Paris
Album: Paris
Released: 1980
Total Time: 90:27 (43:41 + 46:46)

Rick Davies
Roger Hodgson
John Anthony Helliwell
Dougie Thomson
Bob C. Benberg
1 - School

2 - Ain't Nobody But Me

3 - The Logical Song

4 - Bloody Well Right

5 - Breakfast In America

6 - You Started Laughing

7 - Hide In Your Shell

8 - From Now On

  Disk 2  
1 - Dreamer

2 - Rudy

3 - A Soapbox Opera

4 - Asylum

5 - Take The Long Way Home

6 - Fool's Overture

7 - Two Of Us

8 - Crime Of The Century


School

I can see you in the morning when you go to school

Don't forget your books, you know you've got to learn the golden rule,

Teacher tells you stop your play and get on with your work

And be like Johnnie-too-good, don't you know he never shirks

He's coming along!



After School is over you're playing in the park

Don't be out too late, don't let it get too dark

They tell you not to hang around and learn what life's about

And grow up just like them - won't you let it work it out

And you're full of doubt



Don't do this and don't do that

What are they trying to do?

Make a good boy of you

Do they know where it's at?

Don't criticize, they're old and wise

Do as they tell you to

Don't want the devil to 

Come out and put out your eyes



Maybe I'm mistaken expecting you to fight

Or maybe I'm just crazy, I don't know wrong from right

But while I am still living, I've just got this to say

It's always up to you if you want to be that

Want to see that

Want to see that way

You're coming along!


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Ain't Nobody But Me

Let me tell you a story that'll make a change

Let me tell you when I'm way out of range

It's about a man who's cruel and mean

So promise not to cause a scene

Heaven help the one's you love

There's no big need for stars above



Well you can run, you know he'll find you

It don't matter now, just look behind you

You had your warning, you knew the score

You got it wrong, and that means war

So, why d'you have to treat me rough

Your explanation's not enough



Ain't nobody but me

Gonna lie for you

Gonna die for you

Ain't no fish in the sea

Gonna sigh for you

Gonna try for you

Gonna lie for you

Gonna die for you

Wooh



You see, I've got a mental disposition

Sometimes, I'm mean, sometimes I'm vicious

I'm Dr. Jekyll, I'm Mr. Hyde

So if you want to stay alive

Just give me all you've got to give

And then perhaps I'll let you live



Ain't nobody but me

Gonna lie for you

Gonna die for you

Ain't no fish in the sea

Gonna sigh for you

Gonna try for you

Gonna lie for you

Gonna die for you

Gonna sigh for you

Gonna try for you

Gonna lie for you

Gonna die for you



Hush - Now baby, stop your crying

Oh Yes - I know that I've been lying

Hush - Now baby, stop your crying

Oh Yes - I know that I've been lying

Won't you hush - Now baby, stop your crying

Oh Yes - I know that I've been lying

Won't you hush - Now baby, stop your crying

Oh Yes - I know that I've been lying

Won't you hush - Now baby, stop your crying

Aaaaah


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The Logical Song

When I was young, it seemed that life was so wonderful,

A miracle, oh it was beautiful, magical

And all the birds in the trees, well they'd be singing so happily,

Joyfully, playfully watching me

But they sent me away to teach me how to be sensible,

Logical, responsible, practical

And then they showed me a world where I could be so dependable,

Clinical, intellectual, cynical



There are times when all the world's asleep,

The questions run too deep

For such a simple man

Won't you please, please tell me what we've learned

I know it sounds absurd

But please tell me who I am...



Now watch what you say or they'll be calling you a radical,

Liberal, fanatical, criminal

Won't you sign up your name, we'd like to feel you're

Acceptable, respecable, oh presentable, a vegetable!



At night, when all the world's asleep,

The questions run so deep

For such a simple man

Won't you please, please tell me what we've learned

I know it sounds absurd

But please tell me who I am...


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Bloody Well Right

So you think your schooling's phoney

I guess it's hard not to agree

You say it all depends on money

And who is in your family tree



Right, you're bloody well right

You got a bloody right to say

Right, you're bloody well right

You know you got a right to say

Ha-ha you're bloody well right

You know you're right to say

Yeah-yeah you're bloody well right

You know you're right to say

Me, I don't care anyway!



