DESTINATION
---------------------
Our instruments have no way of measuring this feeling
Can never cut below the floor or penetrate the ceiling
In the space between our houses some bones have been discovered
Yet our procession marches on as if we have recovered
Draconian wind unforetold
One solar day suddenly you're old
[A little and below/your little envelope] just makes me cold
Makes destination start to unfold

Our documents are useless all forged beyond believing
Page 47 is unsigned, I need it by this evening
In the space between our cities a storm is slowly forming
There's something eating up our days, I beat it every morning

Destination destination
Destination destination
Destination destination

It's not a religion, it's just a technique
It's just a way of making you speak
The distance and speed have left us too weak
Destination looks kinda bleak
Our elements are burnt out, our beasts have been mistreated
I tell you it's the only way we'll get this road completed
In the space between our bodies the air has grown small fingers
Just one caress you're powerless like [all those clapped-out swingers]

Destination destination
Destination destination
Destination destination
Destination

UNDER THE MILKY WAY
---------------------------------
Sometimes when this place gets kind of empty
The sound of the breath fades with the lights
I think about the loveless fascination
Under the Milky Way tonight

Lower the curtain [down in Memphis]
Lower the curtain down alright
I got no time for private consultation
Under the Milky Way tonight

Wish I knew what I was looking for
Might've known what you would find

And it's something quite peculiar
Something shimmering and white
It leads you here despite your destination
Under the Milky Way tonight

Wish I knew what I was looking for
Might've known what you would find
Wish I knew what I was looking for
Might've known what you would find

And it's something quite peculiar
Something that's shimmering and white
Leads you here despite your destination
Under the Milky Way tonight

Wish I knew what I was looking for
Might've known what you would find
Wish I knew what I was looking for
Might've known what you would find

Under the Milky Way tonight
Under the Milky Way tonight
Under the Milky Way tonight

BLOOD MONEY
-------------------
Blind with dollars
Bought and sold.
And you pay for everything in cold hard cash
Better read [through the fine print you sift through the ash]
(in the hand) Blood money
(in the sand) Blood money

She is worth the ransom
He says, "Do you accept my card
Or can I pay for it now in cold hard cash?
I'm priceless, you're worthless, but it's not a bad match"
But I don't understand -- it's blood money (in the hand)
There's such a big demand for blood money (in the sand)
A hundred and fifty grand -- blood money (in the hand)
It's flowing under the land like blood money (in the sand)

He is worth the ransom
She says, "Why can't you get [hard/hot]?"
Because you pay for this now in cold hard cash
You made the front page, I'm gonna bring back the lash
Then I know you'll understand this blood money (in the hand)
There's such a big demand for blood money (in the sand)
It's one hundred and fifty grand -- blood money (in the hand)
Flowing under the land -- blood money (in the sand)

LOST
----------
Sometimes I'm wandering under prehistoric skies
I feel this all beginning right before my eyes
I must go back, re-examine my life
Well, here she comes with a penetrating stare
I don't know when but I wish I knew where
Quick calculation -- there's not nearly enough
Because we're lost
Because we're lost
Cold desert stars -- [feel them sparkle like brass]
We are so lost

[Follow] her down to worship some god
Who never speaks to me -- I wonder if that's odd
Then he says "you're never listening"
The pursuit of adulation is your butter and your bread
It's an exquisite corpse and its lips are red
And it's teeth are glistening
But you are lost
But you are lost
Now hang up 'cause the lines are all crossed
You are so lost

If you're alone and you're feeling blue
Everyone in Persia probably feels like that, too
I just hope they don't believe like you do
Here she comes with her unforgiving web
Almost forever I've been drinking these [drugs/dregs]
It must be time to change our rude, crude view
Before we're lost
Before we're lost
Look at the map -- add up the cost
Before we're lost

NORTH, SOUTH, EAST AND WEST
-----------------------------------------
A war's being waged and the world's just a stage
In the city
The real estate's prime but [none of the plates rhyme]
Liquidity
Wear a gun and be proud but bare breasts aren't allowed
In the city
Dream up a scam and then rake in the clams
Liquidity

(it's neither here nor there) It's neither here nor there
North and south and east and west
(it has to be somewhere) It oughta be somewhere
North and south and east and west
I take my payment -- I catch my flight
And don't wait up for me tonight
(you may find me there) And you might find me there
North and south and east and west

Have a good throw or host your own show
In the city
To a wolf I'm a lamb but just half a gram
Liquidity
The face of today just a scalpel away
Restore your lost soul for two dollars plus toll
Liquidity

[Backs are patted when calves are fatted]
In the city
The emperor's clothes are the best []
Liquidity
[The guys with the brains are all bitter and vain]
Stupidity
[The guys with the luck got the bimbos and bucks]
Liquidity

SPARK
-----------
I'm saturated, wet with your tears
You spill so easily
In reflection, I see you again
Approach me, soak me
Faith, Faith, Breathe
Cause it's here, it's where the air is clear
Where far-off things could be quite near
No repairs are needed
Just a Spark

I'm interested, you've always been a subject
That I could learn
Splendid hills, unconquerable mountains
Climb - don't ever turn back
Seed, Seed, Grow
Cause it's here, it's where the air is clear
Where far-off things could be quite near
No repairs are needed
Just a Spark

I'm saturated, wet with your tears
You spill so easily
In reflection, I see you again
Approach me, soak me
Faith, Faith, Breathe
Cause it's here, it's where the air is clear
Where far-off things could be quite near
No repairs are needed 
Just a Spark

ANTENNA
---------------
Why do you always wrongly assume
That you're so well aware of what's happening there
Right here in this room
You're just an antenna, you're just a wire
There's a thousand tongues wagging in your ears tonight
And you turn around and you call me a liar
Lightly, babe
Oh the fine lights cannot find you
She stay out my way
It's the pulse I am aligned to
In everything you say, you'll need that breath one day

Well, you're just an antenna, you're just a code
You translate like a book, the fuses all cook
You eat humble pie and it tastes of the road
Lightly, babe
Oh the fine lights cannot find you
She say that's the way
That's the fate I am resigned to
In everything you say, you'll need that breath one day

You're just an antenna, you're just a gauge
You disturb my slumber and round up the numbers
And put them inside your velvety cage
Lightly, babe
Oh the fine lights cannot find you
She says make my day
And the sunlight will not blind you

Lightly, babe
Oh the fine lights cannot find you
I may never pray
To the fortune that's behind you

REPTILE
----------------
Too dangerous to keep
Too feeble to let go
And you want to bite the hand
Should've stopped this long ago
Go now, you've been set free
In another month or so, you'll be gorging on me
With your lovely smile
I see you slither away with your skin and your tail
Your flickering tongue and your rattling scales
Like a real Reptile

Had you coiled around my arm
How could you ever know
How I loved your diamond eyes
But that was long ago
Go now, you've been set free
In another month or so, you'll be poisoning me
With your lovely smile
I see you slither away with your skin and your tail
Your flickering tongue and your rattling scales
Like a real Reptile

And I should've believed Eve
She said we had to glow
She was the apple of my eye
It wasn't long ago
Go now, you've been set free
In another month or so, you'll be poisoning me
With your lovely smile
I see you slither away with your skin and your tail
Your flickering tongue and your rattling scales
Like a real Reptile

Ah, go go now, you've been set free
etc, etc, etc
 
A NEW SEASON
----------------------
Shaded crystal water 
Bathed in by God's daughter
A sigh, and whispers near
A new season passes here
Sensory gifts to all who come
Soak up the stars and setting sun
It's strange and wilder
Nature's bechilder
Saved by fire
Touched and finer

Grey stands the tower in the distance
Days pass like warm sun on the face
A new season
Shaded is the cure to conquer loneliness
It's strange and wilder
Nature's bechilder
Saved by fire
Touched and finer

Peaceful, blissful union is the priestess
Doubt flows the river into darkness

HOTEL WOMB
--------------------
Volcano pierce the air
Ashes block out the sun
Down in the lair, well I met her there
With a price for everyone
I paid eighty dollars for this wedding ring
I coI couldn't take it off if I tried
And the cactus sure tastes strangely sweet
As it goes down inside
But I'll dream I'm safe
In my hotel womb
Soft and soul-made 
It's a wonderful room

A sudden voltage in the night
With a rain forest girl
As we float downstream to the Amazon river
Where the black waters swirl
I said "Why are you people wearing those masks"
I said "Can't we be reconciled"
She says the mother of the storm has to roam the sky
Searching for her child
I'll dream I'm safe
In my hotel womb
Soft and soul-made
It's a wonderful room

