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Ocean Colour Scene lyrics

Album: Moseley Shoals [1996]

Tracks12
 01  The Riverboat Song
 02  The Day We Caught The Train
 03  The Circle
 04  Lining Your Pockets
 05  Fleeting Mind
 06  40 Past Midnight
 07  One For The Road
 08  It's My Shadow
 09  Policemen And Pirates
 10  The Downstream
 11  You've Got It Bad
 12  Get Away
all Ocean Colour Scene lyrics



The Riverboat Song
I see double up ahead
Where the riverboat swayed beneath the sun
Is where the river runs red
Like a king who stalks the wings and shoots a dove
And frees an eagle instead
It's more or less the same as the things that you said
I see trouble up the road
Like the things you found in love are by the way
And like to cheat on your soul
Like the best and worst of thoughts that lose control
Before you lie on your bed
It's more or less the same as the things that you said
Anyway for all the things you know tell me why does the river not flow
Anyway for all the things you said tell me why does the river run red
Anyway for all the things you've seen tell me when will the river run green
And anyway for all the things you know tell me why does the river not flow
It's more or less the things you fail to say in your way that's your trouble
Like a king who stalks the wings and shoots the moon and the stars
And his double
It's more or less the same as the things that you said
I see trouble up ahead
Where the river boat swayed beneath the sun
Is where the river runs red
I see double - that's my trouble.back to top
The Day We Caught The Train
I never saw it as the start
It's more a change of heart
Rapping on the windows, whistling down the chimney pots
Blowing off the dust in the room where I forgot
Yeah I laid my plans in solid rock
Stepping through the door like a troubadour whiling just an hour away
Looking at the trees on the roadside feeling it's a brighter day

You and I should ride the coast
And wind up in our favourite coats just miles away
Roll a number, write another song like
Jimmy heard the day he caught the train

He sipped another rum and coke and told a dirty joke
Walking like groucho sucking on a number 10
Rolling on the floor with the cigarette burns walked in
Yeah I miss the crush and I'm home again
Stepping through the door with the night in store whiling just an hour away,
Looking at the trees and the star-bright feeling it's a brighter day

Repeat chorus

You and I should ride the tracks
And find ourselves just wading through tomorrow
But you and I when we're coming down
We're only getting back
You know I feel the sorrow

When you find that things are getting wild
Don't you want days like these...
Don't you need days like these...back to top
The Circle
Saturday afternoon the sunshine pours like wine through your window
But I know golden june can turn an empty grey against your window
And I feel like I'm on the outside of a circle-
If I walk by the trees I'll catch the falling leaves if the wind blows
But I know all this means is whiling on the hours watching side-shows
Will I turn my coat to the rain I don't know
But I'm going somewhere I can warm my bones
Fare you well I'll carry me away
And sing for those I know upon their birthdays.back to top
Lining Your Pockets
Well hello my old friend you know I've been away
I'm not asking for much but please remember my name
You've been lining your pockets for no other reason
Than to buy up the things that I gave without reasonable pay
Well I wondered through fortune and I flirted with fame
But we never got the money we always gave it away
Old benchmark on the park he got lost on the world
But he doesn't seem to know about any of it at all
He said - all the things that I wanted
You know I had to pay and pay...
And so I sayback to top
Fleeting Mind
The brilliance of my fleeting mind
Chimes like voices in foreign caves
It chimes in time - takes me where I'm going
Alone my fleeting mind is knowing
Believe it when I pin it down
And that's not hard to forget
With my hands upon my knees
You will steal from my fleeting mind
Remember all our words they are just smoke rings in the rain:
That's just a poem in brilliant places
But poets, they are too grim
They steal like party thieves from crowded rooms
To rhyme their homes with better places
The brilliance of their minds
Will seek with never knowing
Alone my fleeting mind is knowing
Believe it when I pin it down
And that's not hard to forget
With my thought like sifting leaves
I believe in my fleeting mind.back to top
40 Past Midnight
Well I'm waiting standing on the corner
And it's coming 40 past the hour
In the midnight lonely freezing hour
With my insides churning in the gutter
And I'm waiting 40 past midnight
Catching rain in the soda light
Won't you come & call me to your window
Please don't leave me waiting on the corner
We could have the best time if you lighten up your life
With my pockets holey in the inside
With my bus ride rolling in the gutter
But if you would only light your lamp ligh
Then I would be here than any other
Well I'm waiting 40 past midnight
Catching cold in the pouring rain
Won't you come & take me to your door
So I can take myself home again
When I'm waiting standing on the corner
And the soda light begins to flicker
And it's getting 40 past the hour
And I think I won't see what I figure
Well I'm waiting freezing on the inside
Staring up at your window pane
If you won't come see me this evening
I can see myself here againback to top
One For The Road
No I never knew you
We both went to different schools
Me so scared of the rules
You chasing all the girls
Now it seems to me
We never grew up we just got ourselves free
Inventing what we could be
To buy all their curls
Get up and dance - get up and smile
Get up and drink to the days
That who are gone in the shortest while
Get up and dance - get up and smile
Get up and drink to the ones
Who are gone in the shortest while
She was just eighteen she collapsed and they took her away
She didn't make it for more than an hour
Then she was gone
What do you say when someone's been taken that way
Before they've had a day to fly in the sun.back to top
It's My Shadow
Who is that upon the stairs
Acting like he don't know where
And who is laying down all the cards
And giving me the wrong things to say
And like a wheel on the table
He's a cain to my abel: oh.....it's my shadow
A confessor to my dreams casting ribbons round my feet oh.....into my day
It's my shadow
Making eyes until the sun lights the daytime as she comes oh..... into my day
Happy in the time when I would have been there to see you
Happy in the time when I would have been there at all
Happy when the night is gone and I believe you
Happy when the night is gone and I need a call.
Who is chasing in the wind all the letters never sent
And who is dusting down the stars and giving me the wrong moves to make.
And like a wheel on the table, he's a cain to my abel
Dancing upon the floor, it's my shadow
Making eyes until the sun blinds the daytime as she comes oh.....into my day
Its my shadow
Like a willow to my stream casting heaven round my feet oh.....into my day.
When you find that things are getting wild is that
The hardest smile that you can ever feel.
Paralysed until the sun lights the daytime as she comes.
And if my shadow comes a creeping
Then I'll always find me sleeping in the sun.back to top
Policemen And Pirates
The house caught on fire in the winter
the bosses lay slain
and each of the workers decided to ten-fold
and they saw in the mirror the sun had been shot down in flames
and nobody minded the hole in the sky or the rain

