Dangerous Man

He could word it out like a dangerous man
How could you value his intentions?
Martin had the devil just like anyone can
He spoke words they were frightened to mention

Yesterday ain't gone
We just pushed it aside
Out in the jungle
There ain't nowhere you can hide

There's a different smile on your face today
Though you wear it well there's a lot to say
There's a different mood in the world tonight
If we can do it good we can do it right

John he washed it over with a confidence tan
I know peace and love ain't prevention
Brian in the closet with his masterplan
Build them up its so sad they forget you

Yesterday ain't gone
We just pushed it aside
Out in the jungle
There ain't nowhere you can hide

There's a different smile on your face today
Though you wear it well there's a lot to say
There's a different mood in the world tonight
If we can do it good we can do it right

Are we not men, did you save us?
Are we not men, did you try, did you try?
Are we not men, did you save us?
Are we not men, did you try, did you try?

We have been
We have been
We have been
We have been denied

I could word it out like a dangerous man
If they landed here we'd collect them
Yellow, black or white here in the circus of man
I don't know, I don't care, I forget you

Yesterday ain't gone
We just pushed it aside
Out in the jungle
There ain't nowhere you can hide

There's a different smile on your face today
Though you wear it well there's a lot to say
There's a different mood in the world tonight
If we can do it good we can do it right


The War Song

War war is stupid and people are stupid
And love means nothing in some strange quarters
War war is stupid and people are stupid
And I heard them banging on hearts and fingers
War!

People fill the world with narrow confidence
Like a child at birth, a man with no defence
What's mine's my own, I won't give it to you
No matter what you say, no matter what you do

Now we're fighting in our hearts
Fighting in the streets
Won't somebody help me?

War war is stupid and people are stupid
And love means nothing in some strange quarters
War war is stupid and people are stupid
And I heard them banging on hearts and fingers
War!

Man is far behind in the search of something new
Like a Philistine, we're burning witches too
This world of hate must be designed for you
It matters what you say, it matters what you do

Now we're fighting in our hearts
Fighting in the streets
Won't somebody help me?

War war is stupid and people are stupid
And love means nothing in some strange quarters
War war is stupid and people are stupid
And I heard them banging on hearts and fingers
War! War! War!

After the bird has flown
He walked ten thousand miles back home
You can't do that to me, no, you can't do that to me
You can't do that to me, no, you can't do that to me

War!

In this heart of mine, I'll find a place for you
For black or white, for grown-up children too

Now we're fighting in our hearts
Fighting in the streets
Won't somebody help me?

War war is stupid and people are stupid
And love means nothing in some strange quarters
War war is stupid and people are stupid
And I heard them banging on hearts and fingers

No more war
say no more war
say war
Senso hant-ai**
Senso hant-ai**
Say no more war

** "Senso hant-ai" is a Japanese anti-war slogan that roughly translates as "We're against war"
In addition to the English version, Japanese, Spanish, German and French versions of The War Song were recorded.The War Song reached No.2 in the UK.


Unfortunate Thing

Breaking out of school ain't really fooling no one
I was sure I'd get my reward in time
Backing up the street with the smell of sweet sensation
Didn't want to be another dime
Hidden in the pocket of some unfortunate nation
Didn't have no money, sure didn't have the time

Unfortunate thing, such an unfortunate thing
Unfortunate thing, such an unfortunate thing
But I fought with nothing
But I fought with nothing, nothing, nothing

Laughing at the rumor that you've been screwing someone
Laugh better cry it could be your turn next time
Brother what a lover beyond the fourth dimension
He's got an ego that's bigger than yours and mine

Unfortunate thing, such an unfortunate thing
Unfortunate thing, such an unfortunate thing
But I fought with nothing
But I fought with nothing, nothing, nothing

Don't call me Bwana
Let it settle in your heart
We move from children
Into business counterpart
Your head was shaking
As I walked into the room
A spirit breaking
That's why I feel this way

