FAT LOT OF GOOD

by CRANKY GEORGE

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Debut album from Los Angeles band, Cranky George, featuring 14 tracks. Members: James Fearnley, Dermot Mulroney, Kieran Mulroney, Sebastian Sheehan Visconti, Brad Wood.

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released October 14, 2016

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Cranky George Los Angeles, California

We're an LA based band, featuring Pogues accordionist, James Fearnley, brothers Kieran & Dermot Mulroney (formerly of The Low & Sweet Orchestra), noted music producer Brad Wood, and Sebastian Sheehan Visconti. Our debut album, FAT LOT OF GOOD - featuring lullabies, sea shanties, murder ballads & foot-stompers - tells stories of desire, love, loss, cruelty, ruination and pity. Made with mischief. ... more

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Track Name: TUNNEL OF LOVE
Mascara
Mascara
Running down
Your face
Mascara
Mascara
Running down
Your face
From your eyes
Your eyes

You tried your luck on the carousel
He lied, he lied
Tried your luck on the Ferris wheel
He lied, he lied
You tried your luck in the Tunnel of Love
But there wasn’t any love in the Tunnel of Love
And it turns out
The Tunnel of Love
Was a lie

Miranda
Miranda
Was the name
He sighed

Miranda
Not Mariah
Was the name
Not your name, not your name
He sighed
When he lied
With his eyes

You tried your luck on the carousel
He lied, he lied
Tried your luck on the Ferris wheel
He lied, he lied
Tried your luck in the Tunnel of Love
But there wasn’t any love in the Tunnel of Love
And it turns out
The Tunnel of Love
Was a lie

You think you’ll never touch the ground again
As the wonder wheel turns round and round
The tears that fall when the ride gets to the top
Down at the bottom you can catch on your tongue
Like a sad, salt raindrop

The music of the carousel
Smell of sawdust and shucked peanut shells
Will haunt your dreams
’Til you have dreamed your last
First heartbreak’s like a slap in the face
With a bag of broken glass

Poor Mariah
With your mascara
Running down
Your face
From your eyes
You despise
For the tears
They cry

You tried your luck on the carousel
He lied, he lied
Tried your luck on the Ferris wheel
He lied, he lied
Tried your luck in the Tunnel of Love
But there wasn’t any love in the Tunnel of Love
And it turns out
The Tunnel of Love
Yeah, it turns out
The Tunnel of Love
Yeah, it turns out
The Tunnel of Love

It was a lie!
Track Name: PERFECT SKIN
You can touch the spot
With your finger
You can touch the spot
With your tongue
You can ask yourself
Why didn’t you linger?
Linger, linger, linger
At home?

Remember the feeling
Remember the feeling
When you
Were leaving
Remember the feeling
Remember the feeling
When you
Were leaving
Remember

Remember the feeling
Remember the feeling
When you
Were leaving
Remember the feeling
Remember the feeling
When you
Were leaving
Remember
Remember

When you walked out the door
When you walked out the door
The door the door

With the blood in your mouth
The stain of your sin
Forget the taste you’ll never taste again
You walked away from the taste of her
Perfect skin

When you walked out the door
When you walked out the door
The door the door

From her green ocean eyes
Her eyes
Dropped pearls filled with lies
Your lies

With the blood in your mouth
The stain of your sin
Forget the taste you’ll never taste again
You walked away from the taste of her
Perfect skin

Oh… oh… oh…

With the blood in your mouth
The stain of your sin
Forget the taste you’ll never taste again
You walked away from the taste of her
Perfect skin

Oh… oh… oh…

Why didn’t you linger
You linger?
Why didn’t you linger
You linger?
Why didn’t you linger
You linger?
Why didn’t you?
Track Name: KATYUSHA
Take me back to Leningrad past Estonia’s sightly shores
Summer’s in the marshes and the rushes shine with gauze
We’ll hang around in cafés sucking Vladimirs through straws
But I don’t know Katyusha I don’t know

You look so goddamn lovely that I wish that I was dead
Your lashes flutter softly while you’re sleeping in your bed
Alexander Pushkin murmurs verses in my head
But I’ll just wait around for the snow Katyusha
I’ll just wait around

’Cause this time I’ve come to see you to say to you goodbye
Do svidaniya my Katyusha do svidaniya dry your eye
God grant you find another who will love you till you die
And I’ll just disappear with the snow Katyusha
I’ll just disappear with the snow

And when the Neva starts to freeze
And all the leaves fall from the trees
The thermometer shows no degrees
I’ll be leaving

Take me to Helsinki to Hamburg and on to Cork
Across the wide Atlantic to the canyons of New York
My lips so numb by now my dear that I can hardly talk
And we’ll both disappear in the snow Katyusha
We’ll both disappear in the snow
We’ll both disappear in the snow

