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Starry starry night:
Paint your palette blue and grey.
Look out on a summer's day
with eyes that know the darkness in my soul.
Shadows on the hills:
Sketch the trees and daffodils
Catch the breeze and winter chills
in colours on the snowy linen land.
Now I understand
what you tried to say to me
and how you suffered for your sanity
and how you tried to set them free.
They would not listen.
They did not know how.
Perhaps they'll listen now?


Don MacLean

And when we die
will we be that disappointed or sad
if heaven doesn't exist?
What will we have missed?
This life is the best we've ever had.

Tonight We Fly

The Divine Comedy

It was a hot afternoon, the last day of June
and the sun was a demon
The clouds were afraid, one ten in the shade
and the pavement was steaming.

I told Blly Ray in his red Chevrolet
I needed time for some thinking.
I was just walking by when I looked in her eye
and I swore it was winking.

She was 31 & I was 17.
I knew nothing about love.  She knew everything.
But I sat down beside her on a front porch swing
and wondered what the coming night would bring.

Summer (the First Time)

Bobby Goldsboro

Digging up the dead with a shovel and a pick
- it's a job!  It's a job!

God's Away on Business

Tom Waits

And beneath the stars we sat down.
She stilled my trembling hands.
And the heavens dark parted the clouds to reveal the Moon.


The Separation CIrcle

Thank you for the days, those endless days, those sacred days you gave me.
I'm thinking of the days.  I won't forget a single day, believe me.
I bless the light.  I bless the light that lights on you, believe me.
And though you're gone, you're with me every single day, believe me.


Ray Davies

There's something here that I don't understand.
You search for signs like some crusade.
When one seems to point to that promised land
why do you always turn away?

Lost Continent

The Comsat Angels

trands of light upon a bedroom floor
change the night through an open door.
I am awake but this is not my home.
For the first time I'm not alone.

Reaching out I touch another skin
breathing out as he is breathing in.
Deep inside I feel my soul aflame.
Can my life ever be the same?

I should have told him
that I'd do anything if I could hold him
for just another day
for just another day.



Kiki Dee

Hey ho.
Who is there?
No-one but me, my dear.
Please come
say "how do?"
The things I'll show to you.

Willow's Song

Paul Giovanni/Rachel Verney

I remember my mum told me
out of all my funny toys that you
won't make a man of me
and growing up's an interesting thing to do

And then all life begins to scream.
The whole world changes like I've never seen
and then she goes up to the window and leaps into the sky
so do I
so do I
so do I
so do I?

The Whole World Window


I wanted much more for the first night with you
but the Railway Hotel was the best I could do.
I knew the Savoy would have suited you well
but the best I could do was the Railway Hotel.

Railway Hotel

Mike Batt

Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
You fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way.
Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town
waiting for someone or something to show you the way.

Tired of lying in the sunhine, staying home to watch the rain
You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today.
and then one day you find ten years have got behind you.
No-one told you when to run.
You missed the starting gun.

So you run and you run to catch up with the sun but it's sinking
and racing around to come up behind you again.
The sun is the same in a relative way but you're older
- shorter of breath and one day closer to death.

Every year is getting shorter.  Never seem to find the time.
Plans that either come to nought or half a page of scribbled lines.
Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way.
The time is gone.  The song is over.
Thought I'd something more to say.


Pink Floyd

When you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance.

I Hope You Dance

Lee Ann Womack

The world outside the window.
The world outside the window.
I dare say that we're wiser for all that we've not seen.


Jon Hunt

Frayed away
Fate's future face.
Erased the place
where brick fields lay.

Light the sky.
Forget the hour.
Fireworks shower.
A year goes by.

Where Brick Fields Lay

The Separation Circle

In the blood of Eden lie the woman and the man
with the man in the woman and the woman in the man.

The Blood of Eden

Peter Gabriel

Hours pass.
Distance grows.
Where are you now?
Who knows?

There's a place
where you were
but it seems so far
from here.

