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Essex Deluxe

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  • Label: BMG
  • Release: 25 Nov, 2016
  • Catalog No: BMGCAT2CD82

Back to the studio with Pete and a collection of songs we have written. Debbie, who has worked for me on and off for sometime in many guises, takes over as manager. A new AandR Rob Stringer who later becomes Sony Main Man. We wanted to move on quickly. An album that was rawer more crunchy weird BV’s. Songs that could be stripped bare to guitar and still be recognisable…all went well until it was delivered and rejected.

I was then sent in to record it again. This time with Ian Brody producing. I had lost a little of the energy in having to do it twice but Ian is a clever bloke and it was another interesting experience. Too wordy in places but still there were parts that worked. Some really good songs. Worst sales performance but no regrets. No supporters left at the label and the beginning of the most arduous wrangling to date.

Alison, writing here, May 2007

  • Falling (2016 Remastered)

    • Lyrics

      She said something like I want to go down

      where the river’s wild

      He said take me then I want to drown deep

      in your violent eyes

      (Feel the water rise again, call the river by your name)

      I want to float in through your door

      Hang it on the wall, hang it all

      But I want to be sure of one thing

      That I’m getting into something peaceful

      I want to fly in on your wing

      Way way up here I don’t care for anything

      It’s all in, and I’m not afraid I don’t fear

      Falling

      Falling

      She said listen I’ve been telling you I’m into something cruel

      He said give me what got into you I don’t care what you do

      (If there’s a full moon in Taiwan I want half of what you’re on)

      I want to open up your mind

      Leave it all behind you and me we are one of a kind,

      we may find

      That we’re getting high on something peaceful

      We’re gonna take it for a ride

      Going nowhere fast but we got nothing to tie ourselves on

      And I’m not afraid to go down

      Falling

      Falling

      She said something like I’m tired of me

      You’ve got to paint my face

      He said fold up like a paper boat, set sail for me again

      I wanna fly in on your wing

      Way way up here I don’t care for anything

      It’s all in, and I’m not afraid I don’t fear

      Falling

      Falling

  • And I Know (2016 Remastered)

    • Lyrics

      She told me today I’m in your way

      She says you’re heading somewhere

      You’ve a long way to go

      Even more than she knows

      She thinks you’re half the way there

      You’ve learnt nothing much at all

      No doubt you told her that you stayed with me through pity

      Honourable you

      Oh go away

      Make it easy on yourself

      Tell them I let you down

      I’m not the girl you met, oh no

      And if I smile just a little

      Forgive me but I read that book as well

      And I know

      You know

      Oh now I’m so intrigued

      Your life’s such a read

      It must be torture for you

      Unlike one such as me

      You know all that I need

      Is to pick up after you

      You don’t understand at all

      You move amongst us like some alien higher being

      Skimming no plane but yours

      So go away

      Make it easy on yourself

      Tell them I’m off my head

      I keep you from yourself

      And I can’t help but smile just a little

      Remembering all you choose to forget

      And I know

      You know that I still feel the world revolving

      miles beneath my feet

      You and I were hapless space cadets

      mirrored when we meet

      When I was coming down you let me fall alone

      Now I think that you’ve been up too long

      You’ve learnt nothing much at all

      You move amongst us like some alien higher being

      Seeing no pain for yours

      So go away

      Make it easy on yourself

      Tell them I let you down

      I’m not the girl you met, oh no

      And if I smile just a little

      Forgive me but I read that book as well

      And I know

      You know

  • Whispering Your Name (2009 Remastered)

    • Lyrics

      When she said that you were through

      I thought that there was nothing that I could do

      Just because she ran right here

      Doesn’t mean I interfered

      Now I’m wondering if we can feel the same

      Cause she keeps whispering your name

      She keeps on whispering your name

      Like she’s just waiting

      She once told me how she felt

      Didn’t just want me to hear it from someone else

      There were unknowns she couldn’t know

      But she hoped you two would grow

      And when you didn’t she was brought to me in pain

      And she keeps whispering your name

      She keeps on whispering your name

      Like she’s just waiting

      If it’s just a little fling

      A simple thing

      I’ll try not to pretend

      If it’s just for jealousy

      She’s using me

      That might be hard to mend

      Oh what else can I do

      But try to give her more than she got from you

      And when she wakes up suddenly

      And she says your name to me

      I’ll just hope it’s force of habit and not need

      Cause she keeps whispering your name

      She keeps on whispering your name

      Like she’s just waiting

      Oh tell me what is fair

      When nothing’s wrong

      And she just stares

      Like she’s just waiting

  • Getting into Something (2016 Remastered)

