Lyrics
(Bittersweet)

 The Lyrics to these songs are given on this page (below)
1) Wherewithal
2) End of Time Tonight
3) Yesterday In Parliament
4) Mad About You
5) Somehow
6) This Was Our Love
7) Jayne From Andromeda Spiral
8) Lady With The Book In Her Hand
9) Escalator ('Single' version)
10) It's Such a Pity
11) Evening
12) Naughty Boy
13) Before the World Was Round
14) Last Train Tonight
15) Lost Again
16) Sidetracked
17) Thinking About You
18) Always Think About You
19) Snakes and Ladders



WHEREWITHAL

I wish I had the wherewithal
To attract your attention.
Wish I had the wherewithal
To attract your attention.

You are so nonpareil
You introduce a new elation in my life
But you are so nonchalant
I don't suppose this new sensation will materialise.

I wish I had the wherewithal
To attract your attention.
Wish I had the wherewithal
To attract your attention.

If I hadn't inhibitions enough to cope with
Now you come along beautiful and leave me hoping
If it wasn't complicated enough to start with
Now you're making this feeling so hard to part with.

INSTRUMENTAL

You are so nonpareil
You introduce a new elation in my life
But you are so nonchalant
I don't suppose this new sensation will materialise.

I wish I had the wherewithal
To attract your attention.
Wish I had the wherewithal
To attract your attention.
I wish I had the wherewithal
To attract your attention.
(Repeat and fade).

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END OF TIME TONIGHT

I just wanna be with you till the end of time tonight
I just wanna be with you till the end of time tonight
It was an accident, there was no one to blame
Da de da da da da, da da, da da da.

Da de da da da da
Da de da da da da
Da de da da da da, da da, da da da.

An' I just wanna be with you till the end of time tonight
I just wanna be with you till the lights go out tonight
Da de da da da da
Da de da da da da
Da de da da da da, da da, da da da.

Da de da da da da
Da de da da da da
Da de da da da da, da da, da da da.

An' I just wanna be with you till the end of time tonight
I just wanna be with you till the end of time tonight
Da da da du du du du du
La da de du du du du
La da du du du
La da de du.

An' I just wanna be with you till the end of time tonight
I just wanna be with you till the end of time tonight
An' I just wanna be with you till the end of time tonight
I just wanna be with you till the end of time tonight
(Repeat and fade).

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YESTERDAY IN PARLIAMENT

Yesterday in parliament
You got the honourable this
The honourable that, and
Nothin' so eloquent
As a little bit of mis-
Understanding, and a lot of chat
Something you wanna say?
Don't address it to me
You gotta see your MP
He's gonna to take up your case today
Do civilised people always act this way?

Ha ha, ha ha, ha ha, ha ha.

Oh yesterday in parliament
We got shoutin' down the front
And shoutin' up the back an'
Come on gentlemen, settle down at the front
Sit down at the back
' There's something you wanna say?
Well address it to the House in the usual way
I know you want to have some fun
But civilised people ought to get things done.

Ha ha, ha ha, ha ha, ha ha.

Blame Jesus for all the trouble in the world today
Blame anybody you like
But don't blame the government of the day.

Oh yesterday in parliament
We got rhetoric elective, a little bit of cynicism
Nothing heaven sent
Just a mere hint of socialism, lotta conservatism
' Nothing I wanna say
To make any changes let's keep it this way
There's nowhere I wanna go
I'm enjoying my breakfast and this radio show.

Ha ha, ha ha, ha ha, ha ha.

INSTRUMENTAL

There's nothing I wanna say
To make any changes let's keep it this way
There's nowhere else I wanna go
I'm enjoying my breakfast and this radio show.

Ha ha , ha ha, ha ha, ha ha
da da da, da da da da da
da da da, da da da da
da da da, da da da da da
(and fade).

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MAD ABOUT YOU

This heart of mine is
Breakin' in two, and
It's all because of you
You are the girl I'm mad about.

This love of mine is
So back-to-front it's
Drivin' me off my head
You are the girl I'm mad about.

You're the only one who makes me happy
You're the only one who makes me sad
Without you I'd be of no use
But with you darlin' everythin's as bad.

