No Line On The Horizon

No Line On The Horizon
Magnificent
Moment Of Surrender
Unknown Caller
I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight
Get On Your Boots
Stand Up Comedy
Fez - Being Born
White As Snow
Breathe
Cedars Of Lebanon
Winter (from accompanying Anton Corbijn film "Linear")

 
 
 
 
  Rolling Stone Review of NLOTH
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

No Line On The Horizon

I know a girl who's like the sea
I watch her changing every day for me
Oh yeah
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh

One day she's still, the next she swells
You can hear the universe in her sea shells
Oh yeah
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh

No, no line on the horizon, no line

I know a girl with a hole in her heart
She said infinity is a great place to start
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh

She said "Time is irrelevant, it's not linear"
Then she put her tongue in my ear
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh

No, no line on the horizon, no line
No, no line
No, no line on the horizon, no line
No, no line

The songs in your head are now on my mind
You put me on pause
I'm trying to rewind and replay

Every night I have the same dream
I'm hatching some plot, scheming some scheme
Oh yeah
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh

I'm traffic cop, rue du Marais
The sirens are wailing but itīs me that wants to get away
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh

No, no line on the horizon, no line
No, no line
No, no line on the horizon, no line
No, no line


 
 
 
 
 
 

Magnificent

Magnificent
Magnificent

I was born
I was born to be with you
In this space and time
After that and ever after I haven't had a clue
Only to break rhyme
This foolishness can leave a heart black and blue

Only love, only love can leave such a mark
But only love, only love can heal such a scar

I was born
I was born to sing for you
I didnít have a choice but to lift you up
And sing whatever song you wanted me to
I give you back my voice
From the womb my first cry, it was a joyful noiseÖ

Only love, only love can leave such a mark
But only love, only love can heal such a scar

Justified till we die, you and I will magnify
The Magnificent
Magnificent

Only love, only love can leave such a mark
But only love, only love unites our hearts

Justified till we die, you and I will magnify
The Magnificent
Magnificent
Magnificent


 
 
 
 
 
 

Moment Of Surrender

I tied myself with wire
To let the horses run free
Playing with the fire until the fire played with me
The stone was semi-precious
We were barely conscious
Two souls too smart to be in the realm of certainty
Even on our wedding day

We set ourselves on fire
Oh God, do not deny her
Itīs not if I believe in love
But if love believes in me
Oh, believe in me

At the moment of surrender
I folded to my knees
I did not notice the passers-by
And they did not notice me

Iīve been in every black hole
At the altar of the dark star
My bodyīs now a begging bowl
Thatīs begging to get back, begging to get back
To my heart
To the rhythm of my soul
To the rhythm of my unconsciousness
To the rhythm that yearns
To be released from control

I was punching in the numbers at the ATM machine
I could see in the reflection
A face staring back at me
At the moment of surrender
Of vision over visibility
I did not notice the passers-by
And they did not notice me

I was speeding on the subway
Through the stations of the cross
Every eye looking every other way
Counting down ītil the pain would stop

At the moment of surrender
Of vision over visibility
I did not notice the passers-by
And they did not notice me


 
 
 
 
 
 

Unknown Caller

Sunshine, sunshine
Sunshine, sunshine

Oh, oh
Oh, oh

I was lost between the midnight and the dawning
In a place of no consequence or company
3:33 when the numbers fell off the clock face
Speed dialling with no signal at all

Go, shout it out, rise up
Oh, oh
Escape yourself, and gravity
Hear me, cease to speak that I may speak
Shush now
Oh, oh
Force quit and move to trash

I was right there at the top of the bottom
On the edge of the known universe where I wanted to be
I had driven to the scene of the accident
And I sat there waiting for me

Restart and re-boot yourself
Youīre free to go
Oh, oh
Shout for joy if you get the chance
Password, you enter here, right now

Oh, oh
You know your name so punch it in
Hear me, cease to speak that I may speak
Shush now
Oh, oh
Donīt move or say a thing


 
 
 
 
 
 

I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight

She's a rainbow and she loves the peaceful life
Knows I'll go crazy if I don't go crazy tonight
There's a part of me in chaos that's quiet
And there's a part of you that wants me to riot
Everybody needs to cry or needs to spit
Every sweet-tooth needs just a little hit
Every beauty needs to go out with an idiot
How can you stand next to the truth and not see it?

A change of heart comes slow..

