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LAST TOUCH
INTO YOUR HEAD
LATE
OF ALL THE TOWNS TO SLEEP IN

All lyrics reproduced with permission. All lyrics ©Douglas Kay.

ALL THESE DAYS

Come out with your hands up, The place is surrounded,
You’re all over the papers,And programmes have been interrupted.

The scene in the hallway, I first saw on the subway,
I suppose you prefer it, Doing these things
In comfort, In comfort, In comfort.

All theses days, All these days,
Breathe deeply now, And hope that it’s not water,
That fills up your lungs.

There’s always the back door,Creep away while they’re sleeping,
It’s a dubious honour, Doing these things,
In comfort, In comfort, In comfort.

Chorus

Take the first thing that comes into your head,
Put it where it can’t ever be found.

Go back to your cars now, There’s nothing to see here,
Take the rest of the day off, To do your things,
In comfort, In comfort, In comfort.

Chorus

BETTER

Would you meet me half way, If I came to you and said,
I’d like to be someone else today,
Would you take me by the hand, Kiss me where I stand,
And tell me that you’d have me anyway.

Would you put me in your car, Take me off so far,
That we won’t make it back to here tonight,
Will you hold my spinning head, Reassure me I’m not dead,
It’s just the moon making everything white.

Tell me that you’ll help me, Tell me that you’ll help me,
Help me ‘til I’m feeling better, Help me ‘til we’re all much better.

If they come to put me down, In the middle of the town,
Would you run through the crowds screaming my name,
Would you leap to my defence, Ignore my lack of common sense,
Even if I tell you it’s just a game.

CHORUS

If I fall into the fire, When they call me a bloody liar,
Will you come through the smoke without a mask,
Will you believe my words, Even when they’re muddled and slurred,
Offer to do anything I ask.

Tell me that you’ll help me, Tell me that you’ll help me,
Help me to keep walking, Help me to keep breathing,
Help me ‘til I’m feeling better, Help me ‘til we’re all much better.

SAID

She blew smoke in my face as she said goodbye,
Though goodbye maybe makes it sound cleaner than it was,
And her eyes maybe made her look meaner than she was.

She took hold of my arm like a cricket bat,
And said never would suit her fine for seeing me next,
Although we both knew exactly what that meant.

Though she said she’d give it up,
She couldn’t lie straight in a bed tied right down,
So I tied myself to her instead,
And the things she said.

I braced myself when she stormed in,
For her words could make me lose the will to live,
And her words were all that she was willing to give.

CHORUS

Those looks won’t last forever,
Nor can all my regrets.

She had tears in her eyes when I said goodbye,
So I offered her my handkerchief and left,
Telling her I would be forever in her debt.

CHORUS

She couldn’t lie straight in a bed tied right down,
So I tied myself to her instead,
And the things she said, And the things she said,
And the things she said , And the things she said.

HAUNTED

I'm haunted by the ghost of her old lover,
Although he left her years ago,
I'm haunted by the ghost of her dead mother,
Although I would not tell her so.


I'm haunted by the smells of my former girlfriend,
And by the way she'd lay me down,
I'm haunted by those things that now mean nothing,
I'm haunted by my old hometown.


If nothing feels the same by now,
Perhaps it's time that you moved on,
If no-one hears you coming round,
Then maybe you've already gone.


I'm wounded by the time we spend together,
Because she never lets me breathe,
I'm wounded now and will be soon forever,
Because I know she wants to leave.


If nothing feels the same right now,
Perhaps it's time that you moved on,
If no-one hears you coming around,
Then maybe you've already gone.


I'm haunted by the ghost of her old lover,
Although she left me years ago,
I'm haunted by the things that she took from me,
Although it's too late to tell her so.

STRANGE

I noticed her change ‘bout a week before the clocks,
Her interest went with the hour,
And all my words she treated with disdain,
The first hint of it turning sour.

