One True Soul

by The Urbane Decay

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Songs about a break-up, living alone in Toronto, the trials of online dating and finally finding the one true soul you will spend your life with, despite your Chinese astrological signs being at odds. Events which would leave the singer with nothing left to sing about. Originally released on CD-R, presented here with the bonus track "Broken Strings".

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released January 1, 2009

Jakob Rehlinger: Vocals, instruments.
Jacqueline Noire: Vocals (Chinese Astrology)

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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: Things Always Get Weird
Your voice smells like ice cream
It tastes like sunshine
It feels like music and joy

Except for this bitter aftertaste in my mouth
Because I found out
You already have a boy

Is it gonna get weird between is now?
It would have eventually anyhow

This always get weird
This always get weird
This always get weird
Around me anyhow

At least you like boys
At least you're not queer
I usually fall for lesbians
Who are looking for a beard

This always get weird
This always get weird
This always get weird
Around me
Track Name: Chinese Astrology
Chinese astrology says I'd be no good for you
My calculating, dictatorial and possessive ways
Will break your free spirit

Though Rats and Horses will attract each other
Like no other
We'll always bring out the worst in each other
In each other

But I always bring out the worst in people
No mater what their sign
And I always break their spirit
No mater what their sign...
Track Name: Let's Take It Slow
I just wanna hang out
And if we fall in love
Then we fall in love
That's natural, right?

I just wanna hang out
And if we don't fall in love
That's okay too
It's alright with me, is it alright with you?

Take it slow
Let's take it slow

I don't wanna hold your hand
Or look in your eyes
Or kiss you goodnight
Is that alright?

I don't wanna hold your hand
Until we can't help it
Until there's no choice
I lose my nerve, you lose your voice

Take it slow
Let's take it slow

I don't think our hearts
Should have to bang themselves apart
For it to be love at first sight
I should dislike you a little bit
And have no idea why
Until I realize it's because
You make me feel lonely inside
You're the one I've been waiting for
You're the one who makes me whole
You're the missing puzzle piece
In the jigsaw of my soul

Take it slow
Let's take it slow
Track Name: Broken Machines
Sometimes these things
Grind to a halt
Like broken machines
It’s nobody’s fault

It just works out that way...

Sometimes people
Find what they thought
Was all that they needed
To discover it’s not

It just works out that way...

Sometimes these things
Grind to a halt
Like broken machines
It’s nobody’s fault

It just works out that way...

It's no big deal, just works out that way
One of those things, just works out that way
It just works out that way...
Track Name: Widowed Wives
There's no romance
Left in our lives
It's all been eaten
By widowed wives

I could write a poem
I could write this song
But the rhymes, you'd know 'em
They've been around too long

Since the first boy
Met the first girl
In the olden days
In the olden world

And he compared her eyes
To moonlight in the water
On a windless night
And that's how he got her

I could write a poem
I could write this song
But the rhymes, you'd know 'em
They've been around too long

I could play this tune
Outside your door
With a mariachi band
But it's been done before

Since the first boy
Met the third girl
In the olden days
In the olden world

He compared her lips
To a sunset sky
Like clouds full and red
And then she said goodbye

I could write a poem
I could write this song
But the rhymes, you'd know 'em
They've been around too long

There's no romance
Left in our lives
It's all been eaten
By widowed wives

I could be a poet
I could write this song
But you'd never know it
Because you'd be long gone

You'd be long gone...
Track Name: You Said You Would Call
Ever since they invented the phone
Someone has sat there waiting alone
In a darkened room
In a streetlight's beam
Feeling disappointed
It didn't ring

You said you would call — Why did you lie?

I knew in the morning
There would not be
An email from you
An apology
You got in too late
You will call me soon
Maybe sometime
This afternoon

You said you would call — I knew you would not

Ever since they invented email
People too easily
Express how they feel
In the morning they regret
Things they had written late in the night

You said you would call — Why did you lie?

