The Day The Earth Caught Fire - The Lyrics

 

 

 

The Day The Earth Caught Fire


(Mason, Thomas, Slamer)


Lead Vocal: Lol Mason


The day the Earth caught fire

We stood outside the world was laughing

And in the city square

They cast umbrellas to the sky

The sun above my head was burning greedy red

The horns began to blow "Three Cheers for jericho"


The first evacuee

I was headed for the sea, I saw them

The roadside refugees

The boys with bloody knees who waved

Abandoned cars that lay too tired to drive away

"A World in Flames Today" was all the papers

had to say


Run for your life (The Earth's caught fire)

Run for your life (The Earth's caught fire)

Run, run, run

Run for your life (The Earth's on fire)

Run for your life (The Earth's on fire)

Run, run, run


The streetcar prophet said,

"You thought that God was dead-I warned you

The sinners and the saved

They fell down to their knees and prayed

Believers held their breath and stoned a witch to death

The leaders and the led said "Blow the bloody

Reds away!"


Run for your life (The Earth's caught fire)

Run for your life (The Earth's caught fire)

Run, run, run

Run for your life (The Earth's on fire)

Run for your life (The Earth's on fire)

Run. run, run


 

 

 

It's Only The End Of The World

(Mason, Broughton, Ward, Lange)


Lead Vocal: Roy Ward


Just as London got up and New York got to bed

I was climbing the walls with a bomb in my head

No time to change it

(There was) No time to change it

No time to change It, It's the end of the

World


I was a lonely one

Holding up the end of the bar

Just one more excuse to stick around

Don't wanna travel too far

Who turned on the radio

"Here's the news and all of it's bad"--l guess it's that

Someone told me it's only the end of the World



I got up and got out, just a face in the street

( They gonna get you brother --you better run for

cover)

Headlights cut through the night like a knife in the

deep

(They gonna get you brother --you better run for

cover)


No time to change it

No time to change It

No time to change it, it's the end of the World


I got a feeling I've been living at the end of the line

(They got love)

Love on every station but mine


Won't someone give me a sign

(Lord get me outta here)


Sorry if I wasted your time

When you're lonely it's only the end of the World


 

 

 

Interrupted Melody

(Mason, Thomas, Slamer)


Lead Vocal: Lol Mason


Bright young woman came running from home

With her life in her hands 'cause they gave her such a

bad time


Just a part-time lover and a full-time wife

With her heart in the dark and her head out in the

daylight


Every small-town mother had a rumour on her lips

"I could tell she was trash from her head to her

fingertips


Now and again when she disagreed

It was an interrupted melody


Shame was a runner for the lady to beat

It left a fire in her belly and a pain in her feet


Friends can be found on the lowest avenue

You never ask for a name when they offer you a lean-to


Now and again when she disagreed

It was an interrupted melody


Working the week-end--Tricks in the park

Over exposure--meat for the sharks

Turn out the headlights--Pull up the car

Business for pleasure--life after dark


There was Willie the Man with his wallet and charm

He left a smile on her face and a mark in her arm


And every Saturday night when the girls gave their

best

He was hustling trade for the kid from out West


Now and again when she disagreed

Just an interrupted melody


One thing she learned was never give It away

They can take what they want just as long as they pay



Now all that remains of that small-town life

Is a letter from home and a look in her eye


Now and again when she disagreed

It was an interrupted melody


Working the week-end--Tricks In the park

Over exposure--Meat for the sharks

Turn out the headlights--pull up the car

Business for pleasure--life after dark


 

 

 

Modern Love Affair

(Mason, Thomas, Slamer)


Lead Vocal: Lol Mason


Who was it called this romance!

The fool with feathers in his head

A river to be sold down, the book that we both read

An empty lounge in some hotel

A fighter's thoughts before the bell


The film we first held hands at

A song that told us "No Regrets"

We asked for Mother's handouts, you ask and we shall

get

The money saved and money spent

The early morning arguments


Is this a modern love affair!

