Out of Time : Lyrics

01 : Amsterdam

Amsterdam

Without any shred of doubt 

Of what our trip was about

We took off into the sky 

Gave an air-hostess the eye

And delighted to be free 

Ordered two more large whiskies

Thanked our hostess very much 

And descended on the Dutch

 

We went down to Amsterdam

Wham bam thank you m’am

 

And I’d like to make it clear

There are red lights in the beer

It seems everywhere you walk

There is something to be bought

So we pressed on through the rain

And the offers went and came

Until finally we stopped

Everybody loves to shop

 

We went down to Amsterdam

Wham bam thank you m’am

 

And I guess it’s one of those

Tough decisions to condone

Would you do it if you could

Is it bad or is it good

 

That night the rain came down in Amsterdam

02 : A Bigger Man

A Bigger Man

As I look out at the window the first thing that I see 

Is a shadow-like reflection looking back at me

‘Cos all the lights are turned off and the night is dark outside

The window’s like a mirror for the things I keep inside

 

I feel scared of how I blend in with the silence of the night 

The curtains start to move as I pull them from the right

And closing off the image of the ghost that looks like me

I wonder if the man I am is all I’ll ever be

 

‘Cos I used to dream that I’d take over the world one day

Me and my guitar in a chauffeur driven car all the way (beep beep and beep beep yeah!)

Yeah I used to dream that I’d take over the world one day

But I guess for most of us it’s just a chauffeur driven bus, what can I say?

 

And sunny days are plenty I feel lucky to be here

The girl who sleeps beside me gets more pretty every year

But every now and then a cloudy day comes by

Something I remember but I can’t remember why

 

‘Cos I used to dream that I’d take over the world one day

Me and my guitar they’d be handing out cigars all the way (Viva Las Vegas!)

Yeah I used to dream that I’d take over the world one day

But I guess when I wake up it’s just an evening down the pub, what can I say?

 

And there’s one more thing to tell you as I put away this song

There’s just no way to tell if you chose right or you chose wrong

So look out at your reflection in the window if you can

And try to see the world outside you’ll be the bigger man

 

Cos I used to dream that I’d take over the world one day

Me and my guitar in a chauffeur driven car all the way (beep beep and beep beep yeah yeah yeah!)

Yeah I used to dream that I’d take over the world one day

But I guess for most of us it’s just a chauffeur driven bus, what can I say?

 

 

Out of Time

Out of Time

I began to notice that at times my conversation seemed to lapse

But I remained focusing on anything that came to find it’s way before my eyes

The moving sky

I’d try to hold on but my feet were off the ground

Off the ground

 

Stop – I’m not one of those you might call organised about the things in my life

 

And anyone who ever cared has given me advice on where to look

And how to find the path you need to guide you through the days the lonely nights and winding roads

So far to go

Just like an astronaut reaching out for Mars

So far…

 

Stop – I’m not one of those you might call organised about the things in my life

 

Sometimes my mind goes out of time

My mind goes out

 

Stop – I’m not one of those you might call organised about the things in my life

Dinner and Weddings

Dinners and Weddings 

 

The best satin sheets

The best looking car

The best things in life

Expensive guitars

I want all your money to fatten my tummy

 

And beautiful girls

The restaurant world

The food here is good

My plastic is gold

Excuse me my dear but this card just won’t clear

 

Don’t you ever get used to it? 

 

I’m changing my face

I’m changing my hair

The make-up you wear

Makes you look ace

But nobody notices me next to you

 

Don’t you ever get used to it?

 

The record goes round and round…

 

Don’t you ever get used to it?

It’s all bull

It’s awful, I know

Don’t you?

With your mouth full

 

You notice my skin

Where it’s wearing thin

One day I’ll tear up all my things

Or just keep pretending at dinners and weddings

 

Don’t you ever get used to it?

Alison

Alison

 

Your thought commandoes climb inside my ears

On a mission to activate my fears

And you’re so beautiful I hardly feel the pain

As they reach the centre of my brain

 

Alison, don’t you know you’ve got me under your thumb?

