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Lush Lyrics

This page hopefully includes the lyrics to every song Lush ever recorded, including B-sides, covers, and songs not on any official releases. These are probably the most accurate (or, least inaccurate) Lush lyrics available anywhere (check my sources), but I'm sure there are still plenty of errors and room for debate.

ALPHABETICAL LIST -  79 SONGS

500 (Shake Baby Shake) o All This Useless Beauty o Astronaut o Baby Talk o Bitter o Blackout o Breeze o Carmen o Catís Chorus o The Childcatcher o Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep o Ciao! o Covert o Cul De Sac o Dear Me o De-Luxe o Demystification o Desire Lines o Downer o Etheriel o Ex o Falliní In LoveFantasy o For Love o Girlís WorldGodís Gift o Half And Half o Heavenly o Heavenly Nobodies o Hey Hey HelenHypocrite o I Have The Moon o I Wanna Be Your Girlfriend o I'd Like To Walk Around In Your Mind o I've Been Here Before o The Invisible Man o Kiss ChaseLadykillers o Last NightLaura o Leaves Me Cold o Light From A Dead Star o Lit Up o Love At First Sight o Lovelife o Mannequin o Matador o Monochrome o Never-Never o Nothing Natural o Ocean o Olympia o Outdoor Miner o Outside World o Papasan o Piledriver o Plums and Oranges o Pudding o Runaway o Rupert The Bear o Scarlet o Second Sight o Shut Up o Single Girl o Starlust o StraySunbathing o Superblast! o Sweetie o Sweetness And Light o TakeThoughtforms o Tinkerbell o Tiny Smiles o TralalaUndertow o UntogetherWhen I Die o White Wood

BY ALBUM

Gala Spooky Split Lovelife
Sweetness And Light
Sunbathing
Breeze
De-Luxe
Leaves Me Cold
Downer
Thoughtforms
Baby Talk
Scarlet
Bitter
Second Sight
Etheriel
Hey Hey Helen
Stray
Nothing Natural
Tiny Smiles
Covert
Ocean
For Love
Superblast!
Untogether
Fantasy
Take
Laura
Monochrome
Light From A Dead Star
Kiss Chase
Blackout
Hypocrite
Lovelife
Desire Lines
The Invisible Man
Undertow
Never-Never
Lit Up
Starlust
When I Die
Ladykillers
Heavenly Nobodies
500
I've Been Here Before
Papasan
Single Girl
Ciao!
Tralala
Last Night
Runaway
Childcatcher
Olympia
B-SIDE
ORIGINAL
SONGS
Godís Gift
Astronaut
Catís Chorus
White Wood
Girlís World
Tinkerbell
Outside World
Cul De Sac
Pudding
Shut Up
Sweetie
Matador
Ex
Dear Me
Heavenly
Carmen
Plums and Oranges
Piledriver
B-SIDE
COVERS
Falliní In Love
Outdoor Miner
Love At First Sight Demystification
I Wanna Be Your Girlfriend
I Have The Moon
I'd Like To Walk-            
        
Around In Your Mind

NOT ON ANY OFFICIAL RELEASE
All This Useless Beauty   Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep   Half And Half   Mannequin   Rupert The Bear

                       

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500 (Shake Baby Shake)
Emma Anderson

Shake, baby, shake, you know I can fit you in my arms
Brake, baby, brake, taking me in with all your charms

I've never been inside you but you're so alluring
They call you "little mouse" by name in Rome and Turin
Looking now at your famous shape
They don't make them like you any more

Shake, baby, shake, you know I can fit you in my arms
Brake, baby, brake, taking me in with all your charms
When things are looking good there's always complications
I can't be with you so I'm at the railway station
Let's run away and be so alive
Escape the drudgery of this nine to five

Shake, baby, shake, you know I can fit you in my arms
Brake, baby, brake, taking me in with all your charms
Shake, baby, shake, you know I worship from afar
Brake, baby, brake, how I wish you were my car
 

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All This Useless Beauty
[Elvis Costello cover]

Its at times such as this she'd be tempted to spit
If she wasn't so ladylike
She imagines how she might have lived
Back when legends and history collide
So she looks to her prince finding he's so charmingly
Slumped at her side
Those days are recalled on the gallery wall
And she's waiting for passion or humour to strike

What shall we do, what shall we do with all this useless beauty?
All this useless beauty

Good Friday arrived, the sky darkened on time
'til he almost began to negotiate
She held his head like a baby and said its okay if you cry
Now he wants her to dress as if you couldn't guess
He desires to impress his associates
But he's part ugly beast and Hellenic deceased
So she finds that the mixture is hard to deny

What shall we do, what shall we do with all this useless beauty?
All this useless beauty

She wont practice the looks from the great tragic books
That were later disgraced to face celluloid
It won't even make sense but you can bet
If she isn't a sweetheart or plaything or pet
The film turns her into an unveiled threat

Nonsense prevails, modesty fails
Grace and virtue turn into stupidity
While the calendar fades almost all barricades to a pale compromise
And our leaders have feasts on the backsides of beasts
They still think they're the gods of antiquity
If something you missed didn't even exist
It was just an ideal -- is it such a surprise?

What shall we do, what shall we do with all this useless beauty?
All this useless beauty
What shall we do, what shall we do with all this useless beauty?
All this useless beauty
 

Note: Elvis Costello, who is known to be a Lush fan, asked Lush to record this cover especially for his "Distorted Angel" EP, released July 22, 1996
 

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Astronaut
Emma Anderson

I recall how we used to meet
Running through the windy streets
Faces touched with body heat
I know
I can see us breathing from above
Lives are changing with our useless love
Is that enough?

To feel her pain
To be with him, the same
To see you in vain

I rely on a moment's thought
Floating like an astronaut
Hiding is the last resort
I know
 

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Baby Talk
Miki Berenyi

Swallowed her down, she's inside me
She's struggling now, she can't break free
And my eyes are closed, my lips are sealed
She can't escape but I can feel
Kicks in me

Climbing my spine, she's inside me
Wants to escape, wants to breathe
And I wish I could tell you what she feels
And I wish I could hear when she speaks

In my sleep
In my dreams
 

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Bitter
Miki Berenyi

Just don't imagine that I'll still remember you
Don't even think I'll try
I'll take my memories and drown them in my glass
And then I'll drink a toast of bitterness and wash you from my heart

I count the blessings that took you away from me
I laugh to think I cried
I don't need what you got I don't miss what you do
'Cause I can raise my glass and drink a toast of bitterness to you

And now my mind recalls no memory of you
And so I raise a smile and drink a toast of bitterness to you

Just don't imagine that I still remember you
Don't even think I care
You took your love elsewhere and I drank mine away
With bitter thoughts of you that washed my memories of you away
 

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Blackout
Emma Anderson

I'm not interested in what you have to say
You're just a vacant space
Other people's lives upon which you prey
It's a permanent disgrace
Why do you think you know what's best for me?
What I should and shouldn't do
Why do you judge my history?
And tell me to improve

In the confines of your mind
You think we're all the same
I've left them all behind
Though you wish I hadn't

In finding fault in others I can't see
What you have to gain
I know that you get pleasure from
Other people's pain
You're not so perfect and I realize the scene
That you're all coming from
When you say you care I know what you mean
You're really lying

All the people around here
Love to hear about a fall
They all surface and disappear
In an instant

In the confines of your mind
You think we're all the same
I've left them all behind
Though you wish I hadn't
 

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Breeze
Emma Anderson & Miki Berenyi

Pink cloud sits sky high
Skips to the starlight
Rains tinsel whispers
Breeze blows away

I crawl inside me
My eyes to heaven
Pink cloud sits sky high
Breeze blows away

Silver air everywhere, doesn't care
But silver winds cut my skin everywhere

Breathe in green velvet
My lips taste warm earth
Pink cloud sits sky high Breeze blows away

Summer sun, so much fun, colours run
Hot summers kiss, cloudless bliss burns my tongue
 