I wish I'm back in my hotel womb
I'll slip through the crack
To that wonderful room

Morning comes at last
And she's lying by my side
She's got the face of the widow that keeps following me
And the body of my bride
I said "Why are those building swaying like trees"
I said "Can we stop for a while"
She says "Can't you hear the city that's hidden in there"
"It's just another mile"
I'll dream I'm safe
In my hotel womb
Soft and soul-made
It's a wonderful room

AURA
--------------
we all came back from the war
i wish somebody would tell me the score
we raked old Poseidon over the coals
shook his shells, shaved his shoals

where can a soldier fix himself a drink
forget the noise, forget the stink
and the opium's running pretty low
'cause when the pain comes back, i don't want to know

across yonder ocean the natives are fierce
their ears are filled, their teeth are pierced
but it's not their spears that spill your breath
they kill their enemies by loving them to death

we were on some battlefield
i felt something soft go through my shield
i felt something warm enter my guts
i was bleeding bad but there were no cuts

they captured three of us, took us back to their village
after a long long time i could decipher their language
they worshipped Bal, they worshipped the sun
they worshipped the son of the evil one

they were more than voracious, they sucked our ambition
they let me go on one condition
that was when i came back to my native shore
i tell you they don't want to play this anymore

but a part of me will never be free
and the part that's free will never be me
but a thing of love and beauty is in my head
a message from our enemies and here's what they said:

they said that love=hate
and death=fate
an enemy always = an adorer
but priest=aura

and life=time
and time=space
and space=sublime
and human=race

oh, and woman=man
and pot=pan
the fauna ought to = the flora
but priest=aura

and beginning=the end
the end always = the start
the straight=bent
the mind sometimes = the heart

and you=me
the land=the sea
richer=poorer
and priest=aura

RIPPLE
----------------------
tiny baby so naive
i can't believe what you believe
you were once so happy here
it may not be Eden or summer in Greece
you may not even find the Golden Fleece
in the drag of this atmosphere
now i don't want to bring up a delicate matter
no i'd much rather bribe or flatter you
'cause flattery gets me everywhere
but you've punctured my tires
you've crossed all my wires
i've burned your acolytes as a pack of liars
and the fire's singing everywhere
we're broken like wreck in a cold green sea
we're like you were a ripple in my memory

i loaned you some collateral to buy new clothes
it went out the window and up your nose
and that's the end of the honeymoon
yeah we walked down the aisle for another mile
i'll walk a million miles for one of your smiles
and you can have all the money soon
we're broken like a wreck in a cold green sea
we're like you were a ripple in my memory

you're so deluxe, you're so divine
you're so fifty light-years ahead of your time
you're a [mitten], you're a ripple
you're a human sacrifice to the goddess of vice
your hairdo is full of diamonds and lies
and you're hardly off the nipple
we're broken like a wreck in a cold green sea
we're like you were a ripple in my memory
we're another little glitch in continuity
we're like you were a ripple in my memory

PARADOX
----------------------
you are a paradox to me, a senseless maze
i run around, i'm looking for you all of my days
the more that you want it, the more that you need it
(you are a paradox) the less that it does
for all that it's worth too much is enough
(you are a paradox) that's what it was

i cannot bear to share you, we can't be alone
you make me drift up and float and fall like a stone
the more that i see you, the more that i miss you
(you are a paradox) the less that i care
i know i should try to kiss you goodbye but
(you are a paradox) you're never there

(you are a paradox) x2

i've got a nickname for you, i call you weakness
i get a little strength out too, or is it meekness
the more that you want it, the more that you need it
(you are a paradox) the less that it does
for all that it's worth too much is enough
(you are a paradox) that's what it was

you are a paradox to me, a contradiction
you're a predicament for me and a prediction
the more that i see you, the more that i miss you
(you are a paradox) the less that i care
i know i should try to kiss you goodbye but
(you are a paradox) you're never there
the more that you want it, the more that you need it
(you are a paradox) the less that it does
for all that it's worth too much is enough
(you are a paradox) that's what it was
(you are a paradox) that's what it was
(you are a paradox) that's what it was

LUSTRE
--------------------
well we had just begun
when the night came down
sweating rain on everyone
anyone who was hanging around
you say there's something strange going on
i cannot see a thing
and pretty soon then we'll be drenched to the bone
and my soul is freezing
and we really should decide
who's taking who for this
ride the bandwagon into the ditch
smile before the money's shot
bless my soul and [drop a stitch]
strike while the irony's hot

and i don't have much time
there's so much left to take
it's hard to know what's genuine
and what's a genuine fake
i think there's something weird going on
something unforeseen
the best impression of a succubus
that i have ever seen
before we get to fly
let's get on with the
ride the ghost train now into the dark
ride it right into the ground
out through the suburbs graveyards and parks
going around and around

if i never see you again
that will be way too soon
and if i ever get over this
i will be over the moon
i hope that something new comes along
something more my style
i hope that someone else comes along
and makes it worth my while
and it's lust and sloth and pride
that makes me want to
ride the roller coaster for all that it's worth
let it all up to the [kempt]
if you can't take it with you away from this earth
might as well take it for [tempt]

ride the old horse through a gold rush town
if that's the kind of company you keep
you're getting very tired and you need to lie down
i'll see you in your sleep
see you in your sleep
see you in your sleep

SWAN LAKE
---------------------------
oh my ugly ducklings
nobody loves you
daddy said he'll buy you some ballet shoes
but he spent all he had on hash
and avoiding another crash
now who will look after you
one night your shoulders will ache
but next day when you wake
you'll sprout wild wings
and fly...just like in Swan Lake

oh you helpless birdlings
nobody wants you
how will you ever survive out of the nest
and the wolf will put his nose in
and the water is so frozen
you'll have to swim like all the rest
one night your shoulders will ache
but next day when you wake
you'll sprout wild wings
and fly...just like in Swan Lake

FEEL
------------
for all time
looking for something to remind me
something out the corner of my eye
why can't i feel it
why should i try

bump into a stranger
but that stranger is strangely familiar
how could i let it slip by
why can't i feel it
can you tell me why

when i nearly have the connection sourced
it slips right off my tongue
as time goes on things get jumbled up
in a fever when you are young
but i know who's in there behind those eyes

so say goodbye
there can never be an ending
we are endless like the sky
why can't i feel it
is it just a lie
why can't i feel it

for all time
for all time

MISTRESS
----------------------
you're shivering again
after all that we've been through
is that all that you can do
i didn't want to come here
now i don't want to go
is there some trick involved in this
as if you would tell me so

everything is going wrong
all my songs are coming true
and another thing
that halo you wear on your head
i haven't seen one of those for years
where have you been
in bed or dead

you're vanishing again
after everything we've said
it's all too much for your poor little oh little head
i've never ever been here
i'll never ever leave
is there some string attached to this
well i can well believe

everything is going wrong
all my songs are coming true
and another thing
that halo you wear on your head
i haven't seen one of those for years
where have you been
in bed or dead

you're shivering again
after everything we've been through
is that all you can do
i didn't want to come here
now i don't want to go
is there some trick involved in this
as if you would tell me so

everything is going wrong
all my songs are coming true
and another thing yeah
that halo you wear on your head
i haven't seen one of those for years
where have you been
in bed or dead

KINGS
---------------
see history fade
it's crystal clear
Aurora what you doing here
buttering the mouths of thieves
shutter speed your bleeding leaves
in gardens in the orient
likelihood is good and spent
Herod nods
beneath the palms
holds poor baby in his arms
Tunis and Sardinia
the ocean growing hungrier
beneath these walls we'll sleep tonight
beneath this sky we'll glide so bright

and kings will come 
and years will pass
stars burn cold
beneath the glass
and days will glow in distant times
in this storied haze
the zebras graze

in deserts where the dust storm blows
in lush black swamps where mandrake grows
we're marching laughing to the drum
waiting for those kings to come

and kings will come 
and years will pass
stars burn cold
beneath the glass
and days will glow in distant times
in this storied haze
the zebras graze

an infant with the voice of a crone
in Nebuchadnezzar's parking zone
calls out "my lord your end is nigh
i didn't mean to make you cry"

in deserts where the dust storm blows
in lush black swamps where mandrake grows
we're marching laughing to the drum
waiting for those kings to come

the circus sun in Nero eyes
the lions and the Christians rise
software sings and hardware hears
we're destined, babe, to live these years

DOME
----------
i saw this film about some people who lived in a dome
in a beautiful field next to a river of foam
i feel asleep before it was over
i must have dreamt up the end

they'd be young forever as long as they stayed in the dome
but barbarians came and set fire to their home
exposed the dome dwellers to the outside
they must have known it was the end
all of their work couldn't save them
all died inside the flames
destined to make that same old mistake
god, that's such a shame

the barbarians picked through the ashes of the dome
then went on their way, yeah, continued to roam
but a curse was laid upon them
they must have known it was the end
all of their strength couldn't save them
all died inside the flood
destined to make that same old mistake
the way of all flesh and blood

i saw this film about some people who lived in a dome...

