Gold illustration of an eye peeking through a keyhole

MUSIC

FLESH

Album Cover text reads Flesh David Gray and photo of a man's face

Released: January 1994

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FLESH

  • 1. What Are You? (3:30)

  • 2. The Light (4:10)

    You turn out the light
    And the dark sucks on the embers of the fire
    My heart smolders in the night
    And these tumbling boulders of desire
    Come a rolling out the shadows

    Rolling out the shadows
    Rolling out the shadows

    You say ‘I thought time was meant
    To take away the hurting’
    As your lonely silhouette closes the curtain
    We’re back on the road, destination uncertain
    So let’s get in this car and drive
    And this feeling I feel so strong
    So powerful it can’t be wrong
    Now the whole frosted night is just a song

    A song for you
    A song for you
    Song for you

    The moon has splashed right over the street
    Like my tears on your thigh so pale
    There’s just you and me in the sheets
    And the whole wide world is just a jail
    When you’re away from me

    You’re away from me
    You’re away from me

    Here come the night, turn out the light
    And the dark sucks on the embers of the fire
    My heart smolders in the night
    And these tumbling boulders of desire
    Rolling, rolling

    Rolling, rolling, rolling, rolling, rolling, rolling
    Rolling, rolling, rolling, rolling, rolling, rolling
    Out the shadows in me
    Turn out the light
  • 3. Coming Down (6:15)

    Tears falling slow
    From the bridge into the river below
    In your eyes, I start to see
    A starry veil, the ocean of infinity

    Moon and stars above me
    Mingle with the blood
    Inside my vein
    Empty arms that should be
    Holding you close
    Through nights of winter rain
    I’m trying to spell
    What only the wind can explain
    It’s colder than ever
    Coming down

    I’m drowning in shallows
    Cos it’s in so deep
    There’s neon melting in the rain
    Took too much powder to sleep

    Cos when I hold you naked
    When I hear you laugh
    I got a sword to stem the rivers
    And cut the moon in half

    Frozen stars above me
    Mingle with the blood
    Inside my vein
    Empty arms that should be
    Holding you close
    Through nights of winter rain
    I’m trying to spell
    What only the wind can explain
    It’s colder than ever
    Coming down

    Coming down
    Coming down
    Coming down
    Coming down
    Coming down
    Coming down

    We danced wild
    Kicked off our shoes
    Not a cloud
    In the skies to confuse
    But now the sky is cold
    And the sea is wide
    And there’s nothing to be done
    ‘Cept reflecting the sun
    And scratching the mountainside

    Frozen stars above me
    Mingle with the blood
    Inside my vein
    Empty arms that should be
    Holding you close
    Through nights of winter rain
    And I’m trying to spell
    What only the wind can explain
    It’s colder than ever
    Coming down

    Coming down
    Coming down
    Coming down
    Coming down
    Coming down
    Coming down
    Coming down
  • 4. Falling Free (3:25)

    All of my senses overthrown
    By the might of your skin
    And the lamplight in your cheek bone
    Drawing me further in
    No sentence I can speak
    For the wonder so unique
    Breaking like a wave upon the shore
    Mercy me, I’m falling free
    Since you opened up the door

    See how the sky is made of sapphire
    The colours flowing through our hands
    The moon is fire in your hair
    A million miles beyond what science understands
    Smell that mountain heather
    I don’t remember ever
    Feeling like this before
    Mercy me, I’m falling free
    Since you opened up the door

    If every windowpane should shatter
    If every wall should fall apart
    Well it might hurt a bit – but would it matter?
    With this diamond in my heart
    No need to nail it to the ground
    No need to smother it with sense
    Just listen to the rhythm
    Of your heart that pounds
    And trust it all to chance
    Cos we’re standing face to face
    With the angel of grace
    And don’t it just taste so pure?
    Mercy me, I’m falling free
    Mercy me, I’m falling free
    Mercy me, I’m falling free
    Since you opened up the door
  • 5. Made Up My Mind (3:43)

    Lightning strikes
    And silver motorbikes
    Are roaring down the open road
    Wind on my skin
    I'm hungry to begin
    And my cup has overflowed

