Lyrics
(Both Of Us)

The Lyrics to these songs are given on this page (below)
1) Still Not Free
2) Messenger
3) Watchin' The T.V. News
4) Leaving
5) Both Of Us
6) Where Do Angels Really Come From?
7)   Contrary
8)   Before The World Was Round
9)   Waiting for the Garda
10) Change Of Heart
11) Twenty Minutes
12) The Best Is Yet To Come


STILL NOT FREE

I want you to know
That it's workin' out alright
I found a job and things are lookin' up
An' if you join me soon we can celebrate and
Put it all back as it used to be
But I take it that you're still not free.

I'm sure you can tell
That it's still the same old me
Just a dreamer in a low profile
With promises and half attempts to learn
And bring about what was meant to be
But I take it that you're still not free.

And still you hesitate
Don't leave it later than you have to
Don't make it complicated
Leave tonight an' I'll be waitin'.

I think I can see
That you've found a new life now
An' it's not includin' me
But if things go wrong an' you change your mind, well
You know I'm here where I'll always be
But I understand you're still not free.

INSTRUMENTAL

And still you hesitate
Don't leave it later than you have to
Don't make it complicated
Leave tonight an' I'll be waitin' .

I think I can see
That you've found a new life now
And it's not includin' me
But if things go wrong an' you change your mind, well
You know I'm here where I'll always be
But I understand you're still not free.

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MESSENGER

Friend of mine
Spare the time
With your skill and symmetry
Over land, over sea
Spread you wings, deliver me.

Don't bring me bad news
Don't bring me sad news.

Messenger, take my heart and fly away
Find my love, tell her I'm alone today
Still dreamin' of the love we used to share
Just let her know I care.

When the world is asleep
And dreams are flowin' free
Will you fly through the night
And send her back to me?

Don't bring me bad news
Don't bring me sad news.

Messenger, take my heart and fly away
Find my love, tell her I'm alone today
Still dreamin' of the love we used to share
Just let her know I care.

INSTRUMENTAL

How I envy your position reaching for the sun
Perfect in your aim, cryin' for no one
Not for you the wishin' or the things that can't be done
Flyin' through the darkness to the dawn.

Messenger, take my heart and fly away
Find my love, tell her I'm alone today
Still dreamin' of the love we used to share
Just let her know I care
Just let her know I care
Just let her know I care.

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WATCHIN' THE TV NEWS

I don't read those fancy newspapers
I don't care for the print on my fingers
I can't take that slanted press
An' you know how the smell of the paper lingers.

But the TV news, what a wonderful innovation
Well it's where it's at, tea on my lap
Soakin' it up, lappin' it up.

I don't watch much television
Maybe 'The Street' and 'Blankety Blank'
I don't play any of those crazy ball games
Where's the sense in sweatin' no thanks.

But my TV news, it's a marvellous presentation
Perfect end to the day, tea on a tray
An' we never get upset.

The fightin' and the bombin' and the bloodshed
An' all the starvin' children round the world
The aeroplanes crashin', and the earthquakes
Right before my eyes they're all unfurled.

I don't listen to the radio
Well maybe just Wogan's breakfast wit and
Don't give me any of those crazy ball games
Where's the sense in keeping fit?

But the TV news, won't you give me that confrontation
Nothin' I prefer than my tea down my shirt
Soakin' it up, shruggin' it off.

The fightin' an' the bombin' an' the bloodshed
An' all the crazy despots round the world
Murders, an' the scandal an' the heartache
Right inside my lounge they're all unfurled.

On my TV news
What a colourful presentation
You' got the blood and the thunder
The world goin' under,
It's all there to see
All on the TV news.

What an' honest interpretation
Straight as a die, the cameras don't lie
It's all there to see
All on the TV news.

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LEAVING

You walked into the room
Sat down on the chair
Didn't say anything
Didn't look anywhere
Poured the coffee in the cup
Took the jug off the tray
Poured the milk in the coffee
Drank the cafe au lait
You lit a cigarette up
And just stared into space
And a tear from your eye
Left a mark on your face
You took your handkerchief out
And brushed the tear away
Put the cups in the sink
And the coffee away
Checked the time on your watch
Put the milk in the fridge
Ran the water to hot
Then you washed up the cups
You took your coat off the hook
And you opened the door
And walked out of my life.

INSTRUMENTAL

The sun was shinin' brightly
No clouds in the sky
People talkin' outside
And the traffic went by
All the world was hurryin' on
Just as if there was nothing wrong.

