Tomorrow’s Kisses


Turn off your ears turn off your eyes
Turn off your desire to please
I couldn’t want to love again
I couldn’t live at ease
Please shine your light some other place
And take your smile out of my face
I didn’t really need it anyway
Tomorrow’s kisses must wait another day

Make it easy make it plain
Make it like it never was
I couldn’t learn to smile again
I couldn’t try because
I’m younger and I’m wiser than
The girl who loved another man
She didn’t really like it anyway
Tomorrow’s kisses were paid for yesterday

Stories almost gentle of the
Girl’s desire to be reprieved
Reading in the picture paper
It’s only fiction, I’m relieved
Only fiction can break your heart
I tried to learn that from the start
I couldn’t want it any other way
Tomorrow’s kisses were only made in play

Don’t be sorry for me I’m just
Living like I mean to dream
Coffee mornings evenings drinking
Please don’t touch for I would scream
Satisfied that this is real life
Safe as houses blunts the knife
They didn’t show me any better way
Tomorrow’s kisses all have feet of clay

Ooh (La La La Lady)


I heard you say that the wind was just somebody sighing
I heard you say that the rain was just somebody crying
And you’re the strange one, you’re the light
That should be shining in somebody’s night
But all the time you never seem to be trying

And all you know you know that you’re only feeling
Ooh la la la lady why’d you say it’s so appealing?

I heard them say you were not the simple girl you seem to be
I heard them say you were an enigmatic mystery
And you’re the strange one, you’re the light
That should be shining in somebody’s night
I can’t make out why you should cling to a man like me

And all you know you know that you’re only feeling
Ooh la la la lady why’d you say it’s so appealing?

You said that in your eyes I became the giver of the light
You said that no-one’s perfect but there’s a chance I may be right
And you’re the strange one, you’re the light
That should be shining in somebody’s night
And I’m the starlost that rules in your insight

And all you know you know that you’re only feeling
Ooh la la la lady why’d you say it’s so appealing?

I heard the wind say that you were just a little girl
I heard the rain say you cried a tear of whitest pearl
And you’re the strange one, you’re the light
That should be shining in somebody’s night
And I’m too slow to understand you’re giving me the world

And all you know you know that you’re only feeling
Ooh la la la lady why’d you say it’s so appealing?

Fire in Cairo


Well I see him running like he’s running from a fire in Cairo
Running so fast he’ll never see me standing by
I figure he is busy if he’s running from a fire in Cairo
And I’ll never stick around long enough that I can catch his eye

If he runs like this then I think that I am never gonna make it
But everybody tells me that’s the way it has to be
But anything I build I think that he is gonna break it
And if he breaks these things what is he gonna do with me?

Now he’s changing clothes like he’s found himself a job in Beirut
Dressing for the sun while I’m staring at the rain outside
He wants to ride the plane to get there for his job in Beirut
But he’ll never make the door if he can’t get his new tie tied

If he goes out there then I think that I am never gonna see him
But everybody tells me that he’ll send for me real soon
But anything I build is a prison that will never go to free him
And if he climbs the walls I’ll see him in the silver moon

Now he digs himself a hole because he’s hiding from the men from Paris
And he’s got me making soup so that he can keep his strength on top
He’s trying to learn the language so he can parley with the men from Paris
If he practices on me I think that he will never stop

If he starts hiding in the ground I think that I am going to walk away now
Being seen with him isn’t doing my name any good
I’m sure he’s got a heart of gold but I’m sure that if he knew how
He’d sell it for a racehorse and make do with a head of wood

Now I see him running like he’s running from a fire in Cairo
Breaking records for the mile with me a full mile behind
If he runs like this I swear I’ll start a fire in Cairo
Because he runs past everything I leave for him to find

If he runs like this then I think that I am never gonna make it
But everybody tells me that’s the way it’s got to be
But anything I build I fear that he is gonna break it
And if he breaks my heart what will he ever do with me?