She started to flinch ever further from my touch,
The night the fireworks went up,
And my attempts to bridge the space between us,
Failed before the last had dropped,
Last firework had dropped.

Isn’t it strange how the winter makes us change?
Forces us to turn in on ourselves,
Isn’t it strange how we let things go away?

I passed the church as I made my way home,
The evening they lit up the tree,
While in our room she was spreading Christmas cheer,
And none of it was saved for me,
No seasonal goodwill for me.

CHORUS

She moved her stuff to a mews flat near the town,
The first week of the year it snowed,
She called me up to say that he was there,
When I was barely up the Dunkeld Road.

CHORUS x2

BIRDS

All the birds are dead, All the books are torn,
Seems unlikely that I’ll find my friend here,
Ushered as she has been from her home.

The tyre tracks are gone, But all the plants are trodden on,
I’m not sure but I think they’ve been round here,
Telling her she’s better off alone.

Ah ah ah ah, Ah…
I’m going to stick to my story, See the world come round,
I’m going to watch them all come right around.

All the roads are blocked,
And nobody is outside much past ten o’clock,
Wish I’d not let myself be distracted,
Waiting as they were to take their chance…

Chorus

What news from the south?
I hear they’re all living down there hand to mouth,
It seems likely that they’ll be up here soon,
Edging us all – edging us all out…

Chorus

EVERYTHING IN THE WORLD OUTSIDE'S ALRIGHT

Feel in the fullness of time, All the things that you’ve dismissed,
Sending their sparks to your mind, Like all those lips you have kissed,
Anonymously in the dark.

Lie with your face to the ground, Letting the dew soak your cheek,
Smile for the friends you have found, Coming to you in your sleep,
For a little while.

Ah ah, No-one needs to see your face tonight,
Ah ah, To tell you everything in the world outside’s - alright

Find in the voices you hear, Something to help the nights pass,
Or choose a malt whisky and beer, Put on your favourite mask,
The one that helps you speak to anyone, Without them knowing,
That it’s you.

Ah ah, No-one needs to see your face tonight,
Ah ah, No-one needs to ,read your palm tonight,
To tell you everything in the world outside’s - alright.

INSTRUMENTAL

No-one needs to see your face tonight,
And no-one needs to read your palm tonight,
To tell you everything in the world outside’s, Alright.

(LIKE A QUEEN) HANG ON

Hang on, Hang on, Hang on now,
Hang on, Hang on, Hang on now.

Time is doing something to me,
Go away and just leave me be.

It’s all coming good,
I’ll treat you like a queen,
Just follow in my slipstream.

Come down, Come down, Come down to me now
Turn on, Hold on, Hang on now.

Looking in from a different room,
Like we’re singing another tune.

It’s all coming good, I knew that it would,
I’ll treat you like a queen, Just follow in my slipstream.

Listen in for a while and hear.

It’s all coming good, I knew that it would.
I’ll treat you like a queen, Just follow in my slipstream.
Treat you like a, Treat you like a,
Just like a queen.

LET ME IN

Bad news comes, Seems we’ve all been falling to the ground,
And someone, Is standing ‘round trying to take advantage,
How empty, It can feel when no-one sees it quite right,
How foolish you feel, After telling all your secrets naked in the night.

Let me in and I will save you from depression,
Let me in and I will steer you from your death,
Let me in and I will give you all I brought here,
Let me in and I will give you my last breath.

Oh night-time, That is when you feel most alone,
All night long, One eye on the door and one ear on the phone,
So tired, I could go to bed and stay there for a week,
But I’ll stay awake, Help you out you don’t have to speak.

CHORUS

Don’t you worry I’ve just forty miles to go,
I’ll be there within the hour if I miss the snow,
So stay up please and we’ll talk when I get back,
I can show you that things aren’t quite so bad.

So hard here, When the days can take you by surprise,
But my tears, Find a smile as they warm up my eyes,
Our big hope, Tomorrow just a little better than today,
Come the sun, To keep alive the thought that it just may.

