Are We Having Fun Yet

by Black

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credits

released 01 October 1993

All songs written by Colin Vearncombe

Martin Ditcham played percussion on tracks 1 2 4 5 7 8 9
Greg Harewood played bass on tracks 1 2
Martin Green played saxes & flute on tracks 1 5 8 & the horn arrangement on track 5
Martin McCarrick arranged the strings & played cello on tracks 6 8 10
Pete Davis additional keyboards & programming on tracks 3 6 8 9 10
Doreen Edwards sang backing vocals on track 8
Backing vocals on track 7 were performed by Mr. & Mrs. Black

All other instruments & vocals by Black
Recorded at the Chateau De La Rouge Motte, Normandy France

Recorded by Andy Todd

Tracks 1 3 5 6 mix engineered by Ken Thomas
Tracks 2 4 7 8 9 10 mix engineered by Lance Phillips

Recording & mix assistants Rattika, Phillipe Garcia & Gravel Macintosh

Produced by Mike Hedges & Black

LP co-ordination creative collaboration & sequencing by Michael Gaunt
Smooth running by Karen Rainford

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Track Name: Don't Take the Silence Too Hard
All the way from America holding out your hand
You pinned your colours to the mast
Pinned them high up in the sky
Look what you do to me
My hands keep thumping waltz in triple time

So she wrote
All the way from America
Arriving just as planned passing through the blocks and alleyways
The avenues I’m crying
Look what you do to me
Look what your tender hands have done this time

And I say
Don’t take the silence too hard
Don’t take the silence too hard
Your absence lasts through every passing year
Don’t take the silence too hard

All the way from America
Straining with my eyes to see the hours stretched out before me
As I cross the ocean line
Look what you do for me
My hands are ruby warm and I feel fine

And I sail
To the home of erotica
Pictured on the stand kneel down and pray you take no burdens
Out of the Promised Land
Into the mystery
Your eyes are full of tales of idle hands

She says
Don’t take the silence too hard
Don’t take the silence too hard
Your absence lasts through every passing year
Don’t take the silence too hard

All the way from America
Holding out your hand
You pinned your colours to the mast
Pinned them high up in the sky
Look what you do to me
My hands keep thumping waltz in triple time

Don’t take the silence too hard
Don’t take the silence too hard
Don’t take the silence too hard
Don’t take the silence too hard
Track Name: Swingtime
Too many souls are lost
So many dreams lie broken
Will you try to help them
Chase the night away, turn on the booming silver day

We do it in swingtime
We don’t count the skinny seconds passing by or wonder why
We do it in swingtime
Make the moment suit the time we make the rescue – fit the crime

And feel each passing year
Absorb the well of tears
They shoot horses, don’t they?
So we dance and sway into the pulsing, silver grey

We do it in swingtime
We don’t count the skinny seconds passing by or wonder why
We do it in swingtime
Make the moment suit the time we make the rescue – fit the crime

So many people fail
So many hearts are broken
We come to live with pain
We leave our arms wide open

Too many fights are thrown
We count the cost of it growing
Will you try to stop them
Roll away the night, break out the champagne, hit the lights

We do it in swingtime
We don’t count the skinny seconds passing by or wonder why
We do it in swingtime
Make the moment suit the time we make the rescue – fit the crime
Track Name: Wishing You Were Here
Yes I believe I’m not trouble sent to haunt you
Tell you for truth or did no one ever warn you
Til we stop these silly games
I can’t believe what you say

I see your face across the miles and miles between us
Do they separate, do they separate or join us
Do they join us at the hips
I need to kiss your sweet lips

There’ll be sparks in the rain
Honey in your hair
I’m wishing you were here with me
(I’m wishing you were here)

Turn out the lights if it helps to re-assure you
Call me a fool but you can’t only eat it twice
So eat it slowly let the juice run out
And believe what I say

Calling your name across the miles and miles between us
I see your face and the laugh lines reading join us
Join us right there at the hips
And I can taste your sweet lips

There’ll be sparks in the rain
Honey in your hair
I’m wishing you were here with me
(I’m wishing you were here)

I see your face across the miles and miles between us
Do they separate, do they separate or join us
Do they join us at the hips
I need to kiss your sweet lips

There’ll be sparks in the rain
Honey in your hair
I’m wishing you were here with me
(I’m wishing you were here)
Track Name: Leaving Song
Hand me my five and dime
Pass me my shirt hung on the line
I’ll polish up my boots and then take the first plane stateside I can find

It’s a handicap to try to see this far
When this place seems so cramped and small
In these streets they whisper legends
And it seems that I’m riding for a fall
I’m leaving, I’m leaving

All of my sense is shot
The streets are like a premonition of a crime
I wrote without you and I took the first plane stateside I could find

If they could they would have stopped me
They’d say I’m gaping at a dream
I’m leaving, I’m leaving

So I polish up my brand new car
Then take my tunes from door to door
I try not to see their faces as I’m dealing out my aces
The horizon seems so far away

