"Burning Sky" as written by and Paul John Weller....
Closer than close, you see yourself,
A mirrored image, of what you wanted to be.
As each day goes by, a little more,
You can't remember, what it was you wanted anyway.
The fingers feel the lines, they prod the space,
Your aging face, the face that once was so beautiful,
Is still there but unrecognizable,
Private hell.

The man who you once loved, is bald and fat,
And seldom in, working late as usual.
Your interest has waned, you feel the strain,
The bed springs snap, on the occasions he lies upon you,
Close your eyes and think of nothing but,
Private hell.

Think of Emma, wonder what she's doing,
Her husband terry, and your grandchildren.
Think of Edward, who's still at college,
You send him letters, which he doesn't acknowledge.
cause he don't care,
They don't care.
cause they're all going through their own - private hell.

The morning slips away, in a Valium haze,
And catalogs, and numerous cups of coffee.
In the afternoon, the weekly food,
Is put in bags, as you float off down the high street

The shop windows reflect, play a nameless host,
To a closet ghost, a picture of your fantasy,
A victim of your misery, and private hell

Alone at 6 o'clock, you drop a cup,
You see it smash, inside you crack,
You can't go on, but you sweep it up

Safe at last inside your private hell.
Sanity at last inside your private hell.


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"Burning Sky" as written by Paul John Weller

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  • +2
    General CommentObviously a letter from a man now sucessful in business written to his old 'idealist' mate, only too happy to dismiss the past, which i'm sure is a common thing really.

    It reminds me of a few old friends actually, and in a small dose, maybe even myself. The line "'it wouldn't be teh same'cause we've all grown up and got our own lives..." is pretty spot on, and "there's no time for dreams when commerce calls" sums up the idea of losing your ideals once the utility bills begin to hit the doormat.
    SmithersJones87on October 05, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFire on the horizon is the drive for wealth to the exclusion of humanity.
    Wonder Nedon August 26, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe wrong lyrics above. Need to be replaced.
    Drydxbon January 01, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhy does no one have anything to say about this song? a great song by a great band and filled with meaning
    jonutaon July 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song was written in the form of a letter...a man caught up in the world of high-finance writes to his old friend back home.
    It starts off amiably enough but soon the writer can't help but reveal his contempt for what he has left behind including, probably, his friend. this song packs a mighty kick as do several other songs from this album.
    can anyone tell me the significance of the burning sky? i'd love to know.
    Boss Manon July 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI love the way they placed this right before Smither Jones on the album, as Smither Jones is like a guy like this getting screwed over by the "burning sky".
    Cpt-Sensibleon January 23, 2006   Link

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