LYRICS

All the words to all Adrian Borland songs, click on a track to read the lyrics!

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Acceleration Group

 
Featured On:
The Sound - Thunder Up (1987)

Song Lyrics:
The flames will flicker and the wanting will waver
But there's something in this somewhere that's going to go on forever
Don't put my fingers on it, can't get my tongue around it
But it still feels as good as the day I found it
We go oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
And we're leaving you behind

The song's not been sung yet it's not all been done yet
And you only think it has because your brain's stopped in it's tracks
You rip apart the extremes trying to fit them in your in betweens
But we want no part of it, we just don't want to fit
So we go oh,oh oh,oh
And we' re leaving you behind

It makes me sad to see
What's happening in your life
Wouldn't it be just like me
To go down there with you tonight
But I've asked myself this question
And it's once too many times and it's all
Why do I try, why do I try, why do I, try why do I even try
I'm leaving you behind

The flames will flicker and the wanting will waver
The storm will stutter but I won't blow over
Until the war is won
Until the song is sung and the work is done
It's the acceleration group with the acceleration groove,
formation fighting, form in a line
The acceleration group with the acceleration groove,
formation fighting, form into one
The next boat is yours

© Adrian Borland

All Fall Down

 
Featured On:
The Sound - All Fall Down (1982)

Song Lyrics:
The simple notions
Of this damned nation
There's words on the page still
But where's all the rage gone?
All fall down, all fall down

Dance in the streets
Sing ring-a-ring-a-roses
Their disease is complete
With a pocket full of poses
All fall down, all fall down

Pack of cards, den of thieves
Safe as houses until the breeze
Just watch it all fall down
Just watch it all fall down

Don't turn the clock back
Break its hands off
Two minutes to midnight
Are you ready to collapse?
Ready to all fall down

© Adrian Borland

All The Words In The World

 
Featured On:
Adrian Borland & The Citizens - Brittle Heaven (1992)

Song Lyrics:
Just when I was winning you
Let me fall like a fool
Just when I was holding on you
Said all that love is gone, well

All the words in all the world
Can't say how I feel
All the words in all the world
Can't say how I feel today

Don't try to tell me now
All the things that I'm supposed to got wrong
All I really know right now
Is that my heart and love were strong

All the words in all the world
Can't say how I feel
All the words in all the world
Can't say how I feel today

I had so much to say
I had something true
But all that went away
You know it went away
With you, you, you, you

Still I just can't be resigned
To this silence all the time
Got to find my tongue again
And let it off and run again

All the words in all the world
Can't say how I feel
All the words in all the world
Can't say how I feel today

Just when I was winning you
Let me fall like a fool
Just when I was holding on you
Said all that love is gone, well ....

© Adrian Borland

Angel Sulk

 
Featured On:
Adrian Borland - Harmony & Destruction (2002)

Song Lyrics:

She sees the dying of the light
She sees the creeping crooked night
Have you seen my angel sulk?
She sees the squandering of the time
The stuff that's on your hands and mine
Have you seen my angel sulk?

She sees a street turned cold and mean
Still she doesn't intervene
Have you seen my angel sulk?
Electronic eye on you
It took the work she used to do
Have you seen my angel sulk?

Fixing our stare on the falling sun
Wondering where on earth the day has gone
It was our chance, a grace we'd won
But waste it is all we've done
She hears the soulless surface sound
So much good gone underground
Have you seen my angel sulk?

