Perfect Symmetry

Perfect Symmetry

Art Cover
« The basic pattern is a combination of ideas – namely the decidedly
imperfect symmetry that’s one of the main themes of the album, and the
design concepts of the Bauhaus movement that we fell in love with while
we were recording in Berlin. Looking through the gaps in the pattern you
can see glimpses of sculptures of us specially made by the brilliant
Korean artist Osang Gwon. » (Tim Rice-Oxley)

  1. Spiralling
  2. The lovers are losing
  3. Better than this
  4. You haven’t told me anything
  5. Perfect symmetry
  6. You don’t see me
  7. Again and again
  8. Playing along
  9. Pretend that you’re alone
  10. Black burning heart
  11. Love is the end

Date de sortie internationale : 13 octobre 2008 (10 octobre en Belgique et Suisse, 17 novembre en France)
Date de sortie USA/Canada : 14 octobre 2008

Notes : L’album s’est classé n°1 des ventes au Royaume-Uni dès la première semaine.

VERSION DELUXE

Le coffret contient le CD standard et également un DVD :
  • Documentaire sur le making of de Perfect Symmetry
  • Démos des chansons
  • Commentaire piste par piste
Notes : le DVD est multi-région et peut donc être lu dans tous les pays. Il existe 2 éditions de la version deluxe : une au format DVD avec le dvd décrit ci-dessus et une au format cd contenant 2 cds, le 2ème contenant les démos des chansons et permettant d’accéder aux vidéos sur le site officiel.

VERSION JAPONAISE

Tracklist : Inchangée

+ Bonus tracks :

12. My Shadow
13.Time To Go
14. The Lovers Are Losing (CSS Remix)
15.Spiralling (Mad Spirals Mix)
16.Perfect Symmetry (Frankmusik Remix)

Notes : Les fans basés au Royaume-Uni ont eut la possibilité de demander gratuitement, dans la limite des stocks disponibles (2000 boîtes numérotées), une boite pour ranger les singles vinyles (au format 45 tours) de Perfect symmetry. Le single inédit Spiralling était inclus.

SINGLE – SPIRALLING

Tracklist :

  1. Spiralling
  2. Spiralling (Diplo vs Keane Mad Spirals Mix) (Version US uniquement)

Date de sortie : 4 août 2008

Notes : Ce n’est pas un « single » à proprement parler, mais un extrait de l’album qui était disponible en téléchargement sur le site officiel de Keane. La version vinyle (45T) du single est sorti uniquement au Royaume-Uni et aux Etats-Unis, et était disponible avec la boîte à singles (45T) « Perfect symmetry » / Le titre a remporté la récompense de la « Chanson de l’Année » aux Q Magazine Awards en Octobre 2008.

SINGLE – THE LOVERS ARE LOSING

Tracklist :

  1. The lovers are losing
  2. Time to go

Date de sortie : 20 octobre 2008

Notes : le 45 tours contient les même chansons.
Le single devait à l’origine contenir aussi la chanson « Staring at the ceiling » qui est finalement apparue en b-side du single « Perfect symmetry ».

Version Maxi en téléchargement (uniquement)

Tracklist :

  1. The lovers are losing (live at the Forum)
  2. The lovers are losing (CSS remix)
  3. The lovers are losing (démo)

Notes : Uniquement disponible en téléchargement sur la boutique de Keane.
Le remix par CSS a été offert par le magazine en ligne Popjustice sur leur site au moment de sa sortie.

SINGLE – PERFECT SYMMETRY

Tracklist :

  1. Perfect symmetry
  2. Staring at the ceiling

Date de sortie : 29 décembre 2008

SINGLE – BETTER THAN THIS

Tracklist :

  1. Better than this
  2. Better than this (Stuart Price remix)

Date de sortie : 16 mars 2009

Notes : Ce single est sorti uniquement en version vinyle (45T) au Royaume-Uni, et contenait une paire de lunettes 3D anaglyphes permettant de voir le premier webcast 3D au monde qui a eu lieu sur keanemusic.com le 1er avril 2009.

