Uncle Larry's Funhouse

by The Hearing Aides

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This is the complete 7-song live two track session we did with Don Fury in 2012. Five of these songs were originally released as "Uncle Larry's Funhouse" as a bonus tie-in EP for our show at The Egg.

Proper album art coming soon. In the meantime, enjoy sad Dawson.


released October 7, 2012

Produced by Don Fury and The Hearing Aides

Brian Patrik - vocals, guitar
Mark Adamo - drums
Rob Piccola - bass, vocals

All music by The Hearing Aides; all lyrics by Patrik



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Track Name: Lucky Strikes Out
Walk up to the bar - "Say now, what'll it be?
Everyone knows everyone here, so why don't you leave?"
Ignoring the glares, I'm working up my nerve
But she's already dancing with anyone but me

Courage now, the approach. "I think you're in my seat."
"I didn't know - hey, didn't we meet?"
She can't seem to recall, 'cause when you're beautiful, I suppose
It doesn't really matter what people like me believe

'Cause it's a long climb up to the middle of the heap, and I should know
Because I've dug my nails into the rot of the wood, and all I have to show
Are empty bottles, broken reasons, rancid fear and sour grapes
And for once in my life I'd like it to be some other way

Maybe I should just go, there's nothing more I can be
And I'm out of cash, time and reprieves
Rejection sure can sting when you're too scared to even try
But every time I open my mouth I hear the reply
Track Name: Someday
I can't explain the things that I say
Wish I could take back the last million days
Lockstep in the locker room, this broken promise hangs
Over a dream that never climaxes

We never really ever said goodbye
Just kept holding on for someday

Can you explain what drew you inside?
Are you OK with words you must hide?
I can't explain the things that you do
But I'll never ask you to stop

I'll keep waiting for our someday
Track Name: The Running Man
Who's that knocking on my brain?
Such a pretty voice to drive me insane
Still the hour's not for me
Go alone and they'll laugh at you for weeks

Every time I think I've found out who I am, I run away
Every line I've used to justify myself, I run away
Set in my ways so don't persuade me to change, I'll run away
To solutions that I know won't save me; I'm running away

I'm a sucker for bad news
Got a weakness for sex, cigarettes and booze
Keep my options up for grabs
Though I know that probably ends bad
Track Name: Plead Insane
Another night, another bottle of wine
Another bitter excuse to keep my guard up around you
Another sleepless song; you wont' be sleeping soon
I won't pretend that I don't want you gone

Don't be letting down your guard
Soon there'll be hell to answer for
You'll be the last to know
This low blow's for you

These made-up words, a stupid chemical ruse
Lost in a world, of simple soldiering on into
Another depthless hole; you won't be breathing soon
I won't pretend that I won't let you go

Her picture bleeds for days
She's counting out the same
Three weeks and then she's framed
I'll plead insane
Track Name: Play On
The solo's done, but still I play
I haven't found a better way
To interact; the simple fact
I'm older but my mind is cracked
When all things turn out just the way they should
But still you're left misinterpreted
And a smile means so much more
Than a smile ever should

Play on, play on

The way you look at me
Is summoning this endless fear
I'll do, or maybe say
Something that just ruins your day
And no I'm not, but maybe yes you are
And happiness is really not that far
Away, smile away
You're too beautiful for this

So now it's done, I walk away
There's nothing much left I can say
Track Name: Mixed Metaphor
After the initial doubt wears thin
Left hoping for a way inside
Something that will draw your eyes
Still scared of the inevitable loss
But coming to terms with fear
Is nothing to fear
Out of light, but not out of time
We can still make this

Faking mixed metaphors with you
Nothing better I'd rather do
Still hoping there's enough time to prove
And enough hope left to lose

After the dismissal comes despair
Melting into total waste
Not enough cuts to paste
Have to keep reminding myself
That the fall can heal
What others steal
Out of light but not out of time
We can still make this

I'm not waiting for your life
I'm not burning out, I'm burning bright
I'm diseased, but aren't we all?
So take a chance or don't, I won't die
Track Name: You Win
I've never been much for amusement parks
The roller coasters all make me sick
But here you are twisting up my feelings
Like a Matterhorn gone into heat
Pithy pistols of passive hatred
Blue eyes burning red with distaste
I'm not one to say much about much
But God, you're really such a waste

I must be saying the words wrong, judging from your blank stare
I must be under your skin now, the blushing bride's gone fair
I must have missed all the signs before the last exit turned me in
I must be out of my league here, so you win
(I must be out of my mind here, so fuck you)

I'll never say that you're out of line
You really ought to figure it out
But don't push or you'll get shoved back
And you'll finally get what this is about

Don't say it again