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Fail Better

by Tom Ashforth

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Lu is a musician and a loser, maybe. Her ex-band XY have sold out and made a big breakthrough in Berlin with the song Fail Better, while she is stuck in the provinces with an unplanned pregnancy and an overbearing mother.

This is the first single from the series Lu von Loser (now streaming online: www.zdf.de/serien/lu-von-loser ), which spawned a parallel radio universe and a handful of imaginary bands. More to follow...



Feel though feeling’s scary,
Wish though there’s no fairy,
Smile though you feel like crying,
Live though we’re all dying.

If you occupy space,
You’ll fall on your face,
You’ll almost always make a mess of it all.

Shine bright though it’s dark,
Stay close, far apart
Speak up though you are shy,
Believe though it's a lie.
Every human on earth
From their moment of birth
Will almost always make a hash of it all

Ever tried, ever failed?
No matter

Try again, fail again,
fail better.
If you stumble, stand up, stagger on, suck it up,
Next time you jump off a cliff, you’ll fall better.

Think, when you don’t feel clever,
Never, never, never, never, say never,
Give thanks, when you’re ungrateful,
Love, though the world is hateful.

It’s not a case,
of being two faced,
Keep cool, accept the mess of it all.

Ever tried, ever failed?
No matter

Try again, fail again,
fail better.
If you fumble, switch hands, read a book, change your plans,
Next time you run through a fire you’ll burn better
Ever met a person who has never been wrong?
They’re all pride and no fall.
People with no mistakes to learn from,
Are the most messed up people of all.
Ever tried, ever failed?
No matter

Try again, fail again,
fail better.

If you crumble, reform, reform your norm,
Next time you’re out of your depth you’ll drown better.


released May 7, 2021
Lyrics: Alice Gruia and Paul Bareham (inspired by Samuel Beckett)
Drums: Andrew Collberg
Additional vocals: Lisa Ruhland

Cover design: René Steuns
Special thanks to Roman Podeszwa for encouragement and plain-talking feedback


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