She sees through these walls and floors
Straight into my heart and yours
Have you seen my angel sulk?
Fixing our stare on the falling sun
Wondering where on earth the day has gone
It was our chance, a grace we?d won
But waste it is all we've done
Have you seen my angel sulk? (3×)


© Adrian Borland

Antartica

 
Featured On:
Adrian Borland - Cinematic (1995)

Song Lyrics:
I am the bitterest of nights
When all of your love is frozen rain
The hand that's blocking out the light
And from the earth I stole this name
Antarctica, Antarctica

Don't pretend you've never seen
These ancient eyes as dark as hell
You look away as if to say
You don't know me
But you do, you know me well

I'm always there but you forget
When some good time leads you astray
But when I tire of your happiness
I'll get into the things you say

I see my work is never done
You're always searching for the one
Who' ll set you free

© Adrian Borland

As Feeling Dies

 
Featured On:
The Sound - B-Sides & Rarities (1977-1987)

Song Lyrics:
I tried to get inside your skin
To feel your arms rattle through my arms
To feel you when I was in the room
The onus can be found with me
Nothing selfish
Made to protect the air

[chorus]
You kill me with your words
I kill you with my eyes
I was just a badly trapped history
We die as feeling dies

I never feel at home again
With words of spark loves escaped
Or the shelter from the rain
Are we mirrors to each others joys
Mirrors to each others plights
I die as you die

© Adrian Borland

Ashes

 
Featured On:
Adrian Borland & The Citizens - Brittle Heaven (1992)

Song Lyrics:
You're the north to my south
My way up and my way out
You were the one place I had to go
I'm so directionless now

But there's a new song I couldn't hear
As you hold on the disappears
It's so hard to care the same
When it all seems in vain

And my heart went up in flames
Flickered red blue and gold
But the ashes that remain
Only need the coolest world

I'm stealing kisses just to make it clear
Wherever I may be a part of me stays here
You're bearing everything I do
I've forgotten how to forget you
Watching you walk by the riverside
Spring in your step, time on your side

And my heart went up in flames
Flickered red blue and gold
But the ashes that remain
Only need the coolest world
Ashes are all, ashes are all
Ashes are all that remain ... deep

© Adrian Borland

Barria Alta

 
Featured On:
The Sound - Unreleased Rarities

Song Lyrics:
This town in the summertime is a place I love
Drinking in the heat all day takes you up above
The city streets unfold like sheets but I've slept long enough
Now I won't drop I won't stop until I'm up (x2)
In the high place

I've hardened up to what this place has offered up so far
I've lost some sensitivity maybe you can see the scars
And when I found out what counts in this place
It still couldn't erase the smile that's on my face
Cos won't drop I won't stop till I'm Up (x2)
In the right place

Stone under your feet and I know that will never change
Stone under your shirt sometimes and how it beats is all that's strange
And If we never rise above their lies we're gonna only have ourselves to blame
We won't drop we won't stop till we're up in the right place
We won t drop we won't stop till we're up in the high place
We won t drop we won't stop till we're up in the high part of town
Yeah the high part of town
We're all going down to the high part of town
And we won't drop we won'I stop till we're up in the right place
The right place

© Adrian Borland

Beneath The Big Wheel

 
Featured On:
Adrian Borland & The Citizens - Alexandria (1989)

Song Lyrics:
Pulled off the road, millions move on
To catch my breath for a second,
Was a second too long
I guess where I am is where I belong
Beneath the big wheel

I was a day to day and I lived and learned
Learnt how to steal or wait my turn
Because nothing's fair and nothing's fairly earned
When you're on the big wheel

I'm living with nothing beneath me
Straining my neck so I can see
This thin that spins so selfishly
I'm watching the big wheel

Well who can you trust and who can you blame?
They say "two thousand years its always been the same
The same names running the same games"
On the big wheel

I'm living with nothing beneath me
Straining my neck so I can see
This thin that spins so selfishly
I'm watching the big wheel

It's a rollercoaster with fairground lights
There's a wheel on my wagon rolling into the night
And in my head there's this beautiful sight
They're building a different wheel

© Adrian Borland

Blood And Poison

 
Featured On:
The Sound - B-Sides & Rarities (1977-1987)

Song Lyrics:

There is good in all of us
There is beauty in all things
But when the sense of this is lost
We begin our poisoning

Words are weapons, words are swords
We use to cut each other down
Are we only happy when we're lord
And we can watch the lowly kiss our ground?

