Everything Was Funny

by Dave Graney and Clare Moore

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1.
Everything was funny don’t laugh don’t get funny I mean funny – like “you’re a funny guy” funny like , Warren Beatty funny “I liked it – it was funny” “there was somethin’ funny about that guy” “somethin’ not quite right” Everything was funny Everything was funny everything well if there was somethin’ funny goin’ on that’s what I tuned into and took away that was my take away Everything was funny Everything was funny except the stuff people laughed at Everything was funny right from the start mostly it all stank some things just went funny I’m not funny you’re funny don’t get funny Everything was funny Everything was funny
2.
Wilco got no Wilcos I love the blues Sgt Bilko, Hogans Heroes, F Troop Wilco got no Bilko Wilco got no Wilco – no other those guys were worldly – worldwide Wilco got no Wilcos festival favourites – out of shape guys in denim happy to be home - happy to be there Romans! legionaires! we saw the white sails their kitchens came first – galleys! clankin’ through the bush twenty two flavours of milk shake Wilco got no Wilco Yankees got no Yankee no cultural oppressor West can’t get no East! They want it, but can’t Wilco got no Wilcos No Wilcos on their case – in their mind out on the town- Hershey bars and silk stockings Wilco got no Wilco! Wilco got no Wilco!
3.
I call you – you don’t call me I don’t like to get called that stuff in your mind, about me that was so long ago when I got exposed I moved out of frame I call you – I don’t get called I told Mick “be a little like Brian and a little like Keith” that’s what he did I was a soft explosion I was just passing through Prince Stash! Eurotrash! Tara! Tara! Tara! I call you- I don’t get called not anymore I liked the drugs they were my drug I call them – they call me they’re allowed – they’re me Marianne knows! Only Marianne and I could know we rode in with the boys told them where to stand how to say things what to wear It’s the Anita effect I call it the Anita effect don’t ask me people come into my room things happen they stick around - too long what can ya do? people get hurt people get lost people get burned It’s the Anita effect I call it the Anita effect
4.
I knew the Wild Angels I was hangin’ around not part of the gang Blue and Nancy – wow! I knew the Wild Angels the girls boosted the boys talked them into shape hoisted them onto their feet picked the hills to die on and picked the fights I knew the Wild Angels I knew the Wild Angels when they came into town long fringes over their faces ruffled shirts, spurs helmets with fox tails I knew the Wild Angels The girls burnished their breast plates and whistled and cheered picked the hills to die on and picked the fights “c’mon!” put their feet down “c’mon!” I knew the Wild Angels
5.
In my life, I have known captains not the strongest or the fastest or the best just captains I was never captain stuff follow me! don’t know where you’re goin’- twice! I was no captain Reed from the Fantastic Four Tracy Braidwood – long dropkicks from full back short back and sides and no teeth Bob Shearman from Sturt they were captains I was no captain I just liked to drift wide on the wing float sideways over the pack for a mark and run I was no captain Duke Ellington Count Basie you’d follow those guys listen to them - believe them Chet Baker, Charlie Parker, Keith Richard Those guys needed a structure a house already burning Brian Jones he was a captain he left maps and strategies for Mick I was no captain
6.
7.
Every day it’s a scramble for your mind you wake up and try to get a toe on it I don’t mean a finger – I don’t wanna play I mean a toe so I can get to my feet and go every day it’s a test of what you believe what you are - who you’ve been every day its a dive to reach what you were- who you’ve been every day it’s the blues, period. every day it’s a subterranean fell what’s the opposite of a dive? into the dangerous pool I climb every day it’s a joke, I have to get it I have to listen for it- the beat I have to watch for it I have to be open and shut every day it’s a lie I’m bein’ told I know it from yesterday I got tricked into believing I tricked myself every day it’s the blues, period.
8.
Where did you glom your glimmer? where? Where did you glom your glimmer? where? pink rocks fizzing under your skin pop (doin’ it right there) Where did you glom your glimmer? where? Where did you glom your glimmer? where? don’t wish on a bummer you’re a slim slammer not a flim flamer tell me Where did you glom your glimmer? where? an only child, all grown up good morning big school girl can you walk me home? tell me Where did you glom your glimmer? where? nothing wrong with stealing some things money can’t buy some things you just got to steal nothings so grim its actuall like it glommed onto me! it glommed onto me! Where did you glom your glimmer? where? Where did you glom your glimmer? where?
9.
Ronnie loves to hear people talk about her she says “tell me what you said about me that time!” “Tell me again what you said about me that time!” It’s nice to sit with someone who knows what they want who tells you what they want from you a star – a mon-star - a wo-man-star a star – a mon-star - a wo-man-star out on her own – stoned, immaculate out of place – out of time ain’t we all? a song and dancer her eyes are closed her lips are pursed her pupils are blown the lights are cursed she give people what they want tells people to give her what she wants shewants to get paid she wants to get paid a star – a mon-star - a wo-man-star a star – a mon-star - a wo-man-star
10.
I’ve been in the ballrooms all my life I’ve seen some things I need to tell you the crazy lights shadows on the wall when people get bombed and get up to dance I’ve seen ‘em all slow dancin’ – moga done the leaning tower – the static statue the grim reaper – the junkie at the crossing the luuude dude arms in the air – eyes closed epic? flamencish? nah – matador much? the pole – the invisible pole the polarity the drama inherent the one legged Brolga the eye patch - the violin bow the power chord – the wang face whatever you do , don’t catch an eye you’ll regret it whatever you do , don’t catch an eye you’ll regret it
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12.
The smoking years I loved the soft packs European style – toasted I was in surplus I had a life to burn later came the bulk packets the bad burning, no name, loosely packed I was in surplus I had a life to burn started on Trent, ended up Embassy Zippo lighter, engraved, scrimshaw still got it! chain smokin’ , blowin’ smoke rings beyond words like an actor – any actor! - it was a great act! a prop – way up high hidden in a cloud I was in surplus I had a life to burn
13.
I was young for a long time I held my game, tight I was young for a long time I held my game, tight There was never tomorrow there was always tomorrow there was only tomorrow parties – todays, parties I had a light touch I skipped away, free I refreshed, again I refreshed, again I’d find a new obsession I’d find an old kink some old face in a new doorway same old face in a new doorway I’ve been a rocker that’s how I am that’s how I got here so late
14.
Wilco got no Wilcos I love the blues Yoiu know those guys? Sgt Bilko, Hogans Heroes, F Troop Wilco got no Bilko Wilco got no Wilco – no other those guys were worldly – worldwide Wilco got no Wilcos festival favourites – out of shape guys in denim happy to be home - happy to be there Romans! legionaires! we saw the white sails their kitchens came first – galleys! clankin’ through the bush twenty two flavours of milk shake Wilco got no Wilco Yankees got no Yankee no cultural oppressor West can’t get no East! They want it, but can’t Wilco got no Wilcos No Wilcos on their case – in their mind out on the town- Hershey bars and silk stockings Wilco got no Wilco! Wilco got no Wilco!

