LYRICS

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Death Of A Star

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

Song Lyrics:

Comes a sad flash of news
A bit above from the blue
As you stare at the screen
Does it register with you
How do you feel
When a star dies

Do you sit in the dark
Play that song and watch that film
Shrug and say, "Live goes on"
Or do you wonder how it will
How do you feel
When a star dies

There's a rim in the sky
A massive hole now you've gone
And I'll say, "Well I'll try
But it's raining on my soul"
As some moment in time
Men engraved on your heart
Do you think back on lies
That define who you are

Do you sit in the dark
Play that song and watch that film
Shrug and say, "Live goes on"
Or do you wonder how it will
How do you feel
When a star dies


© Adrian Borland

Deep Breath

 
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

Deep Deep Blue

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

Song Lyrics:
We used to crack the night open wide
And spit out the days when they didn't taste right
Oh, I thought we had time on our side
So it hurts to know we've run out road tonight

Maybe tomorrow will bring that long awaited day
When the world feels brand new
Maybe tomorrow will take all the pain away
And shatter this deep deep blue

Walking down by the canals or the river side
A step to the right and we'll all be in the drink
You look to me and I look to you
To make some sense of our lives
Are we bored of the brain, or too thick to think?

Maybe tomorrow will bring that long awaited day
When the world feels brand new
Maybe tomorrow will take all the pain away
And shatter this deep deep blue

Is there nothing left in this town?
Nothing to get my spirits high?
I stare at the lights I stare at the sky
But it still feels like the underground
So take a seat next to my dreams and I

© Adrian Borland

Desire

 
Featured On:
The Sound - Jeopardy (1980)

Song Lyrics:
In the dark
Near the heart
Close to real
Desire.

In my words
In my eyes
Can't you see
The desire?

We will wait
For the night
We will wai
t For desire.

Bittersweet
Laugh and cry
Tears that taste
Of desire.

Hunted down
Through the days
Caught in nets
Of desire.

Feel the loss
As it fades
Can't forget
Desire.

Keep in touch
Keep in track
Of this thing
Called desire.

There'll be times
When we'll do
Anything
For desire.

Keep in touch
Keep in track
Keep within the reach
Of desire.

There'll be times
When we'll do
Anything
For desire.

We will wait
For the night.
We will wait...

© Adrian Borland

Destiny Stopped Screaming

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

Song Lyrics:

Lay me on my back
Take a compress to my fever
Stop the walls from talking back
Tell destiny stop screaming

All directions in my head
Have left me staring at the ceiling
To my own calling am I deaf
To destiny still screaming?

And all the doubts have left their mark on me
Like all the barbs that snag the edge of sleep
Now all I ask is what did you want from me?
What did you want from me?

The hours line the day
And they point me to the evening
Cold as killers by the way
Dark as destiny still screaming
At the crossroad's once again
Intent on following a feeling
Somehow, someway I will know when
When destiny's stopped screaming

And all the doubts have left their mark on me
Like all the barbs that snag the edge of sleep
Now all I ask is what did you want from me?
What did you want from me?
What did you want from me?
Oh, is that destiny still screaming? (2×)
Oh, is that destiny?

When the bells are rung for me
And I am done with breathing
Fold my arms in front of me
And whisper Destiny's stopped screaming?


© Adrian Borland

Down Town

 
Featured On:
Adrian Borland - Last Days Of The Rain Machine (2000)

Song Lyrics:

I'm in that flashing window
I'm in that passing car
I'm on a mission for you
So tell me where you are

Don't you find it maddening
When you think what could be happening
La da da da down town
Down town, let's go

See there's a million friends
I've not had time to meet
I've got this crazy fever
I'm married to the street
Junkies with purple hair
Waiting for buses that go nowhere
La da da da down town
Let's go down town

Let's drink in the city
The life under the sky
Let's get some sun into our hearts
Let's forget to cry
Flies die laughing in my wine
And I die laughing all the time
La da da da down town
When I go down town, let's go

A young thought in an old head
I hope you understand
I could be the ocean
Crashing into your land
Get you out of that small space
And put a big smile on your face
La da da da down town
We go down town

I'm in that flashing window
I'm in that passing car
I'm on a mission for you
So tell me where you are
Tell me who you are
La da da da down town
Down town


© Adrian Borland

Dreamfuel

 
Featured On:
Adrian Borland - Cinematic (1995)

Song Lyrics:

Coming in and out of view
You don't... you don't cross that line
Gliding in and out of my life
You don't...you don't cross that line

I wish I'd met you long ago
When eyes of coal and skin of snow
Would have drawn from me a promise to defend

I wish I'd met you way back when
before our lives got tangled in
machinery we've lost the will to bend

And we must remain dreamfuel
Yes, you must remain dreamfuel
And I must remain dreamfuel

When I think of you
Can you hear me?


