Fish

Sunsets on Empire tracks

Lyrics

1. THE PERCEPTION OF JOHNNY PUNTER

Just another nigger, a spooky piece of white trash,
Just another jewboy, spic, mick, yid,
Raghead motherfucker living on the planet.




Just before it kicks in

Just like a silver bullet,
Take a good look at yourself
In the mirror and tell me that it's worth it,
Said it'll never happen,
You said you'd never get caught out,
You settled in a habit, so now you're Mr Fixit,
Just another alien, living on the planet,
Living on the planet, living on the planet.
It's just one of those days
When you know that something's gonna happen.

Another betrayal, lose another friend,
You know you never need them,
On your own until the bitter end.
Just another pick up,
Just another kill, someone else's daughter,
someone else's girl,
Living on the planet.
We are in another world,
Living on the planet we are, we are,
And you know there's some days when you feel that something's gonna happen,
This is one of those days which you know that something's gonna happen,
And something's gonna happen.

Somedays you just wake up
And you don't have any real sense of direction,
you just can't find the will to get up and go through
With it all, your next allotted 24 hour slice of destiny.
There's just a bad vibe
And rather than a world of opportunities,
It's full of threats and just too many negative variables
I'd noticed these houses way up in the hills
And I tried to imagine
What it would have been like living up
There isolated from the world,
Every night watching the fires crawl slowly down the valley,
And knowing that one night
It was gonna be your turn for the visit.
I tried to imagine what it would have been like hiding
In a cellar with your family and the fear
Hoping that when they do come, when the dogs don't bark,
And the silence is around you,
You hope that they burn the whole house around your ears
And they don't discover you hiding in the cellar
Because you've got nowhere to go,
And you know that one day that something's gonna happen.
There's one day, just one day.

Just another village burning in the hills,
I saw it on the TV, just another thrill,
Someone else's problems, someone else's grief,
Someone else's children, living on the planet,
We are in another world living on the planet,
We are in another world living on the planet, we are, we are

It's just one of those places
That never exist till you've been there,
It's just one of those things
That you never will see till you wake up,
And you know that somewhere there's somebody
That's out there who thinks like you do.
And you hope that today is the day
That it's all gonna happen for you.
And you know there's somedays
When you feel that something's gonna happen.
This is one of those days which you know
That something's gonna happen.




2. GOLDFISH AND CLOWNS

There are vampires in the park Mawgojzeta,
But I only hear the sound of dancing bears.
They're shooting stars in Warsaw Mawgojzeta,
Mawgojzeta do you care?

Do you believe that anything that
I could say would sort your life out?
What's the difference?
Could you trust anybody with your heart except yourself?
Well what's the difference?

Between sunsets and dawn, kings,
Queens and pawns, goldfish and clowns.
Between what's right and wrong can a love still grow strong,
What's the difference?

There are werewolves in these streets Mawgojzeta,
But you only hear me howling at the moon
There's betrayals in the Tarot Mawgojzeta is it me,
Or is it you?

Do you believe that everything I say is really true?
Well, what's the difference?
Don't you think everything's against us, that there's much too much to lose
Well, what's the difference?

Could you see everything
I should have been and everything I could be,
What's the difference, between sunsets and dawn, kings,
Queens and pawns, goldfish and clowns?
Between what's right and wrong can a love still grow strong,
What's the difference?
What is the difference?

There are vampires in the park Mawgojzeta,
But I only hear the sound of dancing bears
They're shooting stars in Warsaw Mawgojzeta,
Mawgojzeta do you care?
I know you believe that everything will work out alright,
What's the difference?
But is it a love or is this a life I need?
That's the difference.

Between sunsets and dawn, kings, queens and pawns,
What's the difference?
Between goldfish and clowns can a love still be found
Well, what's the difference? What is the difference?
Between playing away and playing at home
Well, what's the difference?
What is the difference?
What is the difference?
Between holding your own and holding her close?
Well what's the difference?
What is the difference? Well what is the difference?
Between holding your own and holding it close?
Well, what is the difference?
That's the difference, that's the difference that is. Between sunsets and dawns,
Kings, queens and pawns, goldfish and clowns




3. CHANGE OF HEART

Maybe it's you or maybe it's me,
Maybe it's just the weather.
I just can't decide I can't make up my mind,
Tomorrow seems like forever.