And when the Neva starts to freeze
And all the leaves fall from the trees
The thermometer shows no degrees
I’ll be leaving

The Gulf of Finland’s deep and cold
The Baltic Sea will I behold
When all its waters turn to gold
In the evening
Track Name: GREENLAND'S ICE
In the month of June on the eighteenth day
We braced our sheets and we sailed away
And our colours flew up against the sky
But all of Greenland’s ice was in the captain’s eye

It was eighteen months without a sight of land
No mountains green not a stretch of sand
The belly timber gone and the rum run dry
And all of Greenland’s ice was in the captain’s eye

We suffered keen and bitter blasts
Our dearest hopes they were slipping fast
And to a man we thought that we would die
’Cause all of Greenland’s ice was in the captain’s eye

There came a sail out on the main
But this brave sight vexed our captain’s brain
We cried out loud as the ship came by
’Cause all of Greenland’s ice was in the captain’s eye

For our despair he would make us pay
And the captain steered our ship away
And I asked him straight the reason why
’Cause all of Greenland’s ice is in my eye

That night I saw him against the rail
And the waves did crash and the winds did wail
And his tears would freeze if he could but cry
’Cause all of Greenland’s ice was in his eye
Track Name: MISERY ROAD
Check the oil, top off the tank
Cash my last paycheck at the bank
Last light in town, the corner store
Can’t stand to stay here anymore

My 1990 Chevrolet
I drive on out to Dismal Bay
Drive through the rain, drive through the fear
Got no windshield wipers for my tears

Checked my dusty rearview
Thought I caught a fleeting glimpse of you
So I said, jump in the front and lock the door
Can’t stand to taste these tears no more

Contemplating wrong or right
As the day overcomes the night
I wear the yoke and bear the load
And took the turn on Misery Road

Winding road, the long way home
Ten thousand miles I plan to roam
No time to eat, no time to pray
So I stop off to ask the way

I ask his name, it’s Devereaux
He said turn right on Sadness Avenue
He said the road is long and hard
Turn right on Despair Boulevard

Contemplating wrong or right
As the day overcomes the night
I wore the yoke and bore the load
And took the turn on Misery Road

Lost and rambling, roaming
Destination unknown
Always wherever I’ve gone
I just want to go home
And never be alone

Contemplating wrong or right
As the day overcomes the night
I throw the yoke to spare the load
Don’t take the turn
I missed the turn on Misery Road
Track Name: WALTZ IN BLUE
Well I was broken in two
Boo hoo
Dry your eyes, you said
And let me paint your windows blue
On the inside
Standing in the rain
The cold November rain
Come inside, you said
And we’ll paint your windows blue
On the inside
So then
Your sky
Will always be
Blue

I was blinded by the haze
Of those dark, electric days
Close your eyes, you said
And watch me paint your windows blue
On the inside
So then
Your sky
Will always be
Blue

Oh when
The sparkle in your eyes
Matches
The blue of the skies

Open the window
Open the window
And feel
The warm summer
Breeze

So when you’re broken in two
And you don’t know what to do
Do like I do
And paint your windows blue
On the inside
So then
Your sky
Will always be
Blue
Track Name: YES!
Well I went out walkin’ and I found myself talkin’
To all the nice people I met
My eyes were gleamin’ so they asked me the meanin’
Said, are you in love
Oh, man, you bet!

My feet they were flyin’ with a walk that was stylin’
A serious hitch in my step
This real strong feelin’ got my head reelin’
Way up in the clouds
Like a Pan Am jet

Knees they were knockin’ with a rhythm that’s rockin’
A bangin’ of beats in my chest
My heart it’s thumpin’ and the blood it’s pumpin’
In waves
A sweet love tempest

You can ask me why and I’ll say on the fly
In fact I’d rather sing
I found love and I find love to be a many-splendored thing

The streets were alive, Fifth Avenue’s vibe
The fabulous upper crust set
All envy my passion and they’ll make it the fashion
Like diamonds, pearls
And long cigarettes

Broadway’s beating a song repeating
A Louis and Keely duet
Horns blazing and it sounds amazing
As romantic
As it gets

Lights shining with the planets aligning
The angels dance minuets
Round stars twinkling and they give me the inkling
My lonely life’s
Not over yet

All I’m sayin’, after all my prayin’
The answer she gave, can you guess?
She finally, finally, finally
She said yes!

Oh yes!
She said yes!
Yes!
She said yes!

Well, I got down on my knees
Begged pretty please
Still can’t believe, I can’t believe
She said yes!

