Never Again (a compendium)

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Never Again: The final album from moth wranglers

Since 1998, LD Beghtol (Flare, The New Criticism, additional singer on "69 Love Songs" by The Magnetic Fields) and Chris Xefos (formerly King Missile, current San Francisco Producer/Engineer/Musician/DJ) have created around 30 songs or recordings thereof, many of which were part of their previous releases: *Never Mind The Context* and *Never Better*. *Never Again*, this final collection includes newly remastered selections from those previous releases as well as recordings from the "vault", heretofore never released. (did I really just use "heretofore"?)

If anyone is interested in purchasing any previous releases or other moth wranglers merchandise, PLEASE send me an email: chris-at-xefos-dot-com.

Still available:

"Turnabout (for Dennis)" b/w "New Mission Terrace #47" 7" vinyl single
*Never Mind The Context* CD
*Never Better* CD
*Down With People Tour 2003* t-shirts in assorted sizes including 5XL

Everything above: $5 each (or 2 for $8, 3 for $10, 4 for $12) plus $3 shipping US, $6 shipping outside the US. Everything must GO!!

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released November 10, 2010

All songs mastered/re-mastered by Chris Xefos at Dogpatch Recording, October 2010

Produced by: Chris Xefos and LD Beghtol

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Track Name: Back When You Wanted Me
Our life was almost like a song
Back when you wanted me
I thought that nothing could go wrong
Back when you wanted me
But then when everything turned sour
There was nothing left to fill the endless hours
Wthout you —
I almost felt like I belonged
Back when you wanted me

But you never meant those words you said
Back when you wanted me
Dope, love and danger filled our heads
Back when you wanted me
You said we were above the law
Though you gave me more than sufficient cause
To doubt you —
Like every Genet novel I never read
Back when you wanted me

So maybe you were just a fraud
There was something twisted, a little flawed
About you —
But just for a moment I stopped wishing I were dead
Back when you wanted me
Back when you wanted me
Back when you wanted me
Back when you wanted me, etc.
Track Name: Turnabout (for Dennis)
Someone else has played this game
Did something awful – though I’m not quite sure how
Someone hid behind his name
Did things unlawful – and you can’t stop him now

It’s just a lark, a little game
And darling we’ve all felt the same
It’s just a fad, a passing stage
A product of this anxious age

Bad boy led the world astray
I can’t explain, but I can show you how
Sad boy sighed his life away
He felt no pain – well, not much anyhow

It’s just a phase, perhaps a ruse
It’s nothing bad – he’s just confused
It’s just a shame, it’s just the truth
No, nothing serious – call it youth

And rest assured, it won’t last…

Leave this sorry mess behind
And whistle down the wind, then show your winning smile
Leave it, and perhaps you’ll find
Your special friend – just for a little while

But rest assured, it won’t last
It won’t last
It won’t last…
Track Name: Counts For Nothing (after M.F.K. Fisher)
Stay me – Oh, comfort me

It’s not the worst thing that could have happened –
Save your tears
It’s not the first time this has happened –
Save your pride

Stay me – Oh, comfort me

It’s not the worst thing that could have happened –
Save your tears

At every turn you think you’ll find
This matchless world you’ve left behind
Still breathless, waiting for the day
When all these cares are borne away
But time will never make amends
For might-have-beens…

No more a prophet or a seer
Premonition counts for nothing here
Track Name: Never Said 'I'm Sorry' (music-box mix)
You ruined half my books
While lounging in the bath
Spilled mustard on my sweater
And wrecked my abacus

But you never said 'I'm sorry'
For casting the first stone
And you never said 'I'm sorry'
For leaving me alone

You trampled all my zinnias
And made the neighbors stare
Pulled faces at the mailman
And talked dirty to my mom

But you never said 'I'm sorry'
In your vague, narcotic drone
No, you never said 'I'm sorry'
For leaving me alone

So can’t we pretend we were never lovers?
It was good then — We were just friends
Can’t we pretend we were never lovers?
It was better when we were best friends

You fucked up all my credit
Led a whispering campaign
Made free with my ex-boyfriend
And forced me to watch TV

But you never said 'I'm sorry'
When immigration phoned
And you never said 'I'm sorry'
For leaving me alone
Track Name: Dear Santa, Don’t Come To My House
Dear Santa, don't come to my house
Whoa, whoa - Santa please stay away
I don't like those elves or your reindeer
Or that pipe, or your big ugly sleigh

So Santa, don't come to my house
No, no - I've not been a good boy
And I don't want those wood blocks
Or stupid tin soldiers
So feel free to keep all your toys

Mom always said: "Don't take gifts from strangers!"
And despite all the dangers, temptation is strong
She said, "Remember what happened
To poor cousin Dustin -
Well it was disgusting and messy and vile -
And, besides, it's wrong!"

