"Strictly Confidential" as written by and Bryan Ferry....
Before I die I'll write this letter
Here are the secrets you must know
Until the cloak of evening shadow
Changes to mantle of the dawn
Will it be sunny then I wonder'
Rolling and turning
How can I sleep'
Hold on till morning
What if I fall'

Over the hills and down the valleys
Soaring aloft and far below
Lying on stony ground the fragments
Truth is the seed we tried to sow
Marking the time spent on our journey
There isn't much we have to show
Counting the cost in money only
Strikes me as funny don't you know'
Tongue tied the thread of conversation
Weighing the words one tries to use
Nevertheless communication
This is the gift you must not lose
Hauling me always are the voices

Tell us are you ready now'
Sometimes I wonder if they're real
We're ready to receive you now
Or is it my own imagination'
Have you any more to say'
Guilt is a wound that's hard to heal
It's a cross you have to bear
Could it be evil thoughts become me
Tell us what you're thinking now
Some things are better left unsaid

Magical moment
The spell it is breaking
There is no light here
Is there no key

Lyrics submitted by Contristo, edited by alfalfa19

"Strictly Confidential" as written by Bryan Ferry

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    My InterpretationThis song conjures the image of a man waiting to die. He's staving off sleep, because he has to live the time he has left.

    It sounds like he's writing a confession of some sort; of love; of those he's killed; who knows...

    It's clear that he's haunted by voices, either of those he's killed or from schizophrenia(?).

    In the end it sounds like he's being set free from a personal hell via death (lethal injection or suicide). In the closing lines he seems to think he's free, but there's a sudden disappointment cause he says: there is no light here, is there no key.

    Whatever the meaning, there's a sense of foreboding that underscores the tune. It's both sad and a bit haunting. I like it but it makes me slightly uncomfortable.

    Great song though! This album deserves so much more love than people on these boards are giving it.
    AbsurdistMeon March 24, 2014   Link

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