Wednesday, 30 March 2016

How Sweet To Be An Idiot

By Neil Innes
How sweet to be an Idiot,
As harmless as a cloud,
Too small to hide the sun
Almost poking fun,
At the warm but insecure untidy crowd.

How sweet to be an idiot,
And dip my brain in joy,
Children laughing at my back,
With no fear of attack,
As much retaliation as a toy.

How sweet to be an idiot, how sweet.

I tiptoe down the street,
Smile at everyone I meet,
But suddenly a scream,
Smashes through my dream,
Fie fye foe fum,
I smell the blood of an asylum,
(Blood of an asylum,
But mother I play so beautifully, listen. ha ha)
Fie fye foe fum,
I smell the blood of the asylum,
Hey you, you're such a pedant,
You got as much brain as a dead ant,
As much imagination as a caravan sign.

But I still love you, still love you,
Oh how sweet to be an idiot,
How sweet. how sweet. How sweet.
Written and performed by Innes, Neil
 © EMI Music Publishing

Look Out, There's A Monster Coming

By The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band

From the album Gorilla (1967)

Lonely, unmarried, looking for love,
Life was passing me by.
So I sent off my photo, hobbies and age;
Magazine marriage I tried.
They say for centuries lovely Japanese girls
Have been trained in the art of pleasing men.
Be lonely no more, open destiny's door.
For one dollar they arrange a meeting.

My image was wrong, I didn't like me,
So I changed my personality.
I bought a delux Merseybeat wig
But it was a size too big.
What confidence in my new built-up shoes,
So smart for winter or summer.
Undetectable in normal everyday use.

Look out there's a monster coming!

Bye-bye binoculars and macintosh,
Everything is just great.
I take elocution, learn to speak posh
But still I can't find a mate.
Be popular, learn to play the guitar,
In seven days you could be strumming.
Be sociable, learn kissing technique.

Look out there's a monster coming!

Carnaby clothes, I reshaped my nose,
Plastic surgery's best.
To cut down my weight off comes my left leg.
I pass a swimming costume test.
Are my sideboards too long,
Don't my aftershave pong?
I know my new nose ain't runnin'.
What's wrong with my tie?
Am I getting too high?

Look out there's a monster coming!

Disfiguring and ugly, my facial hair
I had removed electrically.
I rejuvenated my energy cells
And regained my virility (grunt grunt).
(He put my hand on my heart?),
(I am changing the part?).
He had a machine for a mummy.
Please be gentle with me:
I come to pieces literally.

Look out there's a monster coming!
Look out there's a monster coming!
Look out there's a monster coming!

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Monstaville Quotes Extra #5

Janeway: This is Kathryn Janeway. I’ve never liked saying good bye, so I’ll make this brief, but I want you all to know that serving as your captain has been the most extraordinary experience of my life. No captain could ask more than what this crew has given. Bravery, compassion and strength of character. But I think what I’ll miss most is the fun. The times we joked together, the games on the holodeck. I’ll remember the laughter more than anything. Although Commander Chakotay and I won’t be with you for the rest of your journey, we know that you’ll be the same steadfast crew for Mister Tuvok as you have been for us. We wish you a safe and a speedy journey home. Our thoughts will be with you. Janeway out.
Tuvok: Thank you, Captain, Commander. I am sure I speak for the entire crew when I say we will always remember your grace and courage. And I would like to add, it has been an honour serving with you. Live long and prosper.
 ~ Star Trek Voyager: ‘Resolutions’ (Stardate: 49690.1. Original Airdate: 13 May 1996).

“Don’t hold on to anger, hurt or pain. They steal your energy and keep you from love.” - Leo Buscaglia.

“What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step.” - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

“Always be kinder than you feel.” – Unknown.

“One. Do not promise when you’re happy.
Two. When you are angry, do not respond.
Three. Do not decide when you’re sad.”
- Unknown (tumblr post). 

“Great souls suffer in silence.” - Friedrich Schiller.

“This is one more piece of advice I have for you: don’t get impatient. Even if things are so tangled up you can’t do anything, don’t get desperate or blow a fuse and start yanking on one particular thread before it’s ready to come undone. You have to figure it’s going to be a long process and that you’ll work on things slowly, one at a time.” - Haruki Murakami (Norwegian Wood).

“The greatest weapon anyone can use against us is our own mind, by preying on the doubts and uncertainties that already lurk there.” - Emily Thorne ( Revenge).

“The only way that we can live is if we grow. The only way we can grow is if we change. The only way we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we are exposed is if we throw ourselves into the open.” – C. Joybell.

“When suffering is on all sides and man hungers for the unmanifested mystery in all phenomena, He seeks reflection of the Divine. God’s higher truths are cloaked in his creation and the message is in the stars.” - Nostradamus.

