"Tell Me a Lie" as written by and John Lawler....
AHHH AHHAAA AAAA... (x6)

Well, once I was persuaded to open up my head
I told about the was and when, count me wrong instead
I said, would you believe me, if you only knew
I been stealing never till this conversation soon

And the boy cried, hang number three
Saw him on the front page, laughing of me
He went in fair ground and a tall hat
'He's a liar!, he's a liar!'
A good one at that

Say what you wanna, Say what you will
Writes his number on my telephone bill
Wild like a monkey, kick like a mule
I could be a beggar, but I rather be, just as cool...
Aah, aah, aah, aaah

So I told him all I could about all could they expect
I lost my sense of smell and I gain my self-respect
They told me I was curious
I told them they where slow
They asked me where I can get that stuff
I told him I don't know

And the boy cried whopie-didi
There's a women with a mustache
Who won't let me be
She was born on the money
She a harmer in form
'She's a liar!, She's a liar!'
Like never been born

Say what you wanna, Say what you will
Writes his number on my telephone bill
Wild like a monkey, kick like a mule
I could be a beggar, but I rather be just as cool...
Ah, ah, ah, ah...ah, ah, ah, ah

And the boy cried, hang number three
Saw him on the front page, laughing of me
He went in fair ground and a tall hat
He's a liar!, He's a liar!
A good one at that

Say what you wanna, Say what you will
Writes his number on my telephone bill
Wild like a monkey, kick like a mule
I could be a beggar, but I rather be just as cool...

AHHH AHHAAA AAAA...(x6)


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"Tell Me a Lie" as written by John Lawler

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    General CommentHaha let's just say I'm basically obsessed with The Frats and have read a lot of interviews. I'll try to track down the relevent ones.

    There was a track-by-track review Jon did for this album- sundaymail.co.uk/tv-showbiz-news/music-news/2008/05/04/jon-fratelli-on-band-s-new-album-78057-20404266/
    "Tell Me A Lie- This is a dig at me and the press. We told so many lies in the early days because we were too lazy to tell the truth. It was easy to spin yarns to see if we could get them printed. I regret it, it became a pain. Anyone with a brain knew we were talking s****. This is a confessional but doesn't sound it because it's a big rock song. It's the biggest, chunkiest one we have done yet."

    Here's the lion-tamer bit- gibson.com/en-us/Lifestyle/Features/Gibson%20Recommends%20the%20Fratelli/
    “I worked in a casino, Barry has claimed. “I was a card shark. Mince was a lion tamer. Jon worked in an old folks’ home.”

    I can't find the bit about them meeting as carneys, but I definitely read it somewhere.
    LMosheron July 03, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is fucking sex
    and so is the entire gossip girl episode that it was featured on
    thrwmyhrtawy.on October 06, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is basically Jon ripping on himself for all the lies he used to tell the press. In the early days they were too lazy to tell the truth and made up loads of stories to see if they would get printed. But it ended up being really difficult to keep track of, what they had said. There was once a story about the three of them meeting while working at a travelling fair, and Mince being a lion-tamer, which is probably where the fairground bit comes from.
    LMosheron June 20, 2008   Link
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    General CommentLmosher, i'm just curious, where do you know that from? haha, it sounds kind of funny. but definitely interesting.
    michaelgoldmaon June 22, 2008   Link

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