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The Turn

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  • Label: W14 Music/Universal Music
  • Release: 15 Oct, 2007
  • Catalog No: 174 6275

“This collection is the first I have written (in cahoots with usual suspect Dr P Glenister) where my primary focus was on the inevitable live performances. Melody informed songs that can be reduced to voice and single accompaniment and that maintain their interest, or conversely songs that can be swollen by numbers and ache nonetheless. Songs I will never begrudge, that is the plan. “

– Alison Moyet, writing in The Turn Tour programme

  • One More Time

    • Lyrics

      Turn the light out
      Suddenly your eyes are tired
      Rest on the heel of your hand
      Wait for the feeling to subside

      And he stares and even now you want him
      Even in a room this blue
      Here with these words in your mouth
      And thats still good enough for you
      Its what you do

      If all that we make here is sorrow
      And all that we get we just borrow
      I'll still buy, so can we try
      One more time?

      Nobody made us
      No one dragged us kickin here
      If easy was on the cards
      Then someone made it disappear

      And he smiles and even now you hate him
      Only now he wants you to
      The liberties you take
      For what he won't be giving you
      That's what you do

      If all that we make here is sorrow
      And all that we get we just borrow
      I'll still buy, so can we try
      One more time, one more time?

      He turns the light on
      Sits down where he watches you
      Tells you he couldn't sleep
      He had something to share with you
      Thats what we do

      If all that we make here is sorrow
      And all that we get we just borrow
      I'll still buy, so can we try
      One more time, one more time?

  • Anytime At All

    • Lyrics

      Anytime at all, I would change my life for you
      Happiness, it was where you are
      Anytime at all, I would choose to stay with you
      Togetherness is not so far, I love you so

      That is why and it's why
      I'm ready to sustain the pleasure and the pain
      I want all the crazy times with you my love

      Everything you need, if it raised a smile in you
      I want to bring it to your door
      Everything I need, [Incomprehensible] of somebody here
      [Incomprehensible] more, I love you so

      That is why and it's why
      I'm ready to sustain the pleasure and the pain
      I want all the crazy times with you my love

      Anytime at all, to stop those lonely tears that fall
      And how they made you feel so small
      If not me who you're gonna call

      And that is why, it's why, it's why, it's why, it's why
      I'm ready to sustain the pleasure and the pain
      I want all the crazy times with you my love

      That is why, that is why
      I'm ready to sustain the pleasure and the pain
      I want all the crazy times with you my love

      Anytime at all, I would change my life for you
      Happiness, it was where you are

  • The Man In The Wings

    • Lyrics

      Its my song and I sing for the man in the wings
      Is it strange when we never have shared anything?
      I dont ache for some tender exchange in the dark
      That will pass

      But the purest refrain will haunt us again
      And he has that with me
      When Ive nothing to bring
      I sing for the man in the wings

      We wont speak, he wont ask me to follow him on
      And his name if I ever did know it is gone
      Back to back I can hear his pulse racing with mine
      Both in time

      Ill be waiting for him before I begin each line
      And he wont mind
      That Ive nothing to bring
      When I sing for the man in the wings

      And they tell me he walks alone
      It is said that he is stone
      Without knowing the shape of him
      I am certain they are wrong
      Well meet in a different place
      Me, the man and the song

      I dont long for some fleeting exchange in the dark
      That will pass

      But the purest refrain will haunt us again
      And he has that with me
      When weve nothing to bring
      I sing for the man in the wings

  • Can't Say It Like I Mean It

    • Lyrics

      It's easier to forgive someone for
      being wrong
      Than for being right, isn't it?
      And how your angry tears will fall when
      all your plans
      Don't suit the one you made them for
      It comes to this.
      It's easier forgetting how you got to shore
      When every cloud that blows your way
      Is something else to blame me for

      Say it like you feel it
      You can't say it like you feel it anymore
      Say it like I mean it
      I can't say it like I mean it anymore