And he won't talk to me so the silence is set
And she won't sing for me, only one sad lament
Poison is seeping through into the essence we kept
Revenge pours on revenge
And as the blood drains away
It's the poison that stays corrupting the veins

And we take something from the sky
And we grind it into dirt
And then we wonder where it's gone
Then we wonder what we've done
What went wrong?


© Adrian Borland

Box Of Happy Memories

 
Featured On:
Adrian Borland & The Citizens - Brittle Heaven (1992)

Song Lyrics:
You get a moment in frozen frame
On every page you turn
You keep what most would throw away
You even kiss what some would burn
Then it's all locked safe inside
Your box of happy memories

There's a wreck walking round your town
Using the same name as me
He's a bombed out shell because well
There's nothing where his sanity used to be
Now his heart and mind's been consigned
To your box of happy memories

And there's not much room to breathe
And you know that fine detail
But you shut the lid down tight anyway
And you hope nobody's there
But can't you hear my suffocating cry
From your box of happy memories

Now the summer has opened up the streets
And there's a chance in every bar
A clear night sky almost seems to speak
Get yourself a new start
But I can't get free while I'm
Still in your box of happy memories

There are worse places to be
At least I get to you sometime somehow
There's a sad face that you don't have to see
And words you don't have to hear out loud
Well you know exactly what you find
In your box of happy memories

And there's not much room to breathe
And you know that fine detail
But you shut the lid down tight anyway
And you hope nobody's there
But can't you hear my suffocating cry
From your box of happy memories

You get a moment in frozen frame
On every page you turn
You keep what most would throw away
You even kiss what some would burn
Then it's all locked safe inside
Your box of happy memories

© Adrian Borland

Break My Fall

 
Featured On:
Adrian Borland - Beautiful Ammunition (1994)

Song Lyrics:
We met by chance
I saw you shine
That ancient dance
Seems new each time

Just break my fall
I've got too close to you
Just break my fall
And my heart will never know

When flying high
I see the ground
The place where I
Know I am bound

Just break my fall
I've got too close to you
Just break my fall
And my heart will never know

It's quiet in here
You drain your cup
The offer's clear
I take it up

You'll break my fall
I got too close to you
You'll break my fall
And my heart will never know
You'll break my fall

© Adrian Borland

Bright White Light

 
Featured On:
Adrian Borland - Cinematic (1995)

Song Lyrics:
In between the messages
There's a stabbing at the numb
A subliminal emptiness
That flickers off and on
You say you saw the very thing
And you wonder what it meant
It was a bright white light

The sun doesn't shine here
It just signifies the day
We take this life for granted
And we throw this world away
Using up the good things
Until we wonder where they went
But there's a bright white light

At the heart of destruction
Lies the soul of discontent
And a bright white light
Will blind you in the end

These times are getting stranger
I guess the angels must be here
Our minds have started cracking
As the picture's coming clear
Some say they've left their bodies
And then seen that heaven sent
A bright white light

© Adrian Borland

Brittle Heaven

 
Featured On:
Adrian Borland & The Citizens - Brittle Heaven (1992)

Song Lyrics:
Through that open door
There's an open road
Somewhere open arms
That'll never close

I won't walk away yeah
The way I did before
Not now I know
What's worth living for

And like any truth
It hurts to know
And like any truth
It won't let you go

Just like the earth facing the sun
She brings me brittle heaven
Just like the sea, just like the sky
She is the reason why I still try
Just like the earth facing the sun
A brittle heaven

Well that weakened chance
Through pouring rain
I will see myself in her again
Oh so we'll sway yeah
Sway in turbulence
This stormy ride
We call permanence

And like any truth
It hurts to know
And like any truth
It won't let you go

Just like the earth facing the sun
She brings me brittle heaven
Just like the sea, just like the sky
She is the reason why I still try
Just like the earth facing the sun
A brittle heaven

© Adrian Borland

Brute Force

 
Featured On:
The Sound - B-Sides & Rarities (1977-1987)

Song Lyrics:
When the talking's over
New language speaks
With a voice of authority
Drowning out the weak
You can feel like a fist
You can talk like a gun
You get some third degree, education
You better get at it ..

