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The first incarnation of the band had called it a day in 1987 at the point Richard wanted to be U2 and I wanted to be Orange Juice. But by 1991 we'd exhausted the supply of alternative collaborators so reconvened, faute de mieux.

Then this happened.

Now it's been remastered.

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released October 30, 2014

All songs by Robert Boole & Richard Knowles

The digital image, Vieille Cour, 22 rue Quincampoix, by Eugène Atget is courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program

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Voice Of The Rain UK

Faute de Mieux

1980s, 90s, 2015.

Mainly of an acoustic bent but known to wind up the distortion on occasion.

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Track Name: Won't People Be Happy
Girl, won't people be happy
When they hear about me and you
And what we're gonna do

So smile, and see me smiling back at you
As if you needed any proof
Or maybe just a little sign
That I'm in love with you

And so you won't need to worry
No I will never let you down, remember now
Girl, I want you to be happy
And that's what you're gonna be, believe me

So smile, and see me smiling back at you
As if you needed any proof
Or maybe just a little sign
That I'm in love with you

Won't people be happy

Girl, won't people be happy
When they hear about you and me
Oh they're sure to be

So smile, and see me smiling back at you
As if you needed any proof
Or maybe just a little sign
That I'm in love with you
Track Name: It Never Happend (Part 1)
Dear Susan this is goodbye
Our love is dead and we both know why
I know that I'm not to blame
How can you believe I've so totally changed

What could have been a marriage has become a lost
Should have been more careful and I would had I thought
But could've beens and should've beens don't really matter much of course

I've loved and I have been loved
It's good to be sure it doesn't happen that much
One day that might have been years
The fourth of July was it ever more clear

What could have been a marriage has become a lost cause
Should have been more careful and I would had I thought
But could've beens and should've beens don't really matter much of course

What could have been a marriage has become a lost cause
Should have been more careful and I would had I thought
But could've beens and should've beens don't really matter much of course

Dear Susan this is goodbye
Our love it dead and we both know why
Dear Susan this is goodbye
You've got your way
Now I hope you're smiling
Track Name: Mad For Mad
I'm feeling easy and you're the reason
There's no place I would rather be
I'm feeling dazy, this feeling's crazy
There's no sense in repressing me

And I would love to, be in love with you
I'm thinking more and more each day
That if I had to, I'd be glad to
Be loving you in every way

I don't want to cause you problems
My eyes are open wide awake
I don't know you, but I don't need to
I'm simply mad for mads sake

I don't have money, I don't have good looks
I've hardly anything at all
But if you were mine, things would be just fine
And I'd be small at six feet tall

I don't want to cause you problems
My eyes are open wide awake
I don't know you, but I don't need to
I'm simply mad for mads sake

Love is standing on a platform
Cussing at the rain waiting for you

I'm full of reasons, and good intentions
Are all that's needed to succeed
Yes I know this time, that you will be mine
Though I'd be happy just to meet

I don't want to cause you problems
My eyes are open wide awake
I don't know you, but I don't need to
I'm simply mad for mads sake

I'm simply mad for Madelaine
Track Name: The Drug
They said the beat won't stop
And you'll see things you never thought you'd see
But you need the drug

No, no your head is not enough; no, no not enough
You can really believe what you want to believe
Just have trust in the drug it's a breeze

When every week's the same
The music never fades, you can ride your own waves, 'cause their time isn't real
And every day's the same
The colours never fade, you create your own shades, it's unreal

And yes the beat went on
And I saw things I never thought I'd see
Thanks to the drug, not me the drug

No, no the drug was not enough; no, no not enough
Because I couldn't believe what was clearly deceit
Just a chemical flood in my bloodstream

And every day's the same
The record never changes, your mind goes through stages, and time isn't real
So every week's the same
The record never changes, your mind goes through stages, and nothing is real

No, nothing is real
Now at the time, I sang in my chains like the sea, I had to break free
Oh it wasn't real, it wasn't me
Track Name: Catherine Wheel
And while you're turning it all on its head
Just remember what you're trying to repress
It's not so big a deal, and if he's your Judas is he real
Do your movements reflect how you feel

Like a Catherine Wheel

And if your memory serves you well
He made a heaven out of your hell
With a crucifix of steel, if he was your Jesus was he real
Do your actions reflect how you feel

Like a Catherine Wheel

And now you're turning it all on its head
Just remember what you're trying to forget
You never heard a word he said, and if he's your God now is he dead
Do your colours all merge blood red, cuts you near...

Like a Catherine Wheel
Track Name: Time Bomb
You and I have fallen out of love
That's some thing we never expected
We could blame each other but lets look at ourselves
With the same critical perspective

How it's all gone wrong
Maybe we've been together too long, but we can't go on like this
It's not the same, so lets just go our separate ways
Shed our second skins, forgive our selfish sins and start again.

