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3 Lines

Featured On:

Feeding the Flame (1983),In the Breeze (1984),Les Annees Vertes (1988)

Song Lyrics:

Each crisis forms one fold in time
Each fear distorts the subtle line
Of velvet thoughts we can't define
Our paths that crossed now drift apart

Only your name remains the same
Only your name

Moving closer we drift apart

Moving closer changing slowly we drift apart

Each crisis forms one fold in time
Each fear distorts the subtle lines
Of velvet thoughts we can't define
Our paths that crossed now drift apart

A Daughter

Featured On:

Melting in the Fullness of Time (2002)

Song Lyrics:

Sweet Daughter set me free
Sweet Daughter set me free
With all your restless charms
In silken clouds of sleep
Cocooned in my arms
The sunlight is a stream
Of blessings we can share
To save your perfect dreams
I will fight without fear

Vows I’ll keep, I’ve always been so weak
But I’ll be strong, my daughter I’ll be strong

This song was meant to be
The lullaby I’m learning
The pastures gold and green
I’ve tried to forget
Sweet daughter set me free
And keep my soul from burning
And maybe I will sleep
In the still waters yet

Vows I’ll keep I’ve always been so weak
But I’ll be strong ,my daughter I’ll be strong

Send the keeper for the chains
The spike, the fire and the burning rain
I will take it all for her
To save this small defenceless girl

Vows I’ll keep I’ve always been so weak
But I’ll be strong ,my daughter I’ll be strong

Vows I’ll keep I’ve always been so weak
But I’ll be strong, my daughter I’ll be strong
Sweet Daughter set me free
With all your restless charms
In silken clouds of sleep
Cocooned in my arms

A Map of My World

Featured On:

The Mirror Test (1987)

Song Lyrics:

Hard times at a gentle pace
Like stone I am weathered slowly
Building on my disgrace
When I know there’s a better way
I’m falling out of favour
With every breath I take
There’s no excuse for bad behaviour
Somebody’s counting all our mistakes

I fill my head up with pleasant notions
One day I’ll just walk away

Dark nights and working days
Like spirits rushing past you 
Headlong towards the grave
Searching for a place to rest
In silence we stand alone
Until the lessons over
Many questions come and go
And still the answers won’t set you free

I fill my head up with pleasant notions
One day I’ll just walk away

Tell me the truth again
Then try to stop me laughing
I’m sure that what you say
You really believe in
My world is a perfect gray
A compromise of standards
Only conscience remains
But I won’t let you walk over me

I fill my head up with pleasant notions
How could I be sure
I fill my head up with pleasant notions
One day I’ll just walk away

Alaska

Featured On:

E-Mail From Eternity (1999),Headland (1990),La Dolce Vita (2000)

Song Lyrics:

Well it chewed us up and spat us out
Stumbling into daylight
And we learned what dreams are all about
Let us not pretend
I swallowed everything you said
A constant stream of poison
And the blindest visions filled my head
Rejoicing in the dark

And when my spirit flies
I still touch the stars
And when my spirit flies
I know it won't last

Well I've drowned in every shade of blue
Now I know that it's all over
And there's nothing I can say or do
To rearrange the past
For one brief moment in that time
We caught a glimpse of freedom
And I will be dissatisfied
Until I'm there again

And when my spirit flies
I still touch the stars
And when my spirit flies
I know it won't last

Step outside you can almost see an Alaskan sunrise
Like a veil it will lift your consciousness over again
There were times when I lost all touch with the world and its sorrows
In the end only doubt and wasted emotion remain
Well it chewed us up and spat us out
Stumbling into daylight
And we learned what dreams are all about
Let us not pretend

And when my spirit flies
I still touch the stars
And when my spirit flies
I know it won't last
 

Alice (Isn’t Playing)

Featured On:

Epic Garden Music (1982),E-Mail From Eternity (1999)

Song Lyrics:

Look out the window can you see the sky
What color is it can you see the light
And is it raining yet down in the street
And do you talk to everyone you meet

In the light you can disappear without a trace
In the night every shadow seems to burn your face

Sometimes you think that I can be your friend
But then you know I can’t go back again
And yes I’m sorry that I’ve come so far
But being caustic we forget we are

In the light you can disappear without a trace
In the night every shadow seems to burn your face

Big Tracks Little Tracks

Featured On:

Feeding the Flame (1983)

Song Lyrics:

You whisper secrets for all to hear
Confusing open hearts and minds
With acid rumours printed clear
For those who listen with their eyes

Standing beside you i'd see your face
But every word you say escapes into air

Proclaiming widely the views you hold
While others through distance lapse untold
Your dull reflections printed bright
Beyond correction you still write

Black Crow

Featured On:

