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Bill's Pete Townshend Pages › Parting Should Be Painless

PARTING SHOULD BE PAINLESS

Produced by Mike Thorne.
Executive Producer Spike.
Musicians: Alan Schwartberg, Noman Watt Roy, Chris Spedding, Mickey Gallager,
Michael Brecker, Roger Daltrey, Robert Medici, Dave Tofani
And Billy Nicholls

SIDE ONE

Walking In My Sleep/Somebody Told Me & Gimme Some Lovin'
Released on Wea U9686, 1984. (UK)
12" Picture sleeve.

WALKING. IN. MY. SLEEP
w&m Jack Green and Leslie Adey
 1983 Avir Music.Inc

Lookin' 'round at all the faces
I can see they're all the same
Drifting shadows on the sidewalk Slowly walking in the rain
The moon  shines down  she sees  she knows
And I  follow  Through rain  and sun
But you see I'm walking in my sleep
And I don't know how I got here
And when I try to keep the beat, you see I'm walking in my sleep
Didn't know that I was dreaming
Sunny days come out of midnight
In the darkness of the evening Running softly from the light
The moon Shines down She sees she knows
The star  the end  The tide  the flow
The night  so black it looks  so real
Am I   awake   Or am I dreaming still
But you see I'm walking in my sleep
And I don't know how I got here
And though I try to keep the beat, you see I'm walking in my sleep
And through this nightmare  The dream  unfolds
I'm by  a window  The night so cold
My mind  my body  My room  this heat
A drain   is pouring  Into the street


Parting Would Be Painless/Is There Anybody Out There & I Won't Be The One To Say Goodbye
Released on Wea U9541, 1984. (UK)
12" Picture sleeve.


PARTING.WOULD.BE.PAINLESS
w&m Kit Hain
 1983 Intersong USA, Inc.

It's easy in the confidence of a warm heart
 to observe how other lovers criticise 
When their turn comes to part They grow uncivilised 
Wasn't friendship going to carry us 
When love ran out?
  Didn't we know What respect was all about?
 But now it would seem That's all forgotten 
(I didn't want it to end like this) 
And I don't even know (I didn't want it to end) 
When we lost the way
 Oh no no no Not me and you Not we two Oh no-didn't we agree
 Parting would be painless
I remember how in the safety of our love 
We swore we'd never let that state arise 
And if one had had enough  We would be civilised 
By watching we could avoid The same mistakes 
We would tread the soft way out For the other's sake 
Can it be possible Is it happening this way 
We are the same two people Tearing up in anger Tearing everything in complicated knots 
Not caring, not giving, not giving a damn


IS.THERE.ANYBODY.OUT.THERE?
w&m Nicky Chinn and Steve Glen
 1983 Chinnichap Publishing Inc./ Careers Music Inc./
Steve & Nickelodeon Limited/Finchley Music Corp.

Where do you go in the dead of night
Use your body as a weapon when you get a girl in sight
In the night air Is there anybody out there?
Shadows on the ceiling, shadows on the wall
Beating in my heart if there's anyone at all
Who is out there Is there anybody out there?
I-I-I  feel You seem so near to me
What do you do in the light of the moon
You're living with your dreams, 'cause it's gonna happen soon

In the cool air Is there anybody out there?
Pounding in the night, pounding in your head
Something's telling you that there's something left unsaid
Who is out there Is there anybody out there?
I-I-I feel You seem so near to me
Is there anybody out there who is waiting for me?
Is there anybody out there I've gotta see?
Well, what am I thinking, what did I say?
Is there anybody out there to take me away?
What am I hoping, can it be true
Is there anybody out there? Someone. . . like you.
What do you do when the daylight breaks?
you still haven't found him whatever it takes
In the dawn air Is there anybody out there?
Slipping and sliding, don't know where to go
Must be something wrong here, tell me if you know
If you're out there Is there anybody out there?


WOULD.A.STRANGER.DO?
w&m S. Andrews/S. Climie
 1981 W.A.M. MusicLtd./ Rare Blue Music.

I've seen you here before But you've never noticed me
I've seen you crying alone and It makes me sad to see
If you feel the way I do
Then tears won't comfort you Would a stranger do?
You want the world to let you be But you have to realise 
Don't be afraid of company 'Cause it's just a compromise
I know it's a risk we're taking
But think of the time we've been wasting
Scuse me for asking lady I don't really mean to intrude
Forgive me for asking Would a stranger do?
Your heart says go find someone new
But it whispers don't get hurt
Well I'd like to find somebody too
Can I take a chance on you I know it's a risk we're taking
But think of the time we've been wasting 
Scuse me for asking lady I don't really mean to intrude
Forgive me for asking
Would a stranger do. .. Would a stranger do for you?
Would a stranger do?

