the publius enigma

The Lyrics

1. Cluster One
2. What Do You Want From Me
3. Poles Apart
4. Marooned
5. A Great Day For Freedom
6. Wearing The Inside Out
7. Take It Back
8. Coming Back To Life
9. Keep Talking
10. Lost For Words
11. High Hopes


1. Cluster One (Wright, Gilmour)

(Instrumental)

 2. What Do You Want From Me (Gilmour, Wright, Samson)


As you look around this room tonight

 Settle in your seat and dim the lights

 Do you want my blood, do you want my tears

 What do you want

 What do you want from me

 Should I sing until I can't sing any more

 Play these strings until my fingers are raw

 You're so hard to please

 What do you want from me


 Do you think that I know something you don't know

 What do you want from me

 If I don't promise you the answers would you go

 What do you want from me

 Should I stand out in the rain

 Do you want me to make a daisy chain for you

 I'm not the one you need

 What do you want from me


 You can have anything you want

 You can drift, you can dream, even walk on water

 Anything you want


 You can own everything you see,

 Sell your soul for complete control

 Is that really what you need


 You can lose yourself this night

 See inside there is nothing to hide

 Turn and face the light

 What do you want from me

 

3. Poles Apart (Gilmour, Samson, Laird-Clowes)


Did you know . . . it was all going to go so wrong for you

 And did you see it was all going to be so right for me

 Why did we tell you then

 You were always the golden boy then

 And that you'd never lose that light in your eyes


 Hey you . . . did you ever realise what you'd become

 And did you see that it wasn't only me you were running from

 Did you know all the time but it never bothered you anyway

 Leading the blind while I stared out the steel in your eyes


 The rain fell slow, down on all the roofs of uncertainty

 I thought of you and the years and all the sadness fell away from me

 And did you know . . .


 I never thought that you'd lose that light in your eyes

 

4. Marooned (Wright, Gilmour)

(Instrumental)
 

5. A Great Day For Freedom (Gilmour, Samson)



On the day the wall came down

 They threw the locks onto the ground

 And with glasses high we raised a cry for freedom had arrived


 On the day the wall came down

 The Ship of Fools had finally run aground

 Promises lit up the night like paper doves in flight


 I dreamed you had left my side

 No warmth, not even pride remained

 And even though you needed me

 It was clear that I could not do a thing for you


 Now life devalues day by day

 As friends and neighbours turn away

 And there's a change that, even with regret, cannot be undone


 Now frontiers shift like desert sands

 While nations wash their bloodied hands

 Of loyalty, of history, in shades of gray


 I woke to the sound of drums

 The music played, the morning sun streamed in

 I turned and I looked at you

 And all but the bitted residue slipped away . . . slipped away

 

6. Wearing the Inside Out (Wright, Moore)


From morning to night I stayed out of sight

 Didn't recognise I'd become

 No more than alive I'd barely survive

 In a word . . . overrun


Won't hear a sound

He's curled into the  corner

From my mouth

But still the screen  is flickerin

I've spent too long

With and endless  stream of garbage to

On the inside out

... curse the place

My skin is cold

In a sea of random  images

To the human touch

The self-destructing  animal

This bleeding heart's

Waiting for the waves  to break

Not beating much

 

 I murmured a vow of silence and now

 I don't even hear when I think aloud

 Extinguished by light I turn on the night

 Wear its darkness with an empty smile


 I'm creeping back to life

 My nervous system all away

 I'm wearing the inside out


 Look at him now

 He's paler somehow

 But he's coming round

 He's starting to choke

 It's been so long since he spoke

 Well he can have the words right from my mouth


 And with these words I can see

 Clear through the clouds that covered me

 Just give it time then speak my name

 Now we can hear ourselves again


I'm holding out

He's standing on the  threshold

For the day

Caught in fiery anger

When all the clouds

And hurled into the  furnace he'll

Have blown away

... curse the place

I'm with you now

He's torn in all  directions

Can speak your name

And still the screen  is flickering

Now we can hear

Waiting for the  flames to break

Ourselves again

 

