LYRICS

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Healing Kiss

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

Song Lyrics:
Spit it out in rage
The spirit of the age
They come down to the sound
Of emptiness for days
Shadows on the wall
Keep strange company
The mirror stands it's ground
Right here in front of me

One thing I always miss
Is your healing kiss
You seem to endlessly
Blow my cares away
One thing I always miss
That's your healing kiss

Such a sleepless time
That I'm wandering through
A hundred and God knows
How many hours of missing you

Crazy daylight shines
Burns into nights late afternoon
The reason is just a glance away
Right there in front of you

One thing I always miss
Is your healing kiss
You seem to endlessly
Blow my cares away
One thing I always miss
That's your healing kiss

Seeking vampires in sub-dragged towns
I'm hunting my old hunting grounds
This erosion had worn me down
Then you showed me higher ground

One thing I always miss
Is your healing kiss
You seem to endlessly
Blow my cares away
One thing I always miss
That's your healing kiss

© Adrian Borland

Heart Goes Down Like The Sun

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

Song Lyrics:
Nothing can reach me, no colour no sound
Can touch me or stir me or turn me around
I'm shut up shop, shutters slide to the ground
No one will know how low I've come down
Though I'm blind I still feel the night descend
Though I'm dumb I still speak its tongue
Though I'm stone I know when the cold kicks in

And a heart goes down like the sun.
All my fear under veils of resistance
All my fire a pale ashen glow
But it's all in perspective a comfortable distance
All my rain turned to soft numbing snow
Though I'm blind I still feel the night descend
Though I'm dumb I still speak its tongue
Though I'm stone I know when the cold kicks in

And a heart goes down like the sun.
Dead weight inside me is sinking slowly
Tied to my feelings and all that I know
I'm moved about by a magnet below me
My leaden feet don't care where they go
I know I'm not the only one
Whose heart goes down like the sun
Though I'm blind I still feel the night descend
Though I'm dumb I still speak its tongue
Though I'm stone I know when the cold kicks in
And a heart goes down like the sun. (2×)

© Adrian Borland

Heartland

 
Featured On:
The Sound - Jeopardy (1980)

Song Lyrics:
Setting out, city in your sight,
You want an overview of the underground,
The pressure's off, so your feelings rise,
You got to hit that peak before you crash back down,
You got to believe in a heartland.

All mixed up in the heartland heat,
In a chemistry of commotion and style,
You' re thrown in, you've got to lose yourself
Before you find yourself back in exile,
You got to believe in a heartland.

© Adrian Borland

Heyday

 
Featured On:
The Sound - Jeopardy (1980)

Song Lyrics:
You're so young to be confused
Well I know the time it starts:
All the conflict seems to fuse
Leaving you in the dark.

Find yourself all at sea
Never thought they'd let you drown.
You were trying to find your feet
Can't believe they'd cut you down,
Can't believe they'd cut you down.

In your heyday
Heyday.
In your heyday
Heyday.

You've been pressured into the hard sell,
A victim of a nation's scheming.
As the expectations swell
You retreat inside your dreaming.

© Adrian Borland

Hot House

 
Featured On:
The Sound - In The Hothouse (1985),The Sound - B-Sides & Rarities (1977-1987)

Song Lyrics:
I've got sweat breaking out
But I try, try to conseal
I've got a savage root
And it's a growing pain

Feelings pushing through
Pushing through, through
Through, through, through you
And I found myself in the hothouse
I found myself in the hothouse

Spend too long looking in
Looking in from the outside
Now it's time to give in
Time to get inside

Feeling's pushing through
Pushing through, through
Through, through, through you
I found myself in the hothouse
I found myself in the hothouse

© Adrian Borland

Hour Of Need

 
Featured On:
The Sound - Jeopardy (1980)

Song Lyrics:
I hate the quiet times
I need some company
I miss the noise of life
The silence deafens me

The seconds split so slow
The minutes I can't kill
I keep an eye on the time
I catch it standing still

In my hour of need (3x)

Try to find my place,
Sometimes I get so near
I journey aimless days
But always end up here

In my hour of need (3x)

© Adrian Borland

I Can't Escape Myself

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

Song Lyrics:
So many feelings
Pent up in here
Left all alone, I'm with
The one I most fear.

I'm sick and I'm tired
Of reasoning;
Just want to break out,
Shake off this skin.

I, I can't
Escape myself.

All my problems
Loom larger than life
I can't swallow
Another slice.

Seems like my shadow
Mocks every stride.
I learn to live with
What's trapped inside?

