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David Sylvian Lyrics

Standing firm on this stony ground
The wind blows hard
Pulls these clothes around
I harbour all the same worries as most
The temptations to leave or to give up the ghost
I wrestle with an outlook on life
That shifts between darkness and shadowy light
I struggle with words for fear that they'll hear
But orpheus sleeps on his back still dead to the world

Sunlight falls, my wings open wide
There's a beauty here I cannot deny
And bottles that tumble and crash on the stairs
Are just so many people I knew never cared
Down below on the wreck of the ship
Are a stronghold of pleasures I couldn't regret
But the baggage is swallowed up by the tide
As orpheus keeps to his promise and stays by my side

Tell me, I've still a lot to learn
Understand, these fires never stop
Believe me, when this joke is tired of laughing
I will hear the promise of my orpheus sing

Sleepers sleep as we row the boat
Just you the weather and I gave up hope
But all of the hurdles that fell in our laps
Were fuel for the fire and straw for our backs
Still the voices have stories to tell
Of the power struggles in heaven and hell
But we feel secure against such mighty dreams
As orpheus sings of the promise tomorrow may bring

Tell me, I've still a lot to learn
Understand, these fires never stop
Please believe, when this joke is tired of laughing
I will hear the promise of my orpheus sing


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Carolina van der Lande

This is the soundtrack of my youth. Listened it on my walkman cycling to school. No friends of mine knew this music, it was all mine. This brings back so many memories...

Eduardo Di Napoli

You Just said something special: "It was all mine"! Well....I tell you this. I shared every record with my friends, travelling,listening at home,, parties etc...but never shared Sylvian, never ! I didnt know why then. By the time I found out why: While listening I used to approach to my very soul indeedly. That is a place just for yourself no one else! Thanks for matching this.

Justine Bourke

@reptile Z I have only recently discovered it or parts if it and it is totally sublime and the soyndtrack to the most magical truthful period of my life so far..😊😊😊

reptile Z

Secrets is one of the best ever created. No doubt you understand.

Christian Goergen

@Ian Hierons I travelled weekly from Koblenz to Trier to study economics. Every weekend I copied records to cassette, to listen to while riding with the train along the mosel river. 1982 -1985. Still one of my favorite records. Later 1985-1992 medicine studies in Aachen. I loved the train trips, though not very convenient.

Ian Hierons

Carolina van der Lande - this was me as well.


I love everything about this song! It is a masterpiece!!


+1 Sylvian's voice along with beautiful organic and delicate electronic sounds, wow

Dan O

Me too Obed. Especially the way the song goes......................oh! and it starts again....the trumpet, the lyrics, the languid dreamy quality.....


This is simply outstanding in every way. I have thought so since I first heard it.

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