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     18 septembre 1981

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Charisma CBR 102 12" (UK)
Virgin CBRCDX 102 CD (UK, 1994)
EMI CBRCDR 102 CD/SACD+DVD (UK, 2007 (Remaster))


01 Abacab
02 No Reply At All
03 Me And Sarah Jane
04 Keep It Dark
05 Dodo/Lurker
06 Who Dunnit?
07 Man On The Corner
08 Like It Or Not
09 Another Record

Remaster :

CD/SACD & DVD :
01 Abacab
02 No Reply At All
03 Me And Sarah Jane
04 Keep It Dark
05 Dodo/Lurker
06 Who Dunnit?
07 Man On The Corner
08 Like It Or Not
09 Another Record

DVD visual extras :
Abacab
No Reply At All
Keep It Dark
Man On The Corner

Reissue Interviews 2007
World Tour Programme 1981



Enregistrement : The Farm, Surrey (GB)

Tony Banks : synthétiseurs
Phil Collins : chant, batterie
Mike Rutherford : guitare basse, guitare
Section cuivres de Earth, Wind & Fire sur No Reply At All (arrangements : Tom Tom 84)

Ingénieur du son : Hugh Padgham
Production : Genesis



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Abacab
(Banks / Collins / Rutherford)

Look up on the wall, there on the floor,
Under the pillow, behind the door.
There's a crack in the mirror.
Somewhere there's a hole in a window pane.
Do you think I'm to blame?
Tell me, do you think I'm to blame?

When they do it you're never there.
When they show it just stop and stare.
Abacab isn't anywhere.
Abacab

If you're wrapping up the world
'Cos you've taken someone else's girl,
When they turn on the pillow,
Even when they answer the telephone,
Don't you think they'll find out,
Tell me, don't you think they'll find out.

When they do it you're never there.
When they show it you stop and stare.
Abacab isn't anywhere.
Abacab doesn't really care.

You want it, you've got it, you've got to go
You want it, you've got it, well now you know

It's an illusion; It's a game,
A reflection of someone else's name.
When you wake in the morning,
Wake and find you're covered in cellophane,
Well, there's a hole in there somewhere.
Yeah, there's a hole in there somewhere.
Baby, there's a hole in there somewhere.
Now there's a hole in there somewhere.

When they do it you're never there.
When they show it you stop and stare.
Abacab isn't anywhere.
Abacab


No Reply At All
(Banks / Collins / Rutherford)

Talk to me, you never talk to me.
It seems that I can speak.
But I can hear my voice shouting out.
But there's no reply at all.

Look at me, you never look at me.
I've been sitting, staring, seems so long.
But you're looking through me
Like I wasn't there at all.
There's no reply at all.

Dance with me, you never dance with me.
It seems that I can move,
I'm close to you, close as I can get.

But there's no reply at all,
There's no reply at all.

I get the feeling you're trying to tell me,
Is there something that I should know?
What excuse are you trying to sell me?
Should I be reading stop or go, I don't know.


Be with me, it seems you're never here with me,
I've been trying to get over there.
But it's out of my reach.
And there's no reply at all.
There's no reply at all.

I get the feeling you're trying to tell me;
Is there something that I should know?
What excuse are you trying to sell me?
Should I be reading stop or go, I don't know.

Maybe deep down inside,
I'm trying for no one else but me.
Too stubborn to say, the buck stops here.
It's not the one you're looking for.
But maybe deep down inside,
I'm lying to no one else but me.
But my back is up.
I'm on my guard - with all the exits sealed.
Listen to me, you never listen to me,
And it seems there's no way out,
I've been trying but we cannot connect,
And there's no reply at all,
There's no reply at all,
There's no reply at all,
No reply at all.
Is anybody listening
There's no reply at all...


Me And Sarah Jane
(Banks)

The fires are burning in another land,
Don't start counting, don't start counting.
Colder and colder, the ice is moving closer
And it gets me down.
Going round and round and down the same old track.
Pack on my back, going swiftly nowhere,
Heart in my ear beating like a drum.
Where will you go?

All by yourself.

And now I'm standing on the corner.
Waiting in the rain,
But then in sunlight without warning
I invent a name,
Me and Sarah Jane
We had a special thing going,
Me and Sarah Jane.

It was a time of love and laughter
It wouldn't come again,
We had our round of joy but after,
Then began the pain,
Me and Sarah Jane.
We had a special thing going,
Me and Sarah Jane,
Sarah Jane.

Searching for a clue.
Traces on the sand.
First I'm flying, going round round round.
Then I'm sliding going down down down.
Doesn't matter where I start I always end up
Falling through those same old crowded rooms.

Me and Sarah Jane
We had it coming
All the pain,
Walking down the streets
And finding nothing is the same,
And now the city lights are dimming one by one,
It costs too much money to keep them all on.

Me and Sarah Jane,
In silence walk along the shore,
Tears of joy and mocking laughter,
Words lost in the wind.
The tide was rising,
But there we stayed,
We had no fear of dying
We weren't afraid.


Keep It Dark
(Banks / Collins / Rutherford)

Found that man reported missing,
He wandered in his home.
Don't seem to bad if you consider,
Just what he's been through.

