What Do You Want To Talk About?


I think we’ve met before, I know I’ve seen you somewhere

I never forget a face, especially one like yours

Now didn’t you use to work at Billy’s Topless Bar?

You still can’t take a joke, yes I know who you are


Now what do you want to talk about?

What do you want to talk about?


It’s been quite a long time, in fact it’s been forever

I’m not the same man now as when we were together

I gave up taking drugs about six months ago

And I haven’t touched a drink in fifteen minutes or so


Now what do you want to talk about?

What do you want to talk about?

Is there anything left to talk about?

What do you want to talk about?


You took me by surprise when you came in here tonight

I thought you’d gone for good, to start a brand new life

But you might as well sit down ‘cause I’m not standing up

It’s safer on the ground, much closer to my luck


Now what do you want to talk about?

What do you want to talk about?

Is there anything left to talk about?

What the hell do you want to talk about?

Now what do you want to talk about?

What do you want to talk about?

Is there anything left to talk about?

What do you want to talk about?


You’re lucky you got out when you did, but you could have sent a letter

Things went from bad to worse, they only just got better

And you’re lucky to find me here, I don’t go out that much

Just every now and then, just every now and then


Now what do you want to talk about?

What do you want to talk about?

Is there anything left to talk about?

What the hell do you want to talk about?

Now what do you want to talk about?

What do you want to talk about?

Is there anything left to talk about?

What do you want to talk about?



Clouds Roll By


Like a bird on the windowsill, too lazy to fly away

Too precious to ever cage, too wild to tame


I think of you in the morning, I think of you as the even sun goes down

And the clouds roll by


Like the lights from a distant shore, too far to ever swim to

Impossible, but so inviting


I think of you in the morning, I think of you as the even sun goes down

And the clouds roll by


There’ll be no bridge that we can cross, what we had’s already lost

And neither one of us could stand the cost

Every flight has to land from journeys that were never planned

Like beautiful words from a language we don’t understand


Some things you want too much, you can hold but never touch

Some days are worth a thousand years

Some appointments never should be kept, some facts never should be checked

Some streets should be left unswept


I think of you in the morning, I think of you as the even sun goes down

And the clouds roll by, and the clouds roll by



True Intentions


Did I catch you at a bad time, or is this terminal decline?

You never say what’s on your mind

Every time I ask you something, you always seem a thousand miles away

And getting further each new day

Communications breakdown, all systems closing down

And that’s no good to be around


But you won’t let me know, you won’t let me go

You won’t let me know your true intentions

But you won’t let me know, you won’t let me go

You won’t let me know your true intentions


This has gone on now for too long, tell me what did I do wrong?

You make me feel I don’t belong

Did I lean on you too much, was I asking for too much?

Or maybe, never quite enough?

Communications breakdown, all systems closing down

You’re just no good to be around


But you won’t let me know, you won’t let me go

You won’t let me know your true intentions

But you won’t let me know, you won’t let me go

You won’t let me know your true intentions



Path of Least Resistance


There was a time when I could have stood up to you

Argued me case without caving in

But too many nights have been lost to ideals

And these days my wounds take much longer to heal


Follow me into the world tonight

Grease all the wheels and light all the lights

Footsteps lead into the distance

That map out our puny existence

Day after day the signs lead the way

For the path of least resistance


I was a fighter, I talked with my fists

Diplomacy just did not exist

But too many times my adversary

Was just that bit more eloquent than me


Follow me into the world tonight

Grease all the wheels and light all the lights

Footsteps stretch into the distance

That map out our worthless existence

Day after day the signs point the way

For the path of least resistance


Now I’m contented most of the time

The days are the same but the mood is sublime

Three meals a day, and fresh linen sheets

And at least when we cheat we’re always discreet


Follow me into the world tonight

Grease all the wheels and light all the lights

Footsteps stretch into the distance

That map out our puny existence

Day after day the signs light the way

For the path of least resistance

For the path of least resistance

For the path of least resistance



Work It Out Somehow


I’ll see you later maybe, if you’re around

We could have a drink or something, meet on neutral ground

And we can work it out, talk it over, try to work it out somehow


We had a fight I said some things I didn’t mean

You made me mad as hell, more than I should have been

You said If that’s the way I feel, then I guess it’s time to leave

But we can work it out, talk it over, and try to work it out somehow, somehow


But we can work it out, talk it over, try to work it out somehow, somehow


Every time I call you I just get your machine

But I know your home your light’s on, I’m just across the street

Why don’t you pick it up and talk to me?

