01. January 1983. Feline

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Band NameThe Stranglers

Album Name Feline

Type Album

Released date1983

Labels Epic Records

Music Style Alternativ Rock

Tracklist

1. Midnight Summer Dream06:12
2. It’s a Small World04:34
3. Ships That Pass in the Night04:06
4. The European Female (in Celebration of)03:58
5. Let’s Tango in Paris03:12
6. Paradise03:46
7. All Roads Lead to Rome03:50
8. Blue Sister03:57
9. Never Say Goodbye04:10
Bonustracks on remastered Epic 2001
10. Savage Breast03:18
11. Pawsher04:57
12. Permission04:53
13. Midnight Summer Dream/European Female (Live)10:18
14. Vladimir and Olga (The Strange Circumstances Which Lead to)03:54
15. Aural Sculpture Manifesto03:20
Total playing time37:45

Lyrics

  1. Midnight Summer Dream Lyrics

Woke up on a good day
And the world was wonderful
A midnight summer dream had me in its spell

I dreamt about an old man
Sat and watched the rain all night
He couldn’t sleep a wink as all the drops fell

He told me of the beauty
Hidden in our foreheads
He told me of the ugliness
We show instead

And when we put a foot wrong, do we learn
From all the pain?
A midnight summer dream as he watched the rain

Then at midnight he poured another drink
And bent my ear
After midnight we sat up half the night
Or maybe more
And he began to tell me what it was all for

I woke up in an armchair
He had gone, I don’t know where
Left me there to sit and look at the rain

Don’t remember much at all
But his words were echoing
A midnight summer dream and then wake again

Maybe I’ll never find him
Maybe he’s gone forever
Maybe I’ll have to sit here
Watching the weather

One thing’s pretty certain, helped me
Make it in the night
Showed me somewhere else between wrong and right

And at midnight if you can’t sleep
Then I can bend your ear
After midnight we’ll sit up half the night
Or maybe more
And I’ll begin to tell you what it is all for

Wake up on a good day
And the world feels wonderful
Midnight summer dream has me in its spell

2. It’s a Small World

Many roads to travel down and there are
Many suprises to find
But as luck will have it you can stumble
In the valley of the blind
Friends will always tell you fate will rear
Its ugly head to frighten you
But the hands of time hold something and
He’s offering it all to you.

Watch out for a suprise
It’s nature’s biggest prize
And if it comforts you discover
It’s a small world too.

Read your books and study hard to find the kick
That makes you carry on
And if luck’s a kind friend she will show you
How and why it all began.

Just look in the backyard
You won’t have to look hard
The crossword’s final clue discover
It’s a small world too.

When your friends are gathered round
And you draw straws to find out who goes first
Climb the wall out of the pleasure garden
See a flower die of thirst

A circle’s always round
The truth lies underground
You may just join the few discover
It’s a small world too

3. Ships That Pass in the Night

We’re waiting for better weather on a ship
To pass in the night
Solve all of our problems for us on a ship
To pass in the night
We don’t care if it’s one way passage on a ship
To pass in the night
Keep all of the lanterns burning for the ship
To pass in the night

Suddenly you see a mast
Approaching you pretty fast
Hope it’s not like the last
But it just sails right past

Keep scanning romantic oceans for the ship
To pass in the night
Some kind of religious notion on a ship
To pass in the night
Or vote for a politician as a ship
To pass in the night
Or Pray for a good physician like a ship
To pass in the night

Suddenly you see a mast
Approaching you pretty fast
Hope it’s not like the last
But it just sails right past

4. The European Female (In Celebration of)

I knew she was a feline
She moved with ease and grace
Her green eyes they held mystery

No emotion on her face
She speaks her lips are kissing
The air around her face
I don’t always understand her
But I love her air and grace

The European female she is here
The European female’s here
We’ll be together for a thousnd years
And do you really fear
That you might fall

I saw her in the Strasse
And in the Rue as well
Pursued her in the high street
She had me in her spell

5. Let’s Tango In Paris 

Sentimental through the night
Sharing secret candlelight
We’re away
Every day
Laughing, joking just sustains
Situation quite insane
Flowing wine
Quite sublime
Not so far for me to say
I could take you there today
Let’s tango in Paris.

