Thursday, April 23, 2015

Roxy Music: The High Road

Lyrics for Roxy Music's 1982 concert VHS / DVD which can currently be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pv-Iokvimc

Song titles and lengths: 1 The Main Thing 4:27 2 Out Of The Blue 4:32 3 Both Ends Burning 5:35 4 A Song For Europe 6:36 5 Can't Let Go 4:58 6 While My Heart Is Still Beating 4:28 7 Avalon 4:19 8 My Only Love 8:19 9 Dance Away 3:35 10 Love Is The Drug 3:46 11 Like A Hurricane.

Is our common cult-ure so unconsciously conditioned, socialized, habituated and normalized to these romantic ideas that we fail to see them as obsessive or addictive when we have become unduly attached to a "love object?" 

Listen, read and decide for yourself, I guess. 

The Main Thing

Look at my hand
There's a soul on fire
You can lead me even higher
The main thing
Everybody knows
When a good thing's gone
You can really turn me on
The main thing
You run through here
With your words of sand
I can nearly understand
The main thing

Out of the Blue

All you cares
Now they seem
Oh so far away
All your fears
I fear I once shared
Now I know
There's a future
For all of us
Not so long ago
I was so scared
You seemed so sad
I could see
Through your twisted smile
So unsure
Always confused
Pale blue eyes
Gazing down
From your ivory tower
Through the haze
All broken and bruised
Then: out of the blue
Love came rushing in
Out of the sky
Came the sun
Out of left field
Came a lucky day
Out of the blue
No more pain
I don't mind
If it's only
A passing craze
Throwaway lines
Often ring true
If I were you
I would stay
For a little while
I you were me
Would you walk out
In style?

Both Ends Burning

Please don't ever let me down
'Cause you know I'm not so sure
Do I have the speed to carry on
Burn you out of my mind, I know
You're a flame that never fades
Jungle red's a deadly shade
Both ends burning, will the fires keep
Somewhere deep in my soul tonight
Both ends burning
Burning
Burn
Now my course is plain as day
Running bold across to play
Both ends burning with a strange desire
That feeds the fire in my soul tonight
I will dance the night away
Living only for today
Both ends burning while you're counting sheep
Hell- who can sleep in this heat this night'
Tell me will I ever learn'
It's too late, the rush is on
Both ends burning and I can't control
The fires raging in my soul tonight
Oh will it never end'
Put your foot around the bend
Drive me crazy to an early grave
Tell me what is there to save tonight
Both ends burning
Burning
Burn
Keep on burning till the end, until the end
Keep on burning till the end, the very end

A Song for Europe

Here as I sit
At this empty cafe
Thinking of you
I remember
All those moments
Lost in wonder
That we'll never
Find again
Though the world
Is my oyster
It's only a shell
Full of memories
And here by the Seine
Notre-Dame casts
A long lonely shadow
Now - only sorrow
No tomorrow
There's no today for us
Nothing is there
For us to share
But yesterday
These cities may change
But there always remains
My obsession
Through silken waters
My gondola glides
And the bridge - it sighs ...
I remember
All those moments
Lost in wonder
That we'll never
Find again
There's no more time for us
Nothing is there
For us to share
But yesterdays
Ecce momenta
Illa mirabilia
Quae captabit
In aeternum
Memor
Modo dolores
Sunt in dies
Non est reliquum
Vero tantum
Comminicamus
Perdita
Tous ces moments
Perdus dans l`enchantement
Qui ne reviendront
Jamais
Pas d'aujourd'hui pour nous
Pour nous il n'y a rien
A partager
Sauf le passe

Can't Let Go

Well I rush out blazin'
My pulse is racin'
As the rain streams down my face
There's no turning back now
To fight with fate
Outnumbered, out of place
They said go west young man, that's best
It's there you'll feel no pain
Bel-Air's okay if you dig the grave
But I want to live again
Can't let go
There's a madness in my soul tonight
Can't let go
Must ride like the storm
Can't let go
Will I run out of control tonight
Can't let go
Until every trace is gone
It's a winding road from Cuesta way
Down sunset to the beach
Though Canoga Park is a straight safe drive
It's too far outta reach
But now the headlights are flashin'by so fast
All directions seems the same
And the windscreen wipers keep a beat repeatin'
You can't let go again
What's in a name on the street tonight
I'm only a face in the crowd
All in the dark and afraid tonight
Nowhere to run or to hide
But I can't let go
Sometimes the world outside'll take you in
With just a smile
And you so blinded with desire
A hundred sleepless nights have left me
Wasted and so cold
But I can take it I'm hangin'on
Can't let go
There's a madness in my soul tonight
Can't let go
Must ride it like the storm
Can't let go
Will I run out of control tonight
Can't let go
Until every trace is gone

