LYRICS

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Startime

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

Song Lyrics:
A potent elixir, it drips from the stars
Onto the strip where the rain hits the cars
A strange curse descending on anyone it can find
The chosen, the stolen
Startime, startime

Tugging inside me inseparable twin
Drags me to places the sun's never been
Says I must taste everything
By chance or design
He's always demanding
Startime, startime

Suddenly grey and blue
Take on another hue
Watching life's dream film
I press my face close
To make sense of one thing
Before it all goes
So now I surrender
Before I resign
Be sure I'll have had my startime
Startime (4×)

© Adrian Borland

Static

 
Featured On:
The Sound - Propaganda (1999)

Song Lyrics:
I've been living automatic days
Like some routine fanatic
Drifting in an automatic daze
Through a barren field of static
Friction grew between my life and me
Feeling more and more frantic
It still came hard to tear myself free
From the force of static

Static, static, all my energy
Static, static, until the jolt hit me

Mounting strain told me clearly
Though I didn't want something drastic
I couldn't change comfortably
It's done uke a shock of static
No longer held by that attraction
That drugged my steps and made them stick
No more inaction
Now I'm in action
Galvanised by static

© Adrian Borland

Station Of The Cross

 
Featured On:
Adrian Borland - Beautiful Ammunition (1994)

Song Lyrics:
In this rusting blue intransigence
In this season of the dead
On a journey dark as this one is
You' re a city up ahead
I guess I woke up yesterday
From dreams I can recall
I'm hoping you'll show me the way
When I can't find mine at all

You're a station of the cross
You are a sign when I am lost
You're a fire on the coast
To warn me of the waiting rocks
You're a station of the cross
I'm on your train of thought

I can' t relive each moment when
I got too close to truth
With fingers burned and shaken head
I shunned all further proof
Whatever we are meant to be
Then surely we become
Though every day takes me
Away from realisation

I travelled every road I found
As far as it would go
I followed every wayward sound
Its source I had to know
But in the end I fell, my friend
Into a ditch with flies and rags
You lifted me out just in time
With the darkness closing fast

© Adrian Borland

Steel Your Air

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

Song Lyrics:
There's steel in my eyes tonight
And steel won't be deflected
I'm stealing your air tonight
So we can achieve our objective
Nothing will come between us
We'll get as close as love lets us
The least possible distance
Between two given bodies

In every moment we made
The intention was the same
In every look that we gave
The end result was the same
Closing in on what we want
The hand that works the lever
Ripping down the walls of the one you love
To be closer. to be closer together

© Adrian Borland

Stranger In The Soul

 
Featured On:
Adrian Borland - Beautiful Ammunition (1994)

Song Lyrics:
I feel what he felt
I glimpse what he saw
I sense what he thought
In the life before
He stole into me
Invaded my sleep
I woke but still kept
The distance of a dream

He must have strayed to be part of me
To look through my eyes at the changing world
There's only one way to set him free
But I choose to live with the stranger in the soul

Inscrutable night
So still in its truth
It lays down no cause
Gives up no clues
But I don't feel the pain
That loneliness brings
W e stare down this age
It's the stranger who sings

He must have strayed to be part of me
To look through my eyes at the changing world
There's only one way to set him free
But I choose to live with the stranger in the soul

© Adrian Borland

Summer Wheels

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

Song Lyrics:
Dream yourself to that shore
Put yourself on that flight
Bare feet in a box of sand
In your head a song of light
Oh, you've not long to wait
To know exactly how it feels
You've not long to wait
Here come your summer wheels

When days slow to a crawl
All fireworks in the rain
Bear in mind that the worst is behind you
And feel alive again
Oh, you've not long to wait
To know exactly how it feels
You've not long to wait
Here come your summer wheels

Stuck in a room with no view
Watching the wallpaper peel
You can still make good your escape
When your case comes up for appeal
Dream yourself to that shore
Visualise that flight
Bare feet in a box of sand
In your head a song of light
You've got to get out of yourself
It's so long overdue

Time to uncover a world and find
It thinks the world of you
Oh, you've not long to wait
To know exactly how it feels
You've not long to wait
Here come your summer wheels
Your summer wheels (2×)
Here come your summer wheels

Don't go too long without light
Don't go too long without love
Don't go too long without light
Don't go too long without love
Here come your summer wheels (15×)

© Adrian Borland

Temperature Drop

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

Song Lyrics:
Landing In an open sea
Coming down through the atmosphere
You' re the one I need

Does It make no sense as the words sink in
You want more but there's nothing more
Than this to me

The same way I feel it when it starts
So I know when it stops
And I only want to live by the heart
I'll tell you when the temperature drops

It can fall so fast, like the guillotine
The head is bowed, the neck is clear
But will the cut be clean?

