Crumbles

by The Urbane Decay

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A collection of demos written for my '90s alt/indie-rock band, superPOP, but mostly after the final version of it had crumbled to dust. These were songs we never played live (though "Hail Mary Tyler Moore" is another version of "Lois Lane").

These crumbs were all recorded roughly 1995-99 (one or two a bit later). Instead of putting together a third (or fifth?) superPOP line-up, I decided to start recording solo as The Urbane Decay while performing "unplugged" (hey, it was still a thing at the time) as a solo acoustic singer-songwriter.

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released January 1, 1998

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The Urbane Decay Toronto, Ontario

The Urbane Decay is an indie pop recording project mainly active between 2002-2009, mainly by Jakob Rehlinger, mainly maudlin and mopey.

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Track Name: Waiting For My World To Crumble Apart
One eye on the mailbox
Waiting for the delivery
Of a missive dismissive
From across the sea
I used to be waiting for our life to start
Now I'm waiting for my world to crumble all apart

Waiting for your phone call
For your voice in my ear
For you it's tomorrow morning
But it's always midnight here
I used to be waiting for your voice to warm my heart
Now I'm waiting for my world to crumble all apart

You drive you drive me places
I know are off the charts
Now I'm waiting for my world to crumble all apart

It's gonna crumble
It's gonna fall apary
It's gonna crumble down
Track Name: The Airwaves Are Alight
The airwaves are alight
Wireheads vs indie-rockers tonight
The phone lines are heating up
Take us back to high school days
When the new wave was all the craze

The phone lines are heating up
My eardrums are getting beaten up
The phone lines are heating up
The music isn't sweet enough

In high school I must admit
I had a crush on Robert Smith
Well, honestly, who didn't
When Johnny Marr's guitar was so glad
Why was Morrissey always so sad

Wasn't the music sweet enough
To keep his heart from getting beaten up
Wasn't the music sweet enough
Maybe it was all a bluff

Can anyone really be that melancholy?
Can anyone really be as morose as Morrissey?

The airwaves are alight
Wireheads vs indie-rockers tonight
The phone lines are heating up
The radio tower is ablaze
Vandalism's all the craze

The airwaves are heating up
My eardrums are getting beaten up
The music isn't sweet enough
My heart is getting beaten up
Track Name: Hail Mary Tyler Moore
I wanna fly like Superman
Do the special things he can
Rid the world of crime and pain
Marry a girl like Lois Lane

I don't believe in happenstance
Nothing happens just by chance
It's fate I ended up a slave
At the local Shop'n'Save

Flunked out of university
Because I watched too much TV
So afraid of being bored
Just let me watch five minutes more
Five minutes more

I wanna fly like Superman
Do the special things he can
Rid the world of crime and pain
Marry a girl like Lois Lane

I'm so afraid of being bored
Just let me watch five minutes more
It lets me know that I'm alive
I'd better say my twenty-five
Hail Mary Tyler Moores
Track Name: Sneakers
She makes wear a bell
So when I sneak up behind
She can listen for the knell
And sneak away in time

In her sneakers, for sneaking
Sneakers, for sneaking away

Subterfuge takes its toll
I never wore no rubber sole
I never had no steel toes
She dances in heels, but everybody knows

She wears sneakers, for sneaking
Sneakers, for sneaking away

I don't sneak up no more
She just sneaks out the door
All I wanna do is talk
But she finds it easier to walk

In her sneakers, for sneaking
Sneakers, for sneaking away
Track Name: Unattractive
She said, "I don't find you attractive
Because you don't find yourself attractive"
I'm a victim of my own low self esteem
And that is why she is not attracted to me

I'm not attractive
I'm unattractive

She said, "Sex is supposed to be fun
But you're not making it fun no more
Your emotional threats make me a whore
You you make it feel like it's such a bloody chore
You are such a bore, boring to the core"

She said, "I don't find you attractive
Because you don't find yourself attractive"
I'm a victim of my own low self esteem
And that is why she is not attracted to me
Track Name: The Everything Girl
What do you get the girl who has everything
Strings of pearls and diamond rings
She's got a car and her own chauffeur
But she don't have me, and I don't have her

So wrap me up all in a bow
Her daddy don't have to know
Wrap me up all prettily
Put me in a box and deliver me