7. Take it Back (Gilmour, Ezrin, Samson, Laird-Clowes)


Her love rains down on me easy as the breeze

 I listen to her breathing it sounds like the waves on the sea

 I was thinking all about her, burning with rage and desire

 We were spinning into darkness; the earth was on fire

 She could take it back, she might take it back some day

 So I spy on her, I lie to her, I make promises I cannot keep

 Then I hear her laughter rising, rising from the deep

 And I make her prove her love to me, I take all that I can take

 And I push her to the limit to see if she will break

 She might take it back, she could take it back some day


 Now I have seen the warnings, screaming from all sides

 It's easy to ignore them and G-d knows I've tried

 All of this temptation, it turned my faith to lies

 Until I couldn't see the danger or hear the rising tide

 She can take it back, she will take it back some day

 She can take it back, she will take it back some day

 She will take it back, she will take it back some day

 

8. Coming Back To Life (Gilmour)


Where were you when I was burned and broken

 While the days slipped by from my window watching

 Where were you when I was hurt and I was helpless

 Because the things you say and the things you do surround me

 While you were hanging yourself on someone else's words

 Dying to believe in what you heard

 I was staring straight into the shining sun


 Lost in thought and lost in time

 While the seeds of life and the seeds of change were planted

 Outside the rain fell dark and slow

 While I pondered on this dangerous but irresistible pastime

 I took a heavenly ride through our silence

 I knew the moment had arrived

 For killing the past and coming back to life


 I took a heavenly ride through our silence

 I knew the waiting had begun

 And headed straight . . . into the shining sun

 

9. Keep Talking (Gilmour, Wright, Samson)

"For millions of years mankind lived just like the animals

 Then something happened which unleashed the power of our imagination

 We learned to talk"


 There's a silence surrounding me

 I can't seem to think straight

 I'll sit in the corner

 No one can bother me


I think I should speak now

Why won't you talk to me

I can't seem to speak now

You never talk to me

My words won't come out right

What are you thinking

I feel like I'm drowning

What are you feeling

I'm feeling weak now

Why won't you talk to me

But I can't show my weakness

You never talk to me

I sometimes wonder

What are you thinking

Where do we go from here

What are you feeling


"It doesn't have to be like this

 All we need to do is make sure we keep talking"


Why won't you talk to me

I feel like I'm drowning

You never talk to me

You know I can't breathe  now

What are you thinking

We're going nowhere

What are you feeling

We're going nowhere

Why won't you talk to me

 

You never talk to me

What are you thinking

Where do we go from here

"It doesn't have to be like this

 All we need to do is make sure we keep talking"

10. Lost for Words (Gilmour, Samson)


I was spending my time in the doldrums

 I was caught in a cauldron of hate

 I felt persecuted and paralysed

 I thought that everything else would just wait


 While you are wasting your time on your enemies

 Engulfed in a fever of spite

 Beyond your tunnel vision reality fades

 Like shadows into the night


 To martyr yourself to caution

 Is not going to help at all

 Because there'll be no safety in numbers

 When the Right One walks out of the door


 Can you see your days blighted by darkness?

 Is it true you beat your fists on the floor?

 Stuck in a word of isolation

 While the ivy grows over the door


 So I open my door to my enemies

 And I ask could we wipe the slate clean

 But they tell me to please go fuck myself

 You know you just can't win

11. High Hopes (Gilmour, Samson)


Beyond the horizon of the place we lived when we were young

 In a world of magnets and miracles

 Our thoughts strayed constantly and without boundary

 The ringing of the division bell had begun


 Along the Long Road and on down the Causeway

 Do they still meet there by the Cut


 There was a ragged band that followed in our footsteps

 Running before time took our dreams away

 Leaving the myriad small creatures trying to tie us to the ground

 To a life consumed by slow decay


 The grass was greener

 The light was brighter

 With friends surrounded

 The nights of wonder


 Looking beyond the embers of bridges glowing behind us

 To a glimpse of how green it was on the other side

 Steps taken forwards but sleepwalking back again

 Dragged by the force of some inner tide


 At a higher altitude with flag unfurled

 We reached the dizzy heights of that dreamed of world


 Encumbered forever by desire and ambition

 There's a hunger still unsatisfied

 Our weary eyes still stray to the horizon

 Though down this road we've been so many times


 The grass was greener

 The light was brighter

 The taste was sweeter

 The nights of wonder

 With friends surrounded

 The dawn mist glowing

 The water flowing

 The endless river


 Forever and ever


Steve O'Rourke: Hello?

Charlie: Yeah...

SO'R: Is that Charlie?

C: Yes.

SO'R: Hello Charlie.

C: [mumbles something and hangs up]

 SO'R: Great! [hangs up]