The Final Cut
The Post War Dream
[Car sound, switching on of car radio]
"...announced plans to build a nuclear fallout shelter at Peterborough
[phzzt! of returning]
"...three high court judges have cleared the way..."
was announced today, that the replacement for the Atlantic
Conveyor the container ship lost in the Falklands conflict
built in Japan, a spokesman for..."
"...moving in. They say the third world countries, like
produce the drug are suffering from rising violence...[fades]"
Tell me true, tell me why, was Jesus
Is it for this that Daddy died?
Was it for you? Was it me?
Did I watch too much T.V.?
Is that a
hint of accusation in your eyes?
If it wasn't for the nips
Being so good at building ships
The yards would still
be open on the clyde.
And it can't be much fun for them
Beneath the rising sun
With all their kids committing
What have we done, Maggie what have we done?
What have we done to England?
Should we shout, should we
"What happened to the post war dream?"
Oh Maggie, Maggie what have we done?
Your Possible Pasts
They flutter behind you your possible pasts,
Some bright-eyed and crazy, some frightened and lost.
to anyone still in command
[Cattle truck noises]
Of their possible future, to take care.
derelict sidings the poppies entwine
With cattle trucks lying in wait for the next time.
Do you remember me? How
we used to be?
Do you think we should be closer?
She stood in the doorway, the ghost of a smile
face like a cheap hotel sign.
Her cold eyes imploring the men in their macs
For the gold in their bags or the knives
in their backs.
Stepping up boldly one put out his hand.
He said, "I was just a child then, now I'm only a man."
you remember me? How we used to be?
Do you think we should be closer?
By the cold and religious we were taken
Shown how to feel good and told to feel bad.
Tongue tied and terrified we learned how to pray
feelings run deep and cold as the clay.
And strung out behind us the banners and flags
Of our possible pasts lie in
tatters and rags.
Do you remember me? How we used to be?
Do you think we should be closer?
One of the Few
When you're one of the few to land on your feet
What do you do to make ends meet?
Make them mad,
make them sad, make them add two and two.
Make them me, make them you, make them do what you want them to.
laugh, make them cry, make them lie down and die.
The Hero’s Return
Jesus, Jesus, what's it all about?
Trying to clout these little ingrates into shape.
When I was their age all
the lights went out.
There was no time to whine or mope about.
And even now part of me flies over
Dresden at angels
Though they'll never fathom it behind my
Sarcasm desperate memories lie.
Sweetheart sweetheart are
you fast asleep? Good.
'Cause that's the only time that I can really speak to you.
And there is something that I've
A memory that is too painful
To withstand the light of day.
When we came back from the war the
Flags hung on everyone's door.
We danced and we sang in the street and
The church bells rang.
burning in my heart
My memory smolders on
Of the gunners dying words on the intercom.
The Gunner’s Dream
Floating down through the clouds
Memories come rushing up to meet me now.
In the space between the heavens
and in the corner of some foreign field
I had a dream.
I had a dream.
the service when you're walking slowly to the car
And the silver in her hair shines in the cold November air
the tolling bell
And touch the silk in your lapel
And as the tear drops rise to meet the comfort of the band
take her frail hand
And hold on to the dream.
A place to stay
"Oi! A real one ..."
Enough to eat
old heroes shuffle safely down the street
Where you can speak out loud
About your doubts and fears
more no-one ever disappears
You never hear their standard issue kicking in your door.
You can relax on both sides
of the tracks
And maniacs don't blow holes in bandsmen by remote control
And everyone has recourse to the law
no-one kills the children anymore.
And no one kills the children anymore.
Night after night
Going round and
round my brain
His dream is driving me insane.
In the corner of some foreign field
The gunner sleeps tonight.
What's done is done.
We cannot just write off his final scene.
Take heed of his dream.
Button your lip. Don't let the shield slip.
Take a fresh grip on your bullet proof mask.
And if they try to
break down your disguise with their questions
You can hide, hide, hide,
"I'll tell you what, I'll give you three blacks,
and play you for five
"Ta! You was unlucky there son"
Behind paranoid eyes.
put on our brave face and slip over the road for a jar.
Fixing your grin as you casually lean on the bar,
too loud at the rest of the world
With the boys in the crowd
You hide, hide, hide,
Behind petrified eyes.
believed in their stories of fame, fortune and glory.
Now you're lost in a haze of alcohol soft middle age
in the sky turned out to be miles too high.
And you hide, hide, hide,
Behind brown and mild eyes.
Get Your Filthy Hands Off My Desert
"Oi...Get your filthy hands off my desert!"
"What 'e say?"
Brezhnev took Afghanistan.
Begin took Beirut.
Galtieri took the Union Jack.
And Maggie, over lunch one day,
Took a cruiser with all hands.
make him give it back.
The Fletcher Memorial Home
Take all your overgrown infants away somewhere
And build them a home, a little place of their own.
