Zilch

Emergency

If the television licence man comes at a quarter to three
and fictionalized characters are becoming a reality
and the Channel 4 woman tries to spring a survey on me
what do think of Diverse Reports?
what do you think of ITV?
and you can stand back one to ten
and see, you, and it’s getting to me
and if you walk five miles just to see
Emergency Only and it’s getting to me

If the TV detector van comes at a quarter to four
and you try to explain you were just on your way out the door
and the church hall woman tries to spring a survey on me
what do you think of MORI-polls?
what do you think of Billy Cosby?
and you can stand back one to ten
and see, and you should know better, and it’s getting to me
and if you walk five miles just to see
Emergency Only, and it’s getting to me

Think of yourself with an old age pension
scares the hell out of me not to mention
genocide, homicide, five-a-side, suicide
matricide, pesticide, law-abide, woe-betide

 

Someone’s Knocking

When you wake up in the morning
and I’m still scratching my head and yawning
just leave your hair for now
fantasise, don’t realise
that the telephone is in your eyes
could be the wrong number somehow
and David Bailey’s a million miles from you now

Satisfy your every need
but for what it takes is what it leads
could it be something for now?
and if you come and go again
don’t lock me out just count to ten
or leave the key with the woman on the second floor

And someone’s knocking
but the code says don’t answer the door
you know it’s probably the bill for the water in ’84
oh did I forget to mention?
do you know the water it doesn’t come with the tenancy
who owns the water for you and me?

If you think you’re going to change your mind
could give a week in advance, maybe a fifteenth chance
and it’s so funny when something turns out the way you want it to be

And someone’s knocking
but the code says don’t answer the door
you know it’s probably the bill for the water in ’84
and someone’s fallen from the window on the 16th floor
you know it’s probably the fella for the woman too early on the second floor

 

John Kline

Radio, TV-Times by your side
big brown coat, big face and big brown smile
we haven’t seen you today
the reassurance I’ll have to pay

10.15 The Cure playing by your side
a dodgy postcard of you
we haven’t seen you for so long
the reassurance something was wrong
I haven’t seen you for a while
the reassurance of Mister John Kline

B.A.S.F. of a day with you
some weird postcards from us to you
I haven’t seen you for so long
the reassurance of what was wrong
I haven’t seen you for a while
ah the reassurance of Mister John Kline
oh the reassurance of Mister John Kline

 

I Need You

Always in sorrow and never in vain
and never say tomorrow
because, I might not even be there
and it won’t be the same
and never say tomorrow
because I, I need you,
you know I do

today tomorrow, always the same
too late to follow
because I couldn’t even be there
and it wouldn’t be the same
and never say tomorrow
I, I need you,
you know I do.

 

Realization

Not so long ago the situation
oh honestly. you had to see
some mad joke about an operation
responsibility, you know that’s not me – you see
have you got room for expectations
or was there something you wanted from me
or maybe desperation
that made you treat my door so affectionately
could be pacification
I’d love to love my nation
don’t give me realizations
don’t give me expectation

Even now and then the conversations
too good to be, too good to see
some mad joke you made without a reason
technicality you know that’s not me – you see
have you got room for expectations
could be pacification
I’d love to love my nation
don’t give me realizations
don’t give me expectation

and if the tenants aren’t gonna sign
and the servants aren’t gonna shine
The realization

When I needed you would you comfort me
when I want you would you come to me
when the lights went blue
and the stars turned green
when I needed you
do you know what day I mean

 

High Rise Low Life

If you can live here you’re staying on your own
another sham thrown up too fast again
if you can build here then make yourself a home
don’t you know It’s changed – obviously

High Rise – sunset railroad track
Low Life – rising behind my back
High Rise – Low Life

Taking the heart is a weird thing to forget
especially when it’s more than one or two
can you believe how old it’s gonna get
don’t you know you’ll change – can’t you see?

High Rise – sunset – railroad track
Low Life – rising – behind my back
High Rise – sunset – railroad track
Low Life – rising – behind my back
Up nights – Joe’s wife in my flat
Low Life – rising – behind my back
High Rise – Low Life

 

Who Killed Clayton Square?

I can see you’re lying
and it’s a case of shall I stay
and where’s the next door neighbours?
oh they moved out the other day
‘cos there’s a bulldozer around
and it’s In your street
bringing Clayton Square to the ground
could of sworn It was there last week

Have you ever been to Leeds?
have you ever been to Merseyside?
the town planner’s coming
so, terraces run for your life

I can see you’re trying
and it’s a case of shall I pay
remember the slums of the ’60s?
well they’re the fortunes of today
but there’s a bulldozer around
and it’s in your Street
bringing Clayton Square to the ground
could of sworn it was there last week

Have you ever been to Leeds?
have you ever been to Merseyside?
the town planner’s coming
so, terraces run for your life

There’s a bulldozer around
and it’s in your street
bringing Clayton Square to the ground
could of sworn it was there last week
have you ever been to Leeds?
Have you ever been to Merseyside?
the town planner’s coming…

 

Who’d Believe It?

I saw a blue car push your son up against a wall
did he make it? he wouldn’t fake it
I saw the weird looks outside the factory wall
can you believe it? – up against it
can’t you see what you’ve done?
can you believe it?
can’t you see what you’ve done?

Too many broken eyes you’ve caused without a thought
did you mean it? did you conceive it?
could be the end could be the start of a family war?
it’s hard to believe it – you’re up against it
if you could see what you’ve done
then you’d believe It
but you won’t see what you’ve done
up against it
up against It
up against it
up against it

 

What’s It Like…

You said what’s gone wrong for the first time
what took so long because that’s the way you wanted it
that’s the way you find it that’s where I belong
and I’m waiting
what’s it like to be wrong?

This could be for the rest of your life
if you wouldn’t be so blind
It’s like 14 days for the first time who says it pays
that’s the way you wanted me
that’s the way you find me
that’s where I belong and l’m waiting
what’s it like to be wrong
some of the things that mean nothing to me
do you know what I mean when you’re waiting

This could be for the rest of your life

The moon and the sea doesn’t mean that much to me
do you know what I mean when you’re waiting

 

The Believers

It’s so funny and quite amusing
and it’s not too late for believing
consequences are hard for choosers
and what are you like with your reasons
It’s like a joke on Countdown always brings the house down
you must have been joking,
and with the state of the nation guess your occupation,
you should have thought

But you’re too busy searching for rumours
in a world full of pages
and you’re so sorry
and it’s so confusing in a world when you’re searching
and it’s like a joke on Countdown always brings the house down
you must have been joking
and with the state of the nation guess your occupation
you should have thought it was better
later the letters, the penny’s dropped

Spent my Saturday on a natural emotion
didn’t think a laugh could cause such a commotion
what you gonna do when the tide comes in?
I’m gonna bomb it and learn to swim
And it’s so funny and quite amusing
and what are you like with your reasons
and consequences are hard for choosers
and it’s not too late for believing
later deceiving, think of the world.

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Zilch (1988)
1. Emergency (listen)
2. Someone’s Knocking (listen)
3. John Kline (listen)
4. I Need You (listen)
5. Realization (listen)
6. High Rise Low Life (listen)
7. Who Killed Clayton Square? (listen)
8. Who’d Believe It? (listen)
9. What’s It Like… (listen)
10. The Believers (listen)