© Adrian Borland

I Can't Stop The World

 
Featured On:
Adrian Borland - Cinematic (1995)

Song Lyrics:
You know the summer's gone
When the wind hits your face
And you feel you don't belong
In such a god-forsaken place
You try to beat the cold
But the world won't be controlled

And the time rushes on
And the future's yesterday
Though you'll never see twenty-three again
The truth is cruel but plain
It's a world you can't contain

And the sky's matt black tonight
But the day will paint it blue
And the sun will scale the heights
But it won't shine down on you
And if I could stop the world I would
Or if I could freeze the time where it stood
But there's nothing I can do to stay with you

When all you've held high
Is lowered like a flag
You can't salute and every dream you've had is gone
It's a world that's moving on

When the signs are clear to see
Will you look the other way
Will it bring you to your knees
Will you feel the need to pray?
Whatever you believe in
It's a world you'll be leaving

© Adrian Borland

I Give You Pain

 
Featured On:
The Sound - Thunder Up (1987)

Song Lyrics:
I give you pain
With a heat so strong
It can't go on and on, too long you'll say
But rewards must be won

It's only surface pain
To settle our secret score
But when you go away
I'm going to feel the real pain much more

Moving out of emotion
To another place I feel strong
Cold eyes fixed on a point they'd missed
All along
From involvement to detachment
Subject to object you
Moving out of emotion knowing I can
Come back soon I give you pain
And I will gIve you a love so strong
But just I give you pain
Because love must be won
Love must be won

Love must be won (x5)

© Adrian Borland

in Passing

 
Featured On:
Adrian Borland - Beautiful Ammunition (1994)

Song Lyrics:
hese yellow lights are not enough
To illuminate this night
These streets all have a hollow ring
Sounding down inside

This town got our wild years
Now it's quiet here, and still
What good is life without the few
Who lived it to the full?

This yellow glow is gonna show me home
Down rivers made of stone
But if you miss old friends tonight
Then you are not alone.

© Adrian Borland

In Suspense

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

Song Lyrics:
The sky is coming down
Where will I be found
When it hits the ground
When it hits the ground

My head is feeling
What my heart is beating
So far down there, far down there
Like everything else
I'm up in the air

I don't like the view I get
This city's torn
It's a useless map
We're hung by wires
That creak and slip

This is in suspense
This is in suspense
This is in suspense

© Adrian Borland

In The Field

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

Song Lyrics:
In the field - eyes make strange exchanges
In the field - dreams find life and form
In the field - silent codes are broken
In the field - love's the law
Nothing done in love and trust can be wrong (3×)
And nothing done without them can be right

In the field - an empire of the senses
In the field - feel no shame at all
In the field - we run wild like fire
In the field - love's the law
Nothing done in love and trust can be wrong (3×)
And nothing done without them can be right

Open my eyes I see you running
Open my arms I feel you coming
Open my heart I feel you wanting
Open my dreams I feel you haunting
Open my head I feel you needing
Open my mouth this is love we?re feeling
Open my eyes I see you coming
Open my heart I see you running

Running in the field (3×)
Free in the field (2×)
Running in the field

© Adrian Borland

Inbetween Dreams

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

Song Lyrics:
The waking hours are the wasted hours
In your scheme of things
You're waiting for the night to fall
With the sleep it brings
You say you're tired of everything
That there's nothing new to see
A great slab of day gets in the way
Of where you want to be

Breathing out, breathing in
It's light again, inbetween dreams
Passing time, marking time
Killing time, inbetween dreams
Breathing out, breathing in
It's light again inbetween dreams
It's all too much to contemplate
This struggle to get by

You like to cancel out the day
When you close your eyes
And drift into another world
It´s a line you've often crossed
You tried to keep a balance
But it is a war you've fought and lost
Breathing out, breathing in
It's light again, inbetween dreams

Passing time, marking time
Killing time, inbetween dreams
Breathing out, breathing in
It's light again inbetween dreams
The real world just makes you sad
Sometimes dreams are all you had
Now you think that dreams are all you need

© Adrian Borland

Iron Years

 
Featured On:
The Sound - Thunder Up (1987)

Song Lyrics:
We are lost in the iron years
Where time disappears before our very eyes
And don't say there's a time and place
For everyone who waits
It's a load of lies

Look where we are - tonight
Not near but far - tonight
A long way from Joy
We're a long way away

You are looking for a pair of eyes
Hoping to be hypnotised but it's a glance you steal
And Joy, sometimes it's just a word
Something that we have heard but don't get to feel
Look where we are - tonight
Not near but far - tonight
A long way from joy
We're a long way from joy
I know you well I know you gonna be there soon
I know you well I know you will be there soon

I'm on your side
A friend deep inside
Like the times we were so close to joy
We we're so close

I know you well I know you gonna get there
I know you well I know you will be there

© Adrian Borland

Jeopardy

 
Featured On:
The Sound - Jeopardy (1980)

Song Lyrics:
We are young
But are we strong?
We've held out
For so long.

