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Raindancing

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  • Label: CBS/Columbia
  • Release: 06 Apr, 1987
  • Catalog No: CBS 450152

“Hmmm. Not a happy time. Bad move, someone so very European in her influences making an album with an American producer and an album that was ultimately left to engineers. I had a manager at the time who was going good business in the states and saw it as the place to be. I had become very unsure of my own instincts and went with the flow. I do like some of the songs but the conception of them was all wrong…what was written as jangly, English irony got the American session, pop treatment. I didn’t involve myself in the “sound”.

I was on my own out there for many months without anyone from my camp. Missing home and the things that mattered. I was not the full shilling all the time and wasn’t interested in recording or records. I was driving on cruise control. It was made and not felt. It sold well but was received as the filler that it was. The first time I ever recorded a song because I knew it was a hit. Not good. A bad time all in as much as I liked LA. There followed a lack-lustre year-long tour that was equally uncomfortable and signalled the break down in my relationship with the label. I was coerced into releasing Love Letters – a cynical shower. I didn’t recognise myself or my tastes in the sounds and serves me right”

Alison writing here, May 2007

  • Weak In The Presence Of Beauty

    • Lyrics

      It's a long time since I saw you
      Well

      You know how time can fly.
      It seems like yesterday we were lovers

      Now we pass each other by.
      But if we're left alone tonight
      Don't ask me to hold you tight.

      I go weak
      I go weak
      I go weak

      I go weak
      Weak in the presence of beauty.

      All of my friends keep asking why
      I'm quiet when you're around.
      But they don't know I think
      I'm so lucky to stop myself from falling down.

      So later if you're on your own
      Don't ask me to take you home.
      I go weak
      I go weak
      I go weak

      'Cause if we're left alone tonight
      I have no choice but to hold you tight.
      I go weak
      I go weak
      I go weak

      I go weak
      I go weak
      I go weak

      I go weak
      I go weak
      I go weak

  • Ordinary Girl

    • Lyrics

      She left on a Sunday afternoon.
      It is the only way for everyone concerned
      She said.
      And I could only ask her why

      But she just smiled and told me
      One day I would learn.

      Don't you worry
      This will all make sense tomorrow.
      Don't be sorry
      That everything we shared will fade away.
      There's so much more to see in each new day.
      They'd never understand
      I'm not an ordinary girl.

      She took nothing but her clothes.
      Taking more would just remind her of her past
      She said.
      I thought I'd never laugh again
      On the day I said goodbye to my best friend.

      Don't you worry
      This will all make sense tomorrow. . . .

      Don't you worry
      This will all make sense tomorrow.
      Don't be sorry
      That everything we shared will fade away.
      There's so much more to see in each new day.
      And now I understand
      She's just an ordinary girl.
      She's just an ordinary girl.

  • You Got Me Wrong

    • Lyrics

      Is there something I should know?
      It would help if you'd explain what's going on.
      Could you help me understand
      Just what it is that you accuse me of?
      'Cause from the moment that I wake up
      You're watching every move I make.

      You got me wrong this time.
      You got me wrong.

      Has this foolishness a name? (Who?)
      Do I have to guess until I get it right?
      And can anybody play?
      Is there a limit on the floor tonight?
      Because if you have no objections
      I'll get someone to take my place.

      You got me wrong this time.
      You got me wrong.

      And you will never know for sure
      Who I had stashed behind the bathroom door.
      I know it's hard to be right,
      But you'll never be wrong anymore.

      Has this foolishness a name?
      Keep it to yourself.
      No hear, no see, no speak,
      And nothing's all you need to know.

      You got me wrong this time.
      You got me wrong.

  • Without You

    • Lyrics

      I never meant to go this far.
      I take back every word I said.
      Blame it on the weather.
      Tell me that I'm soft in the head.
      I never think before I speak.
      C'mon, let's start this day anew.
      I never meant to do this.
      I never meant to hurt you.

      [Chorus]
      You and I should not be fighting.
      Life's too short for citing misdemeanors.
      Couldn't we just laugh about it?
      Do we have to let it come between us?

      I never meant to go this far.
      I don't believe what I just said.
      I had one drink too many.
      I think it's time I went to bed.
      Tell me that we are on TV.
      Tell me that none of this is true.
      Why have you packed my cases?
      Who said that I was leaving?

      [Chorus]

      It's time that we both faced the fact.
      I'm not begging to come back.
      I don't believe you'd want me to.
      I know that I'm not good enough.
      I never will deserve your love,
      But you haven't heard me through.

      I can't do... without you.

