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DRAW THE LINE

Album Cover text reads Draw The Line David Gray and photo of David Gray in a gray suit

Released: September 2009

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DRAW THE LINE

  • 1. Fugitive (3:45)

    Is the answer none of the above
    Crouched in a hole like a mud-streaked fugitive
    Every day a different version of
    Pouring it away like water through a sieve
    Hey better realize my friend
    Lord in the end now you can’t take it with
    Gotta live.If only for a second
    I see it twinkling in your eye
    Gotta try
    Well it’s flesh and blood and camouflage
    Straight into the wall now something’s gotta give
    Just another act of sabotage
    Seen through the haze of a mind-rot sedative
    When will you realize my friend
    Lord in the end now you can’t take it with
    Gotta live.

    If only for a second
    I see it twinkling in your eye
    Gotta try
    The world that you’re forsaking
    Is surely more than just a lie
    Gotta try YEAH

    Hey better realize my friend
    Lord in the end now you can’t take it with
    Gotta live.

    If only for a second
    I see it twinkling in your eye
    Gotta try
    The world that you’re forsaking
    Is surely more than just a lie
    Gotta try
    It’s all there for the taking
    And you don’t need to justify
    Gotta try

    Every day’s just a different version of…
  • 2. Draw The Line (4:25)

    Well we had to pull on something
    So we’re grabbing at the threads
    And now the world’s unravelling
    Inside our very heads
    Glasses smeared with lipstick
    Hungry eyes out in the street
    Same old bodies moving
    To the same old beat
    Had to draw the line
    Had to draw the line
    All this talk can hypnotize you and
    We can ill afford
    To give ourselves to sentiment
    When our time is oh so short
    There are names beneath the lichen
    On these cemetery stones
    And carnivals of silverfish
    Waiting to dance upon our bones

    Have to draw the line
    Need to draw the line
    Had to draw the line

    I’ve been doubting yours baby
    I’ve been doubting mine
    I’ve been out of circulation
    Where the sun don’t shine
    I’ve been doubting fame and wealth
    Charity, even Love itself
    Draw the line

    I ain’t saying he’s bad baby
    I ain’t saying he’s good
    Merely that he ain’t so different
    Neath his executioners hood
    In the name of liberty
    In the name of brotherhood
    Have to draw the line
    Have to draw the line

    Need to take some pride baby
    Need to take some heart
    Need to take evasive action
    When the rumpus start
    Here we are buck naked baby
    But where should we begin
    When it’s not the flesh we’re after
    But the howlin’ ghost within

    Have to draw the line
    Need to draw the line
    Had to draw the line
    Need to draw the line

    Have to draw the line
    Pack your bags we’re going home
    Help me draw the line
    Pack your bags we’re going yeah
    Had to draw the line
    Pack your bags we’re going home
    Need to draw the line
    Pack your bags we’re going yeah
    Had to draw the line
    Pack your bags we’re going home
    Had to draw the line
  • 3. Nemesis (5:28)

    Neath an avalanche
    Soft as moss
    I am a creeping and intangible sense of loss
    I’m the memory you can’t get out your head
    But if I leave you now
    You’ll wish you were somewhere else instead

    I’m the manta ray
    I’m the louse
    I am the photograph
    They found in your burned out house
    I am the sound of money washing down the drain
    I am the pack of lies
    Baby that keeps you sane

    Gates of heaven are open wide
    God help me baby I’m trapped inside
    Feels like I’m buried alive

    I’m the bottom line
    Of the joke
    I am ecstasy
    Spilling like bright egg-yolk
    I’m the thoughts you’re too ashamed to ever share
    And I am the smell of it
    You’re trying to wash out of your hair

    Gates of heaven are open wide
    God help me baby I’m lost inside
    Feels like I’m buried alive
    Possibilities limitless
    Just give me something that’s more than this
    One shot and I’ll never miss
    Yes

    I’m the babe that sleeps
    Through the Blitz
    I am a sudden and quite unexpected twist
    I am your one true love
    Who sleeps with someone else
    I am your nemesis
    Baby I’m life sweet life itself
  • 4. Jackdaw (3:56)

