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Strange Orchard

Featured On:

Feeding the Flame (1983)

Song Lyrics:

'the time has come', he said
With talk of cabbages and kings
He died in bed
And though he seemed unsure
The walrus in him knew the place
And asked no more
Tall sister shakes her head
No need to hear the voice
In tones of measured lead
And waiting by the door
The next in line will close his eyes
He won't wait

As the reel of age unwinds
Upon the floor the perfect frames
Are hard to find
Editing the sense from senseless
All forces too intense
Are fossilized in white
Seen through a looking-glass
Some madmen know the truth
While fools won't dare to ask
'the time has come', he said
With talk of cabbages and kings
He died in bed and asked no more

While sunk in memories
He kept no promises to mend his broken ways
No last ditch piety
To send him honestly into some empty space
My hand against the sky
With fingers spread, another tree
Though half as wise
Seen through a looking-glass
Some madmen know the truth
While fools won't dare to ask what times will come

Your Skin and Mine

Featured On:

Feeding the Flame (1983)

Song Lyrics:

Will your skin and mine flake away like rust
If we in pure sin as natural lovers touch
Your skin and mine sister in crime

Your love and mine like a flower in a vase of alkaline
My control deserts me in this paradise
Your love and mine, no courtroom no crime
Your skin and mine, sister through time

In Flux

Featured On:

E-Mail From Eternity (1999),Feeding the Flame (1983),La Dolce Vita (2000)

Song Lyrics:

Big talk and gunsmoke
Death plays the white man
Strutting on film again
Suffer the weak hearts
Faecal emotions

Feeding the flame for a change
In flux again
Feeding the flame for a change
Caught in flux again

Stand up, sit down
Don't think till i say
Mumbling dissenters won't get paid
Pushed out to the sidelines
A passenger

You'd think it's a crime
This chip on my shoulder
You'd think it's a crime

Over my head now
Big talk and gunsmoke
Walk holding hands laughing strangely
Caught in their workhouse
Caught in their bad jokes

White Russians

Featured On:

E-Mail From Eternity (1999),The Mirror Test (1987)

Song Lyrics:

Nobody understands our road to despair
Nobody knows what doubts still haunt us
Caught in the crossfire of some worldy affair
Only the pale moonlight to guide us

Who’d ever dream that there was power in these hands?
Who’d ever know that we could fall?
Counting our wealth by all the things we once had
Blinded with pride our past is all

White russians
Playing chess with your black heart
White russians
Facing death to save their past

Who really knows what future waits to be found?
Who really knows this world at all?
Riding the last train out of far away towns
Who needs a cause worth fighting for?

Seven Kinds of Sin

Featured On:

E-Mail From Eternity (1999),Headland (1990),Les Annees Vertes (1988),The Mirror Test (1987)

Song Lyrics:

With golden wings of fire
He’s flown away across the fields
Nobody answers when he calls
I knew this time would come
Like winters hand of frozen steel
Riding a stallion down the hall

Seven times I’ve heard my conscience cry
I’ve never worked out why I need to live this tainted life

I cast a careless glance
Into the lake of my desires
Such are reflections on all that’s passed
And if I stare too hard
The ripples dance and call me liar
How do they know me I’ve never asked?

Seven times I’ve heard my conscience cry
I’ve never worked out why i need to live this tainted life

I’m waking up at last
With bitter after tastes of guilt
Shooting deserters we fired at will
And there’s a silhouette
A faceless shape that we have built
Scratching the dirt on the distant hills

Seven times I’ve heard my conscience cry
I’ve never worked out why I need to live this tainted life

How do i feel right now?
Suddenly I’m not sure
Slowly we all fall down
Like broken horses

The Green Years

Featured On:

The Mirror Test (1987)

Song Lyrics:

I can tell myself I know the answers
Try to puzzle out the painful things I’ve yet to learn
But i don’t understand the subtle plan
And still I wonder
As the seeds we’ve sown fall to earth and grow
In a barren land

