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On the Randy Newman box set there is a rarity called Happy which has almost the same opening lines as this, except he sings hard-on instead of goodwill. But its a coincidence because I only heard that song recently.
The sentiment of this song I have, in the past, genuinely felt, and still feel twinges of now. I knew it was a bitter and twisted feeling. But bitter and twisted always sells, so I still perform the song and it always goes down the best when I play it at Baraka Seven Big Rooms open mic night.
Ben's ukelele really transforms this recording. I cant believe how good it sounds.

lyrics

Woke up this morning with a smile upon my face

Full of all goodwill towards the entire human race

Rushed out my house to joyfully greet

The first perfect strangers I’d meet

Unfortunately they turned out to be a pair of lovers

Whose body language made it clear they cared not much for others

Couples holding hands

Couples holding hands

There’s nothing more obnoxious than couples holding hands

Couples holding hands

Couples holding hands

There’s nothibng more obnoxious than couples holding hands

I never found true love, I should be glad for those who did

Congratulations! Then again, who are you trying to kid?

Half of you ain’t found true love, you’re only being phoney

You do it just to irritate and to make us feel lonely

Couples holding hands

Couples holding hands

There’s nothing more annoyingthan couples holding hands

Couples holding hands

Couples holding hands

There’s nothing more soul-destroying than couples holding hands

And seemingly one half of each hand-holding happy item

Seems actually quite ill-at-ease as the clinch is tightened

"Hey Girls, Hey boys, hands off my fella

He’s mine, all mine, can’t afford a collar"

Couples holding hands

Couples holding hands

There’s nothing more frustrating than couples holding hands

Couples holding hands

Couples holding hands

There’s nothing more infuriating than couples holding hands

I had a girlfriend, just for a spell

I thought, "just this once, I’ll try it as well

My hand was sweaty, unpleasant to the touch"

But that doesn’t mean I didn’t like her! No!

Couples holding hands

Couples holding hands

There’s nothing more vexatious than couples holding hands

Couples holding hands

Couples holding hands

What throws me in to rages like couples holding hands?

I don’t really mean it

I don’t really mean it

I was being facetious

I don’t really mean it

All couples are beautiful

All couples are lovely

They’re so sweet

Aaah

Blah blah blah….

credits

from The Wayward Buskers, released December 30, 2009
Brenda: drums
Circuit Ben: ukelele, backing singing
Thomas A Drew, Adam John Miller, Jake Sinetos, Amyas Varcoe: backing singing
I.C: guitar, singing, melodica, accordian

Produced, performed and mixed by the What I Wanted To Dos

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