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MUSIC

WHITE LADDER

Album Cover text reads David Gray white ladder

Released: November 1998

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WHITE LADDER

  • 1. Please Forgive Me (5:35)

    Please forgive me
    If I act a little strange
    For I know not what I do.
    Feels like lightning running through my veins
    Every time I look at you
    Every time I look at you

    Help me out here
    All my words are falling short
    And there’s so much I want to say
    Want to tell you just how good it feels
    When you look at me that way
    When you look at me that way
    Throw a stone and watch the ripples flow
    Moving out across the bay
    Like a stone I fall into your eyes
    Deep into some mystery
    Deep into that mystery

    I got half a mind to scream out loud
    I got half a mind to die
    So I won’t ever have to lose you girl
    Won’t ever have to say goodbye
    I won’t ever have to lie
    Won’t ever have to say goodbye

    Yeah na na na na
    Yeah na na na na

    Please forgive me
    If I act a little strange
    For I know not what I do
    It’s like my head is filled with lightning girl

    Every time I look at you
    Every time I look at you
    Every time I look at you
    Every time I look at you
  • 2. Babylon (4:25)

    Moving through the crowds I’m pushing
    Chemicals all rushing through my bloodstream
    Only wish that you were here
    You know I’m seeing it so clear
    I’ve been afraid
    To show you how I really feel
    Admit to some of those bad mistakes I’ve made

    If you want it
    Come and get it
    Crying out loud
    The love that I was
    Giving you was
    Never in doubt

    Let go your heart
    Let go your head
    And feel it now
    Let go your heart
    Let go your head
    And feel it now

    Babylon, Babylon

    Sunday all the lights of London
    Shining sky is fading red to blue
    I’m kicking through the autumn leaves
    And wondering where it is you might be going to
    Turning back for home
    You know I’m feeling so alone
    I can’t believe
    Climbing on the stair
    I turn around to see you smiling there
    In front of me

    And if you want it
    Come and get it
    Crying out loud
    The love that I was
    Giving you was
    Never in doubt

    Let go your heart
    Let go your head
    And feel it now
    Let go your heart
    Let go your head
    And feel it now

    Let go your heart
    Let go your head
    And feel it now
    Let go your heart
    Let go your head
    And feel it now

    Babylon, Babylon, Babylon
  • 3. My Oh My (4:37)

    What on earth is going on in my heart?
    Has it turned as cold as stone?
    Seems these days I don’t feel anything
    ‘Less it cuts me right down to the bone
    What on earth is going on in my heart?

    My oh my you know it just don’t stop
    It’s in my mind I wanna tear it up
    I’ve tried to fight it tried to turn it off
    But it’s not enough
    It takes a lotta love
    It takes a lotta love my friend
    To keep your heart from freezing
    To push on ’til the end
    My oh my

    What on earth is going on in my head?
    You know I used to be so sure
    You know I used to be so definite
    Thought I knew what love was for
    I look around these days and I’m not so sure

    My oh my, you know it just don’t stop
    Its in my mind I wanna tear it up
    I’ve tried to fight it tried to turn it off
    But it’s not enough
    It takes a lotta love
    It takes a lotta love my friend
    To keep your heart from freezing
    To push on till the end

    My oh my, you know I just can’t win
    I burn it down it comes right back again
    What kinda world is this were living in
    Where you never win
    It takes a lotta love
    It takes a lotta love these days
    To keep your heart from freezing
    To keep your spirit free
    My oh my

    My oh my you know it just don’t stop
    It’s in my mind I wanna tear it up
    I’ve tried to fight it tried to turn it off
    But it’s not enough
    It takes a lotta love
    It takes a lotta love my friend
    To keep your heart from freezing
    To push on till the end

    My oh my, you know it just don’t stop
    My oh my, you know it just don’t stop
    (It just don’t)
    My oh my, you know it just don’t stop
    (My oh my)
    My oh my, you know it just don’t stop
    (My oh my)
    My oh my, you know it just don’t stop
    (Well)
    My oh my, you know it just don’t stop
    (My oh my now, my oh my)
    My oh my, you know it just don’t stop
    My oh my, you know it just don’t stop
  • 4. We’re Not Right (3:03)