WITCH HUNT
--------------------
people 'round here they say you're a witch
they're intrigued in seeing you roast
they really intend
to burn you my friend
i think that's the bit they like most

wake up baby
the mob are on their way
howling growling they want your blood
and they're out to get it today

you had to go and cure the mayor's itch
then you took care of his clerk
you fixed up John Green
and the old bishop's spleen
and put everyone out of work

wake up baby
oh baby open your eyes
look around you
this may be your last sunrise

THE DISILLUSIONIST
--------------------------------
he normally comes to this town
when the people's guard is down
on a day like today
overcast and grey
the bells were all ringing
the birds stopped their singing
the wind caught in the trees
screaming to be free
he alights from the platform
in his usual uniform
his skin looks like he slept in it
or had something rotten kept in it
and snakes stir in the thistles
back of cat's neck bristles
brown, vicious lips [befer a stain]
the disillusionist is back again

(chorus)
they say that he's famous from the waist down
but the top half of his body is a corpse
[his cobra lie in sleep]
his poverty runs so deep
in winter he [cracks if somebody warms]

you hang around the backstage door
but he knows what you're waiting for
you rub yourself against his frame
already ready to bear the blame
he asks you "did you like my show?"
as if he really wants to know
then doesn't wait for your reply
he just pulls you back inside
you started feeling dizzy
it isn't you or is he
persuade you mentally
undresses you incidentally
down a [spinning] corridor
people you feel sorry for
but when he puts the gaze on you
you're amazed at what you'll let him do
(chorus)
he can turn wine into water
mothers against daughters
juggles busy deadlines
gets himself off headlines
surrounded by his minions
who never have opinions
performing little tricks for you
puts it in a fix for you
smashes your watch with a hammer
caresses you off-camera
and says the magic words
that nobody's ever heard
and now his spell is fading
reality all-pervading
it only makes you want him more
it only makes you want him more
(chorus)
and he does the Indian rope trick
the one that makes you seasick
and he keeps on filling up your cup
that you keep on filling up
some of it's done with mirrors
and some of it's done with scissors
and some of it's done with cables
and his hands under the table
it doesn't matter you want to believe
it doesn't matter if you have to leave
you won't escape his orbit
and the things that you must forfeit
and the audience seemed familiar
some of them in particular
bet you they are his plants
when he plays the games of chance
he reads the minds of the jilted girls
and a story really unfurls
he casts a fortune for the man in the suit
whose suffering is very acute
there's a rabbit in his hat
but I thought I smelled a rat
[there's one more half-line here but it gets cut off by the next song]

OLD FLAME
---------------------
Naomi will not be consoled by your blues
she calls down then crawls in
she pulls on her shoes
out into the empty street she walks
past the little piles of smouldering leaves
beware
an old flame is still burning there
don't stare
shadows in the smoke whispering everywhere
everywhere
anywhere is nowhere when you don't care
so beware
an old flame is still burning there

CHAOS
---------------
i wasn't expecting this
now everything is destroyed
underneath the czar are nothings
underneath them is a void
beyond that void there's a place
where figments from bad dreams are banished
childhood nightmares all come seeking
and i don't want you nearly vanished

chaos (chaos)
senses are (senses are)
out of phase (forming words)
fast running down (fast running down)
chaos (chaos)
senses are (depressing)
out of phase (forming a word)
fast running down (fast running down)

none of this is what i wanted
i truly asked for what i got
bang the gavel it's lawlessness
i can't unravel the knot

chaos (chaos)
senses are (senses are)
out of phase (forming a word)
fast running down (fast running down)
chaos (chaos)
(senses are)
(forming a word)

half this wretched town is starving
while the other half are bloated
everybody hates the bastards in power
but their pill is sugar-coated

chaos (chaos)
senses are (senses are)
out of phase (forming words)
fast running down (fast running down)
chaos (chaos)
senses are (depressing)
out of phase (forming words)
fast running down (fast running down)

i didn't need any of this
i feel anxiety in my neck
the consequences now apparent
feeding back unchecked
incessant loop in spiral coils
fingers underneath the skin
adrenaline is not my mistress
but she always knows just where i've been

chaos (chaos)
senses are (senses are)
out of phase (forming a word)
fast running down (fast running down)
chaos (chaos)
senses are (depressing)
forming a word (forming a word)

FILM
---------
(instrumental)

PHARAOH
--------------------------
Hi to all the people who are selling me
Here's one straight from the factory
They've sewn my eyes up in their sockets
I dip my hand into their pockets

Is there anybody there?
I could swear I'm not alone
Show your faces if you dare
Slaving platinum to the bone

One big man with a good connection
Takes the whole damn ship in the wrong direction
I don't mind him misinterpreting me
I hate it when he gets us lost out to sea

Is there anybody there?
I could swear I'm not alone
Show your faces if you dare
Slaving platinum to the bone

Late at night when I'm lying in bed
I've got to say a prayer for my daily bread
And early in the morning when I'm still asleep
you sit up on your throne making grown men weep

with boredom

METROPOLIS
-------------------------
There'll never be another quite like you
I'm so involved with everything you do
don't say nothing good will ever come of this
Don't say the damage is worse than it is

Back in Metropolis, circuses and elephants
where the oranges grew
Back in Metropolis, nothing can ever topple us
when I'm standing with you

You stare down at some crowd from your trapeeze
And when you fell they fell down on their knees
And when you broke they scrambled for a piece
And when you spoke I felt their anger freeze

C2 Back in Metropolis Circuses and elephants
Where the oranges grew
Back in Metropolis nothing could ever topple us
When I'm standing with you
Back in Metropolis talk about a holocaust
And then visit a zoo
Back in Metropolis the weather is ridiculous
What's it all leading to?

And it's only a day away
We could leave tonight
You could sleep along the way
Dream in black and white

(Repeat verse for guit. solo)

(repeat C2 out)

TERRA NOVA CAIN
----------------------------------
Turn down the gravity
This is all too heavy
I'll show you how the ancients once travelled
They used to call this a Chevy

Just before the continents sank
You could still go outside
I was sitting on a hot off-ramp
She pulled up and asked me if I needed a ride

Terra Nova Cain
I need you again.
Deep space jam, on an alien terrain
Terra Nova Cain
I need you again
And some for the little boys who live down the lane

I should've known there was something amiss
she had unearthly eyes
She had a way of sitting through your mind
Like she'd done it to a million guys

She said will you help with our research
I said take me to your leader
She put her foot down on the oscillation pedal
she was a transdimensional speeder

Terra Nova Cain
I need you again
Protect me from the meteor rain
Terra Nova Cain, I need you again
Put your exploratory probe right into my brain

They brought me back after thousands of years
I hadn't changed at all
We used to float around her weightless bedroom
That drove me right up the wall

Terra Nova Cain, I need you again
You dropped me off, and you've left me quite drained
Terra Nova Cain, I need you again
Help me break these telekinetic chains

Terra Nova Cain, I need you again
Deep space jam on an alien terrain
Terra Nova Cain, I need you again
put your explosion probe right into my brain

etc. to end.

CITY
----------
There smoke turns into serpents in the air
Beware there's no santcu'ry anywhere

On this very spot
a great city once stood
it oozed with evil
but it felt so good
well I don't know
where did it go?

And here there's lots of method in their madness dear
and we're considering remaining here

In this very house
a giant was born
with two angry eyes and one sharp, black horn
well I don't know
how could he grow?

The fountains gush wine
the chimneys spurt flowers
where me and my friends 
pass the fleeting hours
	
well yes and no
where did they go?

Good bye there's no reason, there's no alibi
I'll try to write you a letter from the cyclone's eye

on this very day
a hundred years before
they opened up the future like it was a door
well I don't know
where did it go?

The towers stretch up
the spires spiral odd
behind the vicar's gate the sign
"Beware of God"

well I don't know
Where did he go?

