"Alibi" as written by and David Gray....
Stone blind alibi
I will eat the lie
Find the word
Could break any spell that binds you
Prayers like ammonites
Curl beneath the lights
How I long to
Bite every hand that feeds you more
Where'd it all go wrong
My Friday night infant
Where'd it all go wrong
My Friday night infant

All night buzz on a line
It's only blood on the rime
Wrecks my head every time
It leads me on
Where'd it all go wrong
My Friday night infant
Where'd it all go wrong
My Friday night infant

Tonight tonight
Tonight I'm running wild I'm running
Tonight I'm running wild I'm running
Tonight I'm running wild I'm running
Tonight I'm running wild I'm running
Tonight I'm running wild


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"Alibi" as written by David Gray

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    General CommentThis song is simply amazing!
    I'm not exactly sure what this song means..and according to the documentary on the DualDisc of "Life In Slow Motion" David doesn't really know either. He does though, mention that it is not "Babylon II", although he does envison the same character as in Babylon on a Friday night, possibly Babylon..10 years later.
    BE/Von October 01, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti love this song! my sister bought this album, but its spent most of its life in my CD player not hers. pure ace!
    Shezzaon December 18, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song is so beautiful!!! I think it's about when you're in a relationship and the person your with always tries to make up excuses or "alibi's" for not being there when they should've or for whatever reason and how you get really upset but you love them and "eat the lie" every time. I could be totally off I don't know, but I love this song!
    Let_The_Led_Outon December 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is an incredible song, so powerful when he does it live. I initially thought that it was about a relationship, but on closer inspection it seems to be about cocaine use. Specifically the lines:
    "All night busz on a line
    It’s only blood on the rime
    Wrecks my head every time"
    All night buzz from doing lines, blood on the nose..."
    I did not see the interview with David talking about it being Babylon 10 years later, but that would make sense. In Babylon he talks about "chemicals running through my bloodstream" and the feel is happy and youthful- if one were to keep up substance abuse for 10 years I imagine the feeling would be more along the lines of this song.
    SMUSER17027835on February 06, 2006   Link
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    General Comment^
    I'm glad you're not a songwriter. "Home Phone?" Give me a break.
    Chris10685on June 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is definently about drug use...When you look at the film clip, it shows a girl growing up, she has the perfect life and everything you could wish for "shes an enfant, which means the spoilt and favoured child" - shes perfect in most peoples eyes. Then she started to taking drugs - where d'it all go wrong? - and he says he'll bite the hand that feeds her more, which I'd say is all the people who are selling her these drugs, he hates what they're doing to this perfect woman/girl

    "Find the word
    Could break any spell that binds you"
    - maybe this means like, if he could find the words, could he break her out of her drugged out state?
    I dont know if this is right, but its the first thing that came to my mind when I heard this song and saw the clip for it

    Taylor
    BeachBabe182on December 05, 2006   Link
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    General Commentits about the use of coke imo.
    HIM using them. on a come down, woundering whats went wrong that hes resorted to drugs and being childish/ that or hes trying to talk to himself when he was younger using drugs (not saying he ever did/does just the meaning of the song imo)
    Fiesta_bhoyon January 24, 2007   Link
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    General Commentwhen i first heard it i thought he was singing, "hung like birds on a line, its only blood on the rhine." hahaha anyway i love his music! love disappearing world!
    whedonist21on November 06, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThe relationship of this song to Babylon is not unlike that of the relationship of U2's Running to Stand Still to Bullet the Blue Sky, in my mind. While I personally doubt that these songs are about drug use specifically (though his Friday night enfant is never specified, and though the evidence toward the song referring to cocaine is strong), it's clear that there is a burst of some level of emotion at the beginning of the story and a level of coming-down at the end.

    I always assumed that the "chemicals running through [his] bloodstream" are adrenalin, or caffeine, or perhaps alcohol, or maybe not chemicals at all but instead the personification of the rush of emotion that comes all at once in these sorts of situations.
    jbhgon July 20, 2012   Link

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