It's just a change of heart that's all it is,
It's just a change of heart that's all it is,
I'm just falling apart, as a matter of fact that is all it is,
That's all it is, that's all it is.
Just a change of heart
That's all it is.

Maybe it's time, it's maybe too late,
I just can't believe it's over,
If you just walk away, turn your back on me now,
Tomorrow will be forever.

It's just a change of heart that's all it is,
It's just a change of heart that's all it is,
I'm just falling apart, as a matter of fact that is all it is,
That's all it is, that's all it is.
Just a change of heart
That's all it is.

As the springtides shift the sands swelled by winter snow,
And the summer green melts to autumn gold.
I'm a man for every season but I live from day to day
Is that what you want? Is that all you want?
Is that all it is?

It's just a change of heart that's all it is,
It's just a change of heart that's all it is,
I'm just falling apart, as a matter of fact that is all it is,
That's all it is, that's all it is.
Just a change of heart
That's all it is.

At the end of the day please
Let me stay you know we belong together
I'll promise you now as I promised you then,
Tomorrow will be forever




4. WHAT COLOUR IS GOD?

I was thinking about thinking about thinking about thinking I was thinking.
Contemplating situations and the visions blew my mind.
In the gutter I was crawling as the shells just kept on falling all around me.

[Chorus]
What colour is God?
Why can't you tell me, can't you tell me?
What colour is God?
Why can't you tell me, can't you tell me?
What colour is God?
Why can't you tell me, can't you tell me?

As the library was burning and the pages kept on turning back in history.
As the doorways they were full of refugees and lonely people staring at me, they were asking of me.
What colour is God?
What colour is God?
What colour is God?

No matter what I say or do,
It never looks like making any difference.
Don't keep on looking down at me as if
I don't exist as if I'm not here
Don't focus all your anger and resentment that you have,
Don't blame it on me, don't blame it on me.

[Chorus]

Black brother in an open sports car pulled over by suspicious officer,
Uniform man got a nervous partner,
Weapon was pulled from a shoulder holster.
White jogger see the roadside gangsta,
Heart beat just a little bit faster,
Rasta man speaking in the island patois,
Gonna give you the righteous answer.

Why can't you tell me, can't you tell me?
What colour is God?

[Chorus]

No matter what
I say or do it never looks like making any difference
Don't focus all your anger and resentment that you have
Don't blame it on me, don't blame it on me

[Chorus]

Please, please, please tell me.
Please, please, please tell me.
What colour is God?




5. TARA

I want to be there in the morning,
I want to wake up by your side.
If I can make it back I'll be there,
If I can catch the early flight.
I'll bring you dragon's teeth from silver beaches,
Shells from Africa.
I'll give you China dolls and silken shawls,
Orchids for your hair,
Treasures drowned in sunken galleons,
Jewels from desert caves
When I get there.

We'll see each other in the morning when the sun comes up
We'll see each other in the morning when the sun comes up
In the morning

I'll guard you from the monsters on the TV,
From the pirates in the corners of your dreams.
I'll keep you from the cold and safe from trolls,
From the bad men while you play.
I'll hunt for crocodiles and snakes
With smiles I'll keep them
Far away from your innocence in all it's wonder.

We'll see each other in the morning when the sun comes up
We'll see each other in the morning when the sun comes up
In the morning, in the morning, when the sun comes up




6. JUNGLE RIDE

The car finally burned out around three.
The blue beacon of a silent patrol car threw new shadows
Into the street turning the window
Into a flickering monitor screen.
I'd seen the kids torch the vehicle before
I left on a nightly surfing run to a cybersex site in Chile
It wasn't as if they were getting rid of prints,
Everyone knew it was them.
They didn't give a shit.
They just wanted to see the flames,
To throw a bit of light on a situation.
I looked up the hill at the spread of the estate.
The streetlights glowed like campfires of an army
On the eve of battle or fireflies trapped
In the canopy of an immense jungle.
Jungle, young mental jungle,
Here in the jungle, in the jungle

Where men don't cry and husbands lie
And you never have to justify a kickin'.
When mates jump in to save your skin
If a chib is ever pulled out in a square go.

