Life Is Talkin' Misery

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released May 15, 2009

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All songs written by Matthieu Maurel (Moot)

Featuring:
Matthieu Maurel : Piano, organ, bass guitar, electric guitar, 6 and 12 strings acoustic guitar, tambourine, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, string arrangement & conducting, shaker, brass arrangement & conducting, electric rhodes piano, sitar loops, flute, harmonium, drums, mellotron, floor tom, glockenspiel, vocals

Additionals:
Alan Fatras - Drums
Anne Stephenson - Strings
Ludovic Fecamp - Brass
Rebecca Handley - Cello
Thomas Schaettel - Piano solo on “Rock That Uke”
Victoria Maurel - Glockenspiel & Tambourine on “Rock That Uke”
Matthieu Batteau - Accordion on “Closer To You”

Cover Photo by Nomie

Recorded & engineered by Matthieu Maurel (August 2007 - February 2009) @ Chooko Studio, Le Havre, France
Mixed & Masterized by Mick Mayeu
Written & produced by Matthieu Maurel

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Track Name: It's A Beautiful Day
It's a beautiful day
I'm front-page in the London News Today
On a missing list ...
I got to know more

"Have you seen that man?"
That face is quite familiar to my old mind
She hopes I'm doing fine, wishes me well,
Would like to know where I am

I failed to drive a responsible life
I let myself go, I took the big dive
Now I ask for a penny and a bottle of wine
I'm waiting for something that money can't buy
Happy and smiling ...

I feel God is a child
Playing hide and seek with our lives
Testing how deep is our faith and love
How much do we trust in something above

No turning back, my hopes and dreams are paint in black
I'm an empty soul, I've been denied
Now I ask for a penny and a bottle of wine
I'm waiting for something that money can't buy
Belonging and smiling ...

I wish that I could get back to life
To have a job, a home and some plans
With loving children and beautiful wife
Someone to dry the tears from my eyes
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Track Name: Dancing Nowhere
Dancing nowhere
We're into the breach
Shivers as we
Stand on the brink
Out of nowhere,
On the verge of tears
Can you feel my heart beat?
It will echo through the years

Moonlit lakes and the misty shrines
Of Dead Poets and mischievous sprites
You'll dance naked as a possessed witch
Drink that old green fairy
And get some poetry out of it

Love is a reason to live
Love is a reason to live
You're so beautiful
You're so beautiful to me

Dancing nowhere
You got to believe
Embraced by God
Bombed with magic

Love is a reason to live
Love is a reason to live
You're so beautiful
You're so beautiful to me
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Track Name: Mighty Mighty Dan
Last call for Liverpool, just grab a cab, don't miss your flight
Why not dial 351, and ask for Mighty Mighty Dan?

Fasten your safety belts, the best trip you'll ever have
Be left in no doubt you'll get the feeling
Things are not going to be alright

Sunny in, sunny out
He rules the roost, he's the one in charge
Why Mighty Dan ?
Why is your crown made of bitter lies?

You may be thinking
That he's only kidding joking but this is not a test
He can just throw you out
When he's got the chance

The plan is simple and clear, the longest route from A to B
You'll be sorry when you see you have to pay an extra fee

You're so in, I'm so out
I don't deserve your grace, please be my guide
In the darkness help me to find my way
Or say the word and I'll just go away

And though he only knows what's playing on his radio
He's always pleased to give to you his artistic point of view

You're so big and I'm so small
Just sit and watch your kingdom fall
You may feel so terribly bad
To do me very best I’ve tried, I’ve tried

Mighty Mighty Dan, just dial 351
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Track Name: We're Outta Control
One for the money, two for the show
Three for the party, we're outta control

You've got the chance, buried wishes from yesterday
Take a deep breath, something magic is in the air
Wind of change, take a good look around
Cause you're on a stage
Now that you hit the time, the whole world crumbles
A glass of Jack would help you to feel better

One for the money, two for the show
Three for the party, we're outta control

So you get the chance to break the chains of yesterday
You wanna change, oh no, for something grand
Forget the bad days, it's only fair, you've got the chance
And we all know this time it's now or never
Oh can't you feel it getting louder and louder

