MUSIC OF SHAM KIEKENS

2002
2009
2012
2015
CD 1
CD 2
CD 3
CD 4
AT HOME
MORE AT HOME
HOMEWORK
IN MY HOUSE

ORIGINALLY SHAM KIEKENS WAS A HARD CORE PUNKER
HE HAD A BAND CALLED NAOP
SINCE THEN HIS MUSIC HAS CHANGED


AT HOME       MORE AT HOME       HOMEWORK

IN MY HOUSE 2015










AT HOME (2002)

1. THE CIRCLE     3.23

2. SOME DAY     4.17

3. GETTING BY     4.38

4. POINT OF NO RETURN     4.19

5. BEEN HERE BEFORE     5.13





MORE AT HOME (2009)

1. WATCHING THE STREET     5.05

2. THEO     5.14

3. WINTER     5.43

4. BIG BAD WORLD     4.54

5. JACOBíS LADDER     11.54





HOMEWORK (2012)

1. SMALL TALK     5.05

2. INTEGRITY     5.14

3. INSIGNIFICANCE     5.43

4. THE POEM     4.54

5. EVERYBODY/NO ONE     11.54





IN MY HOUSE (2015)

1. FADED TO GREY     4.02

2. WHAT A WAY     5.08

3. THE RACE     4.47

4. INFINITE EMPTINESS     4.40

5. IN MY HOUSE     3.45










AT HOME


1. THE CIRCLE

THE SOUND OF A BARKING DOG
WAKES ME FROM MY DAYDREAM
HOW LONG HAVE I BEEN SITTING HERE
WONDERING ABOUT THE THINGS YOU TOLD ME
YOU TOLD ME YOU SEEM TO BE
CAUGHT UP IN THIS CIRCLE
THE CIRCLE THAT YOU CALL YOUR LIFE
SEEMS TO KEEP YOU LOCKED INSIDE NOW

WE JUST CARRY ON
PUSHING OUR CIRCLE ROUND

AT THE FAR END OF THE STREET
THE DOG TURNS AROUND AS IF TO SAY
ĎYOU BETTER GRASP YOURSELF TOGETHERí
I CLOSE MY COAT AND START TO WALK
ITíS GETTING COLD AS IíM WALKING HOME
THE CHIPSSHOP IS DOING OVERTIME
A FATHER IS LATE FROM WORK AGAIN
THE WEATHERMAN SAID IT WOULD RAIN TODAY

I GET MY KEY      UNLOCK THE DOOR
THE SILENCE IS LIKE      A FOGGY CLOUD
I SIT RIGHT DOWN      AND STARE OUTSIDE
WAITING FOR      THE RAIN TO FALL

WEíVE BEEN SO BUSY WITH OUR WORK
AND ALL THE THINGS WE NEED TO DO
WE ONLY FOCUS ON OURSELVES
AND WE ARE BLIND TO WHAT IT LEEDS US TO
I DIAL YOUR NUMBER ON THE PHONE
SO GLAD THAT YOU ARE IN
I WONíT BE LONG GET OUT THE DRINKS
WE SHOULDNíT DO THIS ALL ALONE

LETíS JUST CELEBRATE
IíAM HERE FOR YOU      YOUíRE THERE FOR ME

YOU KNOW ITíS GOOD TO KNOW
YOUíVE GOT A FRIEND


2. SOME DAY

IN A PLACE AND TIME OF HIS OWN
HE HOLDS BACK THE TEARS OF THE YEARS THAT HAVE GONE
WHERE HIS MIND SAYS ITíS TIME TO GIVE IN
HIS HART KEEPS ON FIGHTING FOR SOME DAY HEíLL WIN

SOME DAY HE WILL RETURN
THIS FLAME FOREVER BURNS

SOME DAY      HE WILL RETURN!
SOME DAY      WILL HE RETURN?