    I’m like a jackdaw
    Cawing at your back door
    Scratching at your windowpane
    Hey throw your window wide
    And taste the April night with me again
    Girl we been veering
    Backwards disappearing
    Down into the murky deep
    Baby come on
    We’ll be a long time gone
    That’s time enough for sleep
    And hey now don’t run and hide
    Your little heart away
    If it’s gone
    We’ll sure never find it
    Pining for lost innocence
    Our hammers beating hard
    Against that old facade
    Some other air to breathe
    That we might break these moulds
    And free our restless souls
    Start to believe
    That we can rise above
    Our pettiness and love
    Like we ain’t loved before
    Free on this earth
    As the surf that rolls
    And crashes on the shore

    And hey now don’t run and hide
    Your little heart away
    If it’s gone
    We’ll sure never find it
    Pining for lost innocence

    Tantalizingly I saw
    Our shadows moving through the door
    Traces from a different time
    When I was yours and you were truly mine
    All mine

    And I still want you yeah
    I still want you yeah
    I still want you yeah
    I still want you yeah
    And I still want you yeah
    I still want you yeah
    I still want you yeah
    I still want you

    And baby don’t run and hide
    Your little heart away
    If it’s gone
    We’ll sure never find it
    Pining for lost innocence
    Pining for lost innocence
    Pining for lost innocence
  • 5. Kathleen (featuring Jolie Holland) (3:51)

    Lay down my head by the wayside
    My worn out shoes
    Quite why she went I can’t decide
    Yeah but I sure could use
    One plate of food steaming and hot
    Clean linen ironed
    On a fresh made bed but I ain’t got
    One salty dime, one salty dime
    Just close your eyes it won’t take long
    It won’t hurt a bit
    Telling myself I could be strong
    Or some such brave bullshit
    Trucks are roaring by I’m a red ghost
    In their tail light gleam
    I’m a tumbleweed, I’m a spit roast
    Just turning in your flame
    Oh my darlin’ Kathleen
    Oh my darlin’ Kathleen
    Cars they sound like waves that are breaking
    On some distant shore
    I gazed so hard into the great aching sky
    It seemed that I, I wasn’t here no more
    That my rushing blood was a river
    My eyes two stars
    My blowing hair all a quiver
    A whispering field of grass
    That murmurs as you pass
    Oh my darlin’ Kathleen
    That whispers out your name
    Oh my darlin’ Kathleen
    Oh my darlin’ Kathleen
  • 6. First Chance (6:01)

    Like a bird upon release
    Through the atmosphere
    Like a honking flock of geese
    Winter drawing near
    As the fabric comes unstitched
    Hearts and minds and eyes bewitched
    Standing watching for the smoke to clear
    First chance I get I’m gone
    Moses had his tablets yeah
    Noah had his ark
    All I got’s a haystack needle
    Stabbing in the dark
    Anguished cries and old footfalls
    Permeate these paper walls
    Need some action all you get is talk

    First chance I get
    I’m gone I’m outta here
    First chance I get
    I’m gone I’m outta here

    Here’s one for the boys back home yeah
    Here’s one for your spokes
    A little taste of victory
    To send back to your folks
    Here’s one for the fireside
    The grinning groom the blushing bride
    Come and feast your eyes upon the hoax

    First chance I get
    I’m gone I’m outta here
    First chance I get
    I’m gone I’m outta here

    Over Lake Superior
    And the Arctic Sea
    Through the dark interior
    The stolen territory
    Want it with the cream on top
    One more lifetime swallowed up
    He’ll be back yeah just you wait and see

    First chance I get
    I’m gone I’m outta here
    First chance I get
    I’m gone I’m outta here
    First chance
    First chance
    I’m outta here
    First chance
    First chance
    I’m outta here

    And it’s a long way back
    From where you are
    And it’s a long way back
    From where you are
    And it’s a long way back
    From where you are
    It’s a long
    It’s a long
    It’s a long
  • 7. Harder (3:53)

    Can’t recall the moment when the doubt
    Ripped your face
    Or put my finger on quite when the fog
    Took your place
    Now we’ve been beating on it ’til we’re black and blue
    Just what good exactly is it gonna do
    Always so much harder
    So much harder when you have to try
    Could we at least agree upon the size
    And the shape
    The relative dimensions that the lie
    Ought to take
    For your delectation a scenario
    Taken so much further than it needs to go
    Always so much harder
    Always so much
    If we could get away just for a week or two
    Baby let it burn the way it used to do
    Always so much harder
    So much harder when you have to try
    And if the ground should open up
    And swallow me
    It would not stop
    That minute hand from ticking off
    The minutes ’til the penny drop

