09 February 1981 – The Gospel According to the Meninblack

Band Name The Stranglers

Album Name The Gospel According to the Meninblack

Type Album

Released date 09 February 1981

Labels Liberty Records

Music Style New-Wave

Tracklist

Re-Issue in 2001 by EMI Records with 3 bonustracks
1. Waltzinblack03:37
2. Just Like Nothing on Earth03:34
3. Second Coming04:23
4. Waiting for the Meninblack03:44
5. Turn the Centuries, Turn04:34
6. Two Sunspots02:32
7. Four Horsemen03:40
8. Thrown Away03:30
9. Manna Machine03:17
10. Hallow to Our Men07:26
Bonustracks (Re-Issue 2001)
11. Top Secret03:27
12. Maninwhite04:25
13. Tomorrow Was Hereafter04:02
Total playing time39:07

1. WALTZ IN BLACK

(Instrumental)

2. JUST LIKE NOTHING ON EARTH

A woman in Wellington wet her whistle with a wild man
From way back when,
She sucked her thumb and she held her head for the man she didn’t ken
A Nip in Nippon napped a nod and knew a new nomad
Near the nearside window of his Mitsubishi
His kid was scared he said he thought it was something new

Just like nothing on earth
Just like nothing on earth
Just like nothing on earth
(Just like nothing on earth)
(Just like nothing on earth)

Just … like … nothing … on … earth
On … earth

Just like nothing on earth
Just like nothing on earth
Just like nothing on earth
(Just like nothing on, just like nothing on earth)

A man on the main motor mile mesmerised much monkey magic
Meandering piecemeal
You know UFOs utilise euphoric united ecstatic fantastic
Traumatic burning rubber blubber blackout checkout
For philandering sons of magic women
His brain was blazed and amazed he said he thought it was something new

Just like nothing on earth
Just like nothing on earth
Just like nothing on earth
(Just like nothing on earth)
(Just like nothing on earth)

Just … like … nothing … on … earth
On … earth

Just like nothing on earth
Just like nothing on earth
It was just like nothing on earth

3. SECOND COMING

Somewhere in Africa, somewhere in Rome
People are sleeping awake in their homes
Waiting for shepherds to attempt to their sheep
Their disappointments they’re piled in a corner

A second co – ming will come in (4)
(It will come in)

Turn on the sets and then wait for the show
Will he have blond hair and what will he know
Will he tell jokes or will he make us cry
If we write to him will he send back a reply

A second co – ming will come in (4)
(It will come in)

Like everybody I wait for the day
Like everybody I’ll send him away
He may be ugly and have problem hair
Even speak funny and make all the people stare

A second co – ming will come in (4)

Second coming (It will come in) (6)

Second coming (4)

Second coming (It It It will come in) (5)

4. WAITING FOR THE MENINBLACK

I’m waiting every day I’ve been watching from my chimney stack
I’m waiting every week I’ve been hoping that they’re coming back
I’m seeing all the signs and I’m learning how to bring them back
And I’m waiting for the Meninblack

(Waiting for the Maninblack)
(Waiting for the Meninblack)
(Seeking for the Loveinblack)
(Seeking for the Meninblack)
(Seeking for the Meninblack)
(Seeking for the Meninblack)

I’m standing on a hill and I’m looking for the glimpse of light
I’m clutching my teddy bear if I don’t I might die of fright

I’m reading all the signs and I’m learning how to bring them back
And I’m waiting for the Meninblack

(Standing)
(Looking)
(Watching)
(Staring)
(Looking)
(Clutching)
(Standing)
(Looking)
(Clutching) (8)

I’m standing on a hill
And I’m waiting for the Meninblack (4)
And I’m learning how to bring them back
And I’m waiting for the Meninblack (11)
And I’m waiting (for the meninblack) (6)

And I’m waiting

5. TURN THE CENTURIES, TURN

(Instrumental)

6. TWO SUNSPOTS

Two sunspots are staring at me
One to the left and one to the right of me
Never seen a heat so extraordinaire
Just two sunspots so so so scared
Just two sunspots
Just two sunspots
Just two sunspots

Spots are burning a hole in my eyes
Just two rough round red raw real sunspots
Rough to the touch and shy of the air
They start a little fire and the weather ain’t fair.

Just two sunspots
Just two sunspots
Just two sunspots

Just two sunspots
Just two sunspots
Just two sunspots

Better pull the blind down
Deny they exist
But anything you seen once
You’re just gonna miss
Just two sunspots
Just two sunspots
Just two sunspots
Just two
Just two (Just two sunspots)
Two more (Just two sunspots)
Two more sunspots (Just two sunspots)
Just two sunspots (Just two sunspots)
Just two sunspots (Just two sunspots)
Just two (Just two sunspots)
Just two (Just two sunspots)
Two more (Just two sunspots)
Two more (Just two sunspots)
Two more sunspots (Just two sunspots)
Just two sunspots (Just two sunspots)
Just two sunspots(Just two sunspots)
Just two sunspots(Just two sunspots)
Just two sunspots(Just two sunspots)

