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Black Tie White Noise

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Release date: 
April 05, 1993
Total Tracks: 
14
Label: 
BMG/Arista
Design: 
Reiner Design Consultants, Inc.
Nick Knight - Photography
Peter Gabriel - Session photography
Producer: 
David Bowie and Nile Rodgers

    Black Tie White Noise

    • Design Reiner Design Consultants, Inc.
    • Design Nick Knight - Photography
    • Design Peter Gabriel - Session photography
    Released April 1993
    Label BMG/Arista
    Producers David Bowie and Nile Rodgers
  • 1
    The Wedding (not on vinyl version)

    Instrumental

  • 2
    You’ve Been Around (Bowie/Gabrels)

    Where's the pain in the violent night?
    I'm depressed by the grin
    I stay over many years
    I should have thought of that
    For the love of the money
    Like a black-hearted violin
    It's the nature of being
    It's too many lonely nights
    I can't tell bad from wrong
    I can't pass you by
    Two exchanging
    You've been around
    But you've changed me
    Where the flesh meets the spirit world
    Where the traffic is thin
    I slip from a vacant view
    I should have thought of that
    And the sound of tomorrow
    Like a black-hearted violin
    Like the silence of tension
    It's too many lonely nights
    I can't tell good from bad
    I can't pass you by
    Two exchanging
    You've been around
    But you've changed me

  • 3
    I Feel Free (Bruce/Brown)

    Dear, when I dance with you
    We move like the sea
    You, you're all I want to know
    I feel free
    I feel free
    I can walk down the street,
    There's no one there
    The pavement is one huge crowd
    I can drive down the road
    My eyes can't see
    But my mind wants to cry out loud
    Dance floor is like the sea
    The ceiling is the sky
    You're the sun and as you shine on me
    I feel free
    I feel free
    I feel free

  • 4
    Black Tie White Noise (Featuring Al B. Sure!)

    Getting my facts from a Benneton ad
    Lookin through African eyes
    Lit by the glare of an L.A. fire, black tie white noise
    I've got a face, not just my race Bang Bang I've got you babe
    Sun comes up and the man goes down
    And the woman comes again
    Just an hour or so to be safe from fear
    Then we jump thru hoops, we're divisible now, just disappear
    We reach out over race and hold each other's hands
    Then die in the flames singing, "We shall overcome"
    Whoa! What's going on?
    There'll be some blood no doubt about it
    But we'll come thru don't doubt it
    I look into your eyes and I know I won't kill you
    And I look into your eyes and I know you won't kill me
    You won't kill me
    You won't kill me
    But I look into your eyes
    And I wonder sometimes
    Oh Lord, just let him see me
    Lord, Lord, just let him hear me
    Let him call me brother
    Let him put his arms around me
    Let him put his hands together
    Reach over race and hold each other's hands
    Walk thru the night thinking we are the world
    Whoa! What's going on?
    There'll be some blood no doubt about it
    I look into your eyes and I know I won't kill you
    And I turn my back for I know you won't kill me
    You won't kill me
    You won't kill me
    But I wonder why
    Yes, and I wonder why sometimes
    They'll show us how to break the rules
    But never how to make the rules
    Reduce us down to witless punks, black tie white noise
    fascist cries both black and white, who's got the blood, who's got
    the gun
    Putting on the black tie, cranking out the white noise

  • 5
    Jump They Say

    When comes the shaking man
    A nation in his eyes
    Striped with blood and emblazed tattoo
    Streaking cathedral spire
    They say
    They say
    They say
    He has no brain
    They say
    He has no mood
    They say
    He was born again
    They say
    Look at him climb
    They say 'Jump'
    They say
    He has two Gods
    They say
    He has no fear
    They say
    He has no eyes
    They say
    He has no mouth
    They say 'Hey that's really something'
    They feel he should get some time
    I say he should watch his ass
    My friend don't listen to the crowd
    They say 'Jump'
    Got to believe somebody
    Got to believe

  • 6
    Nite Flights (Engel)

    There's no hold
    The moving has come thru
    The danger passing you turns its face
    Into the heat and runs the tunnels
    It's so cold the dark dug up by dogs
    The stitches torn and broke
    The raw meat fist you choke
    Has hit the bloodlite
    Glass traps open and close on nite flights
    Broken necks feather weights press- the walls
    Be my love we will be gods on nite flights
    With only one promise only one way to fall

