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SHINE: THE BEST OF THE EARLY YEARS

Shine

Released: March 2007

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SHINE: THE BEST OF THE EARLY YEARS

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 we’ll 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 can’t compromise

Step out of the shadow
We’re gonna go where we can shine
We’re gonna go where we can shine
We’re gonna go where we can shine

(And look, and look and look and look)
Through the windows of midnight
Moonfoam and silver

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 don’t mind the late night
Late night radio
She don’t mind the late night radio
She don’t mind the late night
Late night radio
Na na

Couldn’t 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 don’t mind the late night
Late night radio
She don’t mind the late night radio
She don’t 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 don’t mind the late night radio
She don’t mind the late night
Late night radio

She don’t mind the late night
Late night radio
She don’t mind the late night radio
She don’t mind the late night
Late night radio
Na na na na

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’ 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. 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 lackluster 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

5. The Light (4:10)

You turn out the light
And the dark sucks on the embers of the fire
My heart smoulders 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

6. 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 I’m walking there still

Every time now
Every time now
I think of you mine now
I just cant contain
I’m seven feet tall and
There’s 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 can’t 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 you’re there

And every time now
Every time now
I think of you mine now
I just can’t contain
I’m seven feet tall and
There’s 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

7. 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

8. Lullaby (3:39)

It’s a sad old world that’s 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

9. Faster, Sooner, Now (2:23)

Hey now, you got me by the tongue
I feel like, there’s nowhere I belong
And they’re working it pretty hard
And they’re selling it by the yard

But it’s more than I can afford
That’s 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
That’s all that I know

Starts a shivering in my spine
And a fever I can’t define
It gets colder the higher you climb
That’s all that I know

You kill me, with every word you say
I’m 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
That’s all that I know

Colder the higher you climb
Colder the higher you climb
Colder the higher you climb
That’s all that I know

10. 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
Memory’s thorns, oh and you

11. 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

12. Sell, Sell, Sell (5:11)

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

And turning it over
Right down
Where the eye don’t see no colour
Where the war don’t 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 head first for oblivion
Cause you’ve nowhere else to go

And turning it over
Right down
Where the eye don’t see no colour
Where the war don’t 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
He’s taking it away

And turning it over
Right down
Where the eye don’t see no colour
Where the war don’t 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 don’t see no colour
Where the war don’t 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

13. Debauchery (3:27)

Drunken ferry boat woman
Swayin’ on your sea
If I turn on the gasfire
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
Id 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

14. 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

15. 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

There’s nowhere to write it
There’s nowhere to write it
There’s nowhere to write it down
There’s nowhere to write it
There’s nowhere to write it
There’s nowhere to write it down
There’s nowhere to write it
There’s nowhere to write it
There’s 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 there’s always more to come

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