PERFECT SYMMETRY (BOÎTE A SINGLES 45T)

  • Spiralling
  • The lovers are losing
  • Perfect symmetry
  • Better than this
Notes : Les fans basés au Royaume-Uni ont eut la possibilité de demander gratuitement, dans la limite des stocks disponibles (2000 boîtes numérotées), une boite pour ranger les singles vinyles (au format 45 tours) de Perfect symmetry. Le single inédit Spiralling était inclus. Composition de la boîte : Perfect symmetry (Boîte à singles 45T) - Contenu

Chansons

PAROLES

Rice-Oxley/Chaplin/Hughes

I’m waiting for my moment to come
I’m waiting for the movie to begin
I’m waiting for a revelation
I’m waiting for someone to count me in

Because now I only see my dreams in everything I touch
Feel their cold hands on everything that I love
Cold like some magnificent skyline
Out of my reach but always in my eye line

Now we’re tumbling down
We’re spiralling
Tied up to the ground
We’re spiralling

I fashioned you from jewels and stone
I made you in the image of myself
I gave you everything you wanted
So you would never know anything else

But every time I reach for you, you slip through my fingers
Into cold sunlight, laughing at the things that I had planned
The map of my world gets smaller as I sit here
Pulling at the loose threads

Now we’re tumbling down
We’re spiralling
Tied up to the ground
We’re spiralling
When we fall in love
We’re just falling
In love with ourselves
We’re spiralling

Did you want to be a winner?
Did you want to be an icon?
Did you want to be famous?
Did you want to be the president?
Did you want to start a war?
Did you want to have a family?
Did you want to be in love?
Did you want to be in love?

I never saw the light
I never saw the light
I waited up all night
But I never saw the light

When we fall in love
We’re just falling
In love with ourselves
We’re spiralling
We’re tumbling down
We’re spiralling
Tied up to the ground
We’re spiralling

A PROPOS

Tim described it as « an excessive ’80s groove » which makes him « want to wear shoulder pads! » (Q magazine, September 2008)

Tom described the song as « a train of thought about human endeavor, built on an outrageous groove. »

This song’s lyrics were influenced by Book X of Ovid’s poem Metamorphoses, which tells of the Cypriot sculptor Pygmalion, who falls in love with a statue he has made.

The song was also said to be inspired by wrestling legend Ric Flair who Tom described as a personal hero for his try hard mentality in the ring. His trademark « woo » inspired the song.

 

This was the first song off the album that Keane released, because they felt that it was really important song in terms of the way they made the record and the spirit of the making of the record. It’s a song that really defined the whole creative process for them and opened them up to a whole new way of working. « We love what we’ve achieved with it sonically and lyrically it is definitely is one of the songs on the album that is about the gap between what we dream of being as people and what we actually achieve and its quite unusual for us, its quite a train of thought type song lyrically. We’re really really proud of it and very pleased to get it out there. » (Tim, Perfect Symmetry’s bonus DVD)

PAROLES

Rice-Oxley/Chaplin/Hughes

I dreamed I was drowning in the River Thames
I dreamed I had nothing at all
Nothing but my own skin

I dreamed I was drifting on the howling wind
I dreamed I had nothing at all
Nothing but my own skin

Slipped away from your open hands
Into the river
Saw your face looking back at me
I saw my past and I saw my future

You take the pieces of the dreams that you have
Because you don’t like the way they seem to be going
You cut them up and spread them out on the floor
You’re full of hope as you begin rearranging
Put it all back together
But any way you look at things
Looks like the lovers are losing

I dreamed I was watching the young lovers dance
I reached out to touch your hair
But I was watching from a distance

We cling to love like a skidding car
Clings to a corner
I try to hold on to what we are
The more I squeeze the quicker we alter