“When the chips are down, man will avoid the effort of solving the immediate pressing problems by pointless reflection on larger unquantifiable theories. This is called ‘prevarication.’” - Richard Caukill.

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Natural Blues

By Moby (1999)

oh lordy,
trouble so hard
oh lordy,
trouble so hard,
don't nobody know my troubles but God [x2]

went down the hill,
the other day
my soul got happy
and stayed all day


went in the room,
didn't stay long,
looked on the bed
and brother was dead


If you're looking for a way out

By Odyssey (1980)

Love is crazy baby, I can see it in your eyes.
Your kisses taste the same,
But it's just a sweet disguise.
Ain't that just like you,
To worry about me.
But we promised to be honest
With each other for all eternity.
So if you're looking for a way out
I won't stand here in your way.
And if you're looking for a way out:

Don't look at the tears that I'm crying
They'll only make you wanna stay.
Don't kiss me again coz I'm dying
To keep you from running away.
(run away,run away,run away,run away,run away, run away)

Oh baby tell me I'm wrong
Just say I'm crazy
It's with you that I belong.
It's never easy when lovers have to part.
Oh come on stop pretending
Tell me what's in you heart.
And if you're looking for a way out
I won't stand here in your way.
But if you're looking for a way out:

Don't look at the tears that I'm crying
They'll only make you wanna stay.
Don't kiss me again coz I'm dying
To keep you from running away.

Don't look at the tears that I'm crying
They'll only make you wanna stay.
Don't love me again coz I'm tryin'
To keep you from running away.
(baby don't run away, baby don't run away)

Don't you run away (ooooh oooooh)
(oooooh ooooooh)
Oh come on stop pretending
Tell me what's in your heart.

And if you're looking for a way out
I won't stand here in your way.
And if you're looking for a way out:

Don't look at the tears that I'm crying
They'll only make you wanna stay.
Don't kiss me again coz I'm dying
To keep you from running away.
(run away,run away,run away,run away,run away, run away)

Better tell me what's in you heart

Oh baby now stop pretending, stop pretending, stop pretending.

Don't you know I'll always love you.

Wednesday, 23 March 2016


Matthew (channelled through Suzanne Ward)

“Now there is more to be said about vibrations. The vibratory levels of sound affect mental, emotional, physical and spiritual bodies positively or negatively. Noise jolts your entire energy system. Noise from a gunshot, car backfiring or thunder, for instance, has a short-lived impact; noise from an evening of raucous or dissonant music, for example, or a day of working with roaring machinery has exponentially longer lasting and more adverse effects.

When that kind of noise is unavoidable, its effects can be somewhat ameliorated with as much solitude and serenity as the affected persons can manage. The soft, gentle tones of melodious music, the sound of flowing waters and the energetic emanations of trees are extremely restorative and helpful in regaining the light within balance.

In addition to the sound of words, the words themselves have vibrations. Loving words spoken sweetly by parents to their children are nurturing and assist them in achieving balance. Conversely, not only does yelling harsh words to children—to anyone!—destroy their balance and the balance of the ones who yell, but when their thoughts of those instances come as memories, the low vibrations return too. Although with less intensity, written words also emit vibrations, so choose your words carefully to benefit those to whom you write and yourself, and select reading material that will lighten your heart and mind.

It is your high vibrations that are connecting you with kindred spirits and causing reluctance to spending time with some individuals, whose vibrations are low. When the latter kind of encounter can’t be avoided, keeping your thoughts positive will enable you to stay balanced, and the light within will help raise the vibrations all around."

Train Long-Suffering

By Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (1985)
Woo-wooooooo Woo!
In the name of pain!
(In the name of pain and suffering)
In the name of pain!
(In the name of pain and suffering)
There comes a train!
(There comes a train)
A long black train
(There comes a train)
Lord, a long black train

Woo-woo! Woo-woo!

Punched from the tunnel
(The tunnel of love is long and lonely)
Engines steaming like a fist
(A fistful of memories)
Into the jolly jaw of morning
(Yeah! O yeah!)
O baby it gets smashed!
(You know that it gets smashed)
O baby it gets smashed!
(You know that it gets smashed)

I kick every goddamn splinter
Into all the looking eyes in the world
Into all the laughing eyes
Of all the girls in the world
She ain't never comin back
She ain't never comin back
She ain't never comin back
She ain't never comin back
And the name of the pain is...
And the name of the pain is...
And the name of the pain is...
And the name of the pain is...
The name of the pain is
A train long-suffering

On rails of pain
(On rails of pain and suffering)
There comes a train
(There comes a train long-suffering)
On rails of pain
(On rails of pain and suffering)
O baby blow its whistle in the rain

Woo-oo Woo! Woo-oo Woo!