This love of ours needs
Shakin' up, it's a
Cryin' shame to let it die
You are the girl I'm mad about.

INSTRUMENTAL

You're the only one who makes me happy
You're the only one who makes me sad
Without you I'd be of no use
But with you darlin' everythin's as bad.

This love of ours needs
Shakin' up, it's a
Cryin' shame to let it die
You are the girl I'm mad about.

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SOMEHOW

Somehow you know
When she comes near
She's the one
You're waiting to see
Waiting to see, waiting to see.

Somehow you know
When she comes close
She's the one
You wanted the most
Wanted the most, wanted the most.

Somehow you know
When it's too late
She was the one
But it's too late
Somehow you know, somehow you -

La da da da, la da da da
La da da da, la da da da
La da da da, de da da da

INSTRUMENTAL

Somehow you know
When it's too late
She was the one
But it's too late
Somehow you know, somehow you -

Somehow you know
When she comes near
She was the one
You're waiting to hear
Waiting to hear, waiting to hear.

Somehow you know
Somehow you know
Somehow you know.

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THIS WAS OUR LOVE

This was our love for the very first time
This was our love for the very first time
You were dancing, I was singing
Well it really wasn't my kind of place
You were carefree, I was nervous
You were no more than just another face.

This was our love for the very first time
This was our love, very first time
I was working hard, you looked so cool
And I was thinking still an hour to go.

Your friends were drinking
But you seemed to listen
Well it was no more than just another show.

And this was our love for the very first time
This was our love, very first time
Just as I was losing interest
Just as I was losing heart
You looked and me and smiled
Took my part.

And this was our love for the very first time
This was our love, the very first time.

INSTRUMENTAL

Just as I was gettin' to know ya
Loving your misty gaze
Morning comes and we go
Our separate ways.

And this was our love for the very last time
And this was our love for the very last time
And this was our love for the very last time
And this was our love for the very last time
(Repeat and fade).

      ********************

JANE FROM ANDROMEDA SPIRAL

Late last night the midnight movie
Went out in a blaze of clichés
A cultured voice whispered goodnight
And suggested I switch off the set
My eyes felt so heavy, the sofa so warm
That I slept till the static awoke me
And there on the screen, such as I've never seen
Was a girl strange and beautiful, smiling.

Jayne from Andromeda Spiral
Jayne from Andromeda Spiral.

Well I looked in amazement, she gazed at me so intent
Was her expression and then
She spoke oh so frail, in technical detail
Of her world so that someone might hear
Science is inexcusably intricate
Love is rewardingly simple
She smiled tenderly, looking so heavenly
That I longed to be way out in space with . .

Jayne from Andromeda Spiral
Jayne from Andromeda Spiral.

Then she said goodbye and though vainly I tried
To say stay, the picture broke up
I'm a little too late to communicate
For the distance is too great between us
It's all of two million light years . . .

Jayne from Andromeda Spiral
Jayne from Andromeda Spiral
Jayne from Andromeda Spiral
Jayne from Andromeda Spiral.

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LADY WITH THE BOOK IN HER HAND

Lady with the book in her hand
She's so studiously engaged
Lady with the book in her hand
Oh so seriously engaged.

Excuse me, what is her name?
I'd like to know
Excuse me, it's going to rain
She'll have to go.

Lady with the book in her hand
Maybe she will be going my way
Lady with the book in her hand
Seems to study her time away.

She takes her spectacles off
And rubs her eyes
Her hair looks ever so soft
She starts to rise.

Lady with the book in your hand
May I walk along side of you?
Lady with the book in your hand
What's your name an' how do you do?

INSTRUMENTAL

Excuse me, what is her name?
I'd like to know
Excuse me, it's going to rain
She'll have to go.

Lady with the book in your hand
Lady with the book in your hand
Lady with the book in your hand
Lady with the book in your hand.

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ESCALATOR (The 'single' version)

I take back everythin' I said about the modern technology
I met her on the escalator and that's good enough for me.

It happened in department store where everythin' is to be found
Well I was going down from first and she was coming up from ground
While stationary moving by
She passed before my eyes
I could not help but turn around
And then before I knew what happened
I was looking up and she was smiling down.

