Middle Distant One Lyrics

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Contents

Too Hot To Sleep
In Her Eyes
History
Still Haven't Mastered That Smile
Cigarettes And Peppermints
Mean Old Hooded Crow
I Died Nine Years Ago
Tell Him Tomorrow
Dancing Down A Frozen River


Too hot to sleep

You tore the top of my head off, when you blew my mind
Im gonna buy a hat in the morning, wear it most of the time
I hear a train in the darkness, carrying me away
Parts of my mind have gone so far, its already another day there

It's too hot to sleep now
I don't care how I compare or what secrets you keep
Lying there you make the devil stare and all the angels weep
Youre wearing nothing but an innocent air and its too hot to sleep

Open up the window it's like a furnace in here
And the way you make me feel I want the whole world to hear
The sheets are wet with your sweet sweat its sticking to my skin
So lets roll onto that cool floor and start all over again

It's too hot to sleep now
I don't care how I compare or what secrets you keep
Lying there you make the devil stare and all the angels weep
With your long dark hair and your laissez faire and its too hot to sleep

Feel like I'm in heaven doing things that send you to hell
You're nearly 47, but you move like a teenage girl
In the dawn's half dreaming I hear the ringing of bells
But we can't go to church in the morning, the righteous our sin can smell

It's too hot to sleep now
I don't care how I compare or what secrets you keep
Lying there you make the devil stare and all the angels weep
You're wearing nothing but 'Terre de Lumiere' and its too hot to sleep

 

In Her Eyes

She was like a bird that kept on falling from the sky
Wherever in this world she tried to fly
Back then, her wings seemed pretty broken
But just lately something has awoken in her eyes

In her eyes
In her eyes
In her eyes I see a look
A look that took her by surprise

She told me all the ideas in the world had been used up
And her wings were flattened by the wingshield of a truck
And she had run out of places to hide
And shadows fell like bars across her eyes

She keept all her sorrow by her bed in a heap
Then a switch flipped in her head one night she smiled in her sleep
Was it something someone said? Some small reason she had found?
In her dreams that made her fly so high above all that old ground?

In her eyes
In her eyes
I see that bird
I watch it fly

In your eyes, let it fly
Set it free, let it fly
So I can see, in your eyes
How high that bird can fly

 

History

I've been digging inside, digging up the past
Running fingers though dirt, breaking rocks apart
Sifting though fossils, fragments of bone
For signs of a life we used to know

I've seen you in there too, you were down on your knees
Brushing away so carefully
At the cracked mosaic, pieces of dreams
Scattered relics of broken memory

Put the pieces in a private museum
An air-tight room, my mausoleum
Mark the cases dates unknown
Seal the doors, when I'm alone
In the dark, I will feel quite at home

We're made of stars, me and you
Beneath the scars blood-stained light shines through
Soft threads of embroidered history
Settles on the dust of you and me

You and me, will always be
Lost in time, We're history
Just like you said, we're history

Still haven't mastered that smile

She said that she wanted to walk, so I led her down to the sea
Said she wanted to talk, I told her all about me
Said she had to run, I drove her back to her room
She said “If you stay strong and silent, I could get used to you”

She said “You could be quite handsome, if only you'd smile”
I tried to explain that wasn't really my style
She told me a joke, I tried to make myself laugh
Thinking of her boho friend and his pretentious moustache

She said she was a vegetarian so I took her for a meal
She ordered salmon for starter, I said “Why don't you just have the veal?”
She sulked though her wild mushroom tart, and her mocha desert
She said “You could be quite nice, if you weren't always such a fucking jerk!”

She invited me to see a movie about two women growing old
She knew I was faking when I called it both moving and bold
She knows I prefer Taxi Driver, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
But the walls shook with her screams when I satisfied her soul

We knew it wouldn't last, but it went on for a while
I learned a few things from her, even went that extra mile
Worked on my upper body, but still struggled with my guile
She said, “You're better than you were”, but I still haven't mastered that smile

 

Cigarettes and peppermints

When we were both about nine years old
We smoked a pack of Embassy regular
In the woods, five each, I nearly choked to death
Though they were only low to medium tar
When we got home mum smelled the smoke on our clothes
Her eyes smouldered like the barrels of a gun
You told her we'd been messing near a bonfire
As half a pack of trebor rmints dissolved beneath my tongue

