In echoed steps I walked across an empty dream
I looked across this world, there was no one to be seen
This empty feeling turned and quietly walked away
I saw no warmth in life, no love was in my eyes
I stared a century thinking this will never change
As I hesitated, time rushed onwards without me
Too scared to break the spell, too small to take a fall
But the absolute luck is, love is in our hearts!

I lost some hours thinking of it
I need the strength to go and get what I want
I lost a lifetime thinking of it
An' I lost an era daydreaming like I do

I stared a century thinking this will never change
As I hesitated, time rushed onwards without me
Too scared to break the spell, too small to take a fall
But the absolute luck is, love is in our hearts!
In echoed steps you walk across an empty dream
But look around this world, there's millions to be seen
Come see the tyrants panic, see their crumbling empires fall
Then tell 'em we don't fight for fools 'cause love is in our hearts!

I lost some hours thinking of it
I need the strength to go and get what I want
I lost a lifetime thinking of it
An' I lost an era daydreaming like I do

You can lose some hours thinking of it
You need the strength to go and get what you want
You can lose a lifetime thinking of it
And lose an era daydreaming like I do


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Absolute Beginners Lyrics as written by Paul John Weller

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    I like this song. It's on the Gross Point Blank Soundtrack. Good movie. Good soundtrack. Good song.

    Aoarc1etcon September 29, 2006   Link
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    I really like this song.

    Am I the only one who is reminded of 'In A Big Country' by Big Country by the way Weller sings this?

    escapoligiston June 04, 2007   Link
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    It was written in tribute to Colin McInnes' wonderful book of the same name (though Weller supposedly hadn't actually read it yet!).

    DougMashon October 27, 2007   Link
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    Like this song. Always inspires me, which I think is the intention of it. Well, it gave me the courage to ask a girl out.... then she asked me out anyway!

    SmithersJones87on October 27, 2008   Link
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    sivilla I can't believe u think this song sucks! I never used to be big on the jam; i.e. I only really listened to That's Entertainment and Street Called Malice. I listened to this one last night and loved it. It's so rich and explosive. Maybe slightly over the top but with enough raw energy to back it up. Lol I thought the chorus was about heroin. I think that about lots of songs now since I'm a recovering addict.

    dapOrkon December 25, 2011   Link
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    Paul weller as quoted as saying 1981 was a bad year for songs well paul this song is your proof,tales from the riverbank the b side was much better.

    sivillaon December 21, 2005   Link

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