Now we're in
Jeopardy.
Now we're in
Jeopardy, jeopardy.

We knew our
Ideals were high.
The lower we sink,
The less we care why.

I know we're in
Jeopardy.
I know we're in
Jeopardy, jeopardy.

Lost the will
To keep up the pace:
Dead on my feet,
Defeat on my face.

I know I'm in
Jeopardy.
I know I'm in
Jeopardy, jeopardy,
Jeopardy, jeopardy.

Such a slow
Steady slide
Takes away
So much inside.

And what's left?
Jeopardy.
What's left?
Jeopardy, jeopardy (3x)

© Adrian Borland

Judgement

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

Song Lyrics:
I can't tell it's now or never
If we don't act now it could be now and forever
The moment is near, the moment of truth
But just what scared the life out of you?

You're so still, silent motionless
I can't watch and wait just to pay the price
Of your judgement

I will push at the powers that be
I will pull you close to me
And if I fall I go gracefully
No regret's, don't pour your pity on me

You're so still, are you so lame?
I can't watch and wait just to take the blame
For your judgement

Can there really be someone up above me
Who judges me when my time is up
I can't believe, I can't believe
That I'm not the one that I should trust

He's so still, silent, motionless
I can't watch and wait just to pay the price
He's so still, he's silent, motionless
I can't watch and wait just to pay the price
Of his judgement

© Adrian Borland

Kinetic

 
Featured On:
The Sound - Thunder Up (1987)

Song Lyrics:
What would you do, what would you do
Stuck in the same feet for twenty seven summers long
I've faced the facts I've faced the facts
But I just won't keep starring
I'll keep it in mind and to come on strong

It's always time to break out
It's always time to move
But when you run out of potential
You hit upon the need for some proof
Let's connect it make it kinetic

You kiss me, you touch me
You don't know where I've been
But I remember and it's all too clear
The spur of the moment, the spur of the moment
Digs in my side, is that my price
Well it's too high, let's get out of here

It's always time to break out
It's always time to move
But when you run out of excuses
You hit upon the need for some truth
Let's connect it make it kinetic

Doo be-doo-doo etc

You take what you take
You take all you can
To feel how I feel
Well I'm who I want to be
We're not thinking, this is not thinking, this is up on high
With some not quite natural energy

There's no time like now
Just no time like now
You want to waste this moment, yeah
You want to waste your time
You want to waste your life away
But you won't be wasting mine

I can't see any holes in my feet
You won't need to be corrupting me
I can't see any nails in my hands
To stop me reaching for something
I don't quite understand
Make it kinetic
Make it kinetic

© Adrian Borland

Land Meets Ocean

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

Song Lyrics:
I looked out from derelict stations
Precarious perches, cliff top views
I couldn't hear past your conversation
I couldn't see beyond your blue

My hope was high with intoxication
Your invitation was coming through
I closed my eyes and I felt the sheer drop
And it led me to you
I am crumbling into your sea
I am drowning so sweetly

Now my lungs are filled with your love
I've grown the fins I knew I?d need
When I worked out that you weren?t coming
And the flood I'd willed would never be
From one of questions to part of the reason
The transformation made by you
I closed my eyes, I did the one thing
I'd never dared do

I am crumbling into your sea
I am drowning so sweetly
Land meets ocean it's an old, old story
It's an ancient tale everybody knows

© Adrian Borland

Last Days Of The Rain Machine

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

Song Lyrics:
The lies made holes for the truth to escape
As the engine hissed its defeat
Looks like we'll have to walk she said
Then took the first strange steps in the heat
The last days of the rainmachine
The last road we'll ride
The last days of the rainmachine
The last tears you'll see me cry

So walk we did on sand turned glass
Our heads bent by the wind
And looking back, reflecting sun
Was a useless scrap of tin
The last days of the rainmachine
The last road we'll ride
The last days of the rainmachine
The last tears you'll see me cry

We sucked this world down to its brittle bones
Now our throats are dry as dust
We thought we could force nature's hand
But she turned her guns on us
The last days of the rainmachine
The last road we'll ride
The last days of the rainmachine
The last tears you'll see me cry

Wiping the smile off the face of the earth
Letting it all slide away
Kicking the teeth of the world at our feet
And wondering why these are our last days

