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Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time

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Where Are They Now?

I sent my crack divisions through the early morning mist
When they fell on your positions you were powerless to resist
Encircling and probing for the weakness in your lines
By night you were surrounded and your territory mine
I called for your surrender; this you swore you would not do
So I stormed the very fortress that you thought could shelter you
I saw you then upon your knees and turned to give my thanks
To the regiments assembled in their ranks
Where are they now?
Where are they now?

I raised you to your feet and with you hand inside my own
We set off upon a journey, each together each alone
And in the days that followed oh our lives did overlap
I knew the contours of your body like the roads upon a map
I savoured every evening, and you sweetened every day
And just when I was certain it would always be this way
You slipped beyond the reach of my outstretched fingertips
With all the kisses you placed upon your lips
Where are they now?
Where are they now?

I'm sure, You're close
Hey, come shine a light
Here, somewhere near
Maybe just out of sight

I went in search of alchemy to resurrect the dead
And sent my spies to fathom out the secrets in your head
They said they heard your laughter
Ringing through the summer night
In the company of strangers
And your eyes were wild and bright
And though I grew reclusive and my days became withdrawn
I held the banner of our love, now tattered and forlorn
And thought that it would one day fly above us once again
To do this, I had my reasons then
Where are they now?
Where are they now?

I'm sure, you must be close
Once again, bring the light
Here, very near
Oh you're just out of sight

Perhaps there are some passions that are tempered by the years
You reach accommodation, the intensity recedes
Some of that occurred to me the time I saw you last
Your face familiar in a way, your voice out of the past
Every gamut of emotion shared from tenderness to rage
Fell away between us in the turning of that page
It seems like only yesterday we swore that we'd be true
Two innocents believing that they knew
Where are they now?
Where are they now?
Where are they now?
Where are they now?


Fields Of France

His flying jacket still has her perfume
Memories of the night
Play across his mind
High above the fields of France
A single biplane in a clear blue sky
1917, no enemy was seen
High above the fields of France

Oh she looks
But there's nothing to see
Still she looks
Saying "Come back for me"

He tells her "Just remember me this way
Here am I more true
Than anything I do
High above the fields of France"

Oh she looks
But he'll never come back
And the letter that came
Was bordered in black

She'll find somebody else
But not forget
Leaving her regrets
Like vapour trails of jets
High above the fields of France
High above the fields of France


Soho (Needless To Say)

Rainstorm, brainstorm, faces in the maelstrom
Huddle by the puddles in the shadows where the drains run
Hot dogs, wet clogs clicking up the sidewalk
Disappearing into the booze shop
Rainbow queues stand down by the news stand, waiting for the late show
Pin ball, sin hall, minds in free fall
Chocolate-coloured ladies making eyes through the smoke-pall

Soho (needless to say)
I'm alone on your streets on a Friday evening
I've been here all of the day
I'm going nowhere with nowhere to go

Football supporters taking the waters
They're looking round for the twilight daughters
Non-stop strip club pornographic bookshop
Come into the back and take your time and have a good look
Old man laughs with flowers in his hair
Newspaper headline "Midde East Deadline"
Jazz musicians are down on the breadline

Soho (needless to say)
I'm alone on your streets on a Friday evening
I've been here all of the day
I'm going nowhere with nowhere to go

Soho feeds the needs and hides the deeds, the mind that bleeds disenchanted, downstream in the night
Soho hears the lies, the twisted cries, the lonely sighs
Till she seems lost in dreams

The sun goes down on a neon eon
Though you'd have a job explaining it to Richard Coeur de Lion
Animation, bar conversation, anticipation, disinclination
Poor old wino turns with dust in his eyes
Begs for the dregs from the bottom of the kegs, man
You've never seen a lady lay down and spread her legs like

Soho (needless to say)
I'm alone on your sheets on a Friday evening
I've been here all of the day
I'm going nowhere with nowhere to go

Soho (needless to say)
I'm alone on your streets, or am I dreaming
I've been here all of the day
I'm going nowhere with nowhere to go


In Red Square

It's a shame about Stalin, the curator said
He really was one of the best
Just look at the detail on that head
Too bad to melt him down with the rest
But since they wrote him out of the history books
Nobody gives him a second look
It's amazing how little time it took
And now he's never gonna get his statue up in Red Square

