Old Habits Die Hard


It must be nice to always be right – to

see the world in black and white

To finish on the winning side and watch

the vanquished skulk away

To throw the knockout punch and then

survey the scene through righteous eyes

- and I got drunk again

Old habits die hard my dear – Sleeping

dogs don’t lie too long - they just

wait for another desperate day to come

along

And they get a little stronger and they

stay a little longer - and they bite a

little harder every time

I said I’d rein it in I really tried –

I told you I was cured - I lied - you

took it all so literally – the textbook

never left your side

And those agony aunts who swooped to

kiss your ears - were just moistening

their cunts with your tears - and I got

drunk again

The times we spent were heaven sent –

those platitudes sincerely meant -

believe me, oh believe me


Those shooting stars were real, those

midnight walks across the field - the

way you made me feel will can never

fade away

Old habits die hard my dear – Sleeping

dogs don’t lie too long - they just

wait for another desperate day to come

along

And they get a little stronger and they

stay a little longer - and they bite a

little harder every time

So you think you saved me but the

craving never really goes away - It

lies in wait behind the gate it

multiplies and agitates

It gathers strength and waits to pick

it’s moment

And so the iron fist that let you slip

– renewed it’s grip and forced you back

- and now we stare from Penelaks on

either side of the wall - But soon

you’ll turn your back and leave –

Dobrou Noc mein leibe Frau

Old habits die hard my dear – Sleeping

dogs don’t lie too long - they just

wait for another desperate day to come

along


And they get a little stronger and they

stay a little longer - and they bite a

little harder every time

Old habits die hard my dear – Sleeping

dogs don’t lie too long - they just

wait for another desperate day to come

along

And they get a little stronger and they

stay a little longer - and they bite a

little harder every time



Tired Of London, Tired Of Life


What are we going to do now the party

is over? We’re not growing up - we’re

just getting older

We could fly away for the weekend -

sail away for a year - take some time

off to see some things that – we could

never see here

Just like the sunset in Tahiti – Just

like a clear blue mountain stream

Sleep in an opium field beneath the

stars where we can whisper instead of

screaming

I’m tired of London, I’m tired of life

– I’m forced to admit -Doctor Johnson

was right


Why don’t we rent a house in the

country with the rest of the pack?

Live on organic health food but - even

the yokels smoke crack

And then we’ll come back to the same

mess – and our kids will have to change

And they’ll talk like hip-hop gangstas

– but at least they won’t seem strange

What are we going to do now the party

is over? We’re not growing up – we’re

just getting older

Catch a train out to anywhere – get off

somewhere down the line

Take a name from a grave stone and then

we can start a new life

We can disappear from the radar – cross

our names off the list - check the

national help line – we no longer exist

We’ll see the sunset in suburbia – over

an artificial stream

We’ll have a morphine drip at our

fingertips – for that Harold Shipman

dream

We’ll see the sunset in Tahiti – we’ll

feel that clear blue mountain stream

Sleep in an opium field beneath the

stars where we can whisper instead of

screaming

What are we going to do for the rest of

out lives?



Henmania


Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski both lost

today - the union jack face paint just

washed away

And over now to Lords - where rain’s

stopped play - It’s just another

British summer’s day

Over in the park – stood beneath a tree

– we’re feeding pigeons -they’re just

rats with wings

It gives us an excuse – and that is all

we need - to live the lies and the life

we lead – to live the lies and the life

we lead


Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski got

knocked out in the first round - like

true British heroes – they let the

entire nation down

It wasn’t unexpected – it was meant to

be that way - just another perfect

British summer’s day

You’ve got to have a plan – you’ve got

to have a car - don’t leave a note

don’t tell them where we are

Rent a caravan – live beside the sea -

we’ll live the lies and the life we

lead – we’ll live the lies and the life

we lead

Over in the park – stood beneath the

trees - the scent of fresh cut grass

and treachery

Another untouched picnic – another

pigeon feed

They’re rats with wings – but so are we

- they’re rats with wings – but so are

we

Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski both lost

today - the union jack face paint just

– washed away

Standing on the grass with feet of clay

- it’s just another perfect British

summer’s day



Brittle Bones


Set the alarm to half past six – I’ll

bring you a cup of tea in bed

On a winter’s morning – when it’s

frozen over - I’ll get up and light the

fire

You are a delicate child - paper skin

and brittle bones – I can’t take a

chance with you

I lie awake and watch you sleep – I get

so scared you hardly breathe - paper

skin and brittle bones

Can I comb your hair – can I wash your

face – can I cut your fingernails?