about

This is the fifth official album release (out of roughly 30- plus a dozen others) credited to Dave Graney and Clare Moore. Their last studio release was ONE MILLION YEARS DC in 2019.
“funny like Warren Beatty funny…”
“I liked it-it was funny!”
“if there was somethin’ funny goin’ on
that’s what I tuned into and took away
that was my take away…”
A wild and willful yet very focused set of songs. All instruments played by Dave Graney and Clare Moore. Produced by Dave Graney and Clare Moore.

“I don’t need a pandemical lockdown to happen to write some songs. Same way I never read any”war poets”. If they need a war to write something it’s not really worth it!” Dave Graney

Though of course there was a pandemic and there was a long lockdown in Melbourne and of course it seeped into the music.
Dave Graney and Clare Moore had planned two albums for 2021, a rock album with their band the mistLY and then something like this one – something more unbuttoned and freaky. Then a second long lockdown happened and it was impossible to rehearse let alone record with the band so the two changed tack and got freaky in their own studio with keyboards and drums and new guitar tunings and time signatures and here we are with EVERYTHNG WAS FUNNY. They were also able to do some live dates around Australia in between travel restrictions and on one trip to South Australia, a visit was made to Dave’s second cousin in Dismal Swamp, Kristyn Jones, who had had an idea for a portrait shot. There’s the cover of the album.

Lyrical tracks, trails and themes involve a further Rolling Stones mythological piece (The Anita Effect), teenage biker gangs (I Knew the Wild Angels), American cultural firefights (Wilco Got No Wilco), tobacco scenes, alcoholic scenes, iconic female rambling singer scenes and two instrumentals – one very Russian and another kind of Dublin/Miami.
Be in no doubt though, that something funny was going on! There was something funny about that guy. She’s a funny girl! Somethin’ not quite right!
Everything Was Funny!

credits

released October 1, 2021

Dave Graney, vocals, electric, acoustic guitars, bass, autoharp
Clare Moore, drums, vibes, bass xylophone, percussion, keys, backing vocals.
Recorded and mixed at the Ponderosa in Melbourne May to August 2021 by Dave Graney and Clare Moore.
Mastered by Greg Wadley.
Photo by Kristyn Jones.

All songs written by Dave Graney. Tracks 4,6 and 11 composed by Dave Graney and Clare Moore - Copyright Control
“I knew the Wild Angels when they came into town / long fringes over their faces
ruffled shirts,and spurs / helmets with fox tails
I knew the Wild Angels”

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Dave Graney and Clare Moore were once in the Moodists, singer and drummer respectively.Then there was the Coral Snakes and and now Dave Graney and the mistLY.
Stu Thomas on bass since 2004 and Stuart Perera on guitar since 1998
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