LYRICS

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Love Is Not A Ghost

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

Song Lyrics:
Night is falling and l' m falling too
Like plans falling through
Summoned up the spirits some I wish hadn't come
Now night has fallen
But love is not a ghost it's alive, alive-oh
Love is not a ghost it's alive, alive oh-oh

Love is a ghost, words on your lips
But the lie your eyes betray
The sun is rising, I'm rising too
Rising to meet you all
The night I wear is your only clue
To my next fall

She walks streets broad and narrow
And I walk with her
Singing love is not a ghost it's alive-alive oh

© Adrian Borland

Love Is Such A Foreign Land

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

Song Lyrics:
You're not easy to forget
But you're no reason to get upset
I've met you a hundred times
And you never know the score
You've got one eye on the door
You keep me down, when I should be high
Love is such a foreign land to you
Love is such a foreign land to you

As the angels packed and left
They winked at me and said
Hey Adrian, why don't you give it up?
There's a thousand ways to live
There's a million ways to give
You've got to learn when you've taken enough
Love is such a foreign land to you (3x)
Love is, love is, love is ....

© Adrian Borland

Lowlands

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

Song Lyrics:
Put your feelings away
That's what this city seems to say
You reach the heart
When you feed it the stone
All crowded out
But all alone

And I can't forget her
Even to this day
And I can't remember
Feeling any other way
On the streets of a natural desire
When they turn down the lights
You touch the edge of life

Through these lowlands the cold winds blow
It can't compete with the ice inside of you
Since you walked out of the sun
Wrapped yourself in shades of blue

And I can't forget her
Even to this day
And I can't remember
Feeling any other way
On the streets of a natural desire
When they turn down the lights
You touch the edge of life

© Adrian Borland

Mining For Heart

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

Song Lyrics:
Mining for heart
Digging too deep
Cracks appearing on her face
But I owe it to myself
Like I owe it to something else

I can't show it to you
You must see it too
And I can't wait for you
You must see it through

Through the outside
Surface cold
Down to the inside
Shining, black and gold
It's my duty to myself
And it's my duty to someone else

© Adrian Borland

Missiles

 
Featured On:
The Sound - Jeopardy (1980)

Song Lyrics:
Deep in the country
The factories hide
Where they make the missiles
That run our lives.

Who the hell makes those missiles?(3x)
When they know what they can do?

They've got the money.
They've got the know-how.
It's all above our heads;
It's coming down now.

Missiles cause damage
And make an eerie sound.
Missiles leave carnage
Where there once was a town.

Who the hell makes them?
Who the hell makes them?
Who the hell makes those missiles?
When they know what they can do?

© Adrian Borland

Monument

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

Song Lyrics:
Is it fear, Is it fear
That you feel inside of you?
Is it fear?
Shouting out just fear
You feel inside of you

Is it fear that you feel
When all eyes are on you?
Is it fear?
Surely not just fear you feel
when all eyes are on you

Rise and rise
Rise above,
Rise and rise

Not just a girl
Not just a girl, not just a building
For the skyline
Not just a girl, not just a building
For our eyes
Not just a girl, not just a building
But a monument to love

Rise and rise
Rise above,
Rise and rise

We will never pull you down
No we shouldn't put you down
You're a monument to love

© Adrian Borland

Music Business

 
Featured On:
The Sound - Propaganda (1999)

Song Lyrics:
It's the aesthetics of rock'n'roll
We make the records and the records get sold
The art is in the seujng and the selling is success
The further we take it the further it gets
And that's music business business talk
Let's talk about the music business

Art meets money in shady places
The contract's writtin on our faces
Give us the cash and we light up a smile
But treat us uke trash and
We'll burn up our anger in style

And that's music business, business talk
Let's talk it over
Music business business talk
Let's talk about the music business
(der-der-der-der)

© Adrian Borland

Neon And Stone

 
Featured On:
Adrian Borland - Cinematic (1995)

