"High Rise" as written by Robert Newton Calvert and Simon House....
Flat block
Of two dimensions
Neon totem pole to the sky
Keeping scores of people stacked up so high
Above the ground
But all they can hear is the sound
Of the wind in the antennae
It's a human zoo
A suicide machine

Childhood
Of concrete cube shaped
A flypaper stuck with human life
Caged up rage
Swarming all the time
Tear out the telephones
Rip up the pages of directories
And wreck all these
High speed lifts and elevators
Be a sabotage rebel without a cause

[Chorus: x2]
High rise
Living in a high rise
High rise
Living in a high rise
High rise
Living in a high rise
High rise
All stacked up in a high rise block

Starfish
Of human blood shape
Tentacles of human gore
Spread out on the pavement from the 99th floor
Well somebody said that he jumped
But we know he was pushed
He was just like you might have been
On the 99th floor of a suicide machine

[Chorus]


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"Highrise" as written by Simon House Robert Newton Calvert

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    General CommentThis is off the PXR5 album and is about the pressures of living in high-rise appartment blocks (presumably in London).
    Wyrmon June 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAnd my favourite Hawkwind song. The starfish verse gives me goosebumps.
    sambennallickon September 08, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOf course, this song is inspired by J G Ballard's 1975 novel called 'High Rise'.
    Wyrmon July 29, 2009   Link

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