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David Gray lyrics

Album: Flesh [1994]

Tracks10
 01  What Are You?
 02  The Light
 03  Coming Down
 04  Falling Free
 05  Made Up My Mind
 06  Mystery of Love
 07  Lullaby
 08  New Horizons
 09  Loves Old Song
 10  Flesh
all David Gray lyrics



What Are You?
What are you?
What are you becoming?
What have you become?

Once you sang your own song
Now you're dancing to the same drum
What have you become?

And what is that you're wearing?
Money's ugly confidence

You sacrificed the poem of your imagination
For these pounds and pence

Me I take the cynic's role
Throw scorn on your empty mind
I've seen this monotonous world
Make dull what used to shine
You lost interest
You lost your spine
Oh that spine fine fine

Yeah
When there' nothing left
On this plate you're handed
You find yourself
Running the gauntlet
Of all of these double standards
It's very thin ice over which you're skating
And after this black winter the thaw

So what are you
Tell me tell me what are you
And what have you becomeback to top
The Light
You turn out the light
And the dark sucks on the embers of the fire
That shoulders in the night
And these tumbling boulders of desire
Come rolling off the shadows of me

You say I thought time was meant to take away the hurtin'
As your lonely silhouette closes the curtain
Back on the road destination uncertain
So lets get in this car and drive
And this feeling I feel so strong
So powerful it can't be wrong
Now the whole frosted night is just a song
Song for you

And the moon is splashed right over the street
Like my tears on your thighs so pale
Its just you and me in the sheets
And I hope the whole wide world is just a jail
When you're away from me

And it's rolling on by
Here come the night
Turn out the light
And the dark sucks on the embers of the fire
That smoulders in the night tumbling boulders of desire
Rolling, rolling...
Rolling out the shadows of me
Turn out the lightback to top
Coming Down
Tears falling slow
From the bridge
Into the river below
In your eyes, I start to see
A starry veil,
The ocean of infinity

Moon and stars above me
Mingle with the blood
Inside my vein
These empty arms
That should be
Holding you close
Through nights of winter rain
I'm trying to spell
What only the wind can explain
It's colder than ever
Coming down

I'm drowning in shallows
Cos it's in so deep
There's neon melting in the rain
Took too much powder too sleep
Cos when I hold you naked
When I see you laugh
I got a sword to stem the rivers
And cut the moon in half

Frozen stars above me
Mingle with the blood
Inside my vein
Empty arms that should be
Holding you close
Through nights of winter rain
I'm trying to spell
What only the wind can explain
It's colder than ever
Coming down

We danced wild
Kicked off our shoes
Not a cloud
In the skies to confuse
Now the sky is cold
The sea is wide
And there's nothing to be done
'cept reflecting the sun
And scratching the mountainside

Frozen stars above me
Mingle with the blood
Inside my vein
Empty arms that should be
Holding you close
Through nights of winter rain
I'm trying to spell
What only the wind can explain
It's colder than ever
Coming downback to top
Falling Free
All of my senses overthrown
By the might of your skin
And the lamplight on your cheek bone
Drawing me further in
No sentence I can speak
For the wonder so unique
Breaking like a wave upon the shore
Mercy me, I'm falling free
Since you opened up the door

See how the sky is made of sapphire
The colours flowing through our hands
The moon is fire in your hair
A million miles beyond what science understands
Smell that mountain heaven
I don't remember ever
Feeling like this before
Mercy me, I'm falling free
Since you opened up the door

And if every window pane should shatter
If every wall should fall apart
Well it might hurt a bit
But would it matter
This diamond in my heart
There's no need to nail it to the ground
There's no need to smother it with sense
Just listen to the rhythm of your heart
That pounds and trust it all to chance
'cause we're standing face to face
With the angel of grace
And don't it just taste so pure

Mercy me, I'm falling free
Mercy me, I'm falling free
Mercy me, I'm falling free
Since you opened up the doorback to top
Made Up My Mind
Lightening strikes, silver motorbikes
Roaring down the open road, wind on my skin
I'm hungry to begin, my cup has overflown
So let fall the rain down into these desert veins
Taking back what they stole
These diamonds in the mine
Can afford to become fine
In someone else's pigeon hole

So I made up my mind
Made up my mind
Gonna move on ahead
Instead of lagging behind

Half past seven way up in the heaven
The stars are singing in the sky
Lying half dressed, your head upon my breast
Listening to the ocean's lullaby
Standing where we are, it seems so far
From the cold light of day
With the faces full of grief,
And the grinding up of teeth
Has been eating my belief away

So I made up my mind
I made up my mind
Gonna move on ahead
Instead of lagging behind
Instead of lagging now..

Cracks in the veneer and the light so severe
Shining down the avenue try to join the throng
But it's feeling all wrong what are you supposed to do
Shoulder that despair take a lung of dirty air
Turn to watch the sun set red
And the ruins of a culture
Of a sky that's filled with vultures
Circling over your head

So I made up my mind
I made up my mind
Gonna move on ahead
Instead of lagging behind
Instead of lagging behind

I made up my mind....back to top
Mystery of Love
The city gates at twilight
And a red ship sinking
Behind winter's grey wall
Ice in the wind
But a fire in the embers
Of my heart
As darkness falls
In a candlelit room
Where your eyes are laughing
Smoking in the red chair
And nothing in the world
'cept the beating of my heart
Against the nerves of the air