3. GETTING BY

I WENT TO BUY SOME FLOWERS
TO MAKE THE HOUSE LESS EMPTY
AS YOU STEPPED OUT OF THE BUS
THAT HEADED OUT TO PHOENIX PARK
AS SOON AS I GOT A GLIMPSE OF YOU
I STARTED TO INCREASE MY PACE
I HAD TO HEAR YOUR VOICE
AND TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT YOUR FACE

FOR A MOMENT ALL THE WORLD STOOD STILL
AND ALL I KNEW WAS ĎYOU ARE HEREí

AS I OVERTOOK YOU WALKING
I PLACED MY HAND UPON YOUR SHOULDER
KNOWING THAT YOUíD TURN AROUND
THOSE BRIGHT EYES LOOKED STRAIGHT INTO MINE
IT HAS BEEN SOME TIME NOW
ĎI THINK IT WAS MARCHí YOU SAID
THEREíS A NEW CAFE ACROSS THE ROAD
LETíS GO SEE WHAT ITíS LIKE

FOR A MOMENT ALL THE WORLD STOOD STILL
AND ALL I KNEW WAS ĎYOU ARE HEREí

      BYE      IíM GETTING BY
      GETTING BY      IíM GETTING BY

THEN YOU ASKED ME IF IíAM HAPPY
AND I WISH YOU DIDNíT ASK ME
ĎCAUSE I KNEW I HAD TO ANSWER
AND I FIND IT HARD TO LIE TO YOU
ĎI THINK I AMí I DENIED THE TRUTH
ĎCAUSE I DONíT WANT TO SCARE YOU OFF
I DOUBT IF I CAN TELL YOU
I AM JUST VERY MUCH WITHOUT YOU

FOR A MOMENT ALL THE WORLD STOOD STILL
AND ALL I KNEW WAS ĎYOU ARE HEREí


4. POINT OF NO RETURN

SO YOU WANT TO GET ME
PASSED THE POINT OF NO RETURN
AND I KNOW THAT YOU MEAN IT
WHEN YOU SAY IíVE GOT TO LEARN

YOUíD LIKE ME TO SAY THAT IíLL ALWAYS BE
STANDING THERE BEHIND YOU AS YOU TURN AROUND

SO YOU THINK THAT WE
WILL ALWAYS BE THE SAME
DO YOU REALLY THINK
NEITHER OF US WILL CHANGE

YOUíD LIKE ME TO SAY THAT IíLL ALWAYS BE
STANDING THERE BEHIND YOU AS YOU TURN AROUND

BUT ITíS OUT OF MY HANDS
AND IíM NOT HOLDING THE WHEEL
I CANíT OVERLOOK THE ROAD
AHEAD OF ME
HOW CAN I PUT FAITH IN
WHATEVER I FEEL
WHEN IT CHANGES LIKE LEAVES
GROW AND FALL OF THE TREES


5. BEEN HERE BEFORE

SITTING HERE FOR HOURS NOW
RAIN IS SMASHING AGAINST MY WINDOW PANE
IíM ON THE LOOSE IN MY HEAD AGAIN TODAY
AND ALL SORTS OF DOUBT
ARE MESSING WITH MY MIND
I FEEL I LOST MY WAY AGAIN
IíM ON THE EDGE I AM GOING DOWN
SO I AM HERE TODAY ONCE MORE
RUNNING THROUGH THE IMAGES OF ALL THE
NIGHTS I SPENT WITH BEERS AND
FRIENDS AND CIGARETTES
NOW IíM NOT SO SURE NO MORE
ĎBOUT THE CHOICES THAT IíVE MADE
THAT LEFT ME IN THIS STATE OF
NO DIRECTION NO CONNECTION