Brute force
Brute force

When the talking's over
A new language speaks
With a crock of jackboots
Stepping on the weak
Something in their orders
Which strikes up when you want some back
If you wanna get you're own way
There's one thing you can't lack
A small question of ..

Brute force
Brute force

Brute force!
Brute force!
Brute force!
Brute force!

© Adrian Borland

Burning Part Of Me

 
Featured On:
The Sound - In The Hothouse (1985),The Sound - Heads And Hearts (1985)

Song Lyrics:
I hold her to her word and she holds me 'till I'm still
Revenge and resolve are up against the weakening will
She makes me forget the times I lose my head
And she makes me regret every bitter word I said

In her eyes I could get lost forever
In her heart I feel like the sun
But it makes me shiver when I feel the difference,
it makes me shiver when she's gone

There's evil in the heart and action without sense,
And all the cages that we built are no defense
She is the prison that' s holding me,
She is burning up all the red I see.

She's burning part of me
Destroying part of me.
She's burning part of me.

© Adrian Borland

Calling The New Tune

 
Featured On:
The Sound - All Fall Down (1982)

Song Lyrics:
Up to and in-between you and me
Moving around our blind side
Had to listen so quietly
There's only whispers tonight

Calling the new tune
Does anybody hear the call?

Looking for a change of heart
Just before we break
All the people who made a lot of noise
The wrong change to make

Calling the new tune
Does anybody hear the call?
Can you hear a call?
Can you hear the call?

© Adrian Borland

Cinematic

 
Featured On:
Adrian Borland - Cinematic (1995)

Song Lyrics:
It's been a hundred years
So many wild scenes
There must have been a thousand tears
Spilt on the way
But it's all been so much fun
With the stars from the machine
They brought you night
In the middle of the day
But no-one can see the film that you are in
And they won't pay the price to come in
To your cinematic life

Yes, I understand
Hey no. I really do
When you smile and say
You're never coming back
Because it's all been too much fun
Just to sit in the dark alone
There were times it took the worries off your back
But no-one can see the film that you star in
And they won't pay the price to come in
To your cinematic life

Feels like I've known you for a hundred years
So many wild scenes
There must have been a thousand tears
Spilt on the way
But it's all been so much fun
From the screen kiss to the gun
We aimed at everyone
Who blocked our way

And no-one can see the film
That we've been in
From the cutting room floor
Then it's straight into the bin
With this cinematic life

© Adrian Borland

Coldbeat

 
Featured On:
The Sound - Unreleased Rarities

Song Lyrics:
Something in my heart says
The rules are inside us
Something in my heart says
The beast go and sigh
Something in my heart says
Groove to the heartbeat
Groove to the point where
The heart collides

We go hard
We know the Coldbeat
The fear is never empty
We know the Coldbeat
All of our lives
We know the Coldbeat
The fear is never empty
We know the Coldbeat
All through our lives

[repeat]

Don't wanna be the Coldbeat [x8]
Don't wanna feel [x4] anymore
Don't wanna feel [x4] anymore
Don't wanna feel
Who wants to feel
Don't wanna feel [x8]

© Adrian Borland

Community Call

 
Featured On:
Adrian Borland & The Citizens - Alexandria (1989)

Song Lyrics:
Out for themselves they don't see
The pain you give someone like me
Well the truth it hurts, but the lies hurt more
They snap at your heels as you walk across the floor
Now I heard what you said, I heard it all
You'll find me by your shoulder with the community call
Community call, community call, community call,

I stood on my own kicking out everywhere
So blind, so blind I even said I don't care
Who wants to be alone here now
We've got too much loneliness anyhow
And I heard what you said, I heard it all
Now you'll find me by your shoulder
With the community call