Years of life
waiting for
what might have been.
No more.

Take our friends.
Raise them up.
Keep them safe
for us.

Light Years

The Comsat Angels

Dirt behind the daydream.
The happy ever after - it's at the end of the rainbow.

White noise in a white room.


Gang of 4

 Come home, Billy Bird
international business traveller.
Come home, Billy Bird.

Come Home Billy Bird

The Divine Comedy

The future's in your eyes.

In Search of Cassandra,
Princess of Troy

The Separation Circle

There's always free cheddar in the mousetrap, baby.
- it's a deal!  It's a deal!

God's Away on Business

Tom Waits

Such a perfect day.
You made me forget myself.
I thought I was someone else
- someone good.

Perfect Day

Lou Reed

The way that sunlight flits across your skirt
makes me feel I'm from another world.
To touch your face in the morning light....
I hope you're always going to be around.


The Jam

Let's go fly a kite
up to the highest height.
Let's go fly a kite and send it soaring
up through the atmosphere
up where the air is clear.
Oh let's go fly a kite!

Let's Go Fly a Kite

Mary Poppins

I know a land where they live for today
'cause tomorrow is too far away.

Mambo De La Luna

Kirsty MacColl

 One system is only as good as another.


The Comsat Angels

Ghosts float by and fade.
Dusty mirrors greyed.
Estimates unweighed.
Strategies unplayed.
Mountains viewed, not climbed.
Couplets yet unrhymed.
Time and tide don't wait
but still you hesitate.

False starts, left outclassed.
Chances came but passed.
Fears have held you fast,
breathless to the last.
Lovers flew your dreams,
flew to other streams.
Allies you frustrate
but still you hesitate.

Days refused a dawn.
Curtains fade still drawn.
Children wait unborn,
lives not lived to mourn.
Hopes which might have been.
Arms outstretched, unseen.
Time and tide don't wait
but still you hesitate.


The Separation Circle

I travelled among unknown men
in lands beyond the sea.
Nor, England, did I know 'til then
what love I bore to thee.

'Tis past, that melancholy dream,
nor shall I quit thy shore
a second time, for I still seem
to love thee more and more.

She dwelt among the untrodden ways
beside the springs of Dove,
a maid whom there were none to praise
and very few to love.

A violet by a mossy stone
half-hidden from the eye,
fair as a star when only one
is shining in the sky.


William Wordsworth /
The Divine Comedy

Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup.
They slither wildly as they slip their way across the universe.

Pools of sorrow, waves of joy, are drifting through my opened mind,
possessing and caressing me.

Jai guru deva.
Nothing's gonna change my world.
Nothing's gonna change my world.

Across the Universe

The Beatles

Did they say that Jesus Christ himself was here?
Well he's not.
He's living in America
working on his image as a lifetime sensation.


The Motors

Well how do you do now, young Willy McBride?
Do you mind if I sit down beside your graveside?

The Green Fields of France

The Men They Couldn't Hang

Lights are burning red and white
Lost on an island in the night.
Rescue me or here I stay
a traffic island castaway
Lost in a bar
- inside it's only me who's straight.

Out in the dark and on my own
I'm stranded here with no way home.

Glasses smash full of champagne.
It trickles down the drain
- a treat for sewer rats.
You're like a rat when you get high.
People falling on the floor
or running out the door.

Lights in the night
burning red and white
Shine on me so I can see.
Out in the cold.
Out on my own.
Shine on me so I can see.
Shine on me.

West One
(Shine on Me)


I was just another man with his eyes on you
and a need for agony that he had to subdue.

Upside Down


Following around to see a life that's never in,
Always calling itself on its own phone
Though it's never quite at home in the world today.

Seeing to arranging the day
prepared in its own so special way
with added loving care
though it's not been there
since yesterday.

Looking so hard for a cause and it don't care what it is
and never really ever seeing eye to eye
though it doesn't really mind
perhaps that's why it never really saw.
It never really saw.

