Build This Love

Build this love
Build this love
Build this love
Build this love

Build this love
I’m gonna build this love
I’m gonna build this fire higher and higher
Little by step by little by step

Oh yeah
I get my days
When a voice seems to whisper in my ear
“Baby you don’t need this company”

Such cheap emotion
Is gonna break nobody’s heart but mine
If you hold me now you can feel it beat
We can start it rockin’ with a new sensation
Layin’ on hands till you feel the heat
We can build this fire on a new foundation
Build this love
I’m gonna build this love
Build this fire

Outside it’s colder now
It’s not the time for young and stupid now
If you don’t mind beating it heart to heart
We can start it rockin’ with a new sensation
Layin’ on hands till you feel the heat
We can take control of the situation
What’s it gonna be, not another defeat
We can build this fire on a new foundation
Build this love

Flame Trees

Kids out driving Saturday afternoon pass me by
I’m just savouring familiar sights
We share some history, this town and I
And I can’t stop that long forgotten feeling of her
Try to book a room to stay tonight

Number one is to find some friends to say “You’re doing well
After all this time you boys look just the same”
Number two is the happy hour at one of two hotels
Settle in to play “Do you remember so and so?”
Number three is never say her name

Oh the flame trees will blind the weary driver
And there’s nothing else could set fire to this town
There’s no change, there’s no pace
Everything within its place
Just makes it harder to believe that she won’t be around

But Ah! Who needs that sentimental bullshit, anyway
Takes more than just a memory to make me cry
I’m happy just to sit here round a table with old friends
And see which one of us can tell the biggest lies

There’s a girl falling in love near where the pianola stands
With her young local factory out-of-worker, holding hands
And I’m wondering if he’ll go or if he’ll stay

Do you remember, nothing stopped us on the field
In our day

Oh the flame trees will blind the weary driver
And there’s nothing else could set fire to this town
There’s no change, there’s no pace
Everything within its place
Just makes it harder to believe that she won’t be around

Oh the flame trees will blind the weary driver
And there’s nothing else could set fire to this town
There’s no change, there’s no pace
Everything within its place
Just makes it harder to believe that she won’t be around

Ghost Town

I’ve been forty days and forty nights
In television land
I’d kill myself with cigarettes
If I could find my hands

Livin’ in a ghost town

Take this will and testament
And nail it to the wall
You know I spent my time here
Learning how to crawl

Livin’ in a ghost town

And money don’t buy water round
The ghost town
I’ve never found a border round
The ghost town
Whoever sets the weather
Oughta keep it pretty calm
Keep it fine and mild
Cause like a cheap alarm
I’m fuckin’ wound

There’s just a man on a bad street
Who cannot turn around
Or shout above the heat
Below the knees he’s
Buried in the ground
Waking up in Sydney babylon
Is what it’s all about
There’s only one way in here
And one way out

Hold Me Tight

Hold me tight
Hold me tight
Baby nothing’s gonna change this magic night
Well energy we’ve got to burn
So open up your mouth and take a bite
And hold me tight

Well tellers do it
Tanners do it
The Phantom and Diana do it
Politicians need it twice a night
Presidents and Chauffeurs do it
Terrorists on sofas do it
Movie stars repeat it till it’s right
Hold me tight

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
It’s over to you

So, tie these arms and legs together
Let’s all change this hell for leather
One big happy heart attack
Let all the world’s insomniacs unite!

Well Robert Johnson knew it
Chaplin knew it
Even Marx and Lenin knew it
Heisenberg was just a voyeur
The Hallelujah Chorous do it
Ayatollahs always do it
Come on, slam the door
Let’s get it right
Hold me tight

Janelle

Janelle, Janelle, Janelle
So far away
Goodnight, sweet dreams
The world is well
Janelle, Janelle, Janelle

Lookin’ through your photograph
Talking through the telephone
I’m thinking through my plans for me
And you so all alone

Janelle, Janelle, Janelle
So far away
Goodnight, sweet dreams
The world is well
Janelle, Janelle, Janelle

Someday we’ll wake up laughing
Put on our dancing shoes
You won’t believe the tales I tell
That time, Janelle’s not mine to choose

Janelle, Janelle, Janelle
So far away
Goodnight, sweet dreams
The world is well
Janelle, Janelle, Janelle

No Sense

Mail arrives in the morning
I’m hoping for good news
Another letter from a girl that I don’t know
Another letter full of no news

You don’t tell me anything
You just go on and on
And you don’t make no sense

You try to tell me that you love me
But we ain’t never met
You try to say you’re gonna be my one and only
But I wouldn’t take no bet

You don’t tell me anything
You just go on and on
And you don’t make no sense

Only One

I believe we’re worlds apart
And I don’t know if I’m getting through
Oh I
I believe we’re worlds apart
And I don’t know if I’m getting through

I don’t wanna talk
And I don’t wanna fight
I’m in the mood for attention tonight
But every time that I make a move
You turn and walk away

