When it's summer
And the skies are glass
I just have to make the evenings last
They're always flying past

When it's raining and the sky is black
I just love to hear the thunder roll
And see the lightning crack

With fading powers
We sit for hours
By a television screen
With funny cigarettes
And talk for hours
Of the places we have seen

Brother can you hear my voice
Every second that you cling to life
You have to feel alive

It's an easy thing to sell your skin
When the devil's banging on your door
You always let him in

With fading powers
We dream of hours
That will never come again
Old defenders are themselves defenceless
When the mad attack the sane

What can you do
When you see no future
In front of you
Food for the few
So many it seems are in front of you
I see my face
Reflected there in your sweating brow
You hate what you see
What can you do
When there's no way out
Well there's no way out

Brother can you hear my voice
Every second that you cling to life
You have to feel alive

But when you sleep
Where do you go?


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    General CommentMark Burgess explains it like this:

    '...the lyrics came from frequent visits to a home for retired service men called Broughton House, in Salford Manchester, were I'd often go to visit my grandfather. It made me very aware of my own relative youth and how precious my time was. There was one chap there, a former seaman in the merchant navy, who was bound to a wheelchair and likened his life there to being buried alive. I use to take him some hash whenever I went over and he'd sit in his chair, getting stoned and watching TV. He'd call them "funny cigarettes." He used to talk of all these far-away exotic sounding places he'd visited, like Tangier.'

    P.S. Great, creepy, sad song.
    Cynothoglyson January 27, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentReminds me of my youth, sitting around with friends smoking "funny cigarettes". We were just kids intelligent and underused. "What can you do When you see no future in front of you."
    simplyEon September 21, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is so amazing. I feel like it describes my life to a T
    davidbeauyon September 14, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song from a GREAT band.
    monster36604on January 10, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe Chameleons are absolutly, positively the most underrated band.
    mediocremurphyon November 29, 2010   Link

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