IíVE BEEN HERE BEFORE
LOOKING AT THE DOORS
THAT WOULDNíT OPEN WOULDNíT SHUT
KEPT MY VIEW FROM WHAT IíVE GOT

IíVE BEEN HERE
IíVE BEEN HERE BEFORE
AINíT IT TIME NOW TO CHOOSE A DOOR

SEEING YOU DID ME NO GOOD
IT TOOK ME BACK TO PLACES THAT
IíVE BLOCKED OFF LONG AGO
DONíT WANT TO FEEL DONíT WANT TO KNOW
WELL ITíS TIME FOR EXIT NOW
THINK IíLL JUST BE OFF AND TAKE
MY UNSOLVED RIDDLES WITH ME
DRAG ĎM THROUGH THE NIGHT
I KNOW THAT I AM COUNTING ON
WEIRD SORTS OF COINCIDENTAL CHANGES
OF THE ROAD THAT HAS NO SIGNS NO DESTINATION
THERE IS NO FOREIGN PLACE
THATíS GOT THE ANSWERS TO THE QUESTIONS
I DONíT EVEN KNOW
ITíS ALLRIGHT HERE WITHIN MY REACH

ITíS IN MY HEAD AGAIN
IíLL TRY TO WORK IT OUT
IíLL TRY TO WORK IT OUT




SHAM





MORE AT HOME


1. WATCHING THE STREET GO BY

SATURDAY IS WELL ON ITS WAY
AS I HEAD INTO TOWN
THEREíS NOTHING NOW THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE
NO ONEíS EXPECTING ME AROUND
THE SUN STARTED THE DAY SO GENTLY
THEREíS NOT A CLOUD IN THE SKY
I HAVE SWAPPED MY BOOTS FOR TRAINERS
NO NEED FOR A COAT TODAY

WALKING DOWN AT A VERY SLOW PACE
DAY-DREAMING ALL THE WAY
NO WIND AT ALL AND ITíS COMFORTABLY WARM
TRANQUILLITY FILLS THE AIR
THE CITY STREETS SEEM SO INVITING
ON DAYS LIKE THESE
THE PLACE IS BUZZING THEREíS A POSITIVE VIBE
CROWDED BUT PLENTY OF SPACE

IíM JUST SITTING ON A CORNER TERRACE
WITH THE PAPER AND ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD
IíM ORDERING ANOTHER COFFEE WHILE IíM
WATCHING THE STREET GO BY


ALMOST FLOATING IN MY CHAIR
NOTHING BOTHERS ME TODAY
AND ALL THE GIRLS LOOK TWICE AS NICE
THEIR FRIENDLY SMILING EYES
NO NEED TO MOVE NO NEED TO STAY
IíM SLOWLY BLENDING IN
THE WEATHERíS CAUSING A NATURAL HIGH
OH WHAT A LOVELY DAY


2. THEO

THEO IS AN UNSHAKABLE MAN
NOT EASY TO PLEASE EVEN HARDER TO HURT
LIVES ON HIS OWN HEíS HAPPY LIKE THAT
YOU ONLY GET IN IF YOU PROMISE TO LEAVE

THEO HE IS VERY AWARE
OF CAUSE AND EFFECT AND THE WEIGHT OF IT ALL
CAN NOT BE FORCED TO STAY OR TO GO
PUTS ALL IN PERSPECTIVE THEREíS NO HIGH OR LOW

HATES OBLIGATIONS AND CULTURAL CRAP
CHRISTMAS AND BIRTHDAYS TRADITIONS LIKE THAT
RELIGIONíS AN ANCHOR FOR THE INSECURE ONES
GET MARRIED GET CHILDREN SIGN CONTRACTS FOR LIFE
THEO MAKES SURE TO STAY AWAY FROM IT ALL
MAKES NO ALTERATIONS HE CANNOT UNDO
HEíS SPENT HALF HIS LIFE WATCHING YOU TRY
TO FIX WHAT YOU BROKE IN EARLIER DAYS

THEO IS NOT A CYNICAL MAN
A DAY AT A TIME THEREíS NO MASTERPLAN
MOST OF US LEARN FROM OUR MISTAKES
THEO LEARNS MOST FROM THE ONES THAT YOU MAKE