I get the feeling
That you’re not accepting
This love I’m offering around
Cause every time that I make a move
You just can’t be found

And you’re the only one
Who can make me feel the way that you do
You are the only one
Who can make me feel it too

And I’m not expected to be your intended
You just like to have me around
A week I’ve been planning to take you out
Now you won’t come past your door

You are the only one
Who can make me feel the way that you do
You are the only one
Who can make me feel it too

And you know that I
I believe we’re worlds apart
And I don’t know
If I’m getting through
Oh I I believe we’re worlds apart
And I don’t know
If I’m getting though
And I don’t know if I’m getting through
To you

Painted Doll

Painted doll, on a painted stage
Painted doll, on a painted stage
She’s just a one-man Punch and Judy show
For caliphs twice her age
Painted doll, on a painted stage

The more they look at her
The less I see
The more they look at her
The less I see
It’s a tricky situation when some
Parasite has got my painted doll
And she’s got me

Lookin’ down Sydney Harbour in the rain
My pretty baby’s slappin’ up another vein
If this is gonna be her final wage
My heart may never see this world again

She’s my little sick salome
And it’s breakin’ me in two
Painted doll
I’ve got a deal for you

Saturday Night

Saturday night
Saturday night
Saturday night
Saturday night

Saturday night’s already old
Walking into Sunday, and I find
All desires are cold
I could walk forever, I don’t mind
Show me a light, your company
Goes a little way to help me see
The path on which I’m bound
Rather than the things I leave behind

I’ve got the keys to the city
Baby
I can feel my luck
I got two days’ money
If you light me up
This heart will shine on

“L’esclavage D’amour
It will be ours forevermore”
Words we both recall
Either from a lover, or the law
Saturday night, my steps have shown
I can walk away from all I’ve know
Goodnight, my friend, goodbye
Remember what they say,
When you’re alone, laugh or die

Sing To Me

Nightclub here
Liaison there
I do what I have to do
The habits of a lifetime
They all know
And sympathise with me

My great big plans
Are winding down
We both know that’s nothing new
I’m taking care of business
But without you
It doesn’t sing to me

All night through
Baby it’s you, it’s you
What we had before
We could have once more
Forever,
You’d see

I walk all night
And sleep all day
I’m dreaming only of you
I’m taking care of business
But without you
It doesn’t sing to me

I’m taking care of business
This old world still spins along
But doesn’t sing to me

Temptation

Running so fast, trying so hard
Losing a girl who is closing, she’s chasing behind
When I get home I lock up the door
Close the window, I don’t come out no more

Take away temptation now
From before my eyes
Take away temptation now
From before my eyes

I’ve gotta get out, climbing the walls
But it won’t be too long till I want to be
Locked up again
Driving me wild, being alone
You’re outa my sight and I swear
I’ll go outa my head

Take away temptation now
From before my eyes
Take away temptation now
From before my eyes

Running so fast, trying so hard
Losing a girl who is closing, she’s chasing behind
Running away, all of the time
Most of the day and all of the night

Take away temptation now
From before my eyes
Just pass me by

The Game

“Who’s that on the telephone”
The fisherman said
“Looks like a writer”
She turned her head
“Could be, we’ll see”
Ma ring replied
“There were rumours when he came”

And as the evening fell
Around the old hotel
The stranger left his dial-tone
His place was gone
In the game

“He’s down from the city
And he’s here to think.
He pays his money”
She got another drink
“Who knows, his book
Is closed to you and I
We may never know his name”

The music drifted down
The same repeated sound
“If Nat King Cole
Can save his sole
He’ll find his peace”
The fisherman eased his frame
“If I was asked
Just who’s to blame
To read his past
I’d have to say
She’s a woman . . .”

When all your cards are done
Just leave your share
And make your run
They’ll burn your contacts down
Plans on fire
You know they’ve won
Just turn and walk away
And start again, a brand new day
In lonliness their aim will turn
Against themselves
For one more play
In the game

Twentieth Century

Standing on this intersection
Yelling for my change
Watching personalities
Collapse and re-arrange
Gotta smile about it
Gotta surf it out or drown
In the twentieth century

Some guy selling liberty
You’ve heard it all before
Let’s take some pet minority
To fame in eighty-four
Lots of fortunes and
Reputations to be found
In the twentieth century

Yankees lookin’ east and west
Before they cross the road
It’s Hollywood democracy
It really doesn’t bother me
It’s entertainment, baby
It explodes

Let the K.G.B. devise
Just what comes after civilised
This intersection’s big enough for me
And when I get some change
I’ll disappear
It’s tricky
But, thank God, it’s never organised
I’m talking about the twentieth century
The twentieth century
The twentieth century

Twentieth Century

Released in 1984.

  1. Build This Love
  2. Twentieth Century
  3. Ghost Town
  4. Saturday Night
  5. Painted Doll
  6. No Sense
  7. Flame Trees
  8. Only One
  9. Hold Me Tight
  10. Sing To Me
  11. The Game
  12. Janelle
  13. Temptation

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