In the city there's a thousand things I want to say to you But whenever I approach you, you make me look a fool I wanna say, I wanna tell you About the young ideas But you turn them into fears In the city there's a thousand faces all shining bright And those golden faces are under 25 They wanna say, they gonna tell ya About the young idea You better listen now you've said your bit-a And I know what you're thinking You still think I am crap But you'd better listen man Because the kids know where it's at In the city there's a thousand men in uniforms And I've heard they now have the right to kill a man We wanna say, we gonna tell ya About the young idea And if it don't work, at least we said we've tried In the city, in the city In the city there's a thousand things I want to say to you
Well come on pretty baby you know what I like now You're shakin' all over and it's feeling alright now You're rockin' and rollin' and I don't know what to say But daddy's little cat's gonna rock all day Well come on pretty woman you know what I mean now The beat's just screaming right thru' your head You're shakin' my heart, you're shakin' my soul - I just go crazy when you rock-n-roll There you go takin' my love from me There you go takin' my love from me Drive you home my country rose now Hold you tight never let you go now Kissing and huggin' outside your door Til your pa sees and wants no more
Anything that you wanna do, anyplace that you wanna go Don't need permission for everything that you want Any taste that you feel is right Wear any clothes just as long as they're bright Say what you want, 'cos this is a new art school Do what you want if it takes your mind Better do it now, 'cos you won't have time And never worry if people laugh at you The fools only laugh 'cos they envy you Time is motion and the hands are fast Young words are mumbled, they don't always last It's up to us to be sure they understand Who makes the rules that make people select Who is to judge that your ways are correct The media as watchdog is absolute shit The TV telling you what to think Anything that you wanna do, anyplace that you wanna go Don't need permission for everything that you want Any taste that you feel is right Wear any clothes just as long as they're bright Say what you want, 'cos this is a new art school Do what you want, 'cos this is the new art school
Knew the time to leave had come when you pointed out your ring Never could see what was in this matrimony thing Baby, baby, baby you sure made a noise when I left And your father started shouting lest you ironed my shirts 'fore I left Would've liked to explain first but it was a split decision thing Couldn't see me settling down with a mortgage and a kid Now I hear you've been looking for me Combing every single inch You'll probably find me in Hyde Park Try the hotel first then a bench Baby, baby, baby I've changed my address I didn't mean to make you cry but I know it's for the best Baby, baby, baby I've changed my address It's OK being in love girl, but then fun is second best No one's gonna tie me down Nobody tell me what to do Don't you see I've got to be free Sorry baby that's the way it is - get with me I said maybe! I didn't mean to break your heart and I know it's not your choice Better think of it this way, there's other fools to entice That's right! Baby, baby, baby I've changed my address I didn't mean to make you cry but I know it's for the best Baby, baby, baby I've changed my address It's OK being in love girl, but then fun is second best Baby, baby, baby I've changed my address I didn't mean to make you cry but I'm sure it's for the best Baby, baby, baby I've changed my address It's OK being in love girl, but then fun is second best
Saw a girl that I used to know I was deep in thought at the time To recognise the face at first 'Cause I was probably looking at mine Well she was the only girl I've ever loved But my folks didn't dig her so much I was young This is serious To me she was the world (she was my world now) I thought I'd never live without her, But I got by in time Well let me tell you now, Saw a guy that I used to know Man he'd changed so much I think it hurt him to say 'hello', 'Cause he hardly opened his mouth Yeah well he was my best friend a few years ago Truly inseperable We were young We were full of ideals We were gonna pull this whole world But something happened I didn't know why But that's the way that it goes. I suppose, What you say - what you do Don't mean nothing, nothing at all And all the bonds you make between ya Can be broken any time you want now Please tell me if my philosophy's wrong I've got to know the truth I don't mean to offend anyone but, You know it's something that I do, oh- So nice to see you tonight, And I'm so glad that you came Some of the people standing outside, say Sure feel the same Yeah my point is in a round about way Given time he'll always forget 'Cause the memories That ... me on To me everything (you're everything now) And it always will be mine, yeah And no one can take them away
Things are getting just too cozy for me And I see people as they see me Gonna break away and gain control You free your mind You free your soul I was the type who knocked at old men (history's easy) Who together at tables sit and drink beer (somewhere is really) Then I saw that I was really the same So this link's breaking away from the chain Away from the numbers Away from the numbers Is where I'm gonna be Away from the numbers Away from the numbers Is where I am free I was sick and tired of my little niche Well gonna break away and find where life is And all those fools I thought were my friends (coaching is easy) They now stare at me and don't see a thing (reality's so hard) Till their life is over and they start to moan How they never had the chance to make good Away from the numbers Away from the numbers Is where I'm gonna be Away from the numbers (away from the numbers) Away from the numbers Is where I am free Is where I am free Is where I'm gonna be Is reality Reality's so hard, reality's so hard...