Is This The Life?


Lochaber no more.
Sutherland no more.
Lewis no more.
Skye no more.

Bathgate no more.
Linwood no more.
Methil no more.
Irvine no more.

A Letter From America

The Proclaimers

Dancer dies from cancer as his baby is born.
Famine devours children after plague destroys corn.

Soak Through

The Separation Circle

Now the house of spirit crumbles
for your love wears many gowns.
Love has risen.  It has stumbled.
Dear Elaine.  Why should you wish to leave?

Dear Elaine

Roy Wood

LIfe is getting duller.
Every day that passes, I become more numb.
Things have lost their colour.
Words have lost their sparkle and I'm feeling dumb.

If original thinking makes one thrive
and unpredictability shows you are alive
and if I'm expected to have feelings to show
I'm afraid I died some years ago.

Dead / Undead



I came along to see your face
but the only thing I got from you
was telling me it's fantasy
that you would always be with me.
I can tell you that it's true.
I'm waiting here
but it's alright.
It's alright.  It's alright.
but it's alright with me.
You'd better believe me now.

I guess it's like a mountainside.
You've got to climb it to the top.
Floating in a sea of dreams
the only thing that you can see
is the view above the clouds.
I'm waiting here
but it's alright......
It's alright.  It's alright.
Still it's alright with me.
You'd better believe me now.

Above the Clouds

Electric Light Orchestra


Then there's always the cash,
selling your soul for some trash,
smiling at people that you cannot stand.
You're in demand.
Your fifteen minutes starts now.

Then there's always the fame,
autographs now and again,
people who saw you on Blanketty Blank
or in the bank.
Your fifteen minutes starts now.

Fifteen Minutes

Kirsty MacColl


I will love you when the devil is blind.
I wanted your heart.
You didn't want mine.

This is as close as I get
as I ever get
falling for things I never thought I'd find myself falling for
- as close as I get.

I Wanted Your Heart



She proffers polite excuses then bows down to familiar household chores.
He climbs the stairs to his hotel room.  She may forget him.  He will remember her.

Dancing, naked in the rain.
Dancing, naked in the rain.
Dancing - this chance may not come again.
Dancing.  Come on, let's go dance in the rain, just for today...
- just for today.
Who knows what tomorrow may bring or take away?

My Name is Ana

The Separation Circle


Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got 'till it's gone?

Big Yellow Taxi

Joni Mitchell


Fate up against your will
through the thick and thin
He will wait until
you give yourself to him.

The Killing Moon

Echo & the Bunnymen


Dodge the bullets or carry the gun.
The choice is yours.


Killing Joke


All I wanted was your time.
All you ever gave me was tomorrow.
 All I wanted was your time.
All you ever gave me was tomorrow.
But tomorrow never comes.
Tomorrow never comes.


Durutti Column


There is no pain.  You are receding.
A distant ship.  Smoke on the horizon.
You are only coming through in waves.
Your lips move but I can't hear what you're saying.

When I was a child I caught a fleeting glimpse
out of the corner of my eye.
I turned to look but it was gone.
I cannot put my finger on it now.
The child has grown.  The dream is gone.
I have become comfortably numb.

Comfortably Numb

Pink Floyd


Countless died.  Were we lucky?  Well, we survived.  We're alive
and we've made it through one more night.  We've made it through one more night.
Cold dreams.  White screams.
This time is our past's future.  This time is our past's future.
We used to fly, miles high,
looking down on white clouds, looking down on white clouds
Cold dreams.  White screams.
This time is our past's future.
Don't mention its name.

We Used to Fly
(Don't Mention its Name)

The Separation Circle


Will you stay in our lovers' story?
If you stay, you won't be sorry
'cause we believe in you.
Soon you'll grow
so take your chance
with a couple of kooks
hung up on romancing.


David Bowie


Soon I grew, and happy too, my very good friends and me.
Played all day with Sally J, the girl from Number 4.