Running down the scale from red to blue
Dreams are lost, fire turns to frost as it dawns to you
That the same way I feel when it starts
So I know when it stops

© Adrian Borland

The Fire

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

Song Lyrics:
Fell into the fire
Fell into the fire
I was led by the heart
Led by the heart

Drawn towards the heat
Drawn towards the heat
Too fierce to contain
Too fierce to contain
I'm a willing victim of circumstance
I'm a willing victim of circumstance

I can't change a thing
I can't take the chance
I can't change a thing
I can't take the chance

© Adrian Borland

The March

 
Featured On:
Adrian Borland - Cinematic (1995)

Song Lyrics:
We march through our lives so sure
Keeping all of our doubts behind closed doors
Wishing that light would conquer those walls
And it's never too late to see that we
May have been so wrong before
And now we can face our faults
"There's no time like now" I said
Should have said it to myself
"There's no time like now" I said,
but I should have said it to myself

It's never too late to see the path
You've taken has caused you're life to be
Far from your heart lost in the cold
And we are such a curious blend
Of weakness and strength
The tears of the tallest men will fall
At the smallest hint of soul

© Adrian Borland

Through And Through

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

Song Lyrics:
Underneath your flesh
And deep down inside your bones
There's a feeling that you can't control
A feeling that nobody knows
Where it's been or where it leads
To a brighter day maybe
Or to a cloudy day
Where you will turn and say
"We're through"

Through and through is everything,
Through and through is everything of you

Take the time for me
And I will steal time for you
Ride these problems
Like a wave that comes
Crashing back for you

Through and through is everything,
Through and through is everything of you

And if you're feeling guilty then
It's just because you are
And if you're feeling nothing
Then you'd better run far away
Through that dawn and out of my life
Back into the world outside
Where you belong, and you know I
Always will be through and through

Through and through is everything,
Through and through is everything of you, every bit of you...

If you ever treat me that way again
You're gonna never see my face again
And the water on our cheeks will be
The sum of everything we meant
And something indefinable is gonna just take flight
Our whole world will freeze
And leave us stranded in both lives.

Through and through is everything,
Through and through is everything of you.

Well take the time for me
And I will STEAL time for you
Ride these problems like a wave that comes
Crashing back for you.

Through and through is everything,
Through and through is everything of you, every bit of you...

Take some time for me,
And I'll steal some time for you
I come crashing back, crashing back,
Crashing back for you.

© Adrian Borland

Tidal Wave Goodbye

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

Song Lyrics:
You're coming like a tidal wave
While I stand by the shore
I know this love is drowning me
But I still come back for more

We had the special way
The real heart and soul
I threw it all away
It's the only way I know
As I turn to face these facts
All I see is you turn into gold

The weather plays its game with us
Like some people in our past
We know we can shake it off
Question is how fast

It's a landslide of love
With your hands tied above
As I fall into a heart so rare
But time can turn these moments around
Until they become the hardest part to burn

We had the special way
The real heart and soul
I threw it all away
It's the only way I know
As I turn to face these facts
All I see is you turn into gold

But don't look down on us
Don't look down on love
No, don't look down at all ...

© Adrian Borland

Tired Man

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

Song Lyrics:
Don't forget it, what's yours and mine
I will be strong for you, some other time
I'm a tired man, give me just a kiss tonight
I'm a tired man, say it's all right, all right?
Don't forget it, I've got nothing to say

These eyes are closing now
I've got nothing to say
Here comes the other world
I'm this tired man, give me just a kiss tonight
I'm this tired man, say it's all right, all right?
Don't forget it, what's yours and mine
I will be strong for you, some other time

© Adrian Borland

Total Recall

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

Song Lyrics:
It's all such a blur
When time goes so quickly
Trying to hang on to
The way that you like things to stay,

Trace back the seconds,
Recall the detail
From someone will, to someone does,
To someone did, you know I did,

Oh there must be a hole in you memory
But I can see
A distant victory,
A time when you will be with me.