Seems he met up with a gang of thieves,
Who mistook him for a man of means,
They locked him up then found he had no money,
So they let him go again.
Now he's back at home and happy
Just to see the kids.

I wish that I could really tell you
All the things that happened to me
And all that I have seen.
A world full of people their hearts full of joy,
Cities of light with no fear of war,
And thousands of creatures with happier lives,
And dreams of a future with meaning and no need to hide.

Keep it dark.

It seems strange to have to lie,
About a world so bright,
And tell instead a made-up story
From the world of night.

I wish that I could really tell you,
All the things that happened to me
And all that I have seen,
A world full of people, their hearts full of joy,
Cities of light with no fear of war,
And thousands of creatures with happier lives,
And dreams of a future with meaning and no need to lie,
No need to hate,
No need to hide.

Keep it dark.


Dodo
(Banks / Collins / Rutherford)

Too big to fly, dodo ugly so dodo must die,
Doggo with fear on its side, can't change, can't change the tide.
Dog baiter, agitator, asking questions, says he wants to know why.
Ain't no reason that money can't buy.
Mink he pretty so mink he must die, must die, must die.

Sun he giving life in his light,
Part of the system.
Friend to man, friend to the trees,
No friend to the snowman.
Where does he go, what does he do?
Does he meet with the mole, the stream, the cloud
And end up at the bottom of the sea.

Fish he got a hook in his throat,
Fish, he got problems.
Where does he go, what does he do?
Does he hope he's too small, to poor a haul,
And end up being thrown back in the sea.
I'm back in the sea.

Caretaker, horror movie,
Only one eye, only needs one boot,
Sweet lady, she knows she looks good
Vacuum coming for the bright and the brute.

Big noise, black smoke
So pig-headed, couldn't see the joke.
But it ain't funny
Ask the fly on the wall
It's only living
It don't matter at all, at all.

Pimp, he make you drool and grunt,
He got an answer.
One he got a dream of love,
Deep as the ocean.

Where does he go?
What does he do?
Will the siren team with Davy Jones,
And trap him at the bottom of the sea?
I'm back in the sea.


Lurker
(Banks / Collins / Rutherford)

Meanwhile lurking by a stone in the mud
Two eyes looked to see what I was and
Then something spoke, and this is what
It said to me.......

Clothes of brass and hair of brown
Seldom need to breathe
Don't need no wings to fly
A heart of stone
A fear of fire and water
Who am I?


Who Dunnit?
(Banks / Collins / Rutherford)

Was it you or was it me?
Or was it he or she?
Was it A or was it B?
Or was it X or Z?

Was it you or was it me?
Or was it he or she?
Who dunnit?

I didn't do it....
But we all know who dit it


Man On The Corner
(Collins)

See the lonely man there on the corner,
What he's waiting for, I don't know,
But he waits everyday now.
He's just waiting for something to show.

And nobody knows him
And nobody cares,
'Cos there's no hiding place,
There's no hiding place for you.

Looking everywhere at no one,
He sees everything and nothing at all.
Oh when he shouts nobody listens,
Where he leads no one will go
He's a lonely man, there on the corner,
What he's waiting for, I don't know,
But he waits everyday now.
He's just waiting for something to show.

Nobody knows him,
And nobody cares,
'Cos there's no hiding place,
There's no hiding place - for you and me.
We're just like all the rest,
We're looking too hard for something he's got
Or moving too fast to rest.
But like a monkey on your back you need it.
But do you love it enough to leave it

Just like the lonely man there on the corner,
What he's waiting for, I don't know.
But he waits every day now,
He's just waiting for that something to show.


Like It Or Not
(Rutherford)

Ah, don't you know, I've been on my own
But I'm coming home.
And I'd like you to be there.
I feel a little cold in the air,
And you're not anywhere.
You're just another face, I used to know.
But there is still a chance to hold on to our love,
'Cos I gave you everything, everything I had.

Like it or not
You have done it this time
And like it or not, I've had enough.

Like it or not
There's a lot I could say,
'Cos I've got a lot on my mind.
It won't be very long
You're just another face
That I once used to know
And I gave you everything,
But what have I got to show?

Like it or not
You are out on the street
And like it or not
That's where you'll stay.
Like it or not
There's another thing darling,
Well I just could not stand another day
'Cos if you want to know,
There is still a chance to hold on to our love
'Cos I gave you everything
Everything I had - Everything I had.
It's been a long, been a long long time
Since I held anybody,
Since I loved anyone.

It's been a long, been a long long time
But if I'm right or if I'm wrong, does it matter anyway?


Another Record
(Banks / Collins / Rutherford)

It's funny you know,
'Cos there's an old rock 'n' roller
He's got nowhere to go.
Did you ever think of taking him in?
Somebody help him, somebody please.
Put another record on,
'Cos he likes that song.

It's funny you know,
He's never done nothing, done nobody wrong,
Didn't thing about changing his name,
I'm gonna tell him it's the same old game.
Put another record on

Round, round and around
See him smile.

Lately I've seen him
Walking down the street, kinda moving his feet,
Everyone I know looks the other way
Somebody help him, somebody say,
Put another record on.
'Cos he likes that song

It's funny you know,
'Cos there's an old rock 'n' roller
He's got nowhere to go.
Did you ever think of taking him in?
Somebody help him, somebody please.
Just put another record on