Song Titles

Suspect Device
State of Emergency
Here We Are Nowhere
Wasted Life
No More of That
Barbed Wire Love
Breakout
Law and Order
Rough Trade
Johnny Was
Alternative Ulster
Closed Groove
Straw Dogs
You Can't Say Crap On the Radio
Gotta Gettaway
Wait and See
Fly the Flag
At the Edge
Nobody's Hero
Doesn't Make it All Right
I Don't Like You
No Change
Tin Soldiers
Listen
Roots, Radicals, Rockers and Reggae
Just Fade Away
The Only One
Hits and Misses
Kicking Up a Racket
Safe As Houses
Silver Lining
Piccadilly Circus
Back To Front
Mr. Fire Coal-Man
Falling Down
Won't Be Told
Love of the Common People
The Price of Admission
Touch and Go
Stands To Reason
Bits of Kids
Welcome to the Whole Week
Big City Night
Talkback
Is That What You Fought the War For?
She Grew Up
No Sleep 'til Belfast
(It's a) Long Way to Paradise (From Here)
Stand Up and Shout
Get A Life
Can't Believe in You
The Road to Kingdom Come
Walk Away
No Laughing Matter
Harp
Forensic Evidence
Baby Blue (What Have They Been Telling You)
I Want You
The Night That the Wall Came Down
Cold
When the Stars Fall From the Sky
What If I Want More?
You Never Hear the One That Hits You
(I Could) Be Happy Yesterday
Tinderbox
Dead Of Night
The Message
My Ever Changing Moral Stance
Hurricane
You Can Move Mountains
A River Flowing
You Don't Believe In Me
In Your Hand
Dust In My Eye
Roaring Boys (Part One)
Roaring Boys (Part Two)
Hope Street
Tantalise
What Does It Take
Last Train From the Wasteland
All the Rest
Honeyed Words
You Can Get It (If You Really Want)
Bulletproof
Be Seeing You
Half A Life Away
No Faith
All I Need
Guitar & Drum
Strummerville
Can't Get Away With That
Still Burning
Walkin' Dynamite
Dead Man Walking
Empty Sky
Be True To Yourself
Best of Fools
I Waited
Achilles' Heart
Who Died and Made You Elvis?
High & Low
Protect and Serve




 

Lyrics



SUSPECT DEVICE
(Fingers/Ogilvie)

Inflammable material is planted in my head
It's a suspect device that's left 2000 dead
Their solutions are our problems
They put up the wall
On each side time and prime us
And make sure we get fuck all
They play their games of power
They mark and cut the pack
They deal us to the bottom
But what do they put back?

(Chorus:)
Don't believe them
Don't believe them
Don't be bitten twice
you gotta suss, suss, suss, suss, suss out
Suss suspect device

They take away our freedom
In the name of liberty
Why don't they all just clear off
Why won't they let us be
They make us feel indebted
For saving us from hell
And then they put us through it
It's time the bastards fell

(Chorus)

Don't believe them
Don't believe them
Question everything you're told
Just take a look around you
At the bitterness and spite
Why can't we take over and try to put it right

(Chorus)

We're a suspect device if we do what we are told
But a suspect device can score an own goal
I'm a suspect device the Army can't defuse
You're a suspect device they know they can't refuse
We're gonna blow up in their face

 

STATE OF EMERGENCY(Fingers)

You're looking for something
But what could it be?
You look for a hero
Well don't look at me
You look for solutions
But there's none you can find
You believe in something
That's only in your mind
You're looking around you
But hate has made you blind
And you've spent the last ten years of your life
In this emergency

So please don't just sit there
Let's try to break out
From all the hatred
Suspicion and doubt
Try to change your life
That is no life at all
Try to break down the imaginary wall
And if you couldn't be bothered
Well then, my friend, you'll fall
And spend all the rest of your life
In this emergency

 

HERE WE ARE NOWHERE(Fingers)

Friday night's here, what's the scene?
Nothing to do, y'know what I mean?
Nothing on the telly, there is no late-night show
No shows in town, there is no place to go
Here we are nowhere, nowhere left to go

Is it a crime to be young
Cos every time we have some fun
They put us down and tell us that we're wrong
Every time they sing the same old song
Here we are nowhere maybe that's where we belong

You know it's not but what do we do
Don't look at me now I'm looking at you
And sitting there won't change a thing
Must we only wait and see what the future will bring

 

WASTED LIFE(Fingers)

I could be a soldier
Go out there and fight to save this land
Be a people's soldier
Paramilitary gun in hand
I won't be a soldier
I won't take no orders from no-one
Stuff their fucking armies
Killing isn't my idea of fun

(Chorus)
They wanna waste my life
They wanna waste my time
They wanna waste my life
And they've stolen it away

I could be a hero
Live and die for their 'important' cause
A united nation
Or an independent state with laws
And rules and regulations
That merely cause disturbances and wars
That is what I've got now
All thanks to the freedom-seeking hordes

(Chorus)

I'm not gonna be taken in
They said if I don't join I just can't win
I've heard that story many times before
And every time I threw it out the door

Still they come up to me
With a different name but same old face
I can see the connection
With another time and a different place
They ain't blonde-haired or blue-eyed
But they think that they're the master race
They're nothing but blind fascists
Brought up to hate and given lives to waste

(Chorus: repeat)

 

NO MORE OF THAT(Fingers)

They never ask us if we want a war
Who do they think they're talkin' for
Cos we never get no say
They have to have it all their way

(Chorus:)
Oh, we want no more of that
You can't push us under the mat
Oh we want no more of that

The man who pulls the trigger's not to blame
He's only playing their deadly game
And he know he just can't win
Or someone else will pull the trigger on him

 

BARBED WIRE LOVE
(Fingers)

I met you in No Man's Land
Across the wire we were holding hands
Hearts a-bubble in the rubble
It was love at bomb site

(Chorus:)
All you give me is barbed wire love
All caught up in barbed wire love
Tangled up in barbed wire love
Throw my leg over barbed wire love
Barbed wire love snags my jeans
Barbed wire love

When I fell it was awful nice
Caught when not suspecting vice
The night was rife with wasteland life
You set my arm alight

(Chorus)

Blasted by your booby traps
I felt the blow in both knee-caps
Your eyes did shine
Your lips were fine
And the device in you pants was out of sight

(Chorus)

 



BREAKOUT(Fingers/Ogilvie)

Ain't got no money but I don't give a damn
'Cos when I get it I spend it fast as I can
Ain't got no worries, at least none I can see
Gotta make a fast connection then I'll be free
I gotta

(Chorus:)
Break out and leave this life behind
Break out and see what I can find
Might lose I'm gonna try my luck
Might win don't really give a fuck

And I gotta try 'cos I gotta know
If I am the winner or the star of the show
Can't stand routine for another day
Rules and regulations getting in my way
I gotta

(Chorus)

And I won't let anyone put me down
I ain't gonna be nobody's clown
I won't be taken in by their promises, no
I'm gonna try on my terms this time

So if I can do it you can do it too
Why don't you try it you've got nothing to lose
A boring job living from day to day
Do something different try to break away

 

LAW AND ORDER(Fingers/Ogilvie)

Everybody's down in the centre of town
Doing nothing wrong we're only hangin' around
They put you up against the wall
Make loud mouthed jokes just to make you feel small
Laugh at your appearance and the clothes you wear
Call that justice just isn't fair

(Chorus:)
Talking bout their law and order
They don't do what they ought to
Law and order
There's no justice in it, None!

I had a friend who was lifted by the law
Lifted and shifted and dumped on the floor
They treated him like shit
Kicked him the head and then laughed when he bled
Spat in his face and pulled his hair
Call that justice just isn't fair

(Chorus)

I'm not trying to say we're always right
No-one's saying that it's black and white
All I'm saying is we don't agree
I don't think like you don't think like me
I hope you never do

And that's the way they try and run this land
How they hold you down and keep you in hand
You're just a pawn in their game
Just another number you aint got a name
Just a little punk y'know they don't care
Call that justice just isn't fair.

(Chorus)

 

ROUGH TRADE(Fingers/Ogilvie)

Record boss said we would be a smash
Yeah, go straight to Number One
He talked of hits and tours and lots of cash
And all the time it wasn't on
And I believed every word was true
yeah I swallowed every line
I believed every word he said
And I didn't find out in time

(Chorus:)
We were betrayed, betrayed, betrayed
Betrayed, betrayed by rough trade lies

We quit our jobs and got all set to fly
Your promises had us riding high
but it's a dirty rough tough trade we find
"Yeah we agreed, but you hadn't signed
Sorry son, gonna have to throw you
Our lawyers say we don't even know you"
Music is money, kids are no-account fools
You trade in us, we get betrayed by you

(Chorus)

And you're sitting there in your London office
Snug and warm
And you think that you've won but
Just remember this is just round one
We're gonna do it our way
We're gonna make it on our own
Because we've found people to trust
People who put music first

(Chorus)

Why can't you tell us the truth?
Why did you lie to us?

 

JOHNNY WAS(Marley)

Woman hold her head and cry
Cause her son had been shot down in the street and died
From a stray bullet

Woman hold her head and cry
Accompanying her was a passerby
Who saw the woman cry

Wondering can she work it out
Now she knows that the wages of sin is death
The gift of God is life

Oh, oh, oh, oh
Johnny was a good man
oh yeah

Woman hold her head and cry
Cause her son had been shot down in the street and died
Just because of the system

Woman hold her head and cry
Comforting her I was passing by
And I saw the woman cry

She cried, oh, oh, oh, oh
Johnny was a good man
Never did a thing wrong

Take it down

Johnny went out on a Saturday night
Never hurt anybody never started no bar room fight
Johnny never did nobody no wrong
Never hurt anybody never hurt anybody
Johnny was a good man
Johnny, Johnny, Johnny...

Johnny was a good man
(Repeat)

In a top floor flat in the middle of the night
There's a man with rifle and Johnny in his sight,
I said oh no, we can't let that kind of thing happen here no more
Oh no
Johnny, Johnny, Johnny...

A single shot rings out in a Belfast night and I said oh
Johnny was a good man

Can a woman's tender care
Cease towards the child she bears

Johnny (Repeat)

 

ALTERNATIVE ULSTER
(Fingers/Ogilvie)

Nothin' for us in Belfast
The Pound's so old it's a pity
OK, there's the Trident in Bangor
Then walk back to the city
We ain't got nothin' but they don't really care
They don't even know you know
Just want our money
And we can take it or leave it
What we need is

(Chorus:)
An Alternative Ulster
Grab it and change it it's yours
Get an Alternative Ulster
Ignore the bores and their laws
Get an Alternative Ulster
Be an anti-security force
Alter your native Ulster
Alter your native land

Take a look where you're livin'
You got the Army on your street
And the RUC dog of repression
Is barking at your feet
Is this the kind of place you wanna live?
Is this where you wanna be?
Is this the only life we're gonna have?
What we need is

(Chorus)

They say they've got control of you
But that's not true you know
They say they're a part of you
And that's a lie you know
They say you will never be
Free free free

Get an Alternative Ulster, Alternative Ulster, Alternative Ulster

 



Closed Groove(Fingers/Ogilvie)

Punctuality's a waste of time
Now nostalgia is past its prime
History's a thing of the past
Being first just cannot last

(Chorus:)
Beep beep I'm an answering machine
I mean to say I say what I mean
Beep beep I've got very strong views
Plug in any loop tape you choose

My one single fault is modesty
I'm changing my views consistently
Amnesia's a thing I try to forget
Who can't kick gambling? Want to bet?