Home for Incurable Tyrants and Kings.
And they can appear to themselves every day
On closed circuit
To make sure they're still real.
It's the only connection they feel.
"Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome,
Reagan and Haig,
Mr. Begin and friend, Mrs. Thatcher, and Paisly,
Mr. Brezhnev and party.
dov'è il bar?"
The ghost of McCarthy,
The memories of Nixon.
"Who's the bald chap?"
adding colour, a group of anonymous latin-
American meat packing glitterati.
Did they expect us to treat them
with any respect?
They can polish their medals and sharpen their
Smiles, and amuse themselves playing games for awhile.
Boom boom, bang bang, lie down you're dead.
Safe in the permanent gaze of a cold glass eye
With their favorite
They'll be good girls and boys
In the Fletcher Memorial Home for colonial
Wasters of life and limb.
Are you having a nice time?
Now the final solution can be applied.
They disembarked in 45
And no-one spoke and no-one smiled
There were to many spaces in the line.
at the cenotaph
All agreed with the hand on heart
To sheath the sacrificial Knifes.
She stands upon
With her handkerchief
And her summer frock clings
To her wet body in the rain.
In quiet desperation
White upon the slippery reins
She bravely waves the boys Goodbye again.
And still the dark stain
His shoulder blades.
A mute reminder of the poppy fields and graves.
And when the fight was over
We spent what they had made.
But in the bottom of our hearts
We felt the final cut.
The Final Cut
Through the fish-eyed lens of tear stained eyes
I can barely define the shape of this moment in time
from flying high in clear blue skies
I'm spiraling down to the hole in the ground where I hide.
If you negotiate
the minefield in the drive
And beat the dogs and cheat the cold electronic eyes
And if you make it past the shotgun
in the hall,
Dial the combination, open the priesthole
And if I'm in I'll tell you what's behind the wall.
a kid who had a big hallucination
Making love to girls in magazines.
He wonders if you're sleeping with your new found
Could anybody love him
Or is it just a crazy dream?
And if I show you my dark side
Will you still
hold me tonight?
And if I open my heart to you
And show you my weak side
What would you do?
Would you sell
your story to Rolling Stone?
Would you take the children away
And leave me alone?
And smile in reassurance
you whisper down the phone?
Would you send me packing?
Or would you take me home?
Thought I oughta bare my
Thought I oughta tear the curtain down.
I held the blade in trembling hands
Prepared to make it
but just then the phone rang
I never had the nerve to make the final cut.
"Hello? Listen, I think I've got it.
Okay, listen its a HaHa!"
Not Now John
Fuck all that we've got to get on with these
Gotta compete with the wily Japanese.
There's too many home fires
And not enough trees.
So fuck all that
We've go to get on with these.
Make 'em laugh.
Make 'em cry.
Make 'em dance in the
Make 'em pay.
Make 'em stay.
Make'em feel ok.
Not nah John
We've got to get on with the film
Hollywood waits at the end of the rainbow.
Who cares what it's about
As long as the kids go?
Got to get on with the show.
Hang on John we've got to get on with this.
I don't know what it is
it fits on here like.....
Come at the end of the shift
We'll go and get pissed.
But now now John
to get on with this.
Hold on John
I think there's something good on.
I used to read books but.....
could be the news
Or some other abuse
Or it could be reusable shows.
Fuck all that we've got to get on with
Got to compete with the wily Japanese.
No need to worry about the Vietnamese.
Got to bring the Russian Bear
to his knees.
Well, maybe not the Russian Bear
Maybe the Swedes.
We showed Argentina
Now let's go and show
Make us feel tough
And wouldn't Maggie be pleased?
Nah nah nah nah nah nah nah!
"s'cusi dove il
se para collo pou eine toe bar
s'il vous plait ou est le bar
(...say it in English!...)
where's the fucking bar John?
(Oh, now you're talking!)"
Oh! Rule Britannia! Britannia rules the day
Hammer, Hammer, Hammer, Hammer, now!
Two Suns in the Sunset
In my rear view mirror the sun is going down
Sinking behind bridges in the road
And I think of all the good
That we have left undone
And I suffer premonitions
Of the holocaust to come.
wire that holds the cork
That keeps the anger in
And suddenly it's day again.
The sun is in the
Even though the day is done.
Two suns in the sunset
Could be the human race is run.
the moment when the brakes lock
And you slide towards the big truck
"[scream] Daddy, Daddy!"
stretch the frozen moments with your fear.
And you'll never hear their voices
And you'll never see their faces
have no recourse to the law anymore.
And as the windshield melts
My tears evaporate
Leaving only charcoal
Finally I understand the feelings of the few.
Ashes and diamonds
Foe and friend
We were all equal
in the end.
"...and now the weather. Tomorrow will be cloudy with scattered showers
spreading from the east ...
with an expected high of 4000 degrees