© Adrian Borland

Dreams Then Plans

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

Song Lyrics:

She is close, flesh and colour
Draw me in a grand design
Where the days are numbered
Count me in
Stranger - nearer
Love of life

Dreams then plans, plans of action
Grand design
Trust and faith, break or make you
 A new kind of life

Strangers in the distance
Under the night lights
Opposites attracting
With the magnets in their eyes
A love of life in their eyes


© Adrian Borland

European Streets In The Rain

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

Song Lyrics:
Burden of lovers to carry light
Everyone wants some of that tonight
We hold the hand
Than we let it go
Swapping our smiles
In the never never never never know

I can feel you coming through
Down the hallway of my heart
Can you feel me coming to
Down European streets in the rain

People and places
They never meant
I'm holding out from the looks they sent
Broken glass splinters this is the scene
See right through me
Like a truth machine, like the truth machine

I can feel you coming through
Down the hallway of my heart
Can you feel me coming to
Down European streets in the rain

And my shoes are all worn through
From pounding concrete streets and hearts
And my luck is all shut through

© Adrian Borland

Excavation Bones

 
Featured On:
Adrian Borland - Last Days Of The Rain Machine (2000)

Song Lyrics:

You took the steps down to my heart
You shone a torch to pierce the dark
It let you see where you were going

And in a corner cold and dank
Propped up beside a storage tank
You found the feelings that weren't showing
And if you dig deep enough
You hit the darker stuff
Excavation bones, excavation bones

So you peeled away the skin
Past the ribs straight to the sin
To find out what I'm really made of

Then you turned your face away
As you eat the words you're used to say
I am afraid you've found what you are afraid of
And if you dig deep enough
You hit the darker stuff
Excavation bones, excavation bones

Find a little plot of land
Put a spade into your trembling hands
Dig a hole as wide as it is deep

Then take the love you used to feel
Lay it in that gash of field
Tell yourself it is only gone to sleep
And as the dirt begins to rise
Wipe the anger from your burning eyes
The sweat will dilute the tears you weep


© Adrian Borland

Faithful

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

Song Lyrics:
Last time when mystery called
It left you rocking on your feet
Last time when mystery called
It left you kneeling in the street

Dirt on your road
Cloud in your sky
Rain-washed clean
Sun-blasted dry
Ready to love again

I got my philosophy
It doesn't help much in the heat
Got to take one step back now
It's just to find my feet

There's dirt on my road
Cloud in my sky
Rain-washed clean
Sun-blasted dry
Ready to love again

Don't know why I did what I did
It must have been the thought of loosing you
Don't know why I said what I said
It must have been the thought of losing you
But if I thought that you really cared
Well you know I'll be straight back there
Ready to love again (4x)

© Adrian Borland

Falling Of Your Horse

 
Featured On:
Adrian Borland - Last Days Of The Rain Machine (2000)

Song Lyrics:

Balance lost, fire frost
When I stretched my arms out wide
Then I paid the cost
Trying to be strong
Hold that smile and pose
But you buck and twist
And the feeling comes and goes

I'm falling off your horse now
I'm falling off your horse now
a sideways glance, a broken chance
the final mile, a fractured smile of course
I'm falling off your horse (4x)

From dawn to dusk, and back again
Every day I run the course
That you don't dare to plan
I've tried to ride your dark wild eyes
Took a breath of air twelve feet up there
And then I tasted sand

I'm falling off your horse now
I'm falling off your horse now
a sideways glance, a broken chance
the final mile, a fractured smile of course
I'm falling off your horse (4x)


© Adrian Borland

Fast Blue World

 
Featured On:
Adrian Borland - The Amsterdam Tapes (2006)

Song Lyrics:
In from the ice cold
Into the warm night
Drive up the backroads
Into the badlands
Out of the grey towns
And into the heartlands
From box concrete surrounds
Onto the white sands

But don't snap their short strings
And don't explain yourself away
Keep the secret inside
On your mystery ride
And see the fast blue world
Spin again

Curve a new line
Straight from the streetlights
Walk from the shadows
Into the headlights
Merge from the dark road
You're blinded by white sun
Cut from the freeze-frame
Straight to the action

But don't snap their short strings
And don't explain yourself away
Keep the secret inside
On your mystery ride
And see your fast blue world
Spin again

Keep the secret inside
On your mystery ride
And see your fast blue world
Spin again.