(Chorus)

The case for racism is black and white
If you want world peace you've got to fight
Must do what you're told to be free
Think what you like if you agree with me

(Chorus)

Speak whenever you hear this tone (X6)
Scream whenever you hear this tone (X12)





STRAW DOGS  (Fingers/Ogilvie)

All things are relative with cousins everywhere
Hard-nosed blue-eyed boys, intelligent and fair
You gotta pitch in for your kith and kin
Holding the line to save our skin
Pound for pound we'll take the shilling
It takes a man to make a killing
Action men must sterling be
Fight for freedom but not for free


(Chorus:)

Bark and bite, might is right
We're the dogs of war
Bark and bite, might is right
If the price is right....Dogs of straw

So let's go far to the new frontier
It's in the blood defending near and dear
Action men must sterling be
Fight for freedom but not for free

(Chorus)

A man must do what he must do
To prove what life is all about
Admit you must admire our guts
If only cos they're hanging out

(Chorus)

Dogs of straw, bark and bite
Dogs of straw, might is right
Dogs of straw, stab and hate
Dogs of straw, split and rape
Dogs of straw, gouge and blind
Dogs of straw, crunch and grind
Dogs of straw, mash and maim
Dogs of straw, cash and fame
Dogs of straw, cut and kill
Dogs of straw, guts for sale

 

YOU CAN'T SAY CRAP ON THE RADIO
(Fingers/Ogilvie)

Oh flip oh gosh oh golly gee
We really shocked the local rock disc jock
Oh crumbs oh boy oh sugar me
The poor bloke nearly went right off his block
We only told him what we did and didn't like
And then we used that word and he jumped on the mike

You can't say that on the radio
You can't say that on the radio
yes we all do it but you can't refer to it
You can't say that on the radio

Oh flip oh gosh oh golly gee
We said the word and got our knuckles rapped
But if he didn't want to know
Why did he ask our views on all that crap?
Oh now we've done it and we've really got it wrong
Not even Uncle John will get to play this song

Cos you can't say crap on the radio
You can't say crap on the radio
We all do it but you can't refer to it
You can't say crap on the radio

Of course we teach freedom of speech
But say as we say and not what we preach
We know your sort you little guttersnipe
Don't give us none of that shit

Oh flip oh gosh oh golly gee
But now we know how we touched a sore spot
Oh crumbs oh boy oh sugar me
It's plain to see what got him bothered and hot
We thought that it was just something that you said
But then we realised it was all he played

Cos he can play crap on the radio
You can play crap on the radio
Be careful what you say
And you can play shite all day
You can play crap on the radio

Crapital radio





 

GOTTA GETTAWAY
(Fingers/Ogilvie)

Gotta gotta gettaway, gotta gotta gettaway

You know there ain't no street like home
To make you feel so all alone
Plenty of folk to tell you what to do
But they don't speak the same language as you

(Chorus:)
They wanna have me here
Have me and hold me near
Hold me down fasten and tie
But the cars are all flashing me
Bright lights are passing me
I feel life passing me by

The fuss is buzzing in my head
My father argued and my mother begged
It's not their words ain't tugging at me
But gotta stretch them break them get myself free

(Chorus)

Gotta gotta gettaway, gotta gotta gettaway
I'm leaving home 

 

WAIT AND SEE
(Fingers/Ogilvie)

When we started we thought we were great
Tho' nobody else agreed
Just you and I wasting our time
Playing and singing out of key
And they said we played too loud
Cos we didn't play for their crowd
We just told them 'Wait and see'

We had no money but still we went on
Trying to get some gear
A smashed up cymbal and an old snare drum
Our financial state was clear
And they said we should give up
They said we didn't have a hope
And we still told them 'Wait and see'

We worked harder got better in every way
Got some other friends involved
Pretty soon we found we knew how to play
We'd got all our problems solved
But I swear to this day
I could see you drifting away
But I told myself 'Wait and see'

Then came the day you said goodbye
We tried to smile but had to cry
You knew that you'd be missed
And we wished you all the best
But still we wished you would stay

Till then you were a part of everything
And everything that might have been
And now that everything has turned into what is
If you'd have waited you'd have seen
But you gave yourself the sack
Now there's no turning back
Now all your future's 'Wait and see'

You're not good enough, You're not good enough
You're not good enough to be a dance band
They told us
But we're not giving up, We're not giving up
we're not giving up
We'll show them 

 

FLY THE FLAG
(Fingers/Ogilvie)

Gimme a country that's red white and blue
Gimme the British way honest and true
Gimme the chance to be one of the few
Gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme

Gimme a nation where people are free
Free to do and free to be
Free to screw you before you screw me
Gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme

(Chorus:)
Cos, I'm all right, I'm all right
Union Jack, fly the flag

Gimme a Britain that's got back the Great
a race of winners not cramped by the State
And only the helpless get left at the gate
Gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme

(Chorus)

 

 AT THE EDGE
(Fingers)

Back when I was younger they were talking at me
Never listened to a word I said
Always yap yap yapping and complaining at me
Made me think I'd be better of dead
I don't want to talk about it
I don't want to hear no lip
Take your share don't shout about it
That's your lot remember you're a kid

They would always teach me that to swear was a sin
Always speak your mind but not aloud
Think of something that you want to do with your life
Nothing that you like that's not allowed
I've no time to talk about it
All your stupid hopes and dreams
Get your feet back on the ground son
It's exams that count not football teams

(Chorus:)
And I'm running at the edge of their world
They're criticising something they just can't understand
Living on the edge of their town
And I won't be shot down

Taught me to defend myself and to be a man
How to kick someone and run away
Gave me everything that any young man could need
But don't understand why I won't stay
Here's your room and here's your records
Here's your home and here you'll stay
Here's somewhere I don't believe in
Wish someone would take it all away

(Chorus)


NOBODY'S HERO(Fingers/Ogilvie)

I think it's time we talked this over
I think you've taken this too far
I never wanted to be different
Didn't ask to be nobody's star
Try to take control of it
Cos what you see is what you get
Try to take control of it and not me

You say there's talk of revolution-so what's new?
You say there's fighting in the air
You think that I've got the solutions
But do you really think that's fair?
Try to take control of it
Cos what you see is what you get
Try to take control of it and not me

(Chorus:)
Don't wanna be nobody's hero
I don't wanna be nobody's star
Don't wanna be nobody's hero
Get up get out be what you are

You think it's time you took me over
To do what you can't do yourself
But don't let heroes get your kicks for you
It's up to you and no one else
Try to take control of it
Cos what you see is what you get
Try to take control of it and you'll see

(Chorus)

You think you're nobody, and I have all the fun
But no one is a nobody, everyone is someone

(Chorus)
Be what you are



DOESN'T MAKE IT ALL RIGHT( B. Goldberg / J. Dammers )
Just because you're nobody
It doesn't mean that you're no good
Just because there's a reason
It doesn't mean it's understood

(Chorus:)

It doesn't make it all right
It doesn't make it all right
It's the worse excuse in the world
And it doesn't make it all right

Some people think they're really clever
To smash your head against a wall
Then they say 'You got it my way'
They really think they know it all

(Chorus)

Just because you're a black boy
Just because you're a white
It doesn't mean you've got to hate him
Doesn't mean you've got to fight

(Chorus)

It doesn't make it all
It doesn't make it all
It doesn't make it all right



I DON'T LIKE YOU(Fingers/Ogilvie)
If I thought you could find a way
I'd tell you to go get lost
But why ask you to pay attention
When you brain can't stand the cost?
Look at you and the state you're in
Next to you even a brick is thin

(Chorus:)
You oughta scratch from the human race
You are a waste of a name
A waste of time and a waste of space
You've only one claim to fame
I don't like you

If a thought came in your head
It'd die of loneliness
You rate absolute zero
No more and not even less
Look at you, oh what a state
Next to you short planks are underweight

(Chorus)

Annoyed annoyed, no I'm not paranoid
Cos that would mean I'd have to care
And I couldn't be annoyed

You don't entertain ideas
You simply bore them
You couldn't find your feet
If you were looking for them
Looking at you is hard for me
Next to you is nowhere to be

(Chorus)

 

NO CHANGE(Fingers/Ogilvie)
Why do you talk that way?
It's not what you used to say
Can't you see things my way?
I feel so strange

I'm still the friend you knew
Surely you know it's true?
Why can't I get it through
That there's no change

One day things were oh so right
But all that changed overnight
And now it seems that all we do is fight
Why should things be different now?
I try to talk but you just row
It seem that's how you want it anyhow

Why can't you just see
It's you who's changed not me?
Those thought are in your head
They're not real

But you still talk that way
That's all you'll ever say
You'll never see things my way
I feel so strange

I'm still the friend you knew
Tho' you can't see it's true
Why don't you get it through
That there's no change



TIN SOLDIER(Fingers/Ogilvie)
He joined up to get a job and show he wasn't scared
Swapped boy scout hat for army cap, he thought he'd be prepared
At the age of 17 he was forced to choose
At the age of 21 he's in Catch 22

He joined up for just three years, it seemed a small amount
But they didn't tell him that the first two didn't count
At the age of 17 how was he to know
That at the age of 21 he'd still have one to go?

(Chorus:)
Tin soldier, he signed away his name
Tin soldier, no chance for cash or fame
Tin soldier, now he know the truth
Tin soldier, he signed away his youth

He joined up cos Dad knew best, to do right by his son
And now he hates and counts the dates that mark time on square one
At the age of 17 he did as he was told
Now at the age of 21 tin still won't turn to gold

(Chorus)

If at the age of 17 you fall in line too soon
Then at the age of 21 you'll still march to their tune

Tin soldier, you signed away your name
Tin soldier, no chance for cash or fame
Tin soldier, you never see the truth
Tin soldier, you sign away your youth
Tin soldier, you go and join the queue
Tin soldier, do what they want you to
Tin soldier, they take away your name
Tin soldier, they treat you all the same
Sign away your life

 

LISTEN(Fingers/Ogilvie)

It seems so easy in the light of day
And when we`re there it always feels OK
But then again
I`m so alone when I am by myself
And can I ever count on someone else?
And then you say

Chorus

Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh
Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh
Why don`t you listen to your heart
Listen to your heart

This kind of thing keeps me awake at night
It gets so I can`t sleep without the light
And then again
I wonder what I`m really wondering for
Cause where we`d be I never felt so sure
And so you say

Chorus

Oh, it`s not as bad as it seems
Oh, it`s not as crazy as my dreams
As my dreams

Alright I know that I can make it through
I have no doubts here as I talk to you
But then again

Chorus twice

You gotta understand 

 



ROOTS, RADICALS, ROCKERS AND REGGAE(B.O'Riley, Arr. Fingers)You roots, you radicals, you rock to the reggae
You roots, you radicals, you dub to the reggae
you roots, you radicals, you skank to the reggae, you roots

Let there be peace in the east, peace in the west
You roots, you radicals and all the rest
I said peace up north, peace down south
Peace in the ghettoes all round about
We are all in a one and one in all
So throw away the guns and the war's all gone
Throw away the hunger and the war's all gone
Throw away the fighting and the war's all gone
Throw away the grudges and the war's all gone.

C'mon you roots, you radicals, you rock to the reggae
You roots, you radicals, you dub to the reggae
You roots, you radicals, you skank to the reggae, you roots

Love and respect you itren and protect your little sistren
And the same shall return to you, my friend
I said don't fight against no colour class or creed
For on discrimination does violence breed
I said we are all in a one and on in all
So throw away the guns and the war's all gone
Throw away the hunger and the war's all gone
Throw away the fighting and the war's all gone
Throw away the grudges and war's all gone

C'mon you roots, you radicals, you rock to the reggae
You roots, you radicals, you dub to the reggae
You roots, you radials, you skank to the reggae, you roots
Come on now

Comfort the afflicted and keep them from harm
Let age be protected and the infants be strong
GO FOR IT

You got to pass the bowl and make the food go round
Cos that's the only way to trample crime to the ground
Equal rights and justice for one and all
Cos only through liberty freedom shall form
Don't fight against no colour class nor creed
For on discrimination does violence breed
We are all in a one and one in all
So throw away the guns and the war's all gone
Throw away the hunger and the war's all gone
Throw away the fighting and the war's all gone
Throw away the guns and the war's all gone
Throw away the hunger and the war's all gone
Throw away the fighting and the war's all gone
Throw away the grudges and the war's all gone

 

JUST FADE AWAY(Fingers/Ogilvie)She asks for more and I give less
Why can't she see it's obvious
I mean no but she takes yes
I make it clear but she don't guess.

