LYRICS

Page: <<  < 1 2 3 4 5 6 7  >  >>


Quarter Past Two

 
Featured On:
The Sound - Propaganda (1999)

Song Lyrics:
Quarter past two and I'm on my own
Everybody's in their separate homes
I sit in silent isolation
Empty rooms give me space to think
Push my thoughts right to the brink
Sitting so still 'cause there's nowhere to run

Sometimes I feel there's nothing new
Sometimes I feel there's so much to do
Sometimes I feel i've almost got a clue
Most times I'm lonely and i don't know for who

Crisis rising at the quarter hour
From walls of darkness the moon glowers
The buzz and blur of far off cars fades out
Alone, my self possessions
I'm torn apart by self obsession
I need someone else to think about

© Adrian Borland

Re-united States Of Love

 
Featured On:
Adrian Borland - Beautiful Ammunition (1994)

Song Lyrics:
It's so good to see you
We know it's been too long
Redraw the map, push the frontier back
Sing a reunion song
Can we forge a new world
Out of this one somehow?
The new deal could be sealed
Its in our reach right now

Reunited, reunited states of love

There's much to be forgiven
A lot that's best forgot
Don't waste this chance we're given
To make up for time we've lost
Take me straight to the heartland
I know it's deep within
We'll wake up in the morning light
And reassess the mess we're in

Reunited, reunited states of love

In my imagination I can be myself
Accept the contradiction
Of needing someone else
So here's my declaration
Stars on my flag
Wrap yourself in real hope
It's all we really lacked

© Adrian Borland

Red Paint

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

Song Lyrics:
The man on the platform
Wants them to conform
They stare at the platform
And they ask him to perform

A miracle, a miracle
A debacle, a debacle
Oh it's terrible, it's terrible
What's in their minds

A banner for our fever
A slogan for our hope
A unity so false
No one part of it can cope with

A miracle, a miracle
A debacle, a debacle
Oh it's terrible, it's terrible
What's in our minds

If someone fetch the brushes
Someone fetch the paints
We'll paint this town red
With red paint

Or with the blood of saints
Or with black paint
It's the colour of soul
The colour that knows
We may never paint this town red
With red paint

© Adrian Borland

Resistance

 
Featured On:
The Sound - Jeopardy (1980)

Song Lyrics:
Caught in the comfort of my trap
Where it's easier to die than to fight back.
Half-dead, but I hope it's not too late
To take some action and change my fate.

Hold on,
Hold out
Resistance.

Lost in the white-out, I'm under the snow;
The more I struggle, the further down I go
Down I go.
Half-dead, but I hope it's not too late
To take some action and change my fate.

Resistance.
Resistance.
Resist! Resist!
Resist! Resist!
Resist! Resist!
Resist - resistance

© Adrian Borland

Restless Time

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

Song Lyrics:
I have to walk my town in the early hours
When the streets are clear and dawn is in the air
And In the end I stumble on another day
But I reached it such a restless, restless way

Don't you know you'll give me such a restless time
There's something on your face
But there is something else on mine
Don't you know you give me such a restless time
A smile on my face so you won't see what's on my mind

I'm pulling off the sheets from a bed of nails and rust
I lie awake and I'm thinking of you
It's the one thing I can trust
It all goes to ease thefever that heats the whole of me
But its such a hopeless energy

© Adrian Borland

Rocket

 
Featured On:
Adrian Borland - Beautiful Ammunition (1994)

Song Lyrics:
The smoke of chance
Hangs white in the air
The night is disappearing
And tomorrow doesn't care
We could wake up in another world
A better way of being
A bluer sky unfurled

Shoot my star
Right around the empty spaces of your heart
Shoot my star, somewhere over Saturn,
somewhere very far

The towns we live in
Seem so small and grey
We focus in on love
To feel further away
So raise the flags
That signal victory
We could blast right out of here
If you put some thrust in me

Shoot my star
Right around the empty spaces of your heart
Shoot my star, somewhere over Saturn,
somewhere very far, shoot my star
Shoot my star

© Adrian Borland

Rogue Beauty

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

Song Lyrics:
Call it fate, call it destiny
I know there's someone for me
But I couldn't steal, no, and I couldn't fight
To wrench her from another in a sordid night

And I hope I know her when
She's staring me in the face
I hope I find some heart left
In this wooden hearted place

She won't be what they say she should be
Not all she's cracked up to be
But she'll have something definitely
A certain something just for me

And I hope I know her when
She's staring me in the face
I hope I find some heart left
In this wooden hearted place

She'll have a rogue beauty, yeah
She'll have a rogue beauty

There's something to be said for pulling through
With someone who is close to you
And there's something to be said for waiting too
Sometimes that's what you got to do

And I hope I know her when
She's staring me in the face
I hope I find some heart left
In this wooden hearted place

She'll have a rogue beauty, yeah
She'll have a rogue beauty
Rogue beauty yeah!, Rogue beauty yeah!

