Happy Now

Happy Now
Bon Jovi

What would you say to me?
If I told you I had a dream
If I told you everything
Would you tell me to go back to sleep
Take a look in these tired eyes
They’re coming back to life
I know I can change
Got hope in my veins
I’m telling you I ain’t going back to the pain

Can I be happy now?
Can I let my breath out?
Let me believe
I’m building a dream
Don’t try to drag me down
I just want to scream out loud
Can I be happy now?
Been down on my knees
I learned how to bleed
I’m turnin’ my world around

Can I be happy now?
Can I break free somehow?
I just want to live again
Love again
Pick my pride up off of the ground
I’m ready to pick a fight
Crawl out of the dark to shine a light
I ain’t throwing stones
Got sins of my own
Ain’t everybody just trying to find a way home?

Can I be happy now?
Can I let my breath out?
Let me believe
I’m building a dream
Don’t try to drag me down
I just want to scream out loud
Can I be happy now?
Been down on my knees
I learned how to bleed
I’m turning my world around

You’re born then you die
It’s all gone in a minute
I ain’t looking back
Cause I don’t want to miss it
You better live now
Cause no one’s going to get out alive, alive

Can I be happy now?
Can I let my breath out?
Let me believe
I’m building a dream
Don’t try to drag me down
I just want to scream out loud
Can I be happy now?
Been down on my knees
I learned how to bleed
I’m turning my world around
Can I be happy now?
Ohhhh
I’m turning my world around
Can I be happy now?

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That’s Entertainment

This is one of the most visual songs I can recall. Listening to it or even just reading it always sends me to the place that Weller is describing. Very few songs can do that.

That’s Entertainment

A police car and a screaming siren –
A pneumatic drill and ripped up concrete –
A baby wailing and stray dog howling –
The screech of brakes and lamplights blinking –

That’s entertainment.

A smash of glass and the rumble of boots –
An electric train and a ripped up ‘phone booth –
Paint splattered walls and the cry of a tom cat –
Lights going out and a kick in the balls –

That’s entertainment.

Days of speed and slow time Mondays –
Pissing down with rain on a boring Wednesday –
Watching the News Ledge and not eating your tea –
A freezing cold flat and damp on the walls –

That’s entertainment.

Waking up at 6 a.m. on a cool warm morning –
Opening the windows and breathing in petrol –
An amateur band rehearsing in a nearby yard –
Watching the tele and thinking about your holidays –

That’s entertainment.

Waking up from bad dreams and smoking cigarettes –
Cuddling a warm girl and smelling stale perfume –
A hot summers’ day and sticky black tarmac –
Feeding ducks in the park and wishing you were faraway –

That’s entertainment.

Two lovers kissing amongst the scream of midnight –
Two lovers missing the tranquillity of solitude –
Getting a cab and travelling on buses –
Reading the graffiti about slashed seat affairs –

That’s entertainment.

Albums: Sound Affects

See Also: Paul Weller Official Website

Wikipedia Paul Weller, The Jam
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On a night like this…

Kylie - Image (c) Rex Features
Victoria and I went to watch Kylie at the O2 last night with Darren and Gail.

First things first; we stayed at a little B&B not far (5 mins in a taxi) from the Puerto del Carmen and o2 called One Six Two – it was a great little place, well worth the money and in a fantastic location for the O2. So if you plan to visit the O2, I can highly recommend it, but more on that in another post.

After arriving at the B&B we went to the venue to grab something to eat. We ate at Las Iguanas, a South American style restaurant; it was very nice!

In the concert arena we had seats very similar to those for the Prince concert last year, just on the other side. I was quite relieved as I feared that we would be up in the gods. The o2 has very steep seating, and being near the top could be almost unbearable. As it was we were only 3 rows in on the top tier, which actually gives a very good view of the stage.