I hardly noticed Sally as we parted company......

Good Company



Living in a bedsit
Travelling on a tube train.
Working all day long.
And you know no-one so you don't go out
and you eat out of tins and you watch television.

Solitary confinement.
You're so lonely.
The Members are going to tell you what it's like to be on your own
by yourself, on your own, by yourself
on your own, by yourself, on your own, by yourself
by yourself, by yourself, by yourself, by yourself, by yourself
buy yourself this record.

Solitary Confinement

The Members


Every gimmick-hungry yob, digging gold from rock'n'roll
grabs the mike to tell us he'll die before he's sold
but I believe in this, and it's been tested by research:
he who fucks nuns will later join the church

 Death or Glory

The Clash


Her water slips from high
and peels me where I lie




See her fly across the jungle
across the desert to the bright shiny city by the sea.
She's not waiting any more
ăo esperando seu amor

Năo Esperando

 Kirsty MacColl


I love you.
OK not really.

A Tale of Nearly

The Separation Circle


We met in a psychiatric unit.
She was in for having habits no-one else would try.

Cut-out Shapes



I'm alright.  I'm alright though it's a contradiction.
It's enough though less than I imagined.
You always promise more than you can deliver.
Independence ain't dependence.


Gang of 4


Fools you are and fools are we
- ignorant of reality.
Win or lose there's no victory.
It's like Space Invaders - but it's is who's on the screen.

Ignorant Fools

The Arteks


Hey girl - I think the last time I saw you was on me & Leroy's wedding day.
What was the name of that love song they played?
I forgot how it goes.
I don't recall how it goes.


Michelle Shocked


Life is timeless, days are long when you're young.
Used to fall in love with everyone.
Any guitar and any bass drum.
Life is a drink and you get drunk when you're young.

When You're Young

The Jam


They don't know, they just don't know the half of it.


Games to Avoid


Hollywood babbles on
on & on & on & on

Channel 7 Plan 9

The Damned


She's a maid in heaven.
He's a knight on the tiles
a bat out of hell
oh well, it's just a question of style

Maid in Heaven

Be Bop Deluxe


Skinny white sailor
the chances were slender.
The beauties were brief.
Shall I mourn your decline
with some thunderbird wine
and a black handkerchief?
I miss your sad Virginia whisper.
I miss the voice that called my heart.
Sweet Gene Vincent
young and old and gone 

White face, black shirt, white socks, black shoes
Black hair, white strat, bled white, died black.

Black gloves, white frost, black crepe, white lead
White sheet, black knight, jet black, dead white

Will you guess her age
when she comes backstage?

Sweet Gene Vincent
There's one in every town
and the devil drives until the hearse arrives
and you lay that pistol down

Sweet Gene Vincent
There's nowhere left to hide
with lazy skin and ash-tray eyes
a perforated pride

So farewell Mademoiselle, Knickerbocker Hotel
Farewell to money owed.
When your leg still hurts, and you need more shirts
You've got to get back on the road


Sweet Gene Vincent

Ian Dury & the Blockheads


Life's a piece of shit
when you look at it

Always Look
on the Bright Side of Life

Monthy Python


I am angry.  I am ill and I'm as ugly as sin.
My irritability keeps me alive and kicking.
I know the meaning of life.  It doesn't help me a bit.
I know beauty and I know a good thing when I see it.

This is a song from under the floorboards.
This is a song from where the wall is cracked.
My force of habit - I am an insect.
I have to confess I'm proud as hell of that fact.

A Song From
Under The Floorboards



We have to tell the truth;  you're much too clever to be fooled.
You have our figures with the errors of the past corrected.
See your lives are better!

Look to the East - covered by our glorious press.
The error of red ways is there exposed in black and white.
Do you envy them?  No!

Friends!  Your memories can play you tricks.
Nostalgia's an illusion.
The improvement is obvious for all to see.
We all agree.
But if your memory's defective then you must be ill
and we'll care for you in a hospital by the sea.

