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1
(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes Lyrics
Oh I used to be disgusted
And now I try to be amused
But since their wings have gotten rusted
You know, the angels wanna wear my red shoes

But when they told me 'bout their side of the bargain
That's when I knew that I could not refuse
And I won't get any older, now the angels wanna wear my red shoes

I was watching while you were dancing away
Our love got fractured in the echo and sway
How come everybody wants to be your friend?
You know that it still hurts me just to say it

Oh, I know that she's disgusted (oh, why's that?)
Cause she's feeling so abused (oh, that's too bad)
She gets tired of the lust (oh, I'm so sad)
But it's so hard to refuse
How can you say that I'm too old
When the angels have stolen my red shoes

Oh, I said "I'm so happy, I could die"
She said "Drop dead," then left with another guy
That's what you get if you go chasing after vengeance
Ever since you got me punctured this has been my sentence

Oh I used to be disgusted
And now I try to be amused
Since their wings have gotten rusted
You know, the angels wanna wear my red shoes

But when they told me 'bout their side of the bargain
That's when I knew that I could not refuse
And I won't get any older, now the angels wanna wear my red shoes
Oh, I won't get any older, now the angels wanna wear my red shoes

Red shoes, the angels wanna wear my red shoes
02:48 203 4,07 ˆ0.10
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Alison Lyrics
Oh it's so funny to be seeing you after so long, girl.
And with the way you look I understand
that you are not impressed.
But I heard you let that little friend of mine
take off your party dress.
I'm not going to get too sentimental
like those other sticky valentines,
'cause I don't know if you've been loving somebody.
I only know it isn't mine.

Alison, I know this world is killing you.
Oh, Alison, my aim is true.

Well I see you've got a husband now.
Did he leave your pretty fingers lying
in the wedding cake?
You used to hold him right in your hand.
I'll bet he took all he could take.
Sometimes I wish that I could stop you from talking
when I hear the silly things that you say.
I think somebody better put out the big light,
cause I can't stand to see you this way.

Alison, I know this world is killing you.
Oh, Alison, my aim is true.
My aim is true.
03:24 167 4,06 ˆ0.10
3
Watching The Detectives Lyrics
Nice girls not one with a defect,
cellophane shrink-wrapped, so correct
Red dogs under illegal legs
She looks so good that he gets down and begs

Chorus

She is watching the detectives
Ooh, he's so cute
She is watching the detectives
when they shoot, shoot, shoot, shoot
They beat him up until the teardrops start,
but he can't be wounded 'cause he's got no heart

Long shot of that jumping sign,
Invisible shivers running down my spine
Cut the baby taking off her clothes
Close-up of the sign that says,"We never close"
You snatch tune, you a match a cigarette,
She pulls the eyes out with a face like a magnet
I don't know how much more of this I can take
She's filing her nails while they're dragging the lake

(chorus)

You think you're alone until you realize you're in it
Now fear is here to stay, Love is here for a visit
They call it instant justice when it's past the legal limit
Someone's scratching at the window. I wonder who is it?
The detectives come to check if you belong to the parents
who are ready to hear the worst about their daughter's disappearance
Though it nearly took a miracle to get you to stay,
it only took my little fingers to blow you away

Just like watching the detectives
Don't get cute
It's just like watching the detectives
I get so angry when the teardrops start,
but he can't be wounded 'cause he's got no heart
Watching the detectives
It's just like watching the detectives
03:46 178 4,81 ˆ0.10
4
(I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea Lyrics 03:11 207 4,72 ˆ0.10
5
Pump It Up Lyrics
I've been on tenterhooks
ending in dirty looks,
list'ning to the Muzak,
thinking 'bout this 'n' that.
She said that's that.
I don't wanna chitter-chat.
Turn it down a little bit
or turn it down flat.

Pump it up when you don't really need it.
Pump it up until you can feel it.

Down in the pleasure centre,
hell bent or heaven sent,
listen to the propaganda,
listen to the latest slander.
There's nothing underhand
that she wouldn't understand.

Pump it up until you can feel it.
Pump it up when you don't really need it.

She's been a bad girl.
She's like a chemical.
Though you try to stop it,
she's like a narcotic.
You wanna torture her.
You wanna talk to her.
All the things you bought for her,
putting up your temp'rature.

Pump it up until you can feel it.
Pump it up when you don't really need it.

Out in the fashion show,
down in the bargain bin,
you put your passion out
under the pressure pin.
Fall into submission,
hit-and-run transmission.
No use wishing now for any other sin.