She comes around it gets me down
But she don't catch a hint I drop
She turns up it turns me off
And she don't know when to stop.

What am I supposed to do?
How to gently break the news?
How to get the message through?
Perhaps I should just fade away.

She asked me out and I gave in
Then she gave out and I felt mean
I really want no more of us
So I stay home, she comes across.

She comes round I turn her down
But she bounces back again
She comes on I turn her off
But she don't get what's really plain.

What am I supposed to do?
Got to get the message through
Got to make her see the truth
I wish she would just fade away.

Do you want to know do I love you?
The answer's no, is that straight enough for you?

She asked for it I told her flat
That I don't want no more of that
I've really had you up to here
And I don't even like you near.

If you come round I won't be in
I can't stand to see your face
If we meet up then count me out
Why don't you just fade away?

Fade away

When love's not love
When love's not love
When love's not love
Fade away.

 

THE ONLY ONE(Fingers/Ogilvie)
It makes you so angry, You rage and rage again
But you can't spit it outside, it's bottled in your brain
You feel it in the darkness, the rage inside you grow
And you know you're a stranger, in the room below

(Chorus:)
There are no words to say just what it is you mean
But if you feel it's real it's real it's real

It makes you so angry, why can't they see red?
Can no-one else imagine, what can't be said?
You try to put it over, but that gets you nowhere
You wouldn't have to bother, if you didn't care

(Chorus)
And as for all the rest, they think you're in a mess
And say that the know best
But you know better, you keep your temper
It proves that you're still alive

It makes you so angry, a rage that's all your own
It makes you fell so lonely, but you're not alone
For I still feel it that way, and he and she do too
And it's enough for us to know, that it's enough to know.

(Chorus)

What you feel is real
You're not the only one. 

 

HITS AND MISSES(Fingers/Ogilvie)
Look at every man you meet
It can be him on every street
The woman's waiting for the next attack
Bold black headlines made in dark
Show how the man can make his mark
The woman learned it from her dad
How he can be like Jack the lad

(Chorus:)
Hits and misses I do you will
Love and kisses yours in hell.

Look at him in every face
The woman see and takes her place
He rips at her heart, till death them part
Everywhere she see his power
Sees how Michael Caine takes a shower
See herself in houseproud adds
Gatefold Miss World Page, Three Miss X

(Chorus)

I'm not talking about a psycho-killer
Sonny, it's not one of those
It could be you, it could be me
It's someone we all know

See him walk down any street
The woman fears and hears his feet
If his team lost, then she get beat
Neighbours shrug, go back to chatter
Just a man who's on the batter
Then he gets his legal way, on just another Saturday

(Chorus) 

 

 


KICKING UP A RACKET(Fingers/Ogilvie)
I sit and I don't make a sound
While I watch the speakers pound
And mum shouts up to turn it down
Cos I'm waking up half the town
But I don't hear a word that's said
While the needles hit the red, I'm just

Kicking up a racket
Kicking up a racket

I don't smoke and I don't drink
But like to see the max lights blink
They say that they can't sleep a wink
But I don't want to hear me think
Life's no fun and life is dull
Unless you turn the knobs up full, I like

Kicking up a racket
Kicking up a racket

I know a shop that sells
All you need for decibels
As long as what they got ain't quiet
Spend every penny in trying to buy it
I like electric toys
I like making noise, I love

Kicking up a racket
Kicking up a racket

Don't care what mom don't allow
Gonna play it my way anyhow
Bashy tunes speak volumes
Gimme a row, gimme a row, gimme a row
Louder louder louder louder

Kicking up a racket
Kicking up a racket

Here I stand and in my hand
This guitar is really the man
As long as I can go Blam blam
Don't care if you can't hear the band
Don't care what who else does
Turn it up and feel the buzz, hear me

Kicking up a racket
Kicking up a racket
Attack attack attack it
It's a racket racket racket
Kicking up a racket 

 

SAFE AS HOUSES(Fingers/Ogilvie)
She makes a home and she stays mum
About the things she might have done
She keeps her eyes firm on the ground, to set her own life
Makes up her face and not her mind, to be a wife

There was a time away back then
She might have thought to think again
But then through dolls and schoolyard games, like ma before her
She learned girls play the family way' don't look for more

She's just playing, playing safe
Playing houses, safe as houses

Here on this street when they were kids
He built his dreams with coloured bricks
But comes the time for him to prove that he's a man now
He gets a wife and makes his move to three doors down

He's playing, playing safe
Playing houses, safe as houses

For there was no-one there to say
It didn't have to be that way
You never get the best of you
When you do what they expect you to

You've heard it all, how you're no use
You're born to fail, so follow suit
But if you feel and got a dream, don't dare ignore it
Cos that is what you've got to be, you must go for it

Don't play it, play it safe
A plague on houses, safe as houses 

 


SILVER LINING(Fingers/Ogilvie)

They tell you not to worry, they say they're terribly sorry
But that's the way it has to be, for the likes of you and me
Just be good and know your station
Always look on the bright side
Keep you faith and keep your patience
Your reward is after you've died

(Chorus:)
So don't be told, don't be consoled
Things are so bad, you can never make do
And there's always someone better off than you

They tell you that's your future, it's all down to human nature
Simply settle for what you got, that's destiny and that's your lot
All of us cannot come first, yes what you have is second best
But it might be a good deal worse
Third world peasants get even less

(Chorus)

Do you care that it's not fair?
Is this the way we have to live?
I know I care, and I want an equal share
Even if it mean I have to give

The people who are on top
Say that you should keep your chin up and
They are keen to show you, the unhappy ones below you
But I want to more of that stuff, that's looking at it upside down
And the world has got money enough for us to make it go around so

Don't be told, don't be consoled
Don't be ruled and don't be fooled
Because things are so bad you can never make do
And there's always someone better off than you 




PICCADILLY CIRCUS
(Fingers/Ogilvie)

Piccadilly Circus in the bed of night
Just passing time beneath the lights
Up in town and all alone
Got no business so minds his own

The hotel room is lonely and cold
He might as well go for a stroll
Idly looking in a hi-fi shop
Footsteps, a chuckle and one hard slap

And they didn't even see his face
See him flinch or hear him groan
They didn't even see his eyes
One mean blow and on they ran

He put his fingers to his side
And felt his flesh was open wide
He felt the rent the blow had made
For the hand that fell had held a blade

And they didn't even see his face
See him stumble, hear his cry
They didn't even see his eyes
Just lashed out in passing by

What can it mean?
Who can makes some sense of that?
Did it mean a thing to them?
What can make a mind like that?

Though forty stitches helped him over
Who can live life over his shoulder?
He tried to put it in his past
And flew safe home back to Belfast

And they didn't see his face
See him stagger watch him fall
They didn't even see his eyes
They never knew him at all

Never knew him, tried to kill him
Never knew him, tried to kill him




BACK TO FRONT
(Fingers/Ogilvie)

On cheap returns to summer places
Awayday herd, all out in the heat
Kicking black looks in sunshine faces
A race to vote with their feet
Back to front

Flock off to find someone to play with
He's not like us he must be done
Buckets and spades to make your day with
It hurts so good it must be fun

(Chorus:)
And it's "Made in London town
Fists are up to knuckle down
Because we are the boys who've got the noise and clout"
And it's argue upside down
Black and white and wrong way round
Infight, outright, uptight, downright, inside out
Back to front

Fight on the beaches and back home streets
Welcoming in with outclenched hands
Standing on others with your own feet
You've got to prove that you're a man

(Chorus)

I glance over my shoulder
As they head for the past
But I've still got my eyes up ahead
I'm not going back to front

Back to front
Back to front
Back to front, upside down, inside out, wrong way round
Back to front, upside down, inside out, wrong way round
Back to front



MR FIRE COAL-MAN
(C.S. Dodd/arr.Fingers)

(Chorus:)
Hey I hear you calling
Mr Fire Coal-Man
Come and do your work

You never see smoke without fire
What you reap you got to sow, now
repeat

(Chorus)

The man who lives by the gun now
bound to die by the gun now
repeat

(Chorus twice)

The youths are wailing in the streets now
Jacky get up off the floor now
repeat

(Chorus twice)

 




FALLING DOWN
(Fingers/Ogilvie)

Someone's falling down tonight
While facing front you stand and scream for more
The room jumps hot and chucked aside
The empty cans teeter across the floor
But at the edge the girl who shows in every crowd
And never seems to have enough
Is tossed by waves of sound and up on music loud
When all at once it gets too much

Someone's falling down, someone's falling down
Because she can't stand no more
Someone's falling down

She says her mother kicked her out
She's got no name and no home to telephone
She's hitching rides and sleeping out
But she's OK with nowhere else to go
So what else can you do but simply pick her up
And watch her simply walk away
Does no-one care enough you know it's not enough
To put her on her feet again

Someone's falling down, someone's falling down
Is it me or you or who?
Someone's falling down 

 


WON'T BE TOLD(Fingers/Ogilvie)

I don't know but I won't be told
The streets of heaven are paved with gold

I'm gonna stop looking over my shoulder to check what's right
I'm gonna stop thinking it over and start tonight
Do it fast or do it slow
Do it once then let it go

I don't know, I don't know
I don't know, but I won't be told

You're gonna stop looking over my shoulder to see what I'm at
Okay, you're a little bit older. Okay, all right, so what
You did it thus, you did it so
The difference is you think you know

I don't know, I don't know
I don't know, still I won't be told

I don't know and I won't be told
I'm not putting myself on hold
I'm not buying and I won't be sold
I won't find out till I'm out of control

I'm gonna stop being cautious and sober, get out and get on
I'm gonna start taking me over, and off on the run
You did it once, I don't care how
Cos that was then and this is now

I don't know, I don't know
I don't know, but I won't be told
I don't know, and I hope I live before I get old
I don't know, I don't know
I don't know, and you can't tell me


 

LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE
(Hurley/Wilkins)

Living on Government hand-outs
Water in the milk from a hole in the roof
Where the rain comes through
What can you do? You can't move

You got tears from your little sister
Crying cos she don't have a dress without a patch in
For the party to go
Aw, but you know she'll get by cos she's....

(Chorus:)
Living in the love of the common people
Smiles through the heart of the family man
Poppa's gonna buy you a dream to cling to
Momma's gonna love you just as much as she can
And she can

It's a good think you don't have bus fares
They would fall through a hold in you pocket and you'd lose 'em
In the snow on the ground
You gotta walk into town to get a job

Trying to keep yourself warm
But the hole in your shoe lets the snow comes through
And chills you to the bone
So you better go home where it's warm and you can

(Chorus)

Living on dreams ain't easy


 

THE PRICE OF ADMISSION
(Fingers/Ogilvie)

So somebody's told you how to be a man
Just fuck 'em and leave 'em
And score as many as you can
But always have someone who's close to your heart
And if you want to keep her, keep her in the dark
Cos you love her, so you just can't tell her
Yet that's a lie and you know full well

You have to pay the price of admission
You have to pay the price of admission
You have to pay the price of admission
Sometime in your life
Somewhere along the line

And now she tells you that she's fucked others too
She didn't spend those nights waiting in on you
But though she gave her all, she never gave her heart
And she wants to keep you so she cannot keep it dark
Cos she loves you, so she has to open wide
she lets you in up close and blows away your pride

And you have to pay the price of admission
You have to pay the price of admission
You have to pay the price of admission
This time in your life, and lay it on the line

So somebody showed you how to be a man...