Write your problems down in detail

Take them to a higher place

You've had your cry - no, I should say wail

In the meantime hush your face



Right, you're bloody well right

You got a bloody right to say

Right, you're bloody well right

You know you got a right to say

Ha-ha you're bloody well right

You know you're right to say

Yeah-yeah you're bloody well right

You know you got a right to say

You got a bloody right to say

You got a bloody right to say

You got a bloody right to say

You got a bloody right to say


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Breakfast In America

Take a look at my girlfriend

She's the only one I got

Not much of a girlfriend

Never seem to get a lot



Take a jumbo cross the water

Like to see America

See the girls in California

I'm hoping it's going to come true

But there's not a lot I can do



Could we have kippers for breakfast

Mummy dear, Mummy dear

They got to have 'em in Texas

Cos everyone's a millionaire



I'm a winner, I'm a sinner

Do you want my autograph

I'm a loser, what a joker

I'm playing my jokes upon you

While there's nothing better to do



Don't you look at my girlfriend

She's the only one I got

Not much of a girlfriend

Never seem to get a lot



Take a jumbo cross the water

Like to see America

See the girls in California

I'm hoping it's going to come true

But there's not a lot I can do


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You Started Laughing

When you're in heaven

What you gonna do?

You're gonna sit around a cloud and say

Hey what a lovely view



Is there a reason

Why you're like you are?

Is there a reason you'll be leaving?

Is my love out of season?

I wouldn't mind but to me that is treason



You started laughing

When I held you in my arms

You started leaving

When I told you of my charms

I was in love with you

And then you said we're through

And then I said boo hoo



Was my tie not on straight?

Was it something I ate?


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Hide In Your Shell

Hide in your shell cos the world is out to bleed you for a ride

What will you gain making your life a little longer?

Heaven or Hell, was the journey cold that gave your eyes of steel?

Shelter behind painting your mind and playing joker



Too Frightening to listen to a stranger

Too Beautiful to put your pride in danger

You're waiting for someone to understand you

But you've got demons in your closet

And you're screaming out to stop it

Saying life's begun to cheat you

Friends are out to beat you

Grab on to what you can scramble for



Don't let the tears linger on inside now

Cos it's sure time you gained control

If I can help you, if I can help you

If I can help you, just let me know

Well, let me show you the nearest signpost

To get your heart back and on the road

If I can help you, if I can help you

If I can help you, just let me know. 



All through the night as you lie awake and hold yourself so tight

What do you need, a second-hand-movie-star to tend you?

I as a boy, I believed the saying the cure for pain was love

How would it be if you could see the world through my eyes?



Too Frightening- the fire's becoming colder

Too Beautiful- to think you're getting older

You're looking for someone to give an answer.

But what you see is just an illusion

You're surrounded by confusion

Saying life's begun to cheat you

Friends are out to beat you

Grab on to what you can scramble for



Don't let the tears linger on inside now

Cos it's sure time you gained control

If I can help you, if I can help you

If I can help you, just let me know

Well, let me show you the nearest signpost

To get your heart back and on the road

If I can help you, if I can help you

If I can help you, just let me know. 



I wanna know

I wanna know

I wanna know

Oh, I've got to know

I wanna know you

I wanna know you

Well let me know you

I wanna feel you

Oh, I wanna touch you

Please let me near you

Let me near you

Can you hear what I'm saying?

Well I'm hoping, I'm dreamin', I'm prayin'

I know what you're thinkin'

See what you're seein'

Never ever let yourself go

Hold yourself down, hold yourself down

Why d'ya hold yourself down?



Why don't you listen, you can trust me, 

Oh there's a place I know the way to

A place there is no need to, to feel you

to feel that you're all alone

Oh won't you hear me

I know exactly what you're feelin'

cos all your troubles are within you

So begin to, to see that I'm just bleeding to



Love me, love you

Loving is the way to

Help me, help you

Why must we be so cool

Oh so cool?

Oh, we're such damn fools...