MONDAY MORNING
-----------------------------------
Beyond the city 
and evening dust
dreams and the thunder
rattle the rust

You had an idea
that you won't have again
she's forgotten your name
and hopes you'll do the same
the start of the ash
and the end of the flame
burning you, turning you

There was a lifetime
spent in the sun
Hundreds of chances
blew every one
dice rolled double six
double six double six
owner of trouble 
flesh blood and bricks

You had an idea
that you won't have again
she's forgotten your name
and hopes you'll do the same
the start of the ash
and the end of the flame
burning you, turning you

Oh, Monday morning
the cracks become quite clear
Oh, monday morning
take me back, leave me here

Beyond the city 
and evening dust
dreams and the thunder
rattle the rust
	
You had an idea
that you won't have again
she's forgotten your name
and hopes you'll do the same
the start of the ash
and the end of the flame
burning you, turning you

...burning you, turning you around

RUSSIAN AUTUMN HEART
-----------------------------------------------
Combustion, suggestions
Roaring engines
Jew'ls and lathes that build a world
Titanic Howard Hughes,
An aimless king
Always spoilin' the best things you done.

so red squares and wavy leaves
delicate glass kisses, delicate lips

Russian Autumn Heart (X2)

Testing, digressing,
Falling to the earth.
Red hot spaceships with soil so rich.
A trillion pennies for a handful of dust
A sight only witnessed by a mountain of ice

so red squares and wavy leaves
sibling link meets, Manchurian mink

Russian Autumn Heart (many times)

Combustion, suggestions
Roaring engines
Jew'ls and lathes that rule the world
An aimless king
Always spoilin' the best things you done.

etc. to end

ESSENCE
--------------------
The universe is female
elusing the science of man
you sway and you swagger with your mean little dagger
You're gonna blow it again

C1 I'll prove her existance in everything
The soul of her rivers and stones
Her acquiescence in everything
her essence, her presence, her bones.

Lust and law take the masculine
Ambition and war take the boys
Pin the tail on the Alpha male
the little man making big noise

C2 (like C1)

It's not the engine or chassis
It's not the weapon or length
Your war dance I guess got this place in this mess
But there's something that's stronger than strength

C3 (like C1)

A metaphor is a goddess
A king that's fit for a queen
The opposite hide of that armored old hide
I hope you know what I mean

(fade to end)

YOU'RE STILL BEAUTIFUL
--------------------------------------------
It was only seven years ago
Your mirror finally broke.
Your little bunch of followers turned you into a fool
The butt of all their vicious jokes
screamin'

You're still beautiful baby
Nobody can take that away
You're still beautiful baby
Even when you fall down that way

You turned up backstage at the palace
We thought you was wearing a mask
I felt so fucking embarrassed
when you looked at your reflection and asked
you asked

Are you still beautiful baby?
Nobody can take that away
You're still beautiful baby
Baby don't believe what you see.

Well once upon a time I would've killed for you
I'm sorry that you got in this mess
But you're the walking picture of Dorian Gray
At least it's artistic I guess.
I guess...

You're still beautiful baby
Nobody can take that away
You're still beautiful baby
Even when you fall down that way

Are you still beautiful baby?
Nobody can take that away
You're still beautiful baby
Baby don't believe what you see.

DISAPPOINTMENT
--------------------------------
Far below the surface
where the women sway
Green shadows greet another day
Drowned for a moment
on an empty ocean bed
ah, I cannot lift my head

Late for an appointment
clothes everywhere
I cannot find my memory anywhere
ah, disappointment
just doesn't care
Off in the distance, just waiting there

Take back her keys
What shall we do today
Maybe a little lunch, down at the ghost cafe
sand in my sandals
my blood feels like red wine
they say "Hey, everything will work out fine."

Late for an appointment
clothes everywhere
I cannot find my memory anywhere
ah, disappointment
just doesn't care
Off in the distance, just waiting there

Late for an appointment
clothes everywhere
I cannot find my memory anywhere
ah, disappointment
just doesn't care
Off in the distance, just waiting there
(fade out)

TRANSIENT
---------------------------
Here for now (x2)

An island coincidence away
Boarding a train always leaving today
Approaching a station starts to slow
Ushered out no will against the flow

Dark as the night comes to share
with stars in her hair
and grand majestic flair
Framed, a world passes by
with the sound of a young girl's cry
man varrying a brow,
smoke rises from the crowd

Here for now (x2)

Tug in the sound as if to say
there's left apart of now in yesterday
The hurry for fear to miss the show
Not as strong as the wind's eternal blow

Dark as the night comes to share
with stars in her hair
and grand majestic flair
Framed, a world passes by
with the sound of a young girl's cry
man varrying a brow,
smoke rises from the crowd

Here for now (x2)

Wond'ring if leaves will fall in May
Only know if I decide to stay

Dark as the night comes to share
with stars in her hair
and grand majestic flair
Framed, a world passes by
with the sound of a young girl's cry
man varrying a brow,
smoke rises from the crowd

Here for now (fade out)

LAUGHING
-------------------------
Five o'clock, fade away the shadows
Leaving by the window or the door
And they're laughing, laughing at you anyway
Yeah they're laughing, laughing at you everyday

Eight o'clock, underneath the lamplight
Slow poison from a tiny little wound
And they're laughing, laughing at you anyway
Yeah they're laughing, laughing at you everyday

I understood before I knew
I realized, I'd spend my life coming back to you
Laughing at you (x2)

Twelve o'clock in the building of the mirrors
Recoil from my elongated twin
And he's laughing, laughing at you anyway
Yeah he's laughing, laughing at you everyday

I understood before I knew
I realized, I'd spend my life coming back to you
Laughing at you (fade out)

FADING AWAY
------------------------
Don't come to pieces in my hand
White stars reflecting dust and sand
That perfume makes me think of grief
Shake the faith, shake the belief

Who's there to say that we're living this moment
Feels like I'm in a play
The sets and the props of this, your apartment
Seem to be fading away.
Fading away.

So I wander through these rooms
I feel the orbit of the moons
And I dream what I become
And all's forgotten by the sun

Who's there to say that we're living this moment
Feels like I'm in a play
The sets and the props of this, your apartment
Seem to be fading away.
Fading away.
 
Who's there to say that we're living this moment
Feels like I'm in a play
The sets and the props of this, your apartment
Seem to be fading away.
Fading away.

Don't come to pieces in my hand
White stars reflecting dust and sand
That perfume makes me think of grief
Shake the faith, shake the belief

GRIND
---------------
The whine in your hand is worth two at the bar
And everybody knows what you've been drinking
Disgraceful sky flecked with a nightmare of stars
And everybody knows how you've been syncing

Long distance century buzzes and fades
I wonder why you've not resigned
Previews processions and parades 
You've got to grind, grind it out. (x2)

Line up the arrows, push off the top
This can cause sustain forever
And once it's started up, it cannot be stopped
At least it's holding us together

Long distance century buzzes and fades
An automatic charge on your mind
The glittering minutes jangled decades
We've got to grind, grind it out (x2)

Vortex appears, unleashed by the crash
A moment marred by hesitation
Bedazzled surgeon chases the gash
We don't need that operation

Long distance century buzzes and fades
Elysian fields not far behind
Find me a witness amongst these shades
They've got to grind, grind it out (x2)

Long distance century buzzes and fades
I hope the deaf can lead the blind
Lift me up into those whirling blades
I've got to grind, grind it out 
You've got to grind, grind it out
We've got to grind, grind it out
We got to grind, grind it out

A DIFFERENT MAN
-----------------------
Inside himself he runs 
To look in the mirror
And the face that stares right back
Has never been any clearer
But look at the doubt in his eyes
He's not the one to blame

It was a different man, you know he's never been here
You can be so close, you can be so near
It was a different man, playing different cards
You can be so soft, you can be so hard

Inside himself, he follows the wrong directions
Perfect English words alright 
But with the wrong inflections
Look at the dust at his feet, he's not the one she loves

It was a different man, you know he's never been found
You can be so up, you can be so down
It was a different man, you know he's never been there
You can be halfway, you can be all there

Inside himself he thinks that he looks the same
And the mind that thinks it all out
Never noticed any change
But look at the doubt in his eyes 
He's not the one to blame

ANCIENT HISTORY
-------------------------
Sometime I wonder how I got mixed up with you
You just cannot comprehend the things that I do
The truth is so fragile, the ties are so true
Living in the nettles where the blossoms once grew

So now you're asking what is the mystery
But all these questions - ancient history

