Any Colour You Like Deluxe Edition

by Black

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1.
Here I go out to sea again The sunshine fills my hair And dreams hang in the air Gulls in the sky and in my blue eyes You know it feels unfair There's magic everywhere Look at me standing Here on my own again Up straight in the sunshine No need to run and hide It's a wonderful, wonderful life No need to laugh or cry It's a wonderful, wonderful life The sun's in your eyes The heat is in your hair They seem to hate you Because you're there And I need a friend, oh I need a friend To make me happy Not stand there on my own Look at me standing here on my own again Up straight in the sunshine No need to run and hide It's a wonderful, wonderful life No need to laugh or cry It's a wonderful, wonderful life I need a friend, oh I need a friend To make me happy, not so alone L ook at me here, here on my own again Up straight in the sunshine No need to run and hide It's a wonderful, wonderful life No need to laugh or cry It's a wonderful, wonderful life
2.
I think my heart must be made of clay Cause everyone said it would be broken some day And now I've come to that fateful day So I sit on the floor with my head in my hands And don't tell me how to make it pay I write a new song every day I just wish I was made of wood I might not feel pain even if I should Even if I should The sweetest smile that ever did Melt the pats in the butter dish And if you could have believed in me I swear to God I'd have made damn sure Our hearts were warm, and glad with wine I'd keep the doors locked all the time I just wish I was made of wood You might not seem glad, even if you should Even if you should, if you should I think my heart must be made of clay Cause everyone said it would be broken some day Seems that I have come to that fateful day So I sit on the floor with my head in my hands With my head in my hands Even if I should, if I should
3.
Did I sleep? Do I dream of cold, silent water So deep and dark And the wires are singing our song? Our song As we lay back and stared into cloudless skies And the stars up there The wires are singing our song The wires are singing our song Your face, now so plain, once was so lovely A beautiful refrain, duet with stars But your smile now in disguise became a flat line And to never love again like you did before, was all Why go on with it, why go on with it? Why, to let it go, like water on snow? I know what you want, what you are thinking To drift beyond the pain and out of reach To sit, be safe and warm inside your sorrow And listen to the slow, slow morse tapping of the rain, as it says: Why go on with it? Why go on with it? Why to let it go like water on snow? Why go on with it? Why go on with it? Why to let it go like water on snow?
4.
Will you ever please shut up? More than one face here needs to blow and rain Hold that cold and old idea Then let it slowly fade Then maybe get along, baby get along Tomorrow is another night You hurt my soul Took my song Baby get along You’re just annoyed that you weren’t first In his clothes, his arms, his bed So he winds up loving someone else Who needs him less instead Try getting turned on by the shape of his thumb Loving someone when you just feel numb Standing outside of your frightened skin
5.
Gonna fly up to the moon Raising all of my money Can't make it too soon I am sick of it down here Gonna fly up to the moon So this is how the world ends Not with a bang but with a Wimpy Don't laugh too soon, I am sick of it down here Gonna rise up to the moon Who needs all the troubles of today, what's the difference anyway? I feel out of focus, what can I do? There's only you Gonna fly up to the moon Raising all of my money Can't make it too soon I am sick of it down here Gonna fly up to the moon When they open the borders where will you be? I'll climb the highest tree to avoid the stampede And if I should fly there's only you, you There's only you that would say goodbye
6.
Sometimes I wonder at this shame I hide Pare away the man and find the worm inside Then you wrap yourself around me And whisper in my ear; 'Where is your jealousy? All I feel is fear.’ How can he take you when you give yourself? All the old lines just to bind yourself Then you wrap yourself around me and And whisper in my ear; 'Where is your jealousy? All I feel is fear.’ I want to hear it I want to see Let me watch you make love And imagine that it's me
7.
There've been too many times When I never said what was on my mind How was I to know you'd go so soon? Your God would come to take you home Leaving me stumbling over These stupid lines on a shabby page Daddy, sometimes I'm filled with rage - I lost the only thing that was really mine And Daddy, can you hear me? Daddy, do I still make you laugh? And I know just what you'd say Is this really the time and place? To say all of those things that we never said There've been too many times When my head was filled with stupid pride I hope you're laughing now that all these words have been set aside And Daddy, can you hear me? Daddy, do I still make you laugh? And I know just what you'd say Is this really the time and place? To say all of those things that we never said It seems so long since I saw you Yet it seems like yesterday There's no need to make amends when we finish up as friends Oh Daddy, can you hear me? Daddy, do I still make you laugh? There’ve been too many times...
8.
Swingtime 05:35
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 W e 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
9.
Ave Lolita 05:25
Gone and gone for good Grown up and slipped away Passed from now to then like a river going 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 she still can't define Ave Lolita If you sleep at all sleep well for the coming day won't spare you If fear is the key you are lost outside the door And you've been there before When you heard the band play Ave Lolita She caught her future rushing by her 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 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 she still can't define Ave Lolita
