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The Word Before Last
demo version (Again The Eye Again):
I spent a bad day yesterday with a man and a picture of himself
The tape was running and the TV turned
How different these people were, I learned
<excerpts from television news report on political situation in Zaire>
This man I saw was happy then
And then loved
And on TV, well
But now he cried and cried
And of course he had to want to die
But he watched him, which made it worse
Of course, of course, of course, of course
You understand he didn't know it was someone else who looked the same
A similar voice taken
The clothes changed, but the face retained
<more excerpts from television news reports>
Surrounded by this imagery
His brain bypassed
The eternal moment laid bare
No time to heal
Continual pain, continual pain, continual pain, continual pain
I spent a bad day yesterday with a man and a picture of himself
The tape was running and the TV turned
How different these people were, I learned
Radio One John Peel session version (No Time):
I spent a bad day yesterday with a man and a picture of himself
The tape was running and the TV turned
How different these people were, I learned
This man I saw was happy then
And then loved
And on TV, well
But now he cried and he cried
And of course he had to want to die
But he watched him, which made it worse
Of course, of course, of course, of course
You understand he didn't know that it was someone else who looked the same
A similar voice taken
The clothes changed, but the face retained
Surrounded by old imagery
His brain bypassed
The eternal moment laid bare
No time to heal
Continuum, continuum, continuum, continuum
I spent a bad day yesterday with a man and a picture of himself
The tape was running and the TV turned
album version:
You will notice... you will notice that very appropriately I'm left-handed...
This man I saw was happy then
And then loved
And on TV, well
But now he cried and he cried
And of course he had to want to die
But he watched him, which made it worse
Of course, of course, of course, of course
You understand he didn't know that it was someone else who looked the same
A similar voice taken
The clothes changed, but the face retained
Surrounded by old imagery
His brain bypassed
The eternal moment laid bare
No time to heal
Continual pain, continual pain, continual pain, continual pain
I spent a bad day yesterday with a man and a picture of himself
The tape was running and the TV turned
...described Mrs Thatcher's first three months in power as disastrous...
words and music by Marsh / Oakey / Ware
published by Virgin Music (Publishers) Ltd.