Simple Brains, Common Men

by William Curry

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My debut album 'Simple Brains, Common Men'. Written and recorded throughout 2014 and early 2015. Took me about 7 years of writing songs but I finally got an album out. A mix of upbeat and mellow folk with a little bit of psychedelic rock muddled in. All parts written and performed by yours truly with the exception of the piano part on 'To Hopeless Romantics' for which credit goes to Sam Gooderham of The Soft South.

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released January 29, 2015

William Curry - Words and Music
Sam Gooderham - Piano on 'To Hopeless Romantics'

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William Curry Falmouth, UK

Will is a folk singer/songwriter based in Falmouth Cornwall. His music combines his love of traditional folk with a more contemporary and punky edge. His often sarcastic and cynical lyrics sit on the line between socially uplifting and politically condemning. ... more

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Track Name: Life Of Crime
I woke up sunday morning with a question
Am I better as a liar or a thief
It’s reached the time
Where a life of crime
Pays more than honesty

So I went and bought a shiny silver pistol
And went to see the richest man in town
Said I know you’ve got a lot
And I want what you’ve got
If you try to make a move I’ll shoot you down

He said to me I’ll give you all my money
But one day I’ll be coming for your head
So I took a little more
And shot him to the floor
And said how you gunna find me when you’re dead?

So I went and spent my money on tequila
Cheap women and some mexacali weed
And I found my wife
In a den that night
And I really can’t tell what she sees in me

Now 16 years later we have children
And I try my best to tell them everyday
If you want a life
Full of pain and strife
Then follow all the rules and be a slave

I woke one Sunday morning to the doorbell
A policeman at the door wearing a frown
He said it’s about your son
He was carrying a gun
And the officer on duty shot him down

So I went and spent my money on tequila
Until I didn’t have a penny to my name
And I lost my wife
And I lost my fight
And I had no soul to save

So if you ever ask yourself the question
Am I better as a liar or a thief
A life of crime
Might save some time
But it’s bound to end in grief

it's bound to end
So think not of money but of friends
every stolen penny that you spend
it's bound to end in grief
Track Name: The Old Front Line
Left my home behind me
Never had much sense inside me
Never knew that I was going on my own
Drew myself a picture
of a pretty maid then kissed her
And it cut with me a resonating tone
My story just beginning
I’d spend my days a singing
And carve into the history books my name
As a solitary soldier
With a rifle on his shoulder
I realized it’s not my world to change
Oh boy
I realized it’s not my world to change

And we’ll meet when the evenings low
And we’ll rest when the dreaming dies
If you know our name
Then you’ll know our shame
we’re the last of the old front line

The thing with growing older
That no one ever told ya
Is you’ll never be so beautiful or brave
As you were when you were younger
But I suppose you never wonder
About the greatest things in life much anyway
so Lets ramble on through valleys
get away from concrete alleys
walk until there’s nothing but the sky
you’ll leave old friends behind ya
but they’ve got there place inside ya
and I never really got to say goodbye
oh boy
I never really got to say goodbye

Chorus
Track Name: All We're Worth
I’m out for the night and I haven’t much change
Will you get the next round in for me
The night is still young and this prodigal son
Has been once again brought to his knees

I know I asked the same as you just yesterday
But I’m struggling with the old currency
If I had a penny for every song that I’d sung
I’d do all my drinking for free

Chorus:
And no-o-o the holy ghost means nothing at all to me
And ooooh I know I know we struggle in life to be free
And no-o the holy ghost will never be more than dreams
And oh oh I know that I can’t see as far as the eye can see

It seems in this life we may never get far
From snapped strings on the floor of an irish bar
If that’s all we’re worth and if that’s all we are
Then I suppose it’s no burden to me

But if life was all roses and old river sides
Then what use would we have for our brilliant minds
That get us in trouble most of the time
But allow us the strength to believe

Chorus

And I suppose we’ll spend pennies on meaningless trivial shit
And I suppose we’ll spend hundreds on new phones and the right clothes to fit
But where are the pennies we should have spent enjoying ourselves
And if you’ve got millions why not share them with everyone else
Because millions are pennies if there’s no one to share in your wealth

Chorus
Track Name: Moan For Man
Come with me down to the river let us cleanse our sins
Used to think there was something to believe in, in the places I’d been
Walk with me please over hilltops ‘til our backs break in
We bleed for the purpose of winning in the life we’re in
If I dropped you out in the river would you swim back in?
If I dropped you out in the river would you swim back in?

