Fool on Fire

by ¡Viva Mayhem!

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released March 11, 2017

¡Thanks to Will Russell at Electric Wilburland
for Recording/Mixing/Mastering!

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Track Name: Better Strangers
BETTER STRANGERS

Strings and knots around my thumbs
All my fingers feel so numb
Through all the hurts I've found the sum
The pain was good but now you've had your fun

What sayeth you to me
Get thee to a nunnery
Don't you bite your thumb at me when
Love is blind and lovers cannot see

Still, I forget
all of the things I should regret
Of all the blood that I have let
The sum of all that I have left

I do not wonder where you go
I do not wonder if you're home
I must remind myself that
knowing you is so much harder
I wish I couldn't see your face
I wish I couldn't say your name
I think I find myself as
wishing we were better strangers still

Remember when you said to me
I wear my heart upon my sleeve
If you prick us do we not bleed
But for my part it was Greek to me

This is our journey's end
Tempt us not us desperate men
Two sure ways to lose a friend when
One is to borrow the other to lend

Still, I forget
all of the things I should regret
Of all the blood that I have let
The sum of all that I have left

I do not wonder where you go
I do not wonder if you're home
I must remind myself that
knowing you is so much harder
I wish I couldn't see your face
I wish I couldn't say your name
I think I find myself as
wishing we were better strangers
Still, I forget
all of the things I should regret

I do not wonder where you go
I do not wonder if you're home
I must remind myself that
knowing you is so much harder
I wish I couldn't see your face
I wish I couldn't say your name
I think I find myself as
wishing we were better strangers
I do not wonder where you go
I do not wonder if you're home
I must remind myself that
knowing you is so much harder
I wish I couldn't see your face
I wish I couldn't say your name
I think I find myself as
wishing we were better strangers
still
Track Name: Poltergeist
POLTERGEIST

Wanna buy a ghost? Wanna buy a ghost? Wanna buy a ghost?
For a reasonable price!
Wanna buy a ghost? Wanna buy a ghost? Wanna buy a ghost?
It’ll treat you nice!
Wanna buy a ghost? Wanna buy a ghost?
It will be your friend for life!
Wanna buy a ghost? Wanna buy a ghost? Wanna buy a ghost?
Or a Poltergeist!

There’s a ghost in my bed, I wish it was you instead
There’s a ghost in my bed, I wish it was you instead

Wouldn’t you look good with a ghost? (Ugh.) Girls like guys with ghosts the most!
No we don’t, we don’t like ghosts.
If you had a party, it could be the host. Girls like to party with ghosts the most!
No we don’t, we don’t like ghosts.

Wanna buy a ghost? Wanna buy a ghost? Wanna buy a ghost?
It’s the latest trend!
Wanna buy a ghost? Wanna buy a ghost?
It might not like you but it will pretend!
Wanna buy a ghost? Wanna buy a ghost?
It will be your lifelong friend!
Wanna buy a ghost? Wanna buy a ghost?
It’ll be with you ‘til the bitter end!

There’s a ghost in my bed, (bitter end) I wish it was you instead (lifelong friend)
There’s a ghost in my bed, (bitter end) I wish it was you instead

Wouldn’t you look good with a ghost? (You would!) Girls like guys with ghosts the most! (They do!)
No we don’t, we don’t like ghosts.
If you went on vacation, you could go to the coast! (You could…) Girls like to travel with ghosts the most! (They… might…)
No we don’t, we don’t like ghosts.
(I think… maybe?I don’t know… You don’t sound very convinced…)

There’s a ghost in my bed, (bitter end) I wish it was you instead (lifelong friend)
There’s a ghost in my bed, (bitter end) I wish it was you instead

Wouldn’t you look good with a ghost? (No way!) Girls like guys with ghosts the most!
No we don’t, we don’t like ghosts.
But if you wanted breakfast, it could make you toast! (Gross!) Girls like toast the best.
No we don’t, we don’t like ghosts.

Terms and conditions apply.
Track Name: Fool on Fire
FOOL ON FIRE

I give it all I got but get back nothing
This trip, like my investments, no returns
I thought by now we’d be left here with something
You agreed but never understood the terms

People they may come, people they may go
We understand that all the world’s a show
The players they may change, but the beat will still remain
We’re dancing ‘til we’re dead upon the floor

I cough I wheeze I cannot breathe I will not be stopped now
Dancing like a fool who’s set on fire
Let me spin until I win at life as I desire
Like this fool set on fire

We work, we play, we’re never paid per diem
You know each and every other chord
We’re calling out the changes as we see them
Us and we will take over the world

A minor goes to D, G major goes to C
Rhythm, lyrics, melody and chords
The notes they may be changed, but the beat will still remain
We’re dancing ‘til we’re dead upon the floor


I cough I wheeze I cannot breathe I will not be stopped now
Dancing like a fool who’s set on fire
Let me spin until I win at life as I desire
Like this fool set on fire
Flames they grow higher

The walls, the walls, are blue and yellow blue and yellow, the walls, the walls, the walls!

I tie up my shoes I put on my jacket and pick up my tools as I make for the door
Out into the world I’ve got nothing to lose
But when something is better than nothing, nothing at all
I wait for the next shoe to drop, the hammer to fall
I wait for the next shoe to drop, the hammer to fall

I cough I wheeze I cannot breathe I will not be stopped now
Dancing like a fool who’s set on fire
Let me spin until I win at life as I desire
Like this fool set on fire
Flames they grow higher
Track Name: Find a Bigger Flame
FIND A BIGGER FLAME

I try my best to cover
Old scars that are leftover
Never meant to kill me, just to maim

I pad my resume, try to obfuscate
The fact that I am merely plain

I’m staying here unless you dare
To put my feet to the fire
Put my feet to the fire
I’m holding out
I’ve got my doubts
I’m staying here where it’s safe
Until you find a bigger flame
Find a bigger flame

I see through all the noise
Distractions you employ
Never needed anyone but me

I think you’re trying to change
My life and rearrange
The things I wear and do and say

I’m staying here unless you dare
To put my feet to the fire
Put my feet to the fire
I’m holding out
I’ve got these doubts
I’m staying here where it’s safe
Until you find a bigger flame
Find a bigger flame
Find a bigger flame
Find a bigger flame, yeah

I try my best to cover
Old scars that are leftover
Never meant to kill me, just to maim

I pad my resume, try to obfuscate
The fact that I am merely plain

I’m staying here unless you dare
To put my feet to the fire
Put my feet to the fire
I’m holding out
I’ve got my doubts
I’m staying here where it’s safe
Until you find a bigger flame
Find a bigger flame
Track Name: Heads in the Sand
HEADS IN THE SAND

Take a look around, the seas are rising
There’s a new storm on the horizon
Feels like we’re going the way of the bison
How much longer til we realize it?

Don’t bury our heads in the sand
They’ll bury their dead in the sand
We’ll bury our heads in the sand
As the ocean swallows the land

Meanwhile the clock keeps turning
A bubbling cauldron is still churnin’
We’re at the end of a fuse that won’t stop burnin’
Stuck in a game that we took no turn in

Don’t bury our heads in the sand
They’ll bury their dead in the sand
We’ll bury our heads in the sand
As the ocean swallows the land

Don’t bury our heads in the sand
They’ll bury their dead in the sand
We’ll bury our heads in the sand
As the ocean swallows the land