Song Lyrics:
I hear the laughter from another life
The night is young for someone
But to me it's as old as October's leaves
God don't bring on the winter please
Can't you see my broken city heart

I'm by the side of this thoroughfare
This concrete promise that leads nowhere
Lit by neon, framed by stone
I'm the question on your journey home
Can't you see my broken city heart

Star of wonder, star of light
I don't see you in my cut of sky
Just the fumes, the haze, the canopy
This world is drawing over me

© Adrian Borland

New Dark Age

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

Song Lyrics:
In the darkest times
Darkest fears are heard
And from the safest places
Come the bravest words
Some make a quiet life
To keep this
Scared old world at bay
The dogs are howling on the street outside
So they close the curtains, hope they go away
And it's pressure from all sides
Coming down around our ears
Stuck in this room without a door
Scratched away at the walls for years
All we've got to show is the dust on the floor
And here it comes, a new dark age

I catch your eyes
Before they fall to the ground
We're running out of time, breath and steam
We're running down
They're burning witches
Up on punishment hill
Dying proof in the power of autority
To exact it's will
And we've broken our fingers
Broken our faith
Broken our hearts so many times
They can't be broken anymore
Scratched away at the walls for years
All we've got to show is the dust on the floor
And here it comes, a new dark age
Here it comes....

© Adrian Borland

New Way Of Life

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

Song Lyrics:
Light a flame in the dark
Light a flame in my heart
Light a candle to see me through these times
Hands reach for hands now
We just need each other now
Someone to hold on to in these times

There's a new way of life
It's up ahead
Looks like an open road
But what's up ahead?
With my opened arms i'm frightened too
Looks like the new way of life
Takes me away from you

Always kept caution close at hand
Never threw it to the wind
I am wary of the unknown
But i can't stay the same
Never change, never change
We must take this future and make it our own

© Adrian Borland

Night Cascade

 
Featured On:
Adrian Borland - Cinematic (1995)

Song Lyrics:
The dusk arrives, the labour done
As the falling of the sun
Brings the night cascade
From the buzzing city air
To the bells in some town square
Hear the night cascade
Magnetic to the life that calls
You step beyond your stifling walls
Into the night cascade

Here's the answer to the prayer
Here's the light that's always there
Oh, the night cascade
To blow away the dying day
It 's descending from above
It 's the backdrop for your love
Oh, the night cascade
A flag of stars for the life we've made

Sodium shines off the cement
Competing with the firmament
In the night cascade
But we're ignited from within
Like a catherine wheel we'll spin
Through the night cascade
I picked you up I'll lay you down
And crashing slowly to the ground
We are the night cascade

Here's the answer to the prayer
Here's the light that's always there
Oh, the night cascade
To blow away the dying day
It's descending from above
It's the backdrop for our love
Oh, the night cascade
A flag of stars for the love we made

© Adrian Borland

Night Versus Day

 
Featured On:
The Sound - Jeopardy (1980)

Song Lyrics:
From the dark hill the huddled homes
Shine like sequins and sapphires;
Families each sealed inside
The frail fortress peace of mind requires.

A switch is snapped, and the borderline
Between night and day is gone.
Between shifting sea and firm ground,
Between savage and civilisation.

Sleep guides unseen
Into new territitory every night;
Abandons us to what we keep
Enslaved within the hours of light.

© Adrian Borland

No Ethereal

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

Song Lyrics:
What's happened to the place
I called love
Disillusion courts disgrace
And I've rubbed out the face of love
No ethereal no spiritual

My only faith stays under the sky
My only hope on this lonely night
Is that you will hold me
Through the next cold decade
And make light at the price we paid

Things are never left
How they should be
Alone here in the darkness
It's getting easy to see

My only faith stays under the sky
My only hope on this lonely night
Is that you will hold me
Through the next cold decade
And make light at the price we paid

© Adrian Borland

No Salvation

 
Featured On:
The Sound - Propaganda (1999)