THEOíS A MAN WITHOUT ANY TIES
THEREíS NOTHING THAT HEíS EXPECTING FROM YOU
DONíT TRY TO CLAIM HIM OR JUMP ON HIS TRAIN
YOUíLL PROBABLY NEVER SEE HIM AGAIN


3. WINTER

BACK INSIDE      TIME TO HIDE
COLD AGAIN      DARK FOR WAY TOO LONG

WAIT FOR CHANGE      NO ESCAPE
SKIES ARE GREY      STAY   STAY AWAY

AND BY THE TIME THE WINTERíS GONE AWAY
THE SUN WILL WIN THE RIGHT AND CLEAR MY HEAD
IíLL OPEN EVERYTHING TO WELCOME THE DAY
BUT ĎTIL THAT TIME IíLL STAY INSIDE
TRYING TO HIDE / WAIT FOR THE LIGHT


4. BIG BAD WORLD

ITíS ALWAYS YOU THEYíRE AFTER YOU ONLY LEFT THE CAR FOR
SECONDS AND THE DAMAGEíS DONE YOUíRE FINED FOR PARKING
WRONG EVERYTHING IS GOING WRONG NOW AND NO ONE LENDS
A HELPING HAND STUCK ON YOUR OWN AGAIN LAST IN THE LINE
AGAIN

WELL MAYBE IT IS TIME FOR YOU TO REALISE YOU PLAY A PART
AS WELL  íTHE BIG BAD WORLD HAS GOT IT IN FOR YOUí  SAYS A
WHOLE LOT ABOUT YOUR ATTITUDE I HEAR YOU MOANING ALL
DAY LONG BUT ITíS UP TO YOU TO BREAK THAT WAVE STOP
FEELING SORRY FOR YOURSELF SO MUCH
DONíT ALWAYS LAY THE BLAME ON SOMEONE ELSE

YOUR CAR WOULDNíT START TODAY THEY MUST HAVE MESSED
ABOUT WITH SECOND-HAND PARTS AGAIN Ė CANíT TRUST THE
GARAGE MAN Ė WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR CASH THEY MUST
HAVE RIPPED YOU IN THE BAR WHEN YOU WERE DRUNK LAST
NIGHT YOU COULDNíT HAVE SPENT THAT MUCH

GO GRAB YOURSELF TOGETHER DONíT WASTE YOUR ENERGY
STEP OVER BARRICADES ITíS IN THE MIND YOU SEE

YOUíVE MISSED THE BUS TO WORK AGAIN THESE BUSSES NEVER
RIDE ON TIME YOU OUGHT TO SUE THAT FIRM WHEN YOU GET
SACKED AGAIN
YOUR SHOULDERíS BEEN DISLOCATED YOU STUMBLED FELL AND
THEN YOU HIT THE PAVEMENT BY THE LIQUOR STORE Ė THEY
DONíT MAINTAIN THE STREETS Ė


5. JACOBíS LADDER

THIS SONG IS AN ODE TO THE MOTION PICTURE JACOBíS LADDER
THE ADDITIONAL QUOTES ARE TAKEN FROM THE VIDEOTAPE

(LOUIS:)

HE SAID THE ONLY THING THAT BURNS IN HELL IS THE
PART OF YOU THAT WONíT LET GO OF YOUR LIFE YOUR
MEMORIES, YOUR ATTACHMENTS THEY BURN ĎEM ALL
AWAY. BUT THEY ARE NOT PUNISHING YOU HE SAID.
THEYíRE FREEING YOUR SOUL.

(THE HANDREADER:)

ACCORDING TO THISÖ YOUíRE ALREADY DEAD.

(LOUIS:)

THIS IS BARBARICÖ BARBARIC!

(JACOB:)

YOU KNOW YOU LOOK LIKE AN ANGEL LOUIS?
LIKE AN OVERGROWN CHERUB.
DID ANYONE EVER TELL YOU THAT?

(LOUIS:)

YEAH, YOU. EVERY TIME I SEE YOU.

