Thomas Dolby Lyrics

One more young writer slid away in the night
Over the border he will drown in light
Hold it - wait a minute
I can't read my writing, my own writing!
Like tiny insects in the palm of history
A domino effect in a cloud ofmystery
My writing is an iron fist
In a glove full of vaseline
Dip the fuse in the kerosene
I too become a dissident

Courting disaster we ran in the night
Wings of an angel torn in flight
Check it - verify it
It's all here in writing, down in writing!
At the hands of the press
And in the eyes of the government
I fell from grace
I too became a dissident
Like tiny insects in the palm of history
A domino effect and an early end to this story
My writing is an iron fist in a glove full of vaseline
But dip the fuse in the kerosene
I too become a dissident.

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Comments from YouTube:

steve Silverstone

I can't believe that there are only 63 comments, 64 now.
For this album!! This is a brilliant brilliant album, I couldn't stop listening to it for years. One of the best albums from the 80's.


I could not agree more, Flat Earth is pure PURE genious. There's not a bad track, they're all creative, different, exciting, stunning in every aspect of music creation. And so entertaining. Love, LOVE this album till the day I die.

Juan Pablo Rodríguez Zamora

Dolby is always telling us some good stories in his videos

Paul Oneill

@sweiland75 true, too much waving money at the camera and shouting bitches. Disgusting attitudes and I dont think it was natural in how it came about. Social engineering via the youth.


Thomas is an artist. There is nothing like that, today.

Sven Jansen

And in his songs.

Mark Bowen

Side one of this album is one of those perfect "sides" from the LP era. 


@Super Amanda Totally agree. ABSOLUTE GENIOUS album, Dolby is a genious all over this album. STUNNING, i can't stop listening even now in mid 2022.

Super Amanda

Are you kidding? The entire both sides is flawless. Not one ho hum track on this whole disc!

Paul R

@Liam Hemmings for me I’ve been listening to it since it came out when I was 19. I never tire of this album. FFS where did all that time go…

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