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4 Hours
by Clock DVA

This midmorning awakening
This bleak whiteness, nothingness
The eye that stares through your mirror
A suction entanglement
On stained sheets
Figures with no regrets
Their doubts caste a shadow here
The time drifts
The time swells
The skies melt
In my dream I am older
Everything is soft out of focus
There's this sound which disturbs me
A clarinet plays in the distance
Everything turns black and white
I must go to work
I know where it is
I've been there before
I'll go there this time
They will not have to force me
I'll go there willingly
I'll go there today
This could be New York
This could be London
I don't care anymore
I'm wearing this suit
A black suit
I'm wearing this time
A black tie
I'm carrying this case
A black case
I walk down the street
The people are staring
The taxi cab is slower
A piano falls from above
It smashes in front of me
I fall to the floor
I open this door
I'm back in my room
I see two people asleep
This midmorning awakening
This bleak grey whiteness, nothingness
The eye that stares through your mirror
I see two figures asleep
They look older
You look Older
We're all older
Let us join them in their dreams
We're only four hours
We're only four moments
We're only here too long

Contributed by Abigail F. Suggest a correction in the comments below.
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A little anecdote. I was on holiday in Amsterdam when I first heard this song in a record shop circa 82. I bought the album: it blew me away. This band was ahead of it's time and time didn't wait. Almost 30 yrs later they still strike a disturbing sleep note in their lyrics and sound. You would have to put them in context of their generation and they did cut a unique tune. Excellence!

Stevan Djukic

only left to agree


awesome. memories of dancing to clock dva, DAF, Cabaret Voltaire and so on at Das Bunker in Northampton.

Dave Burnham

I'm remember dancing to this at Monroes Northampton circa 81

Austin Rock

This is a staggering thing of beauty, its dirty, foul, rancid but its exhillarting, you didn't live through that period you survived, some didn't, this is wonderful.

Mario Looney

CLOCKDVA the pinnacle of industrial music who inspired many today...


If Kafka was in a band this would be his band.


like the cars meets current 93

John C

Pure Genius from those darkset days of 1981, oh i wish i could put this onto my MP3, thanks for treating us to it


actually if the original audio on youtube is uploaded in good quality (and this one it's pretty decent) the mp3 you will get has got the same quality.

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