Sheltered in our seasoned hardness
Shall we shed a stagnant tear to ease our wooden hearts?
Well that depends
With our precious hands clutching painted sand
And our broken wheels in doubt as we turn for home

Melting in a dream of gardens
I was walking through the trees when someone called my name
I long to trespass down that path again
And though I’ve no regrets
I can still recall when the first leaves fall
How I lost my way

Parachuting into darkness
Doesn’t every wounded hero live to fight again?
I’m baling out
But the profiteers stole my surplus years
Am I somersaulting headlong into the ground?

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

The Outsider

Featured On:

The Mirror Test (1987)

Song Lyrics:

They call out your name
You don’t feel ashamed anymore
Nothing can bring you down

They’ve found you at last
But somehow the past is ignored
Every road’s paved gold now

Party’s over
Welcome to your life
Everybody loves a stereotype
It’s a game the grownups play
But the lack of space inside this box is driving me insane

Good intentions double glaze your life
It’s far too cozy, it’s far too nice
And who once said that time is on our side
The years can’t be denied

You’ll come to no harm
And one day the charm starts to fade
Slowly your luck runs out
And though it’s a shame
There’s no one to blame but yourself
Nothing can save you now

Good intentions double glaze your life
It’s far too cozy, it’s far too nice
And who once said that time is on our side
The years can’t be denied

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

Return to Clocktower Lodge

Featured On:

E-Mail From Eternity (1999),Headland (1990),La Dolce Vita (2000),Les Annees Vertes (1988),The Mirror Test (1987)

Song Lyrics:

Old leaden spires
Holding back the beast 
Trapped in this place
I just stand and stare
Ghost of the shires 
Singing songs to me 
With feline grace
Choking my despair

Return to clocktower lodge
Return to clocktower lodge

Lost in a maze
It was just a game
We burnt it down
The ashes cloud our tears
Late summer days
Tracing chance remains
That haunt these grounds
Let’s steal another year

Return to clocktower lodge
Return to clocktower lodge

I can talk of my towering sense
Of bitterness and shame
Crawling circles of dull pretense
To come back here again
I’m not sleeping
In case I’m found out
How long can i stretch the truth
It’s cold out here

Wire Lawn

Featured On:

The Mirror Test (1987)

Song Lyrics:

You walk across a wire lawn
Where bald men play electric croquet
The sun is hard the sky is warm
And when it rains they drift away
You want to be one of them
Making the wheels go round faster
Putting the wrongs to rights

Searching for ways to decieve
Wonder struck fools such as me
See how your heart turns to stone
Wake up to winter alone

The sun goes down it’s never late
And in the sky it builds a castle
A summer lawn as summer fades
We batted last and saved the day
It’s good to be wrong again
Putting my pride back in plaster
Singing the songs we like

Searching for ways to decieve
Wonder-struck fools such as me
See how your heart turns to stone
Wake up to winter alone
 

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

Summer and Smoke

Featured On:

The Mirror Test (1987)

Song Lyrics:

Nursing my regrets
Two lives pulling different ways
Trading heartless innuendos
Worn out with neglect
Servants to the tyrant of fate
There is so much that you don’t know

I will see you again
Through the window of a fast train
Like a split second frame
From a bad dream that we can’t change

How long will it take?
How much do I owe for mistakes?
Chasing Shylock with a red nose
Children sound asleep
Slowly our emotions awake
Saving heartaches for a headstone

I will see you again
Through the window of a fast train
Like a split second frame
From a bad dream that we can’t change

Life Under Glass

Featured On:

The Mirror Test (1987)

Song Lyrics:

Songs from long ago
Start a fire in me
Flames that twist and grow
Burning constantly

Drowning in nostalgia
Such a sweet disease
Save me from amnesia
In the garden of your soul
It can take control

Through my endless phases
Something still remains
Though my world is changing
Inside I’m the same

