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MUSIC

SELL, SELL, SELL

Album cover text reads David Gray Sell Sell Sell and photo of David Gray wearing glasses partially covered in price stickers

Released: April 1996

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SELL, SELL, SELL

  • 1. Faster, Sooner, Now (2:23)

    Hey now, you got me by the tongue
    I feel like, theres nowhere I belong
    And theyre working it pretty hard
    And theyre selling it by the yard

    But its more than I can afford
    Thats all that I know
    Leader it comes as no surprise
    See now, these are coins that were his eyes

    Silver dollars and hoods of steel
    Tell me nothing can be revealed
    The more you get it the less you feel
    Thats all that I know

    Starts a shivering in my spine
    And a fever I cant define
    It gets colder the higher you climb
    Thats all that I know

    You kill me, with every word you say
    Im dead now, along with faith and chivalry
    Silver dollars and hoods of steel
    Tell me nothing can be revealed

    The more you get it the less you feel
    Thats all that I know

    Colder the higher you climb
    Colder the higher you climb
    Colder the higher you climb
    Thats all that I know
  • 2. Late Night Radio (3:53)

    Oh Mary Jane
    She step on a train
    Head for the city lights
    Yearning inside
    To swim with the tide
    and taste it, alright
    Bag on her shoulder
    Breathing the cold
    There by the metal tracks
    She saw it all shine
    And swore in her mind
    Shed never go back
    And she dont mind the late night
    Late night radio
    She dont mind the late night radio
    She dont mind the late night
    Late night radio
    Na na

    Couldnt have dreamed
    The things that she seen
    There on the avenue
    She stared right into a million eyes
    That looked her right through
    Telling red Joe
    The places shed go
    And wiping the table clean
    She got no idea
    The demon of fear
    Or what a broken heart mean

    And she dont mind the late night
    Late night radio
    She dont mind the late night radio
    She dont mind the late night
    Late night radio
    Na na na na na not at all
    Na na na na na not at all

    Na na na na na not at all
    Na na na na na not at all
    Na na na na na not at all
    Na na na na na not at all
    Na na

    New York was dark
    Dirty and stark
    Burning with yellow wings
    Everyday come
    With fever and hum
    Who knows what it brings
    Walking a wall
    Without a thought
    To fall and hit the ground
    Sweet Mary Jane
    With eyes like the rain
    Alive to the sound

    And she don’t mind the late night
    Late night radio
    She dont mind the late night radio
    She dont mind the late night
    Late night radio

    She dont mind the late night
    Late night radio
    She dont mind the late night radio
    She dont mind the late night
    Late night radio
    Na na na na
  • 3. Sell, Sell, Sell (5:11)

    I beg to differ
    To break the chain
    To draw a line right through tomorrow
    And cancel every claim
    Ive seen reflections beneath my skin
    And drums beating for battle
    In the eyes of children

    And turning it over
    Right down
    Where the eye dont see no colour
    Where the war dont make a sound
    Ice on the shoulder
    Noel
    Praise the lord above
    And sell, sell, sell

    Oh violent flowers
    You fill the screen
    Betray your mother
    And change your name
    So tall and fickle
    And blind as snow
    Running headfirst for oblivion
    Cause youve nowhere else to go

    And turning it over
    Right down
    Where the eye dont see no colour
    Where the war dont make a sound
    Ice on the shoulder
    Noel
    Praise the lord above
    And sell, sell, sell

    In chill of winter
    In dead of night
    Each so familiar with the hunger
    That they got no appetite
    They talk of loving
    I hear her say
    That as fast as I can give it
    Hes taking it away

    And turning it over
    Right down
    Where the eye dont see no colour
    Where the war dont make a sound
    Ice on the shoulder
    Noel
    Praise the lord above
    And sell, sell, sell

    And turning it over
    Right down
    Where the eye dont see no colour
    Where the war dont make a sound
    Ice on the shoulder
    Noel
    Praise the lord above
    And sell, sell, sell