When love comes callin’ and you feel like you’re fallin’
Don’t look for the safety net
Embrace it with joy, I mean it my boy
’Cause it all ends
In life’s last sunset

Advice, it’s fleeting, but it bears repeating
Don’t waste the one life you get
Go out on the street, find the first girl you meet
Kiss her
Get ready, get set!

I know it’ll scare you, but baby I dare you
You don’t wanna fail this test
Love’s the only thing
I know can bring
True happiness

Don’t have to be lonely
If only, if only
If only
She will say yes!

Oh yes!
She said yes!
Yes!
She said yes!

Well, I got down on my knees
Begged pretty please
Still can’t believe, can’t believe
She said yes!

Oh yes!
She said yes!
Yep!
She said yes!

Well, I got down on my knees
I begged pretty please
Still can’t believe, can’t believe
She said yes!

Oh yes!
She said yes!
Yes!
She said yes!

Well, I got down on my knees
Begged pretty please
Still can’t believe, can’t believe
She said yes!

She said yes!
Track Name: THE MAN WITH THE BURNING EYES
There’s a man with burning eyes
His face a mask
A brilliant disguise
Watch his mouth
He’ll tell you lies
And carry you
Away

He’ll promise you many things
Build you mansions
Buy you diamond rings
Under his overcoat
He has wings
He’ll fly you
You’ll cry
When he carries you away

He’ll walk like a lover
He’ll pray like a saint
He’ll sing like Caruso
But the words he sings are ancient
They all say
Come away
Come away

He’ll follow you in your dreams
The world he shows you
Is not what it seems
Don’t listen
To the screams
When he carries you away

They say his heart is as black as night
They say the angels all weep at the sight of him
Your blood runs cold, you’ll die of fright
When he carries you away

Don’t go away with him
Baby stay
Don’t go away with him
Baby stay
Don’t go away, no, no
Don’t go away with the man
With the man with the
Burning eyes

The diamond ring is a ring of fire
The house he builds, a funeral pyre
Locked inside watch the flames grow higher
And higher, and higher, and higher
My God, my God
The fire! The fire!

They say he’s known as the Prince of Fear
He’ll take his throne when the end is near
Abandon hope all ye who enter here
He’s the man, the man, the man
With the burning eyes
With the burning eyes
With the burning eyes
He’s the man with the burning eyes!
Track Name: SAUSAGE MOON
Ay ay ay ay, mi paraíso nada más . . .
Mi paraíso nada más

Ellas causan a mi madre llorar
Las rajas de una cebolla
Para mi, hay otros vapores
Que causan a llorarme también
Sobre el real oscuro
Flota la luna roja
Su luz me duele los ojos
Y yo lloro siete mares
Yo lloro siete mares

Ay ay ay ay, mi paraíso nada más . . .
Mi paraíso nada más

El pelo de mi amor
Su alacena y su cama
Ahora velan los pasillos
Y me envuelve en un niebla
Yo hincho mis narices
Y aspira mis tristezas
Yo no mido el piso
O me preocupo por ti
O me preocupo por ti

Ay ay ay ay, mi paraíso nada más . . .
Mi paraíso nada más
Ay ay ay ay, mi paraíso nada más . . .
Mi paraíso nada más
Track Name: NE ME QUITTE PAS
These damn damson and custard sunsets
Are wearing pretty thin
But they’re just objective correlatives
Of some turbulence within
Where the fields absorb the fiery orb
No more skies of salmon skin

Good night my love and fare you well
My heart it hurts like bloody hell
I robbed this chorus from Jacques Brel

Ne me quitte pas . . .

I found you in the perfumed dusk
You were callow you were young
And awkwardly you talked with me
In my bloody mother tongue
And now each evening comes around
Like the Götterdämmerung

That evening I remember well
The sky it shone like oyster shell
You leaned your face on my lapel
But never came to my hotel

Ne me quitte pas . . .

Ne me quitte pas . . .

You wilted against the stonework
And squinted at the dawn
You scorned my laggard footsteps
In the dew across your lawn
And now the sun each morning rises
Like des Gottes Zorn

This blighted world I am doomed to dwell
You find me in my lonely cell
With a soughing wind and a heavy swell
My ardour I’ve tried hard to quell
With several bottles of cheap Moselle
Lebe wohl chère Mademoiselle

Ne me quitte pas . . .
Track Name: THE BONES
Your raven hair was a challenge
Your lips a Strawberry Starburst® threat
And when you looked your look my way
Your look was damp and dripping wet

Underneath your lashes
Long and thick as worms
Flamed your icy icicle eyes
They blistered me up in cold third degree burns

This could be a problem
Yeah, could be a problem
I got a little problem
Yeah

Your fingernails were pointed
Sharp as ebony violin bows
And when you ran them down my back
The blood ran down in rows

Skin as white as parchment
Felt cool to the touch
And when I slipped the knife in
How could I know you would scream so much?