Is this a modern love affair!


Now if I shrug my shoulders

And only pass the time of day

It's more than wine and roses could ever say

Though I might sulk and you may brood, just thank

God it's me and you


Is this a modern love affair!

Is this a modern love affair!

The one they tell you to beware of


We asked for Mother's handouts, you ask and we shall

get (Repeat)



Is this a modern love affair!

Is this a modern love affair!

The one they tell you to beware of


 

 

 

New York Times

(Mason, Broughton)


(Instrumental theme originated by Slamer-Broughton-Thomas)

Lead Vocal: Roy Ward


Turning pages. glancing through the classified

The whole night's sleep was in my eyes

Spilling coffee on my shoes, I noticed you

Saw it all in black and white: "The Broadway Girl

Makes Good Tonight"

Then some old friend decides to phone

To ask me how I got to know


Read it in the New York Times

It was a smile I recognized

With an unfamiliar- name and another fool by your side

And it really hurt my pride

Cause it's a bitch to realize

You're only second prize, just another New York time


Sunday afternoon, and those old movies make me cry

I'II never know the reasons why

Don't know why I waste my time recalling lines

From a letter by the bed, much better left unread

But old times come on back again when you

Think you heard the last of them


I read it in the New York Times

It was a smile I recognized

With an unfamiliar name and another fool by your side

And it really hurt my pride

Cause it's a bitch realize

You're only second prize. just another New York time


Up In The Eighties

(Mason, Thomas)


Lead Vocal: Lol Mason


Too hot but not too hot to care

I'm sitting pretty by my Frigidaire

And it's good to breathe the midnight air

One more mosquito bite before we get (before we get)

To bed


I'm on the payroll but I'm off the street

You can't disturb a fool's reality

When there's a place i n town where they don't even

serve you or me

We'd have to sit outside and drink all night to rescue

the economy


Up in the Eighties, where it's hard to breathe

Up in the Eighties, and it's harder to leave you alone

Too close to Heaven to believe I'm here at all

Must be the weather



I got no more use for the radio

The whole world ended just an hour ago

And there's a lot of people waking up with egg in their

eyes

We'll charge the refugees a grand apiece to camp out in

our paradise


Up in the Eighties, where it's hard to breathe

Up in the Eighties, and it's harder to leave you alone

Too close to Heaven to believe I'm here at all

Must be the weather


(Up) in the Eighties, where it's harder to breathe

in the Eighties, and it's harder to leave you alone

close to Heaven to believe I'm here at all

In the Eighties, (Must there be no air to breathe!)


 

 

 

Machines

(Mason, Slamer, Ward)


Lead Vocal: Roy Ward


Win or lose, pick and choose

You put your money in the slot

Hold and wait, hesitate

The name of the game is to have and have not

You don't know you lost till you know what you've got

Give me a quarter, a kroner, a yen

We all wind up wasted so try it again


Have you spent what you made!

Or Is your pocket heavyweight!

There's a price to be paid

Your heart in your mouth as the points start to grow

Your hands tell you stop when your head says to go

Give me a quarter, a kroner, a yen

We all wind up wasted so try it again


Machines, machines, Michael loves machines

Always waiting for the delay

Machines, machines. Michael loves machines

He's always looking for another game to play

Another game to play, another game to play


Every nerve, every bone

Is getting ready for the shot

It's a world of it's own

You don't see a thing as the crowd gathers 'round

They call out Your name but you don't hear a sound

Give me a quarter, a kroner, a yen

We'll wind up wasted so try it again


Machines, machines, Michael loves machines

Always waiting for the delay

Machines, machines. Michael loves machines

He's always looking for another game to play

Another game to play, another game to play


At the end of the day

There's two more buttons left to press

It's the ultimate game

Your video playmate is ready and set

It's so hard to choose when it's Russian Roulette

Give me a quarter, a kroner, a yen

We all wind up wasted so try it again


Machines, machines, Michael loves machines

Always waiting for the delay

Machines, machines, Michael loves machines

He's always looking for another game to play

Another game to play, another game to play


(Repeat)


 

 

 

Ambition: Ambition

(Mason, Broughton, Slamer)


Lead Vocal: Roy Ward in verse: Lol Mason and Steve

Broughton in chorus.