(MICHAEL:)

A FAST TRIP, STRAIGHT DOWN THE LADDER.
RIGHT TO THE PRIMAL FEAR, RIGHT TO THE BASE ANGER. I
NEEDED TO FIND YOU, YOU KNOW, I FELT RESPONSIBLE
I FUCKING WARNED THEM!

(THE SURGEON AND JACOB:)

S:WHERE DO YOU WANT TO GO?
J:HOME.
S:HOME? THIS IS YOUR HOME, YOUíRE DEAD!
J:DEAD? NO I JUST HURT MY BACK. I AM NOT DEAD.
S:WHAT ARE YOU THEN?
J:IíM ALIVE!
S:WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?
S:I DONíT KNOW. THIS ISN'T HAPPENING.
S:WHAT IS HAPPENING?
J:GET ME OUT OF HERE.
S:
 
THERE IS NO OUT OF HERE. YOUíVE BEEN KILLED, DONíT
YOU REMEMBER?

(LOUIS:)

IF YOUíRE FRIGHTENED OF DYING AND YOUíRE HOLDING
ON, YOU SEE DEVILS TEARING YOUR LIFE AWAY. IF YOUíVE
MADE YOUR PEACE, THEN THE DEVILS ARE REALLY
ANGELS, FREEING YOU FROM THE EARTH.




LAUGHING






HOMEWORK


1. SMALL TALK

GARY AND ALICE ARE THINKING OF GOING TO SPAIN FOR THEIR HOLIDAYS THIS YEAR
SUSANíS BROTHER LEO YOU KNOW IS MARRYING SHIRLEY NEXT MONTH

THAT IS REALLY FASCINATING THAT IS REALLY GOOD TO KNOW

THE NEIGHBOUR AT TWENTY FIVE BOUGHT A NEW CAR I THINK ITíS A RED ONE AGAIN
IíM CROSSING ĎTHE LESTERSí OFF THE LIST THEY DIDNíT REPLY TO OUR CARDS

THAT IS REALLY FASCINATING THAT IS REALLY GOOD TO KNOW

DO YOU HAVE TO USE YOUR VOICE ALL THE TIME, SO MANY WORDS YET SO LITTLE MEANING
A RUN OF THE MILL THAT NEVER STOPS, A SUPERFLUOUS INFORMATION AVALANCHE

THAT IS REALLY FASCINATING THAT IS REALLY GOOD TO KNOW

LENNY AN JOYCE ARE REDOING THE HOUSE THEY FINALLY GOT RID OF THAT COUCH
ROBBIE GOT NOMINATED FOR THE AWARDS THAT WOULD BE THREE IN A ROW

THAT IS REALLY FASCINATING THAT IS REALLY GOOD TO KNOW

SMALL TALK IS DOING MY HEAD IN, SMALL TALK IS DOING MY HEAD IN


2. INTEGRITY

IT DOESNíT MEAN YOU CAN NOT MAKE MISTAKES
NO LEVEL OF PERFECTION IS REQUIRED
AND YOU DONíT HAVE TO BE ALL THAT PERFECT
ITíS NOT A MATTER OF EDUCATION

THEREíS ONLY ONE WORD THAT SAYS IT ALL AND I
I WILL JUDGE YOU MERELY ON THIS

ITíS NOT TO DO WITH WAYS OF COMPETITION
OR WHETHER YOU ARE GOING UP OR DOWN
NOT YOUR INTELLIGENCE OR SHEER STUPIDITY
PLAY A ROLE WHEN IT COMES DOWN TO THIS

INTEGRITY, BEING SINCERE, IíLL ADMIRE THAT IN YOU
INTEGRITY, NOT ACTING YOU, IN ALL OF YOUR MISTAKES
INTEGRITY, NO HIDDEN AGENDA, WHAT I NEED TO SEE IN YOU
INTEGRITY, PURITY, IN ALL YOU DO AND SAY
INTEGRITY, PURITY, IN ALL OF YOUR MISTAKES

