Kowtow

1. Saved By You

It was a rainy night in a fading light
Somewhere back in ’82
Another packed out night down in Wardour Street
I might as well have been there just for you
Well I was fascinated then
And I’m fascinated now
You do this to me in a way you know how
And sure I can tell you I’m ready to surrender
I’m ready to be rescued
If you will be my mentor

I wanna be saved by you
I wanna be saved by you
I wanna be saved by you
Oh you know I do
I wanna be I wanna be

I’m going overboard
You pulled the safety cord
You’re giving me the kiss of life
I’m treading water all around me
In this big sea of passion
Just like the black and white films you see
And sure I can tell you I’m ready to surrender
I’m ready to be rescued
If you will be my mentor

I wanna be saved by you
Oh you know I do
I wanna be saved by you
I do girl
I wanna be saved by you
Oh you know I do
I wanna be I wanna be yeah

And you give me some love
I wanna be saved by you
Oh you know I do
I wanna be I wanna be

Well I was fascinated then
And I’m fascinated now
You do this to me in a way you know how
And sure I can tell you I’m ready to surrender
I’m ready to be rescued
If you will be my mentor
No I’m serious

2. The Mask

She wears the mask that hides the scars from a shattered dreamboat existence
I’m held in suspended animation
Waiting for her finger to release the pause on the video screen
I’m bleached clean now
I’ve had enough the dreams of love
The dancing moonlight on the water
Got a passion drive to keep alive
But I still want my circles with corners
Stand up stand up she always wears the mask that hides her face
Stand up stand up she always wears the mask of elegance and grace
She wears the mask that hides the scars from a shattered dreamboat existence I’m held in suspense and fascination
I’m writing all the words and the scenes
Another curtain call and King Lear tragedies
You said it was all perfume and wax crayon
The dreams of love
The dancing moonlight on the water
Got a passion drive to keep alive
But I still want my circles with corners
Stand up stand up she always wears the mask that hides her face
Stand up stand up she always wears the mask of elegance and grace
She always wears the mask that hides the scars from me

3. Time For A Change

Making waves
The tree that won’t bend with the wind
Money saves
Can’t make you friends in a day
Felt like a wind of change
Was coming my way
Building hope on shifting sand
We never went hand in hand
If it’s time for a change
Beginning to wonder if
It’s time for a change
Cutting the lifeline
Put so much trust in a sinking ship
I could’ve found time
But the boat went down
With all the best wine
But making waves
Can’t make you friends in a day
Got a belladonna kiss for you
You really let your hair down
Building dreams on shifting sand
We never went hand in hand
If it’s time for a change
Beginning to wonder if
It’s time for a change
Oh let go
Got a belladonna kiss for you
You really let your hair down
Building hope on shifting sand
We never went hand in hand

4. I Walk The Rope

From this window I can see the rain outside
I don’t mind though ‘cos you’re not here inside anymore
Pretending that it doesn’t matter when I know that it really does
It’s trailing me and enticing me like a hunter’s trap
No no no no
I walk the rope I stalk my memory at night
Trace my steps back if only I had second sight
Maybe something I said I take it back I throw it against the wall
I stumble I fall
I walk the rope I stalk my memory at night
I walk the rope
From this window my mind is running wild
Feels like a toy stolen from a child
We were hearts disillusioned.
Dancing in the rain
Maybe we could walk in the past again
But when I think of that question
Was I the one to blame?

5. 2 AM

It’s 2 AM and it’s raining again
And I’m feeling tired in my heart
And I can’t shift it out again
And I know about the way it feels
And I know just what it entails
And we take our positions on the firing line
It’s nearly time
It’s raining again and I feel like I’m playing a part
From the start and I feel like I’m taking apart
The way it’s been going
When their money can talk and the rain won’t stop
And your glory days have taken a beating
Stick around for your fortune and fame
Put your hours in the bank of no interest claim
In ’49 when the gold rush came now it’s 2001
Some things never change
Talk to me insecurity as it bleeds me
But got this fire that burns
Got a heart that just never learns
And the fortune and the fame
Looking back upon the days when the band couldn’t play
Take it all
So wake up stay up you look wonderful
Wake up take up
Got a bitter little cocktail of our weaknesses and faults
And we trampled it in the mud till it was emotional pulp
It’s 3 AM and it’s raining again
And I’m feeling tired
Felt a little bit lucky, had a cease-fire for the night
My magazine was running dry

