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The Evening Shadows

I have an animal inside me
He sleeps during the day
But he kicks and ticks even when he's sleeping
Never completely goes away

And as the evening shadows stretch themselves
The animal begins to wake
Comes out to see what is for breakfast
He takes whatever he can take

He isn't murderous or wicked
Sometimes he's like a little child
But he's voracious and insatiable
He's self-destructive and he's wild

I sometimes think about the animal
Sometimes I'm proud, Sometimes ashamed
I know he drove me from my hometown
Made me feel like I'm not the same

I know he stops me being boring
I think so anyway
And I don't know if I control him
But I must try to keep him chained

But he doesn't think about the future
He lives completely in the NOW

Doo bee doo bee dooo...

I sometimes see the other animals
Controlling other peoples lives
Doing things they thought they'd never do
And not really knowing why

So we must all beg for forgiveness
Say sorry and explain
Until the evening shadows stretch themselves
And here we go again...
 


Really Like

If I knew
If I knew what you are really like
Would I burn the same
Would I yearn at the merest mention of your name
If I knew
If I knew what you are really like
Would I ache
Would I think about you every second just the same
Or would I write it off as something of a terrible mistake...

Could you really be
As perfect as you are to me
Could you really be
As perfect as you are to me

Would I be scared, Would I be in awe
If I could know
What goes on in that little mind of yours
When I doubt you
Why is it I'm expected to feel so ashamed

Is it a garden full of flowers
Or a jungle full of scorpions and snakes
A cellar full of demons
A heaven full of angels
You hatchin in that bosom
A wide open horizon
or a desert plain
A box of nice surprises
Or a cauldron full of pain

If I strip away that outer skin
Find a way to get you drunk
What kind of picture would you paint me
Michelangelo or Munch ?

Could you really be
As perfect as you are to me
Could you really be
Perfect as you seem to be

I really like you..
But I wonder what you're really like

Would I dedicate my life
Or would I take a hike
If I knew what you are really like
 


You Dinosaur Thing

I'm so bored with you
It didn't take long
I hear all about you
Every day of the month

You sounded so in control of it
On Radio 1
But I don't believe you
And though they all seem to
And though they all scream for you
And though they all dream of you

Retro's out Jumble's in
You dinosaur thing
Afro's out Boneheads in
You dinosaur thing
Help us out Rag it all in
You dinosaur thing

Do you believe it?
Or are you tryin it on
Like something that caught your eye
On Kensington Market

You always seem so beautiful
Like you fell out of bed
But I think you're wearin' it
I think you care about it
After all that you said

You're just another spotty fool
Who started a group
Out of your mind and all over the world
But the stuff you do
It's so uncool

You can't remember
How it feels to kick your heels
What do you know of being young
I hear you're almost twenty-one

Help us out
Retro's out
Afro's out, jumble's in
You dinosaur thing
Retro's out, Bonehead's in
You dinosaur thing

Mojo's out
Go-Go's out
Help us out
You dinosaur thing......
 


The Deep Water

You are the deep water
You are the thin ice
The edge of the high cliff
And the November fires
You are my church bells
And the silent early hours

You are the ghost I hear
Echo in the half-light
Ecstacy and heart failure
Trembling and pounding in the magic spell
You are my wild flower and my wishing well

The spinning cut crystal above my bed
that dazzles and jabs me
Indigo blue and postbox red

I run away and away and away from you and everyone
But you hide in all the places I try to hide
I make believe I make excuses I make fun
But you hide in all the places I try to hide

Oh my love
I know what I am
A lost cause
Selfish beyond forgiveness
Oh my heart
Knows what I am
A lost cause
Hopeless
But can you know
How my heart knows you

The shallow water running from the deep water
Running dry
 


Cage

Nothing fell into the cage today
That's fastened to my door
I put the cage upon the door in case
You send your private thoughts to me
I know I have no right to be
The one to whom you might
I know I have no right

The little black brushes keep out the cold
And the inquiring eyes
Nothing slid it's way between them
My fantasies are painful now
Unnatural .. or so I'm told
I know I have no right to be forgiven for the tears
I'm getting through the day somehow
What will I do about the years

And I say...

DO NOT FEED THE ANIMALS
Someone else can do that, darlin'
You don't need them animals
Throw me something please
I'm starving

Do not feed the animals
Someone else can do that, angel
You don't need them animals
I won't bite you if you try to
Reach into the cage

The phone rang eleven times today
None of them was you
I was exhausted by the end of the day
I know I have no right to be
The one to whom you might
So many animals in the zoo
Doo bee doo.....

