Re-Learning My ABC’s

Written By: Mike Viola
Mike Viola Involvement: Writer, Performer
 
 

This Song Appears On:

1990Kenmore SquareStudio Album

 

Lyrics


I lived in a cartoon world with my girl
We climbed the old oak tree
To get a better view of the neighborhood
We scaled that trunk like monkeys would

When we reached the tip of the house top suburbs
They looked so sad just waiting in line
To find a real community
Like coats in a coat rack, line 'em up, squeeze 'em in 
I think I hear my mother calling
I gotta go

Back to the way it used to be
Back to learning my ABC's
Back to the way it used to be

Remember when time crept by at a snail's pace?
Now I'm stuck in this slimy leach race
Sucking up the blood from the memories of youth
Trying to change the picture of John Wilkes Booth
Complaining about my wisdom tooth
I wanna take a bite out of the past
Let's go back

Back to the way it used to be
Back to learning my ABC's
Back to the way it used to be

Whiskey and nicotine have taken the place
Of milk and bubble gum
Remember the smell of toy stores?
Well the female scent took that place too
Remeber the small of Elmer's glue?
I do, too, but I'm stuck
get me back with you

New Year's Eve used to be such an event for me
We'd stay up late and watch the New York ball rise
Marinated mushrooms, spinach and olives
Ham and cupcakes and sandwiches
Now they've all been replaced by W-2 forms and resolutions
For Christ's sake, I wanna go back
Get me back, Jo-Jo

Back to the way it used to be
Back to learning my ABC's
Back to the way it used to be

I lived in a cartoon world with my girl
Fell from an old oak tree
Now I'm in the hospital of this life in therapy 
Always thinking about the past what a blast it was
The girl I used to hang out with, she got married
And carried, now she's pushing a baby carriage
And she's whining more than her baby
She's whining more than her kid
The adult world is cracked, I wanna die 
So I can go back 

Back to the way it used to be
Back to learning my ABC's
Back to the way it used to be