Should have learned

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I was on the way to Phil's songwriters night at Chester Green, Derby - I'd forgotten to do my homework, and so I hummed this in the car and scribbled it down as soon as I arrived. The sad thing is, it's (nearly) all true. (And the worst part was the embarrassment of paying the window cleaner).

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When I think about the things I should have learned
I wouldn't have got my fingers burned
I wouldn't have taken that wrong turn
When I think about the things I should have learned
Why I didn't, I don't know
I guess I'm a little... slow

I should have learned that mashed potato doesn't go with chips
Should have learned that when I park the car I should always check for skips
It's a moment on the tongue, but a lifetime on the hips
I should have learned... I should have learned

I should have learned to read the question before starting the exam
And sometimes thin and crispy can be nicer than deep pan
Should have learned to tell the difference between a woman and man
I should have learned... I should have learned

I should have learned that cut price flowers aren't her idea of romance
I should have learned when to play it safe and when to take a chance
I should have checked for window cleaners before dancing in my pants
I should have learned... I should have learned

I should have learned I'm not the kind of guy who can pull off a sarong
And when she asked "does my bum look big in this" I shouldn't have paused that long
I should have learned that I'm not always right, but my wife is never wrong
I should have learned... I should have learned

I should have learned that when you write a song but don't spend that much time
You can't put something funny in every single line
And you can't expect your words to somehow magically scan properly
I should have learned... I should have learned

I should have learned that when my life is drifting slowly down the pan
Sometimes you've got to muddle through any way you can
And my mistakes turned into something I never could have planned
I should have learned... I should have learned

credits

from Name in Lights, released March 1, 2009
Guitars and vocals - Paul Bell
Drums and Percussion - James Middleton
Bass - Mark Prentice
Hammond - Mark Edwards

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Paul Bell Nottinghamshire, UK

"Melodic Bliss" - BBC Introducing.

Paul is a singer/songwriter based near Nottingham. Featured on BBC Radio 2, BBC Introducing. Appeared at Greenbelt, Big Church Day Out, Spring Harvest and other UK Festivals

Gigs in Coffee Shops, Churches, Pubs, Festivals.

Fifth and most recent album "First Light" recorded in Stockholm, Sweden.
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