plea

I can't decide where to look for her
Cause she could be in one of
Hundreds of hiding places
Please sir, give me a break cause
I am trying so hard

Now you see what you are doing
To wreck my job?
You give me no choice, but to resign
What else can I do, cause
The money's no good, I'm exhausted

Little girl, you're gonna get it next time
I see you kissing the boss's ass
It's not fair, I was so dedicated to work hard
You blew it for me

1978 Spunky Monkey Music (ascap)


03. Everyone, But Everyone

She is the girl
Everyone, but everyone
Is talking about
She is the girl
Everyone, but everyone
Is talking about

My girl, your girl, his girl

Good girl, bad girl, nice girl

New girl, old girl, next girl

Big girl, small girl, sick girl

This girl, that girl, which girl?

1986 Spunky Monkey Music (ascap)


04. Where We Are Right Now
(Olsiewicz/Moore)

It's a surging notion playing
Where we are right now
No use dwelling on the past of
Where we are right now
Simply be as it was, as if
Now was the only point that mattered

Time has played a hand in being
Where we are right now
Fate we move into forward motion
Where we are right now

"so much for melody!
and now, segregate the simple sexes!"
"how many sexes are there?"
"2"
"it's not enough, i say!"

It's a surging notion playing
Where we are right now
The essence of it all beckons a happy glow
Where we are right now
To let the mind simply be
As if now was the only point that mattered

1996 Spunky Monkey Music (ascap)


05. Academy Fight Song
(Clint Conley)

Walking to my room
Ask me jerky questions
Don't mean what you say
Immaculate protection

Play by all the rules
So close to the chest
Show that all's not lost
And this is not a waste

Stay just as far from me as me from you
Make sure that you are sure of everything I do
'Cause I'm not, not, not, not, not, not, not, not
Your academy
Your academy

The halls smell like piss
The rooms are underlit
Still it must be nice
You're such a perfect fit
What's that I hear?
The sound of marching feet
It has a strange allure
It has a strange...allure

Maybe you're right
I shouldn't judge
What's wrong or right
This is too much
I'm not judging you
I'm judging me
And my academy
Your academy
My academy
Your academy


06. Oh Baby Baby Baby

Oh baby baby baby

1978 Spunky Monkey Music (ascap)


07. Rose Garden
(Joe South)

I beg your pardon
I never promised you a rose garden
Along with the sunshine
there's gotta be a little rain sometime
When you take you gotta give
so live and let live and let go oh oh oh oh
I beg your pardon
I never promised you a rose garden

I could promise you things like big diamond rings
But you don't find roses growin' on stalks of clover
So you better think it over
Well, if sweet talking you could make it come true
I would give you the world right now on a silver platter
But what would it matter
So smile for a while and let's be jolly
Love shouldn't be so melancholy
Come along and share the good times while we can

I beg your pardon
I never promised you a rose garden
Along with the sunshine
There's gotta be a little rain sometime
I beg your pardon
I never promised you a rose garden

I could sing you a tune and promise you the moon
But if that's what it takes to hold you I'd just as soon let you go
But there's one thing I want you to know
You'd better look before you leap, still waters run deep
And there won't always be someone there to pull you out
And you know what I'm talking about
So smile for a while and let's be jolly
Love shouldn't be so melancholy
Come along and share the good times while we can

I beg your pardon
I never promised you a rose garden
Along with the sunshine
There's gotta be a little rain sometime


08. Bladder

One day I see you
I have heard of you
And so I tell you
I want to meet you

What shall I do?
What shall I do?
What shall I do?
What shall I do?

One day I date you
And then I love you
Next day I like you
I want to take you

What shall I do?
What shall I do?
What shall I do?
What shall I do?
Say!

One day I love you
And then I kiss you
Next day I need you
But have I lost you?

What shall I do?
What shall I do?
What shall I do?
What shall I do?
Say!

One day I pump
Say!

One day I pump you
Next day I hate you
Next day I kill you
Then I forget you

What shall I do?
What shall I do?
What shall I do?
What shall I do?
What shall I do?
What shall I do?
Say!


