"Visions In Blue" as written by Christopher Thomas Allen, Warren Reginald Cann, William Currie and Midge Ure....
Face in the window in the night
Caught for a second by the light
Ashes of memories still aglow
Only for you
Portraits and pictures you once saw
Visions in blue
Read while the letters still remain
Sip from the wine of youth again
Oaths made in silence still return
Only for you
Cast like a shroud you're clutching on
Visions in blue
Catch aimless smiles from passers by
Blistered and broken in reply
Breath seems to mist the hazy view
Only for you
Tears coat your lifeless eyes with dew
Visions in blue
Visions in blue
Ashes of memories still aglow
Portraits and pictures you once saw
Ashes of memories still aglow
Portraits and pictures you once saw
Ashes of memories still aglow
Portraits and pictures you once saw
Face in the window in the night
Caught for a second by the light
Ashes of memories still aglow
Only for you
Portraits and pictures you once saw
Visions in blue


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"Visions In Blue" as written by Midge Ure Christopher Thomas Allen

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    My InterpretationAs far as I understand the sense of the lyrics( I must admit that I'm not a native speaker myself, though this song is my ultimate favourite of the band's stuff, and I contemplated its lyrics many times), I can imagine a man in his 40-es, who's walking down the street alone and without any different purpose. Suddenly a face in the window ( maybe a face from his past, maybe not, just kinda trigger) awakens in his mind the dearest memories of his youth that seemed to have been buried down long ago. The dying embers of long lost pasion seem to begin to burn again. The storm of emotions on his face and tears that all of the sudden fill his eyes may even scare passers-by. Just listen, how Midge's singing illustrates this flood of feelings, getting more and more emotional from the 1-st verse to 2-nd and finding its culmination at the end of the third verse. And the repeated 1-st verse at the end of the song which is sung less emotionally than the third one, expresses the end of the soul storm, ashes still aglow but fire has faded.
    Дмитрon February 04, 2017   Link
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    General CommentThis song could only be understood by intuition
    ManOfTwoWorldson February 10, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI remember having the VHS video of Ultravox "The Collection" where there was a video of Visions in Blue. It was a mix of a live performance of the band with a film section showing two women bathing together in a bath being loving and a scene of one of the women looking out of a window soaked with raindrops.

    I think the song and the video are about the heartbreak surrounding forbidden love. A love forbidden by society, values or principles. The two women genuinely are in love yet are separated by something powerful and overbearing. The longing to be together and sharing love along with memories of what once was, is painful yet needed to carry on living , maybe in hope ?....

    Face in the window looking out for who you love...memories, photos, letters, looking through people who smile because one misses something precious from life, that is forbidden. Clutching on to memories to keep alive.
    Black Marlinon August 02, 2017   Link

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