You might find yourself with me
Share your glass of vanity
We’re away
Every day
Not so far for me to say
I could take you there today
Let’s tango in Paris.

6. Paradise

I went in search of paradise
They said it would be good for my head
So I went in search of paradise
But she took me by the head instead

Paris – London
Glamour and despair
Ruins – We were ruined over there
Ruins – We ruined over there-er-er.

And when you think you’re in paradise
But then you find your arms are tied
Caprive in the name of paradise
The chains are all her lies

Paris – London
Glamour and despair
Ruins – We were ruined over there
Ruins – We ruined over there-er-er.

The picture on the screen is moving still
It’s moving all the time
If only you could freeze frame a moment there
You could have paradise all the time

Paris – London
Glamour and despair
Ruins – We were ruined over there
Ruins – We ruined over there-er-er.

I don’t think anyone ever found paradise
‘Cos paradise is based on lies

7. All Roads Lead to Rome

The streets of tarmac are straight as a die
Steel fingers clawing at the sky

Inside the wall of the citadel, yellow chariots race
Peasants and their peasants’ smells
Hungry enough to touch your face

The beasts from the end of the century
Adorn themselves with jewelery

Inside the wall of the citadel, yellow chariots race
Peasants and their peasants’ smells
Hungry enough to touch your face

Their eyes, they change color from gray to green
And when they’re blue, they weigh the scene

The endless games played in the timeless zone
Remind me all roads lead to Rome

Inside the wall of the citadel, yellow chariots race
Peasants and their peasants’ smells
Hungry to touch your frightened face
(Your frightened face)

All roads lead to Rome
And you’re looking far to Rome
(All roads lead to Rome)

All roads lead to Rome
And you’re looking far to Rome
(All roads lead to Rome)

8. Blue Sister

Blue sister please don’t cry
Blue sister dry your eyes
Your lover’s been taken away by some friends
That he met in the night

That scene’s not a new one to you
You’ve seen it a million times too
The players, their lines are old too
Blue sister know that I care about you

Blues sister are no cure
For you sister that’s for sure
Your eyes have been shouldering pain
And the tears show emotion so pure

That scene’s not a new one to you
You’ve seen it a million times too
The players, their lines are old too
Blue sister know that I care about you

Blue sister you’ll survive
Blue sister’s inner drive is
Your man don’t drive him away
If you want him here staying alive

That scene’s not a new one to you
You’ve seen it a million times too
The players, their lines are old too
Blue sister know that I care about you

9. Never Say Goodbye

Black friend of the night
Why did you leave in such a hurry?
White friend of the day
You left us juggling our worries
Never say goodbye
For we’ll all be with you someday
Fond adieus but never say goodbye
Like lovers in the past
They swim and surface in our memories
Questions never asked
I’ll save them all for the next century
Never say goodbye
For we’ll all be with you someday
Fond adieus but never say goodbye

Tell us what’s over the horizon
Is it worth the chance
To hang around for more suprising?
Never say goodbye
For we’ll all be with you someday
Fond adieus but never say goodbye
Black friend of the night
Why did you leave?

Bonus on CD

Savage Breast

The world it gets the final love on us
All of our dreams and all our hopes enough
We need the music to soothe the savage breast
You look inside a thousand lives or two
You know the meaning when she smiles at you
She plays the music to soothe the savage breast
Music to soothe the savage breast

There’s more than one emotional affects
They keep the wheels emotion out in place
They play the music to soothe the savage breast
Music to soothe the savage breast

Music to soothe the savage
And when our land was ravaged
Then you can get to here

Music to soothe the savage breast
Music to soothe the savage breast
Music to soothe the savage breast
Music to soothe the savage breast
Music to soothe the savage breast

We need the music to soothe the savage breast
We need the music to soothe the savage breast
We need the music to soothe the savage breast.