You cut me off just as I was starting to speak
The language you keep hidden away
It's just like the question on everyone's lips
But it's not on mine,
Where all you find is a twisted smile
From another time

© Adrian Borland

Truth That Lights The Way

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

Song Lyrics:
Cold, cold, cold
Slide down angel over here
Where it's cold, cold, cold
I do your stuff
Let's break the fear
Go, go, go
I pull the skin over the drum
Go, go, go
I pull the wire on the string

One in a million is the one in you
I got the perfect plan I know just what to do
Why don't we rip up the sheets
And set the bed on fire
Let's do the best things in life
And just get higher and higher
Because we've got the truth that lights the way

Show, show, show
Show me something very clear
Oh, oh, oh
Show me a way up out of here
No, no, no
Not another lousy day
We've got the truth that lights the way

One in a million is the one in you
I got the perfect plan I know just what to do
Why don't we rip up the sheets
And set the bed on fire
Let's do the best things in life
And just get higher and higher
Because we've got the truth that lights the way

© Adrian Borland

Under You

 
Featured On:
The Sound - Thunder Up (1987)

Song Lyrics:
No-one can help me
No-one can stop me
It takes everything I've got
To stop from doing something stupid
I'm under you

Even when I'm feeling on top of the world
And I'm looking for you in my night sky
You knocked me out so I'm seeing stars
Under you

We wake up and we go to sleep
We live and die and all we really keep
Is one great day
Under you I feel that way
One great day to put my others to shame

You won't hurt me like they hurt you
You won't break me like they broke you
Can you see what I'd like to do
Under you

No-one can help me no-one can stop me
It takes everything I've got to stop from saying
Something stupid
I'm under you

Damned if I know how to reach you,
Damned if I know what to do
Damned if I know how to get through to you
And damned even if I do

© Adrian Borland

Universe Of You

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

Song Lyrics:
Just one gaze
Into that turquoise haze
That's all it takes
That's all it takes
Just to take me down
You're my definition of heaven
With my two feet still on the ground

Your colours and metal
Are racing round my room tonight
But I don't need a drink
When I'm starting to think
About all things that you do right

And all my wounded memories
Evaporated straight into ghosts
They laughed and called it
Saying they were all a lesson
That I needed the most

And all the silent stars
They're shooting round my galaxy
And all my dreams they shine
Vivid real when you're next to me
And all my hopes got bound yeah
Wrapped up inside your destiny
And the only place I want to be
Is in the universe of you

I've got that condition without a cure
I'm missing you above all else
When I move in the universe of you
I don't need anything else
So meet me in the ether now
We'll see this planet just spinning round
The laws of gravity were meant to be broken
So why should we ever come down?

And all the silent stars
They're shooting round my galaxy
And all my dreams they shine
Vivid real when you're next to me
And all my hopes got bound yeah
Wrapped up inside your destiny
And the only place I want to be
Is in the universe of you
And the only time I'm really free
Is in the universe of you
And the only face I want to see
Is the one I see on you

© Adrian Borland

Unwritten Law

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

Song Lyrics:
We stab at our faith
To keep it alive.
We draw the blood
But the law draws the line.

A hand is a hand
A knife is a knife
Blood is blood
And life is life.

We could go anywhere
It would still be the same.
A change of climate, a change of air
All the pressure would remain.

I can read the unwritten law.
I can read the unwritten law.
A hand is a hand
A knife is a knife
Blood is blood
And life is life.
The unwritten law.
The unwritten law.

© Adrian Borland

Valentine

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

Song Lyrics:
I've got your present in my hand
I can't pretend to understand
There is no reason I can find
Valentine, valentine, valentine
A fragment of your life in mine
Valentine

Now in the mirror I see clear
There's someone different standing here
Something's changed I can´t define
Valentine, valentine, valentine
A fragment of your life in mine
Valentine

I can't forget the words I've read
unwelcome lodgers in my head
I was safely dying on the vine
Valentine, valentine, valentine
A fragment of your life in mine
Valentine

So tell me what gives you the right
To disturb a peaceful night
And set on fire this sleeping mind
Valentine

© Adrian Borland

Vampiric

 
Featured On:
Adrian Borland - 5:00 AM (1997)

Song Lyrics:
These bloodshot eyes
Say it's time to rest
Before the dawn
Draws its first breath
Before the sun
Destroys what's left of us

She sinks her teeth
Into the chance
It's all she needs
This dark romance
This act of love
Our defiance

Each selfish art keeps its goal
We eye the prize, our hands like claws
The blood-red lips scream 'mine not yours'
Vampiric.
Vampiric love.

