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Alf

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  • Label: CBS/Columbia
  • Release: 05 Nov, 1984
  • Catalog No: CBS 26229

“I fought with this record for a long time. I resented the ‘star’ it made of me as though I didn’t have a hand in it myself. I like Swain and Jolley. They were nice blokes. We had some issues but they could be solved with a little care from the record company. They were getting what they wanted then so didn’t help.

After working with Vince who never used a chord, it was really interesting to work in a different way. I was glad to be working again. Everything I had done had been so different from the previous projects I though this would be more of that. I wasn’t prepared for the way it was going to define me. It was well received but in many ways it is not helpful to have so much success early on… before you understand the game and your own part in it.

Along with making a record that appealed to the mass market, I had grown decidedly fat during a year of legal wrangling. All of this presented an image of unthreatening cosy womanliness that would haunt me forever. I was a dark and tortured individual and I was expected to be a very fat retiring lady.

Blah Blah Blah. Record sold loads. Record company wanted another single. I didn’t want to sell my supporters more of the same and so suggested recording That Ole Devil song that I did live and was loved by the punters. This was at a time when these old songs were not everywhere. It was not supposed to be a safe move. As it transpired, it sold massively all over … all the old records were re-released, many more re-recorded and there was I, in the middle of the road. To boot I was heavily pregnant and the video of me lounging in velvet, diamant√© and bouffant sealed the deal. Bugger. Even here I am attributing that to Alf… it all became one time.

So… I blamed that album and that time for everything. Yes… there are sounds and production values that have dated considerably. I’m not fond of many of my performances…but there are a couple of fine songs (see All Cried Out recorded by Fink… stripped of the production values that have dated and the original bombast…Fink refocuses on chord structure, melody and lyrics…which are to my mind well formed. A good song can stand alone without bell trees and hooky samples. This is how I judge a song well written. Great “tracks” and “records” are a different thing. A big distinction. It is always said for a lyric to work…as simple as it may be..it has to be sung like you mean it. On Alf, my production team always wanted me to be singing at the very top of my range. That I could make a big noise was milked.

It is often received that yelling equals angst. The singing experience then becomes one of physical exertion alone. That passion gets read into is a mirage. My vocal on All Cried Out is one of the better ones on Alf but I lost my enjoyment of it through years of performing it. The vocal in his recording has an honesty. It reminds me what I liked about the song.It was a time of relative freedom. It does not deserve the approbation I heaped upon it…and it supported me in leaner years. Hoorah that Alf! “

Alison, writing here, in May 2007

  • Love Resurrection

    • Lyrics

      What can I do to make light of this dull dull day
      What switch can I pull to illuminate the way
      Show me one direction
      I will not question again
      For a warm injection
      Is all I need to calm the pain

      We all need a love resurrection
      (just a little divine intervention)
      We all need a love resurrection
      (just a little divine intervention)

      What seed must I sow to replenish this barren land
      Teach me to harvest, I want you to grow in my hand
      Let's be optimistic, let's say that we won't toil in vain
      If we pull together we'll never fall apart again

      We all need a love resurrection
      (just a little divine intervention)
      We all need a love resurrection
      (just a little divine intervention)

      Show me one direction
      I will not question again
      For a warm injection
      Is all I need to calm the pain

      Writer(s): Alison Moyet, Tony Swain, Steve Jolley
      Copyright: Mega Music Limited, Mega Music Ltd.

  • Honey For The Bees

    • Lyrics

      Hey!
      Here I am
      And I want you to see baby
      I wanna watch you watchin me in motion
      To taste the secret side of me
      Every time I look at you, I know
      You're fighting your emotions
      Now you have no choice but to let go
      And dive into my ocean

      Honey for the bees
      Sugar never was so sweeeeet
      Honey for the bees
      Sugar never was so sweet
      Yeah

      Hold my hand
      I'm going to set you free baby
      I'm gonna let fly all over me
      Show me a lock, I'll show you the key
      Every time you feel like holding back
      I'm gonna pull you deeper
      Always straying from the beaten track
      And I will be the reaper

      Honey for the bees
      Sugar never was so sweeeeet
      Honey for the bees
      Sugar never was so sweet
      Yeah

      Honey for the bees
      Sugar never was so sweeeeet
      Honey for the bees
      Sugar never was so sweet
      Yeah

      Sugar............, Sugar............, Sugar............, Sugar............

