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Too Much Of Everything

by The Strunts

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1.
Ladies and gentlemen, I invite you to sit back Listen to me as I explain some Alternative Facts Surgeons are over-rated and doctors will be sacked There’s no damn need for nurses Now the Ol’ Wild West is back Raise the barber’s pole, red, white and blue Let the sign reassure you No more need for health care And no need for you to queue Only blood and bandages Come and get a tooth out, let me splint your leg Need a colonoscopy or a dressing for your head? Get two fillings, a kidney and an orthopaedic bed Or why not choose a BOGOF 
With a free-beard trim instead? Raise the barber’s pole, red, white and blue Let the sign reassure you No more need for health care And no need for you to queue Only blood and bandages Snake oil’s back in fashion – the rattler’s on the run But the good ol’ boys will get him They like their hunting fun We’re living in a future where we’re dying by the gun If the barbers cannot save us the fait accompli’s done.. Raise the barber’s pole, red, white and blue Let the sign reassure you No more need for health care And no need for you to queue Only blood and bandages Raise the barber’s pole, red, white and blue Let the sign reassure you No more need for health care And no need for you to queue Only blood and bandages Blood and bandages Only blood and bandages, yeah.
2.
Hey Mister, I got no wish to bother you You're a busy man and so much better than me But I wish that you would walk a mile in my shoes And learn how fickle fate can be. Hey Mister, I got big dreams too One day I’ll build a boat down by the sea But I can’t hold a candle to you You take just what you want, and oh so publicly Red is the colour of sedition Blue a hue so cold You sold off all our future options We gambled everything on gold Hey mister I think it’s true Strange as it seems you’re just the same as me You eat and drink and sleep like I do So perhaps you’d like to play a game with me Hey mister, shall we roll the dice And see if we can’t get ourselves some kicks I hear that you’re as cold as ice And that there ain’t a game that you can’t fix Red is the colour of sedition Blue a hue so cold You sold off all our future options We gambled everything on gold Hey, mister it seems that you have lost But if you don’t mind I would rather not Be the bank and make you pay the cost Coz I just don’t want anything you’ve got Yes mister, we’re all the same under the skin You can have this one for free And if you really want to win You should learn some lessons from history Every empire falls And every human dies And no one loves the fool Who builds a tower of lies Red is the colour of sedition Blue a hue so cold You sold off all your future options You gambled everything on gold
3.
Don’t forget to polish the nukes babe I know it’s a pain, but it has to be done And keep on top of the media See you later hun See you later I’ll be in Slovenia I’ve got a hot date With a young face An alien like me Oh but he’s not an alien In Slovenia Please remember to feed the fish Throw ‘em a tweet, once or twice every day And update your personal black list Cos I’m going away Yes I’m going away to Slovenia I’ve got a hot date with a young face An alien like me Oh but he’s not an alien In Slovenia He’s not an alien in Slovenia No, He’s not an Alien in Slovenia Please put a stop to democracy That job’s been waiting for too long now But don't sweat about global warming See ya. Ciao. See ya. I’ll be in Slovenia I’ve got a hot date with a young face An alien like me Oh but he’s not an alien In Slovenia I’ve got a hot date with a young face An alien like me Oh but he’s not an alien In Slovenia he’s not an alien In Slovenia Don’t worry, I’m not leaving ya It’s just a bit of fun on the side Let’s make thing a little bit seedier What a crazy ride I’ve got a hot date with a young face An alien like me Oh but he’s not an alien In Slovenia No, no, no, no, no, no, no, I’ve got a hot date with a young face An alien like me But he’s not an alien In Slovenia No, no, no, no, no, no, no He’s not an alien In Slovenia No, no, no, no And I’m not an alien in Slovenia Always Yours From Slovenia
4.
There’s a universe where you’ll find That it’s still a mans world And there’s a forsaken mine Where you’ll still find coal Oh, I’ve got a burning question Concerning tomorrow Is it really so easy To go and lose your soul Soul, soul Small hands on the tiller Stormy weather See the Man-child With the new toys He wants to play with all the big boys Small hands on the tiller Stormy weather See the Man-child With the new toys He wants to play with all the big boys, All the big boys Come on the big boys There’s a fear in my tiny mind Buried in this Lizard Brain It surfaces from time to time In the sun or in the rain Oh I’ve got a burning question Concerning the future Could all of us grown up monkeys Go and be retrained trained, retrained Small hands on the tiller Stormy weather See the Man-child With the new toys He wants to play with all the big boys Small hands on the tiller Stormy weather See the Man-child With the new toys He wants to play with all the big boys All the big boys, Come on the big boys Everything gets wasted around here Everything gets wasted around here Everything gets wasted around here Everything gets wasted around here Everything gets wasted around here Everything gets wasted around here Everything gets wasted around here Everything gets wasted around here Come On the Big boys With your big toys You’re so impressive We’re so in awe Come on you big, big boys With your big, big toys You’re not frightened You’re dinosaurs Everything is wasted Everything is wasted Everything is wasted Everything is wasted Oh oh meteorite Oh oh meteorite Oh oh meteorite Oh oh meteorite Oh Oh, everything is wasted Oh Oh, everything is wasted Oh Oh, everything is wasted Oh Oh Come on the mammals
5.
End In Tears 03:27
Tears, end in tears It can only end in tears Tears, end in tears It can only end in tears The dogs in the street will tell you Everything is gonna blow They are out of things to sell you Only one way it can go Oh they’ve been making straw men And flying them on the wind When will we ever learn Taken for fools again Well, someone’s got to say it They played upon our fears If you’re asking my opinion It can only end in tears Oooh, yeaaah It can only end in tears Tell me what’s your greatest fear Come look me in the eye Tell me what will ease your pain I promise not to lie Well, someone’s got to say it They played upon our fears If you’re asking my opinion It can only end in tears Ohohoh Yeaaaah It can only end in tears Tears, End in Tears It can only end in tears Never read the headline That’s where they set their traps Always read the small print That’s where they hide the crap… Well, someone’s got to say it They played upon our fears If you’re asking my opinion Are you asking my opinion? Ohohoh, yeaaaah, It can only end in tears Ohohoh, yeaaaah, It can only end in tears Tears, End in Tears It can only end in tears Tears, end in tears It can only, only, only Only, only, only It can only, only only end in tears