Pump it up until you can feel it.
Pump it up when you don't really need it.
03:17 175 4,12 ˆ0.10
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Radio, Radio Lyrics 03:08 187 4,16 ˆ0.10
7
Accidents Will Happen Lyrics
Oh I just don't know where to begin
Though he says he'll wait forever
It's now or never
But she keeps him hanging on
The silly champion
She says she can't go home
Without a chaperone
Accidents will happen
We only hit and run
He used to be your victim
Now you're not the only one

Accidents will happen
We only hit and run
I don't want to hear it
'Cause I know what I've done

There's so many fish in the sea
That only rise up in the sweat and smoke like mercury
But they keep you hanging on
They say you're so young
Your mind is made up but your mouth is undone

Accidents will happen
We only hit and run
I don't want to hear it
'Cause I know what I've done

And it's the damage that we do
And never know
It's the words that we don't say
That scare me so

There's so many people to see
So many people you can check up on
And add to your collection
But they keep you hanging on
Until you're well hung
Your mouth is made up but your mind is undone

Accidents will happen
We only hit and run
I don't want to hear it
'Cause I know what I've done

I know, I know.
03:01 202 4,35 ˆ0.10
8
Oliver's Army Lyrics 02:59 213 4,55 ˆ0.10
9
(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding Lyrics 03:33 208 5,29 ˆ0.10
10
I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down Lyrics 02:08 196 2,99 ˆ0.10
11
High Fidelity Lyrics
Some things you never get used to
Even though you're feeling like another man
There's nothing that he can do for you
To shut me away as you walk through
Lovers laughing in their amateur hour
Holding hands in the corridors of power
Even though I'm with somebody else right now
High fidelity
Can you hear me?

There's a new kind of dedication
Maybe you'll find it down the tunnel
Maybe I got above my station
Maybe you're only changing channel

Even though you're nowhere near me
And I know you kiss him so sincerely now
Even though the signal's indistinct
And you worry what silly people think
Who just can't wait to feel so frozen out
I bet he thinks that he was chosen out of millions
I suppose he'll never know about

Chorus
02:30 202 3,58 ˆ0.10
12
Clubland Lyrics
With a handful of backhanders and a bevy of beauty
You’re going off limits
Going off duty
Going off the rails
Going off with booty
They tell tales of fiction found on all the criminal types
Lead to a higher ranking man or a face with thin red stripes

The boys next door
The mums and dads
New weds and nearly-deads
Have you ever been had in club land

There’s a piece in someone’s pocket to do the dirty work
You’ve come to shoot the pony
They’ve come to do the jerk
They leave him half way to paradise
They leave you half way to bliss
The ladies’ invitation never seemed like this

The boys next door
The mums and dads
New weds and nearly-deads
Have you ever been had in club land

The long arm of the law slides up the outskirts of town
Meanwhile in club land they are ready to pull them down
Hey

The right to work is traded in for the right to refuse admission
Don’t pass out now, there’s no refund
(when) did you find out what you were missing
The crowd is taking forty winks minus ten percent
You barely get required sleep to go lingering with contemptment
Thursday to Saturday
Money’s gone already
Some things come in common these days
Your hands and work aren’t steady

The boys next door
The mums and dads
New weds and nearly-deads
Have you ever been had in club land
03:44 213 5,69 ˆ0.10
13
New Lace Sleeves Lyrics
Bad lovers face to face in the morning
Shy apologies and polite regrets
Slow dances that left no warning of
Outraged glances and indiscreet yawning
Good manners and bad breath get you nowhere
Even presidents have newspaper lovers
Ministers go crawling under covers
She's no angel
He's no saint
They're all covered up with white washed grease paint
And you say...

The teacher never told you anything but white lies
But you never see the lies
And you believe
Oh you know you have been captured
You feel so civilized
And you look so pretty in your new lace sleeves

The salty lips of the socialite sisters
With their continental fingers that have
Never seen working blisters
Oh i know they've got their problems
I wish i was one of them
They say daddy's coming home soon
With his sergeant stripes and his empire mug and spoon

No more fast buck
And when are they going to learn their lesson
When are they going to stop all of these victory processions
And you say...