 TOUCH AND GO
(Fingers/Ogilvie)

Looking back it's funny that we never lied
That night we met when we were both alone
We knew at once that what we'd want was just that night
Knew it couldn't be forever, cos we each told of another
And then found something al our own

(Chorus:)
We both agreed we felt the need that goes skin deep
We said up front that's all we'd want and so
We took the love that felt so good and had to be
Just a case of touch and go

When we'd got that usual block out of the way
We both relaxed, sat back and felt so sure
Saw eye to eye and looked each other in the face
Hours we talked with warmth and laughter
And we still could talk more after
In the dark up on the seventh floor

(Chorus)

Some might joke I came and went, and snigger she's a whore
But there's two people know it meant much more

Looking back was not allowed that morning so
We each stuck by what we'd said
Rose and left without regret
But for a moment it was touch and go

We both agreed we felt the need to touch and go
but oh, you know, it was touch and go



 STANDS TO REASON
(Fingers/Ogilvie)

They say our country's on the rocks and Britain is the greatest
They say the blacks get all the jobs, they say that they are lazy
A nice girl won't let you have sex, enjoys it if you make her
The media all twist the facts, I read it in the paper

Stands to reason
You've heard it said so it has to be the truth
Fact or fiction, what's the difference, they say it's so
But think again, repeat mistakes and it's never gonna change
And you never get the truth if you never ask yourself
What do they know?

They say all cops are bastard thugs, they're all a bunch of racists
The Scots are mean, the Irish mugs, at heart all men are rapists
Girls today they ask for it, I never touched your mother
And youngsters now are all on drugs, yes, thanks, I'll have another

Stands to reason
Mark my words, take a tip from one who knows
You will know more when you're older, they say it's so
But come again, question it when you see it doesn't fit
And you never get the truth if you never ask yourself

So you ask me what's the score
Well, I can only say to make up your own mind
I'd rather see the whole world die than you or I believe a lie
What do I know?

We had it hard when I was young, we used to have such great times
A man took pride in what he'd done, you should have seen the breadlines
To get back to that golden age there must be unemployment
But kids today don't want to work, they're just out for enjoyment

Stands to reason
It won't change cos it's always been the same
People hating, people fighting, they say it's so
Do you believe that? Perhaps you do but it's only up to you
And you never get the truth if you never ask yourself
What do they know?

 
 

BITS OF KIDS(Fingers/Ogilvie)

It was nothing like that in my day, not here in my town
We didn't get things all our way till we were full-grown
Now they go into pubs, and you're gonna get mugged in my town
So you read about it every day, in the headlines
How they take and take and drive away, sex and late nights
And it's gotta be wrong, because they're so young

They're only bits of kids, they're only bits of kids
It's always bits of kids today

She makes the breakfast, one of eight, all in one room
Each uncle's call keeps them up late, yes, in this town
And he won't go home. 'cos he'll just be alone till night time

They're bits of kids, they're only bits of kids
It's always bits of kids today

Broken cities, 'n' broken homes, bits of kids who don't grow whole
Broken cities, 'n' broken hearts, bits of people who fall apart
In my town

And it seems there's nothing anyway, not here in this town
Everything is only yesterday, and on the way down
And we're gonna be wrong, so we gotta be strong
In our own time

We're bits of kids, we're only bits of kids
It's always bits of kids today
Bits of kids, we're always, here in my town


 

WELCOME TO THE WHOLE WEEK
(Fingers/Ogilvie)

And now and then when I'm in the mood
I might get up at the crack of noon
Then take a wander down to the arcade
Might as well clock up a great high score
and hang around with my mates before
I wander back to find my dole's been paid
Stay outdoors, play football, or simply play the fool
If it rains go back in, you can always watch Play School

Don't try to tell me that it ain't a lot
I'm gonna make the best of what I've got
So I have no job, welcome to the whole week

I've always got my LPs to play
Or find a friend to get a loan and tape
And any time it's time to eat again
Before you know, it's any night and so
you meet the gang and go along the road
Take any chance to have a drink or ten
Share the crack, blokes with cash
Get a hit of something else
Out all night, shout and fight
It makes you feel that you're yourself

Some of you have got it in for me
I don't need that or your sympathy
So I have no job, welcome to the whole week

If you don't mind, I've decided to live my life
Well, it's always something to do

My girl comes round and all we do is talk
For hours on end, or we don't talk at all
While we more, or less, as we please
You keep on that it's wrong
We haven't earned lives of ease
But there's no work to do
And I won't queue up on my knees

I never said that this was my ideal
But still I'm gonna feel and make it real
So I have no job, welcome to the whole week

I never promised you I'd go away
You can't ignore me cos I'm here to stay
So it's too bad, let me at the whole week


 

BIG CITY NIGHT
(Fingers/Ogilvie)

Stop and go on an empty crossing
The lights keep changing to only their hum
And standing in line along the kerb
The bin bags wait till the morning comes
You hear yourself walk echo lonely
See shadows move in every door
Are you sure that's your own footsteps behind?
Is there really nothing to turn round for?

(Chorus:)
And you feel that you're always gonna walk
The city streets all on your own
The night is dark as a car crawls by
And the road goes on and on
They don't even care about you
They never even think about you
Cos they're gonna do without you and you're gone

Just another big city night

Over your shoulder, round every corner
Remember what's happened to people you've known
Watch for yourself, cos no-one else will
You're gonna get it if you're alone
Suddenly a stab from a knife out of nowhere
Jumped from behind like they always do
It only makes one line in the paper you read
Somebody got it, but it was you

(Chorus)

Just another big city night
Who's it gonna be tonight?


 

TALKBACK
(Fingers/Ogilvie)

Every time I go to speak my mind you just ignore me
Every time I try to have my say you have it for me
They say there's freedom of speech
But when I try to make free you say

Don't you talk back to me
Don't you talk back to me
Don't you talk back to me
Every time

Every time I ask you to lend an ear I get both together
Everything I say just goes in one and out the other
They say there's freedom of thought
But when I think out aloud you say

Don't you talk back to me
Don't you talk back to me
Don't you talk back to me

Now you must see reason
See that I'm a person
Shut you face and listen, ain't it time

And if you open your mouth
I'll jump straight down you throat and say

Don't you talk back to me
Don't you talk back to me
Don't you talk back to me
Any time


 

IS THAT WHAT YOU FOUGHT THE WAR FOR?
(Fingers/Ogilvie)

Yes, I know you did your bit back then, but what was it you won?
Take a good look around you now, whose side were you on?
And I wonder if you understand at all
And I wonder if you ever ask yourself

When everyone has an equal chance to live the life they buy
When free health care can save your life, but queue until you die
Then I wonder if you understand at all
And I wonder if you ever ask yourself

(Chorus:)
Is that what you fought the war for
Is that why you fought the war
Is that what you fought the war for
Is that why you fought the war

When still the muscles make the man, and men make women pay
when Britain's flag is a badge of hate, and just the fair can play
When still the homeless, jobless cry, when money shouts and lies
and buys off just enough to vote, pass by the other side
Then I wonder if you understand at all
And I wonder do you never ask yourself

(Chorus)

At the going down of the sun
And in the light of day
All you need remember is
We won't be taken like your generation again

(Chorus)

 



SHE GREW UP (Burns/Ogilvie)

I'd met her before somewhere, I knew the face
But she had green spikes in her hair, back in 78
Now the plastic bin liner skirt and the safety pins
Have given way to a zip pocket shirt and designer jeans

(Chorus:)
She said, 'I guess I grew up you know how it goes
Oh yes I grew up, but I didn't grow old.'

I'd met her looking for fun, out on her own
Now she had a kid in the plan, and a husband at home
But she's got a hold of her life, and she's taking a chance
She's in a job that she likes, and she still loves to dance

(Chorus)

She said that she was just, just what she wanted to be
But she would never forget the way the music set her free
The way it set her free.

I said of course she grew up, cause that's how it goes
Sure she grew, but she'll never grow
We said yeah we grew up, cause that's how it goes
Yeah we grew up, but we'll never grow old
We will never grow old



NO SLEEP 'TIL BELFAST
Fingers

No Sleep `til Belfast
5 years on we`re still the same
Fucking useless with the same old name
Bored of this life and you are too
Thought that we'd try something new
Now we`ve decided to rap tonight
But all we came up with was this ol `shite
Inflammable material planted in my head
It`s a suspect device that's left 2000 dead

No Sleep `til Belfast
No sleep `til Belfast

See the boys drink boots of lager
Fuck the car, into the Lagan
See the hoodlums scream and rock
Act like you don`t give a fuck
Henry, Dolphin, Jake, Ali
All together we're SLF
Now you`re ready to feel the noise
Listen to the Stiff Little Beastie Boys

No Sleep `til Belfast
No Sleep `til Belfast

Alright Henry`s gonna wheel some hot guitar at ya

No Sleep `til Belfast
No sleep `til Belfast
No Sleep `til Belfast
No Sleep `til the Ulster Hall





IT'S A LONG WAY TO PARADISE (FROM HERE)
Jake Burns

When you're young you stand your ground
And nothing seem to get you down at all
Then you grow to realise
That everything ain't black and white, it's brown
On and on your life drags on and every day's the same

(Chorus:)
It's a long way to paradise from here
It's a long way to paradise from here

Every week you stand in line
You queue to put your name upon a form
And every week they have devised
Another way of making you feel small
On and on your life grinds on and you're not living at all

(Chorus)

You think you're tough, You think you're smart
But they know how to break your heart
they'll chew you up and spit you out and make you start again

(Chorus)


STAND UP AND SHOUT
Note: The demo version on the Beirut Moon EP has slightly different
lyrics.
Dolphin Taylor/Jake Burns

It's time to ask yourself just what you want to be
Just look around tell me exactly what you see
No sitting out no chance to settle in your place
You're with us now don't be a name without a face

(Chorus:)
Stand up and shot for what you want to be
Stand up and shout what you believe
Stand up and shout for those you want to free
Stand up for the one and only

Get on your feet and raise your fist up for the count
What's yours is yours if you will just stand up and shout
No looking back you got to play the cards you're dealt
Break down the barricades and speak up for yourself

(Chorus)

Don't you know who speaks up for you
You can't rely on no-one else to pull you through

So what you're think might be what we want to hear
Don't keep it hidden got to shout your message clear
No easy answers when the question is self doubt
Better wrong than silent gotta let your feelings out

 

GET A LIFE
(Jake Burns)

Well you snap to attention and pay heed to what they say
Cos you know that you please them all that way
And you don't need to think now cos your mind has gone astray
And they'll do your thinking anyway
And your head is full of ideas that don't mean a thing

With your new sense of duty and your brain washed shiny clean
It's time to take your part in the parade
Yet you sound like your father and I don't want to be mean
But did you never want to break away
And your head is full of answers with no questioning
And your life is very simple you won't let the outside in

(Chorus:)

Won't you tell me, why won't you get a life?
Are you scared of what feels right?
Won't you help me, reach the meaning of you

Well it's hard for me to understand how this could be
You're the same age as me, yet you're older by years

Well you snap to attention and pay heed to what they say
Cos you know that you please them all that way
So I won't try to change you, you can carry on that way
But I hope you come back to life one day
And your head is full of ideas that don't mean a thing
And your life is very simple you won't let the outside in

(Chorus)

 

CAN'T BELIEVE IN YOU
(Jake Burns)

Don't think of tomorrow, do it today
Let's live our lives in yesterday
The lies you're spreading were dangerous then
I can't watch you spread them all again
You tell me we're more equal then other men I know
But your advice just can't be right and can't be left to grow

It's hard to reason, it's hard to see
Why you never learn from history
You came downtrodden and you learned to walk
And now you want to march before you talk
You're looking for a scapegoat a victim or a fool
And though you're free now that don't mean
You've freedom to be cruel

