SOTD: Nena

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Ninety-nine dreams I have had
Every one a red balloon
Now it’s all over and I’m standin’ pretty
In this dust that was a city

If I could find a souvenir
Just to prove the world was here
And here is a red balloon
I think of you and let it go

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SOTD [Headphones Required]: Imogen Heap

This song is ideally heard with headphones, preferably noise-canceling.

Some of you may have heard parts of this song mixed in with another that is popular as of late. For those of you just experiencing the original for the first time, please do so with the best audio system you have available (in the car, headphones, etc).

May it alter your life like it altered mine.

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where are we?
what the hell is going on?
the dust has only just begun to form
crop circles in the carpet
sinking feeling

spin me round again
and rub my eyes
this can’t be happening
when busy streets a mess with people
would stop to hold their heads heavy

hide and seek
trains and sewing machines
all those years
they were here first

oily marks appear on walls
where pleasure moments hung before
the takeover the sweeping insensitivity of this
still life

hide and seek
trains and sewing machines (oh, you won’t catch me around here)
blood and tears (hearts)
they were here first

mmm whatcha say,
mmm that you only meant well?
well of course you did
mmm whatcha say,
mmm that it’s all for the best?
of course it is
mmm whatcha say?
mmm that it’s just what we need
you decided this
whatcha say?

oh, what did she say?

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SOTD: Murray Head

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Bangkok, oriental setting
And the city don’t know that the city is getting
The creme de la creme of the chess world
In a show with everything but Yul Brynner
Time flies, doesn’t seem a minute
Since the Tirolean spa had the chess boys in it
All change, don’t you know
That when you play at this level there’s no ordinary venue
It’s Iceland or the Philippines or Hastings
Or, or this place

One night in Bangkok and the world’s your oyster
The bars are temples but the pearls ain’t free
You’ll find a God in every golden cloister
And if you’re lucky then the God’s a she
I can feel an angel sliding up to me

One town’s very like another
When your head’s down over your pieces, brother
(It’s a drag, it’s a bore, it’s really such a pity)
(To be looking at the board, not looking at the city)
What d’ya mean
You seen one crowded, polluted, stinking town
(Tea, girls, warm and sweet, sweet)
(Some are set up in the Somerset Maugham suite)
Get Thai’d! You’re talking to a tourist
Whose every move’s among the purest
I get my kicks above the waistline, sunshine

One night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble
Not much between despair and ecstasy
One night in Bangkok and the tough guys tumble
Can’t be too careful with your company
I can feel the devil walking next to me

Siam’s gonna be the witness
To the ultimate test of cerebral fitness
This grips me more than would
A muddy old river or reclining Buddha
Thank God I’m only watching the game, controlling it
I don’t see you guys rating
The kind of mate I’m contemplating
I’d let you watch, I would invite you
But the queens we use would not excite you
So you better go back to your bars, your temples
Your massage parlors

One night in Bangkok and the world’s your oyster
The bars are temples but the pearls ain’t free
You’ll find a God in every golden cloister
A little flesh, a little history
I can feel an angel sliding up to me

One night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble
Not much between despair and ecstasy
One night in Bangkok and the tough guys tumble
Can’t be too careful with your company
I can feel the devil walking next to me

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Women Who Behave

Sitting at a stoplight today, I saw a bumper sticker in front of me that said, “Women who behave rarely make history.”

Do you agree? Which is best, propriety or bolditude?

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SOTD: Frou Frou

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if this is a question
is “Maybe” a lie?
if “Yes” doesn’t mean it,
does “When” lessen “Why”?
you are held in a queue
someone will be with you shortly
say i’m wrong, you decide
i don’t believe the words you sing sometimes

but then it’s your life
mmm hmm, it’s your life

but, you’ve only got one…

if i, just to spite you,
placate your disgrace,
will song turn to silence?
will mask wear your face?
are you down to be open?
show me yours and i’ll show you mine
or are you down just to be down?
i don’t believe the words you sing sometimes

but then it’s your life
mmm hmm, it’s your life

but, you’ve only got one

you started it

you’ve only got…one…


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