    Not a breath of wind and not a cloud in the sky
    All the better then to watch the world passing by
    Passing by
    Passing by
    Passing by
  • 8. Transformation (3:24)

    Oh my hearties bold as brass
    Roll it out like summer grass
    Take me back where I come from
    Transformation has begun
    Throwing off the clothes of day
    Complications fall away
    All I am is laid to waste
    Transformation takes my place
    And just you keep it coming
    A feeling I ain’t never felt before
    And the way my heart is drumming
    Well caution just goes flying right out the door
    And ain’t this really something
    We’re walking but our feet don’t touch the floor
    Anymore

    Standing quiet as a mouse
    Rhododendrons for my house
    Water lapping at my feet
    Transformation is complete
  • 9. Stella The Artist (3:39)

    Stella she gave me a state of grace
    I’m armour plated 4 inches thick
    Now all I got was a little taste
    I’m gibbering like a lunatic

    Stella the artist
    Just for now at least you’re mine
    All mine
    No need to be modest
    As the daylight creeps
    Take her hand and reach through time

    I felt the sting of my own rebuke
    Come spinning back like a boomerang
    I swam the sea of psychotic puke
    Nursing my love like a guilty pang

    Stella the artist
    Just for now at least you’re mine
    All mine
    No need to be modest
    As the daylight creeps
    Take her hand and reach through time

    You’re only saying what they all say
    You’re only saying what they all say
    It should be more like the old days
    It should be more like the old days
    Oh man

    Stella the artist
    As the daylight creeps
    Take her hand and reach
    Stella the artist
    Just for now at least you’re mine
    All mine
    No need to be modest
    As the daylight creeps
    And the floorboard creaks
    And your poor heart leaps
    Take her hand and reach through time
  • 10. Breathe (4:40)

    And then the doorbell rings
    Somebody asks you could
    You spare a little time
    To feel the weight that’s mine
    To lower down your guard
    Yeah that your heart gets snagged
    Caught in the wheels and dust dragged
    Dangled o’er the edge
    Breathe

    You feel you’re in too deep
    So offer up some crumb
    And drop it in the tin
    Then slither back within
    Your crenellated wealth
    Your educated self
    Your family your rude health
    And all the joy it brings
    Aren’t we forgetting something
    Feet out on the ledge
    And breathe
    Breathe
    Breathe

    Then in the heat of noon
    It finds you like some dog
    Got parked up in a field
    Hermetically sealed
    And scratching at the windshield
    And howling at the glass
    At anyone might walk past
    Were you not aware
    Were you not aware
    Were you not aware
    The sea of broken lives
    Mechanics doctors housewives
    Feet out on the ledge
    Feet out on the ledge
    Feet out on the ledge
    And breathe
    Breathe
  • 11. Full Steam (featuring Annie Lennox) (4:12)

    All our lives we’ve dreamed about it
    Just to find that it was never real
    This sure ain’t no great Valhalla
    Coming closer each turn of the wheel
    Forlorn, adrift on seas of beige
    In this our Golden Age

    This hurts us as much as it hurts you
    Just lie back and think of England
    Bullied, suckered, pimped and patronised
    Every day your tawdry little lives
    So loose your head
    And step within
    The silence deafening

    Now you saw it coming
    And I saw it coming
    We all saw it coming
    But we still bought it
    Now you saw it coming
    And I saw it coming but still
    Running full steam ahead

    In and out of consciousness
    It breaks my heart to see you like this
    Crying, wringing hands and cursing fate
    Always so little far too late
    It’s 3am I’m wide awake
    There’s still one call to make

    Now you saw it coming
    And I saw it coming
    We all saw it coming
    But we still bought it
    Now you saw it coming
    And I saw it coming
    We all saw it coming
    But we still bought it

    Now you saw it coming
    And I saw it coming
    But still running full steam
    Now you saw it coming
    And I saw it coming but still
    Running full steam
    Now you
    And I
    We all saw it coming
    But we still bought it
    Now you
    And I
    We all saw it coming
    But we still bought it