Between Two Churches

by Black

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1.
Angel with your head down in a storm I know the lonely place you’re running from So have I got to tell you It’s alright to start again Say when and baby come out of the rain You’ve been inside your head for far too long Come live inside your life before it’s gone I know you want to tell me it comes on like a tidal wave Hold tight and baby, come out of the rain I’d pull down the sky for you Try all that I cannot do And I’d steal a line from “angel eyes” as we sit and watch the water rise Counting as you break the ties hold angels to their wings Angel with your heart turned inside out There’s no silent running in reality You’ve got to let your number count And though it’s like to choke you And comes on a like a hurricane Walk straight and Baby, come out of the rain
2.
Shirt’s all torn and I’m lame If I try to smile (it) hurts my face All I hear is complaint but who left this mess on my plate? Oh I will fade away on…watch my hair turn grey on Cold chicken skin and dog tail soup Tell me is that all I’m worth to you? Cold chicken skin and dog tail soup Is that all that I bring you? Inside out from cocaine Got a bird on a rush in your brain Wild eyed singing your song Calling out my name like you’re pulling it along Yo yo look on your face What you got in that bag,hair and nails? What’s that splashed on the walls? The top half of a dog And that’s all………!
3.
Charlemagne 03:51
Blind barking Bobby he can rage The red mist come down and take centre stage And if he could see he’d knock you down And he may yet if you stick around The sunlight only happens when he dreams The cold light of day is how it’s gonna stay Some thing’s only happen ‘cause it rains It takes another kind for taking up the strain and Be Charlemagne He’s looking out not looking in Don’t have to deal with where you’re looking One more human face to fill your mind And where the shadows fall… You dare not find
4.
Teenage Wall 04:20
Look out mama I’m coming through It don’t mean to me what it won’t for you Burn your brassiere and your high heeled shoes, yeah When you’ve nothing left You’ve got something to lose. If your hair is long and your soul is free Come on come on come running to me But you’ve heard it all before The teenage wall Look out mama I’m coming through Just about learned what this thing can do Teenage werewolf mating call…… Then you’re sitting there looking, Looking like I’ve got just enough left to be still in decline I’m just about ready to blow The teenage wall Speak to the face And not to the hand I’ve got nothing to say that you’d understand You got the wrong girl,you made the wrong call Everyone thought you were too old to fall But you’re waiting on her to call Yes you are Sitting there looking Looking like I’ve got just enough left to be still in decline I’m just about ready to blow The teenage wall
5.
Is there something going on I don’t know about yet? There is something going on around here I don’t know why you’re laughing Don’t know why you cry Don’t know what you’re thinking as you look in my eyes You don’t know what you want is this the same mistake Twice? There is something going on I don’t know about yet There is something going on around here I don’t know when you’re leaving, don’t know where you go It’s killing me to follow but that’s where I want to go To not know what you want is like the same mistake twice I love it when you’re angry I love it when you play I love it when you offer I love it when you rain I love it when you scare me I love it when you smile I love it when you’re frightened I love it when you hide
6.
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
7.
Two Churches 05:08
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 So 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
8.
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…………….?
9.
God love you now you are Strung out between the stars Heeded the siren when she called. What’s all to the good you say To take your friends away A man lying bleeding in the road One small light fading away that should have grown While we still have tears to shed Take someone else instead Beat on another guy So we can sit around and wonder why we still can’t reach A single black spot My best days may be gone But I’d exchange for none Not with the fire that’s in me now. I know the iceberg song, I know her sighs and moans And she’d be no good friend to me, I won’t go down easy at the end Now hear the angels sing Beyond imagining The cost of what you never thought Here comes a rider After dark
10.
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 light of day And she smelled of Xmas trees, 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 blackness 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 shows an arrow Pointing in
11.
This was a song I wrote too many years ago More than I’d like to know Or want you to remember Born in time to see the sixties die Born too late to know what was so great Or remember The river ran round on the other side Where it can never come back Are you having a wonderful life? I was the song I wrote before I thought to sing Some of them thought there were other things I should do here And you missed the rain until it started up Standing outside with a paper cup in December The river ran round on the other side But it can never run back Are you having a wonderful life? The sound of wind rushing in the trees Singing drunk on a trampoline in December The river can run round the other side But it can never run back Are you having a wonderful life?
12.
Showered with offers at twenty one By the age of twenty-two she is nearly long gone They keep calling her the heir to the rock and roll crown Man it weighed so heavy it was dragging her down Wants it ‘til she’s got it then tries to run away A hunger so deep it can never go away No way to fill it, to turn down the dial below the limit If she could only stop from crying She says I love him, he’s the kind to be clever with I’m ready, maybe soon make it better She’s wanted him for so long she’s forgotten how it goes This is the history of rock and roll All fogged up can’t even see to drive A ’44 magnum on the passenger side Pops a tablet for the cramping but it just won’t fade She starts hearing things he used to say; To love you is to surrender, it’s the need to lose To want to step inside a kind of raging feud Between the sea and the sky, my head and my heart And choosing which of them is tearing me apart He says I want her, want her so much I can taste her When I’m sleepi she’s the scale of the ether How much is it worth if it is free I just don’t know This is the history of rock and roll Haunted by images, the planet’s turning The sun going down on Mississippi burning Only darkness has the power to make her open up her heart And play it to the world as though they were only tears For crying We want the future Maybe soon maybe never When we’re ready…but we act like we hate it How much is it worth if it is free we’ll never know This is the history of rock and roll

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released November 5, 2005

Produced by Calum MacColl

Engineered by Neal Snyman and Paul Madden
Mixed by Phil Brown

Mastered by Denis Blackham at Skye Mastering

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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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