Elvis Costello - "How To Be Dumb Macmanus" lyrics

I was hell-bent on destroying my powers of concentration
While you were living like a saint
And all the time the very one you trusted was washing off
somebody else's paint

Now you've got yourself a brand new occupation
And beautiful people stampede to the doorway of the funniest
Every fleeting thought is a pearl
fucker in the world

Satisfy your desire
They're here to help you
There's a bright future for all you professional liars

CHORUS
Now you know how to be dumb
Are you ready to take your place in the modern museum of
mistakes'
Don't you know how to be dumb'
Like a building thrown up overnight in one of the reverse

They emptied out all the asylums, they emptied out all the gaols
earthquakes
By "Jesus Christ and the Cruel Nails"
The "New Bruise" was the name of a dance craze
Followed up by "Torturing Little Beaver"
With their contraption of barbed wire
require
Between the fear and the fever lies all the rejection they
They'll be howling by midnight, they'll be drooling by dawn
Skulls shrunk down to the size of their brains
Heads shaven and shorn

CHORUS

Trapped in the House of the Perpetual Sucker
Where bitterness always ends so pitifully
You always had to dress up your envy in some half-remembered
philosophy
Whose ever bad intention has been purged

Now you're masquerading as pale powdered genius
You could've walked out any time you wanted but face it you
didn't have the courage
I guess that makes you a full time hypocrite or some kind of
twisted dilettante
Funny though people don't usually get so ugly 'til they think
they know what they want
Scratch your own head stupid
Roll over on your back
Count up to three
Don't you know how to be dumb'

Are you ready to take your place in the modern museum of
Repeat after me
mistakes'
Don't you know how to be dumb'
Like a building thrown up overnight in one of those reverse
earthquakes