Twelve Ways To Count

by The Miserable Rich

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I remember my first concert so well.
The miserable Rich together with Kenneth Minor.
It's one of my favorite stories to tell and a beloved memory!
Favorite track: Boat Song.
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1.
Early Mourning She wants her own That’s what she’s hoping She wants to have What they both tried before And people say What the papers say ‘Cause the papers say What they believe And now it feels like early mourning But there’s a fever in this mourning He wants to know That he has closed the door He wants to know What she’s still fighting for And people say What the papers say ‘Cause the papers say What they believe And now it feels like early mourning But there’s a fever in this mourning Waiting for a son That’ll never rise And now it feels like early mourning But there’s a fever in this mourning
2.
Pisshead 03:55
Pisshead. I’m dead as a dodo And flat on my ass If you take my photo I’ll show you some class They call me a pisshead But what do they know? There’s more love in this head Than these eyes can show From tears and tears And laughter and laughter And I’d feel much better If I had drink Fears and fears And laughter and laughter And I’d feel much better If I had a drink These fingers, they touched her These fingers, they learn These fingers they loved her These fingers, they burn From tears and tears And laughter and laughter And I’d feel much better If I had drink Fears and fears And laughter and laughter And I’d feel much better If I had a drink Talking about it Makes me start to think Thinking about it Makes me want to drink From tears and tears And laughter and laughter And I’d feel much better If I had drink Fears and fears And laughter and laughter And I’d feel much better If I had a drink
3.
Boat Song 04:44
Boat Song I’ll build a bigger boat, I’ll build a bigger boat One that won’t capsize Each, every time you try to stand in it, and I’ll I’ll build a bigger boat, I’ll build a bigger boat You won’t believe your eyes Oh, so surprised that I can handle it And when your summer’s gone Or if someone does you wrong I’ll zip up your anorak And when your summer’s gone Or if someone does you wrong Pack your lunch and watch your back And every fairytale found in this head I’ll tell to you as I tuck you in bed And every lullaby sung to me I will sing to you as you go to sleep And I’ll bring a brighter day, I’ll bring a brighter Out on your horizon You’ll be riding high and smiling And I’ll bring a brighter day, I’ll bring a brighter day Or be your silver lining If you’re pining all the while, believe me When your summer’s gone Or someone does you wrong I’ll do up your duffel coat And when your summer’s gone Or if someone does you wrong Keep your hopes and dreams afloat And every fairytale found in this head I’ll tell to you as I tuck you in bed And every lullaby sung to me I will sing to you as you go to sleep Nothing to fear And no cause for more tears You’ll have nothing to fear And no cause for more tears And every fairytale found in this head I’ll tell to you as I tuck you in bed And every lullaby sung to me I will sing to you as you go to sleep
4.
The Knife-Thrower’s Hand I’ve got no more magic Left up my sleeve But this is business There is no time to grieve But the thought of broken skin Makes me think again I’ve always had A good eye for a curve Now, just need something To steady my nerve But the thought of breaking skin Does me in, y’know? And I wish that dress she’s in Was made of tin, y’know? If there’s a patron saint For every carnie man Come down and steady My old knife-thrower’s hand I can remember Just the end and the start But none, none of the middle And that was the best part In my days of breaking in I had to win to show But the ladies put me in A tailspin, y’know If there’s a patron saint Come help me all you can Come down and steady My old knife-thrower’s hand
5.
Monkey 04:53
Monkey I don’t know what you do to me I’m up, I’m down I’m all over the place I don’t know what you do to me When I come around There’s a smile on your face I don’t know what you see in me There’s always a crowd Hanging round At you place I don’t know what you see in me I’m never allowed To stand proud in your face But if you want to take me to the top of the tree I’ll be your monkey for you Yes, if you’re gonna take me to the top of the tree Then I’ll be your monkey for you I don’t know what you want from me Whatever I do Just for you Isn’t right I don’t know what you see in me Just give me a clue Cause I’m blue When you’re tight But if you want to take me to the top of the tree I’ll be your monkey for you Yes, if you’re gonna take me to the top of the tree Then I’ll be your monkey for you I don’t know what you do to me I’m up, I’m down I’m all over the place I don’t know what you see in me When I come around There’s a smile on my face But if you want to take me to the top of the tree I’ll be your monkey for you Yes, if you’re gonna take me to the top of the tree Then I’ll be your monkey for you
6.
Muswell 04:23
Muswell What do I know About flying? I know that it’s the way to catch your eye How do I go About trying to put myself into the sky? It takes me paper and bamboo To get to you I must be patient and stay true To get good news What do I now About trying to put myself up on the line? How do I go About flying Closer and closer to what shines? It takes me paper and bamboo To get to you I must be patient and stay true To get good news If I land on your doorstep Take me inside If I land on your doorstep There’s nowhere to hide I pray for air What do I know About standing Inside your garden walls of stone? What do in know About landing? It takes me paper and bamboo To get to you I must be patient and stay true To get good news
7.
North Villas 03:23
North Villas Too clear, Too clear today, And last night’s highlights So far away To get back There’s a price to pay My pocket’s empty anyway Stay here, Stay here today, And in our boudoir We will play We’ll make An all-star matinee They’ll hang on every word we say I tell you that you may find No better place to spend your time Than in this big old bed of mine With me No fear, No fear today, This undressed, unstressed Hideaway Is all we need for this display Forget all bets We’re gone astray I tell you that you may find No better place to spend your time Than in this big old bed of mine With me
8.
The Time That’s Mine Monday, Monday Tuesday, Tuesday Three more days ‘til Friday That’s the way I waste my time Waiting for the time That’s mine Ten days, nine days Eight more days ‘til payday That’s the way I waste my time Waiting ‘til what’s mine Is mine It’s just the way You said it would be It’s just the way You said it would be It’s just the way You said it would be And I’m just the way I swore I never would be But some day, some day We’ll fly away One day, when things go my way What a way to waste your time Waiting for some time
9.
The Barmaid’s Canon I don’t know what I should say anymore I’ve not had a crush like this before I wish I could sink into the floor When I think of what I said before My friends are always with me They offer me support They say just keep it snappy They say just keep it short But then they can’t help laughing They say I’ve lost my touch And then I get so nervous I always drink too much But I know enough to know You don’t just want a rough ride So I want to know If you’re as lovely on the inside I guess you’ve heard all of these lines before Eyes like yours get noticed I’m sure Hope you’re not celibate anymore And that’s not your boyfriend at the door I’m not much of a fighter But I’ve got lots of fight Whatever I do for you I’ll try and do I right But I know enough to know You don’t just want a rough ride So I want to know If you’re as lovely on the inside So don’t run away You’ve nothing to fear From hearing what I’ve got to say Cause everyone knows That you look lovely on the outside And everyone thinks That I am just another rough guy But I know enough to know I won’t just want to slip-slide So I want to know if you’re as lovely on the inside
10.
Poodle 03:17
Poodle You say what game to play And make up all the rules You say what’s the song of the day And we sing all your tunes And we follow Yes, we follow you down to the well And we follow Yes, we follow Hopelessly on in to hell You say what game to play And break all your own rules You say just what words we should say And you call all the tunes And we follow Yes, we follow you down to the well And we follow Yes, we follow Worthlessly on in to hell And we follow Yes, we follow you down to the well And we follow Yes, we follow Endlessly on in to hell
11.
Merry Go Round It seems to me It’s a merry go round With one guarantee You’re up until you’re down I seem to believe I’m a man all alone These clubs are all free But is anybody home A little voice there That’s singing for me A little voice of my own What you want to say What you want to say When you want to say it Say it Recently I’ve been lost more than found While all my enemies Have the run of this town A choir of voices A ship of fools An orchestra Of their own What you want to say What you want to say What you want to say When you want to say it Say it What you want to say What you want to say Go ahead and say it Say it
12.
Button My Lip Button my lip And take a picture Of all I’ve said Or wanted to say Speak my mind Do my time I really must be on my way I’ll be rolling up in back seats I’ll appreciate the view I’ll be off down the casino For what else is there to do Button my lip And turn away Let my mind wander where it may I’ve done my best I’ve earned a rest Let me save some for a rainy day When I’ll be rolling up in back seats I’ll appreciate the view There’s a lot of world to see, my friend Step aside, I’m coming through Button my lip I’ll say no more I’ve poured my heart put on the floor And when I’ve tried To speak my mind My words had all been heard Before So I’ll be rolling up in back seats I’ll appreciate the view And if you don’t understand me now There’s no more that I can do