6.
Like Minds 05:08
High up in the eyrie Looking down on this mad world I know I’m no eagle, I know I’m no bird Minding my own business- it’s always better that way But sometimes you know it gets so hard When your eyes are burning and you can’t look away So here is my message, I give it to you See if it holds a sign or a clue No need to read between the lines I’m reaching out, reaching out for like minds This world is a savage place, a savage place And you can’t un-see things you’ve already seen I’ve got my opinions And I’m clear on what I believe to be true Need to cut through the silence I got to break through Can anybody hear me? Can anybody hear me? Does anyone relate? So here is my message, I give it to you See if it holds a sign or a clue There’s no need to read between the lines Reaching out, I’m reaching out for like minds Reaching out, I’m reaching out for like minds This world is a savage place, a savage place And you can’t un-see things you’ve already seen I’m in my small corner Helplessly raging at injustice in this world Geopolitics have dragged us beyond the absurd With every stroke of the dictator’s pen Mankind is moving backwards To the dark ages once again So here is my message, I give it to you See if it holds a sign or a clue There’s no need to read between the lines Reaching out, I’m reaching out for like minds Reaching out, I’m reaching out, I’m reaching, I’m reaching out Reaching out, reaching out for like minds
7.
Weaver's Bay 04:19
That day saw no dawn As we sailed from Weaver’s Bay Leaving the iron rings in the rocks, Leaving everything that we had Leaving it behind forever… And the fires on the hillside Showed me my home as we slipped past For the last time Foindle, For the last time Tir mo Graidh I couldn’t find the tears to show my love for you Couldn’t find the tears to show my love for you And the squalls mocked us In the shelter of the bay You’re safe here on the loch They seemed to say Leaving behind the land Our land for generations Our land for ever Before the sheep came Before the landlords (curse their black hearts) Before the landlords… But we’ll soon be on the ocean We’ll soon be on the wild, wild ocean Crossing the Minch Crossing the Atlantic Into the great unknown Now I’m starting my life again Starting my life all over again But I’ve seen enough life To last me the rest of my days 72 years and I’m sailing away From Weaver’s Bay I’m sailing away From Weaver’s Bay Sailing away, I’m sailing away From Weaver’s Bay
8.
Ranches and mansions don’t mean much to me without love, what good is property there in the distance I see heaven above And they say that peace arrives on the wings of a dove The wings of a dove Better buckle up for a rough ride the word has just come down everything is changing In this backwoods town no time for comfort no time to contemplate tomorrow night we must be gone There’s nothing to debate So we set our hearts to leaving We work the whole day long To keep the children’s spirits high We sing a travellers song “Mi corazon ansia por ir Lejos de esta tierra Lejos de esta tierra extranjera Volver a Mexico” By the time we reach the mountain wall Towards the promised land everything is desert everything is sand the darkness of a false dawn keeps the sun from sight after burning all our bridges we can’t see any light Before us faces made of rock And built by human hand Look down from a naked sky `Upon this barren land We stand there gazing upwards At the scale of human sin The wall they built to keep us out Is keeping us in The dogs of war are panicked  the hell -hound’s on our trail  we’re heading for the endgame,  bow your head and draw the veil  the party’s almost over now  feel free to place your bets someone blow the whistle too late for regrets We turn our backs upon the wall And as we stand and stare The sound of hooves approaches Hot dust in the air We hold each other closer My love and I, we kiss The greedy they know only war They never had this Ranches and mansions don’t mean much to me without love, what good is property there in the distance I see heaven above And they say that peace arrives on the wings of a dove
9.
A tender touch is such a rare thing these days A pure soul, cause for celebration There’s not much left, for rainy days But I’m still proud of my nation Oh we’ve got oil To save the day And oil can pay for anything But though we’re rich, in so many ways There’s too much of everything Except for Sweet smiles from folk who care And good conversations Upon this blood red flag I swear I’m still proud of my nation Yes we’ve got gold in towers high Oh boy, they’re amazing But just like mama’s pumpkin pie There’s too much of everything Too much of everything Everything is cold Everything is crazy Everything’s about to explode Everything baby Everything is greed Everything is hate Everything’s a one way street Everything’s too late Everything is power Everything is money Everything's a sting in the tail Everything honey Everything is me Nothing about you Everything plain Is looking confused Everything is gone Every last book Everything is ours Everything’s too much A tender touch is such a rare thing these days
10.
See us smirking sideways And laughing up our sleeves Our plan for taking over was accomplished with such ease Only six months and counting, and then The Geeks shall inherit the earth It was a stroke of genius To give that man the tools To bring about his fall from grace and expose the inner fool Perfect for our weirdo army Perfect, Perfect The Geeks shall inherit the earth The Geeks shall inherit the earth The Geeks shall inherit the earth So says the book The dork who taught him how to Tweet’s A goober hero now And since the tower came tumbling down The freaks have made a vow We’re going to take control, yeah The Geeks shall inherit the earth The Geeks shall inherit the earth The Geeks shall inherit the earth So says the book Don’t let the cat out of the bag Don’t let that pussy scream There’s a goddamn Trojan horse Outside the West Wing Of the American Dream Yeah The Geeks shall inherit the earth The Geeks shall inherit the earth The Geeks shall inherit the earth The Geeks shall inherit the earth The Geeks shall inherit the earth The Geeks shall inherit the earth The Geeks shall inherit the earth The Geeks shall inherit the earth The Geeks shall inherit the earth The Geeks shall inherit the earth The Geeks shall inherit the earth The Geeks shall inherit the earth Don’t let the cat out of the bag Don’t let that pussy scream There’s a goddamn Trojan horse Don’t let the cat out of the bag Oh, don’t let that pussy scream There’s a goddamn Trojan horse Outside the West Wing Of the American Dream