    • Lyrics

      I’m getting into something

      You got me into something good

      Like I knew you would

      I’m moving into something

      You move me into something easy

      And it pleases me

      Took me by surprise

      I never saw the light

      Until you turned it on

      You got me into something

      God knows I’m hitting on life

      And I wonder why the sun ain’t shining where you are

      You know it’s alright baby it ain’t over

      Oh it’s only ours to lose

      What is gone well we can’t use together

      So it’s alright baby, it ain’t over

      I didn’t mean to hurt you

      I’m getting into something

      You got me into something wild

      And I’m getting high

      I’m pulling into something

      You pull me into something deeper

      Oh it’s deeper now

      Took me by surprise

      I never thought that I would give it out again

      You got me into something

      God knows I wanna be as close as I’ll ever be

      Something’s getting into me

      You know it’s alright baby it ain’t over

      Oh it’s only ours to lose

      What is gone well we can’t use together

      So it’s alright baby, it ain’t over

      I didn’t mean to hurt you

      It was nothing, I was dreaming

      But I’d rather live believing

      The time you got addictive

      I was somewhere getting used

      When you were self abusive

      I put out and got abused

      With you I don’t feel the need to qualify my life

      Let’s get it on before it’s gone

      Just meet me at the corner

  • So Am I (2016 Remastered)

    • Lyrics

      Our room across is a mile wide

      She comes, and look now how you are the fireside

      I’m watching, she’s waiting

      To show you the pearls in her Betsy Clark eyes

      She sighs the whistling winds you sail in

      She cries and you are alive

      She’s saying she’s sorry and oh

      So am I, so am I

      For ninety seven days that should have been an hour

      I know it’s all you can do when she’s so very near

      Praise be. The King of the settee and his Guinevere

      I’ll get up and go out and no doubt

      You’re giving it all to her, oh

      So am I, so am I.

      The ninety seven days, the fifteen blessed hours

      And it’s easy as it goes

      So am I

      How an hour of ninety days will soon run out of time

      The weight of the world has the head in your hands

      (She’s Indian-giving again)

      You’re sorry and sick and you know

      So am I, so am I

      That ninety seven days and fifteen sodding hours

      came to nothing

      Taken in?

      So was I

      She’s going, going gone and you know that’s fine

      And so am I

  • Satellite (2016 Remastered)

    • Lyrics

      You were alight and I wouldn’t look away

      You said I was sky and caught me anyway

      How could I ever know you burn all that you hold

      Now sing to the walls I’ve cared more

      I want to go, I want to stay

      I want your name and I want nothing that you are

      Not even when you’re moving me (and you’re moving me)

      I want to talk, I want to sleep

      Want to get up and wash the rest of you away

      You never had me

      Satellite

      Maybe today I’ll not wear you anymore

      I’ll fold you away, lay you down where you belong

      Maybe you’ll wake in time to break open a smile

      Wide and wild as the Humber

      Satellite

      Are you dancing tonight

      Are you burning as bright

      As the she-boy outside the Firefly

  • Ode to Boy (2016 Remastered)

    • Lyrics

      When he moves I watch him from behind

      He turns and laughter flickers in his eyes

      Intent and direct when he speaks I watch his lips

      When he drives I love to watch his hands

      White and smooth almost feminine almost American

      I have to watch him

      In his face age descends on youth

      Exaggeration on the truth

      He caught me looking then but soon his eyes forgot

      And everything he seems to do

      Reflects just another shade of blue

      I saw her searching into you and ached a while

      I watch his lips caress the glass

      His fingers stroke its stem and pass

      To lift a cigarette at last

      He dries his eyes

      From a shadow by the stair I watch as he weeps unaware

      That I’m in awe of his despair

  • Dorothy (2016 Remastered)