And you appreciate, we find we must protect our state
from those who'd wreck your prize, corrupted by the Eastern lies.
These Commies stop at nothing!

We all must sacrifice certain things close to our hearts
to keep your freedom, so justice will win through in the end.

Mother of the Free

Bad Tune Men


While horsemen ride across the green
and Snow White still remains unseen
Pegasus the winged horse
relays his messages by morse.

While Handel plays his melodies
doctors cause uncertainties
and though I know the lifeguard's brave
there is no-one for him to save.

And like some pirate sailor
we crossed the Spanish Main
and brought our magic carpet
to a marble staircased plain

Pandora's Box

Procul Harum


It's been 7 hours and 15 days since you took your love away.

I went to the doctor and guess what he told me?
He said "girl, you'd better try to have fun no matter what you do"
but he's a fool
'cause nothing compares to you.

All the flowers that you planted, mama, in the back yard
They all died when you went away.

Nothing Compares 2 U

Sinead O'Connor


While mother keepest
watch while and weepest
till memories crowd

And father mournest
absence he burneth
grief will cry aloud

There Is No Bright Side



Stay home at night.
The mark of Cain is upon you.
There's a sign on your forehead.
There's no way you can go out.

A Piece of My Heart

Gang of 4


There's just one thing better than an old millionaire.
That's a young milliionairess and I'm almost there.

I'm Going Out With
An 80 Year Old Millionaire

Kirsty MacColl


Her jewels are the stars tonight.
I watch as her thieves arrive.
I watch them with jealous eyes.
From my window this world is aglow.

Glow World

Bill Nelson


I think we're running out of time.
You've got your reasons.  I've got mine.
I think we're running out of time

The Cracker Dance

John Cook


When I'm lying in my bed at night, I don't wanna grow up.
Nothing ever seems to turn out right.  I don't wanna grow up.

How do you move in a world of fog that's always changing things?
Makes me wish that I could be a dog.

Seems like folks grow into things that they'd never want.
The only thing to live for is today.

When I see my parents fight, I don't wanna grow up.
They all go out drinking all night, I don't wanna grow up.

Stay around in my old home town
I don't wanna put no money down.
I don't wanna get me a big old loan
work them fingers to the bone
I don't wanna float a broom
Fall in love and get married then boom
How the hell did I get here so soon?
I don't wanna grow up.

I Don't Wanna Grow Up

Tom Waits


No more school days.
Pack my bags and I'm on my way.
Summer seems so exciting
so electric and frightening.
Wish you were here
doing just what we did last year
from July to September.
Every moment I still remember

Love in the Sun

The Glitter Band


God save the queen
The fascist regime
It made you a moron, potential H-Bomb.

God save the queen
She ain't no human being.
There is no future in England's dreaming.

God Save The Queen

Sex Pistols


Here shall stand gravestones.
Tombs empty yet, tomorrow filled.
Inscribed o'er fresh bones
names that the gods will have willed.

Past the point of no return now.
Be with us, Fates.
Words have failed.  Our world must burn now.
Daybreak awaits.

Nocturnal Howls Surface

The Separation Circle


1, 2, 3 o'clock, 4 o'clock rock.
5, 6, 7 o'clock, 8 o'clock rock.
9, 10, 11 o'clock, 12 o'clock rock
We're gonna rock around the clock tonight.

Rock Around The Clock

Bill Haley & His Comets


I've seen things.  I've seen them with my eyes.
I've seen things.  They're often in disguise
like carrots, handbags, cheese, toilets,
Russians, planets, hamsters, weddings,
poets, Stalin, Kuala Lumpur,
pygmies, budgies, Kuala Lumpur




Cheer up, sleepy Jean
oh what can it mean
to a daydream believe and a homecoming queen?

Daydream Believer

The Monkees


Aaj kyon humse parda hai?

Aaj Kyon Humse Parda Hai?