CHORUS

Let me in and I will give you my last breath,
Let me in and I will give you - my last breath.

DONE

You only loved me for your own sake, You only loved me when I asked,
You only loved me on your good days, You only loved me ‘cause you knew,
That it would pass.

You only touched me when they watched us,
Or when you thought he might come home,
But how was I supposed to argue, I know pretty girls cannot ever be wrong.

And just like the stranger’s kiss, All the things you think you miss,
Never feel as good when they come,
Try too hard to justify, All the anger pain and lies,
Learn to walk away when you’re done,
When you’re done, Just learn to walk away,
Yeah.

You used to hate it when I talked back, You used to hate it when I’d shout,
But now the only thing you hate is me, Looking back guess I was lucky,
To make it out.

And just like the stranger’s kiss, All the things you think you miss,
Never feel as good when they come,
Try too hard to justify, All the anger and the lies,
Learn to walk away when you’re done,
When you’re done, Just learn to walk away,
Yeah deh deh deh deh deh deh.

You saw me touch her in the car park, You heard I took her down a close,
And now you blame me for all your bad days, I always said you had to try,
To make the most of this strange situation,
Make the most of those crazy times, Make the most of everything I gave to you,
Make the most of what could have been yours, When you were mine,
When You Were Mine.

INTO YOUR HEAD        LATE        OF ALL THE TOWNS TO SLEEP IN

All lyrics reproduced with permission. All lyrics ©Douglas Kay.

VOLCANOES

One more bit seems to be all we’ll fit,
Into what’s left of the time we have together,
Days get dumb but still the weeks drive on,
To a hasty conclusion that’s been a long time coming,
Been a long time coming.

Things we always regarded too small,
To worry of we now look on as volcanoes,
And planes go down over our little town,
Wearied out of the clouds by the disappointments,
By the disappointments.

Can we take it back? Can we take it back?
Can we find a radio crackling with static,
Offering a way out of the wreckage.


All I survey is tempered by her ways,
And by things I've said but I never should have,
And still we try harder than I thought I,
Ever would try to please someone and keep failing,
And I just keep failing.

CHORUS

Things we always regarded too small,
To worry of we now look on as volcanoes,
Things we always regarded too small,
To worry of we now look on as volcanoes,
They look just like volcanoes.


SAID

She blew smoke in my face as she said goodbye,
Though goodbye maybe makes it sound cleaner than it was,
And her eyes maybe made her look meaner than she was.

She took hold of my arm like a cricket bat,
And said never would suit her fine for seeing me next,
Although we both knew exactly what that meant.

Though she said she’d give it up,
She couldn’t lie straight in a bed tied right down,
So I tied myself to her instead,
And the things she said.


I braced myself when she stormed in,
For her words could make me lose the will to live,
And her words were all that she was willing to give.

CHORUS

Those looks won’t last forever,
Nor can all my regrets…

INSTRUMENTAL

She had tears in her eyes when I said goodbye,
So I offered her my handkerchief and left,
Telling her I would be forever in her debt.

CHORUS

She couldn’t lie straight in a bed tied right down,
So I tied myself to her instead,
And the things she said,
And the things she said,
And the things she said ,
And the things she said.

SLIDING

What a foolish mistake, To be caught on the stairs,
With that girl in your arms and your eyes filled with tears,
‘Cause you’ve opened your mouth, Let frustration edge out,
And your words have gone dry.

What a turn for the worse, Finding them just the same,
With their heads in the sand, And their bags on a plane,
You just stand there surprised, They continue their lies,
As you fall by the wayside.

Sliding on the perfect road, Should help remind you how it always goes,
Sliding on the perfect road, Should help remind you how it always goes.


What a strange thing to say, When you’ve left this behind,
And with all that entails, And the strange things you find,
As you scavenge around, Crying to be caught out,
But you’ll just carry on, And on and on and on and on.