I remember Krushchev, the old man said
He had real strength in his jaw
The setting sun would turn his skull pale red
But now they've packed him off to the store
He used to know how to stir things up back then
Banging his shoe on the table at the UN
He said he'd bury the west again and again
But now he's never gonna get his statue up in Red Square

Too bad about Lenin, the old man sighed
he really had quite a run
For seventy years he was idolized
Even though he missed most of the fun
But the new revolution promised everyone cars
So they burned down the Kremlin and brought back the Tsars
Now they're spraying blue paint over all the red stars
And he doesn't even have his picture up in Red Square


A Sense Of Deja Vu

Looking back on my diary
I seem to get a sense of deja vu
And all these different things I'm going through
Seems that after all I've been through before
Faded days of my memory
Paper dreams of things I didn't do
Three years back, oh 1962
In the wheel and spin
You just breathe again
All right you say to me
Live your life for today
Dreams are just fantasies
Waste your time and you pay
Oh, but some time ago
I was on my own
By a green telephone
And looking back on my diary
I seem to get this sense of passing through
Nothing's really changed and nothing's new
In the rise and fall it was after all deja vu
All right you say to me
Live your life for today
Dreams are just fantasies
Waste your time and you'll pay
Oh, but some time ago
I was on my own
By a green telephone
And looking back on my diary
I seem to get this sense of deja vu
And all these different things I'm going through
In the rise and fall
It was after all
Deja vu
Deja vu
Deja vu
Deja vu


How Does It Happen

Oh, kid you're in a terrible state
You better pick yourself up before it gets too late
You're into phyiscal fitness and emotional fatness
You think you're an actress, you act like a mattress
How does it happen?
How does it happen?
How do things get to be that way?
How does it happen?
How does it happen?
I feel like a wheel on a train that's runnin' away
Runnin' away, runnin' away
Runnin' away, runnin' away

Oh, kid it can be bad out there
When the trash comes at you from everywhere
An original thought can be such a rush
Why do they feed you on a diet of man-made mush?
How does it happen?
How does it happen?
How does it get to be that way?
How does it happen?
How does it happen?
I feel like a wheel on a train runnin' away
Runnin' away, runnin' away
Runnin' away, runnin' away
I feel like a wheel on a train that's runnin' away

Oh, kid there's no quick solution
And there's no one there to grant you absolution
When your friends belong in an institution
There's a spanner in the works of evolution
How does it happen?
How does it happen?
How does it get to be that way?
How does it happen?
How does it happen?
I feel like a wheel on a train that's runnin' away...
Runnin' away, runnin' away
Runnin' away, runnin' away
Runnin' away
I feel like a wheel on a train that's runnin' away
Runnin' away, runnin' away


The Coldest Winter In Memory

The coldest winter in memory was 1709
The sea froze off the coast of France all along the Neptune line
By the lost town of Dunwich the shore was washed away
They say you hear the church bells still as they toll beneath the waves

Come all you earthly princes, wheresoever you may be
From the Sun King in the court of France to the Czar in Muscovy
Take heed of Charles of Sweden, the Lion of the North,
On the cracked earth of summer with his army he goes forth

Guardian angels wherever you may be,
reach down and keep my soul for me

I was there amongst that number, I heard the trumpets strain
I saw the host of banners spread across the Polish plain
Those who stood against us, they soon were swept away
They may have the numbers but it's Charles shall have the day

We cut our way through forests, crossed on frozen streams
They fell away before us like a murmur in a dream
And they burned the land around us as snow was closing in
And the arms of winter took us as we fired against the wind

Guardian angels wherever you may be,
reach down and keep my soul for me

Through all the courts of Europe there's a rumor from the East
The kings have come to battle and it's Charles who's known defeat
They'll shake their heads and wonder at how this came to be
But it's nights without a shelter that have made an end for me

Now Charles is fled to Turkey, left his men afar
And they'll be marched through Moscow now as prisoners of the Czar
And had I but known last summer what I know understand
I'd have never set my foot inside this bleak and bitter land