Why don’t you pick it up now, please, please please?

So we can work it out, talk it over, try to work it out somehow

But we can work it out, talk it over, try to work it out somehow



When I’m Dead


When I die you can say what you want to say

When I’m dead, whatever comes into your head – when I’m dead

When I die you can name a disease after me

Take an axe, chop down a tree in my name – when I’m dead

You can say I was mean with my money, you can say I was lousy in bed

You can say that I never did anyone any good – when I’m dead


When I die you can do what you want to do

Take my heart, throw it to nextdoor’s dog, see him wag his tail

When I die I don’t care if you cut me apart, use my head as a football

To kick with the boys in the park – on a Sunday – When I’m dead, when I’m dead


You can say that I was born unlucky, and my luck just kept getting worse

You can say I was always a pain in the arse that should have been strangled at birth

When I’m dead, when I’m dead


When I die you can read my obituary, room for rent, ideally situated

For the graveyard, and the pubs, and the DSS

Not much light, not much heat, not much space

But a beautiful view of the Westway, and the flats


When I die you can empty my bank accounts, have it all

Set yourself up in a mansion, made of cardboard

When I die you can write my biography

Dip your pen, kill me again and again – when I’m dead, when I’m dead


You can say my ideas were all stolen, that I lied and I cheated and then

I could only make live in a gas mask, and I did it with animals and men

When I’m dead, when I’m dead, when I’m dead, when I’m dead



Watching The Lady Dress


Look out here comes the sunlight, crashing in to your room

Like some jealous husband who came home to soon

Can’t you see that we’re sleeping, can’t you see that we’re tired?


Waking up in a strange room, hardly sleeping at all

Spent the night under candle light, making shadows on the wall


Watching the lady dress, watching the lady dress

Watching the lady dress, watching the lady dress


I don’t mind being hungry, if there’s no food in the house

Neither one of us is working, and there’s no need to go out

But I know if you let me, I’d probably stay too long


Watching the lady dress, watching the lady dress

Watching the lady dress, watching the lady dress


I really like what you’re wearing, it suits you down to the ground

I can’t pretend I’m not staring, Mother Nature would be proud


Watching the lady dress, watching the lady dress

Watching the lady dress, watching the lady dress



Giving Up The Ghost


The art of conversation is well and truly dead

There’s nothing left to say that has not already been said

There’s concrete in our hearts, sadness in our eyes

But maybe after all this is a blessing in disguise


Now your lover is your gaoler who throws away the key

Your palace is your prison, but you can be set free

The door was always open, whatever you decide

But once you leave you can’t be certain that you’ll get back inside


Now the glasses are all empty and the cigarettes are smoked

The air is filled with silence as we both give up the ghost

The animal collapses, takes one final breath

And I feel just like my father, before he drunk himself to death



Now That Your Lover Has Gone


Picture his face he was so out of place in your light, you’re glad that he’s gone

It was good while it lasted, you never expected it to carry on

But who’s going to tell you the dress that you’re wearing tonight looks divine

And who’ll zip it up at the back and bask in your light as you shine


Picture his face he was so out of place in your life you must have been blind

What did you see in him, how could you be with him, why did you waste so much time?

But who’s going to spoil you and massage and oil you until all of your aches have gone?

And who will undress you and who will caress you, now that your lover has gone?


Here’s to the future and no time for losers, so put him right out of your mind

There’s no use regretting, it’s best to forget him, from now on, things will be fine

But who’ll reassure you and never ignore you and tell you you’re right when you’re wrong?

And who’ll sympathise with you, who’ll empathise with you, who’ll dry your eyes When you cry?


Here’s to the future and no time for losers from now on things will be fine

Picture his face he was so out of place in your life you must have been blind



Kisses and Scars


I’ve been poor and I’ve been starving, I’ve been rich and I’ve been fed

I’ve been proud and independent, and I’ve been so easily led


I’ve been safe, and I’ve been stranded, and I’ve been out much too far

When I had no way of knowing that a kiss could leave a scar


And I don’t know how anybody can manage to be friends

When the people that you care about are the easiest to offend

And even in the sweetest scenes things turn ugly now and then

But I never meant to hurt you, I never meant to hurt you


And it’s sad when it’s over, but its easy to pretend

You can make up anything you want if you don’t go back again

And I don’t know how anybody can manage to be friends

When the people that you care about are the easiest to offend


And even in the sweetest scenes things turn ugly now and then

But I never meant to hurt you, I never meant to hurt you