CHORUS

CHORUS

BEAUTIFUL VOICE

Right here in the mall, A lesson in looking cool,
In this unreasonable heat,
I hear her sing from the shade, I’m captured by her casual way,
While I just sweat in the sun.

I come back and burn myself, Just to hear her beautiful voice,
I come back and burn myself, Just to hear her beautiful voice.


Singing like she knows nothing else, She's singing like it gives here her breath,
And no-one else is about,
Watching her’s like cooling down, Hearing her’s like coming around,
How would she know?

CHORUS

I come back and burn myself, Just to hear her beautiful voice,
I come back and burn myself, Just to hear her beautiful voice,
I come back and burn myself, Just to hear her beautiful voice.

SO LATE

So late, For me to be here with you,
So late, And so far from home.

Sitting on the cold stone, No need for persuasion,
Open wide to all of your suggestions.

One word, A hint of what was coming,
Unheard, All these things which passed.

Such a change from first time around,
You gave me all I needed,
Doing this again and again,
Gives me nothing.

And as I stretch and glide, I swim out with the tide,
I guess I shouldn't go,
But how did it get so late?

So don't leave it there, Hanging up in the air,
With my eyes open wide,
Don't leave it here, With me having to stare at you,
Walking away.

So late, And oh so far from home.



INTO YOUR HEAD        LATE        OF ALL THE TOWNS TO SLEEP IN

All lyrics reproduced with permission. All lyrics ©Douglas Kay.

MOVING TARGET

Move at half speed, Take some time to get back up,
Take your time to move on up,
Notice no need, Stand in line and wait your turn,
Midday sun will always burn.

It isn't easy standing there, Naked in the open square,
Knowing they'll be looking for you,
Lift your glasses to your eyes, But it's a pretty poor disguise,
Pretty sure they've seen you coming.

Still out selling, But these days it costs too much,
Price keeps going up and up,
Best off folding, Stay in doors - here comes trouble,
Hear your town reduced to rubble.

By the buses, bikes and cars, Hiding behind a guitar,
Hard to hit a moving target,
Something hard to recognise, Harder still to sympathise,
Lazy hours pulling together.

If you see it, You might wonder what it's all about,
If they see it they might wonder what it's all about,
And you can tell them any lies you like...

Walk on water, Breakers here are pretty rough,
Hope you've brought your sterner stuff,
Act of nature, Always used to last too long,
Nowadays it's too soon gone.

As you sink into the sea, Water swirls around your knees,
Trying hard to pull you under,
And you sweat like you might bleed, All those nights you soak the sheets,
Losing out and it's no wonder.

STRAIGHT

Would you feel for me,
If you saw me now sitting on my own,
Would you talk to me,
Or just disbelieve the things we have done.

With cuts on my face,
Pretend you can bear to look at me,
I’m standing up straight,
With my head intact heart soon to follow.


Resigned to a smile,
By your double take - a stuttering glance,
And by how you refused,
To take me just once when you had the chance.

CHORUS

All fingers and thumbs,
Your hand missed your gun you dropped all your reasons,
A world weary shrug,
You know in your blood she’s a girl for some seasons.

CHORUS


TURN ME ROUND

Turn me round, Turn me right around,
Turn me down, Do me over,
Feels like her skin, skin, skin, I’m folded deep within,
All the hits, Are pulling me to bits.

Give me the time to see how it flies, Show me the way from here,
Is it straight and is it clear?
Give me the time to see how it flies, I’ll get away from here.


Sound it out, Something to shout about,
Sounds too bad, All that luck you had,
Feels like my tongue, tongue, tongue, Got my good work undone,
More I tried, The more I watched it die.

CHORUS

Senses turned and burned, I learned nothing,
Give me the time to see if it flies, Show me the way from here,
Give me the time to see if it flies, Shout if I cannot hear...

