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warning sign
(electronic)



fate just took a wrong turn

it would appear that we don’t agree

and without warning or sign i stopped just in time

when you ran straight in front of me



well i don’t listen to the rumours

and i don’t care who you have for tea

i think you’ll find that the thief commits the crime

at the end of the book, you’ll see



you tore me right down, you’ve got a hold on me

i can’t believe it’s true, but i believe in me



it’s been so long, it’s been so long



don’t ever talk to strangers

you never know what they’re gonna say

and it may be a surprise when in front of your eyes

they get up and they walk away



so the next time you see me listen

’cause i’ve got something i want to say

you’ve got the wrong attitude and you act like a fool

and you will pass by within a day



you tore me right down, you’ve got a hold on me

i can’t believe it’s true, but i believe in me

you tore me right down, you’ve got a hold on me

i can’t believe it’s true, it’s just the end of time



you tore me right down, you’ve got a hold on me

i can’t believe it’s true, but i believe in me

you tore me right down, you’ve got a hold on me

i can’t believe it’s true, but i believe in me



it’s been so long, it’s been so long

it’s been so long, it’s been so long

it’s been so long

versions
single version (4:45)

releases
late at night
twisted tenderness
twisted tenderness::deluxe

comment
this plaintive song has a thinner, more acoustic sound than the tracks on twisted tenderness, but makes the case for a compilation all by itself; if whoever utters the line ‘all this fucking noise, man, it makes me cry’ at the end of the song is responding to the wounded beauty of this overlooked b-side then he’s well within his rights. the fact that this song appeared on a single which was barely released illustrates the high quality marr and sumner maintained throughout their eleven-year partnership: sometimes it takes repeated listenings to get past the more discursive elements in their songs to find the consistency, but the secret is contained in the incredible single tracks which plotted the points between albums.

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