Guardian angels wherever you may be,
reach down and keep my soul for me

The coldest winter in memory was 1709
The sea froze off the coast of France all along the Neptune line
By the lost town of Dunwich the shore was washed away
They say you hear the church bells still as they toll beneath the waves


Candy Came Back

Candy came back to amazing acclaim
Saying if this is love give me more of the same
The people were waiting in crowds for the sight
Of her face in the car driving into the night
And she says they gotta have someone
I might as well let it be me
For all my life was a dream

In the shops and the factories they talk about you
And the girls in the street wear their hair like you do
Hordes of reporters are always at hand
And the cameras are ready whenever you land
But she says it couldn't be better
I don't let it get in my way
All my life was a dream

I'm not sentimental for the ticker tape life
I could lose it all in just the card of the night
So don't you worry about the things that I do
There are times I need to get away from you
But every time I try to close my door
I seem to fascinate you more and more and more

Candy came back to amazing acclaim
Through the hot summer night they were calling her name
They seemed to be drawn by the power of her fame
Like a gull to the water a moth to the flame
But she says, oh it's not what I did
And they saw what they wanted to see
For all my life was a dream


Jackdaw

I'm running away
On a day like today
Nothing you say
Could cause me to stay
Jackdaw (jackdaw)
Leaving by your back door
Should be gone by now
Should be gone by now
Should be gone by now

Don't try to follow
Just leave it alone
The trains have all left now
And the station is closed
Jackdaw (jackdaw)
Leaving by your back door
Should be gone by now
Should be gone by now
Should be gone by now

It's five in the morning
And it's rainy and cold
Just go back to sleep now
And you won't see me go
Jackdaw (jackdaw)
Leaving by your back door
Should be gone by now
Should be gone by now
Should be gone by now


The Bear Farmers Of Birnam

The bear farmers of Birnam
Go out every night
Creep up on their harvest slowly
They got claw marks through and through
They lose an arm or two
No, it's not a job for everybody

The bear farmers of Birnam
Go out every night
Sing a song the bears are knowin'
You may squeeze and you may roar
You may bite and you may claw
But the bear farmers keep a-goin'

A bear farmer is proud
He's a strong and silent man
He never has the time to tarry
He lasts less than a year
But he never sheds a tear
Still, he's not the kind a girl should marry

A bear farmer won't shirk
Though it's often risky work,
He never will complain about it
If an arm or leg is strewn
On the ground he sees it hewn
He shrugs and learns to do without it

The bear farmers of Birnam
Go out every night,
Sing a song the bears are knowin'
You may squeeze and you may roar
You may bite and you may claw
But the bear farmers keep a-goin'

A bear farmer will smell
And in romance not do well
Oftentimes the girls reject you
A bear won't treat you so
You're satisfied to know
When he chews you up he still respects you.

The bear farmers of Birnam
Go out every night,
Sing a song - the bears do know him
You may squeeze and you may roar
You may bite and you may claw,
But the bear farmers keep a-goin'
Squeeze and you may roar
You may bite and you may claw
But the bear farmers keep a-goin


In The Dark

They said "God Bless the Prince of Wales
Let let us hope that he prevails."
The souvenirs provide details
Of distant monarchy

Moving through the human tide
With the Princess at his side
Tribesmen cheer and gaze wide-eyed
At such celebrity

The Royal smile from magazines
Waving hands from limousines
The crowd holds pictures of the Queen
The magic entity

These images are beamed to me
Ten thousand miles across the sea
Lately I don't seem to be
Concerned with what they mean

In the dark, in the dark
Oh I never saw the danger or the spark
In the dark, in the dark
I was feeling like a stranger
'Cause I never saw the changes in your heart

Those angry words you soon regret
Are gone but not forgotten yet
She may forgive, she won't forget
Each individual scar

You make it up and say no more
And go on living like before
But every wave erodes the shore
And tarnishes the star

You sow each seed of discontent
Wonder where the loving went
Every night that's heaven sent
The dawn can sweep away

And in the background all the time
Like some ironic church bell chime
You watch the Royal couple climb
Towards their destiny

In the dark, in the dark
Oh I never saw the danger or the spark
In the dark, in the dark
I was feeling like a stranger
I never saw the changes in your heart