© Adrian Borland

Last Train Out Of Shatterville

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

Song Lyrics:
Face cracks in the morning sun
Ageing thirty eight days in one
With no recall of half of all the
Stupid, drunken things I've done

I sunk until it made me ill
Tequila smile meet whisky kiss
The last train out of Shatterville
Is one I can't afford to miss

All the way from making sense
To the floor of some bar
I have gone the distance, yes
It really isn't very far

When you've seen enough
Chances rushing past
And you wish you could stop falling
Then the last train out of Shatterville

It's calling ..it's calling .. it's calling
Now I don't want to fill this room
With what I've got to say to you
What gives me the right to speak

I stayed too long myself it's true
But I saw you on the street last dawn
As you slid from kerb to bonnet
When that train pulls out
In the cold morning light
Just be on it (4×)

© Adrian Borland

Light The Sky

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

Song Lyrics:
You can always detect
The breaking of a voice
And you can always defect
And walk away from the choice
But I don't wonder why
When I look into your eyes
I need you like the sky
I need you light the sky

And when the days go dark
There's still the stars up above
Breaking through the blackness
With their hopes of days to come
And I don't wonder why
When I look into your eyes
I need you like the sky
I need you to light the sky

Is all my world only broken dreams?
Is all my faith as weak as it seems?

I can feel your pain
It's all been said before
But I say it again
Because that's what love is for
And I don't wonder why
When I look into your eyes
I need you like the sky
I need you to light the sky

© Adrian Borland

Living On The Edge Of God

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

Song Lyrics:
Strip me down, expose the man
Not a pretty sight in morning light
And in the mirror these two eyes,
Well they're all I have left to look into

The blackened lip, the troubled night
I saw off the demons deep inside
Oh but slumped here in despair and wine-
Give me something to surrender to
Keep me living on the edge of God.

Think it's not enough for us,
we need to see the soul and the guts
Oh that fear that beats us, the fear that cheats us
Out of our true happiness

Oh a crazy voice, the cracks in the machine
It's turned down in you, it's so loud in me
I'm like a broken radio;
I've been just drifting in and out of sense
But keep me living on the edge of God

I need a cult to beat the cull
But will this win down the road
Or to take this life of its poverty,
To bring your message home to me?
Keep me living on the edge of God

© Adrian Borland

Lonely Late Nighter

 
Featured On:
Adrian Borland - Beautiful Ammunition (1994)

Song Lyrics:
There's a bottle of wine
And a time torn record sleeve
They're lying on the floor
As the needle hits the vinyl for the final time
There's a hole in the sky
And grey dots on my T.V
And I always thought that would be
The perfect video for these times

While a lonely late nighter
Plays on my hi-fi
A song in the sad key from the heart of man
Tells me not to be ashamed to cry
A lonely late nighter
Plays on my stereo
A voice in the darkness sings
Convinces me that I am not alone

A lonely late-nighter
It plays on my mind
Makes me feel that I' m reaching you in some crazy way
Even though I know it' s all a dream this time

This room's like a bomb site
And I'm not moving
There's a bottle of wine
You'd better make that two
I've locked out the world
And the only sound in here
Is the click of the run off groove
And something I forget to say to you

I'll turn out the lights when it's over.
Sunrise, dawn is in my eyes

© Adrian Borland

Long Dark Train

 
Featured On:
Adrian Borland - Cinematic (1995)

Song Lyrics:
This long dark train
For years it's rolled
We cry in vain
The doors stay closed
Driven for the few
By sleight of hand
It runs the length
Of this shattered land

But soon the chance will come
The chance to leave this train
And don't forget, don't forget, NO, NO
To never come this way again

Death on the tracks
It rattles down
Past silent yards
Through ghostly towns
Past disused towers
It powers by
It runs on time
It runs on lies

I think I hear the scream of brakes
And just up ahead the buffers wait
The terminal for this long dark train

© Adrian Borland

Longest Days

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

Song Lyrics:
These are the longest days
I've ever known,
Groan out of my bed,
Look at my watch, way too soon,
Too much daylight leads to
A night life and the fear
Of another day that's going
To last four or five years,

Now I know how it all shakes,
Do you feel that way too?
Now I know how it all breaks,
Are you feeling that way too?

Saw the sorrow in your eyes,
Saw your whole world turning around,
And the mess we got ourselves in,
It's taken that time will tell,
Well it's taken it's taken it's toll on me,
Still I know the hand of love
Isn't just the hand of mercy

There's a gap you can't ignore,
When your heart's so far away,
The aching and the stretching out
On the rack of another day
Well hope was the worst thing
I could get from anyone,
So take these days away
And bring me the shortest ones.

© Adrian Borland

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