From there the whole thing escalated to the fourth floor coffee shop
We talked about the price of things and oh I hoped it would not stop
And then she said she had to go
And oh I did not know if we would ever meet again
But as the escalator slowly took her out of sight she said "tomorrow then".

INSTRUMENTAL

I take back everythin' I said about the modern technology
I met her on the escalator and that's good enough for me.

Escalator, escalator.

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IT'S SUCH A PITY

It's such a pity baby that I trusted you
You might have known the things you said would make me blue
I really care, and I must wear your ways
Oh baby baby won't you try?
An' I don't wanna say goodbye.

It's such a pity baby the things you wanted me to think were true
And all the time the way we used to be in love has fallen through
It's not the same, and I suppose that I'm to blame
I thought you really wanted me
Oh baby won't you try and see?

That it's alright, the things you said
The things you did I would love you
If only you will say "don't go"
And show me why I need you so.

INSTRUMENTAL

I really care, and I must wear your ways
So baby won't you try and see ?
An' I don't wanna say goodbye.

It's such a pity baby, it hurts to think of how you used to feel
And all those pretty words you said no longer seems so real
What have I done to make you turn to someone new
Oh baby tell me what to do
I'm crying 'cause I'm loving you.

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EVENING

Those few times good fortune came to call
And all those days bad luck set in for keeps
If there were one that I could re-arrange
How much would I alter, how much would I change?

I'll take an evening, best time of the day
When the sun had gone, and the rain was settin' in
That's my evening, one that's always there
How I sat and wondered, why you said goodbye
And left me here to fall.

If all the light and love that we both shared
Meant as much to you as they still mean to me
Then all we need to set it all to rights
Are just four words, and I'll be by your side.

But there's still evening, best time of the day
When the sun has gone, and the rain is settin' in
It's still my evening, one I can't forget
How I sit and wonder, why you shook your head
And left me here to fall.

(Note from Cliff: the 'four words' =
                                            "I still love you".)

      ********************

NAUGHTY BOY

You keep telling me I'm no good
And you say you can show me the way
I don't want to do as I should
And I'm tired of hearing you say

Who's a naughty boy?
You're a naughty boy
Yes you are, yes you are
Yes you are, yes you are.

I'm uncertain to a certain extent
Exactly what you feel for me
First you came and then you went
Pleasing me, teasing me.

Who's a naughty boy?
You's a naughty boy
Yes you is, yes you is
Yes you is, yes you is.

I've got to talk to you intelligently
I have to talk with you
So let's seriously consider . .

Are we simply wasting our time
When we could be otherwise engaged?
Are you his or am you mine
Will you tell me before I'm enraged?

Who's a naughty boy?
I'm a naughty boy
Yes I am, yes I am
Yes I am, yes I am.

Who's a naughty boy?
I'm a naughty boy
(and fade).

      ********************

BEFORE THE WORLD WAS ROUND

I remember when
You said the world must be flat
Because you'd fallen off the edge
An' 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 things 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 seemed more tangible
An' dreams were far more plentiful
Before the world was round.

You have learnt your independence
And all too soon your science grew
An' you 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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LAST TRAIN TONIGHT

Da da da, da da da da
Da da da da, da da de da da da
Da da da da, da da de da da da da.

The last train tonight
Is takin' your love away
Why don't we try again,
'Cause you know that I want you to stay

On this fast train tonight
Is takin' your love away
Why don't we try again
'Cause you know that I want you to stay.

La da da da da da, da da da da, da da
La da da da da de da da
Da da da da da da
La da da da da da, da da da da da da
La da da da da de da da
Da da da da.

Last train tonight
Is takin' your love away
Why don't we try again,
'Cause you know that I want you to stay

On this fast train tonight
Is takin' your love away
Why don't we try again
'Cause you know that I want you to stay.

Here in the platform light
Nobody's in the night
La da da de da da
Da da de da da da
La da da da da da
La da de da da da da
La da da da da da
Ah come on back home.

The last train tonight
Is takin' your love away
Why don't we try again,
'Cause you know that I want you to stay

On the fast train tonight
Is takin' your love away
Why don't we try love again
'Cause you know that I want you to stay

On the last train tonight
Is takin' your love away
(etc and fade).