GOING.STRONG
w&m Bryan Ferry
 1981 E.G. Music, Inc.

All of me, can I get nearer love
Can't you see, I'm willing to try to Love it is, oh so near enough 
It's all for sale, I'm willing to cry
Going strong Going strong Take, take it's me or nothing
Going strong
All of you, But how can I get enough
More I need, To satisfy Furthermore, never could mean a lot
Just tell me now, I wanna know why
Going strong. . . . 
Love it is, But how can I mean a lot
More or less, To do or die Well there it is, Strange but true or not
You for me, For you to sigh
Going strong. . . .


SIDE TWO

LOOKING.FOR.YOU
w&m Kit Hain
 1983 Intersong USA, Inc.

Somewhere out there, city streets
Secret places where lovers meet
But I stay in my room And look down at the people below
Watching for the one face I've been l\waiting for
Been living alone for far too long
Now I need someone I can depend upon
But who knows what I'll do
When I've searched in all the places I know
Watching for the one heart that I'm waiting for
Looking for you I've walked the boulevards
Looking for you I've hung around all night bars
Looking for you I leave the door ajar
Where do you think you are?
Somewhere out there the city beats
But I won't give up, won't admit defeat I'll go on searching
Through the crowds that keep us apart
Watching for the one face--calling your heart


SOMEBODY.TOLD.ME
w&m A. Lennox and D.A. Stewart
 1982 Arnakata Music Limited/ Logo Songs Limited

Somebody told me Somebody told me Somebody told me
Something about you
I didn't believe it I couldn't believe it I'm still reeling
"Cause I just can't take the blow
Well there's laughter and love And there's a lot of pain
I never wanna see your pretty face again
Well there's laughter and love And there's a lot of pain
I never wanna see your pretty face again
Well there's laughter and love And there's a lot of pain
I never wanna see your pretty face again
Full of forgiveness You're just twisted I'm a silly little saint
With a halo of smiles But it makes no difference
Oh well. . . . 


ONE.DAY
w&m Gerald Milne
 1979 Heavy Leavy Music Co. Limited

Why do we run in this race with each other
I can do anything better than you
Do you believe in the laws of the jungle
The weak can be strong, well you won't last long
One day you'll understand why Too late to give it a try
Back at home they wonder why I never call
Now we're through with it all
One day when everything's out of the way
Only the memories stay
We'll both be wondering who, when or where
But we don't really care, then we'll wonder
One day you'll realize why Just when you've given up trying
One day you're gonna go back to the place
Check it out just in case, and you'll wonder
I won't be the loser No, that just won't do
I won't be the one to lose you


HOW.DOES.THE.COLD.WIND.CRY
    w&m Colin Towns
 1983 Chappell Ltd., U.K.

Never was a man so blind He had no time for anyone
Closed his eyes and turned his head away
Pushed aside his friends

Threw away his love All gone all gone all gone
So blind
Never was a man so cold He didn't care for broken hearts
Played with love the way he played his game
He would play to die
When the stakes were high So cold so cold so cold
So blind
And how, how does the cold wind cry
How, how does the cold wind cry
The bitterness bites into me And I feel cold inside
How does the cold wind cry How does the cold wind cry
Never was a man so fooled He couldn't trust his own reply
Taken in by words that only lie He was so amazed
By his own self praise Such a fool, such a  fool, such a fool
So blind


DON'T.WAIT.ON.THE.STAIRS
w&m Steve Swindells
 1980 Unichappel Inc.

You ain't doing nothing when you're walking in the rain
Your energy is running like the water down the drain
Fighting is exciting, making everything so hard
And every foot you run you want to turn into a yard
You ain't doing nothing when you're leaning on a bar
But your mind is making pictures of the person that you are
Feel the heartbeat of the city as it pounds inside your head
You've got danger in your eyes, you want a stranger in your bed
Heartbeat of the city, pounding in your head
You've got danger in your eyes, you want a stranger in your bed

Desperation angels waiting, leaning on the walls
Watching all the workers as they sweat it on the floor
Someone makes an entrance and the cat's eyes turn to green
Asking burning questions, you pretend it's all a dream

You ain't doing nothing when you're staring into space
In the mirror someone's looking with it written on your face
Don't slow down you mustn't slow down
Hearts beat faster in the center of town
Don't get scared You mustn't get scared
There's danger everywhere
Don't wait on the stairs


WDK 2008

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