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Bill's Pete Townshend Pages › White City

WHITE CITY "A NOVEL"

Producer Chris Thomas
Musicians: Pete Townshend, Steve Barnacle, Mark Brzezicki, John(Rabbit) Bundrick,
Tony Butler, Peter Hope-Evans, Dave Gilmore, Simon Clarke, Roddy Lorimer, Dave Sanders,
Tim Sanders, Peter Thomas, Chucho Merchan, Pino Palladino, Simon Phillips, Clem Burke,
Phil Chen, Jakie Challenor, Mae McKenna, Lorenza Johnson, Emma Townshend.


Give Blood/Give Blood
 Released on Atco 7-99577, 1985. (USA)
Promo Copy Stereo/Stereo


GIVE BLOOD

Give blood
But you may find that blood is enough
Give blood
And there are some who'll say it's not enough
Give blood
But don't expect too ever see reward
Give blood
You can give it all but still asked for more

Give blood
But it could cost more than your dignity
Give blood
Parade your pallor in iniquity
Give blood
They will cry and say they're in our debt
Give blood
But then they'll sigh and they will soon forget

[man in background]
(where heading for the day of reckoning I'm telling ya,
Its all building up to something,
Something that can be repeated with fire)

So give love and keep blood between brothers
give love and keep blood between brothers
give love and keep blood between brothers
give love and keep blood between brothers

Give blood
But you may find that blood is not enough
Give blood
And there are some who'll say it's not enough
Give blood
But don't expect too ever see reward
Give blood
You can give it all but still asked for more

So give love and keep blood between brothers
give love and keep blood between brothers
give love and keep blood between brothers
give love and keep blood between brothers

Give your love and keep blood between brothers
Give your love and keep blood between brothers
give love and keep blood between brothers
give love and keep blood between brothers
give love and keep blood between brothers


BRILLIANT BLUES

Say goodbye to the brilliant blues
Say goodbye to the brilliant blues
Say goodbye....

It's time, to live
So make me, take me
It's time, to give
So don't betray me, pay me

The brilliant blues
Don't want to be frozen
I'll spend my mornings at the sunshine cafe
I've read the news and the clique-ridden notions
I know that now is the time to stay

It's time,  say goodbye to the brilliant blues
To teach,  say goodbye to the brilliant blues
So tell me, say goodbye to the brilliant blues
Come on tell me, say goodbye to the brilliant blues
It's time,say goodbye to the brilliant blues
To preach, say goodbye to the brilliant blues
So help me,say goodbye to the brilliant blues
Come on and help me,say goodbye to the brilliant blues

The brilliant blues
Will never flow this way again
The color of the river is gray
The brilliant blues
Have faded into sadness and pain
and now is the time to say...It's time

You and me are going to finally sail away
We'll get far away from the blues and the mist in the rain
You and me are going to fight until we win the day
For now is the time that we must say goodbye
To the brilliant blues.

The brilliant blues
I Don't want to be frozen
I'll spend my  mornings at the sunshine cafe
I've read the news and the clique-ridden notions
I know that now is the time to stay.

It's time,say goodbye to the brilliant blues
To trust,say goodbye to the brilliant blues
So buy me,say goodbye to the brilliant blues
Come on and try me,say goodbye to the brilliant blues
It's time,say goodbye to the brilliant blues
To thrust,say goodbye to the brilliant blues
So guide me,say goodbye to the brilliant blues
Stay beside me,say goodbye to the brilliant blues

The brilliant blues
Will never flow this way again
The color of the river is gray
The brilliant blues
Have faded into sadness and pain
And now is the time to say...It's time



Face The Face/Hiding Out
 Released on Atco U8859P, 1985. (UK)  12" Picture Disk (Very Rare)
Released in some German "White City" Albums.

FACE THE FACE

Face the face, got to face the face
Face the face, got to face the face

You must have heard the cautionary tales
The dangers hidden on the cul-de-sac trails
From wiser men who've been through it all
And the ghosts of failures spray-canned up on the wall

We've got to judge the judge
Got to find the finds
We've got to scheme the schemes
Have to line the lines
We must stake the stakes
And show the shown
We must take the takes
And know the known
Try to place the place
Where we can face the face.
We got to face the face
Try to place the place
Where we can face the face
Face the face,got to face the face.
Face the face,got to face the face.

Got to
Got to

You must have tried and defied belief
Maybe found futility in insular grief
I need your hunger  you need mine
A million appetites can swallow up time.

We've got to fool the fools
We got to plan the plans
We got to rule the rules
We got to stand the stands
We got to fight the fight
We must fall the falls
We got to light the light
We got to call the calls
We must race the race
So we can face the face
We got to race the race
We must race the race
So we can face the face
Face the face
We got to face the face
We got to race the race
We got to

Keep looking.....