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Carmen
Emma Anderson & Miki Berenyi

Carmen tells me what she's done
Says she's having fun
Wants to be a mum

Comb my hair and golden smile
Sparklers all the while
Life can be a trial

Carmen's in a world of fame
Don't cry now for yesterday
Baby's gone but she's okay

Carmen tells me where she's been
Nightmares that she's seen
Makes me want to scream

Hear the things that she's been through
Grey and black and blue
Life can so cruel

Sit down here and take a drink
Tell me about everything
Andy shrugs and then he winks again

Chocolate box and photograph
Life is hard and life is tough
Carmen smiles and then she laughs again

It's time we started heading home now
I've made escapes along the way
It makes no sense but I'm okay now
It's happened again
I guess I'll live another day

Sit down here and take a drink
Tell me about everything
Andy shrugs and then he winks again

Chocolate box and photograph
Life is hard and life is tough
Carmen smiles and then she laughs again
 

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Catís Chorus
Miki Berenyi

Drinking, sitting in a corner,
Smiling to the others arriving
Here we go again

Talking, telling all our stories,
Laughing at the things that we've all been through
Over all the years
And as the hours pass till midnight
We'll sing together in the moonlight

And looking back to when we first met
We seemed so different
So many years have passed
So much time, and we're still here
Whatever times may come
Don't ever change, oh

Outside we're sitting in the moonlight,
And we'll be here under the moon's light,

We'll be
Laughing in the moonlight
Singing songs till midnight
Bunny Kate and Emma
Maxine and Melissa
Laughing in the moonlight

Note: Most sites have these lyrics way wrong, however they are verified correct here.
 

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The Childcatcher
Miki Berenyi

"Baby," he says,
"You are like the clean white page and I the pen.
The innocence I find between your girlish thighs is like the fountain of youth to my old bones."
And she replies,
"Daddy's little girl's a precocious child
I love to please, I'll do anything that you ask of me
Eager to fulfill all of Daddy's needs."

"Baby," he says,
"I can never love older girls like I love you.
You're easier to please and you never give me grief  'cause you accept everything I say and do."
And she replies,
"I'm in no position to make demands.
I have no past, no one else has done to me what you do.
I've got no one else to compare you to."

"And as you grow older, try to stay sixteen all your life,
Old women grow bitter, don't let that happen to you."

"And why is it charming pretending I'm younger than my years?
Why can't I grow up with dignity, set me free?"

"Baby," he says,
"Now that you're older I feel our love has died.
Once upon a time you never criticized me. Oh, I much preferred you as a child."
And I reply,
"Everything you said to me was a lie.
I know your kind, you just want a daughter without the wife.
You don't need a girlfriend you need a life."
 

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Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep
[Lally Stott cover]

Where's your momma gone
Little baby bird
Where's your momma gone
Far far away

Where's your momma gone
Little baby bird
Where's your momma gone
Far far away far far awayayay...

Last night I heard my momma singing this song
Ooh wee chirpy chirpy cheep cheep
Woke up this morning and my momma was gone
Ooh wee chirpy chirpy cheep cheep
Chirpy chirpy cheep cheep chirp

Where's your momma gone
(Where's your momma gone)
Little baby bird
(Little baby bird)
Where's your momma gone
(Where's your momma gone)
Far far away

Where's your momma gone
(Where's your momma gone)
Little baby bird
(Little baby bird)
Where's your momma gone
(Where's your momma gone)
Far far away far far awayayay...

Last night I heard my momma singing this song
Ooh wee chirpy chirpy cheep cheep
Woke up this morning and my momma was gone
Ooh wee chirpy chirpy cheep cheep
Chirpy chirpy cheep cheep chirp

(Repeat last verse 4x)

Note: The original version also included a verse
with "poppa" instead of momma, but Miki left it out.
 

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Ciao!  
Miki Berenyi

Together
I've been so happy since I walked away
I never thought that I could
Feel as great as I do today
'Cause you were nothing but a big mistake
And life is wonderful, now that I'm rid of you

Jarvis
Oh I must've been crazy to have stayed with you
I can't believe I thought I was in love with you
But now the scales have fallen I can really see
And I say go to hell, 'cause that's where you took me

Miki
Well, I've felt better since I slammed that door
You always cramped my style, I never noticed before
It's been a non-stop party since I flew the coop
I can't believe I fell for such a loser like you

Jarvis
And is it any wonder that I felt so blue
When I was always having to put up with you

Miki
Oh, here we go again, just lay the blame on me
Don't say another word, 'cause sweetheart, you're history

Jarvis (Improvised speech, while Miki sings the next verse)
I bet you're loving every minute of it
Sitting in your kitchen eating meager meals with the curtains closed
While in your bed sit lots of men
I don't give a damn anyway

Miki
I know that you miss me really, bet you wish that you still had me
You'll never find someone like me but I've got no regrets at all

Jarvis
'Cause I've met this girl and she's so good to me
She's really beautiful, fantastic company
Oh, when I'm with her I realize what love can be
'Cause she's fifty times the person you will ever be

Miki
Good luck, mister, do you think I care?
Since you've been gone the offers have been everywhere
I've got a million guys just lining up for me
I've turned a corner, boy, my life is ecstasy

Together
Well, I've been in heaven since I walked away
I never thought that I could feel as great as I do today
'Cause you were nothing but a waste of space
And life is wonderful, now that I'm over you
 

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Covert  
Miki Berenyi

I'm hiding inside me
Eye sees through my smile
As I shine
For the eyes of another

Let him inscribe
What he admires
Let him inspire
So many lies
I can provide
Any disguise

Night folds me beside you
I hide from your eyes
For I know
This illusion is kinder
Than what you'll find
Inside
If I reveal
My crime

My deception
My invention
My obsession

You may despise
What you may find
Hiding behind
All of the lies
Let me provide
One more disguise

You won't understand me
I can't let you try
Still I dream
Of the day you discover

I am the spy

 

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Cul De Sac
Phil King

Instrumental Lush!
 

 

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Dear Me
Miki Berenyi

Note: I merged two separate lyrics and made some corrections but this is still incomplete, which is a shame because its a beautiful song, which only exists in the form of a 8-track demo recorded by Miki at home. Many fans have asked about the lyrics, which are extremely difficult to discern, and Miki once told me "Iím sure I can dig out the Dear Me lyrics from somewhere" but that was a long time ago and I imagine she will not find them until she clears out her loft someday.

In October 2010, I received another much more complete version of the lyrics from Simon Fisher in Germany which I have included below, as-is. Many thanks to him for his efforts in deciphering the lyrics to this song (including the use of various filters in Audacity!)
 


Look at this page which I wrote yesterday
Just a selfish expression of fear and depression and
My insecurity so much a part of me
Swells up the pages of numerous diaries

Humiliations both real and imagined
All lie on this page and stare back at me mocking me
I run away from them push them away from me
Soon and again they return to embarrass me.

Down comes the rain and I try to explain
(I think of him)
The events and the faces emotions and places
(Does he)
But sometimes the mess of my mind just impresses me
(Still think of me?)
Where are the words that can tend this confusion
(And I)

There was a time when I new what I wanted
????

Lie in my bed and stare up at the ceiling
reliving events of a previous evening
My poor little ego that bruises so easily
Fighting my conscience to justify reasons

Look in your soul tell me what do you see
Can you honestly say you're completely at ease
Do you believe that your conscience is clean
Well I say you're a liar.

Down comes the rain
And I sit here in pain
With the people I've lost in the places I've lost
I have a past that's made up of the real and imagined
My only excuse was my ignorant youth

And I've lied to myself
And I've been up since then,
So what's my excuse for the things I have threatened

????