And I know there's a light
At the end of the tunnel
'cause I taste it on your lips
And I feel a weight
That can bend me double
You lift it with your fingertips
So often it happens
That words prove useless
In the face of how it feels
So it is as the mystery of love
Keeps growing
The more my heart reveals

Temptations endless whispers
Try to keep it in perspective
So much to distract
Walking on a wire
While your juggling desire
It's all part of your balancing act
And it gets hard to know
Just what you believe
As the argument rages on
But for all of the talk
It's only true to say
That if you have no hope
There is none

A tangle of tongues
Flesh flowers and thistles
Of conscience, spittle and skin
We can't change the past
So we'll raise this cup to our lips
And drink it all in
And meantime back in civilisation
The rain is cold as steel
But the mystery of love
It just keep growing
The more my heart reveals

As sure as the rose
The bright day blooms
As surely still it fades
And the night kindles stars
On empty winds
And ghosts along the collonades
And slow but sure
The sands are falling
As the bridge burns
Beneath the wheel
And the mystery of love
It just keeps growing
The more my heart reveals
The more my heart revealsback to top
Lullaby
Its a sad old world
That's turning tonight
As I slide through the streets
Moonlight and memory burning
And in my hand your broken dream

My watery eyes
I sing for you this lullaby
Let the shadow fall from your window
Let the morning light fill your head
Stand up and let the wild wind blow
Right into your soul till the night is dead

All these useless emotions
Churning round
As I search these bare walls for a clue
And all the time
The truth is flashing in my mind
That when a heart gets broken
There's nothing you can do

My watery eyes
I sing for you this lullaby
Let the shadow fall from your window
Let the morning light fill your head
Stand up and let the wild wind blow
Right into your soul till the night is dead

And I'm packing my belongings
Hey I'll be gone before the noon arrives
Cos I know there's no use pretending
Soon it'll all be alright

But hey
Let the shadow fall from your window
Let the morning light fill your head
Stand up and let the wild wind blow
Right into your soul till the night is dead

See the dawn break gold
When the night is dead

Hear the bellsback to top
New Horizons
Weight on my shoulders
But I'm walking so tall
Out into the new horizon
Wonder in everything
No matter how great or small
Howlin' like the midnight
Howlin' like the midnight sun
And this ain't no pale reflection
This is the real thing
New horizon
New horizon within

And your heart ain't yours to control
No matter how tight the reigns
Love will find it's own direction
A time to reap, a time to sow
And many a time to cry in vain
But now the time to celebrate
The glory of this imperfection
Same thing that's scrawled across the stars
Is written under our skin
New horizon
New horizon within

Things come too easy, I get suspicious
Things come too slow, I get bored
If it don't work out I get superstitious
But if it does, oh my word

So I'm gathering all the remnants of beauty
From this wilderness in spin
And now I'm gonna light my own flame
'cause I'm charged with the radiance of the dawn
That's been so long breaking
Now there ain't nowhere
There ain't nowhere I won't write your name
There's a time to search for understanding
Sometime you just gotta sing
New horizon
New horizon within

Baby there's no need to get precious
When you know that everything must change
Complacency, it can be so vicious
Turn this love into a cage

Same thing that's scrawled across the stars
Is written under our skin
New horizon
New horizon withinback to top
Loves Old Song
It's like this
It's all in here
Just one kiss
Will make that clear
So let the flower open
Let the ship sail
Don't need no meaningless token
To hear the nightingale

For everything that's been
For all that's yet to come
Brow full of moonbeams
Singing loves old song

Beauty threads it's needle
In every eye a light will shine
From the graveyard to the cradle
All the bells of wonder chime
No further complication
Here for the queen or for the pawn
Night of such revelation
The jew is trembling on the thorn

For everything that's been
For all that's yet to come
Brow full of moonbeams
Singing loves old song

Loves old song
Playing in our hearts
Binding it together
Pulling it apart

Loves old song
Playing pure and bold
Time has come to read
What's written in your soul

Yeah yeah yeah

Out in the fields of bloody slumber
Shadows fleeing from the sun
Without aim and without number
These children of oblivion

For everything that's been
For everything's that come
A brow full of moonbeams
Singing loves old song

Loves old song
Playing in our hearts
Binding it together
Pulling it apart

Loves old song
Playing pure and bold
Time has come to read
What's written there in your soul

Yah yah yeah
Whoa oh oh

For everything that's been
For everything's that come
Brow full of moonbeams
Singing loves old songback to top
Flesh
As the bell must strike the hour
As the west must stab the sun
So our hearts
Must heed the flow
Of deeper tides that run
Far beyond the bare indifference
That prosperity esteems
Where the spirit
Raves and dances
Through our very veins

At winters edge you found me
By the fields of wild gold
My hands still filled with ashes
From fires long cold
You pulled me from the wreckage
Of bitterness and blame
Flung open the page
And put some flesh on
The bones of my dreams

On the streets
The blossom snowing
And the drum is beating slow
And I hear you speak so clear
Well I'm slicing through the fear
Setting all the beacons
Blazing, baby oh!
It's staring out plainer than ever
Brighter than all the fools
Gold that gleams
It's simply now or never
Putting flesh on the bones
Of my dreams

Putting flesh on the bones
Of my dreams
Putting flesh on the bones
Of my dreams

And they can plunder
The cave of sorrows
They can strip the gallery bare
Try to build a fence
Around the visions
In our heads, choke every spark
In a cloak of despair
But we got something
They can't stifle
With their price tags
And picture frames
Got a flower for every rifle
Putting flesh on the bones of my dreamsback to top
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