New York! Chicago!
London and Glasgow!
Keep looking!

Keep on looking
Keep on cooking
Got to stay on this case
Study the pix
Watch the flix
We've got to find the face.
Face the face ,got to face the face
Watch the flix
Got to

We've got to judge the judge
We got to  find the finds
We've got to scheme the schemes
We got to  line the lines
We got to fight the fight
We got to fall the falls
We got to light the light
We got to call the calls
Try to place the place
Where we can face the face.
We got to face the face.....
Try to place the place
Where we can face the face.
Try to place the place
Where we can face the face.
Keep looking, keep looking
We must race the race
So we can face the face.
We got to race the race
We must race the race.
So we can face the face
We got to face the face
We got to race the race

HIDING OUT

From my window I see roads
Lead to darkness, leading home
In the midnight of a soul's unsleeping
Hear the waterfall of women weeping
Hear the distant noise of traffic stalling
Hear the prostituted children calling

From the barred and mesh- floor streets
Of a winter's night, without a moon
I am safe-hidden here.
I am safe-hidden here
Hiding out

I look over the chequerd fields
And the towering web of steel
Young and old will sit and judge unfeeling
While the empty church's bell are pealing
And the green hills lay ignored, untended
Lonely watchers remain unbefriended

And out in the one way streets
Is a swelling maze,without a door
I am safe-hidden here
I am safe-hidden here
Hiding out


Secondhand Love/Secondhand love
Released on Atco PR 863, 1985. (USA) 12" Promo Copy


SECONDHAND LOVE

Don't bring me secondhand love
Don't bring me secondhand love

I know you went out tonight
Who've you been hanging around with this time?
I don't care if he's black or white
I just don't like his kind.
I don't want your secondhand love
I don't want your  secondhand love
I don't want your secondhand love
Don't bring me secondhand love

He's been leaving his scent on you
I can sense it from a mile
All my money is spent on you
But you're still selling your smile
Don't bring me secondhand love
Don't bring me secondhand love
I don't want your secondhand love
I don't want your secondhand love

Give your love, and keep blood between brothers
Give your love, and keep blood between brothers
I don't want your secondhand love

I can guess where you've been tonight
You've been hanging out on the street
Wearing your dress too tight
You're showin' out to anyone you meet
But I don't want your secondhand love
I don't want your secondhand love
Don't bring me your secondhand love
Don't bring me your secondhand love

I want the first call on your kiss
Answer me one question:can you promise me this
I want my defences laying in your hands
I don't want to rest in the palm of another man
I don't want your secondhand love
Don't want, Don't want, your secondhand love
I don't want, I don't want, your secondhand love
I don't want,I don't want your secondhand love
I don't want,I don't want your secondhand love

CRASHING BY DESIGN

Nothing must pass this line
Unless it is well defined
You just have to be resigned
You're crashing by design

You once believed that crazy accidents
were happening to you
You were chasing a capricious wind
Whenever bad luck and trouble
happened to pursue you
The dice would surely save your skin
But when you look back you must realize
That nothing in your life's divine
Everything that's ever befallen you
Happened simply 'cause it crossed your mind
You're crashing by design

Nothing must pass this line
Unless it is well defined
You just have to be resigned
You're crashing by design

In your single-roomed flat in a courtyard building
You sit alone just like a broken toy
Where's your mother, where's your lover
and where are the children
Are you a man or still a boy?
Who left you behind, or did you run
From the crush of so many options?
Now you know the special despair of the man
Discussed, debated and offered for adoption

Nothing must pass this line
Unless it is well defined
You just have to be resigned

Another man without a woman
Dropped like a tool no longer required
A man who longs for the stifling
Milk flowered bosom, a fool
who's no longer desired

Another man without a woman
Too many rages have cost you this time
Another man among a hundred children
You're just a child who is lost in time

You're crashing by design
You're crashing by design
I't all happens by design
I't all happens by design
You're crashing by design

I't all happens by design
I't all happens by design
You're crashing by design

I AM SECURE

My room looks out to the wide open spaces
My heart is touched by awakening faces
I see the panic of people in motion
I can stand here, look out on an ocean.
I am a wall awaiting a catchword.
I see the city laid out like a patchwork.
Alone I am free from hatred and blindness
I hope that this life is frozen and timeless.
My man is here, we grow old by inches.
Tomorrow I'll walk among heroes and princes.
I feed the boys, I hear secrets whispered.
I know the hearts that are battered and blistered.
I am secure
In this world of apartheid.
This is my cell, but it's connected to star - light.