    A weeping willow
    The desert wind
    So many learn to swallow
    So few to understand
    The deepest longing
    This cup of faith
    Where to put them in a world
    Where no innocence is safe
  • 4. Hold On To Nothing (4:15)

    Hold on to nothing
    Hold on to coldest steel
    It chills you down inside
    When you see just what is real
    Paste it up and tear it down
    Move it on along the rushing road
    Seventeen Fahrenheit
    Feel the winter grow

    Theres nowhere to write it
    Theres nowhere to write it
    Theres nowhere to write it down
    Theres nowhere to write it
    Theres nowhere to write it
    Theres nowhere to write it down
    Theres nowhere to write it
    Theres nowhere to write it
    Theres nowhere to write it down
    There’s nowhere to write it down
    Write it down

    Step down the alley
    Walking against the stony crowd
    Trying not to listen
    Oh but they shout so loud
    Chew you up and spit you out
    Crush you tween its finger and its thumb
    This world in all its anger
    Oh and theres always more to come

    Theres nowhere to write it
    Theres nowhere to write it
    Theres nowhere to write it down
    Theres nowhere to write it
    Theres nowhere to write it
    Theres nowhere to write it down
    Theres nowhere to write it
    Theres nowhere to write it
    Theres nowhere to write it down
    There’s nowhere to write it down
    Write it down
  • 5. Everytime (4:41)

    Down from the doorway and into the street
    I hear the morning bell
    Over and over the pattern repeat
    I hear the morning bell
    And all the faces cold as stone
    In the January chill
    You have led me in, to worlds unknown
    And Im walking there still

    Every time now
    Every time now
    I think of you mine now
    I just cant contain
    Im seven feet tall and
    Theres nightingales calling
    Shooting stars falling
    Like jewels in the rain

    I ask myself, I ask myself
    Can this life be the same?
    That spun me round and put me down
    And fill me up with shame

    And all the heads are turning now
    Down the Tottenham court road
    Cause I just cant help but sing it out
    Case I just might explode

    Every time now
    Every time now
    I think of you mine now
    I cant comprehend
    The saxophones blowing
    Cherry trees snowing
    Emeralds growing
    Right here in my hand

    A dance in the moonlight
    So high on a June night
    Magazines strewn right
    Over the chair

    Your spine a white ladder
    Your eyes singing sadder
    Nothing else seems to matter
    As soon as youre there

    And every time now
    Every time now
    I think of you mine now
    I just cant contain
    Im seven feet tall and
    Theres nightingales calling
    Shooting stars falling
    Like jewels in the rain

    Every time now
    Every time now
    Every time now
    Every time

    La la la la la la
    La la la la la la
    La la la la la la
    La la la la
    La da da da
  • 6. Magdalena (4:24)

    Morning, sit in the morning sun
    Evening, watching the shadow come
    Through the bright streets of London
    I feel the rain
    Upon my eyes as I wonder
    At this spell that Im under, Magdalen
    Since you came along
    Meet me with your arms of snow and
    Meet me with your mouth undone
    Im burning up from head to toe
    Magdalena when youre gone

    Dreaming, were drinking the night away
    Talking, way past the break of day
    Through the bright streets of London
    I feel the rain
    Upon my skin as I wonder
    At this spell that Im under, Magdalen
    Since you came along

    Meet me with your arms of snow and
    Meet me with your mouth undone
    Im burning up from head to toe
    Magdalena when youre gone

    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

    Meet me with your arms of snow and
    Meet me with your mouth undone
    Im burning up from head to toe
    Magdalena when youre gone

    Meet me with your arms of snow
    You meet me with your mouth undone
    I’m burning from head to toe
    Magdalena when you’re gone
  • 7. Smile (4:06)

    I’m falling by the wayside
    I’m sinking with the sun
    Everything I do
    Is wrong, wrong, wrong
    Gazing at the billboards
    Staring down the broken lines
    Sleeping on the backseat
    I could not believe
    You were right up there beside me
    Tugging at my sleeve
    And putting on your lipstick
    Just like you did a thousand times