Jungle ride, jungle ride tell me when it's over.
Jungle ride, jungle ride tell me when it ends.
Oh here she comes round again, here she comes round again,
Here she comes round again, here she comes, here she comes.

The glazed eyes of porcelain clowns stare skywards
At clouds of goldfish madly circling
Their own silent plastic worlds,
High above the children who stuff ping pong balls like
Pills in the mouths of slowly rotating heads.

Intentions true as the arrow's flight
Wins a cuddly toy to while away an evening.
Outside this ring of light he'll claim his prize,
She'll sport lovebites just to prove to all he's been there.

Jungle ride, jungle ride tell me when it's over.
Jungle ride, jungle ride tell me when it ends.
Oh here she comes round again, here she comes round again,
Here she comes round again, here she comes, here she comes.

I crept along the edges of the parade,
Staying glued to the shadows where the dogs slept
Uneasily on their chains under the caravans.
I followed the drums and the pulsing light until I came
Across a clearing in the centre of which was the attraction.
And then I saw her, an angel in a chariot,
Her hair trailing behind her like the tail of a comet.
And I knew that she was mine.
I knew that we were destined to leave this place together.
We didn't belong to this carnage and the knowledge
Of escape was the only thing keeping me sane.
But for now I could only watch and wait
For this was an arena I dare not enter.

On the rim of the machine the animals had gathered.
Big cats at a waterhole waiting on the weak
And wounded to stagger into their territory
So they could exercise some violence
And feed their starving reputations.
No climbdown in this standoff with the world.
They already know that they can never win the war but in this battle they're gonna do some damage.
The pack will follow the stragglers into the dawn.
Young mental jungle.

Jungle ride, jungle ride tell me when it's over
Jungle ride, jungle ride, tell me when it ends
Jungle ride, jungle ride, tell me when it ends
Here she comes round again, here she comes round again
Here she comes round again, here she comes, here she comes.




7. WORM IN A BOTTLE

When you're down to the last skin
And the limelight splutters to darkness in the death of a Zippo.
At the backstage door the last fan has long disappeared
With a plastic bag stuffed full of memories.
If only you'd signed them, if only to testify, if only to recognise that he existed.
That for a moment he stood there.
Side by side in the gutter on the hard cold shoulder of destiny

You say never again this is the end and it's all gonna change you're determined this time.
Year after year you pretend it's for real
And it's all gonna change you're determined this time.
Well happy birthday to me!

When you're the worm in the bottle.
You're the last one to leave and there's nowhere to go to.
And the minicab driver politely suggests you go home.
If you could only remember, just where that's at,
Just where you been, just where it went wrong.
You'll eventually find it.

You say never again this is the end and it's all gonna change you're determined this time.
Year after year you pretend it's for real
And it's all gonna change you're determined this time.
Well happy birthday to me!

When you're down to the end line
And they're writing you up and writing you off
And it feels just like an obituary.
You feel it's all over.
You want to drive on down to the beach
And just keep on swimming.
But you're still treading water.

You say never again this is the end and it's all gonna change you're determined this time.
Year after year you pretend it's for real and it's all gonna change you're determined this time.
Well happy birthday to me!

Happy Birthday!




8. BROTHER 52

[Doc:]
"Tattoo Shop"

[Fish:]
"Hi Doc"

[Doc:]
"Hey Fish, what are you doin'?"

Fish: "If you don't mind, we're gonna record this.
Is that cool?"

[Doc:]
"Oh that's cooler 'n hell.
Hell yeah, 52's biggest dream man.
You know his biggest dream was,
Me and him go party with you."

On the trail of torn-out twisters,
Two angels on a mission came
Dust devils danced before them in the path of the hurricane.
On the road to Oklahoma, through the flatlands from L.A.
From the shadows in the valley,
From a country where the lizards play.
While they drove they kept the radio on,
Why don't you singalong, singalong, singalong.

[Chorus]
Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo Brother 52
Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo Brother 52
I don't think so.

