Lyrics: Old Traditions, New Standards

 

 

1. Willie Goes To The Seashore

Swimsuits, sun and the seashore / and we’re stuck inside

Stick with you / stick with me / stick with you decide

Killer whales and St. Michael / they’re misunderstood

They say we should but / well we should

I want to be – ba – ba – ba

By the sea – ba – ba – ba

The sun / the sand / especially with you – ba – ba – ba (x2)

This is something that I feel / that I will not say

Just the same / anyway

Time to get out your suitcase / and your can’t-be-saids

Just you and me / who needs them

I want to be – ba – ba – ba

By the sea – ba – ba – ba

The sun / the sand / especially with you – ba – ba – ba (x2)

Solo –

I want to be – ba – ba – ba

By the sea – ba – ba – ba

The sun / the sand / especially with you – ba – ba – ba (x2)

 

 

2. Josie

Josie wants to be in a punk rock band / Yeah, I think I heard about it

Josie wants to be in a punk rock band / Yeah, I think I heard about it

She said-she said no more Pussycats / Yeah, I think I heard about it

Josie wants to be in a punk rock band / Yeah, I think I heard about it

They’ve got a space and they played good stuff

Josie says that it’s not quite punk

She’ll let ’em know when it’s punk enough.. well

Josie wants to be in a punk rock band / Yeah, I think I heard about it

Josie wants to be in a punk rock band / Yeah, I think I heard about it

She said-she said no more Pussycats / Yeah, I think I heard about it

Josie wants to be in a punk rock band / Yeah, I think I heard about it

They had a show and they showed up late

They wrote some songs and they made a tape

Not so punk but the songs sound great… well

[solo]

They’ve got a space and they played good stuff

Josie says that it’s not quite punk

She’ll let ’em know when it’s punk enough.. well

Josie wants to be in a punk rock band

Josie wants to be in a punk rock band

Josie wants to be in a punk rock band

Josie wants to be in a punk rock band

Yeah, I think I heard about it

Yeah, I think I heard about it

Yeah, I think I heard about it

 

 

3. Mental Obsession

When I see her there / my heart stops

Something’s in the air / which hurts cause

I know it makes me scared / but I’m not sure why

I want to be like her

I want to think like her

Know all of her secrets

Wanna feel life through her skin

I’m not talking um-bout love / can’t you see it’s not what I’m thinking of

I’m talking about these ticks in my head

It’s mental obsession

she is my mental obsession

uh-oh it’s mental obsession

she is my mental obsession

I see her in the hall / she doesn’t make a sound

And then without a call / she will turn around

I wonder if it’s all / two-way or is it me

I want to be like her

I want to think like her

Know all of her secrets

Wanna feel life through her skin

I’m not talking um-bout love / can’t you see it’s not what I’m thinking of

I’m talking about these ticks in my head

It’s mental obsession

she is my mental obsession

uh-oh it’s mental obsession

she is my mental obsession

I want to be like her

I want to think like her

Know all of her secrets

Wanna feel life through her skin

I’m not talking um-bout love / can’t you see it’s not what I’m thinking of

I’m talking about these ticks in my head

It’s mental obsession

You are my mental obsession

uh-oh it’s mental obsession

You are my mental obsession

You are my mental obsession

You are my mental obsession

 

 

4. Wish I’d Kept A Scrap Book

I want to be the one who gives you the moon / and stick around

It’s a K Street corner store with a neon sign on top

You want some attention / I understand cause so do I

From the Moscow discothèque / to the hills of Hollywood

But still I wanna know / what made the stars fall down

I wanna know / what brought you back around

I wanna know something else / tell myself a secret about you

But still I wanna know / who made Matilda cry

I wanna know / what made you say goodbye

I wanna know something else / tell myself a secret about you

Employ you / they destroy you / why can’t you see it’s more than just

The shade you dye your hair / or the fan mail you receive

Take the glitz and save the tricks / bring back our friend the hula girl

With the humble ways about and the ten-cent diamond rings

But still I wanna know / what made the stars fall down

I wanna know / what brought you back around

I wanna know something else / tell myself a secret about you

But still I wanna know / who made Matilda cry

I wanna know / what made you say goodbye

I wanna know something else / tell myself a secret about you

 

5. Superboy & Supergirl

Superboy and Supergirl / well I’ve got a question for your super world

What gets you through / and who gets you past?