I'm not gonna check to see if you're online
Every ten minutes as if you were mine

I see you're online
I'm not saying "hi"
It's up to you
I've still got my pride

Hi, hi, hi, hi...
Track Name: I Just Don't Feel It
We can talk about kittens
We can talk about art
We can talk about movies
But it just doesn't start

We can talk about indie rock
Graphic novelists you think are good
We can talk all night
But it doesn't feel like it should

I just don't feel it...

I can look in your green eyes
You can look in my grey
But I'm only hearing the syllable
Of the words you say

They're not stirring up
A panicked nervous flock
In my guts
Making it too hard to talk

I just don't feel it...
Track Name: Done With Crazy
Everybody has little has little bits that get broken
Or fall asleep and can't be woken
There's nothing wrong with that
I'm just saying off the bat
I'm done with crazy and I'm not going back

I'm just saying
I'm done with crazy
Please, don't take it personally

I just figured out your roommate is your ex
You're trying to make each other jealous with sex
I applaud your goals
Find people to fill those roles
But I won't be one of them, no no, no no

I'm just saying
I'm done with crazy
Please, don't take it personally

If what you wanted was a third wheel in your heart
You could have said from the very start
Please don't be confused
I would not have refused
I don't mind being a whore
I just don't care for being used

I'm just saying
I'm done with crazy
Please, don't take it personally

I'm just saying
I've already paid my dues
I don't think you're a bad person
I just think you're bad news
Track Name: Broken Strings
Don't place too much hope in this
Third date and first kiss
Could be good, could be bad
Could be the best thing we ever had
Could be better, could be worse
Call the doctor, call the nurse

Cause broken hearts aren't broken legs
They heal no better than broken eggs
Broken hearts aren't broken wings
They heal no better than broken strings

Call the doctor
Call the priest
I'm breathing
But my heart's deceased
Call the nuns, call the nurse
Now that I've confessed
Put me in a hearse
Call the lawyers
Call the cops
The alarm bells never stop
Call the ambulance and fire truck
I'm burning from the worst of luck

Cause broken hearts aren't broken legs
They heal no better than broken eggs
Broken hearts aren't broken wings
They heal no better than broken strings
Track Name: One True Soul
Now listen
Someone out there really wants to love you but here's the thing
There's a really good chance you'll never, ever meet them
In fact it's pretty much definite that you probably won't
But that doesn't mean you should stop looking for them
Because they're not going to just vanish or appear if you do
Or because you don't
They're not just going to vanish or appear
Because you're looking for them or because you don't

So you might ask, "Where is this tender love tonight?"
Well, they're probably in somebody's sweaty arms
In their sweaty bed
And they're having sweaty sex
But I bet you that they feel alone inside
Just like you
I bet you they just as lonely as you do tonight
Maybe as if their lover were dead

Hey, why don't you try this?
Get some paper and a typewriter
And you could type out some random names
and hit upon a list
Of true loves you've never met
Of true loves you've never kissed
Of people you've never met before
Of true loves you've never kissed
And most likely never will

True loves you never can
That one true soul who's already with another man
That one true soul in the entire world
Who's already with another girl
That one true soul who's with another man
That one true soul who's already with another girl
That one true soul in this entire world

I was watching a movie
Where this woman died in her husband's arms
And I thought, "I have no one to die in my arms
and I have no arms to die in when I'm old.
I'm nobody's one true soul in this entire world.
I'm nobody's one true soul."
Track Name: Western Polytechnic
If I won several million dollars
I'd buy the old polytechnic
And I'd live in it alone
But not quite alone

I'd rent the classrooms out to friends
We'd share the cafeteria kitchen
And fill it up with other people
With cats and goldfish and children

Yet I'd still be living there alone
But not quite alone

We'd put on plays
We'd make art
We'd hold concerts
And turn the soccer field into a garden
And all our neighbours would be amazed
How well we got along together

Living together
But living alone
But not quite
Alone
Not quite
Alone
Not quite
Alone
Not quite
Alone