While My Heart is Still Beating

All of those people
Everywhere
Ever so needing
Where's it all leading
Tell me where
Nothing insincere
I'd better have pity
I'd better go easy
I never will lay down
While my heart is still beating
Where's it all leading
Walk on air
Am I still dreaming
Words to spare
Lost in their meaning
I'd better be strong now
I'd better stop dreaming
My heart has flown away now
Will it never stop bleeding'

Avalon

Now the party's over
I'm so tired
Then I see you coming
Out of nowhere
Much communication in a motion
Without conversation or a notion
Avalon
When the samba takes you
Out of nowhere
And the background's fading
Out of focus
Yes the picture changing
Every moment
And your destination
You don't know it
Avalon
When you bossa nova
There's no holding
Would you have me dancing
Out of nowhere
Avalon

My Only Love

Do I ever wonder'
More than words can say
Heaven knows it's hard enough to pray
Let me tell you something
There's a change in me
Even now you're gone you'll always be
My only love
Does it seem so funny
For a fool to cry'
Do you know the meaning of goodbye'
There's a river flowing
By a willow tree
When you need to know remember me
My only love
Let me tell you something
More than words can say
But they're all I have, no other way
There's a river flowing
By a willow tree
When you find you're there remember me
My only love

Dance Away

Yesterday - well it seemed so cool
When I walked you home, kissed goodnight
I said "it's love" you said "all right"
It's funny how I could never cry
Until tonight and you pass by
Hand in hand with another guy
You're dressed to kill and guess who's dying'
Dance away the heartache
Dance away the tears
- Dance away
Loneliness is a crowded room
Full of open hearts turned to stone
All together all alone
All at once my whole world had changed
Now I'm in the dark, off the wall
Let the strobe light up them all
I close my eyes and dance till dawn
- Dance away
Now I know I must walk the line
Until I find an open door
There was I - many times a fool
I hope and pray, but not too much
Out of reach is out of touch
All the way is far enough
- Dance away

Love is the Drug

T'ain't no big thing
To wait for the bell to ring
T'ain't no big thing
The toll of the bell
Aggravated - spare for days
I troll downtown the red light place
Jump up bubble up - what's in store
Love is the drug and I need to score
Showing out, showing out, hit and run
Boy meets girl where the beat goes on
Stitched up tight, can't shake free
Love is the drug, got a hook on me
Oh oh catch that buzz
Love is the drug I'm thinking of
Oh oh can't you see
Love is the drug for me
Late that night I park my car
Stake my place in the singles bar
Face to face, toe to toe
Heart to heart as we hit the floor
Lumber up, limbo down
The locked embrace, the stumble round
I say go, she say yes
Dim the lights, you can guess the rest
Oh oh catch that buzz
Love is the drug I'm thinking of
Oh oh can't you see
Love is the drug, got a hook in me
Oh oh catch that buzz
Love is the drug I'm thinking of
Oh oh can't you see
Love is the drug for me

Like a Hurricane

Once I thought I saw you
In a crowded hazy bar
Dancing on the light from the star to star
Far across the moonbeams
I know that's who you are
I saw you're brown eyes turning once to fire
You are like a hurricane
There's calm in your eyes
And I'm getting blow away
To somewhere safer where feelings stays
I want to love you
But I'm getting blown away
I am just a dreamer
But you are just a dream
You could have been anyone to me
Before that moment you touched my lips
That perfect feeling when time just slips
Away between us on your foggy trips


All lyrics (c) Bryan Ferry and other members of Roxy Music through 1982 except "Like a Hurricane," which is (c) Neil Young. 

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