And now I’m not even my own number one, anymore

 

Please remember my life is in your hands

And I don’t stand a chance against your wicked plans

You’re so beautiful I have to let you stay

Deep inside of me so you can have your way

 

Alison, don’t you know you’ve got me under your thumb?

And now I’m not even my own number one anymore

 

And tomorrow I’d take you over the moon

The stars in the gloom would shine

If only you were mine…

 

With my glasses on, I’m sitting in the bath

Trying desperately to make you laugh

But you just sit there righting all my wrongs

Will we ever really get along?

 

Alison, we used to want to find a place in the sun

Where we could be away from everyone

Not anymore

 

And tomorrow 

I’d take you over the moon

The stars in the gloom would shine

If only you were mine

Passer By

Passer By

 

He wants it she wants it

There’s a carton of milk on the shelf 

It’s the last in the store

It never crossed his mind that she’d try to remove it by force

As they crash to the floor

 

The camera it’s watching

As they roll around on the ground 

Going round and around

You’d never think that she’d be so strong

Picking him up and then throwing him down

 

I am just a passer by

I happen to be watching why the hell should I 

Stop and help you?

I see no reason why

Why should I care about you

I’m just a passer by on my own

 

The bus stop she’s waiting

And I think it’s the woman I saw 

With the man on the floor

She’s so calm in the blustery wind that it’s hard to imagine

What happened before

 

She’s looking she sees me

Then asks me nicely:

Has it been long since the last bus went by?

I smile politely and tell I don’t know

But if I could help her I’d certainly try

 

I am just a passer by

I happen to be watching why the hell should I 

Stop and help you?

I see no reason why

Why should I care about you 

I’m just a passer by on my own

 

My breakfast the table

And a mixture of coffee and toast 

And preserves on the side

I never knew that coffee could be so deliciously milky 

And still taste alright

 

The papers a picture

It’s a woman defending herself 

From a stranger at night

And even though that’s not what happened

Part of it’s true in a way she was right

 

 Oh…

 

I am just a passer by

I happen to be watching why the hell should I 

Stop and help you?

I see no reason why

Why should I care about you 

I’m just a passer by on my own

Other People's Lives

Other Peoples Lives

 

Other peoples lives

And other peoples wives

Line the walls of my darkroom

I’m the man who takes away your films

Working on my own

Nobody at home

 

Staring through the drapes 

Of amateur mistakes

No one knows what they never saw

I bet you only show the pretty ones you took

But I see every one

And everything you’ve done

 

I could be watching you right now

With you somehow

I’m in a world with no outside

Living through the slides

Of other peoples lives

 

Holidays in France

Watching your kids dance

To the beat of a silent song

There’s only pictures in my photographic world

Never been abroad

Never been adored

 

Careful with your wife

She has pretty eyes

Even though her waistline is gone

One wonders how you two ever got along

You’re an ugly man

I don’t understand

 

I could be watching you right now

With you somehow

I’m in a world with no outside

Living through the slides

Of other peoples lives

I'm So Bored of the Rain

I’m so Bored of the Rain

 

I’m so bored of the rain

Wish I was in love again

Somewhere over the moon

Three stars and a hotel room

 

Where we could both lie down

And make a sleeping sound

 

I’ve got something to say

But my mind is miles away

Raindrops over my head

One day we’ll all be dead

 

And there’ll be no need

For anything but sunny weather

There’s nothing wrong

With only wanting simple pleasures

Don’t listen to the guns

You’ll only end up blistering your fingers and your thumbs

 

Somewhere up in the sky

There’s this Almighty guy

Making plasticine men

So he can play with them

 

Well that’s okay with me

Let every man be free – so long as you’ll still play with me

 

And there’ll be no need

For anything but sunny weather

There’s nothing wrong

With only wanting simple pleasures

Don’t listen to the guns

You’ll only end up blistering your fingers and your thumbs

 

Come away with

Over he bright blue sea

Put your sun-block on

And we’ll be duty-free

Don’t listen to the guns

You’ll only end up blistering your fingers and your thumbs

Just a Face

Just a Face

 

Oh when did you become just a face?