  • Sleep Like Breathing

    • Lyrics

      Every word's so
      Every word's so fragile

      Inside passion that feels like chasing rain
      When the slowness of the day is gone

      Leaving shadow-like feelings to depend upon
      Every word's so
      Every word's so fragile

      Inside passion that feels like chasing rain
      You sleep like breathing
      You sleep like breath - gently

      And the tease cries weeping listless laughter
      Always thirsty like an attractive flower
      When the danger in the touch is gone

      Changing delicate evenings to reflecting ones
      And the tease cries weeping listless laughter

      Always thirsty like an attractive flower
      You sleep like breathing
      You sleep like breath - gently

      You sleep like breathing
      You sleep like breath

      You sleep like breathing
      You sleep like breath

      You sleep like breathing

  • Is This Love?

    • Lyrics

      In a fleeting moment of a restless day

      Driven to distraction
      I was captured by the game.
      I have often wondered why I ever wanted to
      Leave these scattered hours behind me and speed myself to you.

      I choose never to forget

      I want our lips to kiss and our limbs to entwine

      Let our bodies be twisted but never our minds.
      Is this love? Is this love? Is this love? Is this love?
      Set to work idle hands
      Shake these thoughts

      Had I planned them they never would be teasing me
      As viciously as these.

      I would not have believed you
      Had I never seen

      Now you and I are intimately pictured
      In my dreams.
      I could not forsake you all for tumbling away

      And if I live in wonderland
      I'm better off this way.
      I choose never to forget

      Is this love? Is this love? Is this love? Is this love?
      Is this love? Is this love? Is this love? Is this love?

  • Blow Wind Blow

    • Lyrics

      Don't cry,
      Please, don't cry.
      I will take you somewhere
      Where they can't hurt you.
      I won't let them hurt you now.
      Let them know that our love knows no shame,
      And we'll do it time, and time, and time again
      Till everything comes down.

      I'm not afraid.
      I'm not afraid.
      Blow, wind, blow.
      Blow dust into their eyes, and
      Make them see that they have always been blind.

      Touch me.
      I want to wrap you in my arms, and
      You'll have no reason for crying.
      Blow, wind, blow.
      Blow, wind, blow.
      Blow dust into their eyes and help them
      Realize that they have always been blind.
      And I could show you something that you would never believe.
      You could never conceive the joy that I could give you.

      Take me.
      Take me.
      Blow, wind, blow.
      Blow, wind, blow.
      Blow, wind, blow dust into their eyes and
      Let them know that nothing that we do will ever...
      Never be forgotten.

      Blow, wind, blow.
      Blow.
      Blow.
      Blow, wind, blow.

  • Glorious Love

    • Lyrics

      Somewhere in the shadows of your eyes,
      An element that takes me by surprise.
      Something wants to pull me to my feet,
      Willing me to go into retreat.
      But how can I get up and walk away
      When ninety-nine percent decides to stay,
      And watch the other fade to grey?

      [Chorus]
      This glorious love will tear us down
      When nothing is left to turn around,
      And giving it all is not enough
      For this glorious love.

      This pleasure never ought to be denied,
      For this is joy personified.
      You can talk to me of give and take
      When I could take of you for takings sake.
      But how can I deny what's on my mind,
      Knowing it to be of my design?
      Relegated - I resign.

      [Chorus]

  • When I Say (No Giveaway)

    • Lyrics

      Should I be seen with you one more time
      My life is really on the line
      His sister said she caught me out
      If this gets back I'm dead without a doubt
      Try to ignore me each time we meet
      Don't ever stop me in the street
      He thinks I'm at the launder mat
      I cant stay here he wants his washing back

      So when I say - that I don't know your face
      Don't feign surprise; don't betray me with your eyes
      When I say - that you are out of place
      Don't let them see, what you really are to me

      Before this trouble blows sky-high
      I have to find myself an alibi

      Why do you have to get so uptight?
      There's no need to be so impolite
      Just give me back my negatives
      And I wont tell your wife about last night

      So when I say - that I don't know your face
      Don't feign surprise; don't betray me with your eyes
      When I say - that you are out of place
      Don't let them see, what you really are to me

  • Stay

    • Lyrics

      A wait in hope of every day
      That changes come as changes may
      With every fear that I allay.
      I have a horror of this place
      Yet I'm accustomed to its face
      And I am safe within its maze

      But you leave me nothing in my home town
      And now you want to pull us down,
      But I can hope, and I can pray, and I will stay

      I traced my way from bluebell hill
      To the park, and further still,
      Onto the rise beyond the mounds.
      And from this point I can see
      My life in its entirety
      Mapped before me on the ground

      Let the cold air bite my face
      For I am angry at this place
      Wherein nothing stays the same.
      It breaks by heart to let you go
      When deep inside us we both know
      That you will not be back again.