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Our debut album, from way back in the wrinkle-free days of 2008.

Album of the Day BBC 6Music
iTunes Single of the Week - Boat Song

Further praise:


" ...their lush orchestro-folk is so heartbreakingly beautiful, it reduces anyone who hears it to a weeping mess."
8/10 NME

"Recorded in the front room of singer James De Malplaquet’s Brighton home, The Miserable Rich’s striking, fully fledged debut immediately sets them apart. Five in number, they play what can perhaps be best described as acoustic chamber pop, everything coming decorously draped with the rather mournful accompaniment of cello and violin. Beyond that, though, it’s De Malplaquet’s warm, hazy voice coupled with the songs’ ruminative aspect that impress most, from tales of drunks and bonnie barmaids to such beautifully tender moments as Boat Song and The Knife Thrower’s Hand. A handsome, original start."
Q

"Breathtaking... Easily the best record of 2008"
Americana UK

"There is no other band around at the moment who creates music like this, and yet Twelve Ways To Count shows how simple and effective it is. With delicate singing, plucking strings and floating violins, any of these twelve tracks can lift you up and carry you along a cloud into a tranquil equilibrium... they have created a piece of art that is gentle brilliance which needs to be introduced into your life."
Bearded

"warm acoustic loveliness"
Rocksound

"A beautiful, intelligent and smart album, Twelve Ways To Count shows The Miserable Rich are a rare find."
4.5/5 Subba-cultcha.com

"...a cracking album full of tender, dark, warm, thoughtful and euphoric songs that'll keep you humming along all day long"
Piccadilly Records - Record of the Week

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released November 15, 2008

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The Miserable Rich Brighton, UK

creators of the fiery chamber music for song lovers: tellers of tales, writers of tunes, forgetters of punchlines. equal parts surly, silly and sumptuous.

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