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ALAN PARSONS PROJECT

003a-GAMES PEOPLE PLAY – Si m

Alan Parsons Project

 

Where do we go from here

now that all other children are growin' up
And how do we spend our lives

if there's no-one to lend us a hand

 

I don't wanna live here no more,

I don't wanna stay
Ain't gonna spend the rest of my life,

Quietly fading away

 

Games people play, You take it or you leave it
Things that they say, Honor Brite
If I promise you the Moon and the Stars,

Would you believe it
Games people play in the middle of the night

 

Where do we go from here

now that all of the children have grown up
And how do we spend our time

knowin' nobody gives us a damn

 

I don't wanna live here no more,

I don't wanna stay
Ain't gonna spend the rest of my life,

Quietly fading away

 

Games people play, You take it or leave it
Things that they say, Just don't make it right
If I'm tellin' you the truth right now, do you believe it
Games people play in the middle of the night

 

Games people play, You take it or you leave it

Things that they say, Honor Brite
If I promise you the Moon and the Stars,

Would you believe it
Games people play in the middle of the night

 

Games people play, You take it or leave it
Things that they say, Just don't make it right
If I'm tellin' you the truth right now, do you believe it
Games people play in the middle of the night

003b-DON’T ANSWER ME – Do M

Alan Parsons Project

 

If you believe in the power of magic,
I can change your mind
And if you need to believe in someone,
Turn and look behind


When we were living in a dream world,
Clouds got in the way
We gave it up in a moment of madness
And threw it all away

Don't answer me,

don't break the silence
Don't let me win
Don't answer me,

stay on your island
Don't let me in

Run away and hide from everyone
Can you change the things we've said and done?

 

If you believe in the power of magic,
It's all a fantasy
So if you need to believe in someone,
Just pretend it's me


It ain't enough that we meet as strangers
I can't set you free
So will you turn your back forever on

what you mean to me?

Don't answer me,

don't break the silence
Don't let me win
Don't answer me,

stay on your island
Don't let me in

Run away and hide from everyone
Can you change the things we've said and done?

004a-I CAN READ YOUR MIND (EYE IN THE SKY) – Si m

Alan Parsons Project

 

Don’t think sorry easily said

Don’t try turning tables instead

You’ve taken lots of chances before

But I’m not gonna give anymore

Don’t ask me

That’s how it goes

Cause part of me knows what you’re thinkin’

 

Don’t say words you’re gonna regret

Don’t let the fire rush to your head

I’ve heard the accusation before

And I ain’t gonna take any more

Believe me

The sun in your eyes

Made some of the lies worth believing

 

I am the eye in the sky

Looking at you

I can read your mind

I am the maker of rules

Dealing with fools

I can cheat you blind

And I don’t need to see any more

 

To know that

I can read your mind (looking at you)(X4)

 

Don’t leave false illusions behind

Don’t cry cause I ain’t changing my mind

So find another fool like before

Cause I ain’t gonna live anymore believing

Some of the lies while all of the signs are deceiving

 

I am the eye in the sky

Looking at you

I can read your mind

I am the maker of rules

Dealing with fools

I can cheat you blind

And I don’t need to see any more

To know that

I can read your mind (looking at you) (4)

 

I am the eye in the sky

Looking at you

I can read your mind

I am the maker of rules

Dealing with fools

I can cheat you blind

I can read your mind (lookin at you) (x4)

004b-NOTHING LEFT TO LOSE – C1 La M

Alan Parsons Project

 

Nothing's good the news is bad
The heat goes on and it drives you mad
Scornful thoughts that fly your way
You should turn away

'cause there's nothing more to say

You gave the best you had to give
You only have one life to live
You fought so hard you were a slave
After all you gave

2there was nothing left to save

You've got nothing left to lose

(you've got nothing left to lose)
No you've got nothing left to lose

(who'd wanna be standing in your shoes)

You read the book you turn the page
You change your life in a thousand ways
The dawn of reason lights your eyes
With the key you realise
To the kingdom of the wise

 

You've got nothing left to lose

(you've got nothing left to lose)
No you've got nothing left to lose

(who'd wanna be standing in your shoes)

Nothing ventured nothing gained
No more lingering doubt remained
Nothing sacred or profane
Everything to gain
Cause you've nothing left…

 

Instrumental end

 

005b-TIME – C1 Re M

Alan Parsons Project

 