ITíS NOT IMPORTANT TO ME WHAT YOU LOOK LIKE
OR THE AMOUNT OF YOUR SUCCES
ITíS NOT ABOUT THE STUFF THAT YOUíVE COLLECTED
REGARDLESS IF ALL YOU DID IS FAIL

THEREíS ONLY ONE WORD THAT SAYS IT ALL AND I
I WILL JUDGE YOU MERELY ON THIS


3. INSIGNIFICANCE

A PIGEON CRUSHED BY THE WHEELS OF A CAR
WONíT BE MISSED ON THE SQUARE NEXT DAY
A DROP OF WATER MISSING FROM THE RIVER
WONíT STOP THE FLOW OR CHANGE ITíS COURSE
A GRAIN OF SAND TAKEN FROM THE DESERT
WONíT MAKE WAY FOR A TREE TO RISE

BUT WE ARE THE HUMANKIND WE ARE DIFFERENT. ARE WE?
OUR LIVES ARE VALUABLE THEY HAVE MEANING. HAVE THEY?
YOU AND ME WE ARE NEEDED WE CANíT BE MISSED. CAN WE BE?
CAN YOU COMPREHEND THE THOUGHT THAT YOU DONíT MATTER. CAN YOU?

AT LEAST WE CREATED GOD HE WOULDNíT EXIST IF IT WASNíT FOR US
AT LEAST WE MADE CHILDREN NOW WE CREATED DEPENDENCE
AT LEAST WE HAVE IMAGINATION SO NOW THEREíS MORE THAN WHAT WE SEE
NOW THEREíS MORE THAN WHAT WE SEE


4. THE POEM

SHE DOESNíT SMILE AS MUCH AS SHE USED TO
ALL OF HER ANSWERS ARE SHORTER NOWADAYS
SHE SAYS SHE KNOWS WHAT LOVE FEELS LIKE FROM MANY YEARS AGO
BUT IN THE MEANTIME SHE KNOWS THE MEMORY FADES

DEEP CONVERSATIONS DONíT TRIGGER HER NO MORE
SHE FINDS NO CHALLENGE IN WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY
THE EMPTINESS IN ALL YOUR CHIT-CHAT DRIVES HER BACK INSIDE
YOU CANNOT REACH HER NO MATTER HOW YOU TRY

THE POEM THAT SHE LET ME READ REVEALS WHATíS GOING ON INSIDE
THESE WORDS EXPLAIN THAT PALE LOOK IN HER EYES
SHE COULDNíT TAKE THE LATEST DISAPPOINTING TURN OF HER LIFE
THE ONLY THING THAT FOLLOWS ĎBADí IS ĎWORSEí

ďDEAR MISTER REAPER YOU SEEM TO TAKE YOUR TIME
NOT THAT I MIND OR CARE ABOUT WHAT I LEAVE BEHIND
I WONíT BE RUNNING OFF WHEN YOUíLL COME FOR ME
IíLL LET YOU DO YOUR WORK IN FACT YOUíRE WELCOME ANY DAYĒ

SHE DOESNíT PICK UP THE PHONE ANYMORE
THE POSTMANíS PILING UP THE MAIL AT HER FRONT DOOR
I PUSH THE BUTTON I HEAR THE BELL BUT THERE IS NO RESPONSE
NO ONE HAS SEEN HER AROUND NOW FOR DAYS


5. EVERYBODY/NO ONE

ALWAYS LOOK TWICE WHEN YOUR CROSS THE ROAD BETTER BE SAVE YOU NEVER KNOW
YOUíVE QUIT THE SMOKES SOME TIME AGO AVOID THE RISK OF A CANCER GROWING
STAY AWAY FROM THE ALCOHOL SPARE THE LIVER FROM ITíS FALL
EAT YOUR MEAL WITHOUT THE GREASE DONíT WANT TO DIE OF A HEART ATTACK