10.
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 try I can still see that look in her eyes The one that went missing, it’s not all I’m missing From 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, it’s not all I’m missing From the way she was before The clothes that she wore I loved the way she walked The jokes she loved to tell I loved the way she smelled And it was fun while it lasted It didn't last long and I'm not bitter I just miss her the way she was before
11.
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'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
12.
Two Churches 05:09
Born in nineteen sixty two Born with eyes of a distant blue Good luck charm was number one and playing on the radio Now I'm about ready to lose myself I'm about ready to kiss and tell Give up all that I think I know Shed my skin and be ready to go through changes I'm in no rush you can take your time Show me yours and I'll show you mine Men'll fuck mud and then call it love A joke salami in a latex glove More than a little mixed up when God begins to speak Through changes When I have to go before St Peter I'll knock on his neon door and say Look at what came to be my journey Between two churches It's like I came to a fork in the road Four roads running only one of them known Fell to my knees as if I was pushed Love may come but it won't be rushed by trying to run and stop from choosing The changes And when I have to go before St Peter I'll knock on his neon door and say Look at what came to be my journey Between two churches
13.
i'd call it through, i've seen the signs won't waste my time any longer you made your choice, go let it loose go play and lose with the rainbows ‘cause i don't know who i see when i look at you now did you lie down for him did you give yourself to him and dip your stupid toes in stormy waters? you look lonely and cold, a thousand years old and your eyes don't show what you have but what you've sold i don't need to know but i want to know let it all come on let the bad times roll i don't know who i see when i look at you now did you lie down for him did you give yourself to him and dip your stupid toes in stormy waters? did you crossed the bridge of sighs as he spattered your insides to sink up to your neck in stormy waters? i don't know who i see when i look at you now did you lie down for him did you give yourself to him and dip your stupid toes in stormy waters? did you crossed the bridge of sighs as he spattered your insides to sink up to your neck in stormy waters? stormy waters
14.
You told a few lies and they came back on you So you told a hundred more until she came back to you But she only stayed a while Just long enough to say the kind of things left to be said In the cold, cold light of day And she smelled of Christmas trees, of coffee and vanilla Calcutta after snowfall, she's no-one's stand-in mother But I drifted into her like I could run myself aground And keep her smiling at the sight of the darkness spilling out And I don't mind if you don't care about it I'll get by without her arms around me As long as I can sit on my own In her coat and no knickers I believe it doesn't matter So don't look at me that way Like I should notice how you look at me that way That's just the way you look when you look at me that way And I believe it doesn't matter At least not much anyway I never dreamed I could be lost in a place I know so well But I was running on the spot in the darkness 'til I fell And then pulling off my clothes I want to step out of my skin And paint a tattoo on my heart that shows an arrow pointing in
15.
Sleeper 04:02
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 the circle line 'Till monkeys are authors there's not enough time You'd better wake up soon Sleeper, you could be more than you are
16.
I can’t find my way home It’s still a place I need to be Can someone show me any place, That could be home for me Not back there in the North In the windswept bitter cold With the sidewalks growing grass Where we would only grow old And all the mines are gone But no one knows or cares If a thing is not nailed down It was never there I still remember how it seemed An old-world symphony of tears And now what I want’s always beyond my reach Where the river bends Wasn’t down here in the South Always on nightshift or on call There’s no sunshine in the streets The buildings grew so tall And no-one sees your eyes But from a corner of their own And they only really feel it when the balance has all gone They don’t care how And they don’t care why It’s enough to make a grown man cry, and I do What’s it to you? If I can’t find my way home And it’s still a place I need to be Seems what I want’s always beyond my reach And where the river bends Singing songs down from the trees To race across the open fields Around the trucks like carrion for the fall And the fruit we tried to steal I cannot find my way home, Empty places packed and gone As if what I want’s always beyond the point Of where the river bends Just where the river bends Where the river bends
17.
Listen hell is freezing over Walk on solid water Put on your party shoes I am the lonely soldier,homesick In a war that can't be won And getting angry If you're all done dying Can we get to dance? I just began to stop resisting No lack of resignation The wheel turns also for the better And the poet has my soul and He may take it naked And send my ass a picture If you're all done dying can we get to dance? Let the moment be your throne And sit there naked on it,write your heart a letter If you're all done dying Can we get to dance? If you're all done dying...?
18.
