"A Touching Display" as written by and Graham Lewis....
With all the front
And more besides
Bitch, thrust, and parry
And a few asides
With considerable charm
You chose not to decide

I really like you
Becomes my massage
I really want you
Becomes my message

But how long can we sustain
Ourselves apart?
The pressure's increasing it
Squeezes my heart

I bought a ticket
You took a walk
So much to say
We're unable to talk
Suffering in silence
Our eyes give it away
So close as we part
A touching display
Colouring my thoughts
Predominately grey and

Fighting bravely
Will she save me?
From what or who [sic]
I do not know


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    General CommentI love the feel of this song. Lyrics are pretty vague but emotional, like the rest of the album.

    I sense this is a long distance relationship that may or may not end well, maybe an emotional affair of sorts. Communication over that distance suffers, and there cannot be the connection that he desires. So maybe he bought a ticket to go see her, and she decided not to follow through? The guitars add to the emotional turmoil within of what should and shouldn't be, and the final note is so... well, final. "Will she save me?"

    I absolutely love the 154 album, it is Wire's best. What a composition!
    kmesseon April 01, 2011   Link

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