© Adrian Borland

Fatal Flaw

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

Song Lyrics:
A fatal attraction
Been growing away from the light
And I can't come back now
Until I drag myself out of this vice
Sense of distance when you stand next to me
I've made a strange disappearance
One that no-one can see
You can't reach me anymore
Turn to face the fatal flaw

We all have weakness
Moments that we can't contain
Right now I'm all weakness
I'll make another retreat again
Sense of distance when you stand close to me
I've a strange disappearance
One that no-one can see
You can't reach me anymore
Turn to face the fatal flaw
A fatal attraction - fatal flaw
Been growing away from the light - fatal flaw

© Adrian Borland

Flight 23

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

Song Lyrics:
We'll be holding hands
When we take off and when we'll land
We'll be moving through the sky
And we won't need to try
Because we're going up above
To that weird land of love

And I've got the whole world in my arms
Feels like the whole world in my hands
When you're up with me
On flight 23

Oh it's not hard to see
That you mean too much to me
Well I'm broken winged inside
With a face that can't hide
So take me up above
To that wonderful place of love

And I've got the right girl in my arms
Feels like the whole world in my hands
When you're up with me
On flight 23

Flight 23 are the things I love
When you're up with me
I can see that it looks beautiful

We'll be holding hands
When we take off and when we'll land
We'll be moving through the sky
And we won't need to try
Because we're going up above
To that wonderful land of love

And I've got the right girl in my arms
Feels like the whole world in my hands
When you're up with me
On flight 23

© Adrian Borland

Forever From Here

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

Song Lyrics:

Took a walk, looked around
Found the tallest hill to climb
On the crest I took a breath
Of air not shared a million times
All my head it felt so light
All my burdens fell away
I was closer to the brilliant blue
With nothing concrete in the way
You can see forever from here
You can see forever

As I lay on the grass
The speed of life began to slow
As the day it drifted past
The sky acquired a luminous glow
Everything that bothered me
Was left so far behind
All my tangled mess of thoughts
Unravelled in my mind
And you can see forever from here
You can see forever

And there's you by my side
We survived those scenes
And with you I feel alright
Wont forget how much that means
So blow another bubble
And watch how far it goes
All that worldly trouble
Is miles and miles below
You can see forever from here (3×)
You can see forever


© Adrian Borland

Forgiveness

 
Featured On:
Adrian Borland - Beautiful Ammunition (1994)

Song Lyrics:
For my falls from grace
There are no excuses
Sadder eyes, whiter lies
There' s a weakness where the truth is
Don' t lose forgiveness
Don' t lose forgiveness
Sometimes I need that
More than I need love

Perfect human forms
With perfect hearts and minds
But we're full of pollutants
Don' t lose forgiveness
Don' t lose forgiveness
Sometimes we need that
More than we need love

© Adrian Borland

Found Lost Found

 
Featured On:
Adrian Borland & The Citizens - Light The Sky (1992)

Song Lyrics:
I rush to the ocean to be by your side
I know that the sun will be following me
With a message that burns it's so hopefully the sky
It's easy to take it for granted, so easy to not even notice it

I just want to feel that way again
I just want to feel that way again
I just want to find what I've lost again
Lost, found, found, lost, lost, found again

I caught your look and the longing was there
But something is moving between you and me
Blue lights in the night throwing sparks in the air
Though I can't cope with the bruises and I'll go to pieces if you use it, but-

I just want to feel that way again
I just want to feel that way again
I just want to find what I've lost again
Lost, found, found, lost, lost, found again

When I'm walking to your room
I will walk into your heart
And I will colour in all your gloom
I still remember the time we shared
The way our eyes lit the way ahead

I just want to feel that way again
I just want to feel that way again
I just want to find what I've lost again
Lost, found, found, lost, lost, found again
Found, lost, found.