You walked into the room
Sat down on the chair
You didn't say anything
Didn't look anywhere
Poured the coffee in the cup
Took the jug off the tray
Poured the milk in the coffee
An' drank the cafe au lait
You lit a cigarette up
And just stared into space
And a tear from your eye
Left a mark on your face
You took your handkerchief out
And wiped the tear away
Put the cups in the sink
And the coffee away
Checked the time on your watch
Put the milk in the fridge
You ran the water to hot
Then you washed up the cups
You took your coat off the hook
And you opened the door
And walked out of my life.

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BOTH OF US

Love has gone as surely as it came
Leavin' me mistaken
Leavin' you no shame
But that's not all
A child will be forsaken
Thinkin' she was safe
And who will be to blame?

We gotta put away the heartache
You gotta quell your desire
We gotta sacrifice, we must not break
You gotta put out the fire.

Thrown in my dreams, my hopes an' expectations
Believe me, I don't wanna make a fuss
But I can't allow you these new found aspirations
This little girl needs both of us.

You' gotta put away the yearnin'
We gotta hide all the pain
You gotta sacrifice the burnin'
Well let me help you smile again.

Remember sunny days when we would laugh
An' we would play
Throwin' stones in the sea, makin' castles in the sand
An' all those rainy days when we would walk
And stay out late
An' she'd go splashing in the puddles
Got her stockings saturated
Comin' home tired in the dark
Pickin' up sticks
An' kicking at the leaves
Laughin' at those crazy women
She was smilin' at the men.

But love has gone as surely as it came
Leavin' me mistaken
Leavin' you no shame
If that's not enough
A child will be forsaken
Thinkin' she was safe
Now sharin' all the pain.

We gotta put away the heartache
You gotta quell your desire
We gotta sacrifice, we must not break
You gotta put out the fire.

You' gotta put away the yearnin'
We gotta hide all the pain
You gotta sacrifice the burnin'
Well let me help you smile again.

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WHERE DO ANGELS REALLY COME FROM ?

Sat here feelin' sad and kinda lonely
Takin' myself too serious
With the world on my shoulders I didn't think I'd get by.

Then from out the blue you came along and
Treated it all so lightly
With the world at your feet you smiled at me
An' now I'm gettin' by
An' I just wanted you to stay
I don't want you to go
I need you here to guide me.

Where do angels really come from?
Do they just appear, have you been here all the time?
Where do angels really come from?
Have you just arrived, will you stay and please be mine?

I was just about to end this compromisin'
When suddenly from nowhere
As I was makin' my mind up to jump
I heard a voice soft an' new say
"Can't you be a little more enterprisin'?"
I looked and there she was
Like a dream that I've always had
But never thought would come true
An' I discarded my demise
I felt my spirits rise
I need you here beside me.

Where do angels really come from?
Were you always near, were you never far from sight?
Where do angels really come from?
Have you made a mistake, are you sure you got it right?

I was at a loose end till you came an' put your arms around me
I'm reachin' for your heart
Some are ice
Some are stone
Yours is golden.

Where do angels really come from?
Is it somewhere special, is it secret, is it true?
Where do angels really come from?
Do you have to work at it, is it natural? give me a clue.

Where do angels really come from?
Were you always around, have you been here very long?
Where do angels really come from?
Have you made a mistake, are you sure you can't be wrong?

Where do angels really come from?
Were you always close, were you never far from sight?
Where do angels really come from?
Have you made a mistake, are you sure you got it right?

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CONTRARY

You are consistent, I am lackaday
You are sufficient, I'm in disarray
You give me pleasure, I bring you heartache
You give me light when all is dark and lonely
You're my concession, I am contrary.

You are exception, I am more the rule
You are discretion, I am more the fool
You show me patience, I take advantage
An' leave you lost an' on your own an' lonely
You are forever, I'll come crashin' down.

INSTRUMENTAL

You throw me line when I'm clutchin' straws and
You lift me up when I am down an' lonely
You're my concession, I am contrary.

You are consistent, I am lackaday
You are sufficient, I'm in disarray
You give me pleasure, I bring you heartache
You give me light when all is dark and lonely
You're my concession, I am contrary.

You're my concession, I am contrary.
You're my concession, I am contrary.
You're my concession, I am contrary.
(and fade).