Simon Fisher's version:

Look at this page which I wrote yesterday
Just a selfish expression of fear and depression
And my insecurity, so much a part of me
Swells up the pages of numerous diaries
Humiliations both real and imagined
All lie on this page and stare back at me, mocking me
I run away from them, push them away from me
Soon and again they return to embarrass me

Down comes the rain and I try to explain (I think of him)
The events and the faces, emotions and places (Does he still)
But sometimes the loss of my mind just impresses me (Think of me?)
Where are the words that can tend this confusion? (And I cried)
There was a time when I knew what I wanted (In my sleep)
These people I've loved and the places I've loved (When I thought)
And I'm lost in the past and I know not what was (Of my)
Only memories that fade into [neatly] stacked papers (Deepest weakness)

I lie in my bed and stare up at the ceiling
Reliving the events of a previous evening
My poor little ego that bruises so easily
Fighting my conscience to justify reasons
Look in your soul, tell me what do you see?
Can you honestly say you're completely at ease?
Do you believe that your conscience is clean?
Well, I say you're a liar

Down comes the rain and I sit here again (One thing I know)
With the people I've lost in the places I've lost (Is that I'm)
Of a past that's made up of the real and imagined (On my own)
My only excuse was my ignorant youth (And I'm lost)
And I've lied to myself and I've been up since then so wait (In my soul)
What's my excuse for the things that I say here? ([And I'll flee])
Deep in my soul now you twist back around me ([To a desert])
Of tears, strife and suffering in fact I know nothing at all (On my own)

Simon's Notes

The bits in (round brackets) are the chorused high vocals in the verses that have them, the bits in [squar e brackets] I'm not really sure about or where my version doesn't really make much sense

 

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De-Luxe
Emma Anderson

I've been waiting on the slide
Suggest I open wide
No incentive to hide
Happy coursing through my veins
Don't even know my name
When I'm up you're coming down
When I'm up you're coming down

Inside of me, some sight to see
Some sight to feel our earthy bed

When we're wrapped in polythene
What's that supposed to mean
Paper flowers bring me luck
No birds in sight I fear
Stick sticks in you my dear
When I'm up you're coming down
When I'm up you're coming down

Some say I'm vague
And I'd easily fade
Foolish parade of fantasy

Drink in your eyes
Drink in your sighs
Grass in my thighs my aching legs
 

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Demystification
[Zounds cover}

I look out the window and I wonder at it all
Staring at the symbols that decorate the wall
And everybody's calling to come and join them all
But I can't go with no one till I understand the call

Don't come round for me unless you've got what I
Don't come round for me unless you've got what I
Don't come round for me unless you've got what I want

My electronic shaver won't plug into the wall
Now I can't go to the party the electrician didn't call
And I hear they're counting numbers in a store down in Whitehall
So much information what can they do with it all

Don't come round for me unless you've got what I
Don't come round for me unless you've got what I
Don't come round for me unless you've got what I want

I want some demystification
I want some demystification
I want some demystification about what's going on

Some people talk of Shiva and some they talk of God
Some talk of politicians and some they talk of love
Demystify their heroes with the chances we could take
I'm not looking for escapism I just want to escape

Don't come round for me unless you've got what I
Don't come round for me unless you've got what I
Don't come round for me unless you've got what I want

I want some demystification
I want some demystification
I want some demystification about what's going on

Don't come round for me unless you've got what I
Don't come round for me unless you've got what I
Don't come round for me unless you've got what I want

I want some demystification
I want some demystification
I want some demystification about what's going on
I want some demystification
I want some demystification
I want some demystification about what's going on

 

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Desire Lines  
Emma Anderson

It's raining in this room
And it's so hot outside this room
I don't know no one here
I don't want to be here
In this room

We hold parties in our sleep
We fill ourselves up in our sleep
And I'll heal you when you're ill
Though it's hard keeping still
In our sleep

Prize the hair out of her mouth
Whilst the circus is heading south
While we search in the sand
Don't ask them to understand
Why they cover up their hands
And their mouths

 

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Downer
Emma Anderson

In me you'll see
Dirt flows freely
But you may find
That my thoughts are unkind

Pure life needs knife
Cuts off my life
But as you see
Hurting you you bless me

I always wanted to cry
After the act close my eyes
I always longed for the deep
Then I just wanted to sleep

Blood stream cruel dream
Never make clean

Down by my side I feel safe when I hide
So you can see that my thought are for me

 

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Etheriel
Emma Anderson & Miki Berenyi

I know it hurts to see
That in the end they sympathized with me
And though it hurts to say
It couldn't happen any other way

I remember when you were free
No one else then you came to me
Cursed you then that it couldn't last
All the laughs we had in the past

And if it hurts you too
I hope you know that I'm still fond of you
And if its still unfair
Remember that I thought you never cared

Sing to me, comfort me, turned away
Someone else takes my place

And so you made your choice
When I needed most to hear your voice
But you were never there
And that was when I thought you never cared

 

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Ex
Miki Berenyi

Once upon a time I knew,
How to make you happy or make you blue,
Guess I'll be the same again,
But it's not that easy to just be friends.

Look at where we are today,
With our pointless efforts to lay the blame,
Maybe things can never work,
After so much betrayal and so much hurt.

We're in the same position,
But a million miles apart,
Maybe things will work eventually,
But I just don't know where to start.

When love has gone away,
Something takes its place,
Does it really have to be hate?

So what's it's gonna be?
It's up to you and me,
I just hope it isn't too late.

Things we say????
????
All it does is get us nowhere,

Yes, maybe in the end,
We can be good friends,
I want to but it isn't easy.

Whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa.

So, love has been and gone,
How do we go on?
Is there something still worth saving?

Well, what's it gonna be?
We can wait and see,
Tell me do you think we'll make it?

Let's stop the silly games,
Dishing out the blame,
I know that you feel the same way,

This doesn't have to be,
Such a tragedy,
Everything will work out someday.

Well, maybe in the end,
We can just be friends,
I want to but isn't easy,

Yes, maybe in the end,
We will be good friends,
This is how it really should be.

 

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Falliní In Love 
[Dennis Wilson cover]

Flowers come in the spring
All the love I can bring
Bring it for my baby

All I can do
You know
You know it's for my baby

I love him so
I love him long
He's my baby
Are you my baby

Falling in love
Summer winds again together with my baby

Love the love I live
Live the love that I love
Live it with my baby

I love him so
I love to grow
With my baby
Yes my baby

Yes I'm in love
Love in love in love in love
With my baby

He knows I'm in love
Love in love in love in love
With my baby

I love the way that he smiles
Love in love in love in love
With my baby

Yes I'm in love
Love in love in love in love
With my baby

From Wikipedia entry on Denis Wilson: He has also been described as a generous and loving man, who could satisfy himself by giving love but could never be satisfied in receiving love.

ďThe greatest success in life is to feel Iím something for someone; the feeling of falling in love, the newness of love.Ē - Denis Wilson

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Fantasy
Emma Anderson

When I'm home I listen hoping for a clue
And you know they can't tell us what to do
When you're gone, out of sight not out of mind
But you know this feeling took me years to find

And your eyes, they always know where it hurts
And your lips kiss me 'til I'm fit to burst
Each day you watch with your static gaze
And smile, naked at my silly ways

Planets spin around your head
Milk and sugar in my bed
Even when you're far away
I can hear you every day

Wise hands grasping the delicate prize
I just wait for the time of our lives

No one knows what's going on
They don't know where we belong
Let you swim around my face
Live inside my special place

It's only you that holds the key
Don't know what you do to me
In our little secret world
I can be your little girl

My desires can't be bought in black and white
Only you make me feel secure inside
For I know you really love no-one but me
And I smile because they think it's fantasy

 

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For Love
Miki Berenyi

Pretty little girl, she shines
Knowing she is young, she smiles
Happy just to be a prize
Happy just to see his smile

Silly little girl, she tries
Thinking she is good, and wise
Doesn't recognize the lies
Pouring from her lips, she sighs:

"This is so real,
It's what I feel,
I look in your eyes and lose myself"

Silly little girl denies
Ever understanding why
Her face is full of sad surprise
Every time she hears him cry:

"What do you feel
When you're with me?
I look in your eyes and see myself"

But there's no connection
Just his own reflection
Isn't this the way you wanted me?
   (What do you mean?)
In love with you
   (What do I feel?)
Do anything
   (What do you mean?)
For you

She looked in his eyes to lose herself

And when it falls apart, she cries
Doesn't think to look inside
She just covers up her eyes
Doesn't see her own disguise

And though she feels this sorrow
It will fade tomorrow
She'll pretend that this was really love
   (What do you mean?)
She'll make their fall
   (What did I feel?)
Seem beautiful
   (What do you mean?)
She won't remember this at all
   (What do you mean?)
She won't recall
   (What did I feel?)
The truth at all
   (What do you mean?)
She wants to fall
   (What did I feel?)
Again
   (What do you mean?)