© Adrian Borland

Rootless

 
Featured On:
Adrian Borland - Beautiful Ammunition (1994)

Song Lyrics:
A bullet flew out of my TV
But I was ready for a direct hit on me

To leave me rootless (Something in me died)
Yeah, I'm rootless and it feels good to be alive
Rootless I can' t get into that crime
It' s so ruthless to only dig your own design
Yeah, I'm rootless, floating through this time

Well, God saved me or maybe I saved myself
For I was crazy, all that love up against wealth
A wealth of reasons (a purity, a striving for)
But here's the future and it's an open heart and door

That leaves me rootless,
I've been sawing through these chains
They're so ruthless, fundamentally deranged, yeah
Ruthless, something's got to change

Rootless, can' t you feel it in your bones
Now we're rootless and we're finally going home
We're up rooted and we drift towards the sky, yeah
Rootless, as we kiss the ground goodbye

Rootless, rootless, rootless
As we kiss the ground goodbye

© Adrian Borland

Running Low On Highs

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

Song Lyrics:
I know the ground 'round here too well
Every crack and corner of my cell
Seems my world has been reduced in size
And I´m running very low
Running very low on highs

I took my pleasures one by one
Hovered closer to the sun
Until my melting wings fell from the sky
Now I´m running very low
Running very low on highs

I remember how it was
I was like a soldier to the cause
But in the end you pay a heavy price
It leaves you running very low
Running very low on highs

I stumbled through the day
Floated through the nights
Where life is measured by
The brightness of the light
But it is gone before you even finished

Saying your goodbyes
I won't take back the things I did
I am not ashamed of how I lived
I've never needed any alibis
But I´m running very low
Running very low on highs

So if you think that life is cruel
To me it is like a tank of fuel
And I used up mine
By the time I was thirty-five
Yes, I´m running very low
Running very low on highs

© Adrian Borland

Scales Of Love And Hate

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

Song Lyrics:
Dreams crashing down, the balance is lost
There's no neutral ground, see the fire or frost
And those extremes, collide it all inside
Tomorrow holds the key, it passes me the gun
I'll aim it at the way I feel, pull the trigger
And be done with all that pain

We're on the scales of love and hate
But which way will they fall?
Between a life of doubt and faith
It's just too close to call
We're on the scales of love and hate
But which way will they fall?

Seems like we've shut and locked every door
The deeper the cut, the colder the war
But I think it's sad and strange
How love can change
Tomorrow holds the key, tomorrow in the sun
I'll raise my face towards its race
And dry my tears, one by one
And I'll start again

We're on the scales of love and hate
But which way will they fall?
Between a life of doubt and faith
It's just too close to call
We're on the scales of love and hate
But which way will they fall?
Tomorrow holds the key, to which way we will go
Will we be enemies, or will I find a feeling show
Like a beacon in the rain

© Adrian Borland

Scrapyard

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

Song Lyrics:
Fluorescent strip it buzzes off and on
But everything goes wrong in this scrapyard
You say you care well you did for a minute
While you could afford it in this scrapyard
Your conscience could never compete
With the lure of the street
That runs through this scrapyard

This city doesn't sleep and the 24 keep
Crawling 'round the clockface in this scrapyard
Fast food, fast art in with a bullet and out with
The sewerage in this scrapyard
All the lines from far away towns
Lead to this dumping ground
'Cos the city is a scrapyard

Who's that you ask but it's yourself in the glass
My how it's changed you in this scrapyard
You flick your ash, talk a mountain of trash
And sleep through a car crash, in this scrapyard

Are you sick or well? It's getting harder to tell
You get immune to the smell of this scrapyard
So stay clean tonight
Because the cemeteries never close
And any junkie of a fool knows
The city is a scrapyard (3×)

© Adrian Borland

Sense Of Purpose

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

Song Lyrics:
Look in my eyes
See the lust and the love
Look in my eyes
When I'm talking to you
I'll take my life
Into my own hands
I'm the one that I will blame
I'm the one that understands

What are we going to do?
While we still got the strength to move
What are we going to do?
I'm asking, I'm asking you

A call to arms, a call to use arms
A call to brains, a call to use some brains
A call to the heart, a call to have a heart
To have a sense of purpose again

Are we where we want to be
All wrapped up in our safety?
Comfort and complacency
It hurts me, it hurts me so

