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Wonderful

by The Real Numbers

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released December 4, 2015

The Real Numbers are:
Lawrence Grodeska - lead vocals, guitar
Dave Ambrose - lead guitar, backing vocals
Chuck Lindo - bass, backing vocals
“Toledo” Rob Tucker - drums

Additional performances by:
Adam White - drums on all songs
Kevin Seal - piano/keyboards on Wonderful & Master Plan
Michael Sherwood - horn arrangement/keyboards on The Happiest Spy

All songs recorded and mixed by Andy Freeman at Andy Freeman Audio
Produced by Dave Ambrose and Andy Freeman
Mastered by Alex Lowe at Red Tuxedo Mastering

Songs 1 & 3 written by Lawrence Grodeska, 2 & 5 by Dave Ambrose, © 2014, 2015 Pluck & Dash Publishing, BMI / Flip A Coin Publishing, ASCAP.

Senses Working Overtime written by Andy Partridge © 1982 Virgin Music (Publishing) Ltd., BMI.

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Track Name: Master Plan
She smiles when she talks
that’s how I know just what she’s thinking
She hovers when she walks
that’s how I know she’s got a plan
She’s got something up her sleeve
that’s clear from her bubbly body language
She smiles when she talks
She hovers when she walks
She’s got a master plan.
I always thought she had a secret service or a covert reason for deceivin’
but I suspect that there is something deeper lions sleeping softly in her lair.
She’s got a sparkle in her eye
that betrays a raging fire
She’s got a most elusive mind
that makes me wonder why I care
She’s a riddle all wrapped up
in a mystery inside an enigma
She smiles when she talks
She hovers when she walks
She’s got a master plan.
I always thought she had a secret service or a covert reason for deceivin’
but I suspect that there is something deeper lions sleeping softly in her lair.
So I searched and I searched for a long time
to find the thread when pulled she’d come undone
But I could find no evidence at all,
not a single trace of anything but fun.
She only wants to have the best time ever
and by fooling me so much the better
And now it’s clear that there’s no inner circle, just a lone gun woman
A conspiracy of just one
She smiles when she talks
She hovers when she walks
She’s got a plan.
Track Name: I Can't Complain
Put on the spot – there’s not a lot I get upset about
If I act distraught then it’s something to forget about
‘Cause I’m not used to a good thing
Nothing’s wrong but tell me what am I s’posed to do
Been waiting so long for you to drop the other shoe
I can’t complain, I can’t complain I can’t complain.
Courting disaster offers endless possibilities
Get what I’m after and get out before you get to me
‘Cause baby, I’m not your good thing
Knock on wood and tell me what am I s’posed to do
Wake the whole neighborhood ‘cause it’s too good to be true
I can’t complain, I can’t complain, I can’t complain.
I can’t complain, I can’t complain, I can’t com-
Plain to see it makes me nervous
I strain to speak but I'm left wordless
Worried that I don't deserve this
Hoping that you haven't heard this...
I’m ok but then I already knew
Even if I complained tell me what good would it do
I can’t complain, I can’t complain, I can’t complain.
I can’t complain, I can’t complain, I can’t complain.
I can’t complain, I can’t complain I can’t complain.
Track Name: Wonderful
It’s been a long night and I’ve got one thing on my mind
And though it seems trite it’s the best I can describe
How I’m feeling at the journey’s bitter end
Awake as this thought comes flooding back again
like an old friend.
Such a simple revelation to behold
But not a single chance it ever could be told
Through the silence and a multitude of sound
My heart of darkness brightened up by leaps and bounds
Sing it out loud
Here’s the bottom line
Life is simply wonderful in every single way
Don’t knock it til you try
Would that everyone could feel this every single day
That life is A-OK
And rootin’ tootin’ gosh darn wonderful
Can’t think of anything else to say

And so I look back on the movies that we made
It’s a shame that all the stories seem to fade
In my minds eye
But I know there was a seed that was planted
And watered by the dreams of infinity and

Here’s the bottom line
Life is simply wonderful in every single way
You may criticize but
Would that everyone could feel this every single day
That life is A-OK
And rootin’ tootin’ gosh darn wonderful
Can’t think of anything else to say

Except for this it's more than bliss with joy and sorrow in the mix
Would never believe that I could feel so really real
And all my pain and suffering is wrapped up like a candy cane with
Rainbows and carousels and butterflies and unicorns...

Here’s the bottom line
Life is simply wonderful in every single way
Don’t knock it til you try
Would that everyone could feel this every single day
In every single way
That life is simply wonderful
Wonderful!
Life is simply wonderful!
Life is simply wonderful!
Life is simply wonderful!
Track Name: Senses Working Overtime
Hey hey,the clouds are whey,
There's straw for the donkeys
And the innocents can all sleep safely
All sleep safely.
My my, sun is pie
There's fodder for the cannons
And the guilty ones can all sleep safely
All sleep safely.
And all the world is football shaped,
It's just for me to kick in space
And I can see, hear, smell, touch, taste
And I've got one, two, three, four, five senses working overtime
Trying to take this all in,
I've got one, two, three, four, five senses working overtime
Trying to taste the difference 'tween the lemons and limes
The pain and the pleasure and
The church bells softly chime...
Hey hey, night fights day,
There's food for the thinkers
And the innocents can all live slowly
All live slowly
My, my the sky will cry
Jewels for the thirsty and the guilty ones can
All die slowly all die slowly.
And all the world is biscuit shaped,
It's just for me to feed my face
And I can see,hear, smell, touch, taste
And I've got one, two,three, four, five sense working overtime
Trying to take this all in,
I've got one, two, three, four, five senses working overtime
Trying to taste the difference 'tween the lemons and limes
The pain and the pleasure and the church bells softly chime...
And birds might fall from black skies
And bullies might give you black eyes
And buses might skid on black ice
But I find it very very beautiful
Beautiful
And all the world is football - shaped,
It's just for me to kick in space
And I can see, hear, smell, touch, taste -
And I've got one,two,three,four,five senses working overtime
Trying to take this all in,
I've got one,two,three, four,five senses working overtime
Try to tell the difference 'tween the goods and crimes,
Turd or treasure and there's
One, two, three, four, five senses working overtime
Trying to taste the difference 'tween the lemons and limes
The pain and the pleasure and the church bells softly chime...
Track Name: The Happiest Spy
Way back when, when I was another man, a passport from Pakistan.
You were my rendezvous.
On the platform, grabbing the black brief case, just as I saw your face,
you vanished in Budapest.
I was going to resign, I had lived for too long behind enemy lines
I never thought I'd be called in from the cold
or bite the hand that once controlled me.
Maybe, you'd be the one to save me
and make me the happiest spy in the world.
Under cover under the old regime, cocktails and kerosene.
The fire at the embassy drew pursuers off of the non-descript
man with the manuscript stuffed in his underwear
I had run out of time I was trapped like a fly caught in a web of designs
just hoping that someone could decrypt the code
Before my ticking bomb exploded.
Maybe you'd be the one to save me
And make me the happiest spy in the world
I hid my microphone in the chandelier above.
Could not believe my ears when you confessed your love...
I had run out of time, I was trapped like a spy behind enemy lines
I never unlocked the great conspiracy that brought us here and made you love me
Lady, you were the one who saved me
And made me the happiest spy in the world
Happiest spy in the world
The happiest spy in the world.