Breaking out of school ain't really fooling no one
I was sure I'd get my reward in time
Backing up a street with the smell of sweet sensation
Didn't want to be another dime

Unfortunate thing, such an unfortunate thing
Unfortunate thing, such an unfortunate thing
But I fought with nothing
But I fought with nothing, nothing, nothing

Unfortunate thing



Crime Time

Death cab for cutie
Sung it like a beauty
Stepped out forgetting
Danger has a duty
Lonely night
He wants to squeeze her tight

They murder for a dollar
No-one hears you holler
Wrap up your baby
Then you'll be a scholar

Love stops knocking
Your heart stops rocking
It's crime time
Crime time

Out on the mainland
Hit him with a right hand
Stepped on his ego
Now he feels like a man
Do it right
It's a lonely fight

Playing Fats Waller
Lipstick on your collar
Back in 1950
People had their honour

Love stops knocking
Your heart stops rocking
It's crime time
Crime time

They murder for a dollar
No-one hears you holler
Wrap up your baby
Then you'll be a scholar

Love stops knocking
Your heart stops rocking
It's crime time
Crime time

Crime Time featured as the B-side of the Australian 7" of Mistake No.3


Mistake No. 3

You can't bystand all the people
Stand them on their own
They will fall to pieces
So we watch them grow

Into strange and pretty faces
I don't know
Clutching to my lipstick traces
Watch them go

Make Mistake Number Three

It's strange how much it changes
How they want to know
How cynical are people
That's where children go

Dragged into a conversation
They can't hold
Its so sad but it prepares them
For the mould

Make Mistake Number Three

Why is my love like an ocean run dry?
And why is my love such a struggle with life?

You can't bystand all the people
Stand them on their own
They will fall to pieces
So we watch them grow

Into strange and pretty faces
I don't know
Clutching to my lipstick traces
Watch them go

Make Mistake Number three

The theme for Mistake No.3's video clip was weddings, and featured Boy George in a wedding dress, a revolving wedding cake and brides viewing 'the show' from the audience. It was Culture Club's ninth consecutive Top 40 single in the US.


The Dive

When I wake up feeling victimized
There is nothing that can stop my eyes from crying, crying
When you put the pressure down on me
'Cause I don't quite fit your imagery, I'm trying, trying

Baby I'm no Superman
Baby I'm no Superman

Eyes of the deep blue sea
To dive in, dive in
Love that you give to me
We're surviving, surviving
When love is gone
I can't carry on

When you know that love is on my mind
When you know that love is on my mind
It's a perfect chance to be unkind, you do it, do it
Being sly you take a chance on crime
But the master has a new design on loving, living

Out and in the enemy
Out and in the enemy

Eyes of the deep blue sea
To dive in, dive in
Love that you give to me
We're surviving, surviving
When love is gone
I can't carry on

Eyes that open wide
Do you do
Love you give the child
Do you do
Why do you do that to me?

When I wake up feeling victimized
There is nothing that can stop my eyes from crying, crying
When you put the pressure down on me
'Cause I don't quite fit your imagery, I'm trying, trying

Baby I'm no Superman

Eyes of the deep blue sea
To dive in, dive in
Love that you give to me
I'm surviving, surviving
When love is gone
You can't carry on



The Medal Song

7" Single Version
Sun go east, sun go west
Sun go east, sun go west

You used to say love and be loved all the time
'Til you discovered feelings were a failure sign
When it rains, it rains so hard
The tears begin to show
Now it's raining in my heart
I want the world to know

Life will never be the same as it was again
Life will never be the same as it was again
Through my anger and my joy, my tears and pain
Life will never be the same as it was again

Beneath the sea of Hollywood where Frances used to reign
They trade their deepest wishes for a part in someone's game
Spirits die alone at night
For life they cannot hold
I would rather dance with you
Than have a medal to show

Life will never be the same as it was again
Life will never be the same as it was again
Through my anger and my joy, my tears and pain
Life will never be the same as it was again

Sun go east, sun go west
Will I wear a medal again
Sun go east, sun go west
We can dance and bring on the rain