What are we going to do?
While we still got the strength to move
What are we going to do?
I'm asking, I'm asking you

© Adrian Borland

Shadow Of Your Grace

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

Song Lyrics:
It's a perfect feeling
When the hunger's being fed
It gives me reason for this life I lead
And nothing needs to be said
If I fall into your arms again
I'll be falling into place
But now I'm living in the shadow of your grace

I can't shake your memory
To that I am resigned
And it doesn't take that much for me
To make that memory shine
You lit up my life and world
With just the look on your face
Then left me living in the shadow of your grace

Seems I can't replace you
Though I try and try
Took up on some promises
Let down every time
I'm standing in my own work
And I'm knee high in waste
Standing in the shadow of your grace

Just tell me you're coming back
Because I can't give chase
Walk me out of the shadows by your grace

© Adrian Borland

She's My Heroin

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

Song Lyrics:
She's the best thing in the world for me
Pulls me out of the pit I'm in
Where I dug my grave
With every move I made
She's my heroin

She gets deep under my skin
She's my heroin

I'm on another world with her
My eyes look bluer in the mirror then
And she'll never lose what I feel for her
Because she's my heroin

She gets deep under my skin
She's my heroin

See her dealing with the world in a smile
Even thought the pressures welling up within
And I can't afford to be with her too long
She's my heroin

She gets deep under my skin
She's my heroin

© Adrian Borland

Shoreline

 
Featured On:
Adrian Borland - Beautiful Ammunition (1994)

Song Lyrics:
It's right there in front of you
But your courage stalls and lingers
You're always so damn close
But it's like sand between your fingers
And you've been busy wasting time
Fixed your anger on the fakers
Wherever this world goes
You're gonna be there two weeks later

Is there nothing here to move you
Only memories to cry for?
And you wish you had a life
At least somebody you could die for
Why don't you open up and breathe?
Go down to the shoreline
When you're out in that cool breeze
Don't you feel that this is your time?

And the crashing of the waves
Are the chances that weren't taken
But the noise that's in your head
I's just the sound of your chains breaking (yeah)
And if you listen very hard
You get some right out of the wrong
And if you listen to your heart
You could hear the finest song

One that's singing
"Turn your life around
Get up off the ground
The ocean has forgiven you and you're free"

© Adrian Borland

Shot-up And Shutdown

 
Featured On:
The Sound - Thunder Up (1987)

Song Lyrics:
Everytime I hear that couldn't care less laugh
I feel like a piece of wood
My arms won't do what I want them to
And my legs don't do what they should
I feel like summer thunder
Shot-up and shutdown in a shut-up shop town in a shut your mouth
And sit right down and take it down

I don't know how it cut up this rough
I just don't know how it got this unjust
I'm looking for a long straight road
But I can't see it for rising dust
I feel like summer thunder
I've got a storm held in this frame - Sell me a fix sell me a lie
In the end it's going to break - And I won't care if this country dies

Do I look like how I feel
Like a would-be murderer who knows it's not the way

Shot up and shutdown
In a shut up shop town
In a shut your mouth
And sit right down and take it down

Most of England is sleeping in the sun but not everyone

© Adrian Borland

Silent Air

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

Song Lyrics:
Thunder in the air,
Before a storm that rips,
Anger in my heart,
A finger on my lips,

You showed me that silence,
That haunts this troubled world,
You showed me that silence
Can speak louder than words

Words end in disaster
On the rocks, in pieces,
I know something lives on there,
But I can't say what it is,

You showed me that silence,
That haunts this troubled world,
You showed me that silence
Can speak louder than words

© Adrian Borland

Simple Little Love

 
Featured On:
Adrian Borland - Beautiful Ammunition (1994)

Song Lyrics:
Simple little love
Have you gone away?
Got mixed up with the money
And hard games that you can't play
Simple little love
Where have you gone?
For I need you here today

Simple little love
I can't blame you if you hide
The world' s a colder place today,
And it could freeze over tonight
Simple little love, first did you shake
Then shiver, then take flight?

