IMAGINARY FRIEND

I tried so hard to stand up straight

tried to be myself

but in the end

i needed my imaginary friend

he’ll put his arm round me

tell me it’s okay

or that it doesn’t matter

anyway

he’s got the power

not to change the world

but at least

adjust the resolution

he values my

contribution

listens to all my shit

makes like it’s interesting

understands

the ins and outs, the complications

could take forever to explain

to anyone else – and they’d get fed up

of the tragedies

when i’m on my knees

he’s there

for me

IMAGINARY FRIEND

LISTEN TO THE BIRDS

Listen to the birds

can you hear them sing?

Don’t they know anything?

Look at all the children

can you see them play?

Don’t they know what’s coming?

***

Look at all the young men

training in the fields

Now it’s for real

Look at all the women

climbing up the pole

So many hands to hold

***

Look at all the fishes

swimming in the sea

so many there for you and me

Listen to the birds

can you hear them sing?

Don’t they know anything?

***

And don’t it make you want to cry

and don’t it make you want to fight

to break a whole lotta wrong

for a little piece of right?

LISTEN TO THE BIRDS

RICH

The British Economy

is the 6th biggest in the world

it’s a splendid site for all to see

the bankers are so well oiled

AND YOU SAY

THAT WE CAN’T AFFORD IT

AS YOU STOP BY BETWEEN L.A.

AND SKIING ON THE SWISS FRENCH BORDER

AH BUT WE WERE SO MUCH POORER THEN

WE’RE RICHER THAN THAT NOW

The pool we built in ‘32

is hanging by a thread

the library is gone to flats

the playground’s been

regenerated

AND YOU SAY

THAT WE CAN’T AFFORD IT

AS YOU STOP BY BETWEEN L.A.

AND CYCLING ROUND MALLORCA

AH BUT WE WERE SO MUCH POORER THEN

WE’RE RICHER THAN THAT NOW

so

SELL ME A PHONE TO CHAIN MY SOUL

SELL ME SOME SHOES TO RUN AWAY

LOVE IS AN ISLAND THAT KNOWS NO STORM

UNDERNEATH THE ARCHES I DREAM MY DREAMS AWAY

AND THE BAKER KEEPS THE AVOCADOS STONED

AND NOBODY KNOWS

WHEN THE BAILIFF’S GONNA COME

So you can buy a chip of land

and know you’re gonna win

or stick a ticket in my hand

and tell me it’s no sin (bet safe!)

AND YOU SAY

THAT WE CAN’T AFFORD IT

AS YOU STOP BY BETWEEN L.A.

AND THE HOUSE OF LORDS

AH BUT WE WERE SO MUCH POORER THEN

WE’RE RICHER THAN THAT NOW

RICH

COVENTRY

We went to Coventry

trying to find a future

it was not ours to see

the past stood like a teacher

blocking every street

blocking every view

till we found

the key

(don’t you know that)

Nothing happens anywhere

it’s not the place’s fault

it’s something in the air

forgotten elephant

blocking every street

blocking every view

CHORUS:

SO MANY FIRES YOU LIT

WE COME OUT OF THE ASHES

SEE WHAT WE MADE OF IT

SEE WHAT YOU CALL

CO-

LAT-

TERAL

We’ll plant a garden here

to truth and pain and beauty

with half a Jaguar

and a third of Picardy

and we’ll walk hand in hand

with not a stitch to wear

it’s not the promised land

but you can keep your hair

on

BRIDGE:

BETWEEN THE OLD AND NEW STONES

THE PHOENIX FLIES AGAIN

THERE’S ALWAYS MORE THAN 2 TONES

NOW THAT DOCTOR WHO

PHONES A FRIEND

CHORUS:

SO MANY FIRES YOU LIT

WE COME OUT OF THE ASHES

SEE WHAT WE MADE OF IT

SEE WHAT YOU CALL

CO-

LAT-

TERAL

so let me ask you

What do they teach you at school

except to eat your carrots?

now’s the time to retool

camshafts to carry water

filling every street

filling every view

cos we found the quay

So come on and tell it like it is

ven if they kick your teeth in

there’s our truth, and there’s his

but he can turn and come in

under this red red rock

under this red red rock

CHORUS

SO MANY FIRES YOU LIT

WE COME OUT OF THE ASHES

SEE WHAT WE MADE OF IT

SEE WHAT YOU CALL

CO-

LAT-

TERAL

COVENTRY

LESS IS MORE

Boom boom

there goes the plane

all the way to sunny Spain

Beatle  babies all on board

when will they see that

less is more

 

Less is more

less is more

less is more

more or less

 

Brrm brrm

there goes the car

all the way to Windermere

Gannex mommas all on board

when will they see that

less is more…

 

Yum yum

he’s pulled some pork

see it glisten on his fork

jeans ‘n’ jacket papa scored

when will he see that

less is more…

 

 

 

LESS IS MORE

THE TERMS OF ENDEARMENT

I wanna call you baby I wanna say my love

I wanna call you darling I wanna call you all the things

that I’d not have thought of

before we met – 

CHORUS:

THESE ARE THE TERMS OF ENDEARMENT

OH MY BABY OH MY LOVE

AND I COULDN’T BE ANY MORE VEHEMENT

WHEN I’M CRYING OH MY LOVE

and I trust yes I trust that you’ll see

that now I’ve been through every door

and I’ve crossed every floor

and I’ve emptied all the drawers

that I might mean it more

than I ever meant it before

V2:

Cos I’ve used all these words before with all the love that was in my heart

But every love has its own laws so though I put them in the cart

I’m still gonna use your art to find what’s ours

CHORUS

Oh Oh Oh

V1 repeat

CHORUS/OUTRO (sung as a kind of round)

THESE ARE THE TERMS OF ENDEARMENT, OH MY BABY, OH MY LOVE

COULDN’T BE ANY MORE VEHEMENT, WHEN I’M CRYING, OH MY …

THE TERMS OF ENDEARMENT