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Deacon Blue - Whatever You Say, Say Nothing (1993)

01 Your Town
02 Only Tender Love
03 Peace And Jobs And Freedom
04 Hang Your Head
05 Bethlehems Gate
06 Last Night I Dreamed Of Henry Thomas
07 Will We Be Lovers
08 Fall So Freely Down
09 Cut Lip
10 All Over The World


Your Town

I wouldn't want to be you
Mostly not even near you
When you're gone they will curse you
And raise the tide against you

I no longer care now
For what you said was fair now
I just don't go there now
I just don't go

Maybe there's a way not to make it hurt
To cover up the words like you covered up the dirt
Ever since you left
It just gets worse
Living out in your town

Now let's say it like it is
I just don't know where to begin
It's a different way of living
It's so strange to what we've been

First we speak for ourselves now
And people know who we are now
And they wake up and they live now
Yes they wake up and they live

Maybe there's a way not to let it hurt
Tell it out in pictures
And songs and words
Do what we should not
To make it worse
Living out in your town 

Ricky Ross 14th February 1992


Only Tender Love

Way out there in the wilderness
Of love and pain
Under the gentle arches we rode
The silver streets
Couldn't see a difference between gold or
Wooden cross
Could never see where falling
Came in to love

Then hounded by love
Hounded by the very thing you dreamed up
Chased inside the walls you tried to breach
Sent crashing to your knees
Only tender love
Understood the need you need with
Understood the time it took
To take you where nothing ever was

Never was there once nothing
And everything once was
Not dead but still and ready to be born anew
Looking back now it all
Seems so clear
Like staring so long unseeing for someone to light inside a
Darkened room

Then try your tender love
Push you back till there's nowhere left
Nowhere to feel nothing anymore
Nothing that will comfort you more
More than tender love
Understands the need you need with
Understand the time it takes to get home and have a love again

More than tender love
Understands the need you need with
Understand the time it takes
To get home and have a love

Then try your tender love
Push it till there's nothing left
Nowhere to feel nothing anymore
Nothing that will comfort you more

Then hounded by love
Hounded by the very thing you dreamed up
Chased inside the walls you tried to breach
Sent crashing to your knees

Then only tender love
Understood the need you need with
Understood the time it took
To take you where nothing ever was

Ricky Ross 23rd January 192 Oakland CA.


Peace And Jobs And Freedom

There comes a time in everybody's dream
When the stage is lighted and the
Words appear
And in the blackness
That it seems
A tiny little realisation
Begins

And in my number
57 dream
I'm standing at the window
Of the world
And suddenly the
World begins to scream
We want the promise and the promise
Can be made

Who said the words
Who said the words
Peace and jobs
And Freedom

People say there's nothing
When you die
Tell you stories that will
Make you sigh
And beat up all your senses
Until you
Cry cry cry
All I'm saying is the words
Writ up in the great big holy sky

Who said the words
Who said the words
Peace and jobs
And freedom
Who said the words
Who said the words
Peace and jobs
And freedom

Ricky Ross 1991


Peace And Jobs And Freedom

There comes a time in everybody's dream
When the stage is lighted and the
Words appear
And in the blackness
That it seems
A tiny little realisation
Begins

And in my number
57 dream
I'm standing at the window
Of the world
And suddenly the
World begins to scream
We want the promise and the promise
Can be made

Who said the words
Who said the words
Peace and jobs
And Freedom

People say there's nothing
When you die
Tell you stories that will
Make you sigh
And beat up all your senses
Until you
Cry cry cry
All I'm saying is the words
Writ up in the great big holy sky

Who said the words
Who said the words
Peace and jobs
And freedom
Who said the words
Who said the words
Peace and jobs
And freedom

Ricky Ross 1991


Bethlehems Gate

There was a night
As purple as this
With a love so close
We longed to be missed
Summer `89
And everything stood
Sure and free and there
To be finished

I long to be there
As bright as the sky
At Bethlehem's gate

September again
You come so quick
So sudden your strength
So strong your kiss
The world groans and strains
For the hope of a time
Like a prayer that
Is wished and willed
To exist

Like knocking so hard
And trying to get through
To Bethlehem's gate

I'm chiding the heart
That the body will live
To question the power
And the gift of birth
To stand and grow and die
On the wasteland
That scorns the high temples
We build