Mohammed Rafi & Balbir


Semmi sincs, csak fénytelen éj, csak szótlan bánat, hiú remény,
Nincsen huség, nincs szerelem, nincs simító kéz nekem.

Kinek mondjam el vétkeimet?



Ohhhhhh ek ladki ko dekha to esa laga

Ek ladki ko dekha

Kumar Sanu


You may ask yourself: what is this beautiful house?
You may ask yourself: where does that highway lead to?
You may ask yourself: am I right or am I wrong?
You may say to yourself: my god, what have I done?

Letting the days go by
Let the water hold me down
Letting the days go by
Water flowing underground
Into the blue again
After the money's gone
Once in a lifetime
Water flowing underground

Same as it ever was.

Once in a Lifetime

Talking Heads


In my mind, I know with time, when all is said and done
what we had could never end.  You'll always be a friend.

You'll Always Be A Friend

Hot Chocolate


Oh Margaret Thatchter is so sexy.
She's the girl for you and me.
I go red when she's on telly
'cause I think she fancies me.

I'm in Love
with Margaret Thatcher

 The Notsensibles


This is Major Tom to Ground Control.
I'm stepping through the door
and I'm floating in a most peculiar way
and the stars look very different today.

Though I'm past one hundred million miles
I'm feeling very still
and I think my spaceship knows which way to go.
Tell my wife I love her very much.  She knows.

Ground Control to Major Tom
Your circuit's dead.  There's something wrong.
Can you hear me Major Tom?
Can you hear me Major Tom?

Here am I sitting in a tin can
far above the world.
Planet Earth is blue
and there's nothing I can do.

 Space Oddity

David Bowie


 Van Gogh did some eyeball pleasers.
He must have been a pencil squeezer.
He didn't do the Mona Lisa.
That was an Italian geezer.

There ain't half been some clever bastards.
(lucky bleeders, lucky bleeders)

There Ain't Half Been
Some Clever Bastards

Ian Dury & the Blockheads


These shadows turn from purple into grey
for this skyline pigeon, dreaming of the open, waiting for the day
that he can spread his wings and fly away again.
Fly away, skyline pigeon, fly
towards the dreams you've left so very far behind.

Skyline Pigeon

Bernie Taupin


Pinched waist lithesome pert curves of desire
Sylph-like legs lead upwards higher higher
to the cutest gluteus maximus you've seen

Must Be The Seat  

 The Separation Circle 


Behold!  - the non-believer!
Our creed is based on facts
historically proven
No argument can change that.
To even doubt is sacrilege.
This is your conscience speaking.

Dark Ages

Bad Tune Men


But what I've got in mind is a small cafe
out of the way
- in Dornie

What I've Got In Mind
[heard on a radio in a small cafe out of the way in Dornie, Scotland, September 1989 - with the last 2 words sung on the end by the waitress]  

Billy Jo Spears


A black hood keeps her uninvited lover's face unseen.
He's panting.  Up and down.  She's feeling like a sordid trampoline

The Short Way Home 

The Arteks


I get no kick in a plane.
Flying too high with some bird in the sky is my idea of nothing to do
yet I get a kick out of you

I Get A Kick Out Of You

Cole Porter


They called him Ernie
and he drove the fastest milk cart in the west


Benny Hill


Alas, my love, you do me wrong
to cast me off discourteously
for I have loved you well and long
delighting in your company


Henry VIII


I bet you they won't play this song on the radio.
I bet you they won't play this new **** song.
It's not that it's **** or ****-*** contraversial.
It's just that the ****ing words are awfully strong.
You can't say **** on the radio
or **** or ***** or *********
You can't even say "I'd like to **** you one day"
unless you're a doctor with a very large ******
so I bet you they won't play this song on the radio.
I bet you they daren't *****ing well programme it.
I bet you those ****ing old programme directors
will think it's a load of horse ****

I Bet You They Won't Play This Song On The Radio

Monty Python


Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble, Grubb

Trumpton Fire Station

Oliver Postgate


A desert road from Vegas to nowhere,
somewhere better than where you have been,
a coffee-machine that needs some fixing
in a little cafe just around the bend.