    So let fall the rain
    Down into these desert veins
    I'm taking back what they stole
    While there's diamonds in the mind
    Cant afford to be confined
    By someone else's pigeonhole
    So I made up my mind
    I made up my mind
    Gonna move on ahead
    ‘Stead of lagging behind
    Half past seven
    Way up in the heaven
    The stars are singing in the sky
    Lying half dressed
    Your head upon my breast
    Listening to the oceans lullaby

    Standing where we are
    It seems so far
    From the cold light of day
    Where the faces full of grief
    And the grinding of the teeth
    Has been eating my belief away

    So I made up my mind
    I made up my mind
    Gonna move on ahead
    ‘Stead of lagging behind
    (Stead of lagging now)

    Cracks in the veneer
    The light so severe
    Shining down the avenue
    Try to join the throng
    But it’s feeling all wrong
    What are you supposed to do?

    Shoulder that despair
    Take a lung of dirty air
    Turn to watch the sun set red
    On the ruins of a culture
    And a sky that's filled with vultures
    Circling over your head

    So I made up my mind
    I made up my mind
    Gonna move on ahead
    ‘Stead of lagging behind

    ‘Stead of lagging behind
    I made up my mind
    I made up my mind
  • 6. Mystery Of Love (5:32)

    The city gates at twilight
    And a red ship sinking
    Behind winters grey wall
    Ice in the wind
    But a fire in the embers
    Of my heart
    As darkness falls
    In a candlelit room

    Where your eyes are laughing
    Smoking in the red chair
    And nothing in the world
    ‘Cept the beating of my heart
    Against the nerves of the ai

    And I know there’s a light
    At the end of a the tunnel
    Cos I taste it on your lips
    And I feel a weight
    That can bend me double
    You lift it with your fingertips

    So often it happens
    That words prove useless
    In the face of how it feels
    So it as the mystery of love
    Keeps growing
    The more my heart reveals

    Temptations endless whispers
    Try to keep it in perspective
    So much to distract
    Walking on a wire
    While you’re juggling desire
    It’s all part of this balancing act

    And it gets hard to know
    Just what you believe
    As the argument rages on
    But for all of the talk
    It’s only true to say
    That if you have no hope – there is none

    A tangle of tongues
    Flesh flowers and thistles
    Of conscience, spittle and skin
    And we cant change the past
    So we’ll raise this cup to our lips
    And drink it all in

    And meantime back in civilisation
    The rain is cold as steel
    But the mystery of love
    It just keeps growing
    The more my heart reveals

    As sure as the rose
    The bright day blooms
    As surely still it fades
    And the night kindles stars
    On empty winds
    And ghosts along the colonnades

    And slow but sure
    The sands are falling
    As the bridge burns
    Beneath the wheel
    And the mystery of love
    It just keeps growing

    The more my heart reveals
    The more my heart reveals
    The more my heart
    The more my heart
    Let that candle burn
  • 7. Lullaby (3:39)

    It’s a sad old world thats turning
    Tonight as I slide through the streams
    Of moonlight and memory burning
    And in my hands your broken dream

    My watery eye
    I sing for this lullaby
    Let the shadow fall
    From your window
    Let the morning light
    Fill your head
    Stand up and let the wild wind blow
    Right into your soul
    Til the night is dead

    All these useless emotions churning round
    As I search these bare walls for a clue
    And all the time
    The truth is flashing in my mind
    That when a heart gets broken
    Ain’t nothing you can do

    And I’m packing my belongings
    Off I’ll be gone before the noon arrives
    Cos I know there’s no use pretending
    That soon it’ll all be alright

    But hey
    Let the shadow fall from your window
    Let the morning light fill your head
    Stand up and let the wild wind blow
    Right into your soul till the night is dead

    See the dawn break gold
    When the night is dead

    Hear the bells
  • 8. New Horizons (5:56)

    Weight on my shoulder
    But I’m walking so tall
    Out into the new horizons
    Wonder in everything
    No matter how great or small

    Howling like the midnight
    Howling like the midnight sun
    This ain’t no pale reflection
    This is the real thing
    New horizons, new horizons within

