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THEN UP LYRICS

 

 

1. BURN OUT

 

Hey there, girl

Have you seen yourself of late?

Oh, you should take a step back and wait

Before you jump back in again

‘Cos it takes some time to build a fire like you;

Sky high, like the state you’ve gotten to

Spinning round this loop

 

And when you burn out

And oh, you’ll burn out

It’s time to fight these flames

So when I burn out

Next time I burn out

I won’t light up again

 

And it’s no cause to break and never learn

Why it hurts more, if every time you run

You hit the same wall

 

And when you burn out

And oh, you’ll burn out

It’s time to fight these flames

So when I burn out

Next time I burn out

I won’t light up again

 

You can’t fight fire with fire

I won’t fight fire with fire

I won’t fight fire

 

Because you’ll burn out

And yes, you’ll burn out

It’s time to fight these flames

So when I burn out

Next time I burn out

I won’t light up again

Oh, when I burn out

I won’t light up again

 

2. LEAVING

 

This city asks me only questions

It’s infinite under my feet

It’s like this town is trying to test out how alone I can be

I see St Paul’s rise from the darkness

I see the lights on Southbank gleam

But all around me seems just madness

And I can’t break free, no I can’t break free

 

London, you are playing with my heart

I love you but I’m yearning to get out

I see myself in green fields and breathe in

But London, I’m not leaving

 

See, I’m not done with just exploring

I’m not done with all the rain

I can’t help but still get drawn in to the things that make me stay

I love that hill in Greenwich park where

You can see the city sprawl

I think I kind of left my heart there after all, after all

 

London you are playing with my heart

I love you but I’m yearning to get out

I see myself in green fields and breathe in

But London, I’m not leaving

 

London you are playing with my heart

I love you but I’m yearning to get out

I see myself in green fields and breathe in

But London, I’m not leaving.

 

London, I’m not leaving

 

3. VODKA AND TONIC

I’ll have a vodka and tonic

With ice and a lemon too

Grey Goose, if you’ve got it

Now, how about you?

 

Oh, I see that your girlfriend’s gone

But I don't see why you should be alone

 

Go

Break my heart

Break my heart

Break my heart.

Go

Break my heart

Break my heart

Break my heart

 

I am lost as a habit

The world’s such a weary place

But if I like something, I grab it

And I like what I see in your face

 

Oh, the night’s so young

So let’s have us some fun

 

Oh

Break my heart

Break my heart

Break my heart.

Go

Break my heart

Break my heart

Break my heart

 

If you’d prefer to take my number

And have me wait for you to call

Do I look like the kind of girl who likes to wait at all?

 

No

Break my heart

 

4. SKIN CHANGER

I see your game, skin changer

I see how you’ve got to me

Oh, you don a new shirt with each sunrise

But who’s heart do you wear on your sleeve?

 

Is this still your hand that’s upon mine?

And who’s pulse have you chosen to beat?

Tell me your desires, skin changer

Oh, who will I next get to meet?

 

Oooh

Tell me your name, skin changer

Show me who’s face you obscure

With each unveiling, I feel more danger

To find out what might hide at your core

 

Oooh

 

I see your game, skin changer

I know how you like to play

But did it not occur, my sweet stranger,

That I might shed my own skin one day?

 

 

5. A LETTER

I want to tell you that

it’s easy, that it can be done

I so want to show you that I’m breezy and I know the road to wherever I’m going

When I get there, I’ll send a flare your way

:

But this is my answer and I can’t explain

I look into your eyes and I see what you want me to say

And I want to help you, but I’ll just send you on your way

 

Just don’t lose the smile in your eyes when you sing

And when your heart breaks, don’t let it break everything

And just don’t forget all the joy you had at the start

Cos’ that’s what you’ll need to keep you whole

If you fall apart

 

And it’s so frustrating, all this passion that you have to feel

With no satisfaction, just determined to make it all real

And don’t ever tell me that you don’t ever dream you will

 

Just don’t lose the smile in your eyes when you sing

And when your heart breaks, don’t let it break everything

And just don’t forget all the joy you had at the start

Cos’ that’s what you’ll need to keep you whole

If you fall apart

 

And oh, when the sun’s shining

You feel every ray, warm on you skin

You forget how it feels to be cold

And oh, if you keep climbing,

Chipping away at whatever’s within,

Don’t forget how it feels to let go

Chorus 2:

And don

t lose the smile in your eyes when you sing

And when your heart breaks, don’t let it break everything

And just don’t forget all the joy you had at the start

Cos’ that’s what you’ll need to keep you whole

When you fall apart

 

6. SPARK

Blurred like ink, so indistinct

It could gently fall to the floor

See, it’s just a thought, barely there at all

Can you name a thing so small?

 

But it shook my faith and for safety’s sake

I pressed my back to the wall

See, it’s just a spark

But it burned so hard

 

That I love your smile

And maybe that’s enough for a while

And could you be everything to me

To me

 

If I had a say, I’d just fade away

When my face burned like the sun

See, I can’t let go and I crave control

And surrender felt so wrong

 

And it shook my faith and for safety’s sake

I pressed my back to the wall

See, it’s just a spark

But it burned so hard

 

That I love your smile

And maybe that’s enough for a while

And could you be everything to me

To me

 

7. THE DANCE UPON NOTHING

Down by the docks and in the yard

They gave them clubs and rifles

Bow Street Runners in the dark

Corrupt and courageous

And there in the night they found their peace

A soul, for a ticket or release, they captured

 

And all just to find the shabby rogue

To catch the Toms of Bedlam

So none could escape the hearty choke

The morning drop in Tyburn

See, up on that hill they learned to dance

Light as a leaf under a branch, they capered

 

A thief, he did cap and cackle both

And every cove despised him

So drawn to the place he took his oath

They air and exercised him

And out on the deadly nevergreen

He danced with the others and the crowd went wild

 

Hempen fever, blind my eyes

Tonight I dance for my last time

 

 

8. REASON

Sticks and stones all thrown, scars and old bones come to life

And the words won’t hurt ‘til they twist and turn to lies

Shuddered smile, oh child, you could just go back to sleep, back to sleep

Funny how it came round like a boomerang back to me, back to me

 

And the pills won’t work, they just make you hurt and feel

Like a lion’s roar, screaming out the door,

‘What's real?’