    Feel the weight of this passing time
    All those crazy faces run through my mind
    And that song has brought a teardrop to my eye
    Cant tell the bottle from the mountain top
    No we’re not right I see this world but I can’t relate
    Everything must accelerate
    Betty Ford, oh wont you be my valentine?
    Can’t tell the bottle from the mountain top
    No, we’re not right
    Can’t tell the bottle from the mountain top
    And now my hands are shaking
    But I just can’t stop
    Can’t tell the bottle from the mountain top
    No we’re not right

    Can’t tell the bottle from the mountain top
    And now my knees are shaking
    But I just can’t stop
    Can’t tell the bottle from the mountain top
    No we’re not right

    When I’m weak and my head is sore
    And I feel like I can’t go on no more
    I come in here where normal rules do not apply
    Can’t tell the bottle from the mountain top
    No we’re not right

    Can’t tell the bottle from the mountain top
    No we’re not right
    Can’t tell the bottle from the mountain top
    No we’re not right

    Yeah, yeah
    Yeah, yeah
  • 5. Nightblindness (4:23)

    A million to one outsiders
    Night blindness
    Can’t see your bright eyes – or what the time is
    Twenty five past eternityHere listening to the sirens
    Coming closer, now further away
    What we gonna do when the money runs out?
    I wish that there was something left to say
    How we gonna find the eyes to see a brighter day?

    I’m sick of all the same old answers
    Lost chances, cold stones
    Propping mountains up on matchsticks
    Dragging baskets full of bones

    And honey please don’t stop your talking
    Cos there’s a feeling wont leave me alone

    What we gonna do when the money runs out?
    I wish that there was something I could say
    How we gonna find the eyes to see a brighter day?

    What we gonna do when the money runs out?
    I wish that there was something left to say
    How we gonna find the eyes to see a brighter day

    A brighter day
    A brighter day
  • 6. Silver Lining (5:59)

    Take this silver lining
    Keep it in your own sweet head
    Shine it when the night is burning red
    Shine it in the twilight
    Shine it on the cold, cold ground
    Shine it till these walls come
    Tumbling down

    We were born with our eyes wide open
    So alive with wild hope
    Now can you tell me why
    Time after time
    They drag you down
    Down in the darkness deep
    Fools in their madness all around
    Know that the light don’t sleep
    Step into the silence
    Take it in your own two hands
    And scatter it like diamonds
    All across these lands
    Blaze it in the morning
    Wear it like an iron skin
    Only things worth living for
    Innocence and magic-amen

    We were born with our eyes wide open
    So alive with wild hope
    Now can you tell me why
    Time after time
    They drag you down
    Down in the darkness deep
    Fools in their madness all around
    Know that the light don’t sleep

    We were born with our eyes wide open
    So alive with wild hope
    Now can you tell me why
    Time after time
    They drag you down
    Down with talk so cheap

    Fools in their madness all around
    Know that the light don’t sleep
    Know that the light don’t sleep
    Time after time
    They drag you down
    Down in the darkness deep
    Fools in their madness all around
    Know that the light don’t sleep
    Know that the light don’t sleep
  • 7. White Ladder (4:14)

    White ladder
    Water and wine
    Forever crying
    Oh time
    Don’t wanna feel tonight
    There’s no rhyme or reason to life
    This sweet life

    White river
    Thunder and war
    Forever crying
    Oh no
    Don’t wanna feel no more
    There’s no rhyme or reason to love
    This sweet, sweet love

    To the night another body
    To the night another name
    To the night another valentine
    A burning flame
    To the night another body
    To the night another name
    To the night another valentine
    A burning flame

    Tall order, tremble and sigh
    Forever crying
    Oh my
    Don’t wanna feel tonight
    There’s no rhyme or reason to love
    This sweet, sweet love

    To the night another body
    To the night another name
    To the night another valentine
    A burning flame
    To the night another body
    To the night another name
    To the night another valentine
    A burning flame

    To the night another body
    To the night another name
    To the another valentine
    A burning flame

    White ladder
    Water and wine
    Don’t wanna feel tonight
  • 8. This Year’s Love (4:05)

    This year’s love had better last
    Heaven knows its high time
    And I’ve been waiting on my own too long
    But when you hold me like you do
    It feels so right
    I start to forget
    How my heart gets torn
    When that hurt gets thrown
    Feeling like you cant go on

    Turning circles when time again
    It cuts like a knife oh now
    If you love me got to know for sure
    Cos it takes something more this time
    Than sweet, sweet lies, oh now
    Before I open up my arms and fall
    Losing all control
    Every dream inside my soul
    And when you kiss me
    On that midnight street
    Sweep me off my feet
    Singing ain’t this life so sweet