Tell me it's wrong for a man to want to be

Much better known and twice as big as World War

Three

I've been on my knees, a transition is easy to see

Cause Ambition you're driving me


So big in America, so huge in Japan (Man)

So big in America, I say you gotta get it while you can

My name is all over Albania, all the rage in Iran (and)

Sold out in Australia, I say you gotta get it while you can


Open the door, me and my Tarot hold the key

I may be unsure, but only temporarily!

What will be will be and all the fools agree

That Ambition you're killing me


So big in America, so huge in Japan (Man)

So big in America, I say you gotta get it while you can

My name is all over Albania, all the rage in Iran (and)

Sold out in Australia, I say you gotta get it while you can



Ambition: Me And My Tarot



(Mason, Broughton, Thomas)


Lead Vocal: Steve Broughton


Unfamiliar doorway, crazy figures on the floor

Faces in the hallway staring daggers through the wall

I was at the party but I wished I'd never been

The stranger on the scene, the guest in someone's

dream

The room was smaller with the guests pouring in


"Take a card:' they said, "you need your fortune read"

"Take some good advice and leave when you are led"

The Queen of Broken Hearts had come to warm my

bed

It was getting later the clocks all stayed the same

Everyone was gathered round to play the party game

Someone shouted "Suicide!", and everybody laughed

The game had gone too far and I drew the Hangman's

card

Then they turned the lights back on and left me in the

dark


"Take a card:' they said, "you need your fortune read"

"Take some good advice and leave when you are led"

The Queen of Broken Hearts had come to warm my

bed


We love a hero gone beyond the reach of our

applause -

We scream his name and call "Encore!"




Ambition: Rev-On (The Crunch)



(Mason, Broughton, Slamer, Ward, Thomas, Lange)


Lead Vocal: Steve Broughton and Roy Ward


(Rev-On) it's a big, black highway

(Rev-On) they can say I did it my way

(C'mon Rev-On) I got a monster beneath me

(Rev it along) Gonna smash me to smithereens

I'm after headlines, headlines

Gimme, gimme them headlines, headlines

"Golden Boy Rides Bike Off Inter-State One-Five

No Chance Of Coming Out Alive

Poor Kid Was Cut Off In His Prime"

Almost A Legend In His Time


Red light (can't come back)

It's green for go, there's rubber on the road

(Too hard) two wheels and ignition

That's all I know

(Can't come back) One way to Paradise

When you've been bitten by (too damn hard)

Ambition

(Rev-On) You can call me a yo-yo

(Rev-On) But can you tell me a better way to go!

No!

(C'mon Rev-on) Wasn't I the wild one

(Rev it along) Like a bullet to oblivion

I'm after headlines, headlines

Gimme, gimme headlines, headlines

"Golden Boy Rides Bike Off Inter-State One-Five"

"No Chance Of Coming Out Alive"

"Poor Kid Was Cut Off In His Prime"

"Almost A Legend In His Time'


Red Light (Can't come back)

It's green for go, there's rubber on the road

(Too hard) Two wheels and ignition

That's all I know

(Can't come back) one way to Paradise

When you've been bitten by (too damn hard)


Ambition

(Can't come back) I just gotta go, it's written on the

road

(Too hard) Two wheels and ignition

That's all I know

(Can't come back) One way to Paradise

When you've been bitten by (too damn hard)

Ambition



Ambition: The End (Came Easy)


(Mason, Broughton)


Lead Vocal: Steve Broughton, Lol Mason and Roy Ward


Ambition took care of him right to the end

Ambition, his mother, his wife and a friend

And the end came easy


So the news ran loose, and they called out his name

And the front page put him on Memory Lane

But there was no-one there to see

'Cause the World went up ....... at three!

 

 

 

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