This could be a problem
Yeah, could be a problem
I got a little problem
Yeah

The bones . . .

The bones . . .

Dig a hole
And fill it in
Feel the pull
And start again

Dig a hole
And fill it in
Feel the pull
And start again

Jenny Lee was twenty-one
And Audrey was the little one
Tiny had the short brown hair
I see their faces everywhere
Penny’s folks were out of town
The night I brought the hammer down
Cindy Lee and Lindy Lou
And Lindy’s little sister, too

Polly looked like Clara Bow
Somewhere out in Idaho
Betty Bates stayed out too late
She’s buried on the interstate
There’s this thing
You should’ve known . . .

Don’t sit under the apple tree
With anyone like me
Anyone like me no, no, no
Anyone like me no, no, no
Don’t sit under the apple tree
With anyone like me
Or you may never get home

Twelve full moons have ripened
Time flown like an agony bat from hell
I tried to stop the voices
But they ring in my head like a doomsday bell

Fathers, watch your daughters
Men, lock up your wives
They still ain’t found the bones yet
And I still got my sticking knife

The bones . . .

The bones . . .
Track Name: ALL THE RIVERS IN THE WORLD
I went down
Went down went down
To the river
I went down
Went down went down
To the river
I saw your perfect body
Ebbing there

I went down
Went down went down
To the river
The cold rushing water
Was washing through your hair

Lord, why’s my girl lying
In an early watery grave?
Lord, why did the sound of the wind in the trees
Bring music of tolling bells?

I went down
Went down went down
To the river
I went down
Went down went down
To the river
Last night
Under the light
Of the harvest moon

And I saw my girl standing in the arms
Of another man
Lord, why did the sound of the wind in the trees
Bring music of tolling bells

The blood in my ears
Was a drumbeat like thunder
And the things what I saw
Like a shot to the brain
As I held my
Beautiful girl under
The tears fell from my eyes
Like the warm, warm summer rain
There’s not enough water in all the rivers in the world
To wash away my shame

I’m gonna go down
Gonna go down go down
To the river
I’m gonna go down
Gonna lie down lie down
In the river
Take a deep breath of the water
And look to the stars

Gonna see my girl

Standing
At the gates of Paradise
And tell her I’m sorry
So, so sorry

Gonna see my girl
Standing
In the arms of
Jesus

Now I know why the sound of the wind in the trees
Brings music of tolling bells

The sound of the wind in the trees
Is gonna be me
Screaming
From Hell
Track Name: SUMMER DRESS
He
He was thinking
Up a new way
To dance for her

And he
He was thinking
Up a new way to explain
His dreams for her
’Cause he
Really loves her
But she
She’s not so sure

He
He was thinking
About how great she looked in that summer dress
She wore

And he
He was wondering
If he’d ever find happiness
For sure

’Cause he
Really loves her
But she
She’s not so sure

What if I named all the stars in the sky
After you?
What if I promised you’d never
Walk alone?
What if I said that all the thoughts in my head
Were only you?
What if I licked a million popsicle sticks
And built you a home?

Oh, she
She was thinking
Up a million good reasons
Not to love him

But she
She was thinking
That maybe
Maybe he’d do

’Cause he
Really loves her
He
Really loves her
He
Really loves her
That’s for sure

Me
I’ve been thinking
About how great you look
In that summer dress
Track Name: NIGHTTIME
She
Talks Italian
She
Talks Italian
Under her breath
Late at night
In her sleep

She
Says te amo
Mi amore
Under her breath
I love you
My love

Satellites
Spin safe in their orbits
Through the soft milky light
That powers the moon
And stars
Like road maps to Heaven
Semaphore
Morse code
Digital overload
Signal fires
Signalling
Everything, everything, everything’s
Right with the world
The world

She’s
A lost continent
She’s
A brave new world
A far distant shore
A foreign land
To explore

She
Dreams in Spanish
She sighs
Portuguese
And late at night
When I pray
Late at night
I pray
I pray
She won’t leave

Satellites
Spin safe in their orbits
Through the soft milky light
That powers the moon
And stars
Like road maps to Heaven
Semaphore
Morse code
Digital overload
Signal fires
Signalling
Everything, everything, everything’s
Right with the world
The world
The world the world the world the world the world

The sun
Can burn
The sun
Can burn
The sun
Can
The sun
Can burn

The nighttime
Is wonderful

The nighttime
Is wonderful

The nighttime
Is wonderful