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MUSIC

A CENTURY ENDS

Album cover text reads A century ends David Gray and photo of David Gray

Released: January 1993

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A CENTURY ENDS

  • 1. Shine (4:33)

    I can see it in your eyes
    What I know in my heart is true
    That our love it has faded
    Like the summer run through

    So well walk down the shoreline
    One last time together
    Feel the wind blow our wanderin’ hearts
    Like a feather
    But who knows what’s waiting
    In the wings of time
    Dry your eyes
    We’re gonna go where we can shine

    Don’t be hiding in sorrow
    Or clinging to the past
    With your beauty so precious
    And the season so fast

    No matter how cold the horizon appear
    Or how far the first night
    When I held you near
    We’re gonna rise from these ashes like a bird of flame

    Take my hand
    Were gonna go where we can shine

    Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na
    Na-na-na-na-na-na-na
    Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na
    Na-na-na-na-na-na-na

    Shine

    For all that we struggle
    For all we pretend
    You know it don’t come down to nothing
    Except love in the end

    And ours is a road that is strewn with goodbyes
    But as it unfolds, as it all unwinds
    Remember your soul is the one thing
    You cant compromise

    Step out of the shadow
    Were gonna go where we can shine
    Were gonna go where we can shine
    Were gonna go where we can shine

    (And look, and look and look and look)
    Through the windows of midnight
    Moonfoam and silver
  • 2. A Century Ends (5:08)

    Cast your eyes into the distance
    Try to focus on it all
    Find a spirit of resistance
    Instead of pride before the fall

    Forge some opposition
    From disparate strands
    It ain’t the prettiest position
    As a century ends

    Unstable situation
    Faces made of wax
    Streams of melting glass
    Sheets of butchered facts

    The roar of the machine
    Hooded hearts and jeweled hands
    And anger spilling out like gasoline
    As a century ends

    Everything I seen, everything that I heard
    It ain’t even the tip of the iceberg
    Fire down memory lane
    So pass me my rose tinted glasses again

    Through a fog of contradiction
    Out to the lake of tears
    See society admiring its own reflection
    Chase a light that shines and disappears

    Careful what you say
    Cos reality offends
    Just sit back and let your soul decay
    As a century ends

    And it’s easy to get weary
    As you fight to get it done
    ‘Gainst a popular theory
    That it’s over fore it’s even begun

    Strain the limit of compassion
    Tend a wound that never mends
    And honesty still out of fashion
    As a century ends
  • 3. Debauchery (3:27)

    Drunken ferry boat woman
    Swayin’ on your sea
    If I turn on the gas fire
    By the rain rattled window
    Won’t you sail over to me?

    And the hail storms tumbles
    The rail line rumbles
    You move in the porch with me
    On an overcast day
    The pale winter city
    An afternoon’s debauchery

    Your blouse, your skirt
    I’ll undo them so gentle
    With beautiful care
    I’m a lonely man
    With five bottles of wine
    I’d like you to share

    The hail storm tumbles
    Rain line rumbles
    You move through the doors with me
    On an overcast day
    The pale winter city
    An afternoon’s debauchery

    Orange street light
    Afternoon becomes night
    You drink your wine from a mug
    There’s cats at the backdoor
    The snow is two inches
    You roll down your tights on the rug

    And the hail storm tumbles
    The rail line rumbles
    You lie on the floor with me
    Come closer my love
    I’m badly in need
    Of an afternoon’s debauchery

    And the hail storm tumbles
    The rail line rumbles
    You lie on the floor with me
    Come closer my love
    I’m badly in need
    Of an afternoon’s debauchery

    An afternoon’s debauchery
  • 4. Let The Truth Sting (5:30)

    The hour is out of joint
    Black sun has risen
    And the river of words
    Is flowing on through
    The cages of tradition

    They’re handing out emptiness
    We’ll take it, cos it’s given
    Free with this plastic innocence
    And these standards of living
    Questions, lighted questions
    Burnin’ holes into my head
    Hanging like shadows o’er the sun
    Staring out like the eyes of the dead
    And sometimes my soul flickers
    As the wind of change blows cold
    Over the mire of repetition
    Down the corridors of rigmarole
    What I say, what I think
    What I put down in ink