(Chorus:)
Don't give me opinions when you can't understand truth
I can't listen to a word you say, you haven't any proof
I believe in standing up for what I think is true
But you hand me all this hatred and I just can't believe in you

You're being twisted, you're being used
And you'll never see my point of view
You're kicking back now but can't you see
That what you're kicking ain't your enemy
You're taking easy answers, believing age old lies
Though once oppressed you're like the rest
And just as much despised

(Chorus)

Tell me all your problems, how you never got a break
And now you're free, you're telling me
That what you see you'll take

It's all so stupid, it's all so sad
That you've had to have the life you've had
That system's gone now, everything has changed
And there's no-one left to take the blame
You've got to start rebuilding, rewriting your own rules
Get it right don't end up like those bullet headed fools

(Chorus)

 

THE ROAD TO KINGDOM COME
(Jake Burns)

Your family can't help you, they're standing in your way
Tight restrictions, contradictions, more rules every day
Hold you down, they'll hold you down, you've got to get away
London's calling, no more stalling, sleeping in your own doorway

They never stop to reason, never question why
The world's out there and they don't care, still you're gonna try
Hold you down, they hold you down, they'd never let you go
And now you've been, at last you've seen and now I think you know
That you've been

(Chorus:)
Running down the road to kingdom come (wouldn't believe me)
Never gave a thought to all the people that you're running from
Running down the road to kingdom come (who'd 've believed it)
And all the time you only want a home

Your countrymen are peasants, you hate to have them near
You just can't seem to realize, you've got nothing to fear
Hold them down, you'll hold them down, you'll keep them in their place
It's hard to find a land so blind it turns on its own race
and you're still

(Chorus)

I wish to God that someone here could help you
I wish someone could help you sort your fate
But you must do all the things you feel you have to
And when we realize it's too damn late

This world is too damn idle, it has to pay its way
Cut down the trees and clear the seas, let's live for today
Hold it down, we'll hold it down, that preservation noise
Cause after all it won't be long, we'll hear nothing at all
And we're all

(Chorus)

 

WALK AWAY
(Jake Burns)

You feel the damp in the evening air
You see them standing, you can feel their stare
You hear their insults, you can hear them shout
You try to answer but no words come out
Your face gets hotter as the anger rise
You can see excitement in their eyes
As they free their aggression in the usual way
It's easier to fight, harder just to walk away

The streets are empty as you're going home
You got your collar turned against the cold
You're tired and hungry and you're fit to drop
The rain is pouring won't it ever stop
You hear a voice from the alleyway
Saying "Come here boy don't I know your name"
And there's no use in running so you gotta stay
It's easier to fight, harder just to walk away

The corner boys on the march again
Got a size 10 boot where they keep their brain
Drinking cheap wine acting hard and loud
You cross the road get lost in the crowd
You feel your heart beat as the taunts ring out
No comprehension what it's all about
They don't need a reason for this anyway
But it's easier to fight, harder just to walk away

So you stand and lash out, though you know that it's wrong
And it's hard to believe that's how we get along
Here in every city, happens every day
Easier just to fight, easier just to fight
Easier just to fight than walk away

No sense of logic in a flying fist
No point in calculating what they've missed
That's what we made them, it's not their fault
We just ignored them when they needed taught
You hear a voice from inside your head
Saying "With that life you'd be better off dead"
You know they got no hope from day to day
But it's hard to try and help, much easier to walk away

 

 

NO LAUGHING MATTER
(Jake Burns)

You tell me all your tales and your stories
You give me all your theories on life
How nothing that I say ever matters
And nothing I do's ever right
The world's put here just to pass your time
You care for nothing at all
This is no laughing matter

You seem to have no spark only boredom
You seem to have no interests at all
You seem to think you're better than others
You seem to be just ripe for a fall
Sometimes I just want to smack your face
Sometimes I don't care at all
Sometimes I just want to smack your face
Sometimes I don't care at all
This is no laughing matter
This is no laughing matter

Nothing seems to get to you
Nothing gets through at all
This is no laughing matter

I'll take away what few friends are left you
I'll show them all what fools we have been
We'll leave you right up there on your altar
A hero on your own silver screen
Because the world's not there just to pass your time
You'll see you're nothing at all
I said the world's not there just to pass your time
You'll see you're nothing at all
This is no laughing matter

The world's not there just to pass your time
(repeat)


HARP
(Jake Burns)

Don't pity this poor immigrant
My eyes were open when I caught the boat
All I wanted was your shelter, and maybe just a little hope
But you turned your anger on me for the courage that you lack
I don't want your half-assed freedom
You can have the whole deal back
Now let me tell you something
Let's get this straight from the start
Don't call me harp, don't call me harp

You said "Bring me your poor and destitute
And I can kick them when they're down"
Cause there's always enough misery
And we'll be sure to share it round
Now I'll turn my anger on you for the decency you lack
For the morals you fail to uphold, your cocaine, crack and smack
To the land that wears it's heart up front
I'm screaming from the back
Don't call me harp, don't call me harp

And the ghetto's almost full now
It's time the trash was moved uptown
And the sight of all those beggers on the streets
Must really get you down
Soon they'll turn their anger on you for the promises you broke
For all the lies you told them as their dreams went up in smoke
And I feel I stand among them as I shout this from the heart
Don't call me harp, don't call me harp

You built your land on principles decent, brave and true
I find it hard to understand just what went wrong with you
Don't call me harp, don't call me harp

 

FORENSIC EVIDENCE
(Burns/Foxton)

You got the lawyers and establishment
You got the proof
You got public opinion
And it's all the truth
You got first rate witnesses
Straight from the scene
So the only person guilty
In this court is me

You got forensic evidence
That never lies
You got someone who says
I'm guilty by my eyes
You got lie detectors
That you never use
But I'm the only person here
Who knows the truth

But you never here my voice
Never listen when I talk
Made your mind up in advance
And I'm going to take that walk

Chorus:
You based your case on circumstance
That's all it was and ever will be
And I never stood a chance
The old boys network's stronger than me

My friends and relations
Never gave up hope
That one day you'd listen
And admit you're wrong
But the old school system
Turns another blind eye
And I'm so unimportant
That I might as well die

And you never here my voice
Never listen when I shout
You put me in here long ago
And I'm never getting out

(Chorus x 2)

Now the truth has been unearthed
And opinion moves my way
You can't hold me in this prison cell
Not even for another day

And you have to hear my voice
Have to listen when I scream
Yet I wonder how you sleep
But if you do I hope you dream
(Repeat)

(Chorus x 2)

 

 

BABY BLUE (WHAT HAVE THEY BEEN TELLING YOU)
(Jake Burns)

Always seems to be the same round here
Town full of losers all crying in their beer
Nobody's willing to take any chance
Drown you brain in the rave machine and dance, boy dance
You got one last shot here to change your world
yeah, one last push just might make it work
But you sit on you arse watch you life drift by
Lookin' at you, tell me, should I laugh or cry

Why can't you realize it's all gone wrong
why can't you see who's laughing now

(Chorus:)
Baby blue, baby blue, what have they been telling you?
Baby blue, baby blue, what have they been telling you?

Everyday you toe the same tired line
Slave to your past you just serve your time
Stand and watch as it falls apart
They've taken your mind, your will and your heart
You got one last shot here to change your world
yeah, just get out and make it work
But you're much too scared to take the risk
In case they put your name on their endangered list

Why can't you see that it has all been lies?
Why can't you hear them laughing now?

(Chorus)

I'm not the sort of man to just leave well alone
I feel we're all owed so much more

Now they're telling us the world's gone wrong
In fact it's been like that all along
Not just the ozone but the black coal seam
We're left with the sour milk cos there's no more cream
This is our last shot to save the world
Yeah, our last effort might just make it work
But they're much too scared to commit their wealth
It's time to force some international health

When will they realize it's not too late?
I guess they never will somehow

(Chorus)

It's not all over now baby blue
It's not all over now baby blue.

 

 

I WANT YOU
(Taylor/Emanuel)

I don't know how to say
I think that we should call it a day
It's easy to be your slave
That's not the way that I want to behave

Believed you when you lied
Could stop you if I tried
Now I reach out for you just to stay alive
I want you
I want

Won't miss you if you go
I'd kiss you adios amigo
Because now I understand
You make me an embarrassing man

Who people see as weak
Yet you play upon my greed
I wish you didn't satisfy my needs
I want you

I've lost count of the times
I've forgotten my lines
And everyone laughed at the fool
So I put you on hold
Although it turns me cold
I'm sick of you calling the tune
I want

I can't say this is the end
Cause if we're no longer together
I'm telling you never again
I know that forever
I'll want you
I want you

 

 

THE NIGHT THAT THE WALL CAME DOWN
(Burns)

Maybe you remember, before the wall came down
How we hated one another from the other side of town
Now I'm an old man
And an old man can see
All that hate can leave you with
It's just photographs and no permanent past
And an ever growing rift

Back then it was easy to blame the other guy
You had it all so they built the wall and we were left to cry
And a young man
With a young man's haste
Will challenge every law
So he'll try to break out but there's never a doubt
That he is bound to fall
Then there's all the lies they tell you
And the lies you tell yourself
So you end up crying

Chorus:
The night that the wall came down
The night that the wall came down
The night that the bricks fell apart
And the wall came tumbling down

They said it would protect us, from evil from the west
How you'd sacrifice everything in the pursuit of personal wealth
But a mother
With a mother's tears
Sees her family torn apart
There are some by her side others still trapped inside
Only living in her heart
So what use, the lies they tell you
Or the lies you tell yourself
So you end up shouting
(Chorus)

Oh, oh, oh and don't let them tell you
The future holds no hope
Oh, oh, oh never let them beat you
Look forward, take control

Verse 1 & middle 8 repeats
(Chorus)

 

 

COLD
(Jake Burns)

Sometimes it's fine, sometimes I know just what it's all worth
Sometimes it's fine, sometimes it feels like heaven on earth
Then other times you scream at me, the hate freezes your soul
And it's cold, it feels so cold, it's so cold, it's cold

Sometimes we smile, sometimes we sit there and laugh out loud
Sometimes we smile, sometimes I'd try to seek you out in a crowd
Then other times I'd run a mile than see your face again
And it's cold, it feels so cold, it's so cold, it's cold

Sometimes we talk, sometimes we reason everything out
Sometimes we talk, sometimes I wonder what we argue about
Then other times I see the hate the stubborness that your role
And it's cold, it feels so cold, it's so cold, it's cold
But I won't cry, I won't cry, I won't cry anymore

Sometimes we fight, sometimes we stand toe to toe and shout
Sometimes we fight, sometimes I want to get up and get out
Then other times you smile at me and arguments seem old
It's not cold, it's not so cold, it's not cold, not cold
But I won't cry, I won't cry, I won't cry anymore

 

 

WHEN THE STARS FALL FROM THE SKY
(Burns/Foxton)

Mid-October, sixty one, the french police were having fun
Cutting down Algerians, breaking heads all over town
Yet no-one saw, no-one knew and no-one dared to speak the truth
200 dead became just two, sweep them in the river
The witnesses were run to ground, put the bastards underground
Round up every black in town who dared to show their face

(Chorus:)
When the stars fall from the sky, when the world cannot make me cry
That's when the scales will fall from your eyes
And let you see the truth

Boipitong in ninety two subjected to a murder crew
Well trained policemen charging through
A crowd that's armed with slogans
Yet no-one saw and no help came, no-one wants to take the blame
These people that you try to tame will get round to you later
The protesters were run to ground, put the bastards underground
Buried every black in town who dared to raise his voice

(Chorus)

Every day around the world the voice of truth cannot be heard
Men and women disappear they have to live their lives in fear
Yet something makes them stand and shout
One day they will find you out
Round up every fact in town and shove them in your face

(Chorus)

 

 

WHAT IF I WANT MORE?
(Jake Burns)

I'm sick of being pushed around
I'm tired of being forced back down
So all your dreams and your ambitions lie there on the floor
What if I want more? What if I want more?