      Hold it up to the light, it looks like love
      It's what the mirror says
      You name it so
      But you cut your pretty shapes as
      paper flakes
      From careful sheets
      They blow away
      Not made to keep
      What if alteration makes a little lie?
      When what you paint instead is easier
      on the eye
      Than what you hide

      Say it like you feel it
      You don't say it like you feel it anymore
      Say it like I mean it
      I can't say it like I mean it anymore
      Not anymore

      There are people who you think you're
      gonna love forever
      Oh when you should know better
      You should know better
      Some people only see you
      As a move they're making
      Another step they're taking
      A bet they're staking
      There are people who you think
      You're gonna love forever
      You're gonna stay together
      You should know better
      Some people don't forgive you
      What you give up freely
      or that you found it easy
      They want to own completely.
      There are people who you think you're
      gonna love forever
      Oh when you should know better
      You should know better...
      (I can't say it like I mean it anymore)

  • It's Not The Thing Henry

    • Lyrics

      You're asking the wrong question
      To the wrong person
      And it's hurting you to listen
      I wanna be truthful
      But you gotta be certain
      This is what you mean

      Ah Henry, would you look at me
      You cannot have it all and I will not make it easy
      Henry, I'm not grateful for small mercies
      No matter how light the purse is
      All the things you need don't mean a thing to me -
      It's not the air I breathe
      It's not the thing Henry

      Am I taking the wrong meaning
      In concluding
      That the error is of your choosing?
      You've got to be simple
      If you think that you're moving
      More than the ire in me

      Ah Henry, would you look at me
      You cannot have it all and I will not make it easy
      Henry, I'm not grateful for small mercies
      No matter how light the purse is
      All the things you need don't mean a thing to me -
      It's not the air I breathe
      It's not the thing Henry

      All the things you need don't mean a thing to me -
      It's not the air I breathe
      It's not the thing Henry...

  • Fire

    • Lyrics

      Behold the city rocks
      And what you really want
      Won't stay with you

      Oh, how the shifting light
      Once clean, precise
      Conspires now to play with you

      Dust falls on everyone
      Our innocence with time all rearranged
      Two hearts beat on
      Dismayed to find their rhythm so estranged, oh

      I'm on fire
      I'm on fire
      I'm on fire with you

      Today I walk familiar lanes
      'Neath stone and spire where
      Nothings changed
      But space and time

      And if you tread your step the same
      Choose this hour, this day
      Feel your hand for mine

      Ours was a cruel exchange
      Staying whole or being me and you
      Forget, or find a way
      To cut a hole that only we pass through

      I'm on fire
      I'm on fire
      I'm on fire with you

      Dust falls on everyone
      Our innocence with time all rearranged
      Two hearts beat on
      Dismayed to find their rhythm so estranged, oh

      I'm on fire
      I'm on fire
      I'm on fire with you

  • The Sharpest Corner (Hollow)

    • Lyrics

      Liar, lie you lie,
      Time and again, and why?
      No want will make it true.
      The only road to clip my heel,
      Is spinning like a wheel
      And we are crashing over
      The sharpest corner ever turned.

      Cry, you cry, you cry,
      There's no good in goodbye
      When you can't wish me well.
      The only smile that lights your face,
      Is raised from my disgrace,
      There is no getting over
      The sharpest corner ever turned.

      So, no.
      No love me, love me, love.
      Hollow, Hollow
      And no.
      No take me, take me in.
      Hollow, Hollow.

      Forgive, forgive, forgive
      I know the way you live,
      The shadow that you throw
      Dream the dream the dreamer dreams
      Who never goes to sea
      Who's never sailing over
      The sharpest corner ever turned.

      So no,
      No love me, love me, love.
      Hollow, Hollow
      And no.
      No take me, take me in.
      Hollow, Hollow.