From a penthouse for a king and queen
I expected more of the stuff of dreams

If they can they like to get their man and cut him right down to his knees
And I’m leaving, once again I’m leaving
I’m leaving, once again I’m leaving
I’m reeling, and once again I’m leaving
Track Name: Thats Just Like Love
It is true maybe
You never ask for much
But when your heart’s been broken into tiny little pieces
Who will pick them up
You know who’ll pick them up

That’s just like love
To see you through

You live with the silence
It wraps your every mood
With tender velvet fingers
And they cling just like the ivy on a sunny roof
If that’s what it takes to prove
That you live with your weakness
You face it every day
But when you play the let’s make lovers game
Someone has to pay
You know who’ll pay and pay and pay

If your face hurts
Feel like a bruised dog on a dusty street
But you’ve got lipstick on your feet
Lose your sad and wizened stare
Reach out and I’ll be there
I will set your senses alight
And blow them out one by one

That’s just like love
To see you through
That’s just like love
To see you through
Track Name: Ave Lolita
Gone and gone for good
Grown up and gone away
Passed from now to then like a river running by to
Rush headlong in to the sea

She hears the band play Ave Lolita
She sees her future coming to her in a flash
Starts counting hours, starts counting minutes
And walks the line while there’s still time
Ave Lolita

If you sleep at all sleep well for the coming day won’t spare you
If fear is the key you are locked outside the door
And you’ve been there before

When you heard the band play Ave Lolita
And you saw your future coming to you in a flash
Start counting hours, start counting minutes
And walk the line while there’s still time
Ave Lolita

Watch the sky for details, watch the distance for fire
Fiery pinpricks out of reach I can’t hold the lines of words
To tick them off but it won’t be long now

Cause she hears the band play Ave Lolita
She sees her future rushing by her in a flash
Starts counting hours, starts counting minutes
And walks the line she still can’t define
Ave Lolita
Track Name: Wish the World Awake
Your life is like free to fly
If feeling it is wrong
I don’t ever want to feel it right
It could almost be so
Sensational

My prayer is seldom heard
Ease into my arms
And whisper liquid words of love
It could give you everything
That you wanted to, if you want it to

Get up get up get up get up get up
Wish the world awake
Get up get up get up get up get up
Wish the world awake

She gave and gave of herself
Til there was nothing left
And got down on her knees and prayed
Prayed for an angel to fill her empty soul
Do angels come so big?
I don’t think so

If only you would jump on board
And ride the train of thought
Wish the world awake
If only you could break the line
You could learn this time
And wish the world awake
Track Name: Paper Crown
You know you’re where it’s at
But you don’t know where that is
When your friends come round smiling
And greet you with a kiss
Then push you in the dirt from behind

There’s no time like the right time
When the now time’s wearing thin
For their silver tinsel dresses
And their microwave skin
And their cheap books of romance
I think I’ll take my chances

So I run like I’d run from a flood
Like you know it’s understood
That your golden hair
Was never meant to wear
A paper crown

You know that a smile is their workaday face
You can’t calculate the effort
Just to keep it in its place
They don’t shoot to kill, they’d always miss
So shoot to wound

Like they’re always searching through your pockets
Like they expect to find an answer
The truth is that the truth is as commonplace as cancer
If only you’d take the time
You don’t need to shoot to find it

Just run like I’d from a flood
Like you know it’s understood
That your golden hair
Was never meant to wear
A paper crown

Run like you’d run for good
Like the rivers running blood
And you see your life flashing by
I run like I’d run from a flood
Like you know it’s understood
That your golden hair
Was never meant to wear
A paper crown
Track Name: Change Your Mind
Now and again an innocent shines
Out from the crowd and scenes that
Roll down the streets the inhuman streams
Down from the trees up from their knees

Jump overboard strike for the shore
Leave your clothes to the fire
Counting the ways your innocence paid
You can play it, rearrange it
You can change your mind

Tell me how the horrors escape
As we follow their trail ‘til dark
One for the need twice for the thrill
Into the groves, into the groves

Washed up ashore follow the call
Leave your debts behind you
Counting the ways that innocence pays
You can play it, rearrange it
You might change your mind

In the big city heat a photo can fade
Who were the saints of old?
Keep a brush at your heels
And cover your tracks
Aim for the higher ground in the field

Jump overboard strike for the shore
Leave your clothes to the fire
Counting the days your innocence paid
You can play it, rearrange it
You can change your mind
Change your mind
Change your mind
Change your mind
Track Name: To Take a Piece
I want you
I want you
For everything you do
You do
To take a piece

I need you
I need you
Cause everything you do
Is right on cue
To take a piece

You’re my find
But I’ll take my time
Until your eyes have dimmed from hot
To soft and mellow

You tease me
To please me
Like everything you do
You do
To take a piece

You’re like a team
A vixen queen
You turn my spine from diamond hard
To soft and yellow