Song Lyrics:
No guardian angel over me
Just a nuclear bomb
And I can sense the danger here
But my sense of fear is gone
Restless blood pumps my restless heart
This will be no silent night
The spirit of the new dark age
Revealed by artificial light

There's no return, it's gone too far
There's no salvation anymore

Fast moving headstrong world
Of the twentieth century
I see the victims of its pace
Seeking sanctuary
And stumbling from the crumbling church
I wipe the holy water from my brow
I'll be a martyr to this modern world
Don't want salvation now

© Adrian Borland

Nowhere To Fall

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

Song Lyrics:
I found the ground again
Out for the count again
What pushes me to do this?
Must be something that I'll miss
Those bitter questions arise
Like what are we worth?
Instead of mixing it with you
I'm messing in this dust and dirt

So low and lonely
When the sad dawn called
I hit the point where
There's nowhere to fall

Searching for some sympathy
And that's not me at all
Didn't think I'd come to that
When I was giving you all I had
I hope you find the heart again
Wish I could find words to say
To turn your world around
And make it face my way

So low and lonely
When the sad dawn called
I hit the point where
There's nowhere to fall

There's wine for your virtue now
Who's looking for the key
But is it me, while this state of mind
Leaves a feeling so unkind
All that I show to you
All that I send
If you thought they were hollow things
Still they were full of good intend

So low and lonely
When the sad dawn called
I hit the point where
There's nowhere to fall

© Adrian Borland

One Thousand Reasons

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

Song Lyrics:
Should you let the chance slip to see it crack
As it hits the floor?
You can't hold on to it
And hang on to what you had before
Decisions hang in the air
You leave them swinging
Back and forth

One thousand reasons to stay
One thousand reasons to come away
One thousand reasons to hold on to
What you have got in this life anyway

I push for what I really want
So it moves away from me
It's like you've set your heart on ice
And set a date when you'll melt it free
Everything you really feel
Will remain a mystery

© Adrian Borland

Open Door

 
Featured On:
Adrian Borland - Beautiful Ammunition (1994)

Song Lyrics:
We've flowed like streams
Down all these years
Twisted and turned like a river
Through dam and valley and onto the sea
Yes, we know it's there
So we still try to reach it
But tell me, when do we?

I've felt the darkness of the world
But now I need some light
Walk through the door, it's open
Walk through the door, it's open
Walk through the door, it's open wide

Love's been extremes
Too hot or cold
It has been so untouchable or uncontrolled
And if the angels don't sing
Anymore in your street
Don't worry they're just hiding themselves
Away somewhere
In the concrete

Now the silence sings
The spirit free
The ground is turning into cloud
Underneath my feet
My hatred is leaving me
Along with all my pain
And deep inside I realise I've arrived again

It's like another world, another space and time
A different place where only grace defines your state of mind
I've gone through the mirror, crossed the threshold
Past the point of no return
There's no return this time
Come through the open door

© Adrian Borland

Ordinary Angel

 
Featured On:
Adrian Borland - Beautiful Ammunition (1994)

Song Lyrics:
I don't care what I've been through
Now that I've reached this point with you
For way up here I've traded fear
For some different point of view
How could you make me feel like this?
How could you make me feel like this?
The memory will stay with me
A legacy I can't dismiss

Ordinary angel, you're just an
Ordinary girl, but see your potential
In this light, in this light
In this "lights going out" world
You could turn them back on, girl
In this "head rules the heart" world
You could turn it around, girl
Turn it around

You led me inside your green eyes
I never want to look away
This passing glance at paradise
Will find me on my knees one day
How could you make me feel like this?
How could you make me feel like this?
I tasted grace and got drunk on bliss

Ordinary angel, you're just an
Ordinary girl, but see your potential
In this "lights going out" world
You did show me somewhere calm
The eye of all this stress and strain
And though I face the hardest climb
You've given me the strength again
How could you make me feel like this?