Let me listen to your heart - make sure

it’s still beating – I can’t take a

chance with you

You are a delicate child - paper skin

and brittle bones – I can’t take a

chance with you

I lie awake and watch you sleep – I get

so scared you hardly breathe - paper

skin and brittle bones

If they try to take you back we’ll be

ready for them - we’ll fight with

everything we’ve got – they won’t know

what hit them

They won’t take us alive – they won’t

steal heaven away - we’ll make nine

eleven seem like a quiet day

You are a delicate child - paper skin

and brittle bones – I can’t take a

chance with you

I lie awake and watch you sleep – I get

so scared you hardly breathe - paper

skin and brittle bones



Ave the Rave


It’s impossible you’re not responsible

things start falling when you start

crawling

And I get to sleep and then you start

calling - our lifestyle’s changed but

it’s never boring

Ave the Rave – you’re sending Mum and

Daddy to an early grave

Ave the Rave – you’re sending Mum and

Daddy to an early grave – Ave the Rave

- Ave the Rave

You need changing and you need washing

and you need watching when we go

shopping ‘cause there’s no stopping

when you start creeping - we’ve given


up the drugs but we’re still not

sleeping

Ave the Rave – you’re sending Mum and

Daddy to an early grave

Ave the Rave – you’re sending Mum and

Daddy to an early grave – Ave the Rave

- Ave the Rave

Ave the Rave – you’re sending Mum and

Daddy to an early grave

Ave the Rave – you’re sending Mum and

Daddy to an early grave – Ave the Rave

- Ave the Rave

If having kids is the new rock’n’roll –

well give me Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis

When you wake up at five a.m. – I ask

myself ‘Why the hell did we do this?’

Ave the Rave – you’re sending Mum and

Daddy to an early grave

Ave the Rave – you’re sending Mum and

Daddy to an early grave

Ave the Rave – you’re sending Mum and

Daddy to an early grave

Ave the Rave – you’re sending Mum and

Daddy to an early grave – Ave the Rave

- Ave the Rave - Ave the Rave - Ave the

Rave



Creature of Habit


He comes home at the same time everyday

- he’s got his own way of doing things

- always dresses the same way

He’s a creature of habit – hardly

living at all - just a creature of

habit – hardly breathing at all

Why are they taking him away? Why are

they taking him away?

He comes in here to buy papers – he

takes the Star and the Sun - and a

magazine sometimes – couldn’t tell you

which one

I like to mind my own business – What

has he done? Is it anything serious?

Did he hurt someone?


Why are they taking him away? Why are

they taking him away?

He used to live with his mother – don’t

think he ever left home - but she

passed away last year- now he lives on

his own

But he’s good to the children – he

remembers their names - yes he’s kind

to the children – he’s always making

them things

Why are they taking him away? Why are

they taking him away?

I heard that he had a sister – that

ended up on the game - stuck her in the

asylum – when it rotted her brain

They say it runs in the family – and

they’ll all go the same - these things

run in the family – we always said he

looked strange

Why are they taking him away? Why are

they taking him away? Why are they

taking him away? Why are they taking

him away?

Why are they taking him away? Why are

they taking him away? Taking him away

- Why are they taking him away?

Why are they taking him away? - Why are

they taking him away? - Why are they

taking him away?



Friends Reunited


Friends reunited – feel so exited –

would you be delighted - if I turned up

out of the blue – What the hell would

you do?

If I turned up out of the blue – What

the hell would you do?

Do you remember me ? – we went out in

eighty-three - a couple of one-night

stands – in the back of your father’s

Ford Capri

I remember the vinyl trim – I remember

it felt so right - I remember the way


you looked – semi-naked under the

moonlight

Friends reunited – feel so exited –

would you be delighted - if I turned up

out of the blue – What the hell would

you do?

If I turned up out of the blue – What

the hell would you do?

When we were sweet sixteen – you were

the prettiest thing I’d ever seen

The model of sophistication - every

morning at the railway station

I spent the summer trying to seduce you

– I succeeded in my dreams

But then you had to go and ruin it all

– with the captain of the football team

Friends reunited – feel so exited –

would you be delighted - if I turned up

out of the blue – What the hell would

you do?

Out of the blue – What the hell would

you do?

I’m going to leave my job I’m going to

leave my wife I’m going to kiss goodbye

to this miserable life


I going to be with you like we could

have been like we would have been like

we should have been - always

Friends reunited – feel so exited –

would you be delighted - if I turned up

out of the blue – What the hell would

you do?

Out of the blue – What the hell would

you do?

I drunk a bottle of scotch – I was

maudlin, filled with regret - my

curiosity got the better of me – I

logged on to the Internet

I tried to convince myself that I was

cynical – to keep a veneer of self-

defence

I couldn’t believe it when I saw your

name there - you were from heaven –

what were you doing in Kent?

Friends reunited – feel so exited –

would you be delighted - if I turned up

out of the blue – What the hell would

you do?

If I turned up out of the blue – What

the hell would you do?

Let’s play happy families – lets

imagine what might have been


But we both had to discover the world –

I blame the industrial revolution

We’re on this earth for seventy-five

years – We’re much the same as out

ancestors were

We look good because we need to breed

- then we prepare to die and move back

to the sea

Friends reunited – feel so exited –

would you be delighted - if I turned up

out of the blue – What the hell would

you do?