    And something in your eyes that
    Makes me smile
    Oh yeah
    Something in your eyes that makes me
    Smile
    Oh yeah

    I wake up in the darkness
    It’s more than I can stand
    I’m reaching out to touch it
    It breaks up in my hand
    I’ve never known the headlights
    To shine so cold

    I’m waiting for the morning
    To steal over the hills
    I’m urging for the road
    To speed these wheels
    I’m watching for the sunrise
    Turning all the teardrops gold

    Cause something in your eyes that
    Makes me smile
    Oh yeah
    Something in your eyes that makes me
    Smile
    Oh yeah
    Something in your eyes that makes me
    Smile

    Oh yeah
    Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah
  • 8. Only The Lonely (4:46)

    I’m raising up my voice
    To the walls and to the sky
    It seeks no explanation
    It waits for no reply
    Really it is nothing
    Just a cry to the wilds
    I’m delirious with chaos
    I’m wonderstruck with awe

    But in my soul I’m dreaming only
    Of your velvet shore
    When I’m walking there my face
    Untangles like a child’s

    And only the lonely
    Only the lonely
    Lonely could know me
    I’ve been talking all night long

    There’s nothing more to say
    So I’m searching every mirror
    For a trace of yesterday
    But the air it holds no traces

    Where the eagles were flying
    I’m haunted by the skyline
    The concrete and the rain
    The window speaks of winter

    So I’ll set my heart again
    And somewhere in the dusk
    A curlew is crying

    And only the lonely
    Only the lonely
    Lonely could know me

    There’s a copper moon that’s buried
    Where solitude expands
    And distant planets moving
    They’re weighing on my hands
    They’re darkening my pages

    And there’s daylight in my fingers
    But it’s snowing in my bones
    Been sucking on the echo
    Of a thousand telephones

    And when we meet again
    We will be strangers

    And only the lonely
    Only the lonely
    Lonely could know me
    Only the lonely
    Only the lonely
    Lonely could know me

    I’m talking all night long
  • 9. What Am I Doing Wrong? (5:01)

    Ghost on the highway
    Bird with metal wings
    Ghost on the highway
    Bird with metal wings

    Crowd all around me
    Just don’t hear a thing
    Ghost on the highway
    Bird with metal wings

    What am I doing wrong?
    What am I doing wrong?
    What am I doing wrong?
    What am I doing tell me?

    You don’t telephone
    You don’t telephone
    You don’t telephone
    You don’t telephone me

    Stand in the doorway
    There in yellow light
    Down in the doorway
    Bathed in morning light

    Saw you before me
    Thought maybe it might
    Down in the doorway
    Under yellow light

    What am I doing wrong?
    What am I doing wrong?
    What am I doing wrong?
    What am I doing tell me

    You don’t telephone
    You don’t telephone
    You won’t telephone
    You won’t telephone me

    You never spoke a word
    But it’s over
    I saw the way you turned your head
    You never spoke a word
    But it’s understood

    What am I doing wrong?
    What am I doing wrong?
    What am I doing wrong?
    What am I doing tell me

    You don’t telephone
    You don’t telephone
    You don’t telephone
    You don’t telephone me

    What am I doing wrong?
    (What am I doing wrong)
    Well what am I doing wrong?
    (What am I doing wrong)
    What am I doing wrong?
    (What am I doing wrong)
    Well what am I doing tell me
    (What am I doing tell me)

    Sitting here late at night
    Sitting here late at night
    Sitting here late at night
    My heart is aching

    La la la la la
    La la la la la
    La la la
    I’ve heard it all before

    What am I doing wrong?
    (What am I doing wrong)
    What am I doing wrong?
    (What am I doing wrong)
    What am I doing tell me
    (What am I doing tell me)
  • 10. Gutters Full Of Rain (4:22)