You take the pieces of the dreams that you have
Because you don’t like the way they seem to be going
You cut them up and spread them out on the floor
You’re full of hope as you begin rearranging
Put it all back together
But any way you look at things
Looks like the lovers are losing

I dreamed I had nothing at all
Nothing but my own skin

You take the pieces of the dreams that you have
Because you don’t like the way they seem to be going
You cut them up and spread them out on the floor
You’re full of hope as you begin rearranging
Put it all back together
But any way you look at things
Looks like the lovers are losing

You take the pieces of the dreams that you have
Because you don’t like the way they seem to be going
You cut them up and spread them out on the floor
You’re full of hope as you begin rearranging
Put it all back together
But in the final reckoning
Looks like the lovers are losing

A PROPOS

« The Lovers Are Losing was a very, very important song for us in making the record – it was written in Berlin and so it, it kind of, I suppose was one of the peaks of creativity in Berlin, and it was, you know, shows the way that city inspired us when making the record. You often hear this very simple, boiled down version of what people are, divided into lovers and haters. You hear that in songs from everyone from Michael Jackson to Kanye West and I like the idea of being honest with ourselves, at this moment in time the lovers are definitely in real trouble. And I hope the song serves as a rallying call to all of us who aren’t warmongers and all have a romantic dream of what we could be as a human race. » (Tim, Perfect Symmetry’s bonus DVD)

PAROLES

Rice-Oxley/Chaplin/Hughes

Is this what you meant?
Is this what you dreamed of
When you were making your plans
Shaking the dirt off?
Do you feel like you and I belong?
Just keep your eyes on the road
And nothing can go wrong

You can do so much better than this
You can do so much better than this

I’ve been checking my sums
Oh where did the time go?
Holding my photograph up to the window
Through the paper and refracted sun
I can see all the things I wish that I’d done

You can hang your hopes on the medicine
You can put your faith in the phone-in
You can tell yourself you’re doing your best
You can do so much better than this

Get a grip on yourself
Get a grip on yourself
Could have been something but you’re too late
And you weren’t invited anyway

Because the photographs show the wrong man
Because there is no soap star holding your hand
You don’t see yourself in the freeze frame
Must be someone else using your name

And everyone will be the same
And everyone will glow
And everywhere you’ll see your name
In every shop window

It’s better than this
You can do so much better than this
You can do so much better than this
You can do so much better than this

A PROPOS

« Better Than This is a good example of optimism among the darkness. We can do better. Spend your life doing something of real worth rather than chasing the dream of celebrity. » (Tim, Perfect Symmetry’s bonus DVD)

This song concerns the cult of celebrity.

« I love Better Than This. Sonically it’s a big departure, but lyrically, being about the state of ‘celebrity culture’… people see it as such an important thing and pin so much hope on it. Certainly, in my opinion, the fame and celebrity side of things is something I find hard to reconcile. I’d much rather it was just about the music; the reason we got into the band in the first place. It wasn’t to get rich or become famous or to get girls – it was to be out there singing. That magic connection between you and a crowd of people who have turned up to pour everything out, like you have… that coming together is the biggest buzz in my life. » (Tom on their record label’s website)

This is one of Tom’s favorite songs on the album, « partly because it was such a challenge to sing it. « I remember when Tim premiered the demo, my immediate thoughts were, how am I going to get my head around this and sing this song. It’s a worthwhile challenge and such a powerful song. » « It’s very much a song of the times, it’s a song about celebrity culture and the way people react to fame and how important that is – I think we’ve discovered as a band, and as myself, the fame part of things is such a minor part of what we do. And it always seemed like this amazing prize we were going to have when we got successful as a struggling band. But actually as it turns out it was something that I was quite turned off by and found it quite difficult to reconcile and so for us, the notion of people wanting to be famous for the sake of it is very strange. So I think that song questions why you would want to do that, and again I think its another song about, it has a positive edge, a sympathetic edge to it – why don’t you down all that crap and do something that is ultimately positive. Change things for the better. » (Tom, Perfect Symmetry’s bonus DVD)