 

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Girlís World
Emma Anderson

You can be someone
But you can't be me
And I know that somehow
I will never be free

Years ago in the dark lands
I was dressed like a toy
Now this doll has her own hands
And she wishes you felt joy

You can be someone
But you can't be me
And I know that somehow
I will never be free

When there might be another
It makes you shiver in the cold
That is why I don't bother
Involving you in my world

Smashing glasses and breaking vases
You lied to me over and over
You never listened to me

There was too much affection
You treated me as if I were clay
Home became like a prison
In my mind I kept running away

Smashing glasses and breaking vases
You lied to me over and over
You never listened to me
To me

 

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Godís Gift  
Emma Anderson & Miki Berenyi

What's your passion? I think I see
You just can't bear to let things be
What's your weakness? I think I know
You just can't bear to let things go

Finger in every pie
Can't let a chance pass you by

Green with envy your greedy eyes
Have picked the flesh from all our lives
You want others to act the same
To flatter you with jealously

Life is a race to be won
You've got to beat everyone
You've got to be number one

Popular and beautiful
Adored by men and women too
Perfect in every way
At least that's what you say
You've lived and loved and suffered too
No-one's got a patch on you
A saint, a star, a goddess and a brain

But, the truth now
Are you happy with your lies?
You know, nothing's perfect
Aren't you lonely with your lies

Finger in every pie
Can't let a chance pass you by
Make up your life with the lies

But don't you think that what we see
Belies the things you claim to be
A saint, a star, a goddess and a brain

 

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Half And Half
Miki Berenyi

So much happened and I couldn't deny
That I broke your feelings with the way that I lied
So I do understand the reason you became so weak.
Oh baby you're not half the person that you used to be.

Brag your exploits down the telephone
While you scatter her images around our home
And it's strange how where you feel pride I felt only shame.
I guess it's not unusual that I took all the blame.

Did you feel as guilty when you whispered out my name?

They say it takes a while
To really mean goodbye
You say you feel confused
But I'm just feeling used.

A year of misery
Has left its mark on me
I should've left you when
I wanted to but then.

It's never fair
It's never fair
It's never fair
It's never fair

I wish I could remove
The things I put you through
There's nothing I could change
If we began again.

But you don't have to take
Any more
Any more
Any more
Any more

I guess I'm only half the person that you thought I'd be
I'm thinking of the time when you first said that you loved me
I'm feeling like I'm half the person that I ought to be.

 

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Heavenly
Miki Berenyi

The words in this song are whispered by Miki and are almost impossible to discern. The lyrics found on various websites are all totally different. So rather than guessing, I am leaving this one out.

 

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Heavenly Nobodies
Miki Berenyi

Just because they seem to understand the way you feel
It just doesn't mean that they'll feel the same way too
Just because they seem to hold a mirror to your life
It just doesn't follow that they'll be just like you
Take no heroes,
It's no good
They don't stand up to you
Just take the bits you think that you can use
I remember when I was younger I thought the answers were locked in people
So I admired the ones whose lives were a source of envy to people like me
But do you really want to meet
The ones who write your dreams
Believe me, it's a fantasy
You won't like the reality

If you want heroes keep them safe
They don't stand up to life so lock them in your soul and lose the key

(I love you, I don't wanna meet you)
When I see you it makes me feel
There's someone else out there like me
You touch my soul with what you do
It all makes sense when I hear you
You understand the way I feel
I know exactly what you mean
It's like I've known you all my life
I think of you I feel alright

But in the flesh how would it be
If you could really see
The weaknesses you never knew
Alive and staring back at you

If you want heroes keep them safe
They don't stand up to life so lock them in your soul and lose the key
Lock them in your soul and lose the key
Lock them in your soul and lose the key

 

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Hey Hey Helen
[Abba cover]

So at last you're free
It's the way you wanted it to be
It's the price you pay
To become a woman of today
Is it worth the pain to see the children cry?
Does it hurt when they ask for Daddy?

Hey hey Helen
Now you live on your own
Hey hey Helen
Can you make it alone?

So you're free at last
You are beginning to forget the past
Does it make you sad
When you think about the life you had?
But you're right
You had to take a second chance
So you fight to find your freedom

Hey hey Helen
Now you live on your own
Hey hey Helen
Can you make it alone?
Hey hey Helen (hey hey Helen)
What's the matter with you?
Hey hey Helen (hey hey Helen)
Don't you know what to do?

Ahh, yes you do yes you do
Ahh, yes you do yes you do

Hey hey Helen
Now you live on your own
Hey hey Helen
Can you make it alone?
Hey hey Helen (hey hey Helen)
What's the matter with you?
Hey hey Helen (hey hey Helen)
Don't you know what to do?

 

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Hypocrite
Miki Berenyi

A silly girl I run around and never know my reasons
An though you're laughing with me
I know what you say about me
I can't explain, it's not your business anyway
So don't say you understand
And don't pretend you're on my side
And I remember when you hated her for sleeping next to him
I see your smiling face but I know you've done worse to me

You hypocrite, don't talk to me
'Cause you're not fit to know me
So don't pretend
That you could've ever been a friend
And still I'm sure you think it's ok
What you've done to me
'Cause I'm so bad to him
Don't even try to hide behind that stupid lie
I know your kind and I know where your loyalties lie
The silly girls we run around and never know our reasons
And though I understand I guess I'll say that you betrayed me

I'm a hypocrite, I dish it out but I can't take it
I know you think it's wrong
And maybe you're right but this is my song
And still I'm sure you think it's ok
What she did to me 'cause I'm so bad to him
Don't even try to hide behind that stupid smile
I know our kind and I know where our loyalties lie

 

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I Have The Moon   
[Magnetic Fields cover]

We have walked in ancient times
And we've been burned for many crimes
We have ended many lives
But we never really died
You have the sun I have the moon

We have to fly around the world all day
To keep the sun upon your face
I'd like to come and comfort you
But I'd be blinded by the blue
You have the sun I have the moon

You're bound to die under the sun
And I'll be doomed to carry on
You have become like other men
But let me kiss you once again
You have the sun I have the moon

 

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I Wanna Be Your Girlfriend
[The Rubinoo's cover]

See that we're so close together
So far we're just friends, but I've been wondering whether....

I am just imagining you
Do you really have a thing for me?
Like I think I see when I see you smile and the smile's for me
I've gotta tell ya...

Hey you! I wanna be your girlfriend
Trying to say I wanna be your number one

Hey you! I wanna be your girlfriend
Gonna make you love me 'fore I'm done

Late at night when I, when I got to sleep
Picture in my mind, I see you and me

I am telling you what I wanna be
You, say you are in love with me

Even thought this'll be in a dream
That I know in life it's just got to be

Hey you! I wanna be your girlfriend
Trying to say I wanna be your number one

Hey you! I wanna be your girlfriend
Gonna make you love me 'fore I'm done

I'm gonna make you love me
Yeah I'm gonna make you love me
Yeah I'm gonna make you love me from now on

Am I just imagining you
Do you really have a thing for me?
Like I think I see when I see you smile and the smile's for me
I've gotta tell ya...

Hey you! I wanna be your girlfriend
Trying to say I wanna be your number one

Hey you! I wanna be your girlfriend
Gonna make you love me 'fore I'm...