Sometimes I wonder what is left to be said
If I'm consumed and fading will the children be fed?
The roof is always leaking, the stone has bled
Say I'm just existing and you leave me for dead

Sometimes I can see all love is a sled
Sliding down the slopes that will lead to your bed
Some of us are white, some of us are red
Some have got these visions going round in our heads

As you leave the room blow a kiss to me
And as it falls - ancient history

Sometimes a joke can get out of hand
Laughing like a conqueror in a new land
Convinced down to his buttons this was how it was planned
Turns his back on ruins that was nothing but sand

Crossing the Alps, the ice and cold blister me
And all the rest - ancient history

THE NIGHT IS VERY SOFT
-------------------------------
Tiny drops of winter glistened on her soft fur
Tail lights in earshot, headlights shine through her, and on
Legs crossed in the red surge settee
Sat next to nothing and she looked right through me, and on

Inside the car sat a sulky blonde
And on her lap the road went on and on
As she dresses I look to the ground
Perhaps I know where the place can be found, and on

Outside, the night is very soft, but where does it end
We'd pile into the Buick, but you've got to have money for that
92 people taking it too fast
They never noticed where their lives are cast, and on
I've got a milk white electric guitar
Walked in the shop and I peeled of the notes oh yeah

IN THIS ROOM
---------------------
Oh, the evening angel
Shiver in the way of her stare
I will admit that she never loved me
But I admit that I never cared
And it's too damned late to buy the gate
And why close it if your heart isn't there
And since you know it all, I could give you a call
I could give you something fine to compare yourself too
My eyes begin to ache in the cold electric light
There are no windows in this room
'n which we have been sitting all our lives
Some incredible distance, some incredible place
Sometimes I think, sometimes I sink in some incredible race
And it's too damned soon for a man of fortune
To have to run or lose his face
And since you know it all, I could give you a call
I could give you a lot more than a taste of yourself, too

IN A HEARTBEAT
------------------
Your room is damp, your love's turning cold
Where is the meaning I thought we could hold
I can't believe what's happened to you
I stand back and watch, there's nothing I can do

Poetry, a delicious joke
All your flame going up in smoke
Just once more, just once again
If I ever get caught here, you'll know who to blame

In a heartbeat and a heartbeat's all that it takes
In a heartbeat see your heartbreak

I play some records but the words are too strange
I call you sometimes but your number's been changed
I will remember every smile and tear
But when I listen to you I don't want to hear

FRAULEIN
-------------
One night I saw all this
The ship that drifted in
And from that afternoon you changed
Some fallen leaves were in the drive
A stranger's voice above the wind
The difference was the color of Lorraine

She said that mourning almost tasted blue
Oh Fraulein, that was you

Your phone would ring and ring and ring
The shadows on the beat
The car abandoned long before, when I was free
A message crumpled said something
Yet the language was unknown
Are old mistakes forgotten just like me

She said she's leaving with the crowds
She wants to throw this all away
She said I'm thinking this out loud
That's what I thought you'd say

One night I saw all this
The man who paid the bill
A glance along the noise
Hey baby that's our song
The seagulls all flew away
And when I turned to ask you where
And when I turned to ask you why
You've gone

YOU'VE GOT TO GO
---------------------
There's a distant light shining over you tonight
You've been transformed, you'll always be my storm
In the Tuscan dusk you're swooning under moons of musk
You touch the texture of the tiles and miles away
A visitor waits for you to show
You've got to go

In the plum sun dunes rippling to a frail tune
You've been conveyed, you'll always be my lifetimes blade
Along the alpine drive uncertain how to be alive
You love the fragments of a smile and miles away
A courier invokes your name you know
You've got to go

And another heart breaks, you're wasting all the time it takes
You've been assigned, you'll never be too far behind
Wait for a bus to come, you know another verse to hum
You thrust the windows for a while and miles away
Your servants searching high and low
You've got to go
You better go

THE GOLDEN DAWN
------------------
[instrumental]

LIFE SPEEDS UP
--------------------
The clouds in the sky are all rushing by
A stare's just a backwards glance
The years and the days are all melting away
Yet you still won't take a chance

But life speeds up, don't you know, don't you know

The push and the throb, the threat of the mob
The crack's not a secret this time
The mouths and the doors, now I can't shut anymore
Keep running, you're falling behind

The world spins alone, the weight of it groans
I get dizzy just turning the page
The air holds us down and we're stuck on the ground
Trying to slip off our age

Come to the window come to the door
Given under my hand given under the law
I gave you everything you still want more
They gave you some mad forgotten war

Now it's time to slow things down
Because I told you life speeds up

Tell me how it happened did it hurt did you cry
Did you ever feel yourself falling out of the sky
Did you ever lie awake and wonder why
Did you ever fall asleep and dream that you died

We grind to a halt and we start again
We come to a corner but it's only a bend
And all those broken promises they never end 
Who cares if it's mad when it's only pretend

AUTUMN SOON
---------------
The puppetmaster understands the need
The jury needs to feel the greed
And seeds revolve and grow and bleed
Daytime sees a newer breed
The underlife tick tocks
Pushing through my safe ideas
Goodbye heroica you overdosed on years
I ask you for a midnight, you give me a high noon
When winter puts her hands on you
It must be autumn soon

Whatever happened to the leaves that used to fall
Where's the candle I left spluttering in the hall
What's the meaning of the siren's call 
I blame it on you all
The underlife tick tocks
And chimes away between
Goodbye heroica, you're not needed for this scene
The flaming dying sunset has collapsed like a balloon
When winter puts her hands on you 
It must be autumn soon

I thought I heard her voice upon the tide
It was only the shells and stones that sighed
Old Neptune tosses in the deep and scalds his mermaid bride
And you know, I really tried
The underlife tick tocks
And changes into ash
Goodbye heroica we only accept a cache
I'm here to give you everything, do I have to stoop or croon
When winter puts her hands on you
It must be autumn soon

SOMEONE SPECIAL
------------------------
Said I've had visions of weeping
She said I've had the same about you
They come to me sometimes when I'm sleeping
I said that's a way for me too
Now it's been a long time and I don't have the mind
To justify what we've been through
Logic is fine and science can be kind
But it can't define me and you

Yet I thought I had something special to say
But this nightmarish world 
Makes you throw your thoughts away
As though I was someone special today

We say why are the innocent bleeding
Is there not a thing we can do
They say please swallow this trust we are feeding
And don't worry, it's bad for you
Now it's been a long show and I thought you should know
It's time for us to play our hand
But words are much too slow they lost meaning years ago
Isn't that how this began

Some say now! The truth is before us
Others say oh no this is not real
Some say be cruel then they'll adore you
Others say you can't touch till you feel
Now its been trip and its only the tip
Of the iceberg I'm trying to melt
Our tickets have been ripped and you've got to bite your lip
When you think about the way that felt

AS YOU WILL
---------------
You wake up late day is still dawning
You get out on the road
You meet up with a man his face is well worn in
He's carrying a load
On the way to paradise

Summer rain falls, so you head for some shelter
Close to a wall
See a lady dressed in chance you try to help her
She heeds your call
On the way to paradise

Ornamental or warm and gentle
On the way to paradise as you will someday

You find a hidden door that leads to a garden
And venture through
Sunshines bright a witness to pardon
The world that you knew
On the way to paradise

All is well on the distant horizon
It's there in wait
Get so close, you grow so much wiser
But wake up late
On the way to paradise

Ornamental or warm and gentle
Can you tell heaven from hell
As you will someday

THE VIEW
----------
Someone fell across me
Regretting their honesty
Shook away their cautious care
Looked right through me like I wasn't there

River came to meet me
Relationships can be like water
Deep and shallow the popular bed
Springs to mind my undetected closure

You'll only scratch the surface
If you bounce around like an adult ball
Oh yeah, oh yeah, it's nice up there
Be a lighthouse, don't block out your view

Whispers in a cream cake
Sweet and quiet again tonight
Goodness on a rare stick
Sometimes healthy living should be crushed

Now I search for hours
Rubble kills my fingers looks
I'll only stop when it hurts a lot
My heart is slender, my wooden tambourine's drenched in blues

Redesign your answer
If you're the post then prove you're tall
Oh yeah, oh yeah, we slid around
Polish your window and don't block out your view

Take this daring leap
Wake you've been asleep
Go attack your life
The paint is peeling scrape to save what's yours

TRANCE ENDING
--------------------
Strange girl sing
Think all my life to me
Wild things you bring
Bring drums and bells to me

We dance and sway
Sway like the drunken priest
We dream all day
Day of the wedding feast