Sounds from the street, sounds so sweet What's my name? It hurts my brain to think Sounds from the city, sound so pretty Young bands playing Young kids digging - And I dig them The USA's got the sea Yeah, but the British kid's got the streets I don't mind, the city's right Sounds from the street, sounds just fine I know I come from Woking and you say I'm a fraud But my heart's in the city, where it belongs Words from the voices Rock and roll rejoices It's something new, it's something young for a change Sounds from the street, they sound so sweet They gotta take notice Why should they stop us? We don't need them We're never gonna change a thing And the situation's rapidly decreasing But what can I do? I'm trying to be true That's more than you, at least I'm doing something
Non-stop dancing, truly out on the floor Non-stop moving, baby, baby Still you scream out for more We don't care if it rains or shines Cause everything's fine inside, when we're dancing Non-stop dancing I said, non-stop loving, with my girl by my side Everything's just cool, now baby, baby She's the sweetest thing I know I don't even mind guys trying to compete I know our love's as strong as the beat, when we're dancing Non-stop dancing People say we're wasting our time They don't seem to understand Cause when you're dancing all night long It gives you the feeling that you belong Non-stop dancing, I'm truly out of my head But I ain't sleepy, baby, baby You see the dance is my bed Things are really getting wild The kids are screaming for that James Brown style, when we're dancing Non-stop dancing
Whatcha trying to say that haven't tried to say before You're just another red balloon with a lot of hot gass Why don't you fuck off? And you think you've got it worked out And you think you've got it made And you trying to play the hero But you never walk home in the dark I think it's time for truth And the truth is you've lost uncle Jimmy Admit your failure and decline with honour while you can And you think you've got it sussed out And you think that we're brain washed And you're trying for a police state So you can rule our body and minds What ever happend to the great empire? You bastards haved turned it into manure Time for the young to stick together now I bet you sleep at night with silk sheets and a clean mind While killers roam the streets in numbers dressed in blue And you're trying to hide it from us But you know what I mean Bring forward those six pigs We wanna see them swing sod high
Bricks and mortar, reflecting social change, Cracks in the pavement, reveal cravings for success Why do we try to hide our past By pulling down houses and build car parks Windows and mirrors like a two-way glass This is progress, nothing stands in its path Yellow bulldozers, the donkey jackets and J.C.B.'s While hundreds are homeless they're constructing a parking space Why do they have to knock them down And leave the site dormant for months on end? Who has the right to make that choice? A man whose home has cost forty grand Tell me! Bricks and mortar, bricks and mortar Knock 'em down!
Oi! All over the country (We want a new direction) I said all over this land (We need a reaction) Well there should be a youth explosion (Inflate creation) But something we can command What's the point in saying destroy I want a new life for everywhere We want a direction (All over the country) I want a direction (All over this land) Because this is your last chance You can't dismiss what is gone before But there's foundations for us to explore I said - All around the world I've been looking for new - Youth explosion! A new direction - We want a reaction - Inflate creation - Looking for new!
Take a look at the great street It don't seem the same Remember how great it should be Shops are full of fashion People told what they want The street that was a part of the British Monarchy British Monarchy Who wants cafgans and all that We don't need them now Why should we accept the change And buy clothes of today Kids repel the change and Bring back the street Shops filled by whole nations Carnaby Street Carnaby Street The street is a mirror For our country Reflects the rise and fall Of our nation The street that was a legend Is a mockery A part of the British tradition Gone down the drain You don't need no glass ball To see it's faults Take a walk along that street And you'll see what I mean Carnaby Street Carnaby Street (not what it used to be) Carnaby Street (not what it used to be)
This is a modern world - This is the modern world What kind of a fool do you think I am? You think I know nothing of the modern world All my life has been the same I've learned to live by hate and pain It's my inspiration drive - I've learned more than you'll ever know Even at school I felt quite sure That one day I would be on top And I'd look down upon the map The teachers who said I'd be nothing - This is the modern world that I've learnt about This is the modern world, we don't need no one To tell us what's right or wrong - Say what you like 'cause I don't care I know where I am and going too It's somewhere I won't preview Don't have to explain myself to you I don't give two fucks about your review -
London traffic (state of confusion) London traffic (blocking the streets) London traffic (going nowhere) London traffic (polluting the air) Drive round London in a car Don't really want to go far So many cars fill the streets Wonder why we bother at all London traffic is a problem London traffic too many cars One way systems look very neat Coloured signs direct the streets No one knows the answer No one seems to care Take a look at our city Take the traffic elsewhere Leave the city free from traffic Give the place a chance to survive Dirt and filth cover London Give it a chance to breath again
