The Accused

by Colin Vearncombe

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released 01 September 1999
Produced by Colin Vearncombe and Martin Green
Mixed by Rafe McKenna
Mastered by Robin Millar assisted by Mark Smith

Photography & design by Graham Wood at Tomato

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Track Name: Sleeper
The sun’s in your eyes
The cloud’s in your head
Always alone with the bugs in your bed
You’d better wake up soon
You’d better wake up soon

Sleeper, you could be more than you are

‘cause nothing is wrong
Everything’s fine, around for ever on
A circle line ‘til the monkeys are authors;
There’s not enough time
You’d better wake up soon
Track Name: Number One
I remember hearing you say: count on me
A shadow sat down at my side
I could not see
You could talk the moon out of the sky
And the birds out of the trees
And still just be the one who leaves

It’s been sixteen million, fourteen thousand seven hundred seconds
Since I realised you’d only ever care for number one

I can still remember how you’d justify
Every single sentence to start with I
And look here comes the moon out of the sky
Here comes the birds out of the trees
But I’m the one who’s saying leave

It’s been sixteen million, fourteen thousand seven hundred seconds
Since I realised you’d only ever care for number one
Track Name: Yves Klein Blue
Here we are and who’d have thought anyone could make us two madly in love
But I’ve had the rush for you for years and years
To deny what my daddy said I should I knew I didn’t want to
‘cause I can’t get enough of you
You lift me up, you put me down

As pretty as Yves Klein Blue

So here I’ll stay until I achieve all the things I said I would gladly retrieve;
The blood, sweat and tears I lost through years and years
Number one stop, look at the brave boys fall
I knew I didn’t want to ‘cause I can’t get enough of you

I can’t get enough of you
You light me up, you put me down

As pretty as Yves Klein Blue
As pretty as Yves Klein Blue
Track Name: The Way She Was Before
Tell me have you seen her
Did she look the same as before?
The last time that I saw her I swore
That I didn’t know that she was who she was
But if I tried I could still see that look
In her eyes; the one that went missing
The way she was before

And tell me how d’you find her
Did she look like she was having fun?
Smiling at a stranger is when she’s dangerous;
Never ashamed of what she has done
But if I try I can still see that look in
Her eyes; the one that went missing
The way she was before

The clothes that she wore
I loved the way she walked
The jokes she liked to tell
I loved the way she smiled
And it was fun while it lasted
It didn’t last long but I’m not bitter
I just miss her the way she was before
Track Name: Ghosts
Heroes are falling
Ghosts in crimson
And screaming flashes
Of thunder guns

The birds are flying
In sad formations
Of missing persons
And passing time

No more reunions
No more parade grounds
In silent houses
The heroes fall
Track Name: Better Letting Go
Lately we’ve been acting like strangers
We never show our feelings
Or say the things we mean
It’s hard to admit
But maybe it’s time to quit pretending
cause we both know

it’s better letting go
there’s no point hanging on
to what used to be
why can’t we see
it’s better letting go

It’s crazy to sit here in silence
Counting off the seconds
The beating of our hearts
When there’s no more to give
There’s no easy way to live together
We both know

It’s better letting go
It’s time to walk away
And start again
This makes no sense
It’s better letting go

No matter how we fake it
This love has faded
The feeling has gone
It’s time to move on
It’s no good looking back
It hurts but we both know it baby

It’s better letting go
There’s no point hanging on
To what used to be
Why can’t we see
It’s better letting go

It’s better letting go
It’s time to walk away
And start again
This makes no sense
It’s better letting go
Track Name: Storm Cloud Katherine
Look outside your window – the darkest sky you ever saw
And here am I, and there you are, and that’s all

When you need someone, really need someone
When you need someone
The night has no pity

You dream of Waterloo
As the lightning forks in two

I see your eyes and they’re still the same
The body blows absorbed in arcs of bitter pain

Storm cloud Katharine
Storm cloud Katharine

It’s all mapped out in relief like a skin of plaque on teeth
And so tense in here you can taste it; a power vacuum of sex

If you need someone
Not just anyone
If you need someone – don’t search in the city

Written longhand shaped in braille
You can smell it so you want it, your holy grail

And I see your eyes
And they show no fear
Though rocketman still loses through the never changing years

I see your eyes
And they’re still the same
The body blows absorbed in arcs of bitter pain

Storm cloud Katharine
Storm cloud Katharine

She says I’d rather walk away from you than hurt you with a word
Or a smile or a gesture that you may have misheard
And took as meaning something other than what I could do
What I don’t have if I don’t have you!

When you need someone don’t search in the city

You hauled the devils back down onto multitrack

And I see your eyes, they’re still the same
The bodyblows absorbed in arcs of bitter pain
Storm cloud Katharine
Storm cloud Katharine
I call her

Storm cloud Katharine
Storm cloud Katharine
Track Name: St Cecilia
It’s when you wonder where you’re from
It’s in her eyes and then it’s gone
You search to find there is none;
No way to light the pathway
As you blindly stumble on

Wasn’t I the one who swore to never try?
To swim the river deep, to scale the mountain high?
Until I’d learned to pray
To St. Cecilia

Breathes like a sigh and then it’s gone
Flickers like the light that shone
Down from the humid sky
So you and I swam
I’ll take you there, our places shared
And then I’ll learn to pray to St. Cecilia
I’ll never find a way to understand
If I do what you do

Wasn’t I the one who swore never to try?
To swim the river deep, to scale the mountain high?
Until I’d learned to pray
To St. Cecilia
Track Name: Blue Sky
You play to win
No looking backwards
Just throw the switch and step back
Looking like you’re innocent
Do I have to let you know
That the game begins with you
When I know that somewhere, there is a blue sky for us?

On the outside form the outside looking in
You know where it ends but not how to begin
It’s like you’re in a dream
Do I have to let you know
That the game began with you
cause I know that somewhere, there is a blue sky for us?

We’re coming through
We fill the airwaves
Just throw the switch and step back
Grinning like you’re in a dream
Do I have to let you know that the game
Begins with you
And I know
That somewhere
There is a blue sky
For us?
Track Name: Surrender
It seems I float from room to room
Each door unopened
The smell of sweet perfume
Inhale and take a sip and then another
Can I surrender?

I will, I will just surrender

I don’t dress anymore
But bathe at dawn
And in the twilight
Days pass across me with the touch
Of raw silk
Can I surrender?

I will, I will just surrender

And when the full moon comes
I’ll watch the foxes play
Among their shadows
And then turn to face the grinning women
Spilling from the darkened corners of the room

The fire splutters and fades to embers
Of snapping orange

I will, I will just surrender