6. Total Recall

Do you remember Alice, it was one of mine
That song stole a million hearts. a million times
“Waving goodbyes from the harbour lights
Rainy Sunday afternoons. Enchanted Friday nights”
In my mind’s eye of what went before
In old pubs they used to sing and talk about the war
I’ve seen desperation in the streets. side step the sinners
Do I see them as a movie or I see them all as mirrors?
I’ve been through colours, shed skins like a chameleon
Been on the edge of darkness
Which now feels so alien to me, so alien
’cause I see myself in you and you in me
I still remember in my mind’s eye of what went before
In old dance halls where they sang and talked about the war
I’ve seen desperation in the streets. side step the sinners
Do I see them as a movie or I see them all as mirrors?
I’ve been through colours, shed skins like a chameleon
I’ve seen exit signs on rocky roads
Which now feel so alien to me, so alien
’cause I see myself in you and you in me
Sometimes I use my mind’s eye ’cause it sees things I don’t want
Through the safety of a window
‘Alice’ I’m coming home
‘Alice’ I’m coming home

7. The Haunting

Don’t walk alone on dark clouds don’t let the cold wind chill your bones
Don’t isolate your sensitivity, and you’ll never walk alone
So you think I wanted to be an anti-hero for one night
And be haunted by my dreams
My plot and scheme were way beyond my imagination
’cause I’ve got faith and I’ve got a cause and I won’t bow to some mystery laws
Then of course there’s always the Utopian dream
I think you know what I mean
The buckshee drink that spilt the warning
Down your grey opaque entity
The candlelit dinner, the action man with the Milk Tray
Dazed, the ghost of love shines round you
Like the brooch l gave you made of Acapulco gold
And your patience is reflected by the timeless calm tranquility
And we both watch as your fingers claw for the brush to clean out your dirty nails
And my jealousy prevails
I found out a long time ago the secret of the Black Magic box
You re getting butterflies sick In the stomach
We’ve hit ten on the Richter scale in my eyes
And I want a compromise now
The shadows claw I beat them down
The saint, the sinner unmask the clown
Feel like a renegade, failed to make the grade
The buckshee drink that spilt the warning
It’s alright alright I said it’s kosher
Feel like a renegade, severely missed the grade
’cause I’ve got faith and I’ve still got a cause
I won’t bow to some mystery laws
Feel like a renegade, feel like on parade again
Excited eyes and Spanish Eyes plays again
The pitch shift set on a perfect fifth again
The tears bite back like barbed wire now and then in rage
And I give you my heart
’cause I’ve still got faith and I’ve still got a cause
With chocolate smiles and blue eyes bold
At the end of the day, you’ve got a hand to hold

8. Solid Heart

I see myself in you and you in me
A new colour from the dark
And we’re gonna build a solid heart
Don’t look away away
A new colour from the dark
Coming home ’cause it’s late
There’s gonna be a reunion day
So sing with me this song
And we’re gonna build a solid heart
You see it shine
And the lights are bright in the city here tonight
A new colour from the dark
And I will search and I will find and walk out in the light
We’re gonna build a solid solid heart
Sing this song and we’re gonna build a solid heart
We’re building hope, a stand, a law and we’re gonna kick down the door
I will search and I will find and walk out in the light
We’re gonna build a solid solid heart
We’re gonna build a solid solid
In Rio De Janeiro. On a slow boat to China
On a mountain in Yukon, if you hear my voice just sing this song
Sing this song and we’re gonna build a solid heart
We’re building hope, a stand a law and we’re gonna kick down the door
In the wild world one voice one song, one voice one song
In the wild world and we’re gonna build a solid heart

9. Kowtow

1928 Saigon, a heavy monsoon took a grip on the Mekong
There was something wrong
An air of fear In a colonised land started off by some offbeat coolie gang
1968 Saigon, the sound of rotary blades, birds of prey
Family men led astray, there was something wrong
Biting their lips in the ranks
Nervously glancing at the tanks rolling off the gang planks
Can we make it pay, can we make it safe?
Can we make things clear on the new frontier?
I don’t wish to worry you
But an the mud and the madness
The bullets riddled this place with a history of sadness
The unsung heroes struck a chord deep in me
I was maybe six or seven when I saw it on TV
Just Buddy and Charlie and you on your own
Some guns and a six pack and a patched up radio
No sense no sanity, is it safe to go alone?
No loving arms like you got back home
Did you do the right thing?
Did you do the right thing?
(come on where’s the fighting spirit? Dry your tears)
There’s a man spitting poison at a girl ’bout seventeen
With a gun held at her head, to blow away her dreams
And I sometimes start to wonder if there’s any hope at all
And after two world wars, you’d have thought we’d learnt by now
There are too many madmen in this world, too may trigger happy weirdos
And the tears she cried streaming down her face
For a million unsung heroes
We’re all loners in this world, always waiting for the lid to blow
And if the time it takes, takes too long, then it’s off to fight we go
And at night I search my thoughts for any sanity left at all
And after three world wars, there’ll be no one left at all…
We felt like pioneers in the fields of Tonking
We fought for all those years in the blood and the tears
We felt like pioneers on the west frontier (to be free)