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From Now On

Monday has come around again

I'm in the same old place

With the same old faces always watching me

Who knows how long I'll have to stay

Could be a hundred years of sweat and tears

At the rate that I get paid



Sometimes I slowly drift away

From all the dull routine

That's with me every day

A fantasy will come to me



Diamonds are what I really need

Think I'll rob a store, escape the law

And live in Italy

Lately my luck has been so bad

You know the roulette wheel's

A crooked deal, I'm loosing all I had



Soon be like a man that's on the run

And live from day to day

Never needing anyone

Play hide and seek, throughout the week



My life is full of romance



Guess I'll always have to be

Living in a fantasy

That's the way it's got to be

From now on



Guess I'll always have to be

Living in a fantasy

No it won't be really me

From now on



You think I'm crazy I can see

It's you for you, and me for me

Living in a fantasy

From now on



Guess I'll always have to be

Living in a fantasy

That's the way it's got to be

From now on



Guess I'll always have to be

Living in a fantasy

It's you for you, and me for me

From now on



Guess I'll always have to be

Living in a fantasy

That's the way it's got to be

From now on



Guess I'll always have to be

Living in a fantasy

It's you for you, and me for me

From now on



Guess I'll always have to be

Living in a fantasy

That's the way it's got to be

From now on


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Dreamer

Dreamer, you know you are a dreamer

Well can you put your hands in your head, oh no!

I said dreamer, you're nothing but a dreamer

Well can you put your hands in your head, oh no!

I said "Far out, - What a day, a year, a life it is!"

You know, - Well you know you had it comin' to you

Now there's not a lot I can do



Dreamer, you stupid little dreamer

So now you put your head in your hands, oh no!

I said "Far out, - What a day, a year, a laugh it is!"

You know, - Well you know you had it comin' to you

Now there's not a lot I can do



Well work it out someday



If I could see something

- You can see anything you want boy

If I could be someone

- You can be anyone, celebrate boy

If I could do something

- You can do something

If I could do anything

- Can you do something out of this world?



Take a dream on a Sunday

Take a life, take a holiday

Take a lie, take a dreamer

Dream, dream, dream, dream, dream along...



Come on and dream, dream along

Come on and dream, dream along

Come on and dream, dream along

Come on and dream, dream along

Dreamer, you know you are a dreamer

Well can you put your hands in your head, oh no!

I said dreamer, you're nothing but a dreamer

Well can you put your hands in your head, oh no!

OH NO!


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Rudy

Rudy's on a train to nowhere, halfway down the line

He don't wanna get there, but he needs time

He ain't sophisticated, nor well-educated

After all the hours he's wasted, still he needs time



He needs time - he needs time for livin'

He needs time - for someone just to see him

He ain't had no lovin'

For no reason or rhyme

And the whole world's above him

Well it's not as though he's fat

No there's more to it than that

See he tries to play it cool

Wouldn't be nobody's fool



Rudy thought that all good things comes to those that wait

But recently he could see that it may come too late



All through your life, all through the years

Nobody loved, nobody cared

So dim the light, dark are your fears

Try as I might, I can't hold back the tears

How can you live without love, it's not fair?

Someone said give but I just didn't dare

What good advice are you waiting to hear?

Hearing's alright for them that's all there



You'd better gain control now

You'd better show'em all now

You'd better make or break now

You'd better give and take now

You'll have to push and shove now

You'll have to find some love now

You'd better gain control now



Now he's just come out the movie

Numb of all the pain

Sad but in a while he'll soon be

Back on his train


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A Soapbox Opera

I hear, only what I want to hear

But, I have to believe in something

Have to believe just one thing

I said Father Washington, you're all mixed up

Collecting sinners in an old tin cup

Well, spare a listen for a restless fool

There's something missing when I need your rule



Well hey there, You tell me you're a holy man

But, although I'm just a beginner

I don't see you as a winner

I said, Sister Robinson, you're all washed up

Collecting teardrops in a paper cup

If I could tell you what you need to know

If I could help you to get on with the show



Reverend Ebenezer, there's a storm in my head

Makes me hear what you said, just was it true?

So, what have I to do?

Well, what has he to do?

Oh, what is there to do?

Oh, oh, oh, oh



Mary, oh tell me what I'm living for

'Cause I feel like I'm tossed in the river

Have you a son to deliver

I said, Father Washington, you're all mixed up

Collecting sinners in an old tin cup

You tell the children what they need to know

But will they listen when it's time to go



Oh, Sister Robinson, you're all wound up

Collecting teardrops in a paper cup

Can someone tell me what I need to know

Can someone help me to get on with the show


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Asylum

Jimmy Cream was keen, his brain was always winnin'

I can't keep tabs on mine, it's really quite a joke

I see him down the road, I ask if he'd be willing

To lend me 15p - I'm dying for a smoke

Don't arrange to have me sent to no asylum

I'm just as sane as anyone

It's a just a game I play for fun - for fun

I told em - look! - I said I'm not the way you're thinkin

Just when I'm down, I'll be the clown, I'll play the fool

Please don't arrange to have me sent to no asylum

I'm just as sane as anyone

It's just a game I play for fun - for fun



Will he take a sailboat ride?