09. Play Myself Some Music

It's so quiet in here
Hear the pin drop
Oh what can I do?
There's nothin' to do
Just plop down in a chair
Listen to some tunes

Play myself some music
Listen to side 2 first
Play myself some music
Pretend I did not lose you

I been so sad all day
Watching the clock
Oh what could I do?
My life is a bore
Just lay down in the floor
Listen to some songs

Play myself some music
Listen to side 3 first
Play myself some music
Pretend I did not lose you

A ballad makes me think of you
A rocker makes me think of us
But silence makes me cry

I got all these records
But it's such a chore
To choose one
But I must play the game
Get settled in the phones
Listen to LPs

Play myself some music
Listen to side 4 first
Play myself some music
Pretend I did not lose you

Play myself some music
Listen to side 1 first
Drink myself some whiskey
Pretend I did not lose you

1986 Spunky Monkey Music (ascap)


10. Idiot Opium

(Griffin/Moore)

Idiot opium
Idiot opium
Idiot opium
Idiot opium
Idiot opium
Idiot opium
Idiot opium
Idiot opium
Idiot opium
Idiot opium

If you rise beyond your drowsing
Your heroes would look so lousy
Their snivelling, their drivelling
Or any excuse for artistry

Their crudity intrigues you
Their stranglehold that bleeds you
Sickly passions you concede to
Those punkish rockstar zeroes

Inspire the idiot opium
Inspire the idiot opium

(Nonsense)
Their maniacal animation
Their noises seize emporium
The remnant leaves you vague and dumb

(High)
Absurdity of their agony
The apathy to barbarity
The dastardly brutality
Conspiracy of density

To cruelty conformity
Fallacy of their fantasy
Hypocrisy of identity
Idiocy of idolotry
Imagery
Immorality
Inability
Imbecility
Inhumanity
Insufficiency
The larceny
Lethargy
Machinery
Of the malady

Come-a come-a, come to me
Come-a come-a, come to me
Come-a come-a, come to me
Come-a come-a, come to me

The savagery of their piracy
Their quantity of quackery
The mimickry of such mockery
The monstrosity of morality
The slavery of stagnancy
Stupidity

Of the tragedy of the fantasy of validity
Of the tragedy of the fantasy of validity

1980 Spunky Monkey Music (ascap)


11. Column 88
(instrumental)


12. Fletcher Honorama
(Mael)

Fletcher Honorama
Won't you rally 'round the man who's on a limb?
Sing the songs that please him
Very softly while we jolt him with a hymn
Please, go easy now with him
Because this is his final whim
So be sure that the boy don't die before the morn

Fletcher Honorama
Shall we justify the eighty Junes you've seen?
Since that might be stretching things
We'll merely sing the songs that made you scream

Please, go easy now with him
Because this is his final whim
So be sure that the boy don't die before the morn

Intakes and mistakes and lunch pails and headaches
Were willed to your one living twin
I think that maybe you should have kept half of them
After all you worked for them
After all you worked for them

Telecast in fifty states
And brought to you by Anti-Wrinkle Dew
That's Fletcher Honorama
See the world now from a different point of view

You, go easy now with him
Because this is his final whim
So be sure that the boy don't die before the morn
So be sure that the boy don't die before the morn


13. Once And For All

I just wanna say once and for all
That we could get together
And experience a ball

Little bitty babies with
Little bitty minds could not
Conceive of a person like you

Remember yesterday over at Paul's
He said we should find some love
And in it we should fall

Little bitty babies with
Little bitty minds could not
Conceive of a person like you, and
Little bitty kittens with
Little bitty mittens
Realize what it is I gotta do
I gotta take a break, Gary?

I just gotta see once and for all
Roger and Dawn and Bill and Red
And Vic and Kack and Hop

1978 Spunky Monkey Music (ascap)


14. Backbone Break


15. Baby Scratch My Back
(James Moore)

Aww, I'm itching
and I don't know where to scratch
Come here baby, scratch my back
I know you can do it, so baby get to it

Aww, you're workin with it now
You got me feelin' so good
just look to the sun now baby
ummmmm...
This little girl sho' knows how to scratch
Now, you're doin' the chicken scratch
Aww, its lookin' good baby
Just gettin' scratch
That's what I'm talkin' bout


16. For Vini
(instrumental)


17. Disaster In The U.S.A.
(Fiornascente)

disaster in usa
million people out of work
including me
unemployment so bad
poor budget, no money
worker losing hours, they cannot
middle classes destroyed
we wonder what happened to our country
technology and politics what disaster will be
we all are messed up
the bet is messed up
cause the bet is so high
cost of living so high
so hard to survive
we must create more jobs
in usa

got all important there will be the best
got be the salary there will be too less
industry must invest at home
in usa

in washington dc no one can be trust
the heads of industry ... less and less
bigger shop in this community
they jack up our tax, but
the profit for them ... to be the greatest
it's time for us to say

a suggestion:
cut your salary
big shark
the only way to help for the economy

in the end
you fool the shopper in me
believe in justice
can work for you and for me
da dah da dah, you must take it from me
or socialisma will be
for equal opportunity
da dah, da da da da da
so stop being so greedy
and worry about us
we are america
living in the usa
only america
living in the usa
da dah, da da da da da
da dah, da da da da da
dah dah

1993 Spunky Monkey Music (ascap)



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by mike hopper

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