The teacher never told you anything but white lies
But you never see the lies
And you believe
Oh you know you have been captured
You feel so civilized
And you look so pretty in your new lace sleeves
03:48 181 4,91 ˆ0.10
14
Good Year For The Roses Lyrics
I can hardly bear the sight of lipstick
on the cigarettes there on the ashtray
lying all the way you left them
but at least your lips caressed them
while you packed

or the lip ring on a half filled cup of coffee
that you poured and didn't drink
but at least you thought you wanted it
that's so much more than I can say for me

what a good year for the roses
many blooms still linger there
lawn could stand another mowing
funny I don't even care

As you turned to walk away
As the door behind you closes
the only thing I have to say
Its been a good year for the roses

After 3 full years of marriage
its the first time that you haven't made the bed
I'll guess the reason we're not talking
is so little left to say we haven't said

While a million thoughts go racing through my mind
I find I haven't said a word
From the bedroom the familiar sound
of young babies crying goes unheard

(Repeat Chorus)
03:08 167 3,75 ˆ0.10
15
Beyond Belief Lyrics
History repeats the old conceits
The glib replies the same defeats
Keep your finger on important issues
With crocodile tears and a pocketful of tissues
I'm just the oily slick
On the windup world of the nervous tick
In a very fashionable hovel

I hang around dying to be tortured
You'll never be alone in the bone orchard
This battle with the bottle is nothing so novel

So in this almost empty gin palace
Through a two-way looking glass
You see your Alice

You know she has no sense
For all your jealousy
In a sense she still smiles very sweetly

Charged with insults and flattery
Her body moves with malice
Do you have to be so cruel to be callous

And now you find you fit this identikit completely
You say you have no secrets
And then leave discreetly

I might make it California's fault
Be locked in Geneva's deepest vault
Just like the canals of Mars and the great barrier reef
I come to you beyond belief

My hands were clammy and cunning
She's been suitably stunning
But I know there's not a hope in Hades
All the laddies cat call and wolf whistle
So-called gentlemen and ladies
Dog fight like rose and thistle

I've got a feeling
I'm going to get a lot of grief
Once this seemed so appealing
Now I am beyond belief

(Repeat chorus)
02:35 182 3,36 ˆ0.10
16
Man Out Of Time Lyrics
So this is where he came to hide
When he ran from you
In a private detective's overcoat
And dirty dead man's shoes
The pretty things of Knightsbridge
Lying for a minister of state
Are a far cry from the nod and wink
Here at traitor's gate

'Cause the high heel he used to be has been ground down
And he listens for the footsteps that would follow him around

To murder my love is crime
But will you still love
A man out of time

There's a tuppeny hapenny millionaire
Looking for a fourpenny one
With a tight grip on the short hairs
Of the public imagination

But for his private wife and kids somehow
Real life becomes a rumour
Days of dutch courage
Just three French letters and a German sense of humour

He's got a mind like a sewer and a heart like a fridge
He stands to be insulted and he pays for the privilege

(chorus)

The biggest wheels of industry
Retire sharp and short
And the after dinner overtures
Are nothing but an after thought
Somebody's creeping in the kitchen
There's a reputation to be made
Whose nerves are always on a knife's edge
Who's up late polishing the blade

Love is always scarpering or cowering or fawning
You drink yourself insensitive and hate yourself in the morning

(chorus)
05:29 204 7,99 ˆ0.10
17
Almost Blue Lyrics
Almost blue
Almost doing things we used to do
There's a girl here and she's almost you
Almost all the things that your eyes once promised
I see in hers too
Now your eyes are red from crying
Almost blue
Flirting with this disaster became me
It named me as the fool who only aimed to be

Almost blue
It's almost touching it will almost do
There's a part of me that's always true...always
Not all good things come to an end now it is only a chosen few
I've seen such an unhappy couple

Almost me
Almost you
Almost blue
02:50 167 3,37 ˆ0.10
18
Everyday I Write The Book Lyrics
Taxied out on a twelve-ship LFE
And I lost count of who was one and who was three
It’s nothing new it happens every time
Over victor “2’s blind”

We took off on a radar assisted trail
Tried a boresight lock and got an FCR FAIL
Then lead turned into the sun like he does every fucking time
Sonafabitch! “2’s blind”

Why is he so damn hard to see?
It must be his flying ‘cause it damn sure isn’t me

We got spiked and lead went to the notch
But when he did I had my eyes down in my crotch (‘cause I had an itch)
When I looked up only jack shit did I find
Goddammit! “2’s blind”

We pushed to the target and lead said, “Just keep sight”
But then he actioned left when I swear to Jesus that he briefed right
It’s times like this when I feel a bit resigned
To just fucking eject rather than admit that I am blind

Dear God, what the hell have I done wrong?
Is it ‘cause I drink and smoke and cuss and repeatedly stroke my schlong?