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BEFORE THE WORLD WAS ROUND

I remember when
You said the world must be flat
Because you'd fallen off the edge
There you were just floatin'
Holdin' on to my hand
So safe and self-assured
An' it's not easy
Watchin' you walk out on me
An' simple dreams from way back when
The view was so much better then
Before the world was round.

An' I remember when
You said there must be a God
Because he answered you
And so I found you floatin'
Reachin' out for my love
And how I sheltered you
An' it's not easy
Watchin' you just walk away
From hopes that seem more tangible
An' dreams were far more plentiful
Before the world was round.

You have learnt your independence
All too soon your science grew
An' you've turned your fine attendance
On to someone new.

INSTRUMENTAL

An' it's not easy
Watchin' you walk out on me
An' simple dreams from way back when
The view was so much better then
Before the world was round.

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WAITING FOR THE GARDA

A face that haunts me smilin' down
A broken doll with eyes so wild
O'Connell Bridge you're fallin' down
And hangin' on a ragged child
Amid the to and fro
Watchin' as we come an' go
Footsteps an the motor cars
Shyin' from her beggin' jar
Cryin' in the night
Where love will fall
Dyin' as she might
An' we all laugh
Knowin' it's a con
Waitin' for the garda
To come.

Her face still haunts me shinin' down
A meadow flower growin' wild
O'Connell Bridge you're fallin' down
And on your ledge a frightened child
Amid the heat an' dust of rush around
The feet an' wheels that spin
Shyin' from her beggin' tin
Cryin' in the night
Where love will fall
Dyin' out of sight
An' we all laugh
Knowin' it's a con
Waitin' for the garda
To come.

Amid the heat an' dust of rush around
The feet an' wheels that spin
Shyin' from her beggin' tin
Cryin' in the night
Where love will fall
Dyin' out of sight
An' we all laugh
Knowin' it's a con
Waitin' for the garda
To come.

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CHANGE OF HEART

It's been a long an' lonely time without you
No love to call my own
I've been hearin' such a lot about you
It seems you're all alone
So c'mon home.

Change of heart could bring us back together
Change of style took your love away
Change of heart bring us back together
An' in a while I know she'll wanna stay.

Just me an' lonely conversation
Well I long to hear you call
No fun this lack of concentration
You've been my downfall
That's not all.

Change of heart could bring us back together
Change of style took your love away
Change of heart bring us back together
An' in a while I know she'll wanna stay.

I thought that when you walked out on me
That was the end
It shows how wrong one person can be
This love can be mended.

Change of heart is bringin' us together
Change of style was takin' you away
Change of heart is bringin' us together
An' in a while I know you'll wanna stay.

Change of heart is bringin' us together
Change of style was takin' you away
Change of heart is bringin' us together
An' in a while I know you'll wanna stay.

(Repeat and fade).

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TWENTY MINUTES

I wonder what we'll be doin' and
Where we might be
When they hit the button and
All hell is set free.

Will the kids be in school?
Will you be on your own?
How much time will we have?
An' will we manage to get home?

Those in the city go first
Then those on the outskirts
Twenty minutes then us.

We could make a fall-out shelter
We got nothin' to lose
We could make a fall-out shelter
What else can we choose?

When the stars come out tonight
And the heavens are calm
Will they make the big mistake
And drop the bomb?

Will the kids be asleep?
Will you be on your own?
How much time will we have?
An' will I manage to get home?

Those in the city go first
Then those on the outskirts
Twenty minutes is all.

I could make a fall-out shelter
We got nothin' to lose
I could make a fall-out shelter
What else can we choose?

INSTRUMENTAL

Those in the city go first
Then those on the outskirts
Twenty minutes then us.

We could make a fall-out shelter
We got nothin' to lose
We could make a fall-out shelter
What else can we choose?

We could make a fall-out shelter
We should make some plans
We could make a fall-out shelter
We might stand a chance.

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THE BEST IS YET TO COME

What did we do wrong?
We had all the magic to put us on our way
And all the tragedy that we ever wanna see
But you know I'm right
When I say the best is yet to come.

Where did we go wrong?
Was it so enlightening we couldn't find our way?
Was it all so frightening we really couldn't see which move to make?
But you know I'm right
When I say the best is yet to come.

An' if you leave me now
Like you say you might
Oh please don't leave me now
'Cause I know, if you do
None of this will come true - so . .

Where do we go now?
Now your heart is achin' and leading you astray
And me I'm burnin' up, tryin' to get you to stay
'Cos you know I'm right
When I say the best is yet to come
And you know the best is still to come.

Copyright © 2001 Michael Armitage

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