© Adrian Borland

Other Side Of The World

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

Song Lyrics:
In the end I thought you got
What you were looking for
But in this land of pile and sand
Don't build much anymore
I've got no words of wisdom for
The hungry and the cold
They know much more than me about
The other side of the world

I try to keep my balance
That's some sense that I've got left
So show me what to weigh against
This soulless greed and theft
You're at risk of losing value
In the things you cannot hold
What's it take to make you wake up to
The other side of the world

Day fades away and I just gaze into
The hollow night
The heart that beats the drum that keeps
The time of failing light
And when it's gone completely
And darkness flag's unfurl
I need someone to show me
The other side of the world

© Adrian Borland

Party Of My Mind

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

Song Lyrics:
I invite you to the party of my mind
An invitation to the party of my mind

Some talk, some laugh
Some go out for air
In the party of my mind
They'll all be there
All my friends will be there
In the party of my mind

There's a room for us
In the party of my mind
A place to be, a place to be found
A room without light
A room whith lights that blind
These ideas I invite
To the party of my mind

Won't you come in and invite love
Won't you come in, invite your anarchist friend
Won't you come in, anything can happen
Won't you come in, stay till the end

There's a disturbance over by the stairs
And her face looks round for me
Her eyes say something's going wrong
Some things aren't how they should be

I invite you to the party of my mind
An invitation to the party of my mind

Some talk, some laugh
Some go out for air
In the party of my mind
We'll all be there
Everyone will be there
Everyone will be there

© Adrian Borland

Past Full Of Shadows

 
Featured On:
Adrian Borland - Beautiful Ammunition (1994)

Song Lyrics:
In the dead of night
Every sound is clear
You can even hear yourself
Talking down the years
All the faces that you've seen
And all the times you didn't read
Between the lines
You misread the signs

The action of a second
Can turn the day
And a seed of darkness
Can lead life to decay
Like chains of conscience
That you can't break out of
You've a reputation
Now you can't shake that off

A past full of shadows

© Adrian Borland

Physical World

 
Featured On:
The Sound - Propaganda (1999)

Song Lyrics:
Wasted time discussing angles
Vicious circles that get nowhere
Too much hiding in theorising
It's an active world out there

Physical world
It's a physical world and i wanna feel
It's a world of moving parts
It's a world of steel and bone
I'm gonna move with the moving parts
Take my chances with the chrome

Can you hear the sound?
Can you hear the sound of cars crashing?

© Adrian Borland

Possession

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

Song Lyrics:
There's a devil in me
Trying to show his face
There's a God in me
Wants to put me in my place
I've got to get a hold of myself
I've got to be in possession

There's a war being waged
That'll never be won
It's the struggle for possession
I've got to get a hold of myself
I've got to be in possession
And I've got to ask you
What do you want from me?

You know the deeper you cut
The less there's left of me
I've got to get a hold of myself
I've got to get a hold of myself
I've got to be in possession

© Adrian Borland

Propaganda

 
Featured On:
The Sound - Propaganda (1999)

Song Lyrics:
The finished track is playing back
The music has been made
Engineer adjusts controls
Which mix and match, phase and fade

Journalist is free to ask
Any question in his head
But the answer has been edited
Before a word is said

Propaganda's everywhere
Reality in disguise
Propaganda's everywhere
Mingling truth and lies

Make-up girl makes up the face
That looks out from the screen
Carefully selected stills of the star
Make the cover of a magazine

© Adrian Borland

Prove Me Wrong

 
Featured On:
The Sound - Thunder Up (1987)

Song Lyrics:
There's a logic to a lonely life
Away from all I've known
If no one sees things your way
You can still see them alone
But prove me wrong
I'm waiting, I want you to

Don't confirm, don't confirm
All my worst suspicions
Don't say you have turned
Against your own decisions
Prove me wrong I'm waiting, I want you to

Well, our prides in shreds
Because we've smashed our heads
Again and again against a wall that never bends
Prove me wrong I'm waiting, I want you to

There's a logic to a lonely life
Away from all I've known
If no one sees things your way
You can still see them alone
But prove me wrong
I'm waiting - I want you
I'm waiting - I want you to

© Adrian Borland

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