 

PAROLES

Rice-Oxley/Chaplin/Hughes

In a pearl grey room one afternoon
In one afternoon what are you going to do?
I hang on your words but there’s nothing new

You take a beautiful thing
Pull off a wing, pull off a wing
With a safety pin
They never shine quite as bright again

But you haven’t told me anything
That I didn’t already know
No you haven’t said a single thing
That I didn’t already know

Everything I love is stuck in the mud
Stuck in the mud, stuck in a rut
Not a piece in your puzzle or a paper cut

So same time next week
Kiss on the cheek, kiss on the cheek
And say after me
Everything’s tied up nice and neat

But you haven’t told me anything
That I didn’t already know
No you haven’t sold me anything
That I didn’t already own

I feel for you, I really do
Nothing adds up like you want it to
No words can mend this fix I’m in
Give me your worst, I won’t even blink
Right between the eyes, I won’t feel a thing

Because you haven’t told me anything
That I didn’t already know
No you haven’t said a single thing
That I didn’t already know

No you haven’t told me anything

A PROPOS

This was one of two songs on Perfect Symmetry that referred to that difficult period when Tom left the tour in Japan and booked into rehab :

« There are only a couple of songs that refer specifically to that time – Again and again, and You Haven’t Told Me Anything are the two that spring to mind, although they both deal with the topic from a slightly unusual point of view. Other than that, I kind of wanted to move on from the whole subject, so it doesn’t really feature too heavily on the album. The whole episode ended well, and by hook or by crook we found our way back to music, which has always had a magical power to heal the deepest of wounds. In a way the fact that the album makes very little reference to that time is the clearest reflection of the fact that we’ve made it through those hard times and are in a much more creative and exciting place. (Tim, Keaneshine)

« You Haven’t Told Me Anything is another unusual song for us sonically, its much more beat driven I suppose. And it was one of the first songs we worked on. We worked on it a lot with Jon Brion, an American producer, who again, that was a really pivotal moment in the making of the record, he persuaded us to really open our minds and stop censoring ourselves before actually trying out ideas, which is a very easy trap fall into. » (Tim, Perfect Symmetry’s bonus DVD)

PAROLES

Rice-Oxley/Chaplin/Hughes

I shake through the wreckage for signs of life
Scrolling through the paragraphs
Clicking through the photographs

I wish I could make sense of what we do
Burning down the capitols
The wisest of the animals

Who are you, what are you living for
Tooth for tooth, maybe we’ll go one more

This life, is lived in perfect symmetry
What I do, that will be done to me

Read page after page of analysis
Looking for the final score
We’re no closer than we were before

Who are you, what are you fighting for
Holy truth? Brother I choose this mortal life
Lived in perfect symmetry

What I do, that will be done to me
As the needle, slips into the run out groove
Love, maybe you feel it too

And maybe you find, life is unkind
And over so soon
There is no golden gate
There’s no heaven waiting for you

Oh boy you ought to leave this town
Get out while you can, the meter’s running out
The voices in the streets you love
Everything is better when you hear that sound

Spineless dreamers, hide in churches
Pieces of pieces of rush hour, buses
I dream in emails, worn out phrases
Mile after mile of just empty pages

Wrap yourself around me
Wrap yourself around me

As the needle, slips into the run out groove
Maybe I’ll feel it too
Maybe you’ll feel it too
Maybe you’ll feel it too (Spineless dreamers)
Maybe you’ll feel it too (hide in churches)
(Pieces of pieces of rush hour, buses)

I dream in emails, worn out phrases
Mile after mile of just empty pages

Spineless dreamers, hide in churches
Pieces of pieces of rush hour, buses

A PROPOS

« It’s a sprawling epic with a hint of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody
to it. The subject matter is quite dark, but the message is very much about hope, and a belief that mankind can continue to produce beautiful things. A lot of people are having a hard time at the moment and I want people to be moved by it. » (Tim, the Daily Record)