    I’m only tryin’ to find a way to understand
    And I mean no harm
    I’m just searching for calm
    In the storm of mankind
    Do you find it there
    In the sea of faces
    That drowns you every day
    Or in the silence and rubble and empty spaces
    Where children and rottweilers play
    Is it buried in the praise
    Given so cheap

    With a meaningless movement of the jaws In the looking glass
    That flatters you
    Or in the rattle of hollow applause
    Blind circle, moon and sun
    Body willing, mind undone
    One pain ending while another begins
    Lies, ruin, disease
    Into wounds like these
    Let the truth sting
    From the hub to the limit
    Through the urban hollows

    Out into the poles of the extreme
    To echo through the numbness
    Of these godless minutes
    In the shadow of delusion’s regime
    But here watching the night
    As it opens like a flower
    And the day starts to rust
    Feeling time pound

    Like a silent hammer
    On this empire of dust
    And I’m thinking about the bullet
    And the TV screen, the dollar, and the clenched fist
    And if were searching for peace
    How come we still believe
    In hatred as the catalyst
    Through the borderline
    In front and behind
    Down the road of thorns

    Between the barbwire and the soul
    Bitters and chains
    Is all that remains
    Where the wheel has rolled
    I feel it from the pit of my stomach
    Into the ditch of my mind
    Inside the chambers of my heart

    As I stare half blind
    At these walls of cardboard
    At this space that I’ve rented
    At your beauty that is crumbling
    Though you try so hard to prevent it
    On and on

    Body willing, mind undone
    One pain ending while another begins
    Lies, ruin, disease
    Into wounds like these
    Let the truth sting
    Let the truth sting
    Let the truth sting
  • 5. Gathering Dust (6:43)

    I got no reason
    But that I must
    Maybe I feel
    Like I’ve been gatherin’ dust

    I must leave this harbour for the sea
    I’m too young to settle down and make a home
    But I don’t know where I’m wanting to be
    I just know I have to be there alone

    Stole my time, all my time
    Spend my time for you

    Pale winter sun
    Is beatin’ the ground
    Why I’m throwin’ away
    The best thing that I’ve found

    My young heart’s in tatters and I’m sure
    That it will be a long time healing
    It’s so hard to see what I’m doing this for
    When loneliness is all that I’m feeling

    Stole my time, all my time
    Spend my time, for you

    Now the wind it is blowing
    Blowing leaves from the trees
    I’ve got no use knowing
    That with time it’ll ease

    I don’t know where I’m going
    Hope I get there soon
    Cos my soul is hollow
    As the sorrowful moon

    Na na na na na na na na na na na na
    Na na na na na na na na na na na na
    Na na na na na na na na na na na na
    Na na na na na na na na na na

    Now the wind it is blowing
    Blowing leaves from the trees
    I’ve got no use knowing
    That with time it’ll ease

    And I don’t know where I’m going
    Hope I get there soon
    Cos my soul is hollow
    As the sorrowful moon

    As the sorrowful moon
    As the sorrowful moon

    Na na na na na na na na na na na na
    Na na na na na na na na na na na na
    Na na na na na na na na na na na na
    Na na na na na na na na na na

    The night is raining on my weary head
    Taking me back
    See the sun spread its wings of gold
    As the dawn unfurls

    Hear the song that the moon sings
    To the darkened world
    Feel the fire lighting
    In the bitter cold

    It’s like the light that shines
    Through the windows of your soul
  • 6. Wisdom (4:15)

    Time no good
    Wisdom no good
    Patience no good
    To me any more

    Now night has fallen on the stair
    Some things you do you can never repair
    Seems I’m always pretending
    Things aren’t there when they are
    And the leaves are nearly off the trees
    The traffic thick past yellow windows
    And I’m lost inside the frozen headlights
    Thinking of you

    And the trees are looking like bones
    And the afternoon’s filled with storm and rain
    I’m staring out of this metal train
    Thinking of you

    And the trees are looking like bones
    The afternoon filled with rain and storm
    And I’m tangled up in memory’s thorns
    No way through

    Trees like bones, yellow windows
    Memories thorns, oh and you
  • 7. Lead Me Upstairs (4:54)

    I care little for my body she said
    I couldn’t care less about my soul
    And as she led me upstairs in whispers
    My whole summer turned cold

    I’ll lead you upstairs
    I’ll lead you upstairs
    If you’ve got no worries
    Then I’ve got no cares
    I’ll lead you upstairs