Out of the blue – What the hell would

you do? If I turned up out of the blue

– What the hell would you do?

If I turned up out of the blue – What

the hell would you do – Friends

reunited



Little England


Oh to be in England – we’re lucky to be

here - it’s everything we live for –

and all that we hold dear

Father’s in the garden – he’s watering

the flowers - Mother’s on the telephone

– she’s calling Enoch Powell


Give me a piece of land – a motor car -

my own back garden - a flag to wave - a

life to save – a piece of little

England

‘Land of Hope and Glory’ – Last Night

of the Proms – listen on the wireless -

we like to sing along

Proud of being an island – valiant and

true - no Johnny Bloody Foreigner can

tell us what to do

Give me a piece of land – a motor car -

my own back garden - a flag to wave - a

life to save – a piece of little

England

Father’s on the warpath, mother’s on

the phone - some people in the next

road - are lowering the tone

We’ll get up a petition – and make it

very clear – they might do that in

London - but we don’t tolerate it here

Give me a piece of land – a motor car -

my own back garden - a flag to wave - a

life to save – a piece of little

England

Give me a piece of land – a motor car -

my own back garden - a flag to wave - a


life to save – a piece of little

England

A piece of little England

Give me a piece of land – a motor car -

my own back garden - a flag to wave - a

life to save – a piece of little

England

A piece of little England

Of course we’re not old fashioned – of

course we’ve been abroad - of course we

didn’t like it – of course it bloody

poured

It made us rather homesick – standing

on the shore - seeing little England –

like we never did before

Give me a piece of land – a motor car -

my own back garden - a flag to wave - a

life to save – a piece of little

England

Give me a piece of land – a motor car -

my own back garden - a flag to wave - a

life to save – a piece of little

England

Give me a piece of land – a motor car -

my own back garden - a flag to wave - a

life to save – a piece of little

England


A piece of little England - a piece of

little England



Friends and Family


Friends and family mean the world to me

– I miss them when they’re not around

Always keep in touch – because it means

so much – they won’t ever let you down

And if you get sick – if you lack self-

confidence – if you just need a

shoulder to cry on – to cry on

Friends and family don’t need an excuse

to turn up out of the blue

Need an alibi – they won’t ask you why

– they love everything you do

And if you get caught, and the papers

print your name - and even the sunlight

turns it’s back on you

Comes back on you – it all falls back

on you – collapses back on you

Friends and family – sweep it to the

past – a trouble shared is a trouble

halved


You’ve got to make your family proud of

you – you’ve got to treat them with

respect

You’d better not reject your family –

they could put a rope around your neck

– around your neck

Friends and family whisper secrets –

and make you promise not to tell

Keep the lid on it – take it to your

grave – or you’re going to burn in hell

And when the game is up – and the whole

world puts you down

And even your furniture rejects you,

ejects you, infects you, ejects you

Friends and family - mean the world to

me – they won’t testify against you

Friends and family get quite emotional

– and they let their feelings slip

Pass the tissues dear – whatever

happened to that – Great British stiff

upper lip?



I See Much Too Much Of Myself In You

I See Much Too Much Of Myself - I See

Much Too Much Of Myself - I See Much

Too Much Of Myself In You

You tried to be a father to your

children - you couldn’t teach them what

you did not know

Your predictions all came close but

never true - I see much too much of

myself in you

You lived your life by looking out of

windows – spent too much time admiring

the view

Dreaming schemes you never followed

through - I see much too much of myself

in you - I see much too much of myself

in you

I swore I’d never follow in your

footsteps – I tried to take a different

path from you

The opposite direction in a straight

line - eventually it still comes back

to you

I should have tried harder to

understand you – I wish that I’d learnt

not to judge so fast


Because looking back it’s not so

complicated - now it all makes perfect

sense at last

You tried to be a father to your

children - you couldn’t teach them what

you did not know

Your predictions all came close but

never true - I see much too much of

myself

I see much too much of myself - I see

much too much of myself in you

I see much too much of myself - I see

much too much of myself - I see much

too much of myself in you



Unusual Weather


Unusual weather – unusual day – lets do

something special - there’s no reason

to wait

God’s in his heaven – England’s at war

- we’re half awake – we don’t need to

be more

I know it’s out there – I know it’s

somewhere close by - I know it’s out

there – I know it’s really close by

Over the rainbow – the world is sublime

– tilting at windmills is no longer a

crime

Make our excuses – bow out - politely

decline

Under the city – under the town – under

the concrete lies ancient ground

From Menwith Hill to Aldermaston –

church bells ring – the rites if Spring

Look out for small signs – watch for

the first flowers of spring

I know it’s out there – I know - it’s

really close by

Unusual weather – unusual day – lets do

something special – before it’s too

late