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Page Updated:
Jan. 5, 2002

 

© 1995-2002
Tom Gilmore
The Scattering Lyrics

Please note all lyrics are (C) the indicated authors and provided for personal use only.


WORDS  

The Scattering (1989)


A Year In The Wilderness - Eede/Macmichael/Moore
Some things get started
Some things get finished then fade away,
But some of us made our own rules from the start
A year in the wilderness
We sat it out now we're home again
and playin'....
Into the den with the lions

Too many good friends i lost
They say it's a price you pay
So don't try to force my hand
I can't give any more.
We'll cut every corner to cross every border
Hello again!
Play...

Into the den with the lions
It's so good to be home
Back into the den with the lions.

Deep in my darkest of hours
I find myself all alone
I hear a voice and i look to the sky
There was an eagle
An eagle that's flying into the sun,
(and he whispered)
play... 

Into the den with the lions
It's so good to be home
I'm falling -back into the den with the lions
Feels so good to be home...

The Scattering - Eede/MacMichael
Boys and girls will see in time
that they were wrong to go
fires don't burn at home, like they
used to burn, those nights
grew so long

the scattering
(all the children say)
will come again
(it's taken them away)
no seeds to fall
(all the children say)
no sons to blame
as one by one they left home

tired old men
spin tales of when
a man could work
and hold his head up high
ghosts roam this town
with pockets full of rye they'd all fall down
but soon their jars all ran dry

the scattering
(all the children say)
will come again
(it's taken them away)
no seeds to fall
(all the children say)
no sons to blame
as one by one they left home

the scattering
(all the children say)
has come again
(it's taken them away)
no seeds to fall
(all the children say)
like better days

the scattering
(all the children say)
has come again
(it's taken them away)
but if skies could fall
(all the children say)
with harvest rain
then one by one...
they'll come home

Big Noise - Eede/MacMichael
One more to tie to the whipping post
papers that peddle the holy ghost
once more the victim of circumstance pays

if paper plates serve the final feast
sharpen your knives for a front page piece
sitting safe in the front row seats

you make a big noise
big fire
big noise
you and the big boys are playin' with fire
big noise

you'd take me down to a peeping show
frame me in photos in old soho
now who's gonna give me a second chance?

you make a big noise
big fire
big noise
you and the big boys are playin' with fire
big noise
 
try to give me one thing
straight from the heart
straight from the heart...

so make a big noise
big fire
big noise
you and the big boys are playin' with fire
big noise...
and when the smoke clears
there's no fire
big noise
(straight from the heart?)

Everything But My Pride - Eede/MacMichael
If you should walk away
take this broken heart
and if you walk away
you'll never know what's left behind
go on and get away
don't you leave a trace
and as you walk away
you can take most every...

everything but my pride
everything but the rings on my finger  
everything but my pride

i like the room this way
i like this bed unmade
we never laughed enough
but you laugh alone today
so don't you ever say
you feel that you've had all you can take
you've already taken...

everything but my pride
everything but the rings on my finger  
everything but my pride
everything but the rings on my finger  

i never thought it'd come to this
(keep walkin')
never known a night like this
(keep walkin')
never thought you'd walk away
(keep walkin')
but you did
when we'd almost made it

everything (but my pride)
everything (but the rings on my finger)
everything but my pride
you can take everything but you'll leave me
leave me with my pride
everything,
everything but my pride
everything but the rings on my finger  

Handcuffs For Houdini - MacMichael
Don't talk about commitment
don't talk about it here
don't talk about the russians
don't mention your fears
don't talk about the black man
don't talk about the rope
it only causes problems
we got plenty of those, i said

don't talk about it, don't talk...

sing a song of sixpence
a packet full of lies
don't dare to love your children
just let the baby cry
but when the pie was opened
they'd forgotten how to sing
there was larry, moe and curly joe
and martin luther king....

(don't talk about it)

like handcuffs for houdini
this whole thing is a con
you know what's gonna happen
but you don't know how it's done
somebody he once told me
that the key was in his mouth
like handcuffs and houdini
it looks so simple
but you just can't work it out

don't talk about it, don't talk...

(Between A) Rock And A Hard Place - Eede/MacMichael
Between a rock
between a rock and a hard place

there's a beating heart
watching the lights go down on my world
stoney faced
letting the rope slip though my fingers
ain't nothin' straight, always a riddle
caught up in the middle of the party line
i got a brick but i can't find a window
take me to your shelter...

between a rock
between a rock and a hard place (you better lay your money down)
you'll never stop
what you started in the first place
between a rock
you gotta roll with the punches baby
between a rock and a hard place...

there's so many words
you place your bet you take your chances
the dealer pays
but he'll never let you leave the table
they're gonna take you lock, stock and barrel
down to the knuckle, down on your luck
and when they've stripped you of all resistance
you can take you place...

between a rock
between a rock and a hard place (you gotta lay your money down)
you'll never stop
what you started in the first place
between a rock
you gotta roll with the punches baby
between a rock and a hard place...
 