Come with me out of the city let us clear our minds
Your toys don’t mean nothing to no-one if they cost your time
It seems for a portion of money we’ll give our lives
It seems if we all just kept dancing we’d be just fine
If you lost your gaze in the fire would you lose your mind?
If you lost your gaze in the fire you might change your mind

So go moan for man, Don’t wait for better days
Soon you know the things you love might be the things you loved just yesterday

Come with me down to the river let us cleanse our sins
Tell stories of glory and tales of the places we’ve been
It seems just a little bit funny to me
We spend half our money on things we don’t really need
If I dropped you down in the valley would you run to me
If I dropped you down in the valley would your mind run free

So go moan for man, Don’t wait for better days
Soon you know the things you love might be the things you loved just yesterday

So go moan for man don’t wish your days away
I tend to find the things you love will burn the brightest as they fade away
Track Name: Humans
are we not human drawn to the night
are we just slaves to the day bound by the sun and light
are we not perfect in our own right
none of us blessed to be kings working our entire lives

so bless your aging youth
as it crumbles under you
are we not humans simple brains in common men
are we not dragged through heaven and hell then back again

are we all broken in our design
are we just childhood toys lived in, loved and thrown aside
if we’re not careful we’ll lose our minds
living stressed duressed by the pressures of the daily grind

so bless your aging youth
as it crumbles under you
are we not humans simple brains in common men
are we not dragged through heaven and hell then back again x2

suddenly I’m falling through the dark and I’m falling through fire
mortal as man through loving I was born a liar
suddenly I’m falling through the air and I’m falling through clouds
a driven young mind but I speak my mind far too loud

so bless your aging youth
as it crumbles under you
are we not humans simple brains in common men
are we not dragged through heaven and hell then back again x2
Track Name: Kick Me While I'm Down
So come one lads lets go out a drinking
We’ll have ourselves good old fashioned time
We’ll probably have a few too many
But it’s been a while so lets get merry
And get our selves chucked out at closing time

We’ll start our night of down at molly millars
And make our way round town from bar to bar
we wont do nothing wrong
But laugh and sing along
It’s a shame the men with badges went too far

So four by four gather round and kick me when I’m down
Who the fuck gave you the right to throw your weight around
As before the law should answer to the crowd
Or at the very least bring peace to our hometown

I believed the lie we lived in a free country
Where the people had a right to know there right
We just wanted to dance
But how could we stand a chance
When it was the police starting the fight

We tried to plead the officers for reason
But they replied with force and misplaced might
So much for having fun
When you see the old bill come
The tunnel’s end no longer holds it’s light

Chorus

Well I suppose we should have known we’d lose the battle
But that doesn’t mean we’ll stop fighting the war
But pushing us around because you smashed him to the ground
We asked what for, what for

for by law gather round and kick me when I’m down
Who the fuck gave you the right to throw your weight around
As before the law should answer to the crowd
Or at the very least bring peace to our home town

Or at the very least make me feel safe and sound
Track Name: Portsmouth
I’m falling all night in a golden paradise made of melody
I’m floating all day no one looks my way no one’s speaking to me
The ripples on the surface are calm they’re fooling me
Pure love is flooding the wall it’s all I see

It’s falling apart and It’s all I need
I’m lying awake and I’m waking dreams
It’s falling apart and it’s losing steam
A horned equestrian enemy

A race through the mind gives new thought to time maybe a little too much
Rolling desert sands through your soul and your hands felt in your touch
Fooling your brain that you’ve been taken away in the night
Pattering and twitching and it’s not your day it’s mine

It’s falling apart and It’s all I need
I’m lying awake and I’m waking dreams
It’s falling apart and it’s losing steam
A horned equestrian enemy
Track Name: Think Of Me Now
Late in the evening the silence is ready to break
A solitary tear in the eye as your lips start to shake
A simple admission that we’ve drawn this out too late
A simple man with less than a simple mans faith

Chorus
What do you think of me now
How much can you think of me now
As life rolls on and the world rolls round
What do you think of me now

I’m sorry I’m broken and less than a person some days
I’m sorry I never quite say what you want me to say
Maybe my mouths earned the silence that keeps me awake
Maybe my body’s not built to be loved anyway

Chorus

So think me a sinner and read me my sins once again
And take me out dancing to show me the evil of men
I wish all my melodies still made you smile and sing
When my songs grow old I’m not really worth anything

Chorus

What do you think of me now
how much can you think of me now
How much can you think of me now
Track Name: Alone
My oh my my
all alone and the cocaine masks her cries

And I feel your pain
Track Name: To Hopeless Romantics
Double up on the pills you take
Calm the nerves that make bones shake
The nights much easier when
You’re not awake
Hopeless romantics take a bow
the players and rats will take the crown
shitheads and scumbags
your time is now

and I suppose it’s just a shame
that you can’t see the beauty in such a vast and perfect place
and I suppose it’s such a shame
that you can’t see the love because it’s great, so fucking great

so if we make up for lost time
that’s alright that’s alright
and if there’s nothing on your mind
that’s just fine yeah that’s just fine
at last I’ve nothing left to hide
it’s eased the mind I’m warm inside
and if your eyes are burning bright
then just let those fuckers shine

the things you do they make me sick
but I guess I’m just used to it
it’s what they expect from me but
the cell don’t fit
you spin your lies so even you believe
you cheat you joke and you deceive
even the people as sick as me
we’re gunna leave
and I suppose it’s just a shame
that you can’t see the beauty in such a vast and perfect place
and I suppose it’s such a shame
that you can’t see the love because it’s great, so fucking great

so if we make up for lost time
that’s alright that’s alright
and if there’s nothing on your mind
that’s just fine yeah that’s just fine
at last I’ve nothing left to hide
it’s eased the mind I’m warm inside
and if your eyes are burning bright
then just let those fuckers shine