So easy to replace

Just like everybody else in the rat-race

No longer full of grace

Oh when did you become just someone

So easy to replace

Just a face

 

I remember a time when you were mine

We reached so high it scraped the sky

I couldn’t really say when things changed

I just woke up to find the clouds had gone away

 

And everybody else knows

Nothing stays still when the wind blows

But you were my moon and my sun

So how did you become –

 

Just a face?

Wiped out without trace

Just a speck and then a space

One blink and you’re erased

Oh when did you become something lost something found

Like a penny on the ground

Just a face

 

When the fever has passed

And you wake up to find that you have drained the glass

Or swimming in a bowl – no control

From out of the depths we climb until we find a hole

 

And even though we’ve come through

And nothing hurts now like it used to

When I look back I’m amazed

That now you’re just a face

 

Just a face

No good for writing hits

Too plain for launching ships

One wave and then it dips

Oh when did you become nothing old nothing new

Nothing borrowed nothing blue

Just a face

 

Oh how did you become like everyone

You used to rule the waves and turn the earth and set the sun

But now you’re just the sand

Running through my hands

Just somebody on a train

One tiny little grain

 

Oh when did you become just a face?

So easy to replace

Just like everybody else in the rat-race

No longer full of grace

Oh when did you become just a face

Wiped out without a trace

Just a speck and then a space

One blink and you’re erased

Not a goddess to be praised

No poets giving chase

No apples from a snake

Not chosen to be great

Not favoured by the fates

No change in outer space

Everything is in its place 

No triumph or disgrace

Not so sensual in lace

Every memory a waste

Nothing there to cut and paste

Just a face

The Leading Lady

The Leading Lady

 

When you tell me that it’s over

I think of War

Soldiers boarding trains in stations

Hands pulling doors

Train sets films and celebrations

We won the war

 

When you tell me that it’s over  

I see a play

Richard Burton and Liz Taylor 

Liz gets away

Boozing smoking Richard choking

Sees her go –

 

Through the door

To the backstage entrance

Fall to the floor

With a cry of vengeance

He knows she’s the Leading Lady now

 

I see you inside the cinema  

Next to your man

Watching Tom Cruise save the world again 

Popcorn in hand

You don’t know that I can see you 

So I go –

 

Through the door

To the backstage entrance

Fall to the floor

With a cry of vengeance

He knows she’s the Leading Lady now

 

Train sets films and celebrations

Nothing more

We Went to Nice

We went to Nice

 

We went to Nice 

Where people speak just like ‘zees’

And every girl is a priest

For an empty soul like mine

 

Yeah we ran away 

From everything that was grey

Packed our bags in a day 

Headed out the door for the bay

 

Take me by the sea and please don’t ask me

Maybe it’s the life I left behind me

She broke my heart

She broke my heart in two

She broke my heart into 

A thousand french franc pieces

 

We were paid very well

Down in ‘Nizza la belle’

Where every stage casts a spell

On available ‘demoiselles’

 

Take me by the sea and please don’t ask me

Maybe it’s the life I left behind me

 

She broke my heart

She broke my heart in two

She broke my heart into 

A hundred brand new songs

 

Down in Nice

Where they speak like ‘zees’

 

Take me by the sea and please don’t ask me

Maybe it’s the life I left behind me

Take me by the sea and please don’t ask me

Maybe it’s the life I left behind me

 

We went to Nice

Holy Water

Holy Water

 

Everybody wants to pay and pay

I see it in the market place

Guilty looks on every face

 

Maybe they don’t want to go back home

Feel much better in a store

Better stay and shop some more

 

I feel it in all my bones

Tonight I’d rather not go home

I can see…

 

That this has got to be a new beginning for me

This has got to be holy water 

 

Bargains seem to be on every shelf

There’s one for you and one for me

Don’t take life too seriously

 

Shopaholics always shop alone

‘Cos no-one else can understand

What it feels like in your hand

 

New – newer than yesterday

‘I want it’ is all that I can say right now

I can see…

 

That this has got to be a new beginning for me

This has got to be holy water 

 

I feel it in all my bones

Tonight I’d rather not go home

I can see…

 

That this has got to be a new beginning for me

This has got to be holy water 

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