The Stranglers - In The Night


Time To Die

My eyes have gazed upon things
You couldn't even imagine
Neon storms on the airstrips at Sales Marsh

I saw hope in King Gomez Cape of eyes
Before the Ten Year Fog

Alas these things will disappear
Like shifting sands in an ocean's bed
Time to die
Time to die

"Time To Die. The lyrics. Based on the dying final scene of "Bladerunner" - well documented - which is a bit of a ramble really.

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Laughing At The Rain

I see a face, a shade of grey
When you're in this game
It's if the price you pay
Hey what's it all about anyway?

When you're losing sleep
'cause the ghosts won't hide
If you can't compete
Take a walk outside
Shame do you think that you can
Pick up all the pieces

You say the sun don't shine
That's when you'll find me
Laughing at the rain

Just like a dice the big wheel spins
I'm telling you now that there's
Nothing to gain
If you lose or you win
Relax there's nothing you can do
About it anyway

Well there's an open road
If you don't look back
So forget your bets and get on that track
Hey you haven't got the time to waste

A word with the leader at token of faith
But just by the look you've got
Nothing to show
For the prayers you gave
Angel you haven't got the strength to fly
Bye bye

You've got broken wings
But they will heal in time
So let me take you down
Where the sun don't shine

Laughing at the rain
Laughing at the rain
Oh I wish it would rain
Oh I wish it would rain

Laughing At The Rain. This is the first song where the band gave me a backing track to work with. Dedicated to all those who as kids found themselves in trouble with the police and the authorities, and ended up in borstals and remand homes etc., and were then labelled forever unable to find work because of their record. It's saying if you get through this instead of being dragged down, you'll be a better and stronger person.

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This Town

I don't want to hide this love anymore
Too many lives have been told
Now's the time to show the world our love
When other love has gone cold
And I don't give a damn
Whatever anyone might say
And it's not gonna one of be
A love that dare not speak its name

I don't want to live a lie anymore
Too many lies have gone down
I've made excuses for myself before
Afraid to make decisions till now
And I don't give a damn
Whatever anyone might say
And its not gonna be
A love that dare not speak its name

Now is the time for something new
Now is the time for something new
Now is the time for me and you

I don't want to hide this love any more
Too many lies have been told
Now's the time to show the world our love
When other love has gone cold
And I don't give a damn
Anymore anyway
And its not gonna be
A love that dare not speak its name

Now is the time for something new
Now is the time for something new
Now is the time for me and you

And if life was like this everywhere
No more wars no greed I wouldn't care
I want all the best for people
I guess I found love for people
Life should be like this for everyone
Then we wouldn't ever have to run
I want all the best for people
I guess I found love for people
And if life was like this everywhere
In this town there'll be no sighing
No more wars no greed I wouldn't care
No more lying no more crying
I want all the best for people
I guess I've found love for people
Life should be like this for everyone
In this town there'll be no sighing
Then we wouldn't ever have to run
No more lying no more crying

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Brainbox

I want to know the secret
Of life and the universe
So I asked of Caesar's daughter
But she didn't say a word

Now the word was there beforehand
Before all the evil speak
It's both what you say and how you say
And sometimes it sounds so cheap

But I don't care what you say
It's in the brainbox
It's in your brainbox
It's in your dreadlocks
It's in my red socks

I asked the Delphic Virgins
What's in the stars today
And I grabbed a slightly lapsed one
And took her home to play

Now that was no solution
To my enquiring mind
Her thighs had not the answer
I was trying to find

He seemed like an old timer
With the knowing hands of a god
He found water in my desert
Without the aid of a rod

It's in the brainbox
It's in the full stop
It's in the dreadlocks
It's in the dead, dead, dead fox

It in the brainbox
Brainbox
Brainbox
Brainbox

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Southern Mountains

I'll take you down
Down to Southern Mountains
Where streams wash away our sins
In water from Heaven
And you will be with me
In that play place by the sea
A dream

I know
I must have been here once before

Send me back
Back to Southern Mountains
There I just was
Instead of always being
And you in your way
Made me long for other days
And dreams

I know
I must have been here once before

And was your mother always beside you
When you kissed me
I thought I saw shadows
Creeping past your eyes
Maybe they were mountains

I'll take you down
Down to Southern Mountains
Where streams wash away our sins
In water from Heaven
And you will be with me
In that place by the sea
A dream
A dream
I know I must have been here once before

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Gain Entry To Your Soul

Gain entry to your soul
Gain entry to your soul
Well I tried to succeed
To fulfil this great need
And gain entry to your soul

I defy any guy to penetrate
That stealy gaze
Well I'm the man who thinks he can
Get through one of these days

Men have tried to I've seen them hide
She's likened to Medusa's head
But behind that ice inside those eyes
There's a frightened little girl instead

And if you want me
You know where to call
And if you want me
I'll give you my all

Closer to that mystery
You try so hard to hide
I think this time you'll realise
There's no escape
It won't be long and I'll be at your side

I defy any guy to penetrate
That stealy gaze
Well I'm the man who thinks he can
Get through one of these days

Entry to your soul
Entry to your soul
Entry to your soul

I defy any guy to penetrate
That stealy gaze
Well I'm the man who thinks he canou try so hard to hide
I think this time you'll realise
There's no escape
It won't be long and I'll be at your side

I defy any guy to penetrate
That stealy gaze
Well I'm the man who thinks he can
Get through one of these days

Entry to your soul
Entry to your soul
Entry to your soul

I defy any guy to penetrate
That stealy gaze
Well I'm the man who thinks he can
Get through one of these days

Well I tried to succeed
To fulfil this great need
And gain entry to your soul

And if you want me
You know where to call
And if you want me
I'll give you my all

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Never See

Never see the beauty of a man's heart never see
Never see the truth in the lies between them never see
All they see is colour of a man's skin
Thoughts can be prisons and thoughts can be wings

Never see the promise of the future never see
Never see they foster their confusion never see
So many twisted meanings their words can't explain
And thoughts can be prisons and thoughts can be wings

And you'll never see, never see another man's sorrow
Did you ever read, ever read another man's story?
Plus ca change will guarantee the same tomorrow
If progress is forgiving
No progress has been made

Never see the man with his family never see
Never see the pride they can't deny him never see
All they see is colour of a man's skin
Thoughts can be prisons and thoughts can be wings, the wings

Never see, never see, never see oh! oh!
Never see, never see, never see oh! will!

Thoughts can be prisons and thoughts can be wings

Never See. Co-written with JJ. This is basically an anti-racist 'pop groove'! And, as much as we change things, on the whole they stay the same.

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