    • Lyrics

      I am running up the stairs

      I can hardly breathe again

      Into your arms and a perfect day

      From the garden where we lay

      With the roses all aflame

      You called my name and I meant to say

      Dorothy it’s been too long, so long

      I looked for your face watching down from the window

      Wave me ‘til I’m gone

      I remember the dress you wore

      And you’re still here with me, but maybe

      Dorothy it’s been too long, so long

      Now I’m waiting in the dark

      In the strangeness of your bed

      To hide my face where you lay your head

      As I listen to the room

      And it speaks about a distance never met

      You were there and yet

      Dorothy, it’s been too long, so long

      You left without saying goodbye

      And I was so impatient then

      Always one too cynical to pray

      But I talked to you today, d’you hear me

      Dorothy, it’s been too long, so long

  • Another Living Day (2016 Remastered)

    • Lyrics

      Ours was the best September

      Of blue and gold it was

      Of aching nights and sleep-all days

      I made my way to meet you

      By then the air had changed

      And you had seen me everywhere

      And they sparkled and shined like new

      Like you said I used to

      Another magic day is lost on you

      And all the love falls through your fingers

      Another living day is lost and gone on you

      One night you took me driving

      You coloured everyone in shades that I’d never seen

      You said someone had left you

      You’d tried your very best

      (What silver clouded eyes see)

      Saying stay then leaving me

      When I’m all that you need

      Another magic day is lost on you

      And all the love falls through your fingers

      Another living day is lost and gone on you

      If you could feel it now

      Warmer than magenta skies

      My spirits burning just like

      The blazing cheeks on the face of a young child

      And it’s wild

      Another magic day is lost on you

      (What a day another living day)

      And all the love falls through your fingers

      Another living day is lost on you

  • Boys Own (2016 Remastered)

    • Lyrics

      How are you, can I look a little closer

      Well let me introduce you to say how d’you do believer

      So tell me is he young enough

      Or could it be hung up enough

      And does he help to keep it up when he’s handing it out to

      please you

      Do you ever sink the night away

      How about the day ain’t it getting long

      These eggshell hearts you’re tripping on

      Oh when you’ve got money you can build a bomb

      Oh it’s beautiful, torching up your lonely nights

      Oh how you shine when you throw all the suckers on

      Tired of every single one

      Oh you’re filth, your filth, you’re filthy

      And someone’s gonna hose you down

      You’re gonna be sorry for the way you whore a life around

      Now tell me is he young enough

      Or could it be hung up enough

      Or maybe just be hung enough to keep it up when you’re

      flagging

      Do you ever soak the night away

      How about the day ain’t it getting long

      These eggshell hearts you’re tripping on

  • Take of Me (2016 Remastered)

    • Lyrics

      What a dream

      I could feel everything

      Silk of softnesses

      Why alone I’ll be lonely with you

      Do I want for diamond skies

      Will you take of me

      Will you take of me

      Not a sound

      I would hear everything

      Everything I hear

      Lay me down

      Dance, can we?

      Cast as one into the sea

      Will you take of me

      Will you take of me

  • Ode to Boy II (2016 Remastered)

  • Whispering Your Name (Single Mix) [2016 Remastered]

  • The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (Single Mix)

  • Blue

  • Solid Wood (Single Mix)

  • My Best Day - The Lightning Seeds

  • Make a Change (feat. Alison Moyet) - Nearly God

  • Our Colander Eyes (Single Mix)

  • Falling (Infinite Dub)

  • It Won't Be Long (Acoustic)

  • Whispering Your Name (Extended Mix)

  • Whispering Your Name (Vince Clarke Remix)

  • Getting Into Something (Midnight Mix)

  • Dorothy (Acoustic)

  • Ne Me Quitte Pas (Acoustic)

  • Never Too Late (Remix)

  • Never Too Late (Extended Remix)

  • Life in a Hole

  • Rock and Roll (Live At The Mean Fiddler, London, 3rd April 1992)

  • Sunderland Glynn

  • Beautiful

  • How Long (Alternate Edit)

  • Blue (The Essential Mix)

  • Our Colander Eyes (Demo)

  • Blue (Playing the Field Edit)

  • There Are Worse Things I Could Do