Seal it up, Little buttercup,
Seal my fate, Do me over,
Feels like the past, past, past, Made up on me at last,
Off we send, All the untied ends.

CHORUS

CITY

City’s melting face, With its multitude of sinners,
Counts us amongst its number,
News of distant lands, Turns us inward,
Helps us to be older.

Don’t pretend you’re not haunted,
By all the things that you’ve always wanted.

Shaking your mistakes, Takes more than you’d imagined,
So long since they happened,
Patience is rewarded, With blows into your chest,
Months of being depressed.

CHORUS

Walking from the scene, Trying to believe that things are better...

Watch your world change, With the simplest twist of fate,
Urging you to hate, All that has outgrown you,
Hangs on for dear life, Tempted by the sight.

CHORUS

FACING UP

So I walk along the street putting one foot in front of the other,
Same way as I’ve always done - it’s served me pretty well so far,
But the snow that fell in the early hours yesterday morning turned to slush
When the thaw came, And now it’s turned to ice and my ankles ache to step on it.

And I can see the moon behind the clouds it’s orange,
Facing up the sinking sun,
And I can see the eyes inside the moon they’re yellow,
Facing up to no-one.

So I decide that since I’ve made the effort to leave the house,
And bear in mind it’s freezing cold today,
I might as well go down they’re just for a look you know, To see if anything’s changed,
I hope not but I guess it's bound to have after all this time,
Still, if I think back then, It might just lift my mood.

CHORUS

So I made it down here, Police station’s still there,
And the graffiti is still covering the doorway,
I thought that maybe, This would even help me,
I guess you never ever know...

CHORUS

Da da da da da, Da da da da da da,
I’ll be making gravy.

WHEN YOU'VE GONE

What doesn’t kill you makes you stranger, What doesn’t kill you makes you mad,
What doesn’t kill you makes you bitter, What doesn’t kill you makes you glad,
There’s no-one here to hold your hand and kiss your ear.

What doesn’t kill you stings you badly, What doesn’t kill you clears the decks,
What doesn’t kills you leaves you angry, What doesn’t kill you leaves a mess,
You have to clear before you can move on from here.

Forget your aspirations, Lock up all that you’ve done,
Decide if you are staying, And I’ll make plans for when you’ve gone.


What doesn’t help you drags you backwards, What doesn’t help you pulls you down,
What doesn’t help you sweeps you under, But it helps that she’s not around,
To see your face or hear your words when you hear her name.

CHORUS

When she won’t listen to your stories, When she won’t listen to you cry,
When she has no care for your worries, The only thing to do is try,
To brave the night when winter comes and the world turns white.

WOOD AND STONE

Of all the towns to sleep in, This one can be most comfy,
I like it when I sleep in, With morning well behind me,
But I hate the changing weather, It changes us all too,
And I don’t like the things, Which I can see us changing into.

With my poor reputation, It gets hard to remember,
Ideas above my station, I’ll be gone by September,
And if I’m alone when I go, It won’t feel that strange,
‘Cause with my life I’m fighting, All of those people trying to make me change.

Give me wood and stone, To turn me into someone,
That I can grow to be proud of.


Of all the people in here, It’s her whose made me bitter,
From what they’re saying I hear, She told them that I hit her,
As I watch the fences cracking, I’m invited in,
But I can feel the bleeding, It’s still there to remind me where I’ve been.

Give me wood and stone, To turn me into someone,
That I can grow to be proud of.


Of all the girls to sleep with, I had to pick her sister,
Forgetting who I was with, I told her that I missed you,
But f you come here tomorrow, I won’t leave with you,
‘Cause I can see all of the things that you’re trying, trying, trying to do.

Give me wood and stone, To turn me into someone,
That I can grow to be proud of.

TASTE

I may not seem to be here, I may not seem to be listening,
But I can see you in my mind.

As I lie here on my bed, You can stroke my lifeless head,
As I lie here on my bed, I can taste all your regrets.


