A Bad Reputation is a Good Place to Start

by The NoMen with Phones Sportsman

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A bad reputation is a good place to start Throw some paint at a canvas and call it ART. A good reputation can be easily tarnished Who says a turd can’t be varnished? Put a clown in a White House and what do you get? A world full of lies and deeply in debt He is a dictator, he’s a man on a mission And when he’s not dictatin’ he’s “nuclear” fishing Poison your customers and blame them instead As the P.R. disaster disturbs your head Spill oil in the oceans and think of a ruse Make a clever distraction and hide the news You could be Florence Nightingale or Mother Theresa Or think of yourself like every money-grabbing geezer Fill the world with potential and water and bread Or pile up a fortune and a hole for a head A banker can do good or a whole lot of bad Steal from the poor and make the rich so glad Fill vaults with diamonds and bitcoin and gold Ripped-off from the people whose souls they sold A small act of kindness is a gift from the heart That sets off a ripple from the very start. A bad reputation is no place for a friend A good reputation is no bad place to end Leftist, rightist, Wolf in a glove Sheep in an iron-fist, or a planet of love
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Can't face the bad day, I can't face the bad day, Can't face the bad day, That follows the good! Can't face the bad day, I can't face the bad day, And even if I could... I don't think that I would..... No No Noooo I knew I would get hooked But I just didn't care! I knew I'd pay the price But I had to get my share Can't face the bad day, Can't face the bad day! And even if I could, I don't think that I would....... No No Noooo I knew that I was hooked So I kept the lion's share I wrote down everything Because I did not care Can't face the bad day, Can't face the bad day!
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Dig or Hate 02:52
Love it or Hate it Make no mistake; It’s all good Dig or Hate Make no mistake; It’s all good Well the kids at school, they were cruel, they said that I was mad. But I was sane, I just played their game and things didn’t feel so bad! Well I’m thinking in my thoughts, I can not get them across. I might just fade away, But I’ll be back some day Love it or Hate it Make no mistake; It’s all good Dig or Hate Make no mistake; It’s all good
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Sexy Europe 02:24
We want back to sexy Europe?
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Fred & Jane 04:16
I was riding my tandem with style and grace When I spotted a crab with no carapace It thumbed a lift and hopped on the back And we harmonised a song by Roberta Flack. It said “I’m called Fred and I like to scratch Especially when visiting a football match I’ve a friend called Jane, she’s a real cool slug And we like to hang out on a Persian rug”. I asked him if he missed his shell And Fred just shrugged, but I could tell That he wasn’t happy with his naturist look So I made up my mind to read a book To find out how we could solve his case And cover up his modesty and save him face But he suddenly seemed to change his mind And he said “Heck, I look like a slug from behind So now I’ve decided that a slug’s what I’ll be And I’m going to ask Jane if she’ll marry me And we’ll raise a great big slug family On the Persian rug, in matrimony”. Some years later I met him again And a happier slug(-crab) I’ve never seen Fred and Jane were dancing with glee And their song is still sung in the land of the free.
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We started off life as cells and slime And turned into algae, to have a good time. We grew into worms, but worms are glum Got scales and fins and then we swum. We crawled from the water to see the sun And hopped and jumped before we could run. We took to the air and we took to the trees, and grew some hair and knobbly knees. So we took to the ground and lived in a cave, and learned to talk and farm and shave. And we built some cities and started a war now we’re back to the start for evermore.
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James Dean 01:11
All my friends are livin' a lie
 James Dean didn't wanna die
 Everybody wants to live
 Everyone has a right to give 
James Dean didn't wanna die 
Friends live their lives high in the sky
 All my friends are at the age
 They still see him on the stage Do you think it's time to go
 Live your life in the James Dean code

 James Dean didn't wanna die, 
 He was a man made looking good!
 James Dean was misunerstood!
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I’m going to the bathroom In my pyjamas It’s messing with my look And with my karma. I’m getting worked up It’s a melodrama So I’m going to take a trip To the Dalai Lama. I’ve come back home I’ve chilled right down I’ve thrown away my phone I’ve lost my frown. The moral of the story Is free for all So listen to the NoMen And have yourself a ball!
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A million civilians, Created who we are. A horde of tiny minions, Complaining in the car! An art of non-opinions, Unlike our friends afar. Abstinence from brilliance, Our motive and our star. A million! Civilion! A million civilians A million civilians A million civilians
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We are DIY, This is Lo Fi
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Wrecker of civilisation… G.P.O… An examination… of the dark side… Plunged into turmoil… the forbidden… The taboo… the dystopian future… G.P.O… G.P.O…
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Lock Me Up 03:26
Lock Me Up and Throw Away the Key
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Nag Nag Fags 03:35
SAW YOU IN A MAG… WITH A BOTTLE AND A FAG! YOUR BOTTLE AND YOUR FAG ARE GONNA DRIVE ME MAD I CAN NOT BREATHE! TAKE OFF THIS GAG! IT’S A MARRAIGE MADE IN HELL NAG NAG NAG MAMMA’S GOT… A BRAND NEW BAG POSING ON THE KINGS ROAD WITH A BOTTLE AND A FAG!
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Once upon a time in NoMan Land We were Good, Bad and Creepy in the desert sand. We dined at a camp-fire in Mexico But as the beans dried up, we had nowhere to go. We went out West and climbed up to see If the Movies had music as Therapy. But Hollywood failed to set us free And it all ended Weird, not happily. Yeah, it all ended Weird… Not happily…
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Pound Shop 02:21
Pound Shop. Yeah! We popped into the Pound Shop! I popped into the Pound Shop - and M&S, To buy myself a stapler and a party dress. I popped into the Pound Shop - and B&Q, To shop for a pen and some epoxy glue. I popped into the Pound Shop - and HMV, And walked back home with a new CD. I went right doon, to Heads of Ayr, And played with the fluffy creatures there. I came back to Toon and the Toys-R-Us, And bought a little model of a London bus. I went to the Bank (which was a TSB), And banked a cheque and paid a fee. I returned tae the Bank in a JCB, To ROB the cash-machine for me! And we all went off on a spending spree… …at the Pound Shop! Yeah! Pound Shop. Yeah! We popped into the Pound Shop!
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6 a.m. 03:07
I was dragged from my slumber at 6:30am by my wife, who thought I would like to see Venus and Mars before they disappeared from the sky. I am not a morning person, unlike her, but the experience was pleasant enough. I considered my night's sleep to have been interrupted, however, and returned to slumber again.
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released January 12, 2020

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