Who's the engine driver?
(The engine drivers over yonder)
His name is Memory
(His name is Memory)
O Memory is his name
Destination: Misery
(Pain and misery)
O pain and misery
(Pain and misery)
O pain and misery
Hey! Hey!
(Pain and misery)
Hey! That's a sad lookin sack!
Oooh that's a sad lookin sack!
And the name of the pain is...
And the name of the pain is...
Ooh the name of the pain is
A train long-suffering

There is a train!
(It's got a name)
Yeah! It's a train long-suffering
O Lord a train!
(A long black train)
Lord! Of pain and suffering
Each night so black
(O yeah! So black)
And in the darkness of my sack
I'm missing you baby
(I'm missing you)
And I just dunno what to do
(dunno what to do)
(Train long-suffering)
(Train long-suffering)
(Train long-suffering)
(Train long-suffering)
O she ain't never comin back
O she ain't never comin back
O she ain't never comin back
O she ain't never comin back
And the name of the pain is...
And the name of the pain is...
The name of the train is...
The name of the train is
Pain and suffering 

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Who's Sorry Now?

The Divine voice of Gloria DeHaven

Monstaville Quotes Extra #4

“Those who do not weep, do not see.” - Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“It is dangerous to be concerned with what others think of you.” - Proverbs 29:25.

“I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow; but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.” - Agatha Christie.

“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson.

"To harm another, is to harm ones self." – Socrates.

"Love your brother like your soul, guard him like the pupil of your eye." – Jesus (The Gospel of Thomas).

”A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.” - Jean de La Fontaine, Fables.

"No matter how formidable the obstacles, passion, courage and imagination can prevail." -
Sea Shepherd Founder, Captain Paul Watson.

“We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.” – Mother Theresa.

"A broken friendship, like a broken cup, can be mended but it will never be perfect again." — Anon.

"Some people think to be strong is to never feel pain. In reality, it’s the strongest people who feel it, understand it, and accept it." – Unknown.

"Silence is the best reply to a fool." - Imam Ali.

"Some years ago I was struck by the large number of falsehoods that I had accepted as true in my childhood, and by the highly doubtful nature of the whole edifice that I had subsequently based on them. I realised that it was necessary, once in the course of my life, to demolish everything completely and start again right from the foundations if I wanted to establish anything at all in the sciences that was stable and likely to last." - René Descartes (Meditations on First Philosophy).

“… and later lo and behold it turned out to be Goethe who wrote a book about how foolish it was to be born and scores of German youths committed suicide after reading it and when I tried to read it to see whether I would feel like committing suicide I couldn’t get interested so here I am alive and in circulation.” – Carl Sandburg to Thomas Hornsby Ferril, 22 May 1951.

Friday, 18 March 2016

Monstaville Quotes Extra #3

“Some periods of our growth are so confusing that we don’t even recognise that growth is happening. We may feel hostile or angry or weepy and hysterical, or we may feel depressed. It would never occur to us, unless we stumbled on a book or a person who explained to us, that we were in fact in the process of change, of actually becoming larger, spiritually, than we were before. Whenever we grow, we tend to feel it, as a young seed must feel the weight and inertia of the earth as it seeks to break out of its shell on its way to becoming a plant. Often the feeling is anything but pleasant. But what is most unpleasant is the not knowing what is happening…Those long periods when something inside ourselves seems to be waiting, holding its breath, unsure about what the next step should be, eventually become the periods we wait for, for it is in those periods that we realise that we are being prepared for the next phase of our life and that, in all probability, a new level of the personality is about to be revealed.” - Alice Walker.

“Strong souls aren't just born. They are built by forging through the most challenging perils in life and still having the ability to shine.“ – Anon.

“The moment you feel like you have to prove your worth to someone is the moment to absolutely and utterly walk away.” – Unknown.

“Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes.” – Sigmund Freud.

"Live not in ignorance. Do not waste your precious life span in differentiating and judging your fellow men, but learn to long for the love of God. Even in the midst of your worldly activities, live only to find and realise your true Identity with your Beloved God.
Be pure and simple, and love all because all are one. Live a sincere life; be natural, and be honest with yourself." - Meher Baba.

“The three saddest things are the ill wanting to be well, the poor wanting to be rich, and the constant traveller saying ‘anywhere but here.’” - E.E. Cummings.

“Experience is a brutal teacher, but you learn. My God, do you learn.” - C.S Lewis.

“People inspire you, or they drain you — pick them wisely.” - Hans F. Hansen.

“Not everyone will be happy at your success nor will everyone be saddened by your loss so be careful whom you share your personal matters with.” - Mufti Ismail Menk.

