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)



 

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





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



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