I throw a switch
To break the gloom
A mirror shows
An empty room
She says she must
Be going soon

Each selfish art keeps its goal
We eye the prize, our hands like claws
The blood-red lips scream 'mine not yours'
Vampiric.
Vampiric love.

These bloodshot eyes
Say it's time to rest
Before the dawn
Draws its first breath
Before the sun
Destroys what's left of us.

© Adrian Borland

Walking In The Opposite Direction

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

Song Lyrics:
My spirit's free, you won't get me
Into the box your life is locked in
Your value system's broken down
I see it blocks the road it stopped in

And every day the things you crave
Make a play for my affection
I tell you straight, I won't be swayed
I'm walking in the opposite direction

They scream at me from flashing screens
They hassle me from city walls
But these are other people's dreams
They don't resemble mine at all

And every day the things you crave
Make a play for my affection
I tell you straight, I won't be swayed
I'm walking in the opposite direction

The stuff that you hold dear and high
How does it warrant such devotion?
I think you've lost the reason why
Though you still carry on the motion

And every day the things you crave
Make a play for my affection
I tell you straight, I won't be swayed
I'm walking in the opposite direction

© Adrian Borland

We Are The Night

 
Featured On:
Adrian Borland - Cinematic (1995)

Song Lyrics:
We were born in the barren day
Grew in the city like wild flowers
Between the concrete and through the clay
We saw a love and made it ours

You take me to my dreams
We leave the world behind
It's never understood
How we are the night

We're the life they'll never choose
We're the road they must refuse
We're the colours they'll never see

We're the moon and the stars
The moon and the stars
We are the night

© Adrian Borland

We Could Go Far

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

Song Lyrics:
A given map, a taken way
Each sign points to
The end of the day

Frontiers laid
Down for life
But still our eyes ache
For a glimpse of the other side

We're learning
Lies of this land
Promises held out
By an empty hand

We will know
Where we are
We could fall
We could go far

© Adrian Borland

Web Of Wicked Ways

 
Featured On:
The Sound - Thunder Up (1987)

Song Lyrics:
Maybe the life you're leading
Is not the right one
Because you shudder as the clouds
Cross the sun
And all your good reasons
They still feel wrong
You're a men of secrets
It's where our trust's gone
Into the web of Wicked ways
Down In the web of wicked ways
It's a sin to have these sad days
Lying in a bed of bad ways

Seems like hope against hope
Will they both lose
Look at the life you're leading, girl
It is what you choose
If you don't break this curse, then
We'll see it all crushed
The web of wicked ways is
Worse than all of us
This is the web of wicked ways
And you're in the web of wicked ways
It's a sin to have these sad days
Lying in a bed of bad ways
A web of wicked ways

© Adrian Borland

Weekender Berliners

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

Song Lyrics:
I'm just a moment in your life
And you're just a flicker in my mind
I didn't need you, as much as I needed sleep
So how can such a passing thing, seem to go so deep
We were just weekender Berliners
We were just weekender Berliners

Throwing coins into the pool
Making wishes out of fools
I'm just a moment in your life
And you're just a flicker in my mind
Maybe I see you again, maybe I never will
But I'll always have this picture that I hold very still
When we were just weekender Berliners
We were just weekender Berliners

Throwing coins into the pool
Making wishes - mine was just for you
I'm just a moment in your life
And you're just a flicker in my mind
Maybe I see you again maybe I never will
But I'll always have this picture that I'll hold very still
When we were just weekender Berliners
We were just weekender Berliners
We were just weekender Berliners
Weekender Berliners

© Adrian Borland

Weight Of Stuff

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

Song Lyrics:
There's a weight of stuff that's gone before
It seem so hard to ignore
It's true, it's true

And I find it seeping into words I speak
Am I corrupted or just plain weak
No, but it's true, it's true

Oh it's so hard to start again
So hard to make the break that's clean
It's true, it's true

I've got to learn to live with what's at stake
And wade on through those past mistakes

Crawling out from under weight of stuff
Finding myself tonight, dawn in sight
I've got dawn in my heart

Every day is a new day
Shame I don't always see it that way
It's true, it's true

When you escape of what the darkness brings
You open your eyes to the simple things
It's true, it's true

Crawling out from under weight of stuff
Finding myself tonight, dawn in sight
I've got dawn in my heart

© Adrian Borland

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