« It’s about the extremes of the human condition. The way that people have this capacity for real greatness and achievement, yet also this ability to sabotage and destroy everything. I think that this album explores all of those themes – terrorism, people’s love of power, celebrity culture, society’s funny traditions and foibles. » (Tim, The Sun)

This song socks it to the jihadists, who believe it is their religious
duty to murder those who don’t share their beliefs. « Perfect Symmetry says, ‘Instead of blowing yourself
up, why don’t you spend your time on this planet with the people that
you love and make it a positive experience?' » (Tim, The Sun)

This song discusses the futile
distractions of the human race » (Tim, record label’s website)

Perfect symmetry for me was always going to be right from the
moment i first heard it. The kind of centerpiece of the album,
because i think it’s just the most ambitious and probably the best song that we’ve ever come up with. It’s just this kind of sprawling
mass of melody and i guess in terms of what it’s about. The idea of
getting back to that thing of there, being so much hate, mistrust and pain in the world. And trying to understand why that is and how it can’t just be more simple. It’s a very bold a very beautiful, ambitious song. And i think that’s why we wanted it to be the focal point and to name the album after it, in terms of pure writing and the sense of having achieved something that feels… I don’t know what it is about this song, maybe it’s got so many bits – it has a kind of sprawling bohemian rhapsody feel to it. I love the way in that song that it’s got this sustained energy, the whole way through, but you always feel like you’re falling towards this big moment in the middle of the song (in the middle eigh) bit i guess you’d call it nd as a singer you know i just i’ve got this kind of you know heightened sense of anticipation the whole way through the song right up until that moment it’s a really for for me as a singer it’s just such a you know it’s a real honor to be able to sing that moment and have that moment there um so i’m sure i’ll always enjoy singing that part as long as we as long as we continue playing.

 

PAROLES

Rice-Oxley/Chaplin/Hughes

I’m waiting for my moment to come
I’m waiting for the movie to begin
I’m waiting for a revelation
I’m waiting for someone to count me in

Because now I only see my dreams in everything I touch
Feel their cold hands on everything that I love
Cold like some magnificent skyline
Out of my reach but always in my eye line

Now we’re tumbling down
We’re spiralling
Tied up to the ground
We’re spiralling

I fashioned you from jewels and stone
I made you in the image of myself
I gave you everything you wanted
So you would never know anything else

But every time I reach for you, you slip through my fingers
Into cold sunlight, laughing at the things that I had planned
The map of my world gets smaller as I sit here
Pulling at the loose threads

Now we’re tumbling down
We’re spiralling
Tied up to the ground
We’re spiralling
When we fall in love
We’re just falling
In love with ourselves
We’re spiralling

Did you want to be a winner?
Did you want to be an icon?
Did you want to be famous?
Did you want to be the president?
Did you want to start a war?
Did you want to have a family?
Did you want to be in love?
Did you want to be in love?

I never saw the light
I never saw the light
I waited up all night
But I never saw the light

When we fall in love
We’re just falling
In love with ourselves
We’re spiralling
We’re tumbling down
We’re spiralling
Tied up to the ground
We’re spiralling

A PROPOS

This song concerns the feeling of being on the outside looking in, while everyone else passes you by. This song stands alone in some ways on the album as it’s a bit more delicate than the others. He added: « I think I have expressed something that has probably been something I’ve been hung up on my whole life which is a sense of being outside of things all the time, and outside of whatever’s happening. I feel like we’ve absolutely made that tangible in the song, and I’m very pleased about that. » (Tim,Perfect Symmetry’s bonus DVD)

PAROLES

Rice-Oxley/Chaplin/Hughes

I’m waiting for my moment to come
I’m waiting for the movie to begin
I’m waiting for a revelation
I’m waiting for someone to count me in

Because now I only see my dreams in everything I touch
Feel their cold hands on everything that I love
Cold like some magnificent skyline
Out of my reach but always in my eye line