Time, flowing like a river
Time, beckoning me


Who knows when we shall meet again
If ever
But time Keeps

flowing like a river
To the sea

Goodbye my love,
Maybe for forever
Goodbye my love,
The tide waits for me


Who knows when we shall meet again
If ever
But time
Keeps flowing like a river (on and on)
To the sea, to the sea

 

Till it's gone forever
Gone forever
Gone forevermore

Goodbye my friends,
Maybe forever
Goodbye my friends,
The stars wait for me


Who knows where we shall meet again
If ever
But time
Keeps flowing like a river (on and on)
To the sea, to the sea

Till it's gone forever 

Gone forever

Gone forevermore

005a-SNAKE EYES – La m

Alan Parsons Project

 

Snake eyes Seven eleven
Don't let me down boys
Gimme Snake eyes Seven eleven
Don't let me down tonight
No don't let me down tonight

Just one minute more, Give me

just one minute more
It's gonna be alright,

It's gonna be alright


Just one minute more, Then

I'll walk right through that door
It's gonna be alright,

It's gonna be alright
If ya gimme

Snake eyes Seven eleven
Don't let me down boys
Gimme Snake eyes Seven eleven
Don't let me down tonight
No don't let me down tonight

 

Just one minute more, Gimme

just one minute more
It's gonna be alright,

It's gonna be alright
But'cha gotta

Gimme one minute more, Gimme one more,

Gimme one minute more
It's gonna be alright, It's gonna be alright

Snake eyes Seven eleven
Don't let me down boys
Gimme
Snake eyes Seven eleven
Don't let me down tonight
No don't let me down tonight

Just one minute more,

Then I'll walk right through that door
It's gonna be alright, It's gonna be alright
But'cha gotta


Gimme one marker more
Then I'll walk right through that door
Gimme one more, don't let me down
It's gonna be alright, alright, alright

006a-THE TURN OF A FRIENDLY CARD – Re m

Alan Parsons Project

 

There are unsmiling faces

and bright plastic chains
And a wheel in perpetual motion


And they follow the races

and pay out the gains
With no show of an outward emotion

And they think it will make their lives easier
For God knows up till now it's been hard

But the game never ends

when your whole world depends
On the turn of a friendly card

No the game never ends

when your whole world depends
On the turn of a friendly card

There's a sign in the desert

that lies to the west
Where you can't tell the night

from the sunrise

 

And not all the king's horses

and all the king's men
Have prevented the fall

of the unwise


And they think it will make their lives easier
For God knows up till now it's been hard

But the game never ends

when your whole world depends
On the turn of a friendly card


No the game never ends

when your whole world depends
On the turn of a friendly card

But a pilgrim must follow in search of a shrine
As he enters inside the cathedral...

006b-YOU DON’T BELIEVE – C1 Si m

Alan Parsons Project

 

My eyes with your vision
My choice

but always your decision
My play

with your direction
Well it's my lead

but always your connection

But when I look into your eyes

you don't believe me
I can see it in your eyes

you don't believe

My words, your expression
My land,

always your possession
My song,

your production
My expense

is always your deduction

But when I look into your eyes

you don't believe me

 

I can see it in your eyes

you don't believe

And the face I see before me
Is both sides of a mirror
You really know

you've got a hold on me


And the face you're looking into
Is both sides of a window
And any way you look

you see through me

My fame, your reflection
My weakness

always your protection
Well it's my terms

on your conditions
And they're my tunes

but they're your compositions

But when I look into your eyes

you don't believe me
I can see it in your eyes

you don't believe

517a-AMMONIA AVENUE – C1 La m

Alan Parsons

 

Is there no sign of light

as we stand in the darkness?

 Watching the sun arise

 Is there no sign of life

as we gaze at the waters?

 Into the strangers eyes

 

 And who are we

to criticize

or scorn the things that they do?

 For we shall seek

and we shall find

Ammonia Avenue

 

 If we call for the proof

and we questions the answers

 Only the doubt will grow

 Are we blind to the truth

or a sign to believe in?

 Only the wise will know

 

And word by word

they handed down

the light that shines today

 And those who came

at first to scoff,

remained behind to pray

 

 Yes those who came

at first to scoff,

remained behind to pray

 

-BREAK-

 

When you can't hear the rhyme

and you can't see the reason

 Why should the hope remain?

 For a man will be tired

and his soul will grow weary

 Living his life in vain

 

 And who are we

to justify

the right in all we do?