And how do you / fly so fast?

Well is it the fame / Cause everybody knows who you are

Well it can’t be the same / Cause I hear you’re from outer space pretty far

(and) Superboy’s got his problems / and Girl’s got her hang-ups

And I know that it can’t be easy to be

A Superboy in a mixed-up world, these days

Or a Supergirl in a thankless world, these days

(x2)

Bu-bu-bup, bu-bu-bup

I said, please don’t let them get you down / cause you’re the only superheroes in our town

(x6)

 

6. Sweet

Well I know I hardly know you and I’ve mispronounced your name

and it’s all I do to think of you and hope you feel the same

Well if stupid is as stupid does then I’m the stupid king

Cause whenever I’m around you well, you’re my everything

Cause you’re sweet / You’re so incredibly sweet

Cause you’re sweet / You’re so incredibly sweet

Well the way you let me hold your hand in mine on Christmas day

It was serious and funny and I couldn’t stay

Well it’s not quite rocket science shot and spliced in super 8

But the time I spent with you that night well… it was great

Cause you’re sweet / You’re so incredibly sweet

Cause you’re sweet / You’re so incredibly sweet

Well I tried to write a letter but I couldn’t find the words

And I felt more like an albatross, awkward and unsure

Press pause, rewind, record, and playback if you lose your way

Or just leave your nightlight on at night and you’ll hear me say

That you’re sweet

(that you’re sweet, that you’re sweet)

You’re so incredibly sweet

(you’re so sweet, you’re so sweet)

’cause you’re sweet

(’cause you’re sweet, ’cause you’re sweet)

You’re so incredibly sweet

(you’re so sweet, you’re so sweet)

’cause your sweet

 

7. Dollywood

Another prostitute on Concrete & John

Soon to be debutante in light pink chiffon

We picked up matchsticks as the stars fell like snow

We ripped-off Sukpatch off of French radio

Another year comes by and passes round / the same old faces and the same old crowds

No more excuses / stop / there goes my Dollywood dream

We met Debbie Gibson and her new bugle-boy

We saw girls wearing sweatshirts that read Siegfried & Roy

She wore white knee-highs and maroon patent shoes

Took a palm tree snap-shot as we left Malibu

Another year comes by and passes round / the same old faces and the same old crowds

No more excuses / stop / there goes my Dollywood dream

 

 

8. Pop Songs Your New Boyfriend’s Too Stupid To Know About

Pop songs your new boyfriend’s too stupid to know about (x4)

Sure he likes the Breeders

He thinks Green Day’s pretty swell

But what about the Bartlebees and Neutral Milk Hotel?

It’s okay for a sunny day but that Sting album won’t do

Cause when I played you Allen Clapp, you know baby I loved you – hey – hey

 

Pop songs your new boyfriend’s too stupid to know about (x4)

 

Sure he buys you records if you like them by U2

But if you want the Pastels baby, here’s what you should do

Get on your bike and take a hike and meet me at our spot

Just you and me and Halo Benders. Hey that’s pretty hot – and we’ll sing

 

Pop songs your new boyfriend’s too stupid to know about (x4)

 

Break it down go!

 

Here’s a way we’ll spend our day with Lois and the Crabs

We’ll have some fun and visit Cub and maybe we’ll hold hands

He can keep the Lemonheads and Weezer he gave you

Cause you and me got Heavenly and Nothing Painted Blue

Pop songs your new boyfriend’s too stupid to know about (x8)

Go!