One for the money, two for the show
Three for the party, we're outta control

This Instant, now’s the time

One for the money, two for the show
Three for the party, we're outta control

And we all know there is nowhere better
And we all know there is nowhere better
And we all know there is nowhere better

One for the money, two for the show
Three for the party, we're outta control

Bobby Boy's got a brand new gun
He's gonna spread a lot of fun
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Track Name: All The Things She Said
Clara Meyer is a Merry Prankster
She needs to find someone to love
Modern preaching, she's a visionary
In a perverted society

Time is bending, her mind is expanding
Swim with dolphins of the seven seas
Psychedelics, hallucinogenics
I admit I don't get half of

All the things she said, the truth is I don't care
All the things she said, the truth is I don't care

Clara Meyer used to be mysterious
She knows how to turn you on
You'll love meeting new colorful buddies
Get the clues to the eternal youth
"Pass the acid", that's the way you do it
I must say, I don't get half of

All the things she said, the truth is I don't care
All the things she said, the truth is I don't care

And if you fly somewhere nearby
A millions stars fall from the sky

Clara Meyer used to be a Prankster
Until she found someone to love
Dedicated to the community
Until she found someone to love

All the things she said, the truth is I don't care
All the things she said, the truth is I don't care
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Track Name: Nowhere Left To Go
There's a lovely place I know
Where memories get to grow
And there's nowhere left to go
Our fate is sealed in stone
For there's nowhere else to go
Introspecting my soul

There we used to be happy
There we turned to be enemies
Ooooh ... and so it goes

So we choosed two different roads
Got lost out in the cold
And in the middle of it all
D'you hear me when I call?

Did I tell you I'm sorry?
How much I miss your friendship ... oh sorry so

I shouldn't have a doubt
I shouldn't have a doubt
My friend ...

To the best times that we've known
The magic that's to come
Do remember my old bro'
Cherry trees bloom in Fall

Our paths will meet again
I'll be waiting for that day ... my twin and friend

I've never had a doubt
I've never had a doubt
I've never had a doubt
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Track Name: Love Is At My Door
So I met my fate on a sunny afternoon
I’m exposed, I’m getting confused
Cause Mama, I’ve something to confess
I’m afraid I fell in love again

I know what this feeling is
It’s building up once more inside of me
I’m glad I’ve found what I’ve been looking for
I’m a lucky guy, love is at my door

So unreal, love is at my door
So unreal, love is at my door

There’s no desert I can’t cross, there’s no mountain I can’t climb
There’s no limit to the sky just as long as she’ll be mine
Like the wind in trees she whispers in my ear
Words of comfort, lovely things that heal

I don’t need an oracle and fake interpretation
I can clearly see the light that will guide my way through the dark
If the stars could speak, they’d tell you boy
That the world shines bright when love is at your door

So unreal, love is at my door
So unreal, love is at my door
So unreal, love is at my door
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Track Name: Hold Me
Hold me, honey, hold me
And build a love defense, encircle me
I’m lying under blue seas
They tried to hurt and break the child in me

Hold me, honey, hold me
It’s heavier than it seemed
It’s over burdening me
Tell me, honey, tell me
So tell me, tell me, why are we so blind to see?

It’s cold here, need a love shield
Never break the spell protecting me
I can feel it breathing
There’s a monster and he’s made of pains and tears

Hold me, honey, hold me
It’s heavier than it seemed
It’s over burdening me
So blind to see

Hold me, honey, hold me
The future still looks good for you and me
Hold me, honey, hold me
And never let me go, please never let me go

There’s a new day rising
Please come take my hand
Our plans are taking shape
Kiss me as the sun hits
Can’t you see that open road so deep?
In front of we
Track Name: Rock That Uke
Life is good without you
I wish I could stretch out that day
And I’m glad, don’t you? I’m glad, it’s true
I’m not gonna find you everywhere

Each day makes me complete
The pain has gone, I feel relieved
So many questions and so few answers
In the end, lots of contradictions

Life is new without you
Fear is in every move I make
And when the day is nude, I ask myself
Where did we make the first mistake ?