But it doesn't really matter
when the judgements are said
'cos we all take our chances to find out
romances in some others bed
and you might burn your fingers
book your best rings for those
who'd have you standing naked
then publicly auction the use of a hose.

all the children were laughing
there faces in half with the pain
at the girl who liked talking to walls and jumpin at trains
and the words that ring true
in the playground of fools will remain
and nobody minded the hole in the sky or the rain.

But it doesn't really matter
when the rights have been read
'cos we all take our chances to glance at the wife in the oposite bed
and i bet Nero and Pilate could easily explain
how policemen and pirates get stoned in glass houses
just finding their way.

REPEATback to top
The Downstream
Lay down your head & look to your window
Where do you go when it's not where you're going
And how do you see when the light isn't shining
Where you could be if you worked out the timing
And how does it feel when the world comes on so real & true
And how do you do the things you do to you

If I were a king & you were a lady
What would I sing to say what I'm saying
And would you believe the verses left open
My heart on my sleeve the rhyming all broken
And how does it feel when the world comes back so real & true
And how do you do the things you do to you

Sell me a river and I'll skate away
To the downstream where I did play
So easy minded like a hill on the skyline
Tripped up and blinded getting lost on the sidelines
And how does it feel when each word comes back so real & true
And how do you do the things you do to youback to top
You've Got It Bad
And if I could hold you where would you belong
Sitting here to reason how the world's gone wrong
And if I could listen to half the words you say
Would your pathway glisten and help you on your way

Oh you've got it bad
But you never should expect cover
Oh you've got it so bad
Worse than any other

If I was in your shoes would it be the same
Would you sit in silence while I dish out the blame
And if the world was laughing would you close your ears
There is no creed of chanting to make the world more clear
If I bought you flowers would you watch them grow
Spring time is for certain to follow on the snowback to top
Get Away
Well I used to be a listener - there was nothing left to get
About what you are and what you haven't been yet
And some of them like to tell a story that is long and old
And couch it in indifference and the wine
That they were sold to get away
Well someone's got to tell them that it's not deserved,
Rehearsed or written down by playwrights over time
Just picking up on a nerve.
And some of them got a difference that they reserve for you
Well I like them all but I don't trust any of them
Well shouldn't you, just get away
Well I used to think my freedom was a lot of things I'd give,
Demanding on my time but I had so much time to give,
And I used to think that everything was a knee in what you are.
But finding out the truth that hurts
So I never went that far
I always get away
Well it comes down to the fact that I'm now different from the past,
Demanding all my ideals it's just trying to make them last,
And some of the things that you say they're ringing home so true,
I hang my head out of the door and I follow you,
Yes I follow you and get away...back to top
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