He is very likely to

Will he feel good inside?

He ain't very likely to

Will he tell you he's alive?

He is always trying to

But nothin', no nothin', does he say

In the morning when the day's begun

- "Hello Good morning, how are you?"

And in the evening or the noonday sun

- "What a lovely afternoon!"

Well I've been living next to you



Bluesy Monday is the one day that they come here

When they haunt me and they taunt me in my cage

I mock them all, they're feelin' small, they got no answer

They're playin' dumb but I'm just laughing as they rage

Don't arrange to have me sent to no asylum

It's only a game I'm playin' for fun

Yeah I've been tryin' to fool everyone - everyone



Will he take a sailboat ride?

He is very likely to

Will he feel good inside?

He ain't ever likely to

Will he tell you he's alive?

He is always tryin' to

But nothin', no nothin' does he ever say

In the morning when the day's begun

- "Do you think it looks like rain"?

And in the evening or the noonday sun

- "You know I nearly missed my train"



Well I've been living next to you my friend

But what kind of friend are you?

Is it the beginning or the sorry end?

Will I ever see it through?

I've never been insane

Oh what's the game?

I believe I'm dying



He's mad, mad, mad...

Not quite right...

Oooooooooo.....


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Take The Long Way Home

So you think you're a Romeo

Playing a part in a picture-show

Take the long way home

Take the long way home



'Cause you're the joke of the neighbourhood

Why should you care if you're feeling good

Take the long way home

Take the long way home



But there are times that you feel you're part of the scenery

All the greenery is comin' down, boy

And then your wife seems to think you're part of the

Furniture oh, it's peculiar, she used to be so nice



When lonely days turn to lonely nights

You take a trip to the city lights

And take the long way home

Take the long way home



You never see what you want to see

Forever playing to the gallery

You take the long way home

Take the long way home



And when you're up on the stage, it's so unbelievable,

Unforgettable, how they adore you,

But then your wife seems to think you're losing your sanity,

Oh, calamity, is there no way out?



Althought you feel that you life's become a catastrophe?

Oh, it has to be for you to grow, boy

When you look through the years and see what you could

Have been oh, what you might have been,

If you'd had more time



So, when the day comes to settle down,

Who's to blame if you're not around?

You took the long way home

You took the long way home

...


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Fool's Overture


History recalls how great the fall can be

While everybody's sleeping, the boats put out to sea

Borne on the wings of time

It seemed the answers were so easy to find

"Too late", the prophets cry

The island's sinking, let's take to the sky



Called the man a fool, striped him of his pride

Everyone was laughing up until the day he died

And though the wound went deep

Still he's calling us out of our sleep

My friends, we're not alone

He waits in silence to lead us all home



So you tell me that you find it hard to grow

Well I know, I know, I know

And you tell me that you've many seeds to sow

Well I know, I know, I know



Can you hear what I'm saying

Can you see the parts that I'm playing

Holy Man, Rocker Man, Come on Queenie

Joker Man, Spider Man, Blue Eyed Meanie

So you found your solution

What will be your last contribution?

Live it up, rip it up, why so lazy?

Give it out, dish it out, let's go crazy Yeah!


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Two Of Us

Look at me I'm a speck of sand

And I'm building dreams in a stranger's land

Tell me why do I care

Tell me why do I care



Every time that I'm feeling down

Oh they pick me up and they spin me round

Tell me where do we go

Tell me where do we go from here



What are we gonna find out (find out)

What are we gonna find out (find out)

In the wilderness, that this loneliness brings

Just as long as there's two of us

Just as long as there's two of us

I'll carry on

Won't you hold me



When is man gonna find out (find out)

When are we gonna find out (find out)

What the universe is just waiting to hear

Just as long as there's two of us

Just as long as there's two of us

Just as long as there's two of us

We'll carry on


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Crime Of The Century

Now they're planning the crime of the century

Well what will it be?

Read all about their schemes and adventuring

It's well worth the fee

So roll up and see

And they rape the universe

How they've gone from bad to worse

Who are these men of lust, greed, and glory?

Rip off the masks and let's see

But that's no right - oh no, what's the story?

There's you and there's me

That can't be right  


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