I've been walking on air
And I've been on my knees too
But I found the feet
To walk straight back to you
Community call, community call,
Call, call, call, call, call

© Adrian Borland

Contact The Fact

 
Featured On:
The Sound - From The Lions Mouth (1981)

Song Lyrics:
You mean the world
The real world to me
So watching you go
Is like watching a film in slow motion
Everything I touch
Turns to dust
And everyone I turn to
Turns on me

Strange the way
We accept our lot - living together
Strange the way
We self-destruct - dying together
All the beauty gets taken for granted
All the pain gets put in the way
Put in our way

Contact's the fact - I need it
Contact you because I need you

Take me out
You take me out of myself
You can take what you want from me
Because I know you
Hate it when I'm crazy
It's a side of love
You never wanted to see

Contact's the fact - I need it
Contact you because I need you

© Adrian Borland

Cost Of Living

 
Featured On:
The Sound - Propaganda (1999)

Song Lyrics:
All you believe in is what you can hold
All you can value is something that's sold
Faithfully following the way of the world
You're on a circuit but you think it's a road

And that's the cost of living
And it's always going to be on the rise
Don't you know about the cost of living
Because it's etched around your eyes

Whatever your wages, they don't satisfy
Your hunger outgrows your piece of the pie
All of that labour has one reason why
To bring you the joy that money can buy

© Adrian Borland

Counting The Days

 
Featured On:
The Sound - Shock Of Daylight (1984)

Song Lyrics:
There's an ocean of tears,
The years before our happiness
And moving mountains into the ocean
Won't make that sadness any less

Counting the days towards our new construction,
Moving mountains by compulsion,
The impulse that shock's us out of our long time decision,
I'm counting the days before our love.

So far apart in so many ways
Like the way five hours feels like forever,
It's in our hands to make our stands
And move these continents together

He was with you like she was with me,
More than a best friend, a guiding light
But lessons learned and now we have to burn
Our fires in the night, cross the ocean of tears
Before moving mountains disappear

© Adrian Borland

Crystalline

 
Featured On:
Adrian Borland & The Citizens - Alexandria (1989)

Song Lyrics:
Something stirs again, sweet soul survives
Sweet disarray, deep down inside
Something's up again, it's no surprise
Now summer's come and traps are sprung
In every pair of lonely eyes
I tell myself there's so much to see
Sometimes I hear, but not so clearly
For once in my life, once in my time
It's crystalline

Out in the streets and avenues
Between the steel and leaves
The sun still gets through
And I'm coming back to the land of you
Because only the living can give me
What I need to pull me through
I tell myself to be so strong
Sometimes I hear, sometimes I don't
For once in my life, once in my time
It's crystalline

With the shaken ghost left far behind
Now I make the most of what I find
Make no mistake and tell no lie
And you can look this world straight in the eye
I tell myself, it's all up to you
Sometimes I think, sometimes I choose not to
For once in my life, once in my time
It's crystalline

© Adrian Borland

Dead Guitars

 
Featured On:
White Rose Transmission - 700 Miles Of Desert (1999)

Song Lyrics:

As the chance is disappearing
And the future is looking tired
In my head there's all the contradictions
in my hands a mess of splinters, chrome and wire
Dead guitars, dead guitars

Well I played her like a song
But now the song is gone
And I sung every one of her praises
Oh, she left me on empty phrases
On dead guitars, dead guitars

Well I see all these new faces
And they look to me like a row of trees
Of all the friends that have now departed
You're still the one that means the most to me
Dead guitars, dead guitars

Let the silence steal the moment
Let it gain the upper hand
And I will surrender to that language
It's the only one I really understand
Take a life in all its glory
All its sweetness rare and dear
Now I know that all that noise was just a cover
You came and went so that we might hear
Dead guitars, dead guitars


© Adrian Borland

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