I'm fed up hearing "No can do."
I'm hacked off listening to you
Just because you've given in, that doesn't mean they have to win
Scraps of hope from rich man's table fall down on the floor
What if I want more? What if I want more?

I've had enough of hopeless clowns
If you don't want to swim, then drown
You want to wallow there in sorrow, sit there on the floor
What if I want more? What if I want more?

 

 

YOU NEVER HEAR THE ONE THAT HITS YOU
(Jake Burns)

You never hear the one that hits you, no!
Well, you work real hard and you stay in line
Got your nose to the grindstone all the time
Then they say, "I'm sorry and I know it's hard
But there ain't no work, just pick up your cards"

And you never hear the one that hits you no
Never did, never will
You never hear the one that hits you no
Never did, never will
You never hear the one that hits you no, no, no

So you send applications all over town
and the only replies are to turn you down
Then after months someone's on the phone
And you get to the interview the job's long gone

And you never hear the one that hits you no
Never did, never will
You never hear the one that hits you no
Never did, never will
You never hear the one that hits you no, no, no

Sneaks up behind you and hits you in the head

So you reach the point where you just don't care
And you've made up your mind to live on fresh air
Cos it doesn't matter what's been done or said
And you better start living, you're a long time dead

And you never hear the one that hits you no
Never did, never will
And you never hear the one that hits you no
Never did, never will
And you never hear the one that hits you no, no, no

 

 

 

(I COULD) BE HAPPY YESTERDAY
(Jake Burns)

Just like the autumn
When leaves turn brown and fall upon the ground
That's how you left me
You just went cold and everything changed round
If I could have that time again
Would we still be friends
Or am I lying?

Chorus:
With everything I've said and done
And every race that I have run
When there is nothing more to say
I could be happy yesterday
With every lie that I've been told
And every dud that I've been sold
I would forget them anyway
I could be happy yesterday

Goodbye forever
You packed your bags and headed out the door
I'm being clever
Seeing if there's more points I can score
And though I'm sneering all the time
I'm dying inside
Do you remember?

(Chorus)

I could be happy
Oh, so happy
I could be happy
But it seems that I'm frustrating
All attempts at my elation

Chorus: x 3


TINDERBOX
(Jake Burns)

Then the rain came down
And washed all hope away
And your life's a train
But it only goes one way
What about the times when you were happy
Balance them against the times you're sad
Was there once a time when you felt lucky
Or do you regret the times you've had

Chorus:
Cos sometimes I feel
I live in a tinderbox
And just one spark
Sets the whole thing off
And sometimes I see
The light die within me
And the flame go out
Leave me in the dark

When your world's a mess
And imbecility gets you down
When you can't accept
The stupidity that's around

What about the times when you were focused
What about the times you know who you are
Do you find it hard containing your emotions
Do you find it hard to just get out the door

I'm hangin' in you're hangin' on (x2)

 

DEAD OF NIGHT
(Jake Burns)

Walk the streets at midnight
As the rain pours down and freezes on the ground
Lean against a street light
Try to work out where it all went wrong
I can see you in my mind's eye
I have no choice
I can hear you in the wild wind
I hear your voice
Your voice

Can't believe it's over
I can't believe that I walked out the door
A misplaced sense of honour
Led me to believe I knew the score
I can see you in reflections
You're there all the time
And if only you would let me
I'd change my mind

Chorus:
In the dead of night
(I would be there for you)
I'd be on your side
(My help would see you through)
Trust in me don't cry
(There now you'll be all right)
In the dead of night

It happened all so quickly
One day we were there and now we are gone
I wish that you'd forgive me
Now I know that I'm the one who's wrong
Can't believe I'm so stupid
I would not see
That you never gave up trying
Or loving me

(Chorus)

And I couldn't blame you now
If you didn't want me back
No I couldn't blame you now

Walk the streets at midnight
As the rain pours down and mixes with my tears
And I know I've no right
To try to see you after all these years
But you're always with me
I have no choice
And I know I'll remember
And I'll hear your voice

(Chorus)

 

THE MESSAGE
(Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five arr. S.L.F.)

Broken glass everywhere
People pissing on the station
Y'know they just don't care
I can't take the smell
I can't take the noise
I got no money to move out
I guess I got no choice
Rats in the front room
Roaches in the back
Junkies in the alley with a baseball bat
I tries to get away but I couldn't get far
Cos a man with a truncheon re-possessed my car

Chorus:
Don't push me cos I'm close to the edge
I'm trying not to lose my head
It's like a jungle sometimes
It makes me wonder how I keep from going under

My son said: "Daddy, I don't wanna go to school
Cos the teacher's a jerk, he must think I'm a fool
And all the kids smoke reefer I think it'd be cheaper
If I just got a job learned to be a street sweeper
I'll dance to the beat, shuffle my feet wear a shirt and tie
And run with the creeps"
Cos it's all about money ain't a damn thing funny
You got to have a car in this land of milk and honey
A child is born with no state of mind
Blind to the ways of mankind
God is smiling on you but he's frowning too
Because only God knows what you'll go through
You'll grow in the ghetto living second rate
And your eyes will see a song of deep hate
The places you play and where you stay
Looks like one great big alleyway

You'll admire all the number book takers
The pimps the pushers and the big money makers
Driving great big cars spending twenties and tens
And you want to grow up to be just like them
Smugglers scramblers burglars gamblers
Pickpocket pedlars even panhandlers
You say I'm cool I'm no fool
But then you end up dropping right outa school

Now you're unemployed null and void
Walking round like you're Pretty Boy Floyd
Turn stick up kid look what you done did
Got sent up for an eight year bid
Being used and abused to serve like hell
Till one day you was found hung dead in the cell

 

 

MY EVER CHANGING MORAL STANCE
(Jake Burns)

Well, I find it hard to concentrate
While you sit there and contemplate
Why success is such an aphrodisiac
Cos when push comes down to shove
And you start to talk of love
I don't know why I don't get up
And give your face a smack
When I think of all the lies I've told
It's a wonder I can stand myself

Chorus:
It's just my ever changing moral stance is up for grabs again
My ever changing moral stance is up for grabs again

Though you leave no room for guessing
I guess I ain't learnt my lesson
Cos it's getting to the point
Where there's no turning back
I don't need this anymore
And I should just walk out the door
If I stay here any longer
Then I'm bound to crack
When I think of all the lies I've told
It's a wonder I can stand myself

Chorus

I didn't dream my being here would hurt you
I didn't mean to hurt no-one
I didn't think
But then I never do

So now I find I hate you
And I find I just berate you
Cos you played along
With all the things I asked you to
So please now don't come near
Cos I've had it up to here
And I thought I'd made it clear
That I feel such a fool
When I think of all the lies you told
It's a wonder you can stand yourself

Chorus:

It's my ever changing moral stance is up for grabs again
My ever changing moral stance is up for grabs again
My ever changing moral stance is up for grabs again
My ever changing moral stance is up for grabs again

 

HURRICANE
(Jake Burns)

Hey you, yeah I'm trying to get through
Past that chip upon your shoulder
Come here need a word in your ear
This can't go on much longer
You break what we try to create
And I'm sure that you enjoy it
Don't care if it's proper or fair
Just as long as it's annoying

I see a stillness in your eyes
Says it's a game
And it's a shame
Hurricane
As chaos rages round you
You're sure that you're not to blame
I know your name
Hurricane

You smile as you flatter and lie
And twist the knife behind us
So what if the problems we've got
Will tie us up and bind us
It's tough no-one's calling your bluff
But I have made my mind up
Take care now you'd better prepare
I've taken my last wind up

You stand there smiling
Like you weren't the one to blame
You're in the frame
Hurricane
I stand here screaming
That I've taken all I'll take
I know your game
Hurricane

I see a stillness in your eyes
Says it's a game
And it's a shame
Hurricane
As chaos rages round you
You're sure that you're not to blame
I know your name
Hurricane
I stand here screaming
That I've taken all I'll take

 

YOU CAN MOVE MOUNTAINS
(Jake Burns/Bruce Foxton)

And if life starts to get you down
Don't fall and go under
Or if it's pushing you around
Don't think of surrender
Or if you feel like crying
Don't give up you can't give up no
Just give it one more try
And don't give up the fight

Chorus :
Cos you can move mountains
You can do anything you choose
You can move mountains
When you find it's down to attitude

And when the boss gets on your back
And you've got to take it
Don't think it's something that you lack
Just believe and you'll make it
And if he's grinding you down
Don't give lip you can't give up no
I know you'll turn it around
And don't give up the fight

 

A RIVER FLOWING
(Jake Burns)

Judgement man
On the bench again
Telling me what I've done wrong
Judgement man
Throws away the key
Says he's putting me where I belong
Government man
On my TV screen
Telling me what's right for me
But the government man
On the TV screen
Doesn't see things that I can see
He's calling :
Trust me need me
Put your faith in my lies
Believe me
Trust me need me
We're moving on
Cos we're past believing

Chorus:
We are a river flowing
And you can't turn the river round
We are a river flowing
Why don't you jump in the river and drown

Police man
On the beat again
Beating all that he can find
Criminal man
On the street again
Steal instead of serving time
Preacher man
On the satellite
Says he gonna save my heart
All it takes is a telephone call
And a current credit card
He's crying:
Hold me feel me
Put your hands on my head and heal me
Hold me fleece me
We're moving on
Cos we're past believing

For too long now
You've denied the truth
Now you have to face your fear
Cos for too long now
You've had all the power
But you can't last another year
C'mon:
Face me see me
Realise that I'm what you made me
Hear me join me
Or stand aside as the tide come sweeping

 

YOU DON'T BELIEVE IN ME
(Jake Burns)

Why should I apologise for things I haven't done?
You always crucify me and look like you're having fun
You say that I'm a stranger when I walk through my front door
But if this keeps on keeping on I won't go in there no more
You hate my friends you hate the hours I keep the job I do
I can't believe I ever thought I'd spend my life with you

You don't believe in me
I can't believe you ever will

Why should I explain myself when everything's alright
You make me feel so guilty I can't get to sleep at night
You push me and harass me making all my life seem small
The way you're acting lately's bound to drive me up the wall
You take my dreams and smash them leave them broken on the floor
I think it might be better if I just walked out the door

Chorus rpt:
You don't believe in me
No you don't believe in me
You don't believe in me
No you don't believe in me

 

 

IN YOUR HAND
(Jake Burns)

It's all or nothing
That's how you've always been
All or nothing
With nothing in between
You can't compromise
You can't quit while you're ahead

You won't see reason
You think that's giving in
We try to tell you
But you're not listening
Now I realise
The only help you'll take

Chorus:
It's in your hand
The power to change
To make a stand
To come of age
It's in your hand

It's worse than pointless
To try to talk to you
You've made your mind up
There's nothing we can do
Gets worse every day
You'd think you had it planned
Throw it all away

Chorus rpt:
In your hand but you won't use it
Rather throw your life away
(Rpt above couplet)

It's all or nothing
So nothing it'll be
You see I've made my mind up
And I won't intervene

Throw it all away
Throw it all away I don't care
Throw it all away

 

DUST IN MY EYE
(Bruce Foxton/Jake Burns)

I need no help, no aid
I don't need your assistance
I stand alone my friend
And you can walk on by
Don't think I'm lonely
Cos I'm drinking here alone
Sometimes it's easier
To spend time on my own

Chorus:
You didn't mean to make me sad
You didn't aim to make me cry
I wouldn't really feel so bad
It's just dust in my eye

You were my yesterdays
I'm looking for tomorrows
You keep the fun you had
And I will keep the sorrows
I know it's over
And I'm happy that you're gone
At least I realise
That I'm the lucky one

Chorus:
You didn't mean to make me sad
You didn't aim to make me cry
I wouldn't really feel so bad
It's just dust in my eye

 


ROARING BOYS (PART ONE)
(Jake Burns)

Paddy is waiting in Drogheda town
For the train to carry him south
Another drunken night on the town
Messing around

The Roaring Boys, the roaring boys
It's all the same to the roaring boys
They come into town just to make some noise
Oh the life of the roaring boys

Drinking and fighting and acting the fool
Shouting insults and thinking you're cool
Telling lies and believing they're true
Who's fooling who

Chorus rpt:

Oh the life of the roaring boys.