Oh we make the standards and we make the rules And if you don't abide by them you must be a fool We have the power to control the whole land You never must question our motives or plans - 'Cause we'll outlaw your voices, do anything we want We've nothing to fear from the nation We'll throw you out of your houses if you get too much If we have to we'll destroy your generation 'Cause we've built up a frontage and we've gained respect There's no one to endanger our position - Standards rule OK Standards rule OK Standards rule OK Standards rule OK And we don't like people who stand in our way Awareness is gonna be redundant And ignorance is strength, we have God on our side Look, you know what happend to Winston -
Looking from a hilltop, watching from a lighthouse, just dreaming Up here I can see the world Ooh, sometimes it don't look nice - That's OK Life from a window, I'm just taking in the view Life from a window, observing everything around you Staring at a grey sky, try to paint it blue - Teenage blue Some people that you see around you Tell you how devoted they are They tell you something on Sunday, but come Monday They've changed their minds I'm looking from a skyscraper I'm standing on the Post Office tower So I can see - all there is to see -
And life is very difficult, when you're in the crowd When you're in the crowd, you see things as they really are You can smell the fear and hate, generated by all around - I wanna breakaway, but the ties are too strong Wanna go on holiday, but the crowd says I can't See life is very different, when you're in the crowd Oh, sometimes in the night, I wish I was faraway But then I realize, even escape will be in vain I wanna close my eyes and be like the rest I mean, nobody wants to die, although the crowd say they do Look, life is very intricate, when you're in the crowd Life becomes the movies And everyone has a role It's easy being the actor When the combine's the only star - Sunday papers And the dailies Ena Sharples Page 3 girls News at ten War in Rhodesia Far away In a distant land But we're alright We're nice and warm here No one to hurt us Except ourselves -
A boy I know is sick in his head - At least that's what the doctors say he is Shut in his room for hours on end Looks like he's forgotten, but is he His mind it ticks, more than you know One day something in his head will click Warders fill him full of lies, he fights he knows They'll never convince him that he's mad! At breakfast he is strapped in a chair (won't go far) Just a word out of place, he's sent to his room Don't tell them you're sane They'll laugh and put you to sleep Don't tell them you're sane, but you are Tell me what you did today, was it good What was it like and who was it with Don't think I'm prying I'd just like to know Why it is you do things so slow Take him to the doctor, see what he says I don't know why he bothers, he's in for good
In the street today Murder on the terraces And fools in high places It's all so sickening And we're so satisfied - In the street tonight Hate on every pavement Paranoia on shop doorways The kids want some action And who can fucking blame them now It's all so sickening, and we're so satisfied
Do you know what you're looking for? Streets of gold, fame and fortune? You didn't fancy working in a factory But your mum and dad didn't agree You slept on Waterloo station at first But now you've moved to a posher squat You wonder where your next meal will come from Still it's better than living at home You're looking tired 'cause it's been three weeks Since you changed your clothes or washed your feet But you're learning fast all the time How to cadge cigarettes and pills I don't condemn what you done I know what it is to be young You're only searching for today To see the answers about yesterday - And I hope you find -
I need you to keep me straight, When the world don't seem so great, And it's hard enough you know I need you to be around When my conscience brings me down And the world feels so obscure I want you to be the one Who tells me off when I do wrong, And you know I can be bad I need you, I need you Say you'll stay, make my day Now what have I done, Was it something I said - oh dear I need you to turn me off, When you think I've said enough, To the extent of being a bore I need you to tell me no Slap my wrists and send me home Tell me I can't come again Now why are you crying - Have I gone too far - again -
If we tell you that you've got two days to live Then don't complain, 'cos that's one more than you'd get in Zaire - So don't hang around and be foolish Do something constructive with your weekend - From Monday morning I work for Friday nights Collect my wages, then try to paint on the smell of soap - 'Cause tonight I get ready early Score what I need and go pick a girl up It seems like ages since we had some fun - Here comes the weekend - I get to see the girls Long live the weekend, the weekend is here (the weekend starts here) Everything feels right now I know why I'm alive now Everything else is a lie now Now I know why I'm here Here comes the weekend - I'm gonna do my head Long live the weekend, the weekend is dead
Tonight at noon, tonight at noon When we meet in the midnight hour, I will bring you night flowers (coloured) Like your eyes Tonight at noon, I'll touch your hand Held for a moment amongst strangers Amongst the dripping trees Country girl Walking in city squares in winter rain - Walking down muddy lanes or empty streets - Arranging a time and place to meet - Tonight at noon, you'll feel my warmth You'll feel my body inside you We'll be together for hours Time and tears - Won't wait for evermore For the time is now - And now is the time to explore Why waste the world outside When you're sure -
I'm gonna wait 'til the midnight hour That's when my love comes tumbling down I'm gonna wait 'til the midnight hour That's when there's no one else around I'm gonna take you, gonna hold you Do all the things I told ya Midnight hour, oh baby I'm gonna wait 'til the stars come out And see the sweet look in your eyes I'm gonna wait 'til the midnight hour That's when my love begins to shine Well you're the only girl I know Who really loves me so Midnight hour, oh yeah I'm gonna wait 'til the midnight hour That's when my love comes tumbling down I'm gonna wait 'til the midnight hour That's when there's no one else around I'm gonna take you, gonna hold you Do all the things I told ya Midnight hour, oh baby Yes I amTo Other Paul Weller Albums