Now we’re tumbling down
We’re spiralling
Tied up to the ground
We’re spiralling

I fashioned you from jewels and stone
I made you in the image of myself
I gave you everything you wanted
So you would never know anything else

But every time I reach for you, you slip through my fingers
Into cold sunlight, laughing at the things that I had planned
The map of my world gets smaller as I sit here
Pulling at the loose threads

Now we’re tumbling down
We’re spiralling
Tied up to the ground
We’re spiralling
When we fall in love
We’re just falling
In love with ourselves
We’re spiralling

Did you want to be a winner?
Did you want to be an icon?
Did you want to be famous?
Did you want to be the president?
Did you want to start a war?
Did you want to have a family?
Did you want to be in love?
Did you want to be in love?

I never saw the light
I never saw the light
I waited up all night
But I never saw the light

When we fall in love
We’re just falling
In love with ourselves
We’re spiralling
We’re tumbling down
We’re spiralling
Tied up to the ground
We’re spiralling

A PROPOS

« We were working on the middle eight, a small section of the song and I think we had, Tim had just bought a new keyboard and had an idea of getting a sound from that to put a riff in the middle of the song – it was this beautiful riff that ended up being the thing that the whole song was built about. and that point for me was when that song, we’d been struggling with that song, and that was the moment I felt we’d brought that song into this album cause its quite an old style Keane song in a way. But its been given a really modern twist and that was just through experimentation which is what we were trying to do with everything on this record. » (Richard,Perfect Symmetry’s bonus DVD)

PAROLES

Rice-Oxley/Chaplin/Hughes

I’m waiting for my moment to come
I’m waiting for the movie to begin
I’m waiting for a revelation
I’m waiting for someone to count me in

Because now I only see my dreams in everything I touch
Feel their cold hands on everything that I love
Cold like some magnificent skyline
Out of my reach but always in my eye line

Now we’re tumbling down
We’re spiralling
Tied up to the ground
We’re spiralling

I fashioned you from jewels and stone
I made you in the image of myself
I gave you everything you wanted
So you would never know anything else

But every time I reach for you, you slip through my fingers
Into cold sunlight, laughing at the things that I had planned
The map of my world gets smaller as I sit here
Pulling at the loose threads

Now we’re tumbling down
We’re spiralling
Tied up to the ground
We’re spiralling
When we fall in love
We’re just falling
In love with ourselves
We’re spiralling

Did you want to be a winner?
Did you want to be an icon?
Did you want to be famous?
Did you want to be the president?
Did you want to start a war?
Did you want to have a family?
Did you want to be in love?
Did you want to be in love?

I never saw the light
I never saw the light
I waited up all night
But I never saw the light

When we fall in love
We’re just falling
In love with ourselves
We’re spiralling
We’re tumbling down
We’re spiralling
Tied up to the ground
We’re spiralling

A PROPOS

Tim wrote this song, along with several others during the winter of 2007-08. The song grabbed me as « there is all this distress and pain is going on in the world and yet we have the luxury of burying our heads. As the song says: turn up the song on the jukebox or whatever it is and that ability to distract ourselves and drown things out from our minds and so for me it felt like an incredibly pertinent song, a young westerner. And I love it sonically as well. Its just got a lovely, dreamy atmosphere and that was the key when it came to recording this dreaminess into it. And then a great, huge rock out section and we’re really looking forward to playing that one live as well. » (Tom, Perfect Symmetry’s bonus DVD)

PAROLES

Rice-Oxley/Chaplin/Hughes

I’m waiting for my moment to come
I’m waiting for the movie to begin
I’m waiting for a revelation
I’m waiting for someone to count me in

Because now I only see my dreams in everything I touch
Feel their cold hands on everything that I love
Cold like some magnificent skyline
Out of my reach but always in my eye line

Now we’re tumbling down
We’re spiralling
Tied up to the ground
We’re spiralling

I fashioned you from jewels and stone
I made you in the image of myself
I gave you everything you wanted
So you would never know anything else

But every time I reach for you, you slip through my fingers
Into cold sunlight, laughing at the things that I had planned
The map of my world gets smaller as I sit here
Pulling at the loose threads

Now we’re tumbling down
We’re spiralling
Tied up to the ground
We’re spiralling
When we fall in love
We’re just falling
In love with ourselves
We’re spiralling

Did you want to be a winner?
Did you want to be an icon?
Did you want to be famous?
Did you want to be the president?
Did you want to start a war?
Did you want to have a family?
Did you want to be in love?
Did you want to be in love?