We are two into one become two
Now our trust has been eroded
Impatience is a time bomb with a human fuse
And it just exploded

Now it's all gone wrong
Maybe we've been together too long, but we can't go on like this
It's not the same, so lets just go our separate ways
Shed our second skins, forgive our selfish sins and start again.

Start again

Now it's all gone wrong
Maybe we've been together too long, but we can't go on like this
It's not the same, so lets just go our separate ways
Shed our second skins, forgive our selfish sins and start again.

'cause if we stay together what then, lets make an end
Now it's all gone wrong, maybe we've been together too long
And our time bomb just went off
Track Name: The Healing Of A Lunatic Boy
I remember eating insects in someone's garden
Dressing up and petal perfume at birthday parties
Hiding in the wood and finding a burnt out car
Taking a dying bird home to my ma
Playground fighting falling over and grazing my knees
Pushing girls and stinging nettles and climbing trees
Summer terms with flowery dresses and my first kiss
And as well as all this

Something save me from going crazy
And now it's made me
Open all my windows to let the weather in
And it's coming in

I believe in ghosts although I have never seen one
I believe in god as father, spirit and son
I believe in making wishes and sometimes do
I don't believe they come true
I know that every one of us has got to die
I recognize that fame and fortune have past me by
I understand that love is fragile though it seems as safe as houses
But I don't understand this

Something save me from going crazy
And now it's made me
Open all my windows to let the weather in
And it's coming in
Track Name: Bridge Of Sighs
Honey, I think I broke my word
I took leave of my senses for seconds
And now you've been hurt
Honey, how can I explain
What words should I use which ones could I choose
When nothing excuses the pain you've been put through

When this could be our unhappy ending, our Bridge of Sighs
Everything was going well for us
I had to go and put my foot in it
And I don't know why

Honey, this time I know I've gone to far
She was standing there and I gave in
And now there's no healing the scars
Honey, I know you say you're gonna leave
How can I make you see my side of things
You are my world and she's nothing to me

Well this must be our unhappy ending, our Bridge of Sighs
Can't we start again, can't we still be friends
Can't we forget all those lies

Well this must be our unhappy ending, our Bridge of Sighs
Can't we start again, can't we still be friends
Love is the thing that can never survive

Honey I lied
Track Name: The Road Less Travelled
You see a devil in everyone you meet
I find that hard to believe or take seriously
Most people I know seem ok
And if they're not then that's just how they've been made

Well if you had your way the rich would be poor
But the secret police would be at my door
But If I had my way we'd all be clowns
And the whole rigmarole would come falling down

Your crass polemicizing's hard to spell and out of date
But you won't ever lose faith
No you've no sense of humour you can only see the worst
But Don't you have to know a blessing to recognize a curse

So if you had your way sure the rich would be poor
But the secret police would be at my door
But if I had my way we'd all be clowns
And the whole rigmarole would come falling down

I hear a lot about the liberal disease
But I don't know what that means
I only want to take the things I need help the ones who need my help
And never leave responsibilities of mine to someone else

So if you had your way the rich would be poor
But the secret police would be at my door
Now if I had my way we'd all be clowns
And the whole rigmarole would come falling down
Track Name: Where No Eyes Shine
It's only me, I hope you don't mind
I've come to see you just one more time
I won't stay long, leave open the door
I won't write letters to you anymore

Well it's not that I mind
But it's always the same with people
They waste all their time
And never say what they wanted to say

Under my skin your hand in my hand
Walking in words only you'll understand
Head on my shoulder playing at sleep
These are just seconds remembered in me

It's not that I mind
But it's always the same with me
I've wasted my time
And never said what I wanted to say

This is my way
Track Name: Rara Avis
You feel like something's past you by, I don't know why
You've seen the stars all shooting in the air above
But your pride has been hurt by people who can't stop telling you
That everyone but you has been in love

Well I think that's just idle boasting
And if you keep on looking you'll soon discover
That love is a very very very very rare thing
Like a precious stone or a faithful lover

Still you keep on telling me that you want it, you want it
Try and keep your feet square on the ground
Oh you keep on telling me that you need it, you need it
But don't get your hopes up they'll just come crushing down

Take it from me it's a very very very rare thing
And if you keep on looking you'll soon discover
That love is a very very very very rare thing
Like a secret kept or a first day cover

When you're in love the sky is always blue and the sun will always shine
And that man is always smiling in the moon
When you're in love you can't see past the hour so the trains all run on time
And the world just keeps revolving just for you

Oh but take it from me it's a very very very rare thing
And if you keep on looking you'll soon discover
That love is a very very very very rare thing
Like a harvest moon kept or a faithful lover

Oh but take it from me it's a very very very very rare thing
And I don't think I have ever been in love
Track Name: It Never Happened (Part 2)
What's the matter with me
I'm twenty two but I act like I'm seventeen
Every time that we meet
My heart beats so fast all my friends laugh at me

So I light up a cigarette
Listen to Scott Walker songs
About how the sun ain't gonna shine
And I think about you and how pretty you look
And I wish I wasn't shy