© Adrian Borland

Four Loney Hours Away

 
Featured On:
Adrian Borland - Last Days Of The Rain Machine (2000)

Song Lyrics:

Waiting for the early trains
Kicking cans in the square
Funny how it always rains
On people going nowhere
There is something you don't understand
This city used to be your friend
You're wondering where the life has gone
When did the party end?

Seems so far to the morning light
So long until the dawn
You're a lifetime away from another day
You wonder will it ever come
It's four lonely hours away
The night has lost its shine
The neon's fading glow

It's no time to be caught standing still
At the chill hits four below
The city's gone to sleep
A million dreams removed
Suddenly all the emptiness
Is bearing down on you

Seems so far to the morning light
So long until the dawn
You're a lifetime away from another day
You wonder will it ever come
It's four lonely hours away


© Adrian Borland

Get Me A Witness

 
Featured On:
Adrian Borland - Last Days Of The Rain Machine (2000)

Song Lyrics:

Get me a witness
For I cannot believe
That there?s so much forgiveness
That we cannot retrieve
Are we losing it? (2×)
Come down save your life (2×)

Get me a witness
For the things I've seen
Every day slipping further
From the way it might have been
Are we losing it? (2×)
Come down save your life (3×)

Come through for your life
Get me a witness
Down here near enough
So much is dependent
On the strength of your love
Are we losing it? (3×)


© Adrian Borland

Glass And Smoke

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

Song Lyrics:
The world is turning
The world is turning
Full speed, full moon
It'll be the right time
To get right out soon

We have killed our days
With boredom
Drank the hours
Left them undone

When glass and smoke call
It's a farewell, a sad farewell

We are lost in glass and smoke
Cut by glass, choked by smoke

I'm not stupid
I know I'm guilty
Going on a journey
You can't come with me

© Adrian Borland

Golden Soldiers

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

Song Lyrics:
Sun on my face
And i can feel it glow
Some would draw the curtains
Sometimes i'd like to smash those windows open

I could be so golden
Shine in the dead of night for you
I could be a criminal
And lead a life of crime for you
I could be so golden
Shine in the dead of night for you
I could be a soldier
I could go to war for you

I won"t give up a good fight
With talk of passive action
And when the first comes down
I'd provide the opposite reaction
Pour me night and day
In equal quantity
And i will drink to those who
Sacrifice that part for me

© Adrian Borland

Hallucinating You

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

Song Lyrics:

Was it a trick of light
By the blood red moon
Was it lack of sleep
Dreams come to soon
When I turned to speak
You passed right through me
was I hallucinating you (3x)

Was it alcohol
Or a failing mind
Too many loveless days
Too close behind
Where you conjured by the fumes
Of too many smoked filled rooms
Was I hallucinating you (3x)

You walked like a ghost
With silent steps
Shimmered like a fire
Heat-haze at your edge
Were you protecting me
From something I couldn't see
was I hallucinating you (3x)


© Adrian Borland

Hand Of Love

 
Featured On:
The Sound - Thunder Up (1987)

Song Lyrics:
When nothing is coming your way
And nothing's going right
You're walking with an angel in your dreams
But walking the night in your life
What does the future hold
As it shows a hand so cold
Where is the hand of love

You've been hurt before
You remember the times
And still you want to take your place
With the hopeful and the blind
And when you start to feel
All your wounds begin to heal
You've found the hand of love

I've heard this song since I woke
The morning after we met
And as long as you know
What we could be
I will not regret
It's calling out to you
Through I don't expect you to
Show me the hand of love

Well nothIng is coming my way
And nothing's going right
But I know that will all change
When I can trust again
And when I start to feel
All my wounds begin to heal
I've felt the hand of love

© Adrian Borland

Heading Emotional South

 
Featured On:
Adrian Borland - Cinematic (1995)

Song Lyrics:
I know this sinking feeling
That salt water sting
The bottom line, I'm underneath it
I hang on every word that you say
And in an icy wind I sway
If this is your mind you seldom speak it
With words as cold as history
Falling from your precious mouth
I don't need to hear
What you need to say
To be heading emotional south

I'm sliding down your wall
Into the gutter where love gets down and crawls
Among the promises that lie there broken
Hey, does it hurt to see
The damage done so recklessly
By all the hollow lines you've spoken?
With words as cold as history
Falling from your precious mouth
I don't need to hear
What you need to say
I'm heading emotional south anyway
All my love in vain

© Adrian Borland

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