It's not a hill it's a mountain
As you start out the climb
Do you believe me or are you doubting?
We're gonna make it all the way to the light
But I know I'll go crazy if I don't go crazy tonight

Every generation gets a chance to change the world
Pity the nation that will listen to your boys and girls
'Cos the sweetest melody is the one we haven't heard?
Is it true the perfect love drives out all fear?
The right to appear ridiculous is something I hold dear

Oh, but a change of heart comes slow...

It's not a hill it's a mountain
As you start out the climb
Listen for me I've been shouting
But we're gonna make it all the way to the light
But you know I'll go crazy if I don't go crazy tonight

Baby, baby, baby, I know I'm not alone
Baby, baby, baby, I know I'm not alone

Ha, ha, ha

It's not a hill it's a mountain
As you start out the climb
Listen for me I've been shouting
Shouting to the darkness, squeeze out sparks of light

You know we'll go crazy
You know we'll go crazy
You know we'll go crazy, if we don't go crazy tonight
Oh oh Slowly now Oh oh


 
 
 
 
 
 

Get On Your Boots

The future needs a big kiss
Winds blow with a twist
Never seen a moon like this
Can you see it too?

Night is falling everywhere
Rockets at the fun fair
Satan loves a bomb scare
But he wonít scare you

Hey, sexy boots
Get on your boots, yeah

You free me from the dark dream
Candy floss, ice cream
All our kids are screaming
But the ghosts arenít real

Hereís where we gotta be
Love and community
Laughter is eternity
If joy is real

You donít know how beautiful
You donít know how beautiful you are
No you donít know how beautiful / You donít know, and you donít get it, do you?
You donít know how beautiful you are

Thatís someoneís stuff theyíre blowing up
But weíre into growing up
Women of the future
Hold the big revelations

I got a submarine
You got gasoline
I donít want to talk about wars between nations...

Not right now
Hey sexy boots, no!
No no no...
Get on your boots, yeah
Not right now!
Bossy boots

You donít know how beautiful
You donít know how beautiful you are
No you donít know how beautiful / You donít know, and you donít get it, do you?
You donít know how beautiful you are, are...

Hey sexy boots
I donít want to talk about the wars between the nations
Sexy boots, yeah

Let me in the sound
Let me in the sound
Let me in the sound sound
Let me in the sound sound
Let me in the sound

Let me in the sound
Let me in the sound now
God, Iím going down
I donít wanna drown now
Meet me in the sound

Let me in the sound
Let me in the sound
Let me in the sound sound
Let me in the sound sound
Meet me in the sound

Get on your boots
Get on your boots
Get on your boots
Yeah hey hey
Get on your boots
Yeah hey hey
Get on your boots
Yeah hey hey
Get on your boots
Yeah hey hey


 
 
 
 
 
 

Stand Up Comedy

Love love love love love...
Love love love love love...

I got to stand up and take a step
You and I have been asleep for hours
I got to stand up
The wire is stretched in between our two towers
Stand up in this dizzy world
Where a lovesick eye can steal the view
Iīm gonna fall down if I canīt stand up
For your love

Love love love love love...

Stand up, this is comedy
The DNA lottery may have left you smart
But can you stand up to beauty, dictator of the heart
I can stand up for hope, faith love
But while Iīm getting over certainty
Stop helping God across the road like a little old lady

Out from under your beds
Cīmon ye people
Stand up for your love

Love love love love love...

I gotta stand up to ego but my egoīs not really the enemy
it's like a small child crossing an eight lane highway
On a voyage of discovery

Stand up to rock stars, Napolean is in high heels
Josephine, be careful of small men with big ideas

Out form under your beds
C'mon ye people
Stand up for your love

Love love love love love...

God is love
And love is evolution's very best day
Soul rockin' people moving on
Soul rockin' people on and on
C'mon ye people
We're made of stars
C'mon ye people
Stand up then sit down for your love

Love love love love love...
Love love love love love...