    A gutter full of rain
    An empty picture frame
    A house out at the edges of the city
    Never noticing the war
    Til it’s right there at your door
    And suddenly your hands are bloody
    I was seeking to possess
    Now another girl’s caress
    Is on your flesh
    The bitterness is tasted
    There’s nobody in your chair
    No hand to touch my hair
    The sun, even the air seems wasted

    Let it go now
    Let it all slip away
    And we’ll start it all over again
    Me like a million
    Others before
    Trying to make sense of the rain

    Were these twenty years a dream?
    Was it ever as it seemed?
    Gets to wonder if it really existed
    Cause the thief who stole my life
    Has taken too my faith
    I can see now how the world gets twisted

    Let it go now
    Let it all slip away
    And we’ll start it all over again
    Me like a million
    Others before
    Trying to make sense of the rain

    In spite of all the shame
    Sometimes I hear your name
    I think of us when we were younger
    Then I’m shutting out the noise
    And I’m trying to hear the voice
    That used to tell me love was stronger

    Light another cigarette
    But the one I got’s still lit
    I can’t seem to keep my fingers steady
    Never noticing the war
    Til it’s right there at your door
    And suddenly your hands are bloody
  • 11. Forever Is Tomorrow Is Today (5:32)

    Tuesday my heart is brimming
    I’m a child in the wild wind
    Dead leaves and daylight dimming
    No beginning and no end
    Inside a candle of defiance
    Moonlight
    A river of pearls
    Cause we’re gonna need more
    Than money and science
    To see us through this world

    You say it can’t be done
    You’d rather die of fun
    Get out the way
    For me, for you, for everyone
    Forever is tomorrow is today

    Shut all the windows
    Lock on the doors
    We’re keeping it all out of sight
    We’re keeping it all
    It’s tearing us apart

    You don’t know your good
    From your bad, from your black
    From your blood, from your wrong
    From your right
    So you can camouflage your heart

    I don’t want no other distractions
    There’s too much here to see
    Faint hearts or jaded reactions
    Contraptions of history

    You say it can’t be done
    You’d rather die of fun
    Get out of the way
    For me, for you, for everyone
    Forever is tomorrow is today

    Shut all the windows
    Lock all the doors
    I’m keeping it all out of sight
    I’m keeping it all
    It’s mine and mine alone

    Corrosion, collision
    I need a vision
    To tear off the cloak of the night
    And shatter eyes of stone

    You say it can’t be done
    You’d rather die of fun
    Get out of the way
    For me, for you, for everyone
    Forever is tomorrow is today

    For me, for you, for everyone
    Forever is tomorrow is today
    For me, for you, for everyone
    Forever is tomorrow is today

    You say it can’t be done
    You’d rather die of fun
    Get out of the way
    For me, for you, for everyone
    Forever is tomorrow is today

    For me, for you, for everyone
    Forever is tomorrow is today
    For me, for you, for everyone
    Forever is tomorrow is today
  • 12. Folk Song (5:17)

    I have waited the night over
    For some word to come
    I asked the moon oer the clover
    But the moon she is dumb
    You have made me a promise
    At midnight wed go
    And that we should be married
    Sailing westward ho

    Such words you have spoken
    You have told me a lie
    That it could not be broken
    When you knew it must die

    There’s no light in heaven
    My eye can see
    That my heart is imprisoned
    That the devil go free
    Go free

    Like honey the ocean
    In the morning breeze
    I’ll take my tears to the water
    That the rivers may freeze

    There’s no light in heaven
    Can shine for me
    My heart imprisoned
    While the devil go free
    Go free

    What folly is beauty?
    What trick of the skin
    Desire it’s fancy
    And ruin its whim

    Your child within me
    And what should I do
    My blood fill with needles
    That he look like you

    There’s no light in heaven
    That my eyes can see
    My heart imprisoned
    While the devil go free

    My heart imprisoned
    And the devil go free
    No light in heaven
    No light for me