Melting in the Fullness of Time (2002)

Song Lyrics:

Stare Down The Garden through the rain
He’s sitting there again
Black carrion crow, black crow
Through all the years I’ve known
He’s always come and gone
But now it looks as if he’s here to stay

So don’t lean on me now
I’ve got to rescue myself
I need a spoonful
Of sweet medicine tonight

And as I look at him
A brand new path begins
Inside my soul
My soul

So don’t lean on me now
I’ve got to rescue myself
I need a spoonful
Of sweet medicine tonight
So don’t lean on me now
I’ve got to rescue myself
I need a spoonful
Of sweet medicine tonight

I’ve got to rescue myself
I’ve got to rescue myself

So don’t lean on me now
I’ve got to rescue myself
I need a spoonful
Of sweet medicine tonight
So don’t lean on me now
I’ve got to rescue myself
I need a spoonful
Of sweet medicine tonight

I’ve got to rescue myself
I’ve got to rescue myself

Christmas on Easter Island

Featured On:

Treehouse Poetry (1991)

Song Lyrics:

I run and I hide from something inside
It threatens every western lie in my heart
It’s the ghost of an ancient fear
That would surely bring our world to tears
Are we big enough are we strong enough to last forever?

Christmas on Easter Island
Like pagan gods you and I

I’ll gladly resign my part in mankind
And live my days as a castaway by the sea
But I think we’ve been here before
Nothing is sacred anymore
We must pay the price for the paradise
We stole together
Time after time, crime after crime
I tell you there’s a savage raping the earth
You don’t even seem surprised
Maybe you’ve been hypnotised
By the dream of wealth
Did you give yourself to yourself forever?

Clint

Featured On:

Epic Garden Music (1982),E-Mail From Eternity (1999),In the Breeze (1984),Les Annees Vertes (1988)

Song Lyrics:

They’re marching down the street
With heavy boots upon their feet
I saw you in a doorway
You turned and walked away from me

I thought it was surprising
For friends to say goodbye that way
You looked at me in silence
And then you turned and walked away

And if we meet again someday
I know that you won’t be the same
When understanding is betrayed
Just walk away, just walk away

Goodbye
Goodbye
Goodbye

Cloud 9

Featured On:

Epic Garden Music (1982)

Song Lyrics:

This is cloud 9 driving me
And it won’t make much sense of what I see
When I’m rushing down the room
Or talking to a friend about the moon

So you don’t want to touch down
Abandon flight
When the system is shut down on cloud 9

I don’t get a reaction
I don’t get a reaction
Just another distraction on cloud 9

This is straight man calling you
And he knows why he’s straight and so do you
When they cut his body down
The planet crashed, the crew went underground

So you don’t want to touch down
Abandon flight
When the system is shut down on cloud 9

I don’t get a reaction
I don’t get a reaction
Just another distraction on cloud 9

Just another distraction
Just another distraction
Just another distraction on cloud 9

Colourless Dream

Featured On:

Epic Garden Music (1982),Headland (1990),La Dolce Vita (2000),Les Annees Vertes (1988)

Song Lyrics:

I’m feeling in a shaky frame of mind
The look on my face, this is like a new beginning
Believing if I get it wrong this time
Floating in space I’ll see the pieces spinning to the Ground

When I dreamt a careless dream
There was nothing there to stop me
Now I see it on a screen
Such a careless [] has shot me to the ground

On a screen I can see it now
A thousand pieces
I can see them falling down

Cow Boys

Featured On:

Feeding the Flame (1983),Total Sound (1986)

Song Lyrics:

Cowboys don't love indians
Maybe they fight too well
They seem tough
But it's just a bluff
Somethings aren't hard to tell

And who is brave
And who is strong
You think you are
You could be wrong

We've talked now it's time to shout
Lets focus sides again
All views can't be reconciled
This compromise feels tame

And who is brave
And who is strong
You think you are
You could be wrong

Sometimes when the gates are closed
And lights go out inside
I wonder as the distance grows
At all the shades of right

And who is brave
And who is strong
You think you are
You could be wrong
 

Criminally Sane

Featured On:

Treehouse Poetry (1991)

Song Lyrics:

Well you laughed out loud
Like a morning cloud
In a clear blue sky
But you climbed too high
Open your eyes
I’ve seen through your lies
I don’t believe in heroes anymore
I don’t know who cares
I don’t care who knows
Apologies seem pointless
Must I shout to let you know
So many lies so thinly disguised
I don’t believe in heroes anymore
So many lies so thinly disguised
You think that you’re a hero
What a bore

Cuckooland

Featured On:

Les Annees Vertes (1988),The Mirror Test (1987)

Song Lyrics:

Deep in the crowd you stand
Enclosed by human walls
Shelter your mind knows where

Watching the world hit the fan
You chain those psychic doors
It’s cuckooland out there

And everybody lets you down
So many crazy headstrong people

Deep in yourself making plans
You feel no bounds at all
And nobody really cares

Watching your mind expand
To fill those empty halls
It’s cuckooland in there

And everybody lets you down
So many crazy headstrong people

And everybody lets you down
I’m going crazy
And everybody lets you down
So many crazy headstrong people

Echoplay

Featured On:

Epic Garden Music (1982),In the Breeze (1984),La Dolce Vita (2000),Les Annees Vertes (1988),Total Sound (1986)

Song Lyrics:

Dumb silence doesn’t pay
I’ve said three words again today
Each one just fell away
In lonely echoplay

And when the room is empty
Its subtle tricks protect me
There goes another day 
[incomplete]

Far From the Sea

Featured On:

Epic Garden Music (1982)

Song Lyrics:

Pinned to a day
Striped Like a cage
Suits you in grey
Made to withstand
Too many plans
Measured in sand

German Cars

Featured On:

Melting in the Fullness of Time (2002)

Song Lyrics:

I’m in love with 
German cars
Gliding past me
On the Autobahn
Stainless idols
With silent hearts
Never turning
As we drift apart 

Are you a lover or a friend?
Its not easy to pretend
That you 
Won’t leave me in the end 
Its not easy 
The end 

It is harder to say goodbye
Than spend the future unsanctified
By the kindness of your empty heart
Kill me softly as we drift apart

Are you a lover or a friend? 
Its not easy to pretend 
That you Won’t leave me in the end 
Its not easy 
The end 

I know 
That its been
A little sad
In times
Oh I know 
Like a flower
In the Spring
That’s never 
Been rained on 

Are you a lover or a friend? 
Its not easy to pretend
That you 
Won t leave me in the end
Its not easy
The end

Godless Soul

Featured On:

Headland (1990)

Song Lyrics:

Greeting the dawn of a brand new age
A chance to explore infinite passageways
I've earned this reward it's my destiny
The future is bright and it shines on me
Many times I've wondered if we'd lost control
A pestilence of doubt consumed our plans

You can live on dreams for just so long
But you need success to keep your spirit sailing

Farewell to the walls of this darkened cell
My godless soul has served me well
Now is the time to begin again
I'm hungry for life I will break these chains
I could never bring myself to say we'd failed
The future and the past lay in my hands

You can live on dreams for just so long
But you need success to keep your spirit sailing

Gone are the days of broken promises
Our time is now, we're here at last

You can live on dreams for just so long
But you need success to keep your spirit sailing

House of Clouds

Featured On:

The Mirror Test (1987)

Song Lyrics:

Through the sky we drift and stray
Never dreaming how these jealous winds can change
Like a cancer on the ground
The sleepy lanes and towns
We were never meant to know
The clouds are closing in

Walking through the fields again
Searching for your soul in misty Autumn days
Finding secret torture caves
Where each device is laid
On a perfect marble floor
The walls are closing in

People we’ve learnt to be
Losing ourselves inside
Here for eternity
Haunting the endless skies

Climbing castle towers in vain
Staring out across a shallow moonlit bay
On the cold abrasive sands
The hollow woman stands
In a never ending cloak
Her arms will hold you in

People we’ve learnt to be
Losing ourselves inside
Here for eternity

Through the empty skies we drift and stray
Staring out across the moonlit bay

Imagination

Featured On:

Epic Garden Music (1982),E-Mail From Eternity (1999),Feeding the Flame (1983),In the Breeze (1984),La Dolce Vita (2000),Total Sound (1986)

Song Lyrics:

Inside my own inner space
There’s not a soul in the whole place to see or ask me why
And with my senses in shreds
There I go to pick up the loose threads
Away from your hungry eyes

And in that infinite place
You’ll see a smile on my blank face
Becuase you can’t get there
It’s not just being alone
It’s more like a view that I’ve half known
From hills but I don’t know where

Imagination
Living mental isolation
Imagination
Imagination
Far from your contamination
Drifting in my inner space
Imagination

And when I look outside
There’s a world with nowhere to hide from the cold reality
I’ve chased innumerable friends
Filled my life with innumerable trends
But it didn’t make me see

Imagination
Living mental isolation
Imagination
Imagination
Far from your contamination
Drifting in my inner space
Imagination

But in the depth of a dream
Where the grass is always so green
And the sky is always blue
I’m escaping silently
I’m rejecting violently
This world for something new

Imagination
Living mental isolation
Imagination
Imagination
Far from your contamination
Drifting in my inner space
Imagination


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