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LOST AGAIN

Lost again, your dreams all turned and tossed again
And mine all double crossed again - in the same old way
You won, I'm lost again.

Lost again, I'm on my own - washed up again
All alone, mixed up again - in the same old way
You won, I'm lost again.

It's the same old feeling tonight
Me on my own -
And lovin' you still out of sight - I'm -

Lost again, standing down - nonplussed again
Broken down, mistrust again - in the same old way
You've won, I'm lost again.

INSTRUMENTAL

It's the same old feeling tonight
Me on my own -
And lovin' you still out of sight - I'm -

Lost again, standing down - nonplussed again
Broken down, mistrust again - in the same old way
You've won, I'm lost again.

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SIDETRACKED

When I started out I knew where I was goin'
But the fact that I didn't get there's showin'
I was gonna be somebody going to the top
But the glory I wanted wasn't what I got -

I got sidetracked
I got sidetracked
I got sidetracked.

Na na, na na, na na, na na na na, na na
Na na, na na, na na, na na na na, na na.

I can see my name flashing across city streets
Crowdin' in the rain, people waiting for their seats
And on every tongue my reputation grew
But when I woke up it all had fallen through -

I got sidetracked
I got sidetracked
I got sidetracked.

Na na, na na, na na, na na na na, na na
Na na, na na, na na, na na na na, na na
Na na, na na, na na, na na na na, na na
Na na, na na, na na, na na na na, na na.

Now you find yourself in a military zone
Doing what you can, try to barricade your home
And you're wonderin' however you got this way
Was it all for her you decided to stay?

We got sidetracked
We got sidetracked
We got sidetracked.

Na na, na na, na na, na na na na, na na
Na na, na na, na na, na na na na, na na
Na na, na na, na na, na na na na, na na
Na na, na na, na na, na na na na, na na.

We got sidetracked
We got sidetracked
We got sidetracked
(Repeat and fade).

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THINKING ABOUT YOU

Ooo, la la la
Ooo, la la la

When the evening takes the sky
And I'm feeling lazy
I sit out in the yard
Thinkin' about you.

The moon is floating high
And the hillside's hazy
And I just pass the time
Thinkin' about you.

And have you done so well
On the movie screen?
You said that time would tell
But I ain't heard your name.

Ooo, la la la
Ooo, la la la
Ooo, la la la
Ooo, la la la

My friend, dog, he's around
He don't have ambition
Just rehearsin' in his sleep
how to track me down.

And if you ever find
You've grown tired o' wishin'
These mountains ain't so steep
You'll find your way around.

And have you done so well
On the movie screen?
You said that time would tell
But I ain't heard your name.

Ooo, la la la
Ooo, la la la
Ooo, la la la
Ooo, la la la.

      ********************

ALWAYS THINK ABOUT YOU

I can wonder at
Wonder why
It's always been the same
I've heard lies and
Children cryin'
Still I hear your name.

And I always think about you night and day
And I wonder where you are
And I think about you night and day
I still love you.

I don't wonder at
My despair
At everything I see
People dying and
Little care
It all comes back to me.

And I always think about you night and day
And I wonder where you are
Always think about you night and day
I still love you.

INSTRUMENTAL

And I always think about you night and day
And I wonder where you are
Always think about you night and day
I still love you.

And I always think about you night and day
And I wonder where you are
And I think about you night and day
I still love you.

      ********************

SNAKES AND LADDERS

Well I can tolerate most folk
And a few folk tolerate me
But I know a girl
A very special girl
Who thinks I'm twenty three
And when she grows up
She says she's gonna marry me.

We go up the ladders
And down the snakes Pol
That's four so you go up a ladder
And that's three so I go down a snake.

I saw Charlie Chaplin once, I mean for real
Waiting for an aeroplane
All wrapped up in a blanket with himself
Sat in a wheel-chair waiting to die.

We go up the ladders
And down the snakes Pol
That's six so you have another throw
And that's one so I go down a snake.

And I remember when as a kid
He had me in stitches
For threepence at the flix
And it didn't seem right.

We go up the ladders
And down the snakes Pol
That's two so you go up a ladder
Yikes, that's five so I go down a snake again.

Well I can tolerate most folk
And a few folk tolerate me.

Copyright © 2001 Michael Armitage

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