They took apart your simple heart
With their calculating minds
Took your little frame and came up
With a brand new design
Oh, simple little love
You must return
And put to rights the crime

I need you, I do
I need your simple love
I need some simple love

© Adrian Borland

Skeletons

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

Song Lyrics:
There's a gaping hole in the way we are
With nothing to fill it up anymore
No flesh no blood just broken bone
A frame to hang our lives from
We're living like skeletons

Won't someone wake the dead in me
Won't someone shake the dust off me
Give me water give me bread
But don't give me up for dead
We're living like skeletons

© Adrian Borland

Snakebitten

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

Song Lyrics:
Look into this face
Wonder where it's been
Look into these fractured eyes
There's not much they've not seen
In this world without walls
There's nowhere I don't go
My head's been somewhere in the clouds
And somewhere very low

I'm snakebitten
Snakebitten, yeah
I'm snakebitten
Corrupted to the core
And all I want is more

Temptation's not a word
That means a lot to me
I've got no time for guilt
Or freedom's other enemies
The things that make you smile
Will only bring you down
Many came and failed before
To suck this poison out

I'm snakebitten
Snakebitten, yeah
I'm snakebitten
Corrupted to the core
And all I want is more

How much is too much
I haven't found out yet
you say I should have learned by now
Yet I've only learned to forget
I've got your desires
Down chapter and verse
You're like an open book to me
And I've read the last page first

© Adrian Borland

Solar

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

Song Lyrics:
My mother said I didn't smile
Until I saw the rays between the leaves
They fell with my birthdate - early December
I don't celebrate until the summer

Solar - I don't work in the winter
I uncoil in the spring time
I'm all over the summer
Solar - solar - solar - solar

And every year I end this hibernation
Take the usual trains to new destinations
To be born again dragged toward the light
I feel that way every August day
When I throw the windows wide

Solar - I don't work in the winter
I uncoil in the spring time
I'm all over the summer
Solar - solar - solar - solar
Solar (7×)

© Adrian Borland

Someone Will Love You Today

 
Featured On:
Adrian Borland - Beautiful Ammunition (1994)

Song Lyrics:
Could be the girl who' s your strawberry morning
The one with the hair like straw falling down
You know the one you were dreaming of last night
How you hope that she's coming round

Someone will love you today
Hold on now someone will care
Someone will love you today
Look outwards the whole world' s out there

Could be the man who sells you the paper
A cynical sparkle of hope in his smile
He knows all about the country you live in
He lives in it too and it's been quite a while

Someone will love you today
Hold on now someone will care
Someone will love you today
Look outwards the whole world' s out there

Could be the guy who' s slumped by the beer mats
He bought the bar and the manager's car
And in the evening's last word of coherence
He tells you it's you who's going to go far

Someone will love you today
Hold on now someone will care
Someone will love you today
Look outwards, the whole world' s out there
Look upwards, the stars are still there

© Adrian Borland

Song And Dance

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

Song Lyrics:
When you're lonely
You're looking for something
Thinking you can't win
You should sing !

When you're happy
Feeling complete
Found something
You should sing
Sing, sing, sing !

For a better way
We'll feel our way
To a better place
We should sing

We dance the night away
Then dance our lives away
We sing to keep the flame

For the things I want
I'll make you song and dance
Song and dance

© Adrian Borland

Song Damn Song

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

Song Lyrics:
What drives these confessions what kind of reward?
The need to be noticed, condemned or adored
Revealing your feelings and innermost thoughts
In a song damn song (2x)

Purity comes with its own complications
Trawling for truth's a high risk occupation
You can end up a wreck on prescribed medication
Song damn song

You pour it all out
But it's burning like acid
Scarring the hearts of the ones who once trusted you
Was better off left in that box in your attic
Song damn song

The dark stuff will take on a life of its own
Turn like a monster and tear up your home life
And you'll be to blame for the seed that's been sown
In a song damn song

Your sad little masterpiece hurts you to strum it
It ruins your life
When the world got to hum it
You're forced to repeat it until you become it
Song damn song

It feels like a pit but you're told its the summit
Of song damn song (3x)

© Adrian Borland

Spanish Hotel

 
Featured On:
Adrian Borland - Cinematic (1995)

Song Lyrics:
In your room, stuck in a heat,
as if the power of the sun
was all being spent in one noon.
You woke with your head the wrong end of the bed.
you stair at the phone as it rings,
but right now two yards is two yards too far for you,
and you feel the summer burning little holes in every sense
that you've got and you've seen the ceiling turning
on a dark ride that won't let you off.

In your room, high above the streets,
your patience is stretched snap taut as a drum.
Soon don't mean soon, it just slips off her tongue
and the waiting makes statues that crack when she comes,
and you shake . . . you need her to come,
and you feel something burning, it's your dignity,
it's seen how far you can fall and you feel
the hours turning into centuries full of nothing at all.

In your room, alone on the sheets,
skin so pale it glows opaque in the night.
Dawn will soon come, the darkness be gone,
along with the crutches it takes to feel strong,
still your fear will be dragged into the light,
and deep down inside you are burning
with the hatred of what you've become,
and you fear that you're turning into something instead of someone.
room 83, it's the one you never leave,
it's a little piece of hell, your Spanish hotel.

© Adrian Borland

Page: <<  < 1 2 3 4 5 6 7  >  >>