I wish she'd leave me alone Like I know she would if she saw me alone sitting On a barstool looking back at her And I couldn't hide the hunger from her Should I leave? In a heartbeat Sha la la la don't mean I love you....... And sometimes you dream of home But like a lover that's a long time gone And she's so unknown,when you thought you knew What you try to put in words as if it's words you understood Should I leave? In a heartbeat Sha la la la don't mean I love you....... Change, keep changing Turn it inside out Turning it from what it is to what it was about Staking what you never had and never want to lose Strip your shoes and cut your feet on what you're going Through The last time was the first time but the first time never fades Only exists inside a dream you never made Sha la la la la la la la la la Don't mean I love you, I wish she'd leave me alone
19.
If I had more than this to give I’d probably do what you’re wanting me to; I’d have you back Though it tore me in two I’m no exception to the rule That makes a fool And if I had more than one life to live I’d probably want what you were hoping I’d got And take you back With no memory of wounds No exception to the rule creates a fool I don’t work it out but here’s my guess You liked me better when you knew me less I was lucky at the tables but when it came to love It seems that Dying young takes all the best And I love you so much I’d be your clothes Where my heart wanders the action follows And as hard as it is to keep from wanting you I’ve got a choice of what will kill me And it won’t be you… What makes a fool?
20.
I walked from Prague to Dusseldorf, from Germany to France To earn a little extra there I learned to dance And I’d dance with anyone, anyone who paid The lean the mean the cruel and those of arbitrary ways And in an arrondissement numberless I found I’d passed the test No weeping in the rain, no weeping in the rain No weeping in the rain I only do what I do Won’t wish upon distant stars Or weep over photographs I walk on frozen water Now I dream of America, remember nearly not a thing I have the word “America” inscribed upon a ring And wear it on my finger like a signpost and someday I’ll take the boat to Liverpool to New York and California I hear the ocean’s loud enough to swallow up your song Without whom…nothing! No weeping in the rain, no weeping in the rain I’ll only do what I do Won’t wish upon distant stars Or weep over photographs I’ll walk on frozen water I’ll only do what I do Won’t wish upon distant stars Or weep over photographs Of what might have been ours People will go when they go Why you may never know Until then by the grace of God I’ll walk on frozen water
21.
Surrender 04:51
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
22.
The unforgiven they sleep alone at a night The young unsung busting to come I was the one who thought to have you would be like living from my dreams You use your words like you had stolen them So care free, could not care less You are the one you said you want then you can have in your dreams I know that you that you know, what's it like to be wrong For so long, for so long I've been down there too And there's no excuse I came the one to keep you warm at night You gave me belly, you gave me lip I came the one who knew to have you was not all it seems I know that you that you know, what's it like to be wrong For so long, for so long I've been down there too And it's no excuse Been down there too I've been a fool, I've been a pierrot I've had no money, place of my own Am I the one to pay the price to have you twice In your dreams I know that you that you know, how it feels To steal from yourself To lose more than it seems you've ever had There's no going back You lose more than you ever had You leave a piece behind
23.
Born long before the second war Then drafted only weeks before it ends To sit for eighteen months in England My mother’s blond and wall-eyed boy has gone for good He’s understood too much of life is gone that’s not forgotten Remember, remember Berlin like a bride in early Springtime bathed in the April rain I am a brash and painted whore; consume the world still needing more To spend myself then walk into the Big Blue I want it all want all you’ve got Your moist and tender hollow spots To read the lines of every woman’s secret Remember, remember The songs of the clown and grievous angel Ring ‘til the end of time I want the world can never be In images I cannot see In words that I can hear but not remember Remember, remember The song of the clowns and grievous angel Like the beating of wings and the changing of things Will run ‘til the end of time
24.
California 05:10
I do what I have to You just look away Strip away my sadness Take away my clothes and then there’s who? When I have to I walk in paper shoes No more looking backwards No more knowing things Standing at the edge my Meeting you was long overdue If I have to I’ll make do with the blues I want to feel the rain stop falling I need a second chance And join the flow, the rush of gold In California I want to feel the rain stop falling Take my second chance I’ll cross this land And then I’ll stand in California The wealthy getting richer, Poor have ceased to dream Soon they’ll come to hating, Hating what they think they’ve got to choose If I have to I make do with the blues
25.
Beneath the radar The sun, moon and stars I am breathing… Waiting not only to inhale I am a form forgotten The reaching out and touching, The duetting To harmonise with stars as I am breathing, Seeking not only to inhale Breathing, I will scorch the heaving clamour with a stillness Of breathing Driven by the beauty or its lacking There’s no going back here Beneath the radar I am stronger than I seemed As I lay reeling Waiting not only to exhale…….. One wild guess Breathing, I will scorch the heaving clamour with the stillness Of breathing Driven by the beauty or its lacking No going back here Beneath the radar
26.
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 Katherine Storm cloud Katherine 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 Katherine Storm cloud Katherine 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 Katherine Storm cloud Katherine I call her Storm cloud Katherine Storm cloud Katherine