I am calling you.

Calling You
(Theme from Bagdad Cafe)

Jevetta Steele


Goodbye Blackberry Way
I can't see you.  I don't need you.
Goodbye Blackberry Way
sure to want me back another day

Blackberry Way

The Move


and the rain tossed above us
in the garden of the world
but a flame arrives to guide us
cast in gold between the anvils of the stars

Caliban's Dream

(London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony theme)



Blind archer fire!  Fire away!
Why don't your friends tell you your score?
Perhaps they were all slain by your arrows
so even if you hit the target, you'd never know.


Bad Tune Men 


Sometimes we seem as frail as candles in the breeze,
one moment proud and strong, the next extinguished with ease
but unlike candles, we can fight
help Destiny to get it right.
Mountain moving is not my scene
but I believe in you.


The Separation Circle 


"Then she would go off to work
and I'd lie around the house in the dirt.
She would go off to work
and bring the money home to me.
Hey!  I'm in love with a working girl.

Working Girl

The Members


but behind the chalet
my holiday's complete
and I feel like William Tell
Maid Marion on her tiptoed feet
pulling mussels from a shell

Pulling Mussels
From A Shell



White youth, black youth
better find another solution.
Why not phone up Robin Hood
and ask him for some wealth distribution?

All over, people are changing their votes
along with their overcoats
If Adolf Hitler flew in today
they'd send a limousine anyway.

White Man
in Hammersmith Palais

The Clash


We passed upon the stair.
We spoke of was and when.
Although I wasn't there
he said I was his friend
which came as some surprise.
I spoke into his eyes.
"I thought you died alone, a long long time ago." 

"Oh no!
Not me.
We never lost contol.
You're face to face with the man who sold the world."

The Man
Who Sold The World

David Bowie 


Libraries gave us power
then work came and made us free.
What price now for a shallow piece of dignity?

I wish I had a bottle
right here in my dirty face
to wear the scars
to show from where I came.

We don't talk about love.
We only want to get drunk
and we are not allowed to spend
as we are told that this is the end.
A design for life.

A Design for Life

Manic Street Preachers


You haven't looked at me that way in years.
You dreamed me up and left me here.
How long was I dreaming for?
What was it you wanted me for?

You haven't looked at me that way in years.
Your watch has stopped and the pond is clear.
Someone turn the lights back on.
I'll love you till all time is gone.

You haven't looked at me that way in years
but I'm still here.

I'm Still Here

Tom Waits


There's a ship lies rigged and ready in the harbour.
Tomorrow for old England she sails,
far away from your land of endless sunshine
to my land full of rainy skies and gales
and I shall be aboard that ship tomorrow
though my heart is full of tears at this farewell
for you are beautiful
and I have loved you dearly,
more dearly than the spoken word can tell.

The Last Farewell

Roger Whittaker


Loneliness is a crowded room
full of open hearts, turned to stone,
all together, all alone.

Dance Away

Roxy Music


Open up those petals, flower.
Dance as you drink in the sun.
Now spread those wings and fly, young seagull.
Touch the sky above the clouds.


The Separation Circle


Goodbye to you, my trusted friend.
We've known each other since we were 9 or 10.
Together we've climbed hills and trees
learned of love and ABC
skinned our hearts and skinned our knees.

Goodbye, my friend.  It's hard to die
When all the birds are singing in the sky>
Now that the spring is in the air.
Pretty girls are everywhere.
Think of me and I'll be there.

We had joy.  We had fun.
We had seasons in the sun.
But the hills that we climbed
were just seasons out of time.

Seasons in the Sun

Terry Jacks


Generation Sex
the rights of girls who want to take their clothes off
- as long as we can all watch, that's OK.

and Generation Sex
the kind of guys you wouldn't leave your kids with
who should "off with their heads" when they get laid.