Take advantage whilst I lie here, Take your chances now you know that I can't speak,
Offload all the things that keep you awake at night.

As I lie here on my bed, You can stroke my lifeless head,
As I lie here on my bed, I can taste all your regrets,
As my senses start to slip, You can kiss my chilling lips,
As my senses start to slip, You can kiss my chilling lips.


Last the hours 'til you're certain, That your words will let you sleep,
Know nothing of all the damage that you've done to me...

As I lie here on my bed, You can stroke my lifeless head,
As I lie here on my bed, I can taste all your regrets,
As my senses start to slip, You can kiss my chilling lips,
As I close my failing eyes, You can wash me with your lies.

CHILL

I know I look bad to you now, I know I must look like I'm close to a breakdown,
But I'll be O.K. if I get, All of those things that you've told me I can't have yet.

You called me a childish boy, Well show me a man's life,
I'll show you a life full of foolish ploys and broken toys,
So give me back a little credit, I know on your weaker days you realise I deserve it.

Feeling the burning can't be helping me out at all, Feeling the benefit of thinking of one last call...

Back on the boat waiting for the chill, Back on the boat waiting for the wind.


I know I've been down in the dumps, But sometimes there's something of value that you can turn up there,
So give me a chance to revive, It looks bad for you if everyone sees we've got no life.

CHORUS

Feels like the strangest of days, Trying to manouvere and handle all your funny ways,
But you're taking a branch at a time, Pretending that you are not killing off all that is mine,
But do you know what it looks like from here, You slipping and sliding around on your own fear,
On your own fear.

Feeling the burning can't be helping me out at all, Feeling the benefit of thinking of one last call...

Back on the boat waiting for the chill, Back on the boat waiting for the wind,
Back on the boat waiting for the chill, Back on the boat waiting for the wind,
To carry me, To where I want to be.

HOW CAN I BE SURE?

She said how can I be sure when I wake tomorrow morning the sun is shining,
How can I be sure when I open up my eyes I'm in my own bed,
How can I be sure that when I fall asleep I'll keep on breathing,
How can I be sure when I am sleeping of the things I've said?

Tell me I won't die tonight, Tell me I can live my life,
Tell me I will stand not fall at all.


He said how can I be sure that when you leave for work you'll come back home,
How can I be sure you haven't made your plans to move away,
How can I be certain that if something was wrong I would know,
And who is here to reassure me night will always follow day?

CHORUS

Pass me the rope from your hands, Lay me out on the sand,
Give me something, Give me something, Give me something sweet...

How can I be sure all the lies I told have gone unnoticed,
How can I be sure they're still falling for my easy charm,
It's said that it never goes but I know 'cause I used to have it,
And you don't get a warning as it rushes headlong from your arms.

CHORUS

YEAR

A year goes so fast, Especially when
All those things that you thought would last, Start to fade,
A year takes its time, Especially when
All you do is just remind yourself, How it was.

A year gets you down, Especially when
You see her around all the places, That you go,
A year changes much, Especially when
It has seen you lose your touch, Dull your senses.

Feel the fall in time, Feel the fall in time.

A girl does her best, To excavate
The excitement you've repressed, After the last time,
But it's hard to care, When it becomes clear
That all this time you've had to share, What seemed your's alone.

Feel the fall in time, Feel the fall in time,
Feel the fall in time, Overtake your mind,
And the blue that you see is just an apparition,
Deep down you know, That it's going to go,
Just as soon as you get back to untroubled sleeping.


A new love comes round, Takes your mind
Off of all the things in your town, That you hate,
A new love grows old, Soon you find,
That you're back out in the cold, Turning your collar up,
A new love is just the same, As the last one,
Except for the name, It always changes.

CHORUS





INTO YOUR HEAD        LATE        OF ALL THE TOWNS TO SLEEP IN

All lyrics reproduced with permission. All lyrics ©Douglas Kay.