      Every time I look at you
      I know you're fighting your emotions
      Now you have no choice but to let go
      And dive into my ocean

      Honey for the bees
      Sugar never was so sweeeeet
      Honey for the bees
      Sugar never was so sweet
      Yeah

      Honey for the bees
      Sugar never was so sweeeeet
      Honey for the bees
      Sugar never was so sweet
      Yeah

      Writer(s): Alison Moyet
      Copyright: Mega Music Limited

  • For You Only

    • Lyrics

      Ready to embrace the day as we both break
      When the light stole in it found me wide-awake
      Wasted from the sleepless night I wished to touch your hair
      Withdraw an empty hand for you're no longer there
      In between the silence living is an empty space
      Save the ticking of the clock whose hands are sweeping past its face

      And I just don't want to be lonely -no no
      Night and day
      But as I look around me I just feel that way
      For you only

      I turned my hand to something that would clear my head
      But I could not forget the parting words we shared
      I opened up my mind to all the pictures I could trace
      But I could not recall the contours of your face

      And always slipped away before I had the chance to say
      If I did something wrong please tell I'd accept the blame

      I just don't want to be lonely -Night and day
      But as I look around me I just feel that way
      For you only

      For you're no longer there
      For you're no longer there
      In between the silence living is an empty space
      Save the ticking of the clock whose hands are sweeping past its face

      I just don't want to be lonely -Night and day
      But as I look around me I just feel that way
      For you only

      Writer(s): Alison Moyet
      Copyright: Mega Music Limited, Mega Music Ltd.

  • Invisible

    • Lyrics

      You've got me so confused and there's word I could use
      But I'm afraid to say them.
      I feel I've been had and I'm boiling mad

      Still I can't live without you.
      You don't have the time and you won't spend a dime
      Not even to call me.
      You don't know I exist and I wouldn't be missed
      If I had the nerve to quit you.

      Invisible - I feel like I'm invisible.
      You treat me like I'm not really there
      and you don't really care.
      I know this romance
      it ain't going nowhere.
      Invisible just like my love. You treat me like I'm invisible.
      When you get the need to flirt you do your worst

      You just don't care how much it hurts.

      I can never reach you on the phone
      it rings and rings
      But I know you're home.
      It may be naive but I just want to believe I'm the only one.
      I tell myself lies and give you alibies

      Knowing your promises you'll never keep
      like the merry go round

      I'm going up
      I'm going down
      I'm on a dead end street.

      Invisible just like my love
      I feel like I'm invisible.
      You treat me like I'm not really there
      and you don't really care.
      I know this romance
      it ain't going nowhere.
      Although I know it's not a lot
      don't want to lose whatever we got.
      I keep hanging on knowing I can't win
      'Cause it's too hard start over again.
      Invisible - I feel like I'm invisible...
      Invisible just like my love.

      Writer(s): L. DOZIER
      Copyright: Beau-Di-O-Do Music/All Boys Music Limited/Warner Chappell Music Ltd

  • Steal Me Blind

    • Lyrics

      Well my friends I feel it's time
      To reassess the situation and decide what's mine
      Every time you steal me blind
      With no consideration for the way I feel inside

      And you just look at me like you don't understand
      How could we, how could we let it get so out of hand

      Don't steal me blind

      You my friends would bleed me dry
      And with no hesitation you would pass me by
      And you keep telling me that you don't understand
      What's the use there's no point in building on sand

      Don't steal me blind

      Well my friends I feel it's time
      There's a fortune in friendship

      Writer(s): Alison Moyet
      Copyright: Mega Music Limited

  • All Cried Out

    • Lyrics

      (Around around around around around
      Around around around around around
      Around around around around around
      Around around around around around)

      You took your time to come back this time
      The grass has grown under your feet
      In your absence I changed my mind
      And someone else is sitting in your seat

      I know that I said there'd be no one else
      I know that I said I'd be true
      But baby, I've burned out cupid's arrow
      And here's the short and the narrow
      I've nothing left to offer you

      I'm all cried out
      You took a whole lot of loving
      For a handful of nothing
      (All cried out)
      It's hard to give you something
      When you're pushing and a-shoving me around

      So don't look surprised
      There was no disguise
      You knew where I stood from the start
      So stop
      Look around you
      You're right back where I found you
      Take back your cold and empty heart

      (All cried out)
      I'm all cried out
      You took a whole lot of loving
      For a handful of nothing
      (All cried out)
      It's hard to give you something
      When you're pushing and a-shoving
      (All cried out)
      I'm all cried out
      You took a whole lot of loving
      (All cried out)
      I'm all cried out
      It's hard to give you something
      When you're pushing and a-shoving me around

      (Around around around around around
      Around around around around around)

      (You go your way)
      You go your way
      (I'll go mine)
      I'll go mine
      (I won't stay around here)
      I wont stay around here
      Don't you waste my time
      (Waste my time)