 

ROARING BOYS (PART TWO)
(Jake Burns)

Won't you tell me all your cares and problems
Won't you tell me why you look so blue
I'll take you into town, yeah, show you a thing or two
I know every bar and nightclub
Yeh, no two will be the same
I know every nightclub doorman
And they'll all know my name
They all know my name

Hey Charlie can you lend us a tenner
Just until Saturday night
You know I'll pay you back man
You know I'll see you right cos

Chorus:
I am a roaring boy
A wild colonial boy
I'll party all night long
Roaring boy

Hey Stevie, let's hit the town
I've got some money that I want to spend
Let's go out on a bender, let's get drunk again
But,
Don't tell me 'bout your cares and problems
Cos' I don't really want to know
I've got train to catch yeah
And I have got to go cos

Chorus: x 2

 

HOPE STREET
(Jake Burns)

So you're living on a false reputation
You're a big man in this town
And it seems by your own estimation
That you're a character of renown
But it's all deceptive
Your facade's defective
Yet it's what's expected
When you're really just the same as all of us

Chorus
You're living on Hope Street
(Living on Hope Street)
You're living on hunger and desire
You're living on Hope Street
(Living on Hope Street)
And I hope that you never loose the fire

Whole lives lived under the burden
The strain of the buying age
Believe me I know it for certain
That you can break from the cage
By holding your head high
Get a little self pride
Self respect on your side
And you'll find that all the doors fly open wide

(Chorus)

And all the problems at your door
Don't let them bother you no more
Just take them all down one by one
You'll find they fall apart
If you face them with head and heart
And what was hard doesn't seem so hard no more

(Chorus twice)

 

TANTALISE
(Jake Burns)

Well I can't lie and I won't try
I ain't waited this long just to hide
This could be wrong but I don't mind
Can't disguise the way I feel tonight
I will be there when you're calling
I will catch you when you're falling
You tantalise I'm hypnotised tonight

You say that this feels like a dream
Won't deal in dreams I've put them all aside
And I believe I've changed for good
I feel so strong I know this must be right
Just your presence makes me hazy
You whip me up when I'm feeling lazy
You tantalise I'm hypnotised tonight

And though it might seem ideal
I worry that it isn't real
It's on my mind all the time
Feeling fine is that a crime?

I won't listen to the people
Who tell me it's wrong to feel this way
They don't feel the way I feel
Electric shock shoots through me every day
Now it seems my brain's on fire
This reaction you inspire
You tantalise I'm hypnotised tonight

Just your presence makes me hazy
You whip me up when I'm feeling lazy
You tantalise I'm hypnotised tonight

 

WHAT DOES IT TAKE
(Jake Burns)

The smallest goal in life's worth having
You need the purpose
You need the ideal
Or the dream
Don't waste the impulse or the longing
Most precious thing
We have in life is time
So use it right
And it feels like you head's exploding
And it feels like you've been set free

You've got the hunger and desire
You've got the talent
Make the move to see what you'll achieve
You feel the fever burn inside you
This kind of illness
Leaves you so alive
You know your mind
And it feels like you head's exploding
And it feels like you've been set free

Chorus:
What does it take?
To set my heart soaring
How does it feel?
To watch my soul fly
To set my face against the wind
Knowing full well I can win

(Repeat chorus)

 

LAST TRAIN FROM THE WASTELAND
(J. Burns/B. Foxton)

Arise!

You've listened to too many liars too long
And too many were your masters
You've got the chance here to right all the wrong
Don't squander it on disaster
You're standing in a bright new dawn
Got hope and belief enough for everyone
Got the opportunity in your hand
Now use it while you can

Arise!

People have written you off many times
But you are a great survivor
And though you have suffered some terrible crimes
I know it's just made you stronger
You're standing on your own two feet
Got a morbid past but you've got it beat
Got the key for living sitting in your hand
Now use it while you can

Chorus:
You've got to hold on
To how you feel today
This is the last train from the wasteland

Arise!

And cynics will tell you there's problems ahead
But you go ahead and solve them
They'll fill you with doubt and suspicion and dread
But your strength can overcome them
You got to face the critics down
Any fool can give in but you can't bow down
You got too many lives and futures in your hand
So save them while you can

(Chorus)

And every road that I've walked down
I know your streets I know your towns
I think I know the way you feel
So stand up strong and proud
Fear is not the answer
Arise!

And though this is only the start I know
How long they have kept you waiting
No matter how far down the road you go
The first few steps, a new beginning
So grab the future with both hands
Nobody said it'd be the promised land
But you can make it better than it's ever been
So change it while you can

(Chorus x2)

Arise!

Last train
Last train
Last train
Last train
Last train
Arise!

 

ALL THE REST
(Jake Burns/Steve Grantley)

He's drinkin' supermarket cider
In a doorway in the town
And he's shouting 'bout the government
And how they let him down
He's got a sister lives in Brixton
Always tried to do her best
Yet she winds up broke and shafted
Just the same as all the rest

He's got a torn and greasy greatcoat
And a New York Yankees vest
And some strongly held opinions
That he must get off his chest
Yet his friends don't think about him
They all gave him up for dead
And they all got real embarrassed
About the problems with his head

Chorus:

Shout it out! (Shout it out with me)
Shout it out! (It's a mystery)
Shout it out! ('cause what I can't see)
Why he's invisible to them
Yet so obvious to me

He make his home in cardboard boxes
And the pigeons are his friends
And you cross over to avoid him
Never try to make amends
For the way that he's been treated
And we all must share the blame
And we never look him in the eye
And never ask his name

I thought we were past this stage
Never in this day and age
These things are still going on
Tell me where did we go wrong
I thought we had changed for good
Maybe I misunderstood
Does our new and caring nation
Only care for politicians
Those that have will all do well
All the rest can go to hell

(Chorus x2)

 

 

HONEYED WORDS
(Jake Burns)

Time after time
The world is pressing down
On your shoulders
I know how you feel
Like you're the only one
Taking orders
It's hard to come to terms
With what seems so unfair
But somewhere in your life
You've got someone who cares

Chorus:
And I'll speak those honeyed words
Yeah, I'll speak those honeyed words
'Cos I know them all

Don't get worn down
It's much too easy to
Be defeated
Stand strong and proud
And let them know
That you won't be beaten
And if you start to waver
Or you start to shake
Just stand up and be counted
Don't begin to break

(Chorus)

So if you think you'll weaken
Resolution overthrown
Remember all we've said
And you are not alone

(Chorus)

 

YOU CAN GET IT (IF YOU REALLY WANT)
(Jimmy Cliff arr. S.L.F.)

Chorus:
You can get it if you really want
You can get it if you really want
You can get it if you really want
But you must try
Try and try
Try and try
You'll succeed at last

Persecution you must fear
Win or lose you're gonna get your share
Got your mind set on a dream
You can get it as hard as it seems yeah

(Chorus)

Rome was not built in a day
Opposition will come your way
But the harder the battle seems
It's the sweeter the victory yeah

(Repeat Chorus)

 

 

BULLETPROOF
(Jake Burns)

A lot of people come to me
And talk at my face
Try to tell me all that's wrong in my life
They give me all of their opinions
And their strongly held convictions
And all of them sure that they're right
I'll give the truth, the whole truth
And nothing like the truth
'Cos confession id good for the soul
But bad for the neck
Bad for the neck

Everyone believes they've something to reveal
And they're offering me their advice
This can only help me get my life in line
They never stop to ask themselves why
I need some help, some guidance
Some backing and belief
But really all I need is a rest
And if you really want to help me
Just stay out of my way
I need some time to reflect
Just leave me alone

Chorus:
I'm not bulletproof
I'm not bulletproof
I'm not...

Now I don't take too kindly to your helpful hints
No matter how heartfelt they're meant
'Cos it usually means I've got some business of my own
That you want to get your nose in
Now that's a fact, you react
Anyway you like
And it don't make no difference to me
'Cos I've met your kind in every walk of life
And I want you to let me be
Let me be

(Chorus)

B.u double l e.t.p.r. double o f
I'm not
B.u double l e.t.p.r. double o f

So for all you instructors, you advisors
And tormentors I'd like to give a little bit back
See the only way I'll learn is to make my own mistakes
And that's an undeniable fact
I've got to fall and tumble
Bomb and then collapse
If ever I'm going to get it right
And you must stand and watch me
And never interfere
You got to let me live my own life

(Chorus)

 


BE SEEING YOU
(Jake Burns/Steve Grantley)

Scams and lies and alibis
Are all your stock in trade
Spin me round, I'm upside down
And I don't know the date
I feel outsmarted deceived and deluded
Completely inverted and unaware
Of all the changes and most of the dangers
Yet I've reached the stage where I just don't care

Chorus:
I tried to believe in you
I was only deceived in you
So now I'll be leaving you
I guess I'll be seeing you

Subterfuge divide and rule
Are all your favorite games
Plans and ploys are basic toys
To realise your aims
I tried to hold on just try to hang on
Try to pretend we could get somewhere
But you're so intent on some pointless diversion
We soon reached the point where I just don't care

(Chorus)

Well, if it ain't one thing
Then it's another
First you cut me cold
Then you're my long lost brother
But I know I can't go on much longer
With the way things are
'Cos I'm that much stronger!

(Chorus)

 

HALF A LIFE AWAY
(Burns/McCallum)

Gill and Galloway were working late
On a summers night in '58
In a small town Alabama hideaway
In the U.S.A.
The two cops were knocking on the door
Of a young black boy
It was a quarter to four
They said:
"Hey nigger! Hit the floor.
You're about to be history."

