The Curse of This Town

by Paul Denley

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released July 20, 2015

Recorded 2014-15

All songs written and composed by Paul Denley.

All vocals, guitars, bass, drums, percussion and keyboards performed by Paul Denley, except where noted.

All songs recorded by Marco Bellotti at Puppy Recording Studio, Rome, Italy, except "The Diner (You've Always Got It)", recorded in the Third Man Records Booth at Third Man Records, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

Mixed and mastered by Rowland Prytherch at The Sett, London, England.

Marco Bellotti performs additional backing vocals on "Howlin' At the Moon" and "Wetter Together Is Better", additional handclaps on "Queen Victoria" and "Witches Brew" and additional handclaps and backing vocals on "Like to Lie".

Freddie Keen performs slide guitar on "Insect Skin".

Solfrid Gjeldokk performs additional backing vocals on "Insect Skin".

Ramon Josè Caraballo performs trumpet on "Like to Lie" and "Wetter Together Is Better".

Cover art by Maya Acharya - mayaacharya.com

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"His guitar-pop songs are effervescent and melodic" - Buzz Magazine

Musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist.

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Track Name: Howlin' At the Moon
Maybe I’m one of them

Waking up in the afternoon
Dogs howlin’ at the moon
Maybe I’m one of them

I come alive when it gets black
I shave my face but it grows right back
Maybe I’m one of them

Scratching around trying not to make a single sound
There’s a house where no one can ever be found

Can’t you hear me howlin’ at the moon?

I’m hearing things that no one else hears
That cat don’t wanna come near me
Baby that’s all right with me

Staring up at the movie screen
New things that I wanna eat
Oh and I don’t wanna go home
Track Name: Queen Victoria
What’s going on with your attitude?
I can’t get on, I can’t get through

I am not amused
Every time we say goodbye

You make demands, well you’ve gotta choose
It’s on me or we go Dutch, there ain’t nothing to lose
Track Name: Witches Brew
She’d better quit drinking
She won’t stop jerking and twitching
As she documents, while he serenades
Looks could kill

I don’t wanna be alone tonight
I don’t wanna end up in a Tale from the Darkside

I want to go where the protectors are valued more
Than high street girls and boys next door

I don’t wanna be alone tonight
I do not wanna end up on a milk carton: Outta sight

I don’t wanna be alone tonight
Don’t leave me alone, no
I don’t wanna be alone tonight
I don’t wanna end up in a Tale from the Darkside
Track Name: Like to Lie
I haven’t seen you here for quite a while
Would it kill you just to feign a smile?
Always on hand with some sound advice
When you told me, well, I wasn’t surprised
You didn’t look me in the eye

You don’t know why
You just like to lie

There’s a fly in the ointment
I didn’t say it but its what I meant
Sometimes I wish I could be like you
If you’re happy with your solitude
But would it kill you just to tell the truth?
Track Name: Wetter Together Is Better
I just got caught in the rain
But without you it’s not the same
I find myself in a muddle
When I cant see your reflection in the puddles
It’s falling heavy on my heart
I’ve been struck by a lightening dart
When a car splashes me
I’d rather be in your company

Baby it’s better, when we’re wetter together

Grey skies ahead, they don’t bother me
As long as you’re under my umbrella
Weatherman says “rain”; well I’m not afraid
As long as I’m soaked through with you
Track Name: She's Outta Here
She’s outta here and I don’t know when she’ll be back again

I’m left for dead on my deathbed
I’m delirious and I don’t know what I’ve been saying
I’ve got all these strange things going round my head
My words are the monster under your bed

There’s dark thoughts on your bedroom floor
You took the key to unlock the door
You just can’t take this anymore
My tongue: it sits in a bucket on your door

She’s outta here and I don’t know when she’ll be back again
She’s outta here and she don’t know when she’ll be back again
Track Name: Insect Skin
It’s never too early for you
But it’s way too late for me
Trapped inside your homemade zoo
A toxic cocktail of smoke-soaked perfume

I don’t have all that much to say to you
Only that you and I are through

I’m so glad you don’t like me
It’s a wave of sweet relief
And as you bared your teeth and declared victory
You showed us insect skin underneath

I’ve just seen a face
Takes me back to my school days
I should introduce you guys
Eye each other with your insect eyes

I do not have that much to say to you
Except you’ve got a low IQ

I’m so glad you don’t like me
It’s a wave of sweet relief
And as you bared your teeth and declared victory
You showed us insect skin underneath

And I’m so glad you went away
It gets brighter every day
No black clouds hangin' around
No trouble on the ground
No evil insect sounds
Track Name: The War
It’s not like it’s rocket science
It doesn’t take a genius
To see the trouble we’re in
It’s not a question of if, but when

How long before
We lose the war

I love to see a paper moon
Coming out in the afternoon
Supercreep’s away today
I’m leaving trails of transformations
Track Name: Heart Attack
If I told you I was leaving again
Would you ever think of having me back?
And if I told you nothing I’d never thought
Would you stab the knife right into my back?
And If I hadn’t said a word for a week
Would it cause another panic attack?

Don’t have a heart attack

If you’ve got the best that you’ve ever had
Then you probably shouldn’t give 'em the sack
It’s a bad excuse to hide the truth
You know it’s not the thing that’s holding you back
I’m afraid to fly and wave goodbye
But I’ll still be suffering from jet lag
Track Name: Tape Dream
That bitch is barking orders again
She could learn a thing or two from my new friend

I need a break and I need it fast
I need some New York City grass
I can’t get that girl off my mind

She’s not crazy, she’s just in love
She’s not dangerous, she’s just in love
I know that now; she’s better than us
We know that now; she’s better than us

Infiltrating my tape dream
Track Name: The Diner (You've Always Got It)
You've not been sleeping too well
You've not been paying your bills
You're not sure you can hold a job down
Not sure there's room for you in this town

You've always got the diner
When things don't go your way
Just get Jenny to pour another cup of coffee

You wanna make a shady deal
You wanna eat a decent meal
You wanna sit and wonder why
You didn't tell her how you feel

You've always got the diner
When things don't go your way
Just get Jenny to pour another cup of coffee
Why not stay just for one more cup of coffee