Never Again (a compendium)

by moth wranglers

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IJ Davila Because I'm heartbroken and nothing, I mean NOTHING helps me through a rough patch like this damn thing. Love you two fellows and I know you may never make another record. I'm holding out.. Favorite track: Miss Fire.
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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.
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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…
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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
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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
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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...
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Miss Fire 04:25
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
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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?
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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
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Yet Again 03:51
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…

about

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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