Say it's alright Joe,
I need another drink
To blow on the glass so I know I'm alive
Play me a song Joe

To fill the hours till morning
Then never again will I bother you
Ooh, Build myself a tower
No way in no way out.

Then my friends can visit me
Once in a while.
Say it's alright Joe,
I need some reassurance

You never know what you might find in the night.
Ooh I'm just a busy bee, still alive in my hive,
I'm looking for some other world
To dream out my dreams.

There were Kings who were laughing in the rain
And they told me I'd come here to lead the parade
All the colours were changing, The sky was in ruins
The lights are all shining on me and on you

Oh, Shine on........
Say it's alright Joe
The night will soon be over
And nothing and no one will ever know.

Open my eyes Joe
I'd like to see the daylight
The clock on the wall says it's time to leave.
Never seen the same face twice

Never walked the same way
The little love that I have known
I keep to myself.
If there's a fire it's asleep in my bed

I must leave it to burn till it burns itself out
Catch as you can I'm not staying here long
I'll be coming back early or never at all
Shine on...

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Say It's Alright Joe Lyrics as written by Mike Rutherford (gb)


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    General CommentWell, I kind of agree with Adamant vision, but not sure theres anything really drug/hallucinatory in this. Definately a troubled soul plus alcohol, with vast thoughts and maybe nightmares. Its either in a bar or at a friends place, where he is pouring out his troubles...maybe one more time too many and he knows this, hence 'Never again will I bother you'. Not suicidal, he wants to hide away in hope of calming his mind, with little contact with friends....Build a tower, Busy bee...existing through bad dreams.
    There is the struggle and hope theme running through this album
    Not sure if Collins and his wife of then, were breaking up at this point or a little after, but Rutherford wrote this and it could be an imaginative take of his observations of his bandmate??? Perhaps he and Collins had confided and agreed the writing of this?
    Duke album 2 years later, was widely believed to be all about Collins marriage break up, so it sort of fits the timeline of my thoughts around this.
    Musically a brilliant song, absolutely love the chorus cutting in with his nightmares of being pushed in the deep end. Banks gave many songs real atmospherics with his magic fingers, tops for me was the airy synth sound in the verse section of Blood on the rooftops....just amazing with your'e up floating with the stars!
    stephen4y7on December 23, 2015   Link

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