"Up the Down Escalator" as written by and David/burgess Fielding....
I'm gazing up at the faces staring blankly at me
I suppose it's just a sign of the times.
They tell me that tomorrow will never arrive
But I've seen it end a million times.
I lost my direction while dodging the flak
Give me a hint or something
If I could freeze time at the flick of a switch
I wouldn't hesitate
No!
There must be something wrong boys.
Obnoxious action, obnoxious results
From teachers who refuse to be taught.
Distorted pictures and dizzy dizzy people
Rush by me at the speed of though.
And sit at their tables and throw us the scraps
For Christs' sake leave us something
Now they can erase us at the flick of a switch
How long will it take
Now!
There must be something wrong boys
They're dragging me down.
Eden, there's no Eden, anyway.
They sit at their tables and throw us the scraps
For Christs' sake leave us something
Now they can erase you at the flick of a switch
How much longer must we wait
Now!
There must be something wrong boys
They're dragging me down
You either swim or you drown.


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"Up the Down Escalator" as written by John Lever Dave Fielding

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    General CommentThis is the first song I heard from the Chameleons and I was instantly hooked. IMHO...The best - BEST! - overlooked bands of the 80s. They don't have one song that is worth fast-forwarding through. Which can't be said of most bands. LOVE The Chameleons!!!
    monster36604on January 09, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMark's note from the official site:

    "The title was actually Reg's suggestion for a band name before we settled on The Chameleons, I liked it so much I remembered it and it just seemed apt for this particular idea. A further inspiration came from Dave when he told me he'd seen an item about a very young child genius who written something like "Someone told me tomorrow never comes, but I've seen it end lots of times." 'Escalator' deals with helplessness in a world gone stark, raving mad."
    nightanddayon September 12, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis was the song that got me into The Chameleons and then I went out and bought everything including aby bootleg CD of theirs that I could find.
    OneFleshon November 25, 2009   Link

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