Twenty years on we find ourselves
working in the same store
Me still stacking shelves,
You doing deals on the top floor
We shared a pint for old times sake
You even smoked some of my dope
Told me all about your brand new BMW
I told you I sometimes found it hard to cope

It's all just peppemints and cigarettes
In this life you get just what you get
It's all just cigarettes and peppermints
Some strive to get rich, some just experiment

When the landlord threatened to break my legs
You paid off half my rent
Invited me to stay for a while
Said forget the money you'd spent
I said, "Hey, you know you threw me a lifeline,
just when I thought I was going down"
You said, "What are friends for anyway,
besides we both like having you around"

It's all just peppemints and cigarettes
In this life you get just what you get
It's all just cigarettes and peppermints
Take your chances, but don't forget to wipe your fingerprints

One night when you were out working late
Your wife looked kind of bored so I took her on a kind of date
We shared a couple of bottles of wine, a Soave and a Prosecco
One glass led to another and I guess we just went with the flow
She was wearing that dress I told you to buy her, hell how could I resist?
Those eyes, those lips, those hips gift wrapped in Liberty print
She clutched me like she was climbing a rope to heaven, and her kisses
Tasted of cigarettes and peppermints


Mean old hooded crow

I'm like that mean old hooded crow sitting in the old oak tree
I'm like that mean old hooded crow sitting in the old oak tree
I've got nothing but those rich folks are way beneath me

I'm like the mean old hooded crow sitting on the church spire
I'm like the mean old hooded crow sitting on the church spire
Closer to God than those preachers spouting 'bout hell fire

I'm like the mean old hooded crow flying through the city at night
I'm like the mean old hooded crow flying through the city at night
The guard dogs howl but I'm already our of sight

I'm like the mean old hooded crow watching the world pass by
I'm like the mean old hooded crow watching the world pass by
You can hurl a rock at me and I won't even bat an eye

I'm like the mean old hooded crow, that mean old hooded crow
I'm like the mean old hooded crow, that mean old hooded crow
My head is black but my heart is white as snow

 

I died nine years ago

I died 9 years ago
I pass through life like a ghost
So how did you touch me?

For so long now nothing has seemed real
Then you came along and you made me feel
How did you do that to me?

I don't know why I told you all those foolish things, I hardly know you
And I cannot imagine what good I though it might bring, to you or me
I guess I just needed somebody

I told you I could not be hurt any more
So why do I lie here in pain waiting for you to fly through that door
Oh what have you done to me?

You're so far away it's just impossible
But if you were here today I'd give you it all
So drop by some time and take what's left of me

I don't know why I told you all those foolish things, I hardly know you
And I cannot imagine what good I though it might bring, to you or me
I guess I just needed somebody

 

Tell him tomorrow

My head was fizzing with moonlight and coke
When in the darkness she softly spoke
“Tell him tomorrow,” she whispered in her sleep
Now I'm awake wondering, did she mean him or me?

Tell him tomorrow you've made up you mind
Tell him tomorrow your heart is mine
Tell him tomorrow your choice is made
Tell him tomorrow then come home and stay

I wouldn't blame you for leaving, it would serve me right
Each time we try to talk things through it always turns into a fight
But we wouldn't curse and yell, if we didn't truly care
So if you're looking for passion, hell, you'll find it right here

Tell him tomorrow you've made up you mind
Tell him tomorrow your heart is mine
Tell him tomorrow your choice is made
Tell him tomorrow then come home and stay

 

Dancing down a frozen river

First met you one cold night in the old town
You slipped, I caught you as you fell
Your sweet warmth rushed through me
As you clung on, I'm clinging on still

Found a stay thread from your jumper on my car seat
Bright as the winter roses in the snow down by the park
Wrapped it round my key ring months ago
Funny how them synthetic colours last

We're dancing down a frozen river
Shadows ripple underneath
You get close then you slip away
And the ice it cracks beneath our feet

There's a strange light in the house tonight
I can' sleep 'cause you're out really late
I think I hear your key turn in the lock
But it's just that cruel wind rattling at the gate

Each time I reach my arm around you
You shiver away and I crumble apart
Guess you found some new spark to light you fire
To melt the ice that's growing in your heart

We're dancing down a frozen river
Shadows ripple underneath
You get close then you slip away
And the ice it cracks beneath our feet