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The Strunts point their baffled post-truth new wave folk finger at Everything. And with an incongruently jubilant weariness proclaim: "Too Much!"


“They know words, they have the best words. Tremendous words.  I have the best, but there is no better word than ‘The Strunts’. I think the bigly difference between them and other words is the tunes. The point is, you can never be too greedy “

A.P. Otus - Going For A Song Gazette

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released July 4, 2020

CREDITS:

DAVID FEE guitar, lead and harmony vocals
LES OMAN bouzouki, lead (Like Minds) and harmony vocals, guitar, keys, mandolin, Seagull Merlin
MARK LEISHMAN drums, percussion
ALEX JOHNSON double bass, banjo, moothie (Blood & Bandages); double bass (Weaver's Bay)
ALISON LEITH vocals <Alien in Slovenia
ANNE LEITH harmony vocals (Alien in Slovenia, Ranches and Mansions, End in Tears, The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth
SAM HALES electric guitar, bass, everything else

All the songs were written by David Fee and Les Oman-
Recorded at Sam Hales Recording Studio,  Campbeltown, except for Alison's vocal on Alien in Slovenia,
recorded by Dave Aird at Clydebank
Engineered by Sam Hales-
Design by Calum Hadden at Birnam CD-
Front cover image by Phill Denham
Strunts image by Phill Denham and Finlay Oman

The Strunts would like to thank Sam, Alex, Alison & Dave, Anne, Mark, Phill, BOS Cashpoint (Longrow, Campbeltown), Michael (Spanish translation), Rossy (persistence with Geeks), Fin (for the Meeting of Minds), Serendipity, Pent-up Incredulousness, Kintyre Songwriters' Festival, Martin and Calum at Birnam and last, but not least, A-P-Otus - our Inspired Inspiration!
David and Les would like to thank their families for support and encouragement, particularly their long-suffering wives, Ineke and Kate

In memory of Robert Black, a much-missed musical buddy

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The Strunts Campbeltown, UK

The Strunts travel from Folk-Rock to Cow-Punk visiting various strange and heaven-forsaken towns in between. The songs contain a good shot of compassion mixed with a generous splash of desperate cynicism and black humour that befits their status as The Kings of (Melodic) Curmudgeon. Catch them before they become a global phenomenon and/or are extradited somewhere unpleasant. ... more

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