    This year’s love had better last
    This year’s love had better last

    So who’s to worry?
    If our hearts get torn
    When that hurt gets thrown
    Don’t you know this life goes on?
    And won’t you kiss me
    On that midnight street
    Sweep me off my feet
    Singing ain’t this life so sweet

    This year’s love had better last
    This year’s love had better last
    This year’s love had better last
    This year’s love had better last
  • 9. Sail Away (5:15)

    Sail away with me honey
    I put my heart in your hands
    Sail away with me honey now, now, now
    Sail away with me
    What will be, will be
    I wanna hold you now, now, now

    Crazy skies all wild above me now
    Winter howling at my face
    And everything I held so dear
    Disappeared without a trace
    Oh all the times I’ve tasted love
    Never knew quite what I had
    Little Darling, if you hear me now
    Never needed you so bad
    Spinning round inside my head

    Sail away with me honey
    I put my heart in your hands
    Sail away with me honey now, now, now
    Sail away with me
    What will be will be
    I wanna hold you now, now, now

    I’ve been talking drunken gibberish
    Falling in and out of the bars
    Trying to find some explanation here
    For the way some people are
    How did it ever come so far?

    Sail away with me honey
    I put my heart in your hands
    Sail away with me honey now, now, now
    Sail away with me
    What will be will be
    I wanna hold you now, now, now

    Sail away with me honey
    I put my heart in your hands
    Sail away with me honey now, now, now
    Sail away with me
    What will be will be
    I wanna hold you now, now, now
  • 10. Say Hello Wave Goodbye (9:03)

    Standin’ at the door of the pink Flamingo cryin’ in the rain
    It was a kind of so-so love and I’m gonna make sure it doesn’t happen again
    You and I had to be the standing joke of the year
    You were a run-around, a lost and found and not for me I feel

    Take your hands off me, hey
    I don’t belong to you, you see
    And take a look in my face, for the last time
    I never knew you, you never knew me
    Say hello, goodbye
    Say hello and wave goodbye

    We tried to make it work, you in a cocktail skirt and me in a suit but it just wasn’t me
    You’re used to wearing less, and now your life’s a mess, so insecure you see
    I put up with all the scenes, this is one scene that’s goin’ to be played my way
    Say hello and wave goodbye

    Take your hands off me, hey
    I don’t belong to you, you see
    And take a look in my face, for the last time
    I never knew you, you never knew me
    Say hello, goodbye
    Say hello and wave goodbye
    Say hello and wave goodbye

    Under the deep red light I can see the make-up slidin’ down,
    Well hey little girl you will always make up so take off that unbecoming frown,
    As for me, well Ill find someone who’s not goin’ cheap in the sales,
    A nice little housewife, who’ll give me a steady life and not keep going off the rails,

    Take your hands off me, hey
    I don’t belong to you, you see
    And take a look in my face, for the last time
    I never knew you, you never knew me
    Say hello, goodbye
    Say hello and wave goodbye

    Say hello and wave goodbye
    Say hello and wave goodbye
    Say hello and wave goodbye
    Wave goodbye

    Say hello and wave goodbye
    Say hello, wave goodbye
    Goodbye

    Say goodbye
    Say goodbye
  • 11. Babylon II (3:38)

    Moving through the crowds I’m pushing
    Chemicals all rushing through my bloodstream
    Only wish that you were here
    You know I’m seeing it so clear
    I’ve been afraid
    To show you how I really feel
    Admit to some of those bad mistakes I’ve made

    If you want it
    Come and get it
    Crying out loud
    The love that I was
    Giving you was
    Never in doubt

    Let go your heart
    Let go your head
    And feel it now
    Let go your heart
    Let go your head
    And feel it now

    Babylon, Babylon

    Sunday all the lights of London
    Shining sky is fading red to blue
    I’m kicking through the autumn leaves
    And wondering where it is you might be going to
    Turning back for home
    You know I’m feeling so alone
    I can’t believe
    Climbing on the stair
    I turn around to see you smiling there
    In front of me

    And if you want it
    Come and get it
    Crying out loud
    The love that I was
    Giving you was
    Never in doubt

    Let go your heart
    Let go your head
    And feel it now
    Let go your heart
    Let go your head
    And feel it now

    Let go your heart
    Let go your head
    And feel it now
    Let go your heart
    Let go your head
    And feel it now

    Babylon, Babylon, Babylon