Needless to say my IP busted me
He gave me a zero when I think it’s clear that I earned a three
‘Cause what he doesn’t know, is that he’s lucky to be alive
When I said I was visual, I lied my ass off. I was blind!
03:54 188 5,24 ˆ0.10
19
Shipbuilding Lyrics
Is it worth it, a new winters coat and shoes for the wife
And a bicycle on the boys birthday
It's just a rumour that was spread around town
By the women and children, soon we'll be shipbuilding

Well I ask you, the boy said
"Dad they're going to take me to task,
But I'll be back by Christmas"
It's just a rumour that was spread around town
Somebody said that someone got filled in
For saying that people get killed in the results of their shipbuilding

With all the will in the world
Diving for dear life, when we could be diving for pearls
It's just a rumour that was spread around town
A telegram or a picture postcard
Within weeks we will be reopening the shipyard
And notifying the next of kin, once again
It's all we're skilled in,
We will be shipbuliding

With all the will in the world
Dining for dear life, when we could be diving for pearls
04:54 175 6,10 ˆ0.10
20
Brilliant Mistake Lyrics
He thought he was the King of America
Where they pour Coca Cola just like vintage wine
Now I try hard not to become hysterical
But I'm not sure if I am laughing or crying
I wish that I could push a button
And talk in the past and not the present tense
And watch this hurtin' feeling disappear
Like it was common sense
It was a fine idea at the time
Now it's a brilliant mistake
She said that she was working for the ABC News
It was as much of the alphabet as she knew how to use
Her perfume was unspeakable
It lingered in the air
Like her artificial laughter
Her mementos of affairs
"Oh" I said "I see you know him"
"Isn't that very fortunate for you"
And she showed me his calling card
He came third or fourth and there were more than one or two
He was a fine idea at the time
Now he's a brilliant mistake

He thought he was the King of America
But it was just a boulevard of broken dreams
A trick they do with mirrors and with chemicals
The words of love in whispers
And the axe of love in screams
I wish that I could push a button
And talk in the past and not the present tense
And watch this lovin' feeling disappear
Like it was common sense
I was a fine idea at the time
Now I'm a brilliant mistake
03:44 175 4,68 ˆ0.10
21
Indoor Fireworks Lyrics
We play these parlor games
We play at make-believe
When we get to the part where I say that
I’m gonna leave
Everybody loves a happy ending
But we don’t even try
We go straight past pretending
To the part where everybody loves to cry

Indoor fireworks
Can still burn your fingers
Indoor fireworks
We swore were safe as houses
They’re not so spectacular
They don’t burn up in the sky
But they can dazzle or delight
Or bring a tear when the smoke gets in your eye

You were the spice of life
The gin in my vermouth
And though the sparks would fly
I thought our love was fire-proof
Sometimes we’d fight in public, darling
With very little cause
But different kinds of sparks would fly
When we got on our own behind closed doors

Chorus

It’s time to tell the truth
These things have to be faced
My fuse is burning out
And all this bout has gone to waste
And don’t think for a moment, dear
That we’ll ever be through
I’ll build a bonfire of my dreams
And burn a broken effigy of me and you

Chorus
04:11 150 4,45 ˆ0.10
22
I Want You Lyrics
Oh my baby, baby
I love you more than I can tell
I don't think I can live without you
And I know that I never will

Oh my baby, baby
I want you so it scares me to death
I can't say anymore than "I love you"
Everything else is a waste of breath

I want you
You've had your fun
You don't get, well, no more
I want you
Your fingernails go dragging down the wall
Be careful, darling
You might fall

I want you
I woke up and one of us was crying
I want you
You said "Young man, I do believe you're dying,"
I want you
If you need a second opinion
(As you seem to do these days)
I want you
You can look in my eyes
And you can count the ways

I want you
Did you mean to tell me, but seem to forget?
I want you
Since when were you so generously inarticulate?
I want you
It's the stupid details that my heart is breaking for
It's the way your shoulders shake
And what they're shaking for
I want you
It's knowing that he knows you now
After only guessing
It's the thought of him undressing you
Or you undressing

I want you
He tossed some tatty compliment your way
I want you
And you were fool enough to love it
When he said "I want you"

I want you
The truth can't hurt you
It's just like the dark
It scares you witless
But in time you see things clear and stark
I want you
Go on and hurt me
Then we'll let it drop
I want you
I'm afraid I won't know where to stop
I want you
I'm not ashamed to say I cried for you
I want you
I want to know the things you did that we do too
I want you
I want to hear he pleases you more than I do
I want you
I might as well be useless for all it means to you
I want you
Did you call his name out as he held you down?
I want you
Oh no, my darling, not with that clown...
I want you

You've had your fun
You don't get, well, no more
I want you
No one who wants you could want you more

I want you
I want you
Every night when I go off to bed
And when I wake up
I want you
I'm going to say it once again
Till I instill it
I know I'm going to feel this way until you kill it
I want you
I want you
I want you...
06:42 154 7,34 ˆ0.10