DO NOT FEED THE ANIMALS
You don't need them animals
I won't bite you if you try to
Reach into the cage

Nothing fell into the cage today
Nothing
 


Until You Fall

Wake up... and smell the beans
No ones gonna help you
What I mean is mean Mr. Mean's misdemeanours
I'm in it for me. What's in it for me, Venus?

Hold on to your wild heart
Or it'll take you to the desert
Sleep tight. The red sea rolls apart.
Mr. Moses sure steered clear of the roses

Cause you don't know chaos and you don't know pain
You don't know wonderful you don't know strange
You don't know everything you know is wrong
Until you fall
Until you fall
In love

Money don't make you happy
Take a look at the millionaires only son
He's a thick sheik, he'll give you all that you can take
But you can't stop him.. going shopping..

Cause you don't know chaos and you don't know pain
You don't know deaf and you don't know blind
You don't know the meaning of a good time
Until you fall

Cause you don't know chaos and you don't know pain
You don't know wonderful you don't know strange
You don't know deaf and you don't know blind
You don't know the meaning of a good time
Until you fall

Until you fall
In love
 


Better Dreams

Leo drives his Mustang along ocean Boulevard
He works hard for his money
Spent it all on his car
Rents a one-room apartment that no one's ever seen
But he makes love on the back seat
To the girl of his dreams

She wears high heels and lycra
Shows off her curves
She did aerobics and surgery
Keep 'em well preserved

She thinks, this guy, Leo
Seems like he's got it all
He's got a job in the business
He says he'll make a few calls

He's got friends in high places
All he has to do is phone
She bites her lips as he takes her
He makes love like he's alone

Break the bad news to the angel in the morning

He takes the car to the car wash
When the shine goes away
He leaves her smudge-eyed and stranded
It's a beautiful day....

There's a man in the valley
He met on Ocean Way
He's got everything Leo dreams
He's got a yacht in the bay

Leo drives down to see him
With an idea or two

'Could make him big in the business
Turn the lies into truths

But the car don't mean nothin
Cause the man's worldly wise
He sees the white teeth and the sun tan
With nobody inside

I'm a guest of this city
I'm by the pool on the roof
Poolside is pretty
You can feel the earth move...

This is a town full of Leos
The sun shines on the cars
And the buses of tourists do the homes of the stars

'Hotel California' goes around in my head
And the folks who are loaded keep a gun by the bed
But you can't help but notice....
The poor wind up dead.

And the kids on the east side watch the cars going by
They never could have if they worked all their lives
Take a gun and go shopping
Take a drug for the pain
And the pain goes away
It's a beautiful day

God bless these star-worn streets
Shine on these perfect days
Stretch out on Venice Beach
Can we dream better dreams than these?..
 


Nothing To Declare

A hundred thousand hearts a day
Are vacuumed in along these runways
In specks of iron from around the world
Drawn to the magnetism in this place
I've watched them land in the Heathrow haze
Through 'Nothing to Declare' into cars that speed away

I'm watching the aeroplanes comin' in
Waiting for a miracle
Watching the aeroplanes comin' in
Wonderin' if I'll see you again
Wonder if I'll see you again

I understand how you had to leave
You said 'back soon' and I must believe
My feelings haven't changed since that fateful day
You left me grounded and you flew away

Over my house into the clouds
To foreign lands in the sunshine
I watch the seven forty sevens climb
Over my house into the clouds
To foreign lands in the sunshine

I wave bye bye, bye bye,

A hundred thousand hearts a day
Come gliding down but they don't explain
An empty seat on a sold out flight
A year ago on an empty night
I watched you down but you never came
Through 'Nothing to Declare' like a sign hangin' on my name

I'm watching the aeroplanes comin' in
Waiting for a miracle
Watching the aeroplanes
Wonderin' if I'll see you... again

Over my house
My house
 


The Last Thing

Time erodes
Truth evades
Not many of us find a way of
being what we really really are

Caring drives us downwards
Down to white dishonesties
Natural as love
It's as natural as love

Well we say we want the truth
We say we want the truth
Well we say we want the truth
We say we want the truth
The locked box within the locked box

Time enlightens
All change
Not many of us know the way
The older I get, the more I grow unsure

Caring drives us sideways
Kneeling to a different God
Natural as love
It's as natural as love

Well we say we want the truth
We say we want the truth
Well we say we want the truth
We say we want the truth
The locked box within the locked box within the box
Look in the box
Look in the box

Well we say we want the truth
We say we want the truth
Well we say we want the truth
We say we want
But it's the last thing
It's the last thing

The burial chamber within the burial chamber
I love you.
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