Until we seek

until we find

Ammonia Avenue

 

 *Through all the doubt

somehow they knew…

 

 And stone by stone

they built it high

 Until the sun broke through

 A ray of hope,

a shining light

Ammonia Avenue

516b-THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO – C1 Si m

Alan Parsons

 

By the last breath of the four winds that blow

 I'll have revenge upon Fortunato

 Smile in his face I'll say "come let us go

 I've a cask of Amontillado"

 

 Sheltered inside from the cold of the snow

 Follow me now to the vault down below

 Drinking the wine as we laugh at the time

 Which is passing incredibly slow

 

 (What are these chains that are binding my arm?)

 Part of you dies each passing day

 (Say it's a game and I'll come to no harm)

 You'll feel your life slipping away

 

You who are rich and whose troubles are few

 May come around to see my point of view

 What price the Crown of a King on his throne

 When you're chained in the dark all alone

 

 (Spare me my life only name your reward)

 Part of you dies each brick I lay

 (Bring back some light in the name of the Lord)

 You'll feel your mind slipping away

523a-THE RAVEN – La m

Alan Parsons

 

The clock struck midnight
And through my sleeping
I heard a tapping at my door


I looked but nothing

lay in the darkness
And so I turned inside once more


To my amazement
There stood a raven
Whose shadow hung above my door


Then through the darkness
It spoke that one word
That I shall hear forever more


Nevermore


Thus quoth the raven, nevermore

 

And still the raven

remains in my room
No matter how much I implore


No words can soothe him
No prayer remove him
And I must hear for evermore


Quoth the raven, nevermore


Thus quoth the raven
Nevermore

536a-DAYS ARE NUMBERS – Do M

Alan Parsons Project 

 

The traveller is always leaving town

He never has the time to turn around

And if the road hes taken isn’t leading anywhere

He seems to be completely unaware

 

The traveller is always leaving home

The only kind of life hes ever known

When every moment seems to be

A race against the time

Theres always one more mountain left to climb

 

Days… are numbers

Watch the stars

We can only see so far

Someday…, youll know where you are

 

Remember

Days… are numbers

Count the stars

We can only go so far

One day…, youll know where you are

 

The traveller awaits the morning tide

He doesnt know whats on the other side

But something deep inside of him

Keeps telling him to go

He hasnt found a reason to say no

 

The traveller is only passing through

He cannot understand your point of view

Abandoning reality, unsure of what hell find

The traveller in me is close behind

 

Days… are numbers

Watch the stars

We can only see so far

Someday…, youll know where you are

 

Remember

Days…  are numbers

Count the stars

We can only go so far

One day…, youll know where you are

543a-OLD AND WISE – La m

Alan Parsons Project

 

As far as my eyes can see

There are shadows approaching me

 

And to those I left behind

I wanted you to know

You’ve always shared my deepest thoughts

You follow where I go

 

And oh, when I’m old and wise

Bitter words mean little to me

Autumn winds will blow right through me

 

And someday in the mist of time

When they ask me if I knew you

I’d smile and say you were a friend of mine

 

And the sadness would be

lifted from my eyes

Oh, when I’m old and wise

 

As far as my eyes can see

There are shadows surrounding me

 

And to those I leave behind

I want you all to know

You’ve always shared my darkest hours

I’ll miss you when I go

 

And oh, when I’m old and wise

Heavy words that tossed and blew me

Like autumn winds will blow right through me

 

And someday in the mist of time

When they ask you if you knew me

Remember that you were a friend of mine

 

As the final curtain falls

before my eyes

Oh, when I’m old and wise

 

As far as my eyes can see…

533b-PRIME TIME – La M

Alan Parsons Project

 

Well even the longest night won't last forever

But too many hopes and dreams won't see the light

And all of the plans I make won't come together

 

Something in the air

Maybe for the only time in my life

Something in the air

Turning me around and guiding me right

 

And it's a prime time, maybe the stars were right

I had a premonition, it's gonna be my turn tonight

Gonna be my turn tonight

 

Well even the brightest star won't shine forever

But all of the hands I play are working out right

And every move I make feels like a winner

 

Something in the air

Maybe for the only time in my life

Something in the air

Turning me around and guiding me right

 

And it's a prime time, maybe the stars were right

I had a premonition, it's gonna be my turn tonight

Gonna be my turn tonight

Gonna be my turn tonight

543b-WHAT GOES UP – Mi m

Alan Parsons Project

 

What goes up,

must come down

What must rise, must fall

And what goes on

in your life

Is writing on the wall…

 

If all things must fall

Why build a miracle at all

If all things must pass

Even a miracle

won't last

 

What goes up,

must come down

What must stand alone?