YOU WANT TO LIVE, YOU WANT TO LIVE OVER EIGHTY
YOU WANT TO LIVE, YOU WANT TO LIVE OVER NINETY

DRINK YOUR CUP BUT NO CAFFEINE KEEP YOUR HEART FROM WEARING OUT
DONíT YOU STAY IN THE SUN TOO LONG YOUR SKIN WILL AGE BEFORE ITíS TIME

EVERYBODY WANTS TO LIVE A LONG LIFE
NO ONE, NO ONE WANTS TO BE OLD

YOU WANT TO LIVE, YOU WANT TO LIVE OVER EIGHTY
YOU WANT TO LIVE, YOU WANT TO LIVE OVER NINETY

EVERYBODY WANTS TO LIVE A LONG LIFE
NO ONE, NO ONE WANTS TO BE OLD

YOU WANT TO LIVE, YOU WANT TO LIVE OVER NINETY
YOU WANT TO LIVE, YOU WANT TO LIVE OVER A HUNDRED




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IN MY HOUSE


1. FADED TO GREY

ALWAYS A SMILE FOR THE ONE'S THAT SHE'D MEET
CAREFREE AND OPEN CREATIVELY FREE
EXPLORING THE PLACES WHERE NONE CARED TO LOOK
LIFE'S ON THE COVER EVERY PAGE A NEW BOOK

SHE'D LIFT ANY STONE TO SEE WHAT'S BENEATH
AND RANDOMLY OPEN A DOOR THAT WAS CLOSED
NO NEED TO SETTLE THE CITY'S HER HOME
THE WIND SHOWS DIRECTION INTUITION'S HER GUIDE

IF I HAD SEEN IT COMING COULD
I HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE I DOUBT
IF I COULD HAVE TURNED HER AROUND
NOW SHE'S MAKING A LIVING IN WAYS
I'D RATHER NOT THINK ABOUT
ALL OF HER COLOURS HAVE FADED TO GREY

SHE NEVER WAS THE SUSPICIOUS KIND
A DEFENSELESS PREY FOR LIFE'S PARASITES
I CANNOT BEAR TO SEE HER THIS WAY
TRAPPED AND NOW HELD BY INVISIBLE CHAINS


2. WHAT A WAY

WHAT A WAY TO SAY HI
MISUNDERSTOOD THOUGHT YOU LEFT FOR GOOD
YEAH YOU'VE BEEN ON MY MIND
TRIED TO ACCEPT I HAD TO FORGET
WHAT A WAY TO SAY HI
WHAT A WAY TO DROP BY

WELL THE YEARS ROLLED ON BY IN A SMOOTH MELLOW WAY
AND NOTHING MUCH HAPPENED NO RADICAL CHANGE
I'VE WORKED HERE AND THERE MET SOME FRIENDS ON THE WAY
MOST OF 'EM LEFT AND SOME OF THEM STAYED

I KEEP TO MYSELF FOUND A COMFORTABLE PACE
MY BOOKS AND MY MUSIC ENLIGHTEN MY DAYS
YOU APPEAR IN MY DREAMS STILL EVERY NOW AND THEN
AND SOMETIMES I WONDER WHAT'S BECOME OF YOU

WHEN I OPENED THE DOOR YOU WERE THERE WITH THAT SMILE
FELT INSTANTLY GOOD THOUGH IT'S BEEN QUITE A WHILE
WE WERE YOUNG AND UNBALANCED BUT OUR FEELINGS WERE STRONG
BY THE TIME WE BROKE UP WE WERE HARDLY HALF WAY

NOW WE'RE LYING IN BED AND IT ALL FEELS SO GOOD
I'M AMAZED AND SURPRISED THAT IT FEELS LIKE IT SHOULD
WANNA WAKE UP WITH YOU HAVE COFFEE AND SMOKES
STILL CAN'T COMPREHEND WHAT HAPPENED TODAY


