"Up on the catwalk" as written by James/forbes Kerr and Michael/gaynor Mc Neil....
Up on the catwalk, a big wheel is spinning
And Dollars to Deutchmarks, and pennies from heaven
And up on the catwalk, there's one hundred million
With letters from thousands that say just who are you?
There's one thousand names that can spring up in my mind
But you'd call it blackmail and that's just not my kind
And up on the catwalk, up on the catwalk
And I don't know why
I will be there, I will be there, I will be there
I will be there, I will be there

Up on the catwalk there's street politicians
That crawl in from Broadway, say then who are you
And up on the catwalk there's one thousand postcards
From Montevideo, say that I'll be home soon
Get out of Bombay and go up to Brixton
And look around, to see just what is missing
And up on the catwalk, girls call for mother
And dream of their boyfriends
And I don't know why

I will be there, I will be there, I will be there
I will be there, I will be there
Tonight, under the crystal light, I'll tell you everything I need
Tonight, under the crystal light, surrender everything to me

Up on the catwalk, and you dress in waistcoats
And got brilliantino, and friends of Kim Philby
You float through the night time, like manna from heaven
But what, what do I know, and just what do I know
And up on the catwalk, in sweat that glistens
And I don't know why and I don't know why
I don't know why

I will be there, I will be there, I will be there
I will be there, I will be there
Tonight, under the crystal light, I'll tell you everything I need
Tonight, under the crystal light, surrender everything to me

Angel Angel Angel Angel
Ah huh Ah huh Ah huh Ah huh
One thousand names that spring up in my mind
One thousand names that spring up in my mind
Like Deodata, Michaelangelo, Robert de Niro, so many others
Natasia Kinski and Martin Luther there's room for others, away from me

Up on the catwalk, up on the catwalk, up on the catwalk
I don't know why


Lyrics submitted by annazoff

"Up on the Catwalk" as written by Derek Forbes Michael Joseph Macneil

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    General CommentHow has no one commented on this song yet? Does no one like Simple Minds around here? This is probably my favorite of their songs (admittedly, I have only heard two albums, though). My favorite lines are "One thousand names that spring up in my mind" and "Under the crystal light, surrender everything to me." The vocal phrasing is beautiful and reminds me a lot of Bono from U2, at least his singing style from around the same time.

    I think this song is about getting/being famous. Anyone care to expand?
    EnduringChillon April 07, 2013   Link
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    My OpinionI’m going to be cruel here. While the music is large, bordering on the spiralling mystical, the wave which is often ridden by Simple Minds, the lyrics are pure rubbish. I’d say they were written directly inspired by the feel of the music as good lyrics should but the translation is terrible. You can kind of get a glimpse of what the music is saying through the words but they are so badly concatenated & phrased that it just sounds immature & unprofessional. I’d say more time should have been taken to craft them into something which may not make direct sense to logic, but at least corresponds entirely with the music’s abstractions. These words fall short of those ends. It seems Kerr is pulling from the music the concept of the millions of conscious souls existing and passed (a big idea), and the infinite movement of this mortal march, but tries to frame it within the concept of fame & glamour, or at least narrowing the idea down to the thousands of famous people who exist or have, however the music is larger than this, in my mind at least. I’d say Kerr’s own growing fame was getting in the way of his writing some damned fine lyrics to this amazing piece of music. ‘nuff said.
    @nthonyon September 11, 2013   Link

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