And what goes on,

in your mind

Is turning into stone…

 

If all things must fall

Why build a miracle at all

If all things must pass

Even a pyramid

won't last

 

Guitar & Sinth solo

 

How can you be so sure?

How do you know what the earth will endure?

How can you be so sure?

That the wonders you've made

in you life Will be seen

By the millions who'll follow to visit the site

Of your dream?

 

What goes up,

must come down

What goes round,

must come round

What's been lost,

must be found

001a-I WOULDN'T WANT TO BE LIKE YOU - Mi m

Alan Parsons Project

 

If I had a mind to,

I wouldn't want to think like you.

And if I had time to

I wouldn't want to talk to you.

 

I don't care

What you do,

I wouldn't want to be like you.

 

I don't care

What you do,

I wouldn't want to be like you.

 

If I was high class

I wouldn't need a buck to pass.

And if I was a fall guy,

I wouldn't need no alibi...

 

I don't care

What you do,

I wouldn't want to be like you.

 

I don't care

What you do,

I wouldn't want to be like you.

 

Back on the bottom line,

Diggin' for a lousy dime.

If I hit a mother lode,

I'd cover anything that showed.

 

I don't care

What you do,

I wouldn't want to be like you.

 

I don't care

What you do...

I wouldn't wanna,

I wouldn't want to be like you.

I wouldn't want to be like you.

001b-SOME OTHER TIME - La m

Alan Parsons Project

 

Guitar& flute intro

 

In the matter of a moment

Lost till the end of time.

It's the evening of another

Day And the end of mine.

 

Now the starlight which has found me

Lost for a million years

Tries to linger as it fills my eyes

Till it disappears.

 

Could it be

that somebody else is

Looking into my mind?

 

Some other place,

Somewhere,

Some other time.

 

Some other place,

Somewhere,

Some other time...

 

Guitar break

 

Like a mirror held before me

Large as the sky is wide...

And the image is reflected

Back to the other side.

 

Could it be

 that somebody else is

Looking into my mind?

 

Some other place,

Somewhere,

Some other time.

 

Some other place,

Somewhere,

Some other time...

002a-DON'T LET IT SHOW – Do M

Alan Parsons Project

 

Organ intro

 

If it's getting harder to face every day,

Don't let it show,

don't let it show.

 

Though it's getting harder to take what they say,

Just let it go,

just let it go...

 

And if it hurts when they mention my name,

Say you don't know me...

And if it helps when they say I'm to blame,

Say you don't owe me...

Uuuuh…

 

Even if it's taking the easy way out,

Keep it inside of you. Don't give in.

Don't tell them anything.

Don't let it,

Don't let it show.

 

Even though you know it's the wrong thing to say,

Say you don't care,

say you don't care.

 

Even if you want to believe there's a way,

I won't be there...

I won't be there...

 

But if you smile when they mention my name,

They'll never know you.

And if you laugh when they say I'm to blame,

They'll never own you.

 

Even if you feel you've got nothing to hide,

Keep it inside of you. Don't give in,

Don't tell them anything.

Don't let it-

Don't let it show.

002b-THE VOICE – Si m

Alan Parsons Project

 

It's almost a feeling

you can touch in the air,

You look all around you

but nobody's there.

 

It's been a long time

now since you've been aware

That someone is watching you...

(he's gonna get you)...

 

Sooner or later

when your big chances come,

You'll look for the catches

but there'll be none.

 

Remember before you

grab the money and run

That someone is watching you...

(he's gonna get you)...

 

Before you run and hide

He's gonna get you.

You got no choice,

'Cause you can't escape the voice.

 

Jumping at shadows

that come up from behind.

Scared of the darkness

that's there in your mind,

 

You're frightened to move

because of what you might find...

Someone is watching you...

(he's gonna get you)...

 

Before you run and hide

He's gonna get you.

You got no choice,

'Cause you can't escape the voice.