Last Saturday I saw you in town and I ran home in fright
But that just made me feel worse
You were so natural I was full of nerves

So I light up a cigarette
Listen to Scott Walker songs
About how the sun ain't gonna shine
And I think about you and how pretty you look
And I wish I wasn't shy

So I light up a cigarette
Listen to Scott Walker's songs
About how the sun ain't gonna shine
And I think about you and how pretty you look
And I wish oh how I wish
I wish I wasn't shy
Track Name: The Last Words Of Love
My heart kneels, when she plays at princess
She dances in her palace like a ship inside a tempest
And then come picks up the pieces broken
Silent as a gallery and all the words unspoken

Have become our pictures
They're the last words of love

My head reels, to think that I could hurt her
But violence is the prostitute with faints hearts always flirting
And then gone, but we're so full of fear
Waiting like the hunted pray for death to reappear

And we're only left the questions
They're the last words of love
We're only left the question

What about us
What about us
And we're only left the question
What'll we do
Track Name: I've Been Here Before
I lost my way in the world 'cause I took too much for granted
Somewhere I took a wrong turn and now I'm right back where I started
Yeah I've been here before
I've been here before

And it's so easy to defer the change you're needing
But you just make the same mistakes
But it's not easy when your life just keeps repeating
The same thing over and over again

Step one you stay where you are but then you never make step two
So somehow I'm back at the start, it's a deja vu I'm telling you
I've been here before
I've been here before

And it's so easy to defer the change you're needing
Well you just make the same mistakes
But it's not easy when your life just keeps repeating
The same thing over and over again

It's a deja vu I'm telling you
I've been here before
I've been here before
Track Name: One For The Road
Give me one for the road and what a long road it is
See I've looked for the truth and it doesn't exist
The hand me down world of my childhood
Seems so far away now
And I wanted the stars to fall down at my feet
But somehow they always fell just out of reach
You hold them all in your fingers and thumbs
You're the luck one all your dreams have come true

And you still don't why and it's obvious I can't tell you

I tried walking on water attempted to love,
But nothing is easy when push comes to shove
The worst kind of men always win in the end
And it doesn't seem fair
So I ran with the crowd and I danced to their beat
But somehow the party was never for me
You dance to music nobody can hear
And you sing to me, now I want to sing too

And if you don't know why then I'm not sure that I can tell you

See the jokers and cheats, little bicycle thieves
The convicted, the innocent the judges and creeps
The fathers and sons, the husbands and wives
The liars, adulterers, thrown away lives
The angels, the devils, the damned and the saved
The poets, the dreamers, the sinners and saints
The generous, the mean and the old beauty queens
We'd all like to know what it is that you see

And if you don't know why then I'm not sure that I can explain

Give me one for the road and what a long road it is
See I've looked for the truth and it doesn't exist
The black and white world of my childhood
Seems so far away now
Track Name: Why Me?
You've been shown but you just don't see it
You're on your own but you think you're needed
You're unknown but you don't think you are
You've been told but you just won't listen
You caught hold but you think you're slipping
Maybe baby I've been here too long
With you still humming the same old sing-along

It goes, la-la, la, la, la, oo-oo
You're so in love with me but I am not in love with you x2

I'm sure that's what you'd like to believe
But things look very different to me
You're not some saviour I just touch to be healed

I think there's something you should know
Maybe I will reveal myself maybe I won't
God knows it's hard enough these days to leave my home

You could call me up, you could write me a letter
You can call me Ishmael, if it makes you feel better
You could stand outside my door, sure, I'd let you in
Why is it always me who's out on a limb

You got caught but you just denied it
You were fraught but it soon subsided
You've been taught not to trust anyone
You've been used honey I don't doubt it
You're confused when you think about it
Maybe they've all treated you badly
But I'm not them and I'm no judge sadly

You sing, la-la, la, la, la, oo-oo
You're so in love with me but I am not in love with you x2

I'm sure that's what you'd like to believe
But things look very different to me
You're not some jailer I just bribe to get free

I think there's something you should know
Maybe I will reveal myself maybe I won't
God knows it's hard enough these days to be at home

But you could call me up, you could write me a letter,
You can call me Ishmael, if it makes you feel better
You could stand outside my door, sure, I'd let you in
Why is it always me who's out on a limb

Maybe I will reveal myself maybe I won't
God knows it's hard enough these days to be alone
And why must it always be me
Track Name: The Wolves Are At The Door
Your friends have upped and run away
Your debts are bad and still unpaid
You feel unlucky, you can't change anything anyhow
This is your fate hey holy cow
The wolves are at your door now

I know exactly what you did
Your best kept secret's common knowledge
It's all over town, they kick you when you're down and how
You're well aware of it holy cow
The wolves are at your door now

Why don't you just pick up the phone
We're all aware that your at home
Your TV's blaring, your lights are glaring and how
Star Wars on your video holy cow
The wolves are at your door now