I never saw the light
I never saw the light
I waited up all night
But I never saw the light

When we fall in love
We’re just falling
In love with ourselves
We’re spiralling
We’re tumbling down
We’re spiralling
Tied up to the ground
We’re spiralling

A PROPOS

« Pretend You’re Alone was written really late on. It’s got quite a sense of humor, but its still bleak in a way. Again I think it’s a very human song and very sort of ambitious thing to write about – but it’s a really nice idea to write about – what would you do if everything was gone and it was just you. I think that’s a really cool idea and I always imagined one of those movies where everything is gone, and its Will Smith or something or someone is left on their own. What would he do? Lots of CGI probably, but anyway. » (Richard, Perfect Symmetry’s bonus DVD)

PAROLES

Rice-Oxley/Chaplin/Hughes

I’m waiting for my moment to come
I’m waiting for the movie to begin
I’m waiting for a revelation
I’m waiting for someone to count me in

Because now I only see my dreams in everything I touch
Feel their cold hands on everything that I love
Cold like some magnificent skyline
Out of my reach but always in my eye line

Now we’re tumbling down
We’re spiralling
Tied up to the ground
We’re spiralling

I fashioned you from jewels and stone
I made you in the image of myself
I gave you everything you wanted
So you would never know anything else

But every time I reach for you, you slip through my fingers
Into cold sunlight, laughing at the things that I had planned
The map of my world gets smaller as I sit here
Pulling at the loose threads

Now we’re tumbling down
We’re spiralling
Tied up to the ground
We’re spiralling
When we fall in love
We’re just falling
In love with ourselves
We’re spiralling

Did you want to be a winner?
Did you want to be an icon?
Did you want to be famous?
Did you want to be the president?
Did you want to start a war?
Did you want to have a family?
Did you want to be in love?
Did you want to be in love?

I never saw the light
I never saw the light
I waited up all night
But I never saw the light

When we fall in love
We’re just falling
In love with ourselves
We’re spiralling
We’re tumbling down
We’re spiralling
Tied up to the ground
We’re spiralling

A PROPOS

This song was written pretty quickly. He added: « I remember going to a studio in Detroit to do the demo of that one and realizing I hadn’t written a middle section for it. So I just bodged something together for the sake of the demo. When I listened to it the next day I thought it was the best bit, and still do! » (Tim Rice-Oxley, Keaneshine)

« Black Burning Heart was one of the first songs that Tim wrote that made it onto the record, quite an early song for this album and its got this really cool, driving bass line which we just sort of got together while we were doing our early rehearsals for the record. And so I was always really excited about it – from a rhythm section point of view its really funky and quite different for Keane even though it just drives forward and has an amazing momentum as a song, its incredibly musical and as well as being a very cool song lyrically. » (Richard,Perfect Symmetry’s bonus DVD)

PAROLES

Rice-Oxley/Chaplin/Hughes

I’m waiting for my moment to come
I’m waiting for the movie to begin
I’m waiting for a revelation
I’m waiting for someone to count me in

Because now I only see my dreams in everything I touch
Feel their cold hands on everything that I love
Cold like some magnificent skyline
Out of my reach but always in my eye line

Now we’re tumbling down
We’re spiralling
Tied up to the ground
We’re spiralling

I fashioned you from jewels and stone
I made you in the image of myself
I gave you everything you wanted
So you would never know anything else

But every time I reach for you, you slip through my fingers
Into cold sunlight, laughing at the things that I had planned
The map of my world gets smaller as I sit here
Pulling at the loose threads

Now we’re tumbling down
We’re spiralling
Tied up to the ground
We’re spiralling
When we fall in love
We’re just falling
In love with ourselves
We’re spiralling

Did you want to be a winner?
Did you want to be an icon?
Did you want to be famous?
Did you want to be the president?
Did you want to start a war?
Did you want to have a family?
Did you want to be in love?
Did you want to be in love?