Dark hooded eyes
Eyes of a stallion
We roll the dice
One in a million

FOR A MOMENT WE'RE STRANGERS
-----------------------------------
In the empty place the soul stripped bare
Of skins and heart and I come apart
In your icy hands
I forget my role, as I stare into your soul
In the empty place you change your mind
You change your clothes you change your pose
For a perfect fit
I forget the cast, as I stare into your past

For a moment we're strangers
For a minute you look away
For a second or always
For an instant another day
Such strange things you say

In the empty place we dress our wounds
Collect our coats, a window gloats
Above a street
I prepare my case, as I stare into your face

Just one me one you
The world contains a few
Is it true, is it truly new
Are we through the stolen door once more

CHROME INJURY
----------------
Cut your life into the steel
Take your place behind the wheel
Watch the metal scene just peel away
Don't forget me, don't regret me
Don't replace and don't upset me
But don't forget to come and get me someday

I was somewhere far away
But I knew I couldn't stay
German girls in an expose
Sitting on an empty train
Staring at the winter rain
Going through the scene again and again

Poor tormented automan
Giant pincers for a hand
Sinking slowly in the sand
Chrome injury on his cheek
Three days strong, four days weak
Listen as he tries to speak
If only I could feel

Falling down standing still
Always there's more time to kill
Flamingos startled in a shrill display
Don't forget me, don't regret me
Don't replace and don't upset me
But don't forget to come and get me some day

If I only wasn't steel

THE UNGUARDED MOMENT
----------------------------
So hard finding inspiration
I knew you'd find me crying
Tell those girls with rifles for minds
That their jokes don't make me laugh
They only make me feel like dying
In an unguarded moment

So long, long between mirages
I knew you'd find me drinking
Tell those men with horses for hearts
That their jibes don't make me bleed
They only make me feel like shrinking
In an unguarded moment

So deep, deep without a meaning
I knew you'd find me leaving
Tell those friends with cameras for eyes
That their hands don't make me hang
They only make me feel like breathing
In an unguarded moment

MEMORIES IN FUTURE TENSE
-------------------------------------
Last year today seemed a long way away
And ahead of me
A new face and street, people who meet you
Instead of me
They bring you, they take you
They own you, they make you

Last year today you turn and you say
Here's a dream for me
You close your eyes, the moon starts to rise
And you scream for me
I calm you, I'm with you
What did they ever give you

Memories in future tense
Memories don't make much sense

Last year today a radio plays
Such a simple song
The music surreal and you almost could feeel
That there's nothing wrong
They bought you, they sold you
And all the things they told you

BEL-AIR
-------------
A palm tree nodded at me last night
Said hey you look so pale
I don't know if it was the air or the breeze in my hair
I had a feeling I had failed
So down to the beach just out of reach
The moon was being trailed
A girl and a sailor and a hot dog trailer
That's their holy grail
The sand whispered heat and burned the feet
Of gulls landing on the shore
In the motel pool the waitress cools
She doesn't ask for more
She makes a wish she takes a risk
She opens up her door
Through human eyes she's a dolphin in disguise
It's the last night of the war
Somewhere far away there's another day
And someone's getting out of bed
She put on her face in the morning space
She doesn't know she's dead
Her ruby lips can't excite me anymore
And pain sprawls on the chair, it's always there
And he descends the stairs, he doesn't see
The sunburnt landlord glares, for all the people
He can never be

IS THIS WHERE YOU LIVE
---------------------------
Oceanic lights are cleverly dim
Blueish features in the lower reaches
We raise out traffic flares to him
Fishnet, girlish the red ones spark
Holy arcs tracked in the dark
The more I see the less I look
Here's another name I took
Listen! In the early morning air
The remnants of their evening wear
Branching off, the road winds east
Deluxe locations just near completion
Come dine with wine and oyster feast
The pearls are real, have one for free
They're washed up by the foam waved sea
The more I look the less I smile
Never mind let's stay awhile
The fans blow secrets on the night
Out of mind but not out of sight
Is this where you live

Broken voices the nylon choir
Nothing left to stoke that fire
All they own is on their tongues
They never see or wonder if
Is this where you live

Thin dog's don't vie for bones
Why desert just to be alone
All they own is on their backs
They can't believe it's you I'm with
Is this where you live

Don't blush as I brush your touch
No need for any speed or rush
All you own is on the floor
I'm buying all you're gonna give
Is this where you live

Coffee stories the lying truth
Electric lights don't help my youth
All I owned is on my face
Urbane mirror anger myth
Is this where you live

SHE NEVER SAID
-----------------
I'm not exact but I'm not insane
I clutched at someone in the dark again
It's so hard to remember her name she never said

It was in a story that I wanted to write
The details weren't important, the plot was slight
No-one asked what happened that night she never said

Get out of bed, pull on a shoe
I've got a notion what we ought to do
Here's a number you can try to ring
I'm still thinking about all the things she never said

I parked my car by some memories
And told my story to the laughing trees
They don't know what's wrong with me, she never said

All the letters had the wrong address
Did you notice who cleared up the mess
What the date was is anybody's guess she never said

FIGHTER PILOT ... KOREAN WAR
--------------------------------
A thousand powdered parts
Past the sun and moon
The hint of timelessness splashed
On this afternoon
And they tell me I'm inside
When I run and when I hide
I want to touch you

I think my courage must 
Never leave this room
It's like the history that
Hides in the monsoon
And they tell me I'm alive
But when I lean into a dive
I want to touch you

At home they think we must be fools
The sky or street, they're both as cruel
When you're running low on fuel
And I ran out books ago
Last night I overheard your prayers
It's emptiness that scares
Or disappearing in thin air
To a lost place down below

Once upon a time 
In a distant land
I felt the rising sun
Focussed through my hand
And they tell me I'm so changed
But if I ever was the same
I want to touch you

The action calls me away

DON'T OPEN THE DOOR TO STRANGERS
---------------------------------------
Don't open the door to strangers
Don't let them in, to your heart
They only want to take you far from me
Don't open the door tonight

Don't trust the man in the windows
Don't let him buy all your dreams
He only wants to make them all his own
Don't open the door tonight

See the angry sea, it's a sign for me
There's another shore, what we waiting for
Feel the wind is sad, all the things I had
Blown away and falling around me

Don't leave your thoughts unguarded
Don't let them float where they will
They never tell me what I want to know
Don't open the door tonight

ALMOST WITH YOU
----------------------
See the chains which bind the men
Can you taste their lonely arrogance
It's always too late
And your face is so cold
They struggled for this opulence
See the suns which blind the men
Burnt away so long before our time
Now their warmth is forgotten and gone
Pretty maids not far behind

Who you trying to get in touch with
I'm almost with you
I can sense it wait for me
I'm almost with you
Is this the taste of victory
I'm almost with you

See the dust which fills your sleep
Does it always feel this chill near the end
I never dreamed we'd meet here once more
This life reserved for a friend

WHEN YOU WERE MINE
-------------------------
On a day like this, a hundred lifetimes ago
You on a shore, across the point
I looked through my hands and you drew me a line
When you were mine
On a world like this, a hunderd turns left to go
Deep in a room, which I've never seen
Outside it's so cold but I'm waiting for time
When you were mine

Plenty of islands between now and then
Rocks break the boats of the painted face men
And they drown, and they're born
And they live once again
And this all happens
When you were mine

In a storm like this, a hundred kisses of snow
You with another so easily sleep
What's real and what's dreamt become close and entwine
When you were mine

FIELD OF MARS
-------------------
It's a long way home from the Field of Mars
Distant, alone, beneath the platinum stars
And I turn to look, but I'm never any closer
Only just the rain makes the skin feel colder
All my life seems so far away
The air is soft in the Field of Mars
Tears and loss feed the overgrown grass
And I have to leave, but I never seem to go
Only more sad clouds where autumn winds will blow
All my dreams seem so long ago
Oh, Field of Mars
Time is past in the Field of Mars
Grief won't last in the departing cars
And I call her name, but she never, ever hears
And I call again to the cruelty of the years
Oh my love she's so far away
Oh, Field of Mars

AN INTERLUDE
---------------------
"They're going to send you away" she said
Psychic angels spread on the top of her head
And in the compartments of my dread
The rush hour crush travels home to bed
"You never seem to hear" she smiled
Statues tiptoe for a glimpse of the child
The lawns are always lush and wild
Spacious floors bejewelled and tiled
"How are you getting home" she laughed
Mermaids drowned but I clung to the raft
It's just the water in the bath
An interlude for the busy staff

