"On the Beach" as written by Mark Burgess, David Fielding, John Lever and Reginald Smithies....
Autumn leaves were falling
Hearing nature talking
I thought I heard her calling
Hush now don't you cry
Figure in the sky

Can't stop myself from shaking
My mind at last is waking
Eight minds embracing
Figures in the sky

Hadn't time to analyze
What I saw before my eyes
But nothing would surprise me
Here on our beach
Far away from you all

I thought I heard her calling

Unsure of what we're facing
The precious time we're wasting
I'll always be embracing
The figure in the sky

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    General CommentWhat?! Not one comment?! This is arguably one of The Chameleons best.

    According to Mark:

    "This song came very quickly to a guitar riff that Dave started playing one afternoon at rehearsal. It's actually a true story of what happened one night at Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness. It took me a very long time to come to terms with what I thought I saw that night, I mean someone who sees angelic visions appear in the sky must be going mad right? Actually many years later, as I stood before a priest in the very same spot waiting for my bride to arrive so the wedding could begin, she walked across the lawn and I thought "That's It! That's what I saw!"

    monster36604on January 09, 2009   Link
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    General CommentAlways think of Birdy's little ghost story whenever this song plays. I also think of my favorite stretch of rocky seaside and crashing waves with the ocean fog wrapping around everything...like GHOSTS! Also, Birdy's notes thankfully make the line "Figure in the sky" atheist-accessible.
    misanthropyclubon September 26, 2010   Link

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