A man stands behind his shadow,
A man stands behind his words.
These men are together with family to defend their rights in another man's world.
Most people stood against them, most people disagreed
With the need for all those weapons in our safe, secure society.
Paint the words and the pictures on another man's skin
We are lover, warrior, magician kings.

[Chorus]

[Doc:]
"Fuckin' brilliant, man.
OK, here's what happened.
52 barred the door shut from the inside.
A gunfight started on the front porch. 52 shot back.
You know...they come into his home with it,
So he's protecting himself.
The guy inside the house blew his brains out.
Yeah, they made it look like he killed himself.
But, no one believes he would,
'Cause he's not that kind of man.
That's all, I think, he wasn't afraid of death.
You know, he believed in something to die for,
That's what he did."

Some say he had it coming, others say he was sole to blame
But who says they've got the rights
If any at all to blow the brothers away.
A man got a right to wonder, a man got a right to dream,
Without looking over his shoulder
To choose the manner of the life he leads.
One man's thoughts on another man's skin
We are lover, warrior, magician kings.

(Chorus]

[Doc:]
"What they have done, was they've come in
And murdered him, for his bombs and his ammunition.
Just like that Waco Texas or any of these other things, Over here in the United States.
Anybody that's stockpiling firearms
And ammunitions is a threat to the government,
So the government wages war against us.
They tortured him, he went out but
I'm sure he stood up like he was supposed to, you know?
They smashed all the rings shut on his fingers
With a hammer.
It was all an orchestrated plan, man.
The more.. the closer I was getting to it..
To the truth, the more they got everybody looking
At me as being the guy that pulled the trigger.
And what they did when they killed 52,
Is they broke the whole family up.
That's exactly what they wanted to do.
They wanted to break all of us up."




9. SUNSETS ON EMPIRE

And then it was over and we took our applause.
We passed the peace pipe and thought no more
About the scenes that were missing,
About the lines we had crossed.
And we smiled at each other
And knew that the moment was lost.

I let you snuff out the candles,
I let you blow out the flame,
And I knew that this time it would never be the same.
The smiles you had wavered, tears welled in your eyes
And I looked and I knew that this magic it was only a sign
For Sunsets on Empire it was only a dream.
I knew that it was broken when I heard you scream
I know you can't believe it.
It meant nothing at all.
And we looked at each other
And we smiled and the moment was gone.
Sunsets on Empire is this really the end
Sunsets on Empire left with a friend
Could have been a lover, could have been a wife
But when it comes right down to it all I want is a life,
Just a life.

You said it never mattered. You said it's just a thrill.
You couldn't beat it. Another bitter pill.
It never was a habit. A one off just for sure.
You never really thought it out but I hoped that one time
That you'd come back for more.

Sunsets on Empire that's where I am
Sunsets on Empire that's all we have.
To face a new beginning when you're so close to the end
And you looked at me gently and smiled,
Would you still be my friend?

You started to smile
Is this really the end?
Is this really the end?
Sunsets on Empire
The sun sets on Empire




10. SAY IT WITH FLOWERS

We could talk for hours and we do about nothing,
And avoid talking about anything
That could cause us problems, that we couldn't ignore,
And have to talk about, to sort something out.
We got to keep talking, Keep talking.

So we're talking, and that's something.
I'm really happy that we're talking,
It's sure to get us somewhere, make it better,
And then we're sorted just as long as we keep talking
Everything's gonna be alright.

I got secrets then you know that.
You've got secrets I want to know about.
But if you want to know what I know
That you know then, we got to start talking.
Let's be honest. We can't ignore it. Keep talking.

When I look into your eyes I don't know what to say to you,
When I'm standing face to face,
I don't know what to say to you,
They said say it with flowers so I said it with flowers.
I sent you short red roses, short red roses.
Everything's gonna be alright.

We've been talking for hours, so have we got somewhere?
Can we say it's all worked out, it's all ok?
Let's go to bed, I'm tired, to be honest.
I just want to go to sleep, I'm tired.
Let's talk about it in the morning,
Let's talk about it in the morning.
To be honest, I'm tired.
I'm tired.