“Truth has no path. Truth is living and, therefore, changing. Awareness is without choice, without demand, without anxiety; in that state of mind, there is perception. To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person. Awareness has no frontier; it is giving of your whole being, without exclusion.” - Bruce Lee.

“Patience is not the ability to wait, but how you act while you’re waiting.” – Anonymous.

“People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.” - Thich Nhat Hanh.

“Knowing your power is what creates humility. Not knowing you power is what creates insecurity.” - Unknown.

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Monstaville Quotes Extra #2

“Be with those who help your being.” – Rumi.

"How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours."
- Wayne W. Dyer.

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” - Maya Angelou.

"I lived with a bug for 17 years. Everyone hated this bug and said it was no good and bad. It had no eyes, no ears and lived its life on feeling, alone in the dark, no help, no claws, no fangs, no defenses. A helpless little bug. I watched it and thought how this life form can find any joy, why this life would want to live. I learned more from that bug than I did from my whole life before. I fell in love with another life form. That bug could feel what I thought. I set for ten years with no books, no TV, no radio, nothing but a candle making things with strings and toilet paper.” — Charles Manson (Bug Letter).
“Someone asked, ‘Why is there suffering?’ [Meher] Baba gave this succinct reply: ‘Suffering is essential for the elimination of the ego, just as it was necessary for you to scrub and scrub in order to wash the stain from my coat.’" - Unkown.

"The feelings that hurt most, the emotions that sting most, are those that are absurd; the longing for impossible things, precisely because they are impossible; nostalgia for what never was; the desire for what could have been; regret over not being someone else; dissatisfaction with the world’s existence. All these half-tones of the soul’s consciousness create in us a painful landscape, an eternal sunset of what we are." - Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet.

“He who fears he will suffer, already suffers because he fears.” – Michel De Montaigne.


“Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.” - Oscar Wilde.

“He’s simply got the instinct for being unhappy highly developed.” – H.H. Munro.

"The world hasn’t stopped moving. Out there, people are still talking to each other face-to-face, exchanging ideas and turning each other on. Art houses are showing films, people are drinking coffee and telling tall tales, women and men are confusing each other and record stores are selling disks full of soul that you haven’t felt yet." - Jack White. 

"We all have dark periods in our lives. We all face difficulties that seem insurmountable. We all encounter setbacks. And when we do, we’re often tempted to throw in the towel. Most philosophers have tried to help us reduce the amount that we suffer. They have offered consoling advice on how to make the pain go away. But there was one philosopher with a far more bracing take on the subject. Friedrich Nietzsche believed that all varieties of suffering and failure would to be welcomed by anyone seeking happiness. We should regard them as tough challenges to be overcome, in the same way as a climber might tackle a mountain. Almost alone among philosophers, he thought it as an advantage to have serious reversals in life." - Alain De Botton, Nietzsche on Hardship.
“Be thankful for the bad things in life. For they open your eyes to the good things you weren't paying attention to before.” - Unknown.

Monday, 14 March 2016

Monstaville Quotes Extra #1

Do the scary thing first, and get scared later.” - Lemony Snicket (When Did You See Her Last?).

“Though the road’s been rocky it sure feels good to me.” - Bob Marley.

“We must try to live without causing unnecessary harm, not just to fellow humans but to all beings. We must try not to be stingy, or to exploit others. There will be enough pain in the world as it is.” - Gary Snyder, Poet.

"Every day you either see a scar or courage. Where you dwell will define your struggle." - Dodinsky.

“You teach people how to treat you by what you allow, what you stop, and what you reinforce.” - Tony Gaskins.

“Nurture life; Walk in love and beauty; Trust the knowledge that comes through the body; Speak the truth about conflict, pain, and suffering; Take only what you need; Think about the consequences of your actions for seven generations; Approach the taking of life with great restraint; Practice great generosity; Repair the web.” - Carol P. Christ.

“All suffering originates from craving, from attachment, from desire.” – Buddha.

“It’s good to leave each day behind, like flowing water, free of sadness. Yesterday is gone and its tale told. Today new seeds are growing.” – Rumi.

Be empty of worrying.
Think of who created thought!
Why do you stay in prison
When the door is so wide open?
-          Rumi.

“Your strength is soft, indirect, delicate, tender, womanly. But it is strength just the same.” - Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin Volume I.

“Hardships often prepare people for an extraordinary destiny.” - C.S. Lewis.

“There is nothing outside of yourself that can ever enable you to get better, stronger, richer, quicker, or smarter. Everything is within. Everything exists. Seek nothing outside of yourself.” - Miyamoto Musashi.

“However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.” – Stanley Kubrick.

At first there was blackness,
that turned into blueness.
I suppose I am green now,
the colour of life
and healing bruises.
— poliziotta

“I tend to equate sadness with intelligence.” - Chuck Klosterman (Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story).