SECRET CORNERS
-------------------
Lying alone, isn't that you
Drifting away 
Is the only thing left to do
Such a sad place, such a lost world
But nothing is sadder 
Than the tears of a make-believe girl
Who is this child, who is this man
Only two people
Who are doing all they can
Frost on the ground, the cruel winds of fate
Blow us forever
And I know there's just no escape
Run to the secret corners of your room
I'll still be waiting
I'll still be waiting

JUST FOR YOU
-------------
Sometimes when the darkness loses its hold
I tread politely in the cold
Racking my brains
Pumping my veins
And taking the evening train from view
But you know I never wanted to
Ah, you know I did it just for you
And it's so easy to hurt me now
And you've forgotten anyhow
That certain ideas 
Have changed through the years
I purchased some tears just to see me through
But you know I never wanted to
Ah, you know I did it just for you
One day I noticed the world at my feet
Next day comes and it rolls into the street
Gathering speed
Paying no heed
That made me bleed until I was blue
But you know I never wanted to
Ah, you know I did it just for you

A FIRE BURNS
---------------
The rusty stream of dawn completes
The scenes where cars once crawled these streets
A face against the moving sky
Brings back an alien hope
Just like they said to me
Keep your heart inside your coat

Well there's muddy shoes outside your door
Is anybody home I ask once more
A silver-plated jet comes home
But the map leads her astray
Just like they said to me
Find your heart and lose your way

A fire burns inside me
The snow still falls in flakes
The reins around a horse's throat
Turn into a lake
And people so familiar
Their words are in my mind
A fire burns inside me
Dancing cool and blind

Beside the wall the flowers grow
And down the sticky stems I go
Watching changing skies below
Your arms so far away
Just like they said to me
Life is worth another stay

TO BE IN YOUR EYES
------------------
Night-time is so lonely
When you hear a sound
But it's only an empty heart
Beating on through the night
A sad sad drum
And I'm lying here listening
And the raindrops are all glistening
In my dreams
And it seems
That the sun never comes
And I want my sad reflection
To go drifting through the skies
To be in your eyes
And I'm waking to this aching
And it's breaking me in two
All the space
All the waste
All the distance between me and you
And the people with their voices
Random choices will they ever learn
To really see
Really be on fire when their spirit burns
I want the person inside me
To be someone I'd recognise
If he was in your eyes
So I'm waiting, contemplating
Relocating a faded image in my thoughts
But the memories are like clouds
Try so hard
But they never can be caught
But I'm trying, yes I'm trying
But I'm only lying in the dark
So alone
On my own
No one home
And if love was worth a fortune
Then I'd need a rise
To be in your eyes
I want these words to be the things
I hoped you'd realised 
To be in your eyes

YOU TOOK
-------------
You took a piece of my heart
You took a piece of my heart
And I don't know why
No I don't know why
It was clear in coming here
I must have put the horse before the cart
Before the cart
You took the lead from the start
You took the lead from the start
And I don't know why
No I don't know why
It was clear in coming here
I must have put the skin before the heart
Before the heart
You took the rest of the day
You took the rest of the day
And I don't know why
No I don't know why
Now that it's all over
Now there's just some coldness in my way
It's in my way
You took the clubs and the spades
You took the clubs and the spades
And I don't know why
No I don't know why
It's a shame it's not a game 
We're playing in it's just the blurred crusade
The blurred crusade

DON'T LOOK BACK
---------------------
Sometime up here, watching a cloud
Funny how they shape your thoughts
Right out loud
Some days you laugh
Some days you cry
So deep in a night
It leaves you stranded high and dry
Keep to yourself, keep it in case
Keep it when you need it for a pretty smile
For your face
Walk out in the sun
Walk out in the rain
Keep on walking
And don't look back here again

CONSTANT IN OPAL
----------------------
Me and the puzzled travellers
We searched the ground for wealth
And scoured the dreaming valleys
On days where shadows melt
Digging for the blue and the green
Constant in opal or ultramarine
But you could only find yourself that way
And dust was my companion
And thirst caked all our words
Unearthing nearly nothing
We swarmed like carrion birds
Some for fortune, some for greed
Some for want, some for need
But you could only find yourself that way
In hearts suspicion flowers
In hands numb with jealousy
Sleepwalking lightning showers
Transform effortlssly
Thinking of all that I left behind
Down in the shaft when my mind was blind
But you couldn't even find yourself that way


VIOLET TOWN
------------------
Newspaper fades against the ground
Phantom bus pass through violet town
On its way through the yellow fields
Past the graying fences
When I'm here I have this feeling
I don't want to know
Inviolate town
Big trees throw shade that falls around
The empty streets of violet town
Gardenerless the houses stand
And eyes in windows, strange...
Big truth progresses never to be found
I walk the corners straight to violet town
And I tell you sometimes when we're old
Of the useless boy and his dream


NO EXPLANATION
--------------------
You pull the sheets around you throat
Talking like the harpy again
I've got this heartache in my coat
Since I don't remember when
It's guaranteed to live and to bleed
And you feed it with your bitterest lies
Hope you can see what that's done to me
But I don't care to look into your eyes
There's no explanation
Dreamtongued man from the golden land
Standing with the keys to your door
I had to laugh as I shook his hand
Didn't know he'd been here before
I know him well but I never can tell
If he sees right through my futile disguise
Hope you can see what that's done to me
But I don't care to look into your eyes
There's no explanation
Walking alone down the path to your home
On a silent and sensual day
It almost could be my very own
Before I went and lost my way
Directions aren't clear when you're standing here
And you cheer me with your faithless surprise
Hope you can see what that's done to me
But I don't care to look into your eyes
There's no explanation


10,000 MILES
-------------
Dark, small, so fragile
A treasure to your heart
Grace your fingers across the lacquer
Think of someone miles away
Piano sounds that bow in the distance
Bring me back to my room again
Ten thousand miles away
My memory is leaking
She lost a ruby thing
Trying to focus, times in the past
The music has stopped and can't carry on
All of a sudden I start to remember
Summer, Germany, then it's gone
Ten thousand miles away
The dancers are sleepy
The keys are put away
The jewel on my jacket talking, talking
Telling stories everyone's heard
My box of ghosts bids me goodnight
Clockwork spirits have the last word
Ten thousand miles away


MAYBE THESE BOYS
----------------------
Framed up baby, know her place
Slippery salmon all over her face
Browsing down through the mirrored hall
See Arizona standing ten feet tall
Her father's smart, plays his part
Twirls his star and watch them start
Oh no no don't wander off the set
We haven't reached the borders yet
Then into town he rides in grim
All the mercenaries are following him
Ripped and raw, lays his glove on the door
Walks in and tells the man on the floor
Maybe these boys want to do some talking
Your room's a mess, it's ugliness
But I go on living in it till you say yes
The curtains are new, but the windows are old
All the stories passing through already been told
We live in a style where trust is a drag
To hold up your end means the middle will sag
Some blackhearted actors interfered in your scene
And you can't stand success or the place where it's been
The fader's been placed, judgement passed down
Staying up all night till pure sleep drags you down
Ripped and raw, her voice at the door
Walks in, expecting him, finds something more
Says maybe these boys want to do some talking


INTO MY HANDS
-------------------
I take love into my hands
Journey back to winterland
Cut my losse, grow my hair
See some man to take me there
As it gets so uncertain
When the girl gets too near
It's never as good as I hoped
Or as bad as I feared
Some seek sleek and slithering charms
Out of reach their grasping arms
Our skin like milk, our breath of words
Like happy, awful and absurd
You know it's always out here in my head
Stupid bloody things get said
Then drifting on a summer pond
I notice that my love has gone


A MONTH OF SUNDAYS
-----------------------
Badman's woman with that look in her eye
You stop to wonder as she passes by
Something inside you is never the same
Something outside you is always to blame
Follow her home where she lives with some friends
They have some good things to add to the blend
The games expanded, invaded the place
You're the only one who's forgotten his face

You're saying no no no I must be on my way
But it really has been a pleasant night
And you go so slow hope they'll ask you to stay
And indifference gives you a fright

Walking outside you come to a door
You go inside and you wonder what for
At least it's good to be out of the wind
You turn around and the clocks all begin
Just like the winter your memory thaws
Just like the ocean your memory pours
So many pieces to match or to find
So many doubts to have in one mind

It's hard to see how the tables have turned
It's hard to see how the people have learned
It's hard to watch the past drizzling past
It's hard to watch them picking the cast
And it stacks up badly that it never makes sense
You sense that sensation is who's paying the rent
And she beckons to you with her fingers and lies
She says: can't you slice the price of your paradise