Shattered smile, oh child, you should just go back to sleep, back to sleep

Don’t how it spun out like a boomerang back to me

 

Can’t you breathe and see reason?

You reap just what you sow

Why do you need to find a reason?

Just close your eyes and throw your sticks and stones

 

You keep yourself too clean, oiling this machine you’ve made

But when you lose control, the illusion’s bound to fade

So shut it down now, try, let yourself go back to sleep, back to sleep

Surrender now and fly like a boomerang back to me

 

Oh, just breathe and see reason

You reap just what you sow

Why do you need to find a reason?

Just close your eyes and throw your sticks and stones

For no reason

You reap just what you sow

Why do you need to find a reason?

Just close your eyes and throw your sticks and stones

 

Just close your eyes and throw your sticks and stones

 

 

9. SIXTEEN

Who am I to pretend?

Who am I to play friend?

You and I used to be the same person

So who am I to believe that we could drift with such ease

Back into moulds we made worlds ago?

 

See I never realised it’s true

That I wasn’t

being myself around you

So who are we? You and me

 

When life leaves you lost and unfound, I’ll be there

And if growing up gets you down,

Oh, we can ride on the wings of change

Though we fly in our own separate ways,

In the end, I’ll be there

 

And oh, the world’s so pristine when you’re only sixteen

And promises can be made then broken

But look at all we’ve achieved, look at all we can be

We’re too old to leave words unspoken

 

And I never really could see

That maybe you weren’t quite yourself around me

So who are we? You and me

 

When life leaves you lost and unfound, I’ll be there

And if growing up gets you down,

Oh, we can ride on the wings of change

Though we fly in our own separate ways,

In the end, you know

When life leaves you lost and unfound, I’ll be there

And if growing up gets you down,

Oh, we can ride on the wings of change

Though we fly in our own separate ways,

You know, in the end,

I’ll be there

 

10. BAD DECISION

 

I made a bad decision

I made a big mistake

And now I’m choking on the broken thing I hoped to make

And with a bad decision, it’s easy looking back

‘coz in the rear view mirror you can see the marks you made were

black, black, black

Black

 

And on reflection, I can see me sliding down the wall onto the floor

 

The second that I said it, I heard it leave my mouth

I couldn’t take it back or hit undo or rub it out

And by your dark expression, I really hit a nerve,

Like every word I said could knock you down into the dirt

 

And it’s hard to walk with one foot in your mouth and make a clean getaway

So cuff me up and throw the key away

 

I am broken

I am shot

I am everything you’re not

I am human

I am flawed

I’m just what you’re looking for

 

It’s just a bad decision

It’s just a thing I said.

If every cutting word could kill, well then, we’d all be dead

 

And black and white are blurring all the lines we couldn’t cross and turning grey

So maybe you could try this blame on, see how much it weighs

 

I am broken

I am shot

I am everything you’re not

I am human

I am flawed

I’m just what you’re looking for

I am foolish, incomplete

Light your fire; I’ll face the heat

I am human, tooth and claw

 

11. GLORIA

Gloria’s returned to face the wall

Twenty-seven miles of nothing at all

‘Spreche mich und hab kein angst’

Beyond the towers and past the tanks

 

Gloria

Gloria

 

We can scale the wall and feel it crumble

Signal down the wire, across the rubble

Brushing bullets with our hands

Fingertips and palms out

 

Gloria

 

12. AFTER EVERY TRY

Only when you fail, only when you fall

Only when you have nothing left at all

Only then will you really truly know where you want to go

 

Only if you stand, only if you rise

After every try, after every try

After all, it’s all you ever wanted to be

 

And now you’re so close, you’ll never know how close you are.

So near, even it it seems so far

 

Ooh, with our feet to the floor

Ooh, we’ll run into the storm

Ooh, it won’t matter at all

Coz’ then we can dance in the rain, we can dance in the rain

 

Even if you’re pushed everywhere you go, even if you’re pulled through the undertow

Only then will you really truly know how it feels to be

 

So close, you’ll never know how close you are.

So near, even it it seems so far.

 

Ooh, with our feet to the floor

Ooh, we’ll run into the storm

Ooh, it won’t matter at all

 

Coz’ then we can dance in the rain, in the snow and the hail

And then we can sing through the wind and the noise of the gale

And then we can run through the dark with our arms open wide

And then we will know that we tried and we tried and we tried

 

Ooh, with our feet to the floor

Ooh, we’ll run into the storm

Ooh, it won’t matter at all

‘Coz we’ll know we danced in the rain

Yeah, we danced in the rain

 

 

 

Oh, be still, my beating heart

Held in here, caught where you are

You race and pound, but you won’t get out

So all I ask is

 

Oh, be still, my rushing thoughts,

Blindfolded, there at the edge, waiting to fall

Just close my eyes, as the ground replies

And the dust is blown up then still

 

Be still, my beating heart

Be still

 

This will pass, you know

And your heart will slow down

And be still

13. BE STILL