And stand in the way
And darken the sky
At Bethlehem's gate

Stand in the way
And darken the sky
At Bethlehem's gate

Ricky Ross September 1991


Last Night I Dreamed Of Henry Thomas

Lily love that's a
Beautiful name
Your precious gifts are not the same
Since they faded away

The song so distant
But it still rings true your
Beautiful hands were rudely used
To make things pay

Every minute of every day
You don't get angry `bout what's taken away
Is only real life
Every second of eternal light
Piercing through this sorrowful night
Will bring the sad heart
The cold heart
To love again

Last night I dreamed of
Henry Thomas in the
Delta light his rusty pipes
They drifted away

Standing in some
Dusty patch
It felt so close that I could almost catch
His breath on me

Every minute of every day
You don't get angry `bout what's been taken away
Is only real life
Every second of eternal light
Piercing through this sorrowful night
Will make the sad heart
The cold heart
To love again

Every minute of every day
You don't get angry `bout what's been taken away
Is only real life
Every second of eternal light
Piercing through this sorrowful night
Will make the sad heart
The cold heart
To love again

Last night I dreamed of
Henry Thomas and the blues

Ricky Ross January 1992 Mexico


Will We Be Lovers

All my worries
All my care
Is held in check
For you not there

Evening comes
And darkness falls
We sit round
And curtain out
The black night

There is a time
Away
From here

Seasons pass
So quickly come
And steal the days
Your work has done

They leave the fields
So bare and grey
I long to hold
You there and say
It won't change

There is a time
Away
From here
There is a time
Away
From here

Will we be lovers
Or will we still be
Will we be lovers
Or will we still be

Will we be lovers
Or will we still be
Still be still be

Ricky Ross / Steve Osbourne November 1991


Fall So Freely Down

Little baby don't just slip away
Without fight or push or
Saying anything
This is all you really
Get to say
And the only thing you
Listen in to

There are people to see
There are places to go
There are things to believe in
To believe in

So you live in the magic water
And you tumble and kick and turn
While your beautiful hands and feet grow
So quiet is the life you beat with
Till you fall so freely down

You can't just slip or fall or leave without talking
There's no goodbye without walking
The roads we travel for good
The ways we exit for bad

There are places to go
There are jobs to be done
There are things to believe in
To believe in

So you live in the magic water
And you tumble and kick and turn
While your beautiful hands and feet grow
So quiet is the life you beat with
Till you fall so freely down
Till you fall so freely down

Kick kick down

So you live in the magic water
And you tumble and kick and turn
While your beautiful hands and feet grow
So quiet is the life you beat with
So quiet is the life you beat with
And you tumble and kick and turn

Ricky Ross January 1992


Cut Lip  

Fifteen  books in Different covers
One winter coat now in many colours
Kids toys, broken glasses 
Elvis lives in Vegas - still turning
All the worthless things
We're paying in

Pounds of sugar air guns
Blankets from the social fund
Snooker balls and Spanish lighters
Rugs full of cat hair
All the worthless things
For the warrants sale

Maybe you'd be so kind 
and take this shirt right from my back
That's carrying my kid 
I'd even smile for you

With my cut lip
With my cut lip
With my cut lip
With my cut lip

Talking of which the rent's due
Or did they even want my last few
Quid on the satellite dish, Finally night you switch 
to blue films, loon tunes purple moons
Every mother fucker gonna be on it soon

Maybe you'd  be so kind 
And take this shirt right from my back
That's carrying my kid 
I'd even smile for you

With my cut lip
With my cut lip
With my cut lip
With my cut lip

Ricky Ross January 1992


All Over The World

All over the world
The wild wild wind
Rips through the mighty words
We kept ourselves warm with
And all over this love
Has never been stronger
All Jericho's walls
They gently fall

I've been waiting for a golden
Bright millennium
Waking early for the Union bounds being broken
Then gone

All over the world
All over the world
All over the world
All over the world

I've been searching for a new new
Song of freedom
Where no flag of conquest
Is furled
No war words are spoken

All over the world
All over the world 

I, I hear the sound
I, I Hear the sound

All over this land
People are waiting
To enter the world
Like a new born baby
All over the world

Where nothing's been learned
The flags are changing
So let freedom unfurl
New flags need waving
Let freedom unfurl

Ricky Ross 7/8/9 January 1992