Life’s so new without you
And that’s a different point of view
Should try to look at it objectively
And I’ll soon get back on my feet

When tears and sadness ruin your mood
When your journey’s rude
There’s only one thing you can do
Raise your fist and rock that uke !

Damned I’m good without you
I heard you spitted on my name
And in a week or three, I’ll heal that shit
I’m not gonna find you everywhere

Life is good without you
I think I’ll ring Stu, Mark & Beth
I hope you’ll understand
If I’m not calling you …

Damn I’m good without you
Try my best to stretch out that day
And I feel wild, don’t you ?
I thank God for that day, for that Holy Day
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Track Name: Julia Ann
Julia Ann, you mean a lot to me
Be the death of me
Do you remember the days?
When we were carefree kids
Heads were full of dreams

I was yours, you were mine
Our first kiss forever last

Julia Ann, the fire in the sky is burning at your sight
When you wear your smart blue dress,
We know we hit the time to keep the promise we made

I was full of nostalgia
Then we kissed and never said goodbye
Under the porch of your auntie’s house
It took us by surprise

Julia Ann, under the drizzle rain
Sliding along your blonde hair
Wish you were my Carol Gerber
My Jenny Curran, my smart girl

I want our love to survive
To the dangers infiltrating our hearts
Under the stars near your father’s farm
It took us by surprise

Want our love to survive
To the dangers infiltrating our hearts
Under the tree of the old schoolyard, Julia Ann

My honey Julia Ann
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Track Name: That Bad Mistake
That bad mistake
Keeps me awake
Anything's cool
We have come to an end
And troubles everyday

Back to these
Days you used to be
So well and sane
Now when I ring your bell
You want to know my name

Darling, there are so many words to say
But no one's there, you've just run away
Valentine, you're stepping out of time
You came across as a devil

That bad mistake
Drives me away
I'm wrong again
Why do I always date schizophrenic girlfriends?

But that's the deal
Exactly what I feared
I always make such bad mistakes

Darling, there are so many words to say
But no one’s there, you just go away
Valentine, you're stepping out of time
You came across as a devil

You can't let me be so lonely, ‘cause I’m so in love with you
You can't let me be so lonely, ‘cause I’m so in love with you
You can't let me be so lonely ...
Well you can’t let me be so lonely ...
You can't let me be so lonely, ‘cause I’m so in love with you !
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Track Name: Closer To You
How does it feel to walk the line?
Just like standing trapped in a crowd?
Desperately searching for a clue
That obviously will never come true
I'm just a boy, struggling too much
Action is sometimes better than words
Though I feel like I'm alive
I'm also suffocating inside

This time I'm gonna make you mine
I need some help
I'll keep the promise I made
I will always, I will always

If Mrs. Chance is not around
I'll deal with Miss Perseverence
I sometimes feel I’m out of my mind
I sometimes feel I'm out of my time

What if I fall, dead in the crowd?
Laying down, my face to the ground
Who would be lending me a hand?
Who'll recue me before it's too late?

This time I'm gonna make you mine
Just need some help
To keep the promise I made
How can I come closer, closer to you?

For it is just the same old line
And then tomorrow I’ll have another try
This time I'm gonna make you mine
I need some help
Is it leading me somewhere?
Cause I'm in love, well I'm in love with you
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Track Name: Misery
Life is talkin’ misery
Changing our mood as it please
I would love to make you panic
I would love you to hide away

I ain't talkin‘ misery
Not the Trojan Horse on Antique Greece
Trash the place, everyone's waiting
You can throw it all away

You make me feel as if
Something's got to give
Unlock the doors, then prove me wrong
Cause I can't cover you all along !

You make me feel just like
I can't live for real
Why don't you go and shoot me down ?
Me down ... me down ...

You're just talkin’ misery
Planting seeds on dirty grease
Watch them fade for it's so easy
When you're the one who's not to blame

You make me feel as if
Something's got to give
Unlock the doors, then prove me wrong
Cause I can't cover you all along !

You make me feel just like
I can't live for real
Why don't you go and shoot me down ?
Me down ... me down ...
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