Hey you! I wanna be your girlfriend
Hey you! I wanna be your girlfriend
Hey you! I wanna be your girlfriend
Gonna make you love me

Yeah, I'm gonna make you love me
Yeah, I'm gonna make you love me 'fore I'm done
Yeah, I'm gonna make you love me 'fore I'm done

 

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I'd Like To Walk Around In Your Mind  
[Vashti Bunyan cover]

I'd like to walk around in your mind someday
I'd like to walk all over the things you say to me
I'd like to run and jump on your solitude
I'd like to rearrange your attitude to me

You say you just want peace and you'd never hurt anyone
You see the end before the beginning is ever begun

I would disturb your easy tranquility
I'd turn away the sudden possibility of your smile

I'd sit there in the sound of the things I like about you
I'd sing my songs and find out just what they mean to you

But most of all I'd like you to be unaware
And I'd just wander away trailing palm leaves behind me
So you don't even know that I've been there

 

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I've Been Here Before
Emma Anderson

I've tried to be strong, I've tried to be tough
But I think that this time I've had more than enough
I've seen too much of your games and your immature stuff
You're a waste of time
All the people I've known throughout the years
Too many vodkas and too many beers
And I've learnt a few lessons from all of the tears
You're way out of line

I feel so lucky sometimes I sit down and look at all my friends
They mean more than the stupid fools that pass my way

I used to prefer those who weren't good for me
Somehow the attraction beat reality
Now all the rubbish they spill, it means nothing to me
I'm just much more wise

Some people grow up and some only pretend
They're all over the place, these children dressed up as men
They can't imagine how a woman can be only a friend
And they deal in lies

I feel so lucky sometimes I sit down and listen to my friends
They say more than the empty words that pass my way
And I feel so lucky sometimes
I've got a feeling I've been here before
I can see the world for what it really is

You think that I'm jealous, well don't be so vain
I can tell in your voice you think I want you again
Well, if I did you know I think I'd be a little insane
You just leave me cold
Ooh, you and her in your sad little world
You can only exist with the help of a girl
Well, I'm glad it's not me, I've got my life to unfurl
You're just way too old

I feel so lucky sometimes
I sit down and look at all my friends
They mean more than the stupid fools that pass my way
And I feel so lucky sometimes
I've got a feeling I've been here before
I've been here before

 

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The Invisible Man
Emma Anderson

Outside you are waiting for me, hiding
You catch me when I am
Needing a friend to hold
You can soothe me, lie above me
Press hard
Then you strike
And I think that I'll die
'Cause I can't breathe, can't breathe
Please let me start screaming
Please let me start screaming
Please let me start screaming
Please let me start screaming

Eyes are open seeing nothing
Hands are tied and I can't function
Please let me start screaming
Please let me start screaming
Please let me start screaming
Please let me start screaming
Please let me start screaming

 

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Kiss Chase
Miki Berenyi

Tiny children on their own they learn so fast
How to make new friends
how to play their new games

I remember a man he had shiny hair
Always hanging around when you went away
Little eight year old, she knows too many secrets
Much too young to understand what it means

I remember a woman with silver hair
And the smell and the taste of the bed we shared

And that's how I behaved
Every time that you went away

And now, though I'm older nothing's changed
(playing the same games)

And I knew every day
Came a chance that you'd leave me
So I found what I could to take your place

Told me not to cry
Said that I'd survive
As he waved goodbye

And I want to try
Not to make you cry
Want us to survive
Never say goodbye

But that's how I behave when you go away
Because though I'm older nothing's changed
(playing the same games)

And I know every day
There's a chance that you'll leave me
So I find what I can to take your place
 

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Ladykillers
Miki Berenyi

Here we go, I'm hanging out in Camden
Drinking with my girlfriends on a Saturday night

This guy says, "come and meet my girlfriend"
She's sitting in the corner looking rather uptight

So I say "hello" and I try to be nice
But I see he's feeling itchy
Trying to play us off each other
"Girls, girls, please don't fight"
(you get the picture)

Hey you, the muscles and the long hair
Telling me that women are superior to men

Most guys just don't appreciate this
You just try convincing me you're better than them

So he talks for hours 'bout his sensitive soul
And his favourite subject is sex
I don't think he even really wanted it
But, Christ, this guy's too much
(I wanna tell him)

I'm as human as the next girl, I like a bit of flattery
But I don't need your practiced lines, your school of charm mentality
So save your breath for someone else and credit me with something more
When it comes to men like you, I know the score, I've heard it all before
(Here comes the next one)

Blondie was with me for a summer
He flirted like a maniac but I wouldn't bite

I'm weak and he was so persistent
He only had to have me 'cause I put up a fight

Oh God, the boy had such an ego
He liked to talk about himself all day and all night

You think you're such a ladykiller
But you were nothing special 'til you turned out the light

When he's nice to me he's just nice to himself
And he's watching his reflection
I'm a five foot mirror for adoring himself
Here's seven years' bad luck
(I wanna tell him)

When you say you love me you're just flattering your vanity
But I don't need your practiced lines, your school of charm mentality so
Save your breath for someone else and credit me with something more
When it comes to men like you, I know the score, I've heard it all before

Ooh, you're such a ladykiller, always on a winner, thinking that you're in there
Oh boy, you're such a ladykiller, super sexy mister, call it what you will, oh
You think you're such a ladykiller, I just bet you're still there, posing in the mirror
Hey girls, he's such a ladykiller, but we know where he's coming from and we know the score.

 

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Last Night
Emma Anderson 

And even in your darkest hour
The recipe I cook for you
Can release its latent power
And make your body feel brand new

Can't you hear the music play
Being centre of what you want
Try to leave the past behind
Memories don't appeal

All the things we said
All the things we did
All the things that passed
Were satisfied
 

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Laura
Emma Anderson

Mirror maid, tummy ache, make-up run
Lipstick girl, black stick curl
In the New York sun

Inside out, you know about
My silly game
Even though, you don't know
About my name

Where I've been, what I dream
What I've seen

Clumsy eyes realize how to write the word
Basically, you sing to me when I am hurt

Stoned and blind, never mind
Lucky's song
Press the keys, I can be where you belong

I'm a fan of your hand, ooh

And I'm in love, cry above, ooh

And I'm a fan of your hand every man
ooh

 

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Leaves Me Cold
Miki Berenyi

Dreams deep heat teasing my mind
Sleep peels sweet stealing my sighs
She breathes deep when he's inside
Dreams deep heat poisons my mind

Inside me there's a separate world
It's winning and I'm losing control
I'm coming but my eyes are closed
I'm coming but it leaves me cold

Night's bright lights dim in the day
Blind eyes smile at you today
I find I'm falling away
My eyesights never the same

Inside me there's a separate girl
She's winning and I'm losing control
She coming but my eyes are closed
She's coming but I wake up and it leaves me cold

 

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Light From A Dead Star
Miki Berenyi

He lives his life in a world full of women
And he takes what he wants from their love
And he throws the rest away
I cling to him and pray
But still he slips away
And now it's just too late
To wish him back again

She won't put up with this life so she leaves him
And she finds someone else, falls in love
And she travels far away
I say that it's ok
And swallow all my pain
And now it's just too late
To wish her back again

They left me here on my own in a nightmare
And I just can't forgive any more
So I smile and turn away
Don't listen when they say
They wish that I could stay
And now it's just too late
To wish me back again

 

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Lit Up
Emma Anderson

You feel like I do
Like the whole world's forgotten you
And your life is so dull and predictable
Your room seems like a cell
And you don't sleep very well
And your friends only talk to point and to mock
And to ridicule
One day things won't seem the same way, I know

Morning in the mirror
Things will suddenly seem much clearer I promise, it's alright

His words don't flatter me
And they're printed for all to see
I don't care, he's not there
It's all history
The future's yours to hold
And you're really not very old
And your life is so white, so clean and so bright
And holds mystery

Morning in the mirror
Things will suddenly seem much clearer
I promise it's alright

One day things won't seem the same way, I know
One day things won't seem the same way, I know
One day things won't seem the same way, I know

