Water on Stone

by Black

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1.
You can travel the world Go the whole world over And still be where you are And still be where you are I travelled the world Went the whole world over And still was where I was I still was where I was Not a fighter not a lover not even a forgiver Tonight we cross the river You’re my whole world I’d go your whole world over To leave you as you are To leave you as you are As a fighter and a lover and even a forgiver Tonight we cross the river Cross the river Breaking into a kind of idiot grin I woke up in your car with the water coming in As a fighter and a lover Hell, even a forgiver Tonight we cross the river We cross the river
2.
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
3.
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
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 Yeah maybe get along Baby get along Tomorrow is another night You hurt my soul Took my song Baby get along Try getting turned on by the shape of his thumb Loving someone when you just feel numb Standing outside of your frightened skin
5.
I don’t need your type of drip feed I don’t need your wishing well I don’t need your body count, your bump and grind, your kiss and tell The little cuts that scar aren’t why we hurt The laughter lies that bind us are the worst I hate you Don’t leave I don’t need your kind of trouble I don’t need your blow by blow I don’t need your sleight of hand, your whistle stop your come and go I don’t need your thick nipped fashion voodoo The hole the poison needs is what I can’t feed I hate you Don’t leave I don’t need your push and hustle I don’t need your hit and run I don’t need your feeding frenzied body bag; I am a terminator I don’t need your after day glo I don’t need your ‘I can’t tell’ I don’t need your incandescent scent of woman gone to hell The little cuts that scar aren’t why we hurt The laughter lies that bind us are the worst I hate You Don’t leave
6.
I’d call it through, I’ve seen the signs Won’t waste my time any longer You made your choice so go let it loose Go play and lose with the rainbows Where 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 for him And dip your stupid toes in stormy waters? You crossed the bridge of sighs as he spattered your insides To sink up to your neck in Stormy waters
7.
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?
8.
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

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released November 11, 2009

All Words and Music by Colin Vearncombe
©2009 Colin Vearncombe - published by Hornall Brothers Music.

Except:
Walk on Frozen Water - Words by CV, Music by CV and Graham Henderson
I Hate You (Don't Leave) - Words and Music by CV and Calum MacColl
both published by Hornall Brothers Music and Copyright Control


Produced by Colin Vearncombe and Andy Patterson

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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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