Pop Bickham was the young black man
He couldn't work it out, he didn't understand
But when they come with their guns you do what you can
So he picked up his rifle and he shot them down
They said he killed them in cold blood
And the jury they agreed
They said: "you'll be sorry for what you've done"
And the whole town they agreed

Chorus:
They picked you up and they sent you down
A poor black boy in a rich white town
And for 38 years you never made a sound
That was half a life away

You see one of the cops had something to hide
He'd raped Pop's sister more than once or twice
And Pop wasn't going to let it go this time
So the cops had to take him out
But the courtroom didn't hear all of the story
They held back facts from the all white jury
No doubt what the verdict would be
Take him down, he's guilty

(Chorus)

All these years in a prison cell
Never once complaining
Half your life gone to hell
All because of hatred and bigotry
You're a better man than me

(Chorus x2)

 

 

NO FAITH
(Jake Burns)

You once were my friend
You once cared for the human race
Now I see avarice written across your face
I tried to help you
But you only pushed me away
I tried to listen
Then I heard you say:

Chorus:
No Faith No Hope
No Love No Charity
Nada nada nada nada mas (repeat)

I hope you'll be happy
Living the life you have bought
Inside you've forgotten the decency
We were both taught
You've made your choice
And now I can give you

(Chorus x2)

 

ALL I NEED
(Burns/Grantley)


When you're facing up to trouble
And your mind has drawn a blank
You've no money in your pocket
Even less stashed in the bank
When your friends seem to desert you
And your family's offside
Want to leave this mess behind you
Want to run away and hide

Chorus:
Then I want it
Got to have it
Hope is all I need

If you feel you're left in darkness
If you feel you're on your own
And the smallest of you problems
Seems to turn up fully grown
Don't give up on your tomorrow
Cos you know you'll reach the dawn
Just spit in the eye of trouble
'Til your suffering has gone

(Chorus x2)


GUITAR & DRUM
(Jake Burns)

Well you get your entertainment
Through a corporate plan
Via 5 young athletes in a dancing band
Who are trained to act moronically
And smile on demand
COs it makes more money for the company man
Well it might make all the young girls hearts beat faster
But it don't amuse this cynical old bastard

Chorus:
I believe.
I believe in the power of guitar & drum
I believe in the hope held in a song
I believe that the music makes you strong
I believe in the power of guitar and drum

Well theirs are songs about heartache
Theirs are songs about love
Theirs are songs about sex sung by an eight year old
And there's no-one making statements
COs rebellion don't pay
And they'd rather that you bought this
Cos it's safer that way
Well. I can't believe that everyone is happy
With the newest teen sensation carbon copy

(Repeat chorus)

You gotta eat McFood
Play with Barbie
Drink Coca Cola
Don't do anything that marks you as solo
Only use your brain for playing Nintendo
Consume everything with corporate logos

Go on ahead make all the fat cats fatter
And for God's sake don't say anything that matters

(Repeat chorus)

 

STRUMMERVILLE
(Jake Burns)

You lit a flame in my heart
And it is burning still
And everytime I hear you shout
It still gives me a thrill
I can see you up there
With your right leg pumping

Chorus:
Goodbye inspiration
Voice of a generation
Goodbye Inspiration
I won't be playing Strummerville again

You wore your heart on your sleeve
With honesty and pride
You gave me hope, made me believe
That what I did was right
You brought out a passion
That had long been missing
Yeah, you brought out a passion
That you never stopped giving

(Repeat chorus)

(Repeat chorus)

And if music seems mundane
It's cos the companies got their way
And all the young bands seem to say
'Please turn our rebellion into money'

So thanks for giving me my creed
I'll try to stay on side
For helping me to dare to dream
After all this time
Cos I still see you up there
On a stage and playing
Yeah, I still see you up there
I still agree with what you're saying

(Repeat chorus)

(Repeat chorus)

Not going to play Strummerville again.
(Clash Clash Clash City Rockers) 

 

CAN'T GET AWAY WITH THAT
(Ian McCallum)

You had us almost believing we were good enough for no one, no how
you had us take it or leave it, it's the best deal you're gonna get right now son
a little dig here, a little word there did you really think that you could control us ?
maybe we didn't make it clear, you can have your opinions but you don't own us

If I ever see your face again it will be far too soon
to say the things I want to say to you

Chorus:
You took us for this you took us for that
you took us for granted you can't get away with that
You took us for this you took us for that
you took us for granted you can't get away with that

If there comes a time when you have to decide whether to trust in someone new
they have to have faith, they have to be true, they have to believe in what you do

If I ever see your face again it will be far too soon
to say the things I want to say to you

(Repeat chorus)

Maybe you're thinking I'm an angry man
but you were building us up so we would knock each other down
and you won't get away with it .... no way

If I ever see your face again it will be far too soon
to say the things I want to say to you

(Repeat chorus)

(Repeat chorus)

 

STILL BURNING
(Burns, Grantley, Foxton)

Now I'm a little bit older
I'm expected to accept all the things that I can't change
I'm supposed to stand aside
While the unfairness you can't hide is paraded before my face
I won't acquiesce or take second best
I'm never satisfied
Cos there's a fire inside won't be denied

Chorus:
And I'm
Still burning see you'll never put the spark out in my soul
Still burning and injustice builds a bonfire at my core
Still burning

If I turn my back on all the honesty you lack
Would tthat make me more matyre?
By pretending to be blind and accepting all your lies
I'd be giving in for sure
I won't acquiesce or take second best
I'm never satisfied cos there's a fire inside won't be denied

(Repeat chorus)

We like to think we live in a fair & just society
Yet we can still lock a man away for 19 years
Having denied him the use of witness statements
That might have cleared his name
And we call that justice?

Not in my eyes

 

 

WALKIN' DYNAMITE
(Jake Burns)

No-one knows exactly where he came from
It was somewhere in Arkansas
Grew up flat broke with no education
Had his run-ins with the law
His fists became his passport out of hell
When some guys saw he used them pretty well
They'd found something to sell

Chorus:
But Sonny tell me
When you were young you had to fight
Became the champion
And you were walkin' dynamite
Prayed on their fears
Though quite sincere
They wouldn't let you change
Oh can't you tell me?

Flying back to Philly in the morning
With the Belt stashed in his bag
He talked of how the whole world would treat him better
Now he was the champ
Said he'd like to give a little back
But no-onre listens to a despised black
Except a well-worn hack

(Repeat chorus)

Minds made up and ears closed against you
You just couldn't understand
You'd made them rich, yeah you'd entertained them
You were still a hated man
It seemed like they had used you as their clown
But never let the bastards grind you down

(Repeat chorus)

(Repeat chorus)

A man deserves his dignity
A man deserves his pride
(Rpt)

 

DEAD MAN WALKING
(Jake Burns)

When I went out last night
I saw a dead man walking
And he smiled at me
As he went on his way

And then he sang a song
Full of loss and longing
That could break your heart or make your day

Why did this man seem so alone
When he was standing
In a crowd of people laughing?

When I went out last night
I saw a dead man walking
And he smiled at me
As he went on his way

 

 

EMPTY SKY
(Grantley, Foxton)

I talk to God sometimes, but nobody's listening
I talk to God sometimes, but nobody's there
What's done is done, no salvation for me
I talk to God sometime but nobody's there you see it's an

Chorus:
Empty sky, empty sky with dying stars & satellites

In the end I know there's nothin' else
In the end I know I'm talkin' to myself
What's done is done I will not be deceived
What's done is done & I know all that I can see is an

(Repeat chorus)

I talk to God sometimes but God knows why
I talk to God sometimes but I get no reply
I will not die it's the works that will end
& once I'm gone I will not be back again

(Repeat chorus)

 

 


BE TRUE TO YOURSELF
(Ian McCallum)

You gotta show me gotta make see
You gotta give me one good reason
And just because they don't agree
It doesn't make them guilty of treason

You say we've got to fight fire with fire
We can never ever let them win
We got to build ourselves a funeral pyre
It's just the world that we're living in

Chorus:
You know everything changes
There can be no turning back
We're pointing guns in the face of strangers
I hear the shout attack attack attack

It's a fine, fine dividing line
Between the truth and the lies sometimes
I don't know what you hope to find
I only know you got to be true to yourself

And now you're out there on the fields of glory
Fighting for my freedom
I know it sounds like the same old story
But you've got to stand up for what you believe in

(Repeat chorus)

It's a fine, fine dividing line
Between the truth and the lies sometimes
I don't know what you hope to find
I only know you got to be true to yourself

Sometimes it's hard to know what's right and what's wrong
Sometimes I feel like I don't even belong

 

 

BEST OF FOOLS
(Jake Burns)

I can't believe you can look me in the eye while lying
Are you for real with your little intrigues then denying
All your words we've already heard
Though I'm not surprised you can't cut your ties with me

Chorus:
Here we are (right behind you cos you're on our side)
Here we are (we bought the ticket, take us for a ride)
Cos we all expect the truth
We must be the best fools

You shake my hand and I count my fingers as you're leaving
A popular man with the people that you keep deceiving
Smoke and mirrors and that confidence
Help with the illusion and the dream

(Repeat chorus)

And so it goes make the snake oil we're still buying
God only knows if the effort's worth it, you're still trying
Hard to tell if you can pull it off
But you're still in charge and we're still on the team

(Repeat chorus)

(Repeat chorus)

 

 

 

I WAITED
(Steve Grantley)

I waited but you never came
So everything just stayed the same
Coulda been good, coulda been great
I waited

Chorus:
I was still inspired but obviously out of tune
I must be dumb as shit to think, we could blow
Away these blues
I waited, I waited, I waited but you...never came

I waited, I kept the faith, I was patient in my own way
Thought you would come, thought you would stay
I waited but you never never never never

(Repeat chorus)

I waited kept the faith, I was patient in my own way
Thought you would come, thought you would stay
It coulda been good it coulda been great

I was hitting the beat but obviously out of time
I never though that I would be left behind
I'd be left behind
I waited, I waited, I waited but you...never came

I waited but you never came
So everything just stayed the same
Coulda been good, coulda been great
I waited

I waited, I waited, I waited but you...never came

 

ACHILLES' HEART
(Jake Burns)

It was a different world back then
Though not so long ago
I thought I understood most men
And now I just don't know
Fo all that I thought myself smart
I can't fix the rupture and break
In my Achilles' heart

And all the certainties I had
Have all been washed away
It seems my world was built on sand
It vanished in a day
With all my beliefs torn apart
All I'm left with now are the shards
(Of) my achilles' heart

What seemed like freams are really nightmares
What seemed like fiction's really real
When my brain won't take in what my eyes say they've seen
Then we've surely reached the end

So although life must soldier on
A way of living now has gone
A right to freedom and to be
Has been denied to you and me
It's difficult but we must start
To undo the damage that's done
To our achilles' heart

 

 

 

WHO DIED AND MADE YOU ELVIS?
(Jake Burns)

It's not a perfect world,
But nobody said it was, yeah nobody lied to you
And it's not fair
But when has it ever been and when will it ever be
There's a lot you should learn
And with your ability learn some humility cos

Chorus:
Who died and made you Elvis?
Who died and made you King?
Who died and made you Elvis?
Who died and made you King?

So you believe your press
You think you're the greatest thing convinced you're the big 'I am'
You're an honoured guest
And we're all glad to have you and we're all picking up the tab
There's something you should know about
How you're perceived
There's something you should know
And it's time you got it straight, I hope I'm not too late so

(Repeat chorus)

Who died?
Who cashed their chips in and left you in charge?
Who died and made you King?

Now in the scheme of things
You're no more important that the guy standing next to you
So stand up straight
And be what you ought to be and not what you think you are
There's a lot you could give if you'd
Just be yourself
There's a lot more you'd get if you'd
Drop the superstar and just be who you are

 

 

 

HIGH & LOW
(Jake Burns)

She got a 2 year old in nursery
And then lately got the sack
She gets a phone call from her mother
And she takes a little flak
Cos she earns all her money now
By lying on her back
Yet it's just an even change she needs
A lucky break she lacks

She's searchin'
High & low
For something to believe in
And for sure
She knows she's had enough of dreamin
If she got the start
She's certain she could do it
Cos it seems quite complicated
But there's really nothing to it

He works from home every evening
Baby laxative & scales
And he'd make a bloody fortune
If he just stays out of jail
Got a network of runners
And a friend who'll stand his bail
Yet he'd give up in a minute
If he had a real career

They're Twoccing cars for excitement
Tearing up council estates
They're painting walls and doors of businesses
With messages of hate
Hangin' round street corners
From the early hours til late
Cos they see no exit, no way out
There's no way to escape

 

PROTECT AND SERVE
(Jake Burns)

Mama Papa it's cold in here
I'm hurt and I'm bleeding and I'm really scared
I don't wanna go back outside
Cos the big boys are waiting and they'll get me one more time

And if we can't protect the weak
How can we call ourselves strong
Is the assurance that they seek
So beyond us all

Help Me, someone, anyone there
This man asked directions and I said I'd help
Now I'm tied up and all alone
And I don't think he ever plans to let me
Go back home

And if we can't protect the young
How can we call ourselves grown
They place their trust in anyone
Only to lose it all

And when it happens we seem so surprised
Like we've not seen it all before
We wring our hands & cry
What do they do it for
What do they do it for
What do they do it for

Broken fingers & the phone's too far
Can't even think now why I opened the door
Robbed and battered I've lost all pride
There was only enough cash to see that I got by

And if we can't protect the old
How can we call ourselves civilized?
And is the comfort they deserve
So difficult to provide?