 

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Love At First Sight
[Gist cover]

I was waiting at the station
When your train came in
Wasn't you I was tiptoeing for
But you gave me a grin

Felt my heart in my throat
Felt my soul going out to you
Could this be love at first sight
I just didn't know

I was waiting at the station
When your train came in
Wasn't you I was tiptoeing for
But you gave me a grin

Felt my heart in my throat
Felt my soul going out to you
Could this be love at first sight?
I just didn't know

I didn't know
I didn't know
I didn't know
I didn't know

Don't you feel insecure
All about your love for me
There's nothing I adore
More than a fake ugly day

 

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Lovelife
Emma Anderson

You are the one
In your concrete arms I adore you
Dirty and dear
Block out the sun
In your twists and turns I invade
You show me no fear
We blow around like tiny leaves in a big storm
Finding there's nothing left to breathe or to keep warm
You ebb and flow and your rhythm beats my head
Leave me alone while you swallow up your dead

You are the one
You cradle me and kill
Caressing my face
Leave me undone
You suffocate and have me
This is the place
Every door conceals a dream and a nightmare
Nothing is ever really pure in the stale air
And when it's dark everything becomes more clear
Lie in the park when I want to have you near

You are the one
In your concrete arms I adore you
Dusty and dear
Block out the sun
In your twists and turns I invade
You show me no fear
Left it unsung I shall leave but I'll return
Poison my lungs, my blood is full of lead
Things unsaid
My love for you still burns

 

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Mannequin
[Wire cover]

You're a waste of space
No natural grace
You're so bloody thin
You don't even begin

To interest me
Not even curiosity
It's not animosity
You just don't interest me

You're an energy void
A black hole to avoid
No soul, no heart
You don't even start

To interest me
Not even curiosity
It's not animosity
You just don't interest me

Tell me
Why don't you tell me
Tell me
Why don't you tell me
Tell me
Why don't you tell me
Tell me
Why don't you tell me
 

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Matador
Phil King

Instrumental Lush!

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Monochrome
Emma Anderson

Wake with the sun,
What's going on, when you're gone
Fall asleep when you're near,
What's going on, when you're here

And sometimes I think if I stand by the phone it may ring,
And sometimes I worry and fear what tomorrow may bring
And you sing, and you sing

Breathe with your sigh,
Makes me high, don't know why
Touching your skin,
Wishing you were within

Your eyes in a saucer but mine are just clouded in grey,
I've so much to tell but I can't and you just go away
Anyway, won't you stay

Wake with the sun
What's going on when you're gone
And when I lost control
I was cold, and I felt old

The ground is beneath me but slowly it's falling away,
You say we're like children so why won't you come out to play
And sometimes I think if I look at the phone it may ring
And sometimes I worry and fear what tomorrow may bring
When you sing, when you sing

 

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Never-Never
Emma Anderson

Only children sometimes comprehend
Loneliness can often be a friend
Have to shut yourself in
Don't know how to begin
Telling it someone
Who doesn't fit in
I am sunken in biology
I cannot control that part of me
I don't want to hurt you
But I know I will do
Maybe we can find out
What are we to do?

I don't have long fingernails to use
Would we care if we were black and blue?
We're both sick but still you hold my hand
We're together but I understand
Walk along the seaside
This is not a joyride
Tell me in the meantime
It's okay

 

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Nothing Natural
Emma Anderson

Before I met you I was blind
Pills and liquid filled my mind
Beneath your outline I was new
Overflowing with your tune

And don't you know you're beautiful

Next month I missed you like a child
Couldn't see past you though I tried

And don't you know you're beautiful

Now I think of every hour
When you still retained your power
And the precious nights we'd share
When we'd breathe in common air

The feeling now you've gone
This wretched life goes on
The knife inside of me
It turns just like a key

The sunlight always comes too soon
My body asks me what to do
I was so small and vulnerable
And you were only beautiful

The seasons shining in your hair
And it was more than I could bear
But I can see you in my smile
And you are only beautiful

 

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Ocean
Miki Berenyi

Come with me
Into a cool blue stream
Bleed into oceans green
Lips open wide
Drinking the tide

Reach for me
Here where the ocean sea
Melts and you sink with me
Deeper inside
I'll make you mine

Take me down
Down where their voices drown
Down where the only sound
Echoes for me

Floating away
Under the waves
Kiss me again
You'll tell me when
Salt on my lips
Cool fingertips
Under the sea
Stay here with me

 

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Olympia
Emma Anderson 

Will I ever be Olympia?
Will I ever be a girl like her?
Will I ever have to say the word
And instantly I'll be adored?
Could I ever deign to have the look
Instead of have to read a book?
Will I ever be Olympia?
Will I ever be a girl like her?

And if ever there's a will
There's a place in Notting Hill
You can go and visit still
And if ever there's a way
To find a hopeful ray
Will I find it today?

Will I ever be Olympia?
Could I ever have a cat like her?
Could I ever lie around all day
Eating chocolate and marmalade?
Now it's time to find the perfect world
Dress myself up like the perfect girl
Could I ever be Olympia?
Could I ever be in love like her?

In the chaos of our lives
Can we ever find the time
To cherish feeling fine
And in the aftermath of pain
Can the balance be regained?
Can we ever be the same?

And now, time to switch off
Sit down, turn the lights off
Lie back, treat this sofa like your own
Look out, here comes trouble
Look out, we're in a muddle
Keep running 'til you find you've reached your home

 

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Outdoor Miner
[Wire cover]

No blind spots in the leopard's eyes
Can only help to jeopardize
The lives of lambs, the shepherd cries

An afterlife for a silverfish
Eternal dust less ticklish
Then the clean room, a houseguest's wish

He lies on his side, is he trying to hide
In fact it's the earth, which he's known since birth
He lies on his side, is he trying to hide
In fact it's the earth, which he's known since birth

Face worker, a serpentine miner
A roof falls, an underliner
Of leaf structure, the egg timer

He lies on his side, is he trying to hide
In fact it's the earth, which he's known since birth
He lies on his side, is he trying to hide
In fact it's the earth, which he's known since birth

Oooh.

He lies on his side, is he trying to hide
In fact it's the earth, which he's known since birth
 

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Outside World
Emma Anderson

Lately, I don't feel quite as I should
Lately, I don't feel quite as I could
I've been tired, lonely, sick of all this talk
It's been heading downward since we left New York

Lately, I've been feeling really down
Sorry, but my mind's in London town
Is it me or are these hotels really bad
I want some decent TV, not this endless ad

Don't worry you're a long long way from home
People speak to me but I feel so alone
Whoa whoa whoa
Whoa whoa whoa

Don't worry you're a long long way from home
People speak to me but I feel so alone
Can't you understand, my body's changing fast
It's not up to me how long I'm going to last
Whoa whoa whoa
Whoa whoa whoa

 

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Papasan
Miki Berenyi

Maybe I should make you stay away
So you can really concentrate on where you are today

When you phone, I sit and think alone
And wonder if your life with her is really as you say
Then again, you're still a friend
I'll be loyal to you 'til the end

Come to me with wounds you want to heal
I'll listen and I'll try to understand the way you feel

Never fear that I'll be gone from here
I'll always be around for you to talk to me, my dear

We can try to justify reasons for and reasons why
Some are true and some are only lies

With fingers crossed you close your eyes
And hope that things will turn out fine

There's not a lot that I can do
If you're too weak to face the truth

'Cause if the things you tell me are
The way you really claim they are
Then I can only pity you for being such a fool

 

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Piledriver
Chris Acland

Is this the last time?
I don't know
Feels so tired patience will remain
Oh what to do
Watching again
You still have a good time doing it again

Swelling up inside me
Swelling up inside me

Tell control I could do with a sleep
You are so unsure don't treat me like some sheep
Oh it's such a drag
Oh it's such a game
Try to see sense come and be a kid

Swelling up inside me
Swelling up inside me

Just one day to get away
To be somewhere else
Just one day to try and put things straight
Don't cross a needle it all seems so complicated
So put them down and put your radio high
Is this the last time?
I don't know

Is this the last time?
I don't know
This is it for good so I don't know where I am

Swelling up inside me
Swelling up inside me

Spoken: Alright, we'll leave it out. Leave it then.