[I’m living under glass]
Drowning in nostalgia	[nothing else can hurt me]
Such a sweet disease	[a victim of the past]
Save me from amnesia
In the garden of your soul
It can take control

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

Like Thieves

Featured On:

Headland (1990),La Dolce Vita (2000)

Song Lyrics:

Why must I always
Follow the fatal call
You carry me down
Then you lock my doors
I'm left in an empty room
Waiting for truth
He'll be here soon
And his face is tired and worn
A fading star in the dawn

Like thieves
We live our lives to please
Like thieves

Slowly I'm learning
What I should value most
I'm in remission
I'm a living ghost
Blind faith I've learnt to hide
A vast cathedral deep inside
There's so much that I don't need
I just want to believe

Like thieves
We live our lives to please
Like thieves

And all the world's a mess
Saving art there's nothing left
Don't try to understand
Steal some joy if you can

Like thieves
We live our lives to please
Like thieves

One Man's Hell

Featured On:

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

Song Lyrics:

Your feet are firmly on the ground
You run on rails of steel
You search for me and I am found
Tilting at windmills
The pressure to conform is so intense
Why must I bow down to common sense

One man's hell is another man's heaven on earth
What do you see that makes you feel so free?
One man's hell is another man's heaven on earth
I can't believe that this is all my world will ever be

I'm sand in the machinery
I'm sugar in the fuel
But your sublime viscosity
Is oil for the engine
I'd like to blow this metal box apart
But it's been so long I don't know where to start

One man's hell is another man's heaven on earth
What do you see that makes you feel so free?
One man's hell is another man's heaven on earth
I can't believe that this is all my world will ever be

And I tell myself
As the years are rushing past
This is not my dream
And the pain won't last
And I shout my name from the window
But the world cannot hear

I must confess to nothing less
Than feeling rather used
They say that we're all laughing now
Living on plastic
Don't tell me only losers feel the pace
Everyone gets beaten in this race

One man's hell is another man's heaven on earth
What do you see that makes you feel so free?
One man's hell is another man's heaven on earth
I can't believe that this is all my world will ever be
 

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
 

My Heart's on Fire

Featured On:

Headland (1990)

Song Lyrics:

Time to celebrate
Softly as my spirit wakes from its sleep
Time for sacred choirs to raise the fallen nations
And every voice will sing
Anthems of praise and jubilation

I have failed
All my shallow dreams have come to no avail
But there's still a flame inside and it's burning higher
I will find a way
Through this darkness
My heart's on fire

There's a silver moon
Floating like a glass balloon in the sky
And the promises of dawn seem pale and hollow
We are castaways
Drifting in the night with no tomorrows

I have failed
All my shallow dreams have come to no avail
But there's still a flame inside and it's burning higher
I will find a way
Through this darkness
My heart's on fire

Time to celebrate
Softly as my spirit wakes from its sleep
Time for sacred choirs to raise the fallen nations
And every voice will sing
A thousand joyful hymns
My heart's on fire

Life Will Kill Us

Featured On:

Headland (1990)

Song Lyrics:

The Martians have stolen my television
But they left my poetry
They're learning about our condition
By watching Coronation Street
Maybe they're working out the final cost
And maybe God is made of candyfloss

Life will kill us all one day

Their starship erased my tapes and videos
They scorched my garden with the heat
Then they made instant friends with my answerphone
They hear the tone but they don't speak
Sometimes I find it hard to understand
Immortal logic has no master plan

Life will kill us all one day

It seems the planet Earth experiment has failed
A dolphin should have topped the evolutionary scale
The Martians left mankind swinging in the trees
Another fifty years and we'll put sewage in their seas

So bring me my shield of whisky and credit cards
Bring me some news from outer space
Our saviour has eyes like a guilty child
But will he ever show his face?
We prize achievement like a flag unfurled
We are the victims of our greedy world

Life will kill us all one day


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