Pawsher

Pãwsher, Pãwsher
Pãwsher, Pãwsher
Pãwsher, Pãwsher
Pãwsher, Pãwsher

Pãwsher, Pãwsher
Pãwsher, Pãwsher

Pãwsher, Pãwsher
Pãwsher, Pãwsher

Pãwsher, Pãwsher
Pãwsher, Pãwsher

Pãwsher, Pãwsher
Pãwsher, Pãwsher…

Permission

Some days when the air is thick
And the people try to breathe the air
I try to thread the needles eye
And reach across the street to where
The presence on the corner stands
Watches from the corners of their eyes
They need permission
And your submission
Will make them fade away like summer rain
They need permission
Their intuition
Could turn a protest into pain

They wait in patience for the spark
That’s brewing in some angry cries
It’s happened many times before
They have to stop them when they try

They need permission
And your submission
Will make them fade away like summer rain
They need permission
Their intuition
Could turn a protest into pain

Permission
Permission

They always have the time of day
To feel the heat from where they stand
Sometimes the mystery is enough
To dore the blows from angry hand
But when the trouble hits the fan
They never shed tears for the banned

They need permission
And your submission
Will make them fade away like summer rain
They need permission
Their intuition
Could turn a protest into pain
Permission
Permission
Permission
Permission…

They need permission
And your submission
Will make them fade away like summer rain
They need permission
Their intuition
Could turn a protest into pain
Permission
Permission
Permission
Permission…

Vladimir And Olga

Twas a hot September, the hottest I can remember.
We took the children in the larder, and headed for the warm climbs of Odessa.
I’d worked hard the whole season,
Olga portrayed a tiredness which she strove to conceal.
We stopped at an inn and took some lunch – some simple fare of cheeses and borshch.
The bread tasted strange – Olga mentioned to me the old wives tale of ‘bread mould madness’.

I laughed and ate, and ate and laughed.
The food did me good, the beer refreshed my dusty brow.
It was as we reached Odessa that I started to feel
the strangest mood descend over me from nowhere.

The sky changed colour;
Vehicles on the road were a funfair.
It struck me as being incredibly funny,
that we four were in a tin can,
hiding ourselves from the cruel, harsh, alien world outside.
I stopped the car in the middle of the intersection in the centre of Odessa,
and stepped outside to dance and laugh at the insignificance of our ordered lives.

The traffic built up and Odessa saw it’s largest,
most confused and contorted traffic jam and I started to laugh.
I laughed and laughed until I cried and cried;
I cried and cried until I laughed and laughed.

I laughed and laughed until I cried and cried;
I cried and cried until I laughed and laughed…

Aural Sculpture Manifesto

When those of us who are committed to the creation of aural sculpture,
Can no longer sit and tolerate the prostitution of sound
That is proliferating around us, it is time to speak out.
The musicians of our times are harlots and charlatans,
Who use science without being
Scientists and abuse art without being artists.
We are witnessing the demise of music, so be it.
The world must prepare itself to herald the advent of aural sculpture,
Whose presence can now be shared with the fortunate few who have the
Ears to hear, the vision to see and the intelligence to comprehend.“Wait, I feel something stirring…
Are we witnessing the birth of a sculpture?
Within the confines of these concentric grooves
An immaculate conception is about to take place…
Listen…
Can you hear?
The catharsis of the birth is almost too much to bear, it is emerging,
It’s glistening form and its voluptuous curves harken to the ecstatic
Crescendos of the newly-born,
Spreading to fill the vacuum of your pathetic little lives…
David will now describe the infant…“[Can’t make out what he says here,
But he’s obviously reading from a keyboard manual]Oh, the bliss!
Oh, the pleasure caressing your ears!
How can you have survived until this historic moment?
How could the world have continued to mark time whilst writhing
In ignorance as to the future of the ageing creature known as music.
Behold, The Stranglers bring you aural sculpture!“

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