 

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Plums and Oranges
Emma Anderson 

It's a lonely day in this house
Grey and insular in this house
I'm so bored and jaded
I'm so tired of feeling blue

It's a sunny day in your house
I can't see the clouds in your house
This is where I'm staying
I just want to be with you

Please believe me when I say
All is what it seems
I've packed them up and thrown them away
You know what I mean

From the inside to the outside
Over again

Please believe me when I say
All is what it seems
The fish next door are shining today
You know what I mean

It's a different day in this house
Plums and oranges in this house
This is where I'm staying
This is where I want to be

 

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Pudding
Emma Anderson  Miki Berenyi

Who wants pudding
And who wants honey
And who wants bananas and cream
Who wants possessions
With various obsessions
Which God will remove if you scream

Nothing much has changed

My body's a-creaking
My mind keeps a-leaking
My feet are all dirty and grey
I live in my nightgown
From sun-up to sundown
And watching my sweet tooth decay

Nothing much has changed

Lines but join the dots
Colourin' Barbie and Ken
Scab on your knee,
Biscuits for tea,
I live in my cupboard with friends

Then

Nothing much has changed
Nothing much has changed
Nothing much has changed

 

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Runaway
Miki Berenyi

Come on boy, I wanna dance now
Line by line we talk all night, yeah
Hold me down, I think I'm flying
Everybody's eyes are shining
Run away to where the world is fine

Hold on boy, you're falling fast now
Line by line you go nowhere, yeah
Drag me down I feel I'm sinking
Can't relate to what you're thinking
Run away to where the sun don't shine

Hello, hello, are you still there?
You don't answer me 'cause you just don't care
Act so young but you look so old
And you're too far gone to find your own way home

Life's so hard for you to handle
You can't live without your devil
Boy, you think that you're so special
Well, life is hard for everyone, believe me

Hello, hello, are you still there?
You don't answer me 'cause there's no one there
Run away from your own sweet soul
And you're too far gone to find your own way home

 

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Rupert The Bear  
[cover of a 70's children's TV show theme song]

(Miki and Chris can be faintly heard laughing and talking, followed by an introduction by Chris)

There's a little bear like you've never seen before whose a lot of fun
Children every where grow to love him more and more he's the number one
There's a million stories to be told of the things that, he's done
And he's going to share them all if you so come along

Oh Rupert, Rupert the bear every one sing his name
Rupert, Rupert the bear every one come and join, in all of his games

There is Badger Bill, little Tiger Lilly too and a whole lot more
They are Rupert's Friends and they are waiting here for you so unlock the door
There's a magic land not far away and they call it, Nutwood
Where you'll meet a little teddy bear if you are good.

Oh Rupert, Rupert the bear every one sing his name
Rupert, Rupert the bear every one come and join, in all of his games
Oh Rupert, Rupert the bear every one sing his name
Rupert, Rupert the bear every one come and join, in all of his games
Rupert, Rupert, Rupert.

 

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Scarlet
Emma Anderson & Miki Berenyi

Nothing can eclipse
Tender fingertips
Youthful girlish hips
Crimson pouting lips

But what d'you say when nothing's meant
What d'you do when all is spent

Faithless faceless night
Drenched in empty light
Scarlet starlet's bright
Vanity's delight

Cream of life you'll find in her
First to come she's first to serve

Turned away you're out of luck
Spurned again
No one to fall in love

 

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Second Sight
Miki Berenyi

Peel back empty night
Grey dawn breaks into white
Sun climbing the sky
Your eyes reflecting the light
Clouds out of sight
But when the day is through
Will I see you again

Keep your eyes on me
Don't let go of my hand
Running together
We go together so well
I can tell

Run where I run
Play what I play
Do what I do
But when this day's through
Will I see you again

 

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Shut Up
Emma Anderson

I can't seem to find the time to ponder
I only think when I go for a wander
Life is too short
I feel that I'm caught
I can't go on feeling like this

Close my mind to boring stuff that you say
I'm cold and numb to things that you look my way
It's gone on too long
I have to be strong
My interest is gone long ago

I can't bear it when you start to moan
'Cos night and day you're always on the phone
In effect, my house is not my home
Why can't you just leave me alone

Life is too short
I feel that I'm caught
I can't go on feeling like this

I can't bear it when you start to moan
'Cos night and day you're always on the phone
In effect, my house is not my home
Why can't you just leave me alone

 

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Single Girl
Emma Anderson

Single girl, I don't want to be a single girl
Single girl, I don't want to be a single girl
Don't want to be on my own again tonight
Don't want to put out the light

Single girl, I don't want to be a single girl
Single girl, who would want to be a single girl
Don't want to talk to myself again tonight
Don't want to put out the light

When you abandoned me
Well, it was heaven sent
When I abandoned you
It was what you meant
Well, it was me that knew it
And it was you that went
Haven't changed our minds it was meant to be

Don't want to clean up your mess again tonight
Don't want to be in a fight
And I can do what I want again tonight
With who I choose, it's alright

Single girl, I just want to be a single girl

 

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Starlust
Emma Anderson &  Miki Berenyi

Walking at midnight
In the darkness, alone
Standing in the shadows
And I'm watching your glow
Standing in the red light
And I'm smiling at you
Dreaming of the starlight
Just waiting for you
I'll do anything to
Make you mine, make me shine
Take me if you want me I don't care, I don't mind
I want your starlight
Make it mine, make me shine
Touch me with your light
And I'll burn like a star
 

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Stray
Miki Berenyi

In your green field sleep
Chasing through the trees
Do you still see me?
Do you still hear me?

Do you still meet me?

 

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Sunbathing
Emma Anderson

Sunbathing, and she came down from above
Close my eyes and I feel like I'm in love
Wrapped in silk, how I got here I don't know
Tastes like milk and there's nowhere else to go

Soft red lips, slowly open wide
Honey drips and I long to feel inside
Deep and warm, the only to place to be
Sleep 'til dawn, then she does the same for me

Drawn fine line, heal my bad spine
Close together, now its all mine
Wake in sunlight, sunlight bleak white
Realize she's gone

 

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Superblast!
Emma Anderson

Me in the world
Losing tears, shedding fears
Strain for the sun
Make you run, make you come

You don't know
You don't know

I'm in my home
All the time, on my own
Low finger fine
Take what's mine, from behind

You don't know
You don't know
It's not there
You don't care

You're still inside of me
Beneath the cotton core
My pictures smile at me
And soon they'll rise and soar

Fill up my space
Turn around, fade and trace
Be absolute,
Blue and white, fatal fruit

She nylon smile
Full of lies, shining eyes
Cover my grin
Take a chance, maybe win

It's not there
It's not fair
You don't know
You don't care

 

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Sweetie
Chris Acland & Miki Berenyi

Driving back again
And he's feeling trashed again
'Honestly' he says
'I'll go careful' he says

'I know that one was close okay
But I swear I'm in control' he says
'Lets go back to yours again
'Cause I need a little more'

And here I go again
I'm feeling off my head
I'll get another round
But just one more and I'll hit the road

Oh my history is a nightmare
Wife and kids you know it's a nightmare

I know that sounds so bad but I can't explain
(I can't try to tell you why)
Maybe you're right I'm crap and I just can't explain
(I can't begin to tell you why) I may have been away but now it's realized
Ooh

And here I go again
I'm feeling off my head
I'll get another round
And lets just say that it's one for problems

Have I had enough
(Have I had enough)
Am I looking good enough
(Am I looking bad enough)
Call my answerphone
(Call my answerphone)
I'll pretend I'm not at home
(I'll pretend I'm not at home)

I know that sounds so bad but I can't explain
(I can't try to tell you why)
But maybe you're right I'm crap and I just can't explain
(I can't begin to tell you why)
I'll meet you in the bar and maybe I just might tell you why
(I can't try to tell you why.)