    Your heart ain’t yours to control
    No matter how tight the rein
    Love will find it sown direction
    A time to reap, a time to sow
    And many a time to cry in vain
    Ah but now’s the time to celebrate
    The glory of this imperfection
    Same thing that's scrawled across the stars
    It’s written under our skin
    New horizon, new horizon within

    Things come too easy I get suspicious
    Things come too slow I get bored
    If it don’t work out I get superstitious
    But if it does, then oh my words

    So I’m gathering all the remnants of beauty
    From this wilderness in spin
    And now I’m gonna light my own flame
    Cos I’m charged with the radiance of the dawn
    That’s been so long breaking

    And now there ain’t no where
    Nowhere I won’t write your name
    There’s a time to search for understanding
    Sometimes you’ve just gotta sing
    New horizons, new horizons within

    Baby there’s no need to get precious
    When we know that everything must change
    Complacency it can be so vicious
    Turn this love into a cage
    Same thing that’s scrawled across the stars

    It’s written under your skin
    New horizons, new horizons within
    New horizons, new horizons within
  • 9. Love’s Old Song (5:01)

    It’s like this
    It’s all in here
    Just one kiss
    Will make that clear

    So let the flower open
    Let the ship sail
    Don’t need no meaningless tokens
    To hear the nightingale

    For everything that’s been
    For all that’s yet to come
    Brow full of moonbeams
    Singing love’s old song

    As beauty threads its needle
    In every eye a light will shine
    From the graveyard to the cradle
    All the bells of wonder chime

    No further complications
    For the queen or for the pawn
    Night of such revelation
    The dew is trembling on the thorns

    For everything that’s been
    For all that’s yet to come
    Brow full of moonbeam
    Singing love’s old song

    Love’s old song
    Playing in our hearts
    Binding it together
    Pulling it apart
    Love’s old song
    Playing pure and bold
    Time has come to read
    What’s written in your soul

    Out in the fields of bloody slumber
    Shadows fleeing from the sun
    Without aim and without number
    These children of oblivion

    For everything that’s been
    For all that’s come
    Brow full of moonbeams
    Singing love’s old song

    Love’s old song
    Playing in our hearts
    Binding it together
    Pulling it apart
    Love’s old song
    Playing pure and bold
    Time has come to read
    What’s written there in your soul

    (Yeah, yeah, yeah)
    (Woah, woah, woah)
    (Yeah, yeah, yeah)
    (Woah, woah, woah)

    For everything that’s been
    For all that’s come
    Brow full of moonbeams
    Singing love’s old song

    Singing love’s old song
    Singing love’s old song
  • 10. Flesh (5:21)

    As the bell must strike the hour
    As the west must stab the sun
    So our hearts
    Must heed the flow
    Of deeper tides that run
    Far beyond this bare indifference
    That prosperity esteems
    Where the spirit
    Raves and dances
    Through our very veins

    At winter’s edge you found me
    By the fields of wild gold
    My hands still filled with ashes
    From fires long cold
    You pulled me
    From the wreckage
    Of bitterness and blame
    Flung open the page
    And put some flesh on
    The bones of my dreams

    On the streets
    The blossom snowing
    And the drum is beating slow
    To hear you speak so clear
    Well I’m slicing through the fear
    Setting all the beacons blazing
    Baby oh!
    It’s starting out plainer than ever
    Brighter than all the fools
    Gold that gleams
    It’s simply now or never
    Putting flesh on the bones
    Of my dreams

    Putting flesh on the bones of my dreams
    Putting flesh on the bones of my dreams

    And they can plunder
    The cave of sorrows
    They can strip the gallery bare
    Try to build a fence
    Around the visions
    In my head, choke every spark
    In a cloak of despair
    But we got something
    They can’t stifle
    With their price tags
    And picture frames
    Got a flower for every rifle
    Putting flesh on the bones of my dreams

    Putting flesh on the bones of my dreams
    Putting flesh on the bones of my dreams
    Putting flesh on the bones of my dreams
    Putting flesh on the bones of my dreams