003a-THE TELL-TALE HEART – C1 Si m

Alan Parsons Project

 

           Uuuuaaaah…

 

You should have seen him

Lying alone in helpless silence in the night

You should have seen him

You would have seen

his eye reflecting in the light

 

So for the old man

Ashes to ashes, earth to earth and dust to dust

No one will see me

No one with guilt to share, no secret soul to trust

 

And he won't be found at all

Not a trace to mark his fall

Nor a stain upon the wall

 

Louder and louder

Till I could tell the sound was not within my ears

You should have seen me

You would have seen my eyes grow white and cold with fear

 

Heard all the things in Heaven and Earth

I've seen many things in Hell

But his vulture's eye of a cold pale blue

Is the eye of the Devil himself

 

Take me away now

But let the silence drown the beating of his heart

I can't go on

Let me be free from wretched sea that I can not see

Please let me be free

003b-THE SYSTEM OF DR. TARR – C1 Si m

            Alan Parsons Project

 

Just  what you need to make you feel better

Just what you need to make you feel

Just what you need to make you feel better

Just what you need to make you feel

 

At the far end of your tether

And your thoughts won't fit together

So you sleep light or whatever

And the night goes on forever

Then your mind change like the weather

You're in need of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether

 

Even clouds seem bright and breezy

'Cause the livin' is free and easy

See the rat race in a new way

Like you're wakin' up to a new day

It's a wise thing if you're clever

Take a lead from Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether

 

Find the end of a rainbow

Fly wherever the winds blow

Laugh at life like a sideshow

Just what you need to make you feel better

 

Satisfaction altogether

Guaranteed by Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether

 

Find the end of a rainbow

Fly wherever the winds blow

Laugh at life like a sideshow

Just what you need to make you feel better

 

Don't stop bringin' the girls round

Don't start havin' a showdown

Keep on handin' the jug round

All that you need is wine and good company

004a-TO ONE IN PARADISE – Mi M

Alan Parsons Project

 

IF I could see the sky above

And my mind could be set free

As wild white horses reached the shore

I'd stand alone and oversee

 

And if the bush before me burns

Should I turn my eyes away

And still the voices I can hear

As clear to me as light of day

 

I believed in my dreams

Nothing could change my mind

Now I know what they mean

How could I be so blind

 

Cold sands of time

(Winds that blow as cold as ice

Sounds that come in the night)

Shall hide what is left on me

(Come from Paradise)

 

I've been through times when no one cared

(Words that were mine)

I've seen clouds in empty skies

When one kind word meant more to me

(Shall last as a memory)

Than all the love in Paradise

 

I believed in my dreams

Nothing could change my mind

Till I found what they mean

Nothing can save me now

131a-MAY BE A PRICE TO PAY – C1 Mi m

The Alan Parsons Project

 

Something's wrong

in this House today

While the master was riding

the servants decided to play

 

Something's wrong

in this house today

Something's been going on

there may be a price to pay

 

There's evil brewing,

getting out of control

And I'm helpless

I can't put it right

 

Something's unrighteous

is possessing my soul

And it's cold

in the heat of the night

 

Something's wrong

in this house today

While the sorcerer slept

the apprentice decided to play

 

orchestral break

 

While the master was hiding

the servants decided to play

Might be too much sun

or too much of something in the air

 

Whatever's happening

nobody else is aware

 

There's evil brewing,

getting out of control

And I'm helpless

 I can't put it right

 

Something's unrighteous

 is possessing my soul

And it's cold

in the heat of the night

 

Something's wrong

in this house today

Something's been going on

there may be a price to pay

132a-DANCING ON A HIGHWIRE – Re M

The Alan Parsons Project

 

We're living in a different reality,

we're toeing the same line

We give in we call it neutrality,

 a joke with no punchline

 

The silver plated hero

meets the golden hearted whore

The odds'll give you zero

She'll be leaving in a few days more

 

Movin' on forever,

maybe she don't care

Holding on together,

maybe it just ain't there

 

You're dancing on a high wire

you need to be so sure

There used to be a lifeline,

there isn't anymore

 

We are the same with no similarity,

we talk at the same time

We believe in freedom and charity

as long as I get mine

 

The ivory madonna

is walking through the door

You watch her from a window,

it doesn't matter anymore

 

Moving on forever,

maybe she don't care

Holding on together,

 maybe it just ain't there

 

You're dancing on a high wire,

 you need to be so sure

There used to be a life-line,

there isn't anymore

 

(Solo : Ian Bairnson)

 

Movin' on forever,

maybe she don't care

Holding on together,

maybe it just ain't there

 

You're dancing on a high wire,

you need to be so sure

There used to be a life-line,

 there isn't anymore (X2)

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