The show started at about 8pm. It was basically broke up into 8 acts with a stage theme to each, and a costume change between! Some of it was surreal, some of it was more than a tad camp… but all of it was pretty darned great! I enjoyed a few tracks that had much rockier tracks to them. I also enjoyed the video screens. They were actually worth watching because they would often show the whole stage from a higher angle and show what the all the dancers were doing in context.

Had a fab time – really enjoyed it – well worth it!

I think that this was pretty much the track list…

Act 1: Xlectro Static
* Speakerphone
* Boombox/Can’t Get You Out Of My Head (Greg Kurstin Remix)
* Ruffle My Feathers
* In Your Eyes

Act 2: Cheer Squad
* Heart Beat Rock
* Wow
* Shocked

Act 3: Beach Party
* Loveboat
* Copacabana
* Spinning Around

Act 4: Xposed
* Like a Drug
* Slow/Free
* 2 Hearts

Break

Act 5: Naughty Manga Girl
* Sometime Samurai (video projection)
* Come Into My World (Fischerspooner Mix)
* Nu-di-ty
* Sensitized

Act 6: Starry Nights
* Flower
* I Believe in You (ballad version)

Act 7: Black versus White
* On A Night Like This
* Your Disco Needs You
* Kids
* Step Back In Time
* In My Arms

Encore
* No More Rain
* The One (Freemasons Vocal Club Mix)
* Love At First Sight (Ruff & Jam US Radio Mix)
* I Should Be So Lucky

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Lost Highway

Lost Highway TourWent to see in concert last night at St Mary’s Stadium, Southampton.

I really enjoyed it, as I would expect to, especially with the company I was keeping on the night. If I had any complaints it would be that it felt a little short compared to 2006 in Manchester and a very similar running order. A few songs dropped out and replaced by Lost Highway tracks.

Set List:


LH   - LOST HIGHWAY
NJ   - BORN TO BE MY BABY
SWW  - YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME
SWW  - RAISE YOUR HANDS
BJ   - RUNAWAY
KTF  - I'LL SLEEP WHEN I'M DEAD w/ Mercy & Start Me Up
LH   - WHOLE LOT OF LEAVIN'
KTF  - IN THESE ARMS
C    - CAPTAIN CRASH & THE BEAUTY QUEEN FROM MARS
LH   - WE GOT IT GOIN' ON
C    - IT'S MY LIFE
KTF  - KEEP THE FAITH
NJ   - I'LL BE THERE FOR YOU - RICHIE VOX
YG   - BLAZE OF GLORY
HAND - WHO SAYS YOU CAN'T GO HOME
HAND - HAVE A NICE DAY
NJ   - BAD MEDICINE w/ Shout
SWW  - LIVIN' ON A PRAYER

ENCORE:
CR   - ALWAYS
LH   - ANY OTHER DAY
SWW  - WANTED (DEAD OR ALIVE)

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Beyond You

Beyond You
Marillion

If you were a baby I would take you and run
I could hide you in the folds of my heart
There’s a truth in the madness that I can’t get beyond
And a fever that won’t leave me alone
I don’t want my heart
Don’t want my head
Don’t want my friends
Don’t want my bed
I can’t live with myself
I can’t live with myself
Can’t take no help
I try to want to
But I can’t get beyond you

I will stare from the window
At the shapes in the rain
As the space between us drives me insane

I can’t live with myself
I can’t live with myself
Can’t take no help
Don’t want no one else

If I was a child
I would refuse to leave
I would sit down on the street
Kick my legs and scream

I’m not much of a man
But I know how I am
I know this won’t fade away
I will pretend and be strong
But I wonder where I belong

And the feeling comes in waves
A hole in my body, aching
Like a heart dying
A soul crying
Exhausted and insecure
Took all you have and I still want more
So I reach out to hold you
But all I do is hurt you
Hurt you

I can’t live with myself
I can’t live with myself
Can’t take no help
I try to want to
But I can’t get beyond you

If I was a child I would take you and run
And I say I don’t know… But I know
And I say I’ll go

You just spent the whole day
Driving away

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