So Santa, don't come a-callin'
I've blocked up the chimney, you'll see
'cause I don't like your laugh,
Or your boots or your beard
And I don't think you're jolly
Just creepy and weird
And I'd like it best if you just disappeared
So Santa, don't come to my house
This year...
Track Name: Miss Fire
I headed out of LA with my head in the clouds
I think I got enough in my tank
To make it over the grapevine
You see i’m taking the long way home, but I sure don’t mind
I think i’ve seen this stretch of road before –
But i’m not so sure –

Where am I going?
Where are you coming from?
And how long ’til We get there?

Miss Fire – Dead out on the highway
Miss Fire – Won’t you see it my way?

This road ain’t really so crowded
Straight on through to Bakersfield
I could get off at the next exit
But i’m sure to lose my way
Maybe if I had a compass
Then I’d know for sure –

Where I’m going?
Where you’re coming from?
And how long ’til we get there?

Miss Fire – Dead out on the highway
Miss Fire – I hope you’ll see it my way?

It’s cold and lonely out there in the Tule fog
She just might hold it together
But I’m still not sure –

Miss Fire – Dead out on the highway
Miss Fire – Can’t you see it my way?
Miss Fire – I’m so sick of trying
Miss Fire – It’s time we stopped denying
Track Name: What Purpose Does It Serve?
One dark and stormy evening
You gave yourself to me
We lingered in our bed of sin
And laughed how free we’d be

From rules meant for mere mortals
Not for the likes of us
But then the winds of gossip bent
Our love into mistrust

Oh, what purpose does it serve?
We all get what we deserve
And I shall never love again —
What purpose does it serve?

How spitefully the tongues did wag
And how our hearts did rue
For you and I were promised, dear
But to others — oh, ’tis true!

We longed to be together
In a world apart from shame
But when our sin came home again
It tainted both our names

Oh, what purpose does it serve?
We all get what we deserve
And I shall never love again —
For what purpose does it serve?

You said our dreams was stronger
Than the earthly bonds of law
And we should be exhaulted
Despite our fleshly flaws

For we thought our love was ageless
But in time it fell to dust
And now by Fortune parted
We find it's merely lust

And what purpose does it serve?
We all get what we deserve
For I shall never love again —
What purpose does it serve?

Yes, what purpose does it serve
Under heaven’s blessed curve?
Oh, I shall never love again —
For what purpose does it serve?

Yes, I shall never love again —
For what purpose does it serve?
Track Name: Figure Ground
The queen’s heart’s bleeding over false line-readings
Of sighs and long goodbyes
The scribe is yearning for the enemies he’s earning
But he’ll take them all on the sly

Ask yourself three questions – Who? And what? And why?
Ask yourself these questions – Answer on the fly

Is the cowboy still smiling at the soldier, so beguiling
And his half-forgotten wife?
As it was in the beginning, still the dancers go on spinning
Ever closer to the knives

Ask yourself three questions – When? And where? And why?
Ask yourself these questions – Answer me, boy! Don’t be shy

England’s dreaming while the Pope is screaming
That the white knight told a lie
And Michael’s turning while Paris is burning –
But the revolution will not be televised

Ask yourself three questions – From whence? With whom? And why?
Ask yourself this question – Why does she even try?
Ask yourself these question – Answer me, boy! Don’t be shy
Track Name: Yet Again
Released from blame and bother
From toil and care set free
Of bartered times with borrowed men no memory
No memory –
No memory –

I made a vow, held it fast
Promised to forget the past
And find someone that I can call my own
But, lost in love, I fall again
And hurt the one I call my friend
And lose the truest love I’ve ever known

Tell me what I wanted was real
and tell me how I’m supposed to feel –

Nothing ventured, nothing gained
Nothing left to kill this pain
I shelter in the hollow of my heart
Alone again, it’s plain to see
Love’s a thing not meant for me
The promise vexed with sorrow from the start…

Tell me what I wanted was real
and tell me how I’m supposed to feel –

Oh, I won’t go through this again –
(No ”by your leave,“ no ”if you please,“ and no upsets)
No, I won’t go through this again –
(No swift reprieve, no kind heart’s ease and no regrets)
Not again…

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