Now I say love for love, not a space in time
The strangest things can shatter kings and take away what's mine
When it's raining in my heart
I want the world to know
I would rather dance with you
Than have a medal to show

Life will never be the same as it was again
Life will never be the same as it was again
Through my anger and my joy, my tears and pain
Life will never be the same as it was again

We are just everyday people, not a theatre company
Everyone wants to join us, there's no fear in us you see
It's me for you and you for me

Sun go east, sun go west
Will I wear a medal again
Sun go east, sun go west
We can dance and bring on the rain

The Medal Song was written about 40's actress Frances Farmer, who, after being accused of being a communist and institutionalised, was given a lobotomy. This song was considered to be a flop as it failed to reach the UK Top 30.


Don't Talk About It

I was staring at the people
Lost and terrified
Turned and saw you smiling
My heart was terrorised
Lust among the millions
Another suicide

And when I think that love was there
Don't wanna talk about it
Don't wanna talk about it
The pain we share
While they just talk about it
While they just talk about it

An hand reached out to touch me
A letter hit the pile
I felt my life revolving
Like fingers in a dial
Just then I stopped believing
But only for a while

And when I think that love was there
Don't wanna talk about it
Don't wanna talk about it
The pain we share
While they just talk about it
While they just talk about it

When I think that love was there
Don't wanna talk about it
Don't wanna talk about it

Don't give it up
Don't count on their loving
Don't give it up, don't try
Don't give it up
Don't count on their loving
Don't give it up, don't try
Don't wanna talk about it
Don't wanna talk about it

And when I think that love was there
Don't wanna talk about it
Don't wanna talk about it
The pain we share
While they just talk about it
While they just talk about it

When I think that love was there

I was staring at the people
Lost and terrified
Turned and saw you crying
A victim of your pride
But you are no civilian
So open up your eyes

Don't Talk About It was featured on the Japanese Love Is Love 12" EP, and was the B-side to the Japanese 7" of The Medal Song


Mannequin

He's the mannequin of your dreams
You designed him
Nothing will stand in your way
A punch in the heart won't tear him apart
Neither will the things they say

'Cause he's a beggar, lover,believer
You are just an innocent reader

He's the mannequin of your dreams
Step inside him
Look at the world his way
Laughter is loud from the fool in the crowd
You'll crack his smile one day

Every dream must follow where we go
Don't let them shatter your ego

Ooh Mannequin, lover mannequin, my lover mannequin, whoa
Ooh Mannequin, lover mannequin, my lover mannequin, whoa

I gave you every bit of my time
You lied and you committed a crime
To present my feelings
With shallow meanings
How could you tear me apart?

I asked you, listen to what I'm telling you

He's the mannequin of your dreams
You denied him
Laughter and political sway
People are sweet
But the primitive beat
Is always getting in my way

I can give you nothing but me though
It isn't what you want to see, oh

Ooh Mannequin, lover mannequin, my lover mannequin, whoa
Ooh Mannequin, lover mannequin, my lover mannequin, whoa
Ooh Mannequin, lover mannequin, my lover mannequin, whoa



Hello Goodbye

Hello hello goodbye
Hello hello goodbye
Hello hello goodbye
Goodbye

The rhythm of the jungle
A temperamental beast
Makes the mountain tremble
Brings giants to their knees

If I ask you to stay
You might leave anyway
But the situation's fallen from my hands

Hello hello goodbye
Hello hello goodbye
Hello hello goodbye
Goodbye

I feel exasperation
Get down on your knees
I called the operator
But this is where I freeze

I said hello
I said hello
I said hello
I've got to go

Hello hello goodbye
Hello hello goodbye
Hello hello goodbye
Goodbye

Do you love me?
Do you love me? No
Do you love me?
Do you love me? No
I've got to go

Hello hello goodbye
Hello hello goodbye
Hello hello goodbye
Goodbye

Hello Goodbye was a song considered for the Electric Dreams soundtrack, but was not included.

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