      (All cried out)
      You took a whole lot of loving
      For a handful of nothing
      (All cried out)
      It's hard to give you something
      When you're pushing and a-shoving
      (All cried out)
      I'm all cried out
      You took a whole lot of loving
      (All cried out)
      I'm all cried out
      It's hard to give you something
      When you're pushing and a-shoving me around

      (Around around around around around
      Around around around around around
      Around around around around around
      Around around around around around)

      You go your way
      I'll go mine
      I won't stay around here
      Don't you waste my time

      (All cried out
      All cried out)
      You took a whole lot of loving
      For a handful of nothing
      (All cried out
      All cried out)
      You took a whole lot of loving
      (Around around around around around)
      (All cried out)
      You took a whole lot of loving
      For a handful of nothing
      (Around around around around around)
      (All cried out)
      It's hard to give you something
      When you're pushing and a-shoving
      (All cried out
      All cried out)
      You took a whole lot of loving
      (All cried out).

      Writer(s): Alison Moyet, Tony Swain, Steve Jolley
      Copyright: Mega Music Limited, Mega Music Ltd.

  • Money Mile

    • Lyrics

      Into your car park drive obsolete motors
      With petrol consumption at too higher price
      Sell us through windows at backroom board meetings
      Blindfolded and handcuffed and in single file

      On your money mile
      We are the faceless, the nameless, the homeless
      On your money mile
      There in your fortress where you couldn't care less
      On your money mile
      We are the caseless, the raceless, the hopeless
      On your money mile
      You were caught in the crossfire hauling the flag right down

      Send us to battle send us to the frontline
      Point us at the enemy
      Lest we forget
      It's for our protection that we lay here slaughtered
      It's for our survival we bury our dead

      On your money mile
      We are the faceless, the nameless, the homeless
      On your money mile
      There in your fortress where you couldn't care less
      On your money mile
      We are the caseless, the raceless, the hopeless
      On your money mile
      You were caught in the crossfire hauling the flag right down

      On your money mile…

      Writer(s): Alison Moyet
      Copyright: Mega Music Limited

  • Twisting the Knife

    • Lyrics

      I watch it trickle from your lips
      Pearls of ruby red soaking up your head until you want to push through
      And then the world turns red
      And the wine tastes sour
      Pushing back the hand until the midnight hour

      Every door is closing behind you
      There's no one left to come and find you
      You're soaking wet but the file won't dry you
      I'd like to help but I cant stand by

      And watch you twisting the knife
      They've got you wasting your life
      Can't stop you twisting the knife

      Id rather turn out all the lights than see you like this
      Caress me with your anger
      Sting me with your kiss
      You've been pushing too hard
      I've been trying too long
      Now I don't believe I have the will to carry on
      You take it one step forward
      Then it's two steps back
      I'd jump the wire but I'm feeling trapped
      Its other people make you insecure
      I won't surrender like I did before

      And watch you twisting the knife
      They've got you wasting your life
      Can't stop you twisting the knife
      Surrender like I did before
      Twisting the knife

      Sting me with your kiss
      You take it one step forward
      Then it's two steps back
      I'd jump the wire but I'm feeling trapped
      Its other people make you insecure
      I won't surrender like I did before

      And watch you twisting the knife
      They've got you wasting your life
      Can't stop you twisting the knife

      Writer(s): Alison Moyet
      Copyright: Mega Music Limited

  • Where Hides Sleep

    • Lyrics

      Where hides sleep
      Where hides sleep
      Where hides sleep

      Where hides sleep is she watching me?
      Don't desert me now
      Where hides sleep you're tormenting me
      Don't forsake me now

      Take hold of my soul and pull me into darkness
      Cover me over and stifle my anguish

      Where hides sleep she's avoiding me
      Don't evade me now
      Where hides sleep please don't torture me
      Don't forsake me now

      I open my lips to your warm ancient potion
      I would be still and devoid of emotion

      For I would be slumber that I could be rest
      Curl in warm embers of such peacefulness
      Caressed by oblivion and swallowed by dreams

      I want you to hold me and cover my eyes
      From the cold distant daylight holds no surprise
      You could make me forget, you could make me believe
      If you'd steal away on us by enemy, by enemy

      Where hides sleep is she watching me
      Don't desert me now
      Where hides sleep you're tormenting me
      Don't forsake me now

      Take hold of my soul and pull me into darkness
      Cover me over and stifle my anguish
      I open my lips to your warm ancient potion
      I would be still and devoid of emotion

      Where hides sleep she's avoiding me
      Don't evade me now
      Where hides sleep please don't torture me
      Don't forsake me now

      Where hides sleep you're tormenting me
      Don't forsake me now

      Writer(s): Alison Moyet
      Copyright: Mega Music Limited