    I told her people had been talking
    About how dark she was inside
    She said my hopes are buried in the soil
    Deep in the earth outside

    And with one twist of the world
    She brought me to her side
    She asked me for the truth one time
    And I all I did was lied

    I’ll lead you upstairs
    I’ll lead you upstairs
    If you’ve got no worries
    Then I’ve got no cares
    I’ll lead you upstairs

    Body, soul
    Na-na-na you lead me upstairs in whispers
    And my whole summer turned cold
    My whole summer turned cold

    I’ll lead you upstairs
    I’ll lead you upstairs
    If you’ve got no worries
    Then I’ve got no cares
    I’ll lead you upstairs

    I’ll lead you upstairs
    I’ll lead you upstairs
    I’ll lead you upstairs
    I’ll lead you upstairs
  • 8. Living Room (3:44)

    My good friends speak
    Like they did last year
    Last night’s just a blur
    Through a head full of beer

    My good friends speak
    Like they did last year
    And last years just a blur
    Through a head full of beer

    Where’s your wisdom?
    Put that broken bottle down
    Let the wind in your sails
    Take you out of this town so sad

    I think I’m dying
    And if life’s just a living room
    Then I’m in the hall and I’m glad
    If life’s just a living room
    I’m in the hall and I’m glad
    Oh I’m glad, I’m glad

    Now the dawn it has broke
    Still the night don’t clear
    Memories falling in the mornin’ rain
    I’m up too close, to see it clear

    And last year’s just a blur
    Through a head of full of beer

    And here’s your wisdom?
    Put that broken bottle down
    Let the wind in your sails
    Take you out of this town so sad

    I think I’m dying
    And if life’s just a living room
    Then I’m in the hall and I’m glad
    If life’s just a living room
    I’m in the hall and I’m glad

    If life’s just a living room
    Then I’m in the hall and I’m glad
    Oh I’m glad, I’m glad

    Na na na na na na na na na na
    Na na na na na na na na na na
  • 9. Birds Without Wings (4:50)

    Wishing that something would happen
    A change in this place
    Cos I’m tearing off the fancy wrapping
    Find an empty package

    Take for a while, your trumpet from your lip
    Loosen your hold, loosen your grip
    On your old ways that have fallen out of step
    In a changing time

    Hoist a new flag
    Hoist a new flag

    Angry sun burn down
    Judging us all
    Guilty of neglect and disrespect
    And thinking small

    And death by boredom
    And death by greed
    If we can’t stop taking
    More than we need

    Well across the fractured landscape
    I find the same things
    Tired ideas
    Birds without wings

    Birds without wings
    Birds without wings

    And these are just thoughts
    On lack-luster times
    I’ve no interest
    In excuses you can find

    Like you’ve had a hard day
    Now you’ve too tired to care
    Now you’re too tired to care
    You’ve had a hard day

    Well across the fractured landscape
    I see the same things
    Tired ideas, broken values
    Many with the notion that to share is to lose

    A hollow people bound by a lack
    Of imagination and too much looking back
    Without the courage to give a new thing a chance
    Grounded by this ignorance
    (And the cat comes)

    We’re just
    Birds without wings
    Birds without wings
    Birds without wings
  • 10. It’s All Over (6:20)

    In the bitter violet night
    The stars wear sour grins
    In the vastness of the black sky
    I’m cradled in your arms
    Unbridled by alarm
    Cos I know the end is nigh

    It’s all over bar the shoutin’
    One thing’s for sure
    It’s all over now
    It’s all over now

    Confusion wanders in
    Strides the evening like a king
    Chaos and turmoil prevail
    Bedlam reigns, hope is drowned
    Ah but strangely we settle down
    Resigned to the sinking ship on which we sail

    Its all over bar the shoutin’
    One thing’s for sure
    It’s all over now
    It’s all over now

    Our loves just smithereens
    Too much beer in my head
    Another night is getting late
    And I don’t know which way to go
    There’s just this long white road
    And I can’t think straight

    No I can’t think straight
    No I can’t think straight
    No I can’t think straight
    No I can’t think straight

    It’s all over bar the shoutin
    It’s all over bar the shoutin’
    It’s all over bar the shoutin’
    One thing’s for sure

    It’s all over now
    It’s all over now
    Go, go, go, go
    All over now

    It’s all over