7. FOUR HORSEMEN

One reported long ago
No one heard and laughed as though
It twas some product of mad man’s minds
Not clear enough to cure the blind
And in all the corners of the globe
They’ll shield their eyes from shining robes

Defying science all the laws
The like of them not seen before
Their gifts much worse than the three kings
Rewriting future, changing thoughts
And all the battles that we fought
Are these the devil, are they four

8. THROWN AWAY

If ever you had counted
The centuries you threw away
And all the lies that you had started
And all the chances thrown away

If I set sail for new horizons
Could I still leave you waiting here
I would chase just one set of chances
The others would be thrown away

Even though we tried time wasn’t on our side
Then there came the day we threw it all away
Thrown away
Thrown away
Thrown away

My winter nights are so much colder
Than yours could ever be
I wish I hadn’t been a traveller
I would not have had to go away

When all is said and all is over
When all is just a memory
Our ships will stay for just a moment
Leaving false Gods and hypocrisy

Even though we tried time wasn’t on our side
Then there came the day we threw it all away
Thrown away
Thrown away
Thrown away

Even though we tried time wasn’t on our side
Then there came the day we threw it all away
Thrown away
Thrown away
Thrown away
Thrown away
Thrown away
Thrown away
Thrown away

9. MANNA MACHINE

After forty years and after forty nights
Making some food for the Israelites
Out on a limb inside the Heights
Lies a machine out of sight
Not much air, breathing still
Sleeping mummy who did you kill?

They closed your eyes and left you to rust
Many prayed for you to turn to dust
You need a man from hereabouts
To find where you are and dig you out
To find where you are and dig you out

And just one thing
If you’re let loose
Can you still make cookies in your caboose?

Sleeping mummy
Sleeping mummy
Sleeping mummy who did you kill?

And one more thing
If you can hear
Don’t go out again and disappear

And one more thing
If you can hear
Don’t go out again and disappear
Disappear…

10. HALLOW TO OUR MEN

Our men which are above
Hallow to your craft
Your craft will come
You will have fun
On earth as you do above

Give us this day some of your manna
As this desert is no Savannah
Spare us today even if we are no good
For your world is better than ours

It’s got far more knowledge
It’s got far more power
You know the extent of your power
It will outlast ours

Give us this day some of your manna
As this desert is no Savannah
Spare us today even if we are no good
For your world is better than ours

For ever and ever
And ever and ever
And ever and ever
And ever and ever
For ever and ever
And ever and ever
And ever and ever
And ever and ever
And ever and ever
And ever and ever
And ever and ever
And ever and ever
For ever and ever (x14)
And ever and ever (x18)
For ever

BONUSTRACKS (RE-ISSUE 2001)

11. TOP SECRET

Sits in his room at night
Flits back and forth round the world
As he calls in the moonlight
Sees all the empires fall
Writes it all down with his pen
In free hand once for all

He sees something to tell but
He’s got no one to tell
The top secret
And he means it

All day his mind troubles
Him as he cures all the ills
Of the world with his knife
Centuries pass when he dies
And the answers get buried
And mistook for life

He sees something to tell but
He’s got no one to tell
The top secret
And he means it

All day his mind troubles
Him as he cures all the ills
Of the world…

12. MANINWHITE

Save a thought for the man in white
He keeps all the lovers lips shut tight
He’s staying up just to hear you praying tonight
Saving sinners
Just beginners

He’ll help to get you there
He’ll help to get you there
He’ll help to get you there when you die

Talks good and he looks the part
Got a PR job that’s very smart
Got God’s phone number stamped on his heart
Saving sinners
Just beginners

He’ll help to get you there
He’ll help to get you there
He’ll help to get you there when you die

Saving sinners
Just beginners

He’ll help to get you there
He’ll help to get you there
He’ll help to get you there when you die

He’s saving sinners
Just beginners

He’ll help to get you there
He’s almost there

13. TOMORROW WAS HEREAFTER

Can’t you see,
Can’t you see,
That you’re rocking the boat,
Can’t you see,
Can’t you see,
That there isn’t any hope,
Can’t you see,
Can’t you see,
That our time is growing near,
Other worlds other times,
Though beneath there hiding fear.

But i don’t care about tomorrow,
I just live for today,
I don’t know where we’re going,
But there’s only one way.

Tomorrow was

Ain’t you heard,
Ain’t you heard,
That bread ain’t worth a lot,
Ain’t you heard,
Ain’t you heard,
That were all going to pot

Ain’t you seen,
Ain’t you seen,
All the people’s misery,
What’s the point of doing nowt,
About all this agoraphy,
But i’m not beaten yet people,
I guess you’re not surprised,
I won’t take no for an answer,
You can bet your sweet eyes,

Tomorrow was the hereafter

Can’t you see,
Can’t you see,
That you’re rocking the boat,
Can’t you see,
Can’t you see,
That there isn’t any hope,
Can’t you see,
Can’t you see,
That our time is growing near,
Other worlds other times,
Though beneath there hiding fear.

But i don’t care about tomorrow,
I just live for today,
I don’t know where we’re going,
But there’s only one way.

Tomorrow was.

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