it'll take all your money

we think we like it here
between a rock (you gotta roll with the punches baby)
between a rock and a hard place

Tip Of Your Tongue - Eede/MacMichael/Beedle
I could be your new tomorrow
i could be your shining star
and if you should dare to follow
woe betide your beating heart
i said -you make it happen
-you make it right
-you do things to me
right through the night

call me
(when you can't take the hunger
i'm on the tip of your tongue
(desire will pull you under)
i'm on the tip of your tongue

take me slowly, take me quickly
take me to your eastern sky
through the mirrors on your ceiling
you lay bare your dark desire
i said -you make it happen
-you make it last
-you give things to me
right on through the night

call me
(when you can't take the hunger
i'm on the tip of your tongue
(desire will pull you under)
i'm on the tip of your tongue
(we'll sow the seeds 'til slumber)
i'm on the tip of your tongue

all that you want
all that you give
all you say
all that you feel

call me
(when you can't take the hunger
i'm on the tip of your tongue
(desire will pull you under)
i'm on the tip of your tongue
(when every juice is flowing)
i'm on the tip of your tongue
(we'll sow the seeds 'til slumber)
i'm on the tip of your tongue

Reach For The Sky - Eede/MacMichael/Farley
Reach for the sky babe
make it to heaven
before your dreams grow old
reach for the sky babe
it's over your shoulder
reach for your dawn's own light

i don't believe in miracles
but i do believe in fate
and i do believe it's calling your name
don't depend on lucky breaks
if luck is on your side
it's just the joker playing in your game
you can see the chances coming
but you look the other way
at the risk of sounding helpless girl
that's where we went wrong...

reach for the sky babe
make it to heaven
before your dreams grow old
no one's so blind girl
it's over your shoulder
reach for your dawn's own light

don't tell me you're not satisfied
don't tell me you can't wait to find
a reason for the rocks upon your road
educate your appetite
with a capital "A"
learn to let me help you share the load
but you keep me at your distance
as the tears begin to show
so i really hope you make it girl
before i go

reach for the sky babe
make it to heaven
before your dreams grow old
no one's so blind girl
it's over your shoulder
reach for your dawn's own light

(it's all up to you)

The Last Thing - Eede/MacMichael
I won't wait for you, i won't wait for you
in the morning
'cause the last thing that i want
is to see you cry

and i won't ask of you, and i won't ask of you
no secrets
'cause i don't want to be the one
to see you cry

help me mama, help me mama
through these things i feel
help me father, help me father
through these things i feel
so i can believe...

so i won't shelter you, i won't shelter you
in the morning
'cause the last thing that i want
is to see you cry

help me mama, help me mama
through these things i feel
help me father, help me father
through these things i feel
so i can believe...
 
so i won't give to you, i won't give to you
forgiveness
'cause the last thing that i want
is to see you cry
no the last thing that i want
is to see you cry
no the last thing that i want
is to see you cry

Feel The Wedge - Farley
Like a blind man takes pictures
we pretended we could see
but it took all of our money
and it took you and me

there's a space in between us
but it's not inside my head
you can feel it all around you
welcome to the wedge

'cos it's black and it's white
but invisible
so don't sign your name
it'll take all your trust if you let it
but never the blame

feel the wedge
you can look in its face but you can't see its eyes

from a dark and vicious circle
we were trying to break out
so sick and tired of second guessing
dancing to the steps of doubt
the changes were blowing
do you remember the hurricane?
but when big john took his final swin
we knew that nothing stayed the same

with a whambamagram it started
the saddest of days
don't dare to ask was it worth it
i'm too broke to say

feel the wedge...
i could take all the bullshit but never the lies

over turns to under
truth becomes a maybe
six and five will still be ten
i'ts black and white and
it's not here tonight
it could be my friend

feel the wedge
i have looked in its face
but you can't see it's eyes

Binkie's Return - Eede/MacMichael
(Instrumental)

The Great One-Handed Brag - Eede
And though the fires are burning
under the pillars of learning
i hear the wind is still howling
"go home"
and looking out of your window
you see a brave new tomorrow
and no one is standing in your way

when everyting is done
the war is never won
he's standing all alone
the russian winds blow cold
his story must be told
the great one-handed brag

through all the bodies decaying
you come up smelling of roses
you take the final decision
to carry on
you think of sweet josephine
back home where fields were green
and no sweat, no blood, no stench,
no mortal coil.

when everything is done
the war is never won
he's standing all alone
the russian winds blow cold
his story must be told
the great one-handed brag

(verse en francais)
[ Roughly translates as:
  In colorful blue
  On the big oceans
  I hear the wind blow
  Telling me
  It's the retreat ]

oh 
and the boys are all in retreat
you'd better wise up and face defeat
and half a million men lie dying

when everyting is done
the war is never won
he's standing all alone
the russian winds blow cold
the story must be told
the great one-handed brag