VOLUMES
------------
Borrowed grapes from stores of gold
Put plastic back where metal's sold
Men in quarries connect their bomb
One two three a new Saigon
Check the bottle is it full?
Have you found which pin to pull?
Boys in shirts get dirty hands
Smoke kills seagulls on the sands
They have pages, they take ages
To read and to learn they're heavy to carry
And easy to burn
Volumes have secrets, take them on holiday
Book them a room, save them a moment
Swallow their swoon
Pretty things all in a row
Flowers who can't seem to grow
Finding the pearls then finding the blood
Then finding the water is wood
The something I wanted has just flown by
It looked at me sideways and told me to try
I hope it's a message from someone obscure
I hope it's the man next door


SHADOW CABINET
-------------------
Now chased by the shapes of your vowels
Look at the things she allows
Junction fever must have closed down the rail
The gluttonous wind keeps on nibbling the sail
Queuing in the ruins in the wake of the gale
It's harmony I say
Here the difference between close and near
The way oaths and oafs interfere
Bliss comes first as a jangling flood
The pillow from the old country arrives with a thud
And that night she dreams ceremony and mud
It's happening I say
Must be thirsty, drink, drink, sink, forget
Must be empty inside the shadow cabinet
She offered her chaos to me
Proffered herself languidly
The eldritch bitch must have muddled her spells
Tinges of Persia, I hope that it sells
Chemical nuptials and ringing the bells
It's heavenly I say
Then one winter morning you walk through the trees
But they cut them all down for the factories
Made this pretty cabinet and gave you the keys
It's hardly used I think

REMOTE LUXURY
---------------------
(instrumental)

FLY
------
Baby smiled like a tiny child
She talks her head off, and the land lies wild
Tossed and turned on a teardrop sea
And all the dark clowns who are following me

And they fly, she pointed up into the sky
And you can't touch them if you try
And they fly

Baby left as she lost her breath
Hastns off to some unknown death
Trapped inside her painted eyes
Takes herself into a new sunrise

ONE DAY
----------
Tell me, is everything unplanned?
It's all so unexpected that I just can't understand
We run so hard and always end up in the same place
"Glad that went so smoothly" well that never is the case

One day - doubtless, cloudless, bright
We'll shake away the shadows of eternal night
It's just the storm before the calm
Like the life held in your palm - it's clay, one day

And you stand there, with ashes blowing past
Dipping into gilt-edged love that will be made at last
And the gold you spend and the hastening end
That you throw into the sea
Coming back a hundredfold, there's no guarantee

We'll walk and be like giants, we'll all be honest men
I go back to my blindness so that I may see again
A woman standing on a hill is gazing out to sea
Dreaming of a new age waiting there for me
I call her from a distance and she smiles into the sun
And men and gods begin their dance, for their time has begun
And holy wars extended and battlefields of pain
Washed away, forgotten in the perfect rain
Princes, kings and humble things are well-worn and content
Messengers come everywhere, envoys have been sent

ELECTRIC
-------------
Alone, at the end of the day
As I stand before the relics
Of what used to be you and me
You turn with the tears in your eyes
Not understanding that you are free
Free of me
Like songs, our warmth fades away
Turns into coldness
Like the words that we say, today

And as the city glows, electric people nobody knows
Electric dreams, nobody knows
When you touch my skin, the feeling is electric

I hoped that our destiny sloped
Ever upwards, now it curves away
And falls, like rain
And the windows of children
I see the future, just sliding away, and false

IT'S NO REASON
----------------
Crocodile skin water, city shadows wait
Put your head into your hands, the ending is so great
Take a ride to sundown, buy a ticket home
Take all the things I've bought you, leave all the rest alone
Marble skins turn human, people fade to gray
Put your head into my hands we'll make them go away
As you're crying softly, you won't ever be disturbed
Red on pink, the sun will sink, have you even heard?

And the colors take me down
It's no reason to be sad
And you leave without a sound
It's no reason to be glad

Salty tears are wasted, children lie awake
Put your head into my hands, don't let your spirit break
Bloack smoke from the chimneys, white smoke from the hills
Everything is moving, but we're standing still

Celebrations fading, boats upon the waves
Put your head into my hands, trying to be brave
The carnival has packed up, the storm has left us peace
Poppies sleep undamaged, we drive into the east


TRAVEL BY THOUGHT
---------------------
I know it was the wind that kept your door closed
The echo of another time, an age of beauty
She lived in the future, she lived in the past
She gave it all to me, she gave it all to me
Don't think I've forgotten the thoughts of your room
It told unlikely tales, an age of beauty
Some nights I walk through the heat to your street
I lose my bearings, but I can see clearly
Travel by thought

Imagine the feeling before that last jump
Come back to mother earth, an age of beauty
Oh you just can't define, the sad things in your mind
Just give them all to me
Travel by thought

DISAPPEAR?
--------------
Like a womb, night was all around
Someone, somewhere must have talked some sense
I could feel it moving underground
So many things I stll don't understand
The dream I was having took on an ugly face
I don't know if I was walking through heaven
It could have been any place
Skipping 'cross the water, wading through the sand
Awake to find you gone, emptiness is where you lay
I just had to smile for all the things you'll never hear me say
Oh, I know, I could never get that near
What do you expect me to do, disappear?
You and me, we're as free as we can be
Can't you see, like the trees so obvioulsy...
The message disturbs me so I throw it to the wind
And after all the hellos goodbyes etc etc
We can't start this thing again
It's like the fog you walk towards, but never seem to reach
Every morning now I hear that same old song
And though the singer is long dead, his voice goes on and on
Ugliness you have to learn, but beauty you can't teach
Awake to find you gone, a note pinned to my sleeve
It wasn't just the things you took
It was the things you had to leave
Now it seems you were never here
What do you expect me to do, disappear?

ELECTRIC LASH
-----------------
The electric lash of trees in the studio
Fills my head with light
Only the voice of the girl on the radio
Falling from a height
I turn to leave as if in a cameo
It doesn't feel quite right
Only one thing you ever really know
If it's day or night

Our eyes meet and I love her
I suspect she already knows
How those eyes see me so very very clearly
Even when they're closed

The electric lash of trees in the studio
A bite then a caress
Only the voice of the girl on the radio
Drifting from the west
I turn to leave as if in a cameo
A moon, a knot, a guess
Only one thing you ever really know
You might curse before you bless

NOW I WONDER WHY
--------------------
In a moment of triumph, I find defeat uncontrolled
In the second of honor, a despair sharp and old
She gives me a taste, please show me some etiquette
I wasn't looking for you and I don't want to find you yet
At an uncurtained window, in a street full of rooms
Watching the gardens, and pursuing the blooms
This world is so white, they never see me anymore
But i trusted you then, and I'm trusting you still
It's just that I'm not quite sure
Now I wonder why, I thought I could ever lose
But the gain is hardly what I'd choose
Now I wonder why
It was somebody, a woman, it was a delicate crime
And I've been waiting for ages, yes I've been here all the time
There was this greed in my blood, she let me take the easy way
She helps me hide the vagabond, that was myself yesterday
And after the acting, I found that I couldn't sleep
And during my drifting, I found that I was too deep
By the virtue of faith
I knew that I could be lost
Beyond this dark place
Unprepared to pay the cost

DROPPING NAMES
-------------------
I want to break to be beautiful
Seven long nights to think
A handful of words, a sleeveful of birds
Casually left on the sink
Crimson beads, cut out your needs
Leave you feeling more in the pink
Seven long nights at a pre-announced site
A head on my shoulders and I feel all right
Alter the courses, stand near my flames
Questionable sources, only dropping names
Dropping names
I taught her how to be hard or soft
She never really needed to learn
A trip into town, defenses are down
I never ever need to return
She holds me by the stars, says look at these scars
Feel my longing burn
Seven long days but I can't change my ways
Look over my shoulder and I say hey hey


IT DOESN'T CHANGE
---------------------
Sinking silk, and burning gold
Touch you as the air is turning cold
Another place I look for you
The heights above an almost perfect view
Seeing things just rest a while
As the tide sweeps out another mile
Inside the man, the pleasure dome
This is the world that I once called home
Strangers in their naked skin
Waiting for their sweet oblivion
Close to you, hear all you say
Even though you're continents away
The perfumed air, the taste of fear
Shrug your shoulders and they disappear
Take this gift and let it grow
Let it be all the hope you know
It doesn't change