I never saw the light
I never saw the light
I waited up all night
But I never saw the light

When we fall in love
We’re just falling
In love with ourselves
We’re spiralling
We’re tumbling down
We’re spiralling
Tied up to the ground
We’re spiralling

A PROPOS

« Love Is The End I think is a great way to finish the album. What is says more than anything is love will out, love is the most important thing. And I think it is a great way to end the record, because there are so many questions being asked about where we are going as a species, and who we are as human beings and the notion, that hippie-ish notion that love can win is something that personally, I hold in high regard. I feel it is very important. For us as a band, that song came out of the tricky times we’ve had as a band. You know I think for us, as a band, the love we have for each other and the love for our music was the thing that got us through in the end. And so I do think it is a powerful thing to have at the end of the album. In a philosophical sense I think it is a very potent song. And it ends with a gong. » (Tom, Perfect Symmetry’s bonus DVD)

PAROLES

Rice-Oxley/Chaplin/Hughes

Now, during a scene
Seen it all before
We drink, we drink a little much
Drink a little more
 
To shake off the nerves and
To take off the edge and
Now is there any way back home?
 
Seen it all before and
I know the signs
We drink, drink a little much
To stimulate the mind
 
Now it’s two hours to go
Insult everyone that we know
Now it’s such a long way home
 
Maybe it’s time to go?
Maybe it’s time we went?
You are making a spectacle
Maybe it’s time we left?
 
I don’t want to spoil your night
I don’t want to hurt your pride
But maybe it’s time to go
Maybe it’s time?
 
Now eating from your hand
Laugh at every line
Soon losing track of you
Losing track of time
Now it is dead on the dance floor
And nobody is laughing anymore
Have I become a tiresome bore?
 
Maybe it’s time to go?
Maybe it’s time we went?
You are making a spectacle
Maybe it is time we left?
 
I don’t want to spoil your night
I don’t want to hurt your pride
But maybe it’s time to go?
Maybe it’s time to go?
 
Where there is nowhere to hide
From what is broken inside
A faultline rips right open
Under the wide wide ocean’s tide
Under the wide wide ocean
 
Maybe it’s time to go?
Maybe it’s time we went?
You are making a spectacle
Maybe it’s time we left?
 
I don’t want to spoil your night
I don’t want to hurt your pride
But maybe it’s time to fly
Maybe it’s time?
 
Maybe it’s time to go?
Maybe it’s time?

A PROPOS

 

PAROLES

Rice-Oxley/Chaplin/Hughes

Things will seem much better in the morning light,
Love will be much easier to own.
Things will look much better in the pale sunlight.
We can be together like before.

You just need time to forget.
You just need time to explain.
You just need time to forget yourself again.

You’re lying on the floor and
Staring at the ceiling.
Thinking of the place you
have never seen before.

Remember when you held
someone for the first time.
Remember when the spike was all we had.

And you want life without death.
And you want love without pain.
And you want time to go back and start again.

Lying on the floor and
Staring at the ceiling.
Thinking of the place you
have never seen before.

Thinking of your own friends.
And waiting for the feeling.
Waiting for the old and turning to return.

These days you don’t know who you are.
These days you don’t know where you are.
These days we don’t know who we are.

So meet me by the wall,
where we used to go.

You’re lying on the floor and
Staring at the ceiling.
Thinking of the place you
have never seen before.

Waiting for the phonecall.
And waiting for the feeling.
Waiting for the old rage
and turning to return

A PROPOS