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Deluxe Edition - released 9th December 2016

This 2-CD special edition is a beautiful introduction to Colin's life's work.

The CDs are packaged in a hardback book with 64 pages of art, lyrics, production notes, many previously unpublished photographs, original liner notes, and an extensive conversation with Colin during which he talks about the songs that were chosen for this compilation, the way they were recorded, what they meant to him, and how his attitude towards his work changed over the years.

CD 1 is comprised of fifteen recordings that were chosen 'by the fans for those who would be', with an extra track; 'Where The River Bends' that was used in the film 'The Pier' and had not been previously available. The 2002 re-recording of Wonderful Life is included, as is the 2011 re-working of Sweetest Smile. The version of Water On Snow was recorded live in front of a small group of fans in a studio in North London in 2010 and captures a magical moment.

CD 2 has ten tracks that Colin personally chose to accompany the deluxe vinyl versions of the album, the first volume of which was released in 2013 (Vol II released December 2016). They were his personal favourites at the time, chosen from the previous twenty years of output on his own record label. Every track is beautiful and for those of us who loved Colin, often heartbreaking.

This deluxe edition is substantial and was expensive to produce but we've priced it as low as we possibly can because we want this beautiful package, filled with Colin's beautiful songs and Colin's beautiful voice to be the ambassador for his work. It would make a fine gift for anyone who values high quality music and loves timeless songs and we want everyone who is a Black fan to use this edition to help spread the word far and wide.

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Black

Colin Vearncombe, otherwise known as Black, was born in Liverpool on 26 May 1962.

He had three top- ten records across Europe and sold over two million albums before leaving the mainstream and going independent. He released a string of albums as Black and under his own name on his own label; Nero Schwarz.

He died in a motor accident in January 2016. His legacy lives on in the Love, Colin project.
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