3. THE RACE

IS THIS A RACE
TAKING PLACE
AM I THE ONE TO OVERTAKE

AMBITIOUS NEED
BLINDED BY GREED
TO FEEL ALIVE YOU NEED TO SCORE

I'LL LET YOU RACE
ALL BY YOURSELF
I DON'T MIND IF YOU GET THERE FIRST

YOU RUN YOUR RACE
THE ONE YOU FACE
COUNT ME OUT I WON'T COMPETE


4. INFINITE EMPTINESS

MISTER HAVE YOU SEEN THE NEWS? ME I JUST FOUND OUT TODAY
THEY FOUND HER WRAPPED IN PLASTIC IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD 'ROUND HERE
I'VE BEEN AWAY FROM HOME LAST NIGHT FOR A SHORT TIME ANYWAY
I WATCHED HER SLEEP SO SILENTLY SUCH A PEACEFUL SIGHT TO SEE

NOW I DON'T FEEL ANYTHING NO MORE   CAN'T FEEL THE COLD OR THE RAIN
NOW I DON'T FEEL ANYTHING NO MORE   INFINITE EMPTINESS FOR EVERMORE

THERE'S A BACK-DOOR TO THE HOUSE AND HER ROOM WAS JUST NEXT DOOR
I RAN MY FINGERS THROUGH HER HAIR BY HER BED KNEELS ON THE FLOOR

NOW I DON'T FEEL ANYTHING NO MORE   CAN'T FEEL THE COLD OR THE RAIN
NOW I DON'T FEEL ANYTHING NO MORE   INFINITE EMPTINESS FOR EVERMORE

YOU WOULDN'T KNOW JUST WHAT IT'S LIKE WHEN THE LAW KNOCKS ON YOUR DOOR
ďI'M AFRAID WE'VE FOUND YOUR DAUGHTER SIR BUT WE NEED YOU TO BE SUREĒ
SOMEONE HAS BEEN IN THE HOUSE AND TOOK MY PRECIOUS ANNE
AM I STILL A FATHER NOW THEY TOOK MY GIRL AWAY

NOW I DON'T FEEL ANYTHING NO MORE   CAN'T FEEL THE COLD OR THE RAIN
NOW I DON'T FEEL ANYTHING NO MORE   INFINITE EMPTINESS FOR EVERMORE


5. IN MY HOUSE

IN MY HOUSE THE TELEPHONE NEVER RINGS
IN MY HOUSE NO FUSS ABOUT ANYTHING

IN MY HOUSE I'M QUITE CONTENT TO BE LEFT ALL BY MYSELF
I DON'T REALLY WANT TO TALK WHEN THERE'S NOT THAT MUCH TO SAY
I DON'T FEEL THE NEED TO SHARE ALL THOSE TRIVIALITIES
I FEEL BETTER OFF WITHOUT THAT MUCH ATTENTION

IN MY HOUSE NO ONE EVER COMES AROUND
IN MY HOUSE THERE'S ROOM FOR JUST THE ONE

I AM CLAIMING MY OWN PLACE IN THE SHADOW
JUST LET THE SPOTLIGHT PASS ME BY
SO MUCH FREEDOM TO BE FOUND IN SECLUSION
PLEASE LET THE SPOTLIGHT PASS ME BY

IN MY HOUSE THE TELEPHONE NEVER RINGS
IN MY HOUSE NO FUSS ABOUT ANYTHING

IN MY HOUSE I'M ALL AT EASE DON'T NEED ANYONE AROUND
WHEN THE PHONE DISTURBS THE PEACE WHEN THERE'S SOMEONE AT THE DOOR
I FEEL THE URGE TO SHUT IT OFF JUST GO AND LEAVE ME BE
I AM NOT ABOUT TO TELL YOU WHAT MY DAY WAS LIKE

THERE'S A GOODBYE IN MY VOICE JUST AS STRONG AS MY HALLO
IT'S BEEN NICE OF YOU TO COME BUT PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU GO




THE SOUND






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