"Blind Curve" as written by and Derek William/mosley Dick....
I. Vocal Under A Bloodlight
Last night you said I was cold, untouchable
A lonely piece of action from another town
I just want to be free, I'm happy to be lonely
Can't you stay away?
Just leave me alone with my thoughts
Just a runaway, just a runaway
I'm saving myself

II. Passing Strangers
Strung out below a necklace of carnival lights
Cold moan, held on the crest of the night
I'm too tired to fight.

So now we're passing strangers, at single tables
Still trying to get over
Still trying to write love songs for passing strangers
All those passing strangers
And the twinkling lies, all those twinkling lies
Sparkle with the wet ink on the paper

III. Mylo
Oh I remember Toronto when Mylo went down
And we sat and cried on the phone
I never felt so alone
He was the first of our own
Some of us go down in a blaze of obscurity
Some of us go down in a haze of publicity
The price of infamy, the edge of insanity

Another Holiday Inn, another temporary home
And an interviewer threatened me with a microphone
'Talk to me, won't you tell me your stories."

So I talked about conscience and I talked about pain
And he looked out the window and it started to rain
I thought maybe I've already gone crazy
So I reached for a bottle and he reached for the door
And I picked up the sleeping pills crushed on the floor
Inviting me to a casual obscenity.

IV. Perimeter Walk
It would be incredible if we could
Retrace all the times that we lived here
All the collisions
Wasted, I've never been so wasted
I've never been this far out before

Perimeter walk
There's a presence here
I feel could have been ancient,
I could have been mystical

There's a presence
A child, my child
My childhood, a misplaced childhood
Give it back to me, give it back to me
A childhood, that childhood
Oh please give it back to me.

V. Threshold
I saw a war widow in a launderette
Washing the memories from her husband's clothes
She had medals pinned to a threadbare greatcoat
A lump in her throat with cemetery eyes

I see convoys curb crawling West German Autobahns
Trying to pick up a war
They're going to even the score
Oh... I can't take any more
I see black flags on factories
Soup ladies poised on the lips of the poor
I see children with vacant stares, destined for rape in the alleyways
Does anybody care, I can't take any more!
Should we say goodbye?

I see priests, politicians?
Heroes in black plastic body-bags under nations' flags
I see children pleading with outstretched hands
Drenched in napalm, this is no Vietnam

I can't take any more, should we say goodbye
How can we justify?
They call us civilised!

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  • +3
    General CommentThis is also one of my fave Marillion songs. It was this album, and possibly this song, that got me into 'real' music when everyone else was raving about Duran Duran etc.

    For me this whole piece is pretty much along the same lines that everyone else has said. However, I think it is possible to break each piece down.

    I. Vocal Under A Bloodlight
    This is shortly after a casual relationship. The singer is introverted as has been noticed by his 'other half'. This is the start of this part of the story.

    II. Passing Strangers
    Realising that all the casual relationships have no greater depth to them and, ultimately, both parties are just strangers to one another.
    There is no rectreating what was lost as there is nothing to recreate. This leads to further depression and isolation.

    III. Mylo
    This song has special meaning to me which I needn't go into here. However, this part relates to John Mylett a friend of the band who died in a car crash. Fish still had to do interviews and his only solace was prescription (and not so prescription) drugs.

    IV. Perimeter Walk
    The most obscure part probably brought on by the acid that prompted the album in the first place.
    He seems to want his childhood back - when everything was trivial and there was no pain to deal with.

    V. Threshold
    To what "threshold" Fish is referring to I have no idea. However, this part is obviously referring to the state of the country/world in the mid 80s.
    How can children stay innocent and how can we let them grow up into this world that we can't even handle as adults?

    An awesome 'song' probably one of their best that wraps up the most common adult emotions along with the realisation that the world is totaly fugazi :)
    Jaggehon February 08, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentSo... that guitar solo between Mylo an Perimeter Walk is just the best bridge between thoughts, is getting me by the hand, introducing me from an emotion to another... awsome!
    LadyNinaon December 07, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMy all time fav. Marillion song and possibly their best piece ever. I'm suprised no one has commented on this yet. Mainly its all liked to the concept of "Misplaced Childhood"... loss of the loved ones, lost childhood, sudden sucsess and war.
    MMM88on December 10, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhat a ridiculously good song, one of my favourites and certainly my favourite from Marillion in particular (fugazi or script as a close second). I remember immaturely thinking "hm the longest song must be the best [on misplaced childhood]" and lo and behold I was actually right... anyways, its meaning is extremely ambiguous and I was hoping some Fish zealot would know if there's an intentional meaning. To me it seems like it's one of the many pieces he wrote while on acid and (like the person before me) I think it's about more general themes in the album and not some specific incident he recalls. Look harder kids, this song's a fucking mystery
    Eyesoreon March 10, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think the threshold that's being refered to is the limit of his own mind to continue to take all the world's trauma. Hearing him sing it you can feel his exhasperation at the events unfolding. Great to fully understand the events surrounding the Mylo section. I had guessed at something akin to that but it makes you realise what the stars that we often ridicule for being weak actually have to go through.
    yodaflyon September 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt's a series of reminisces, probably written as fragments at different times, in keeping with the themes of the album; lost love, regret, loss of innocence etc.

    The ending is the backdrop to the desolation - more desolation! The Cold War, Britain, West Germany, Northern Ireland, and tv news.
    And all that piled on top of the personal desolation / desperation "Oh, I can't take anymore!"

    Mylo and Threshold are the best sections IMO.
    SuitBoyon April 12, 2007   Link

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