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Swamp Thing
The Chameleons Lyrics


I can already hear your tune
Calling me across the room
When the world and his wife are on my back again
Not enough pleasure, too much pain

When the world is too much with me
Please leave, just go away
I lose my mind completely
Please leave, just go now
In the side street something's moving
Look around, look around
All around you walls are tumbling down
Stop staring at the ground

I can practically see your face
And another revolutionary falls from grace
Hear the thunder in your brain
Not enough sunshine, too much rain

When the light of life has gone
No change for the meter
And then the king of spivs will come
Selling blood by the liter
When nothing's sacred anymore
When the demon's knocking on your door
You'll still be staring down at the floor

Not too many hours from this hour
So long
The storm comes
Or is it just another shower?

Picking up the pieces
Half alive in a nine-to-five
Vacant eyes
Is it any wonder?
For I must scream at the TV screen
Close your eyes

Now the world is too much with me
Please leave, just go away
Before I lose my mind completely
Just leave, please go now
Now nothing's sacred anymore
When the demon's breaking down your door
You'll still be staring down at the floor

Not too many hours from this hour
So long
The storm comes
Or is it just another shower?
Not too many hours from this hour
So long
Now the storm has come
Or is it just another shower?
Or is it just another shower?
Or is it just another shower?
Now the rain has come
Or is it just another shower?

Lyrics © SCHUBERT MUSIC PUBLISHING INC.
Written by: DAVID FIELDING, JOHN LEVER, MARK BURGESS, REGINALD HOPE SMITHIES

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Mine

@WELLZY I didn't 'read' it anywhere, its my own interpretation.

But I read the Moore run of Swamp Thing when it came out (1984-) and have been a fan of the Chameleons since '81. (Was supposed to see them live last year)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swamp_Thing_(comic_book)#Alan_Moore

If you've read the comics, the lyrics do seem to chime with key events in Moore's run on the title.

But hey, thats the great thing about songs- I hear some English singer-songwriters referencing an English comic writer in a song named after one of his titles, but there's also universality in them.



Larry David

I can already hear your tune
Calling me across the room
When the world and his wife are on my back again
Not enough pleasure, too much pain

When the world is too much with me
Please leave, just go away
I lose my mind completely
Please leave, just go now
In the side street something's moving
Look around, look around
All around you walls are tumbling down
Stop staring at the ground

I can practically see your face
And another revolutionary falls from grace
Hear the thunder in your brain
Not enough sunshine, too much rain

When the light of life has gone
No change for the meter
And then the king of spivs will come
Selling blood by the liter
When nothing's sacred anymore
When the demon's knocking on your door
You'll still be staring down at the floor

Not too many hours from this hour
So long
The storm comes
Or is it just another shower?

Picking up the pieces
Half alive in a nine-to-five
Vacant eyes
Is it any wonder?
For I must scream at the TV screen
Close your eyes

Now the world is too much with me
Please leave, just go away
Before I lose my mind completely
Just leave, please go now
Now nothing's sacred anymore
When the demon's breaking down your door
You'll still be staring down at the floor

Not too many hours from this hour
So long
The storm comes
Or is it just another shower?
Not too many hours from this hour
So long
Now the storm has come
Or is it just another shower?
Or is it just another shower?
Or is it just another shower?
Now the rain has come
Or is it just another shower?



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mark saunders

I was lucky enough to be the recording engineer on this session. Dave Allen (producer of some great Cure albums, Sisters Of Mercy amongst others) was producing. Prior to recording the whole album at Jacobs Studio near Farnham, Hampshire. The band came down to West Side studios in west London to record three songs with Dave Allen. Dave's concept for this project was that the band should all play together and nail the songs live with no overdubs. This proved pretty difficult for the band who weren't seasoned studio pro musicians - I'm not sure how much they'd played live at that point. I think we might have had three weeks - a week per song to record three songs? I remember feeling very sorry for the band because they were just playing the songs over and over and over again and Dave would be saying 'sorry, not quite there yet - try that again'. I was wondering if Dave would cave in with his concept and do what was normal with this kind of band, concentrate on getting a good drum recording first and then build up everything on top of that, one instrument and vocal at a time. I don't remember him caving - if he did, it was not for a long time. I remember a lot of tension in the band because if anyone screwed up we would stop the recording and they would start the song again. I realized though when we started the whole album recording a few weeks or months later, that although it was a very tough approach by Dave, it transformed the band. When they came back to the studio, they were a much tighter, well rehearsed band. I can't remember what the other two songs were that were recorded at the same time as Swamp Thing but this was by far the best song of the session and my favorite on the album. Such amazing guitar riffs and incredible mood.

David Ellis

@haraggan No

Matthew c.4

@Susan Medeiros this tune is my go to
Thanks to me mate Jack

Susan Medeiros

What an wonderful story. I always love to hear the stories behind the creation of songs, and this particular song is one of my all-time favorites. Thanks for sharing!

Matthew c.4

@Mark Saunders
Woooowwwwwwwwwwwww !!

This track is utter perfection 💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖

MoskitoK

Thanks!🙏🤘

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Ms. Audrey Horne

Love this lovely 80s gothic tune. Love The Chameleons, Siouxsie & The Banshees, The Cure, Joy Division, and Echo & The Bunnymen, The Cult, and Bauhaus.

Stefan Bà

Sisters of Mercy

Wubzy

Evol by Sonic Youth is also a honorable mention for Gothic Rock

herve masson

Audrey Horne from Twin Peaks ? :)

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