So yes, let's bless the Prince of Wales
Cheer for him and if all fails
Wrap him in Valkyries' sails
The golden vanity

I am free to choose my part
But still can't find the place to start
To find my way back to your heart
That place of mystery

In Africa the anchor slips
They bid farewell to the Royal ship
The newly painted fences chip
Life falls into routine

We go on from day to day
Living in the usual way
I don't know, and you won't say
What happened in between

In the dark, in the dark
Oh I never saw the danger or the spark
In the dark, in the dark
I was feeling like a stranger
'Cause I never saw the changes

In the dark, in the dark
Oh I never saw the danger or the spark
In the dark, in the dark
I was feeling like a stranger
I never saw the changes in your heart
Oh, I never saw the changes in your heart


Blow Your Mansion Down

There's a sign in the distance
In the hollywood hills
And it's calling the faithful to come
And you know that they will
See the pied piper standing up in the limousine shine
Saying here is your ticket just go to the end of the line
But if you get off this train
You never gonna get back on again
And if you get out of this car
I don't believe you're ever gonna get too far
And if you should leave me now
Sudden wind will blow your mansion down
Just blow it down
I said hey wait a minute
Do you mind if we talk
Though your company's surely a thrill I believe I might walk
Cause there's a crash on the freeway behind and lots of traffic ahead
Could we meet later on I don't think so was all that you said
And if you get off this train
You never gonna get back on again
And if you get out of this car
I don't believe you're ever gonna get too far
And if you should leave me now
Sudden wind will blow your mansion down
Just blow it down
Left him a kind old hand and I was waving goodbye
And the melted away in a smile fading into the sky
But it seemed that I heard them as the night came tumblin' in
They were having a party and somebody started to sing
If you get off this train
You never gonna get on board again
And if you get out of this car
I don't believe you're ever gonna get too far
And if you should leave me now
Sudden wind will blow your mansion down
Just blow it down


Willie The King

Old man Bodey sits on his own by the side of the bar
Drinking slowly, resting the boots that he's carried so far
Once was a gambler, 5-card poker rambler,
That the wise men knew as a slippery deal
And the kids called Willie the King

Sea behind me, fog's coming up on the river tonight,
Just reminds me of smoke curling up in the yellowy light
There's money on the table, took what I was able
And spent my nights with a riverboat queen
And she called me Willie the King

Well I don't mind saying
I've done my share of paying
I've been so broken
Sometimes it seemed that I'd never get back
Watching their faces I was turning over aces
Though they knew my name when the money was gone,
They called me Willie the King

Well I don't mind staying up all night just waiting
Choosing a moment to play that card that could never be beat
Old man Bodey, he's still growing roots by the side of the bar
Drinking slowly, resting his gaze on the cinnamon jar
He once was a gambler, five-card poker rambler,
That the wise men knew as a slippery deal
And the kids called Willie the King


Merry Monks

Merry monks are shallow as the waters of the ford
Sing a spiritual sancteum that covens of the lord
Dream away the darkening day that never was seen before
Would you bring me solace when all our love is gone
Will there be a promise waiting just behind the dawn
Oh, just behind the dawn


Ghostly Horses Of The Plain

We opened the door
To see the coming of the trains
Across this land of plenty
We suddenly saw
The ghostly horses of the plains
Their saddles empty
Struck to stone beneath the moon
These figures still remain
Steal your chances someday soon
You may not pass this way
Again


Mixed Blessing

She never learned her lesson
She had to have it all
It was a real mixed blessing
I don't believe she saw
She liked to keep them guessing
Sometime later on
She'd gather her possessions and be gone
When the night comes following
From the clear blue sky
You can see her running
Don't you wonder why
When the light goes fading
From her clear blue eyes
Only in the darkest places will she feel at home
Tonight

From time to time I'd see her
It wasn't like before
No matter what you gave her
She always wanted more
Her life was getting fractured
She didn't seem to care
Wherever there was action she'd be there
When the night comes following
From the clear blue sky
You can see her running
Don't you wonder why
When the light goes fading
From her clear blue eyes
Only in the darkest places will she be at home
Tonight

She never learned her lesson
She had to take that fall
It was a real mixed blessing
After all