Lovers watch their backs
as hacks
in macs
take snaps
through telephoto lenses
chase Mercedes Benzes
through the night.

A mourning nation weeps
and wails
but keeps
the sales
of evil tabloids healthy.
The rich protect the wealthy
in this world.

and Generation Sex
the sperm
of worms
into the eggs of field mice
so you can look real nice
for the boys.

and Generation Sex
is me and you
and we should really all know better.
It really doesn't matter
what you say.

Generation Sex

The Divine Comedy


Once upon a time at home
I sat beside a telephone
waiting for someone to pull me through.
When at last it didn't ring, I knew it wasn't you.

A New England

Billy Bragg


My heart's a kangaroo.

Grinning like a circus clown, I float and glow my way back home
impatient for tomorrow's dreams to rise.
Will she send me soaring, gaping mouthed and seeing nothing else?
Will she once more find me with her eyes?

(Not Bad for a)
Shy Boy Lost

The Separation CIrcle


Don't doubt the fact there's life within you.
Yesterday's endings will tomorrow life bring you.
All that dies, dies for a reason
- to put its strength into the season.




Fate doesn't hang on the wrong or right choice.
Fortune depends on the tone of your voice.

Songs of Love

The Divine Comedy


I was so upset that I cried
all the way to the chip shop

She is cruel and heartless
to dump me for Gordon
just 'cause he's better looking than me
just 'cause he's cool and trendy
but I know he's a moron
Gordon is a moron.

Jilted John

Jilted John


It's you that I adore.
You will always be my whore.
You'll be the mother to my child, and a child to my heart.
We must never be apart.

Ava Adore

The Smashing Pumpkins


Repetition is a message of space.

The Empty Space

Games to Avoid


Skeletons refusing to stay in closets suffer retribution from the queen and her man.
You showed me slit windows, echoed screams and an invitation
but so much remains unseen
Miss Japan?

Miss Japan?

The Separation Circle


All day today just excuse for tomorrow.
Tomorrow just something to do.
Too good to be true.

Too Good To Be True

[ remembered from graffiti on a cricket sight screen in Riverside Park, Southampton ]

 Tom Robinson Band


I drive a Rolls Royce
because it's good for my voice.

Children of the Revolution

T Rex


so you think you can tell
heaven from hell?
blue skies from pain?
Can you tell a green field from a cold steel rail?
a smile from a veil?
Do you think you can tell?

And did they get you to trade your heroes for ghosts?
hot ashes for trees?
hot air for a cool breeze?
cold comfort for change?
And did you exchange a walk-on part in the war for a lead role in a cage?

How I wish
How I wish you were here.
We're just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl
year after year.
Running over the same old ground,
what have we found?
The same old fears?
Wish you were here.

Wish You Were Here

Pink Floyd


That last drop,
how it shines!
Cold to the lip,
but it won't taste like wine.

She gave in silver
but I offer her mercury.


The Comsat Angels
{Dream Command}]


Ten years on
I still dream and we still hesitate.
The passion's all but gone.
My eyes see other glories,
other dreams and other stories
and I want to live before I die,
Dear John.

Dear John

Kirsty MacColl


By night
a stranger
tumbled I into your land
- eastward from Krakatoa -
speaking your language like a baby
scrambling for a train.

At the zoo a giraffe wanted to kiss me.
Did you know that I was your giraffe?

We didn't want to have to turn around.
We turned around.

Home calls from a distant ocean.

What we share unites and parts us,
stops and starts us.

Once more the train jerks forwards a few metres and then halts.

Eastward from Krakatoa (Parahyangan)

The Separation Circle


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Who knows how the pieces will land?
There's a twist in the road, around the next bend.
The wheel's in your hands.  The wheel's in your hands!

As above, so below.
Let your colours fly.  Let the good times roll.
Back to the start, to wipe the slate.
Cut away that part.
Forget that face.

As Above, So Below

The Comsat Angels 


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