  • World Without End

    • Lyrics

      Perpetual light
      Eternal rest
      Grant unto her
      Her soul be blessed

      And her faithful heart
      With all pain, depart

      Lighter than air
      Safer in your arms
      Borne on the breeze
      Welcome in your arms

      World without end

      Be there no doubt
      Be there no fear
      Within your love
      Our one glad heart

      Offered up to you
      Our precious soul for you

      How sweet the refrain
      Safer in your arms
      Hold us again
      Welcome in your arms

      World without end

      May we remain
      Ever in your guard
      Home again
      Safely in your arms

      World without end
      Without end

  • Home

    • Lyrics

      Does no one here have any place to go?
      Can there be time for such reclining
      In your social to and fro
      Have you no paramour
      No dogs to walk
      No early morning shift
      That calls you like a whore and
      begs you make it swift?
      Does no one here have anything to show?
      For every hour you devour
      In pursuit of letting go
      Where is your suckling brood?
      Your easy mood
      'Kick up the fire and let the
      flames break loose'

      Home, go home
      Your dreams are yours alone'
      all buffered nail and whittled heel
      like clothes and skin the dance floor peels

      Home, go home
      The Masquerade is done
      from here on in, tomorrow's canned
      in each dear disappointed hand

      Does no one here have anything to say?
      Would it be treasonous to reason with
      a heart so young and gay
      It is the perfect frock, exquisite locks
      and nothing comes to rain on your parade

      Home, Go home
      Your dreams are yours alone
      What care i for your cobbled life
      Your talent turn, your status wife
      Go Home, Go Home, to valance,
      flock and drone
      Your lovers writhe like eels inside
      Your neighbour's sheets - squealing
      Bleating Haste - quick turn
      The pyro lives to burn
      The pelmet catches, batten hatches
      all is gone that no-one snatches

      Home, go home and govern you
      your own
      Make your love and keep it warm
      It won't be precious very long
      GO HOME

  • Smaller

    • Lyrics

      Gone, simple days, single ways to run
      Tripping over the rubble of new roads begun
      And I'd follow you then, like a dog at your heel
      Wishing only to borrow the freedoms you'd steal

      I turned back as the crowd enveloped you
      Scarlet finery
      Oh, just look at you now
      Oh, just look at you now

      How is the truth so distracted
      When love sports its favors like medals?
      And takes well enough
      You gave to me selflessly, sinew and bone
      Grown bigger than you who yet carries me home

      Hair still black and your back is steel
      With your every word tasted
      Oh, just look at you now
      Oh, just look at you now

      I used to dance to the drum in your chest
      My feet on your feet, my head at your breast
      You gave me a tune and I carry it still
      And I promise my darling, that I ever will

      I turned back as the crowd enveloped you
      Scarlet finery
      Oh, just look at you now
      Oh, just look at you now
      And I can't look at you now

  • A Guy Like You

    • Lyrics

      They're all looking at you now, pretty butterfly
      Every colour of spring by the summer sky
      And the way that you swing, like a metronome
      Every body wants the number of your telephone
      And you know it

      Sweeter than 'I told you so'
      Cooler than the place to go
      Every station plays your record on the radio

      How'm I gonna keep my eye on a guy like you
      (How'm I gonna keep a guy like you)
      How'm I gonna keep my eye on a guy like you
      (How'm I gonna keep a guy like you)
      How'm I gonna keep my eye on a guy like you

      If their making a list, their gonna put you on
      If your going to sit they'll make the table long
      When you get up to dance their gonna clear the floor
      They want to know if you'll move them like you did before
      And you know it

      Sweeter than 'I told you so'
      Cooler than the place to go
      Every body plays your music on the stereo

      How'm I gonna keep my eye on a guy like you
      (How'm I gonna keep a guy like you)
      How'm I gonna keep my eye on a guy like you
      (How'm I gonna keep a guy like you)
      How'm I gonna keep my eye on a guy like you

      What am I gonna do
      With a guy like you
      Wow... guy like you

      How'm I gonna keep my eye on a guy like you
      (How'm I gonna keep a guy like you)
      How'm I gonna keep my eye on a guy like you
      (How'm I gonna keep a guy like you)
      How'm I gonna keep my eye on a guy like you

      What am I gonna do...

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