Things were gonna change
And here I go again
I'm nearly off my head
I'll get another round
But just one more and I'll hit the road

 

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Sweetness And Light
Emma Anderson

See my life (I've been so tired)
See my self (I've been uptight)
See my life (I've been so tired)
See my sight (I could disappear)

See with you memories fading fast
And with you it's never going to last

You are the sweetness in my eyes
You are an apple in disguise

See with you
I never seemed to look the other way

Only to stay, only to breathe
Only to see
That space and light is what I really need

I never wanted to tell lies
You are the sweetness in my eyes

You are the juice I need for life
You are the sweetness in my eyes

 

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Take
Miki Berenyi

He's perfect
At least within his dreams
He's perfect
To satisfy my scheme

He doesn't know my game
I don't recall his name

And though it's true
My flesh is new
Believe me dear
My mind is clear

He's smiling
(Smiling at me)
He thinks he's won the night
I'm laughing
(Laughing at him)
Imagine what you like

I know he's seen
Inside I'm green
But still he's blind
To what goes on inside my mind

He's smiling
(Smiling at me)
He thinks he's won the night
I'm thinking
(Thinking of me)
Imagine what you like

He claimed his prize
I had my price
I know it's cruel
But I refuse
To be the only one to lose

 

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Thoughtforms  
Emma Anderson 

Come on little man now all's said and done
All that I'm asking is you show me some fun
I need purple veins and scenic greens
They can make me soar and touch extremes

I just fell down from whitest skies
And now I start to realize
And all the colours talk to me

And if I had wings then I could take you in
I'd stay on the ground and I could teach you things
The grass is strewn with blades of gold
These sights and songs I have been told
All hopes desires that seem to sing

Come on little man now you're times nearly through
Colours are dripping down red and blue
I'm standing in the middle of a great glass ball
I'm told that I've nothing but I'm having it all

I just rose up from blackest seas
My eyes were opened so widely
And its a shame to end this way

 

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Tinkerbell  
Miki Berenyi

Everybody knows a woman like me
Insecurity is my philosophy
I see other women as the competition

I'm always nice to men and so they're nice to me
But other girls always seem to be bitchin' about me
I say they must be jealous
I say that it's because their boyfriends all fancy me

Close my eyes, and fantasize
Of other men adoring you
So much fun
To be number one
What could our sisters do

I just can't relate to somebody
Unless I use my sexuality
Normal conversation always leaves me insecure
Men are so much more approachable
Clever kind and intellectual
And I never feel uncomfortable in their company

Male appreciation
Is my one ambition
It's a competition I must win
When I talk to girls it's just one-upmanship because
I don't want their friendship
Just their jealousy

 

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Tiny Smiles
Emma Anderson & Miki Berenyi

I'd like to do
Something for you
You want me to
She's just the same
She likes to play

I'll hide kisses in your hair

Don't feel ashamed
You're not to blame
It's just a game
But just the same
What would they say

Baby angel on my knee

Our lips are sealed

Come sit with me
Slide on my knee
Sing just for me
And for a while
I'll make you smile

Baby angel on my knee
I know what you want from me

I'll make you smile

Outside she's listening
To laughter and whispering
But she won't say nothing to him, see...

She's just the same

 

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Tralala
Emma Anderson

In this world I live in, I care for number one
Hell is round the corner, never trust no one
Funny how the people came to gather round
Oh so many people when I was on the ground
I've never known what love is, there's no Mr. Right
If they want to treat me good, then that's their sorry plight
Funny how the people came to give their voice
Are they real people or just silly little boys?

Say what you want, I don't mind, I don't mind
Say what you need, I don't mind, I don't mind,
I don't mind, I don't mind

I want all the people to notice who I am
You gotta show them what you've got, or they won't give a damn

Say what you want, I don't mind, I don't mind
Say what you need, I don't mind, I don't mind

 

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Undertow
Miki Berenyi

So you want to be alone
Run and hide inside your home
Watch you fall away from me
Sinking into misery

Taste your smile and hold my hand
Make you laugh and make you dance
I remember this
Everything was in our kiss

Sink my hands into the sea
Reach your fingers up to me
Trust me one more time
I can only try

Throw yourself to me
And I'll try to pull you free
Let me try to pull you free
Let me try to pull you free
 

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Untogether
Miki Berenyi

It's not easy
But try to picture this; do
You remember
That we were once together
Isn't it strange
Isn't it?
I'm sorry it's come to this but
Why are we here,
Bothering?
What was it we talked about? So...

Just remind me
Of why I'm wasting so much
Time pretending
That there is something more than
Only this
Only
This pointless accusation
Tell me again,
Why are we here?

I'm not offended by the things that you say
'Cause it's such a predictable way to behave
Talk and insult me
'til you're blue in the face
You were right, I was wrong
Now does that make you happy?
I'm quite aware of all the bad things I did
You don't have to remind me of why you dislike me
There's no solution
To the mess that we're in,
It's so sad and so boring
I wish you'd just leave me alone

But I understand the games you play
I'm ashamed of all the things I did to you

 

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When I Die
Emma Anderson 

If you walked in now
I wouldn't start
I wouldn't frown

And if you just appeared
I wouldn't cry or think it weird

'Cause you are still around
You're in the air, you're in the ground
And you can't go away

I am afraid you're here to stay
Friends don't understand
They close the door, they raise their hands

She says she hears your voice
Of course she does, she has no choice

I was hours ahead
When they removed you from your bed
They drank all the while
Until you said goodbye

Why are we sitting here in ourselves?
Why are we sitting here in ourselves?
Why are we sitting here in ourselves?

I don't look up, I don't look down
I look ahead and make no sound
My love was there, I only stare

Healthy in my dreams
Is what you are is what it seems

What does it all mean?
You're only hiding behind a screen

Curse the English day
For what it forces us to say

Banish all the pain
'Cause when I die, die
I'll see you again
 

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White Wood
Emma Anderson & Miki Berenyi

Just hold my hand and stroke my hair
And ask them not to stand and stare
My mind is scattered everywhere
And all around I see despair

My heart was broken long ago
I've come so far and sunk so low
The truth's a man without a soul
I'll find him every place I go

All is fair in love they say
Liars, liars
I found loneliness and grief
Love is cruel

I can close my eyes and see
Something better
Fairytales and fantasy
Let me sleep
Let me dream

Just hold my hand and stroke my hair
And tell me everything's okay
I'm waiting for my millionaire
Just lie to me and say he's there

They say the truth is beautiful
Liars, liars
What do they know of the truth, anyway
I can close my eyes and be
Someplace better
Fairytales and fantasy
That's the world for me

 

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Notes: Here are some of the issues in trying to come up with the most accurate Lush lyrics possible : 1) Gala, Spooky and all the singles did not include printed lyrics, and thanks to all the guitar effects on the early albums its often difficult to discern what is being sung. 2) The fan club mailing that was sent out in late 1993 made up for the lack of lyrics on the early albums by including hand-written(!) lyrics for 43 songs (some not yet released!) but there were slight changes in the final released versions of some songs. 3) There are large variations in the Lush lyrics found on the web. 4) Even Emma and Miki sometimes misheard each other's lyrics! 5) There have been ongoing debates over single words in some Lush songs.
Sources:
  • The liner notes from the Split and Lovelife CDs
  • The 1993 Fan Club mailing
  • My ears
  • downer - the lush site (lyrics page) - About half of the above lyrics come from this excellent site. While it does not include all songs, it has more accurate lyrics, better formatted, than other sites. However I still found several errors on this site's lyrics.
  • Bill's Lush Home Page (lyrics page) another excellent site, this one contains lyrics to almost all Lush songs. Its lyrics often differ from those on the downer site.
  • www.songs-lyrics.net Not very high quality lyrics, but I was able to resolve some discrepancies using this site.

 

 

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