What do you get the girl who has everything
Caviar and the food of kinds
Got a closet full of furs
Dollars in her purse are just a curse

So wrap me up all in a bow
Her daddy don't have to know
Wrap me up all prettily
Put me in a box and deliver me
Track Name: Viewing Jar
In my closet I keep more than clothes
I have a secret no one knows
Maybe I will leap out and surprise you all
Maybe I will let my disguise fall

Maybe I will come out
Maybe I will leap out
Maybe I will come out this time
Maybe I will come out
Maybe I will leap out
Maybe it will turn out just fine

I'm gonna throw a party for all my friends
And from the start until the end
I'll be on display in a viewing jar
See who looks away and who my real friends are

Maybe they will cheer me
Maybe they will fear me
Maybe I will end up alone
Maybe they will love me
Maybe push and shove me
Maybe they will pelt me with stones

Maybe I will come out
Maybe I will leap out
Maybe I will come out this time
Maybe I will come out
Maybe I will leap out
Maybe it will turn out just fine

I'm gonna throw a party for all my friends
And from the start until the very end
I'll be on display in a viewing jar
See who looks away and who my real friends are
Track Name: Campus Rawk
Hey are you going back
To school in the fall?
Yeah, I wanna go back and learn it all
I wanna find out
What nobody knows
Why sometimes your heart is open
Why sometimes it's so closed

Hey, you're not alone
I myself am going back
Taking out a student loan
Getting myself back on track
'Cause I lost my way
On the path that I chose
Sometime's the future's open
Sometimes it is so closed

Maybe I will see you there
Maybe I will see
Maybe I will see you there

Hey, will you be living
In the dorms or off campus
I know I'll be living
On alcohol and cannabis
I'm not there to learn
I'm there to burn
Sometimes I feel so grown up
Sometimes I just feel spurned

Maybe I will see you there
Maybe I will see
Maybe I will see you there
On our campus in the air
Track Name: Quitting The Team
Mama, I'm quitting the team
I don't want to play anymore
It's been so long since I score
I'm just taking up space on the bench

I don't like games I don't win
Who likes games they never win

You meet someone
And you think they're interested in you
You have fantastic conversations
Over bagels and tea
And the way they look at you
Makes you feel shiny inside
Like a glossy new magazine

But don't hold your breath, brother
Don't hold your breath, babydoll

They say they'll call but they don't
I'm tired of this game
I'm quitting this team
Don't pray they'll fall 'cause they won't
I'm tired of this game
I'm quitting this team

Is there a time you stop falling?
Is there a time you stop falling in love?

They say you'll 'cause you won't
I'm tired of this game
I'm quitting this team
Don't pray I'll fall 'cause I won't
I'm tired of this game
I'm quitting this team

I'm tattered and torn
I'm weathered and worn
A dead heart ain't nothing to mourn
Track Name: Runaway (From Me)
Maybe I'm just too frail to fall in love again
Maybe I'm just too afraid of the old familiar pain
Don't be mistaken
Before your lips were even cold
Before your heart was breakin'
I found another pair of hands to hold
I fell in love ten times before
I even closed the bedroom door
I fell in love ten times before
Your heart hit the floor

Run away, run away
Run away, run away from me

You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar
I tell you no lies, I didn't mean to begin with her
But don't be mistaken
We'll never get it back again
You'll just keep on breakin'
You have to change your tack again

I fell in love ten times before
I even closed the bedroom door
I fell in love ten times before
Your heart hit the floor

Run away, run away
Run away, run away from me

When it gets too serious
When it gets delirious

20 miles, 30 miles, 40 miles away
Run away, run away

Run away — When it gets too serious
Run away — When it gets delirious
Track Name: One More Day
If you go
Don't leave today with the herd
Tomorrow
I'll be ready to say the words

I've been shy for just too long
Biding my time
That is why you're moving on
On down the line

I love you
There's nothing I can do
But you could wait
Just one more day

If you go in the morning
To catch the 8:05
So you know
I'll be mourning, but I'll survive

When he gives you
That last kiss
That's my kiss too
On the platform
In the dew mist
That's my kiss too

I love you
There's nothing I can do
But you could wait
Just one more day

If you go don't leave today
Tomorrow's just one more day
If you go don't leave today
Tomorrow I'll be ready to say

I love you
There's nothing I can do
But you could wait
Just one more day