WHITE CITY

The White City, that's a joke of a name
It's a black violent place if I remember the game
I couldn't wait to get out but I love to go home
To remember the White City fighting

The White City Fighting, remember, remember
The White City Fighting, remember, remember

Down to the refuge, near QPR
I drive to committees in my German car
Prone to violence, prone to shame
I glide in silence, my pride in vain
For no one remembers, not that I can see
That we were defenders, we were the free

The White City, blood was an addiction
Now it is analyzed just as though it were fiction
That battles were won and battles were blown
At the height of the White City fighting

The White City Fighting, remember, remember
The White City Fighting, remember, remember

No one remembers, not that I can see
That we were defenders, we were the free

The White City, I finally grew up
To resist the temptation the gutters all threw up
But I have to go back, I guess I'm violence prone
To remember the White City fighting, yeah

The White City Fighting, remember, remember......(fade)

COME TO MAMA

Pride is like a bandage
He is wrapped in a warm cocoon
His pride is like Heroin
He is back inside the womb
His pride is like an Ocean
Encircled by a reef
His pride's an hypnotic potion
His memory is a leaf

Her pride is like an armour
Flaming ring of fire
Her pride is like a blindness
An ever tightening wire
Her pride is like a razor
A Surgeon's purging knife
Her pride is like a censor
She's slashed out half her life

 

WHITE CITY "A NOVEL"
Bonus Tracks
Bonus Tracks from the CD: Night School, Save It For Later, Hiding Out 12" Mix.
Released on Hip-o records B0006841-02 (USA)
 Released August 29,2006
Night School on this CD is a different version to the White City Video version.
Save It For Later also appears on Pete Townshend's Deep End Live LP.
Hiding Out 12" Mix previously released as extended single.
Note: The lyrics to "Hiding Out" are the same as the original album album so those lyrics are not posted here.


Night School
Written by Pete Townshend
Published by Windswept o/b/o Towser tunes

Night school
Night school
Night school
Night school

Going to the night school
Going to night school
Enjoy the celebration, going to get some education too.

Going to the night school
Going to night school
Enjoy the celebration, going to get some education too.

Night school
Night school
Night school
Night school

Going to the night school
Going to night school
Oooo Oooo Oooo Oooo
Oooo Oooo Oooo Oooo

Going to the night school
Going to the night school
Oooo Oooo Oooo Oooo
Oooo Oooo Oooo Oooo

Night school
Night school
Night school
Night school

I am the one that's crying
The trainer has thrown away the key to the daily grind, but that's just me
I am teaching down at night school.

Night school
Night school
Night school
Night school

Going to the night school
Going to night school
Enjoy the celebration, going to get some education too.

Going to the night school
Going to night school
Enjoy the celebration, going to get some education too.

Night school
Night school
Night school
Night school

Going to the night school
Going to night school
Oooo Oooo Oooo Oooo
Oooo Oooo Oooo Oooo

Going to the night school
Going to night school
Oooo Oooo Oooo Oooo
Oooo Oooo Oooo Oooo

Night school
Night school
Night school
Night school

We are the ones tonight
Except for only the dead
You haven't listened to a word I said
Get down to night school.

(Repeat 3 times) Going to the night school
Going to night school
Enjoy the celebration, going to get some education too night.


SAVE IT FOR LATER
written by The English Beat

Two dozen other dirty lovers
Must be a sucker for it
Cry, but I don't need my mother
Just Hold My hand while I come
To a decision on it
Sooner or later
Your legs give way, you hit the ground
Save it for later
Don't run away and let me down
Sooner or later
You hit the deck, you get found out
Sooner or later
You run away, run away and let me down

Black air and seven seas and rotten through
But what can you do?
Sometimes I don't know how get on with you lot
Sometimes I don't try
I just now, now, now, now ,now .....

Sooner or later
Your legs give way, you hit the ground
Save it for later
Don't run away and let me down
Sooner or later
You hit the deck, you get found out
Save it for later
Don't run away, don't run away and let me down

Two dozen other stupid reasons
Why we should suffer all this
I can't see teeth to find a reason
Just to him I come
To a decision on it

Sooner or later
Your legs give way, you hit the ground
Save it for later
Don't run away and let me down
Sooner or later
You hit the deck, you get found out
Save it for later
Don't run away, you run away and let me down

Why don't you hold me
Why don't you hold me and kiss me
Why Don't you hold me
Why don't you hold me and kiss me now
Save it for later baby
Save it for later honey
Don't run away, Don't run away and let me down
Don't run away, Don't run away and let me down



Hiding Out 12" Mix
 Released on Atco 258 679-0 (Germany)

All songs  1985 Eel Pie Publishing Ltd.
except WHITE CITY FIGHTING 1985 Eel Pie/Pink Floyd Publishers Ltd.

WDK 2008

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