 
 
 
 
 
 

Fez - Being Born

Six o'clock
On the autoroute
Burning rubber, burning chrome
Bay of Cadiz and ferry home
Atlantic sea cut glass
African sun at last

Lights.. flash past
Like memories
A speeding head, a speeding heart
I'm being born, a bleeding start
The engines roar, blood curling wail
Head first then foot
Then heart sets sail


 
 
 
 
 
 

White As Snow

Where I came from there were no hills at all
The land was flat, the highway straight and wide
My brother and I, would drive for hours, like we had years instead of days
Our faces as pale as the dirty snow

Once I knew there was a love divine
Then came a time I thought it knew me not
Who can forgive forgiveness when forgiveness is not?
Only the lamb as white as snow

And the water, it was icy
As it washed over me
And the moon shone above me

Now this dry ground it bears no fruit at all
Only poppies laugh under a crescent moon

The road refuses strangers
The land, the seeds we sow
Where might we find the lamb as white as snow?

As boys we would go hunting in the woods
To sleep, the night shooting out the stars
Now the wolves are every passing stranger
Every face we cannot know
For only a heart could be as white as snow
If only a heart could be as white as snow


 
 
 
 
 
 

Breathe

16th of June, 9:05, door bell rings
Man at the door says if I want to stay alive a bit longer
Thereís three things I need you to know. Three

Coming from a long line of travelling sales people on my motherís side
I wasnít gonna buy just anyoneís cockatoo
So why would I invite a complete stranger into my home
Would you?

These days are better than that
These days are better than that

Every day I die again, and again Iím reborn
Every day I have to find the courage
To walk out into the street
With arms out
Got a love you canít defeat
Neither down or out
Thereís nothing you have that I need
I can breathe
Breathe now

16th of June, Chinese stocks are going up
And Iím coming down with some new Asian virus
Ju Ju man, Ju Ju man
Doc says youíre fine, or dying
Please
9:09, St John Divine, on the line, my pulse is fine
But Iím running down the road like loose electricity
While the band in my head plays a striptease

The roar that lies on the other side of silence
The forest fire that is fear so deny it

Walk out into the street
Sing your heart out
The people we meet
Will not be drowned out
Thereís nothing you have that I need
I can breathe
Breathe now

We are people borne of sound
The songs are in our eyes
Gonna wear them like a crown

Walk out, into the sunburst street
Sing your heart out, sing my heart out
Iíve found grace inside a sound
I found grace, itís all that I found
And I can breathe
Breathe now


 
 
 
 
 
 

Cedars Of Lebanon

Yesterday I spent asleep
Woke up in my clothes in a dirty heap
Spent the night trying to make a deadline
Squeezing complicated lives into a simple headline
I have your face here in an old Polaroid
Tidying the children's clothes and toys
You're smiling back at me, I took the photo from the fridge
Can't remember what then we did
Haven't been with a woman, it feels like, for years
Thought of you the whole time, your salty tears
This shitty world sometimes produces a rose
The scent of it lingers and then it just goes

Return the call to home

The worst of us are a long drawn-out confession
The best of us are geniuses of compression
You say you're not going to leave the truth alone
I'm here 'cos I don't wanna go home

Child drinking dirty water from the river bank
Soldier brings oranges he got out from a tank
I'm waiting on the waiter, he's taking a while to come
Watching the sun go down on Lebanon

Return the call to home

Now I've got a head like a lit cigarette
Unholy clouds reflecting in a minorette
You're so high above me, higher than everyone
Where are you in the Cedars of Lebanon?

Choose your enemies carefully, 'cos they will define you
Make them interesting 'cos in some ways they will mind you
They're not there in the beginning but when your story ends
Gonna last with you longer than your friends


 
 
 
 
 
 

Winter

The yellow sun,
Well it took the hand,
Of a country boy,
To a city in a far off land.

We made no mark,
No shadow at all,
On the ancient holy streets,
Where I learned to crawl.

Looking at the bruised,
The young and the used,
The sure and confused all here

Birds will land on me,
Then abandon me,
Mangle, untangle me,
Leave me on the floor

Rhymes they sprang in me,
Summer sang in me,
But summer sings in me no more.

Now I'm 25,
I'm trying to stay alive,
In a corner of the world,
With no clear enemies to fight.

It's hot as hell,
We're like butter on toast
But there's no army in this world,
That can fight a ghost.

Looking at the bruised,
The young and the used,
The sure and confused all here

Birds will land on me,
Then abandon me,
Leave me stranded,
[..] on the door.

Rhymes began in me,
Summer sang in me,
But summer sings in me no more.

Oooh

[spoken]

At 21,
I was born a son,
And on that day I knew,
I could kill.

To protect the ones,
Who put bullets in guns,
Or anything it takes,
To take a life.

 

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