 

 

9. Then Again, Maybe I Don’t

See the way you act when they’re around

Well I don’t like it much

Concerned and jealous just because

I feel I’m out of touch

Well I won’t say I’m sorry now

It’s like you’re never there

Disapprove and discontent well don’t you even…

Well I don’t – I don’t – I don’t

I do

I won’t – I won’t – I won’t

I will

I don’t – I don’t – I don’t

I do

I won’t – I won’t – I won’t

I will

You, you and all your stupid friends

and stupid things you do

You think you look and act grown up

But I can see right through

Well won’t you even take a look?

and see the reasons why

Forget-me-nots remember when you make me want to…

Well I don’t – I don’t – I don’t

I do

I won’t – I won’t – I won’t

I will

I don’t – I don’t – I don’t

I do

I won’t – I won’t – I won’t

I will

I don’t – I don’t – I don’t

I do

I won’t – I won’t – I won’t

I will

I don’t – I don’t – I don’t

I do

I won’t – I won’t – I won’t

I will

 

10. Meet Me In Las Vegas

One in ten we’re on the run / just for fun / tell me that that I am the only one

We’ll try our hand at luck / I feel so stuck / not as bad half as bad as The Ropers suck

One – two – ready go!

Meet me in Las Vegas at the casino

Meet me in Las Vegas yeah it’s a showgirl town and we’ll spin around in your heart

Meet me in Las Vegas at the casino

Meet me in Las Vegas yeah it’s a showgirl town and we’ll spin around in your heart

Splash down and place a bet / I’ll try roulette / not impressed by the sight of a red corvette

Pass the ante to the right / no I won’t fight / is she really gonna take him home tonight?

One – two – ready go!

Meet me in Las Vegas at the casino

Meet me in Las Vegas yeah it’s a showgirl town and we’ll spin around in your heart

Meet me in Las Vegas at the casino

Meet me in Las Vegas yeah it’s a showgirl town and we’ll spin around in your heart

One – two – ready go!

Meet me in Las Vegas at the casino

Meet me in Las Vegas yeah it’s a showgirl town and we’ll spin around in your heart

Meet me in Las Vegas at the casino

Meet me in Las Vegas yeah it’s a showgirl town and we’ll spin around in your heart

 

 

11. Cammy & The Count

I didn’t like him much and all that’s left of him are ashes

I didn’t know her well outside the fact that she was cute

All of her dreams in flames you die that young they call it tragic

No more trips to take and no more beach-ball bathing suits

For Cammy / Cammy and the Count

They were Cammy / Cammy and the Count

As far as she’s concerned he’s buried next to Peter Murphy

As far as I can tell well she’s the one they’d like to blame

He couldn’t cast a wish cause his star burned out much too early

Time for one last call and one more topless pinball game

For Cammy / Cammy and the Count

They were Cammy / Cammy and the Count

(solo)

Cammy / Cammy and the Count

They were Cammy / Cammy and the Count

Well she told her friends that she’s the one who feels lucky

Three parts self-convinced and two parts average common sense

Bags were packed and stacked and don’t forget to grab the car keys

On that sunny day she crashed and died of loneliness

And Cammy / Cammy and the Count

They were Cammy / Cammy and the Count

 

 

12. Miracles Are Hard To Find

Just too shy to say hello

Planting secrets that will grown

Just too shy to give a call

But still dreaming after all

Miracles are hard to find

Miracles are hard to find

Miracles are hard to find

All is said you are silly and unkind

When all is said you are silly and unkind

Silly and unkind

Just too shy to dig for gold

Nothing special to be sold

Just too shy to be insane

Throwing petrol at the flames

Miracles are hard to find

Miracles are hard to find

Miracles are hard to find

All is said you are silly and unkind

When all is said you are silly and unkind

Silly and unkind

Have you ever been to hell

Have you ever been to hell

Have you ever been to hell

I was there but I didn’t see you

I was there but I didn’t see you

No I didn’t see you there

Just too shy to say hello

Planting secrets that will grown

Just too shy to give a call

But still dreaming after all

Miracles are hard to find

Miracles are hard to find

Miracles are hard to find

All is said you are silly and unkind

When all is said you are silly and unkind

Silly and unkind