Stolen Hearts


Castles in Spain are crumbling
Stolen Hearts are tumbling back
In brown paper wrapping that’s been washed by the tears and the rain

So you and I go drifting past
The summers end
Too tired to love too tired
To defend
And when we looked our eyes weren’t seeing
And our fingers missed
Stolen Hearts
Taken with a kiss

Brickdust and mortar at my feet
Broken hearts and bittersweet
But the music isn’t over and the coda is the last thing that I hear

So you and I go drifting past
The summers end
Too tired to love too tired
To defend
And when we looked our eyes weren’t seeing
And our fingers missed
Stolen Hearts
Taken with a kiss

The sentimental years are approaching
And songs will turn to sugar
And the spice will not be tasted for the times have all been wasted

So you and I go drifting past
The summers end
Too tired to love too tired
To defend
And when we looked our hands were touching
And our eyes had dried
Stolen Hearts
That have been compromised

Freedom


I keep my heart close by my side
These days though it has often tried
To steal itself away
It tells me that it’s not content
With all the years I’ve kept it pent
It wants to go and play
But these days I am not prepared
To find it needs to be repaired
Like it has done before
I know it can’t keep up the pace
So it will have to learn its place
I won’t love anymore

My eyes at least are free to look
Their world is like an open book
It’s pages coloured bright
I trust them to see all they see
And always to return to me
Not blinded by the light
Their freedom is not charity
Instead it is the clarity
With which I see my way
And thus I see but don’t possess
And so I measure my success
In keeping love at bay

My arms have nothing more to do
Than hold my memories of you
And keep them in their place
They reach towards a warmer land
A place I used to love to stand
It’s sun upon my face
Painfully I’ve had to learn
I cannot bear one more sunburn
My skin remains too raw
My arms will hold the world away
And I will live another day
I won’t love anymore

My legs may run the day to ground
Pursuing every joyful sound
To hunt down and to kill
I move with undiminished ease
At any moment set to freeze
If everything’s too still
I look for pleasure but I keep
Aware of silence that’s too deep
I do not want to drown
But if I run I run away
I don’t now have the strength for play
My heart’s gone too far down

And all of me must bear the strain
Must hold the line and not complain
Because this has to be
The discipline is all too real
To leave me room for how I feel
I have to think of me
And if you say this makes me cold
Then I reply I’m getting old
And this way I can live
I can’t be free to break again
The hurt’s too much to be sustained
I will hold on to what I’ve gained
I have no more to give

Wrong Road Down


I’m talking to a woman and I’m thinking that she is alright
I’m living with her body and I know that she is there all night
I’m thinking ‘bout my dreams and the way she made them all fly away
And I’m wondering if I’d never met her
Where I would have been today

I’m talking to a woman and I just can’t reach her name
I’m living with her body so are you it’s all the same
And if she ever let me go I know I couldn’t fly just walk away
It’s a long long road that I’ve come
From where I might have been today

I’m talking to a woman and I’m wondering when I’m going to leave
If hatred is my part I don’t know if I will give or receive
My scriptures never told me how to deal with life that turns out that way
And I can’t help but wonder where’s the road
To where I might have been today

I’m talking to a woman and I don’t know who’ll be first to go
We’re living with our bodies and what’s in it our minds will never show
But we can see across the space and time between us and what we say
Both of us thinking it’s a change
From where we might have been today

Oh no no no, no no no no, no no no no no no
Oh no no no, no no no no, no no no no no no…

Hand in Glove


So she comes into my mind again
And doesn’t want to leave
But it’s the other side of her
And it’s the one I don’t believe
Save me from mistaking her
Please save me from love
But she’s got someone on her side
And we are acting hand in glove

So she comes into my mind again
It really isn’t fair
After all the times I’ve asked her
And she didn’t want to be there
If I’m not mistaken
She’s come on me from above
And I’m fighting her and me
And they are acting hand in glove

So she comes into my mind again
I know it’s just a dream
But she’s fighting for my feelings
And the whole thing makes me scream
She’s got inside my insides
Like a hawk and like a dove
And they’re sitting there together
On the perch they’re hand in glove

So she comes into my mind again
And I can’t get her out
Why can’t I face the fact I’ve lost her
And the dreams they leave no doubt
Save me from this making
Please save me from love
I can’t fight the ghost I make of her
When I hold her hand in glove