  • 7
    Pallas Athena

    God is on top of it all
    That’s all

  • 8
    Miracle Goodnight

    Burning up each other's love, burning up our lives
    Tried all kinds of working out, miracle goodnight
    Future full and empty
    Knocking on my door
    Ragged lame and hungry mama
    Miracle no more
    Skin tell me - Turn it around.
    Head tell me - Make it alright
    Nobody dancing
    Morning star you're beautiful, yellow dime on high
    Spin you round my little room, miracle goodnight
    Evening flower all alone, puzzling capeche
    Haven't got a death wish, just want a little more
    Skin tell me - Turn it around.
    Head tell me - Make it alright
    Nobody dancing. Miracle Goodnight
    Breath tell me - Turn it around
    Heart tell me - Make it alright.
    Nobody dancing. It was only make believe.
    I wished I was a sailor a thousand miles from here
    I wished I had a future anywhere.
    I love you in the morning sun, I love you in my dreams
    I love the sound of making love, The feeling of your skin
    The corner of your eyes, I love for ever more
    I never want to say goodnight, miracle goodnight
    Skin tell me - Turn it around.
    Head tell me - Make it alright
    Nobody dancing. Miracle Goodnight
    Breath tell me - Turn it around
    Heart tell me - Make it alright.
    Nobody dancing. It was only make believe.
    Don't wanna know your past, don't wanna know the real deal
    Really don't wanna know that
    The less we know the better we feel
    Miracle Goodnight

  • 9
    Don’t Let Me Down & Down (Tahra & Martine Valmont)

    Still I keep my love for you
    No place to hide, no way to fall
    No where to lie no world so wide
    I'm sick and tired of telling you
    Don't let me down and down and down
    Don't let me down and down and down
    I know there's something in the wind
    That crazy balance of my mind
    What kind of fool are you and I?
    Scared to death and tell me why
    I'm sick and tired of telling you
    Don't let me down and down and down
    Don't let me down and down and down
    Still I keep my love for you
    You made a date with destiny
    You jog-jog in my memory
    You haunt in mind not fade away
    I'm sick and tired of telling you
    Don't let me down and down and down
    Don't let me down and down and down
    Still I keep my love for you
    No place to hide, no way to fall
    No where to lie no world so wide
    I'm sick and tired of telling you
    Don't let me down and down and down
    Don't let me down and down and down

  • 10
    Looking for Lester (Bowie/Rodgers) (not on vinyl version)

    Instrumental

  • 11
    I Know It’s Gonna Happen Someday (Morrissey/Nevin)

    My love
    Where ever you are
    What ever you are
    Don't lose faith
    I know its gonna happen
    Someday
    to you
    Please wait
    Please wait
    Wait
    Don't lose faith
    You say that the day
    Just never arrives
    And its never seemed
    So far away
    But I know its gonna happen
    Someday
    to you
    Please wait
    Please wait
    Wait
    Don't lose faith

  • 12
    The Wedding Song

    These are silver wings
    These are golden eyes
    These are floating clouds
    Angel for life
    Dreaming alone and I feel that someone
    Listens to me
    Angel for life
    These are silver wings
    These are golden eyes
    These are floating clouds
    Angel for life
    Heaven is smiling down, heaven's girl in a wedding gown
    I'm gonna be so good, just like a good boy should
    I'm gonna change my ways
    Angel for life
    Of all the saints alive
    Don't I feel like a saint alive
    She's not mine for eternity
    Though I'll never fly so high
    I'm smiling
    I believe in magic
    Angel for life

  • 13
    Jump They Say (alternate mix) (not on vinyl version)

    When comes the shaking man
    A nation in his eyes
    Striped with blood and emblazed tattoo
    Streaking cathedral spire
    They say
    They say
    They say
    He has no brain
    They say
    He has no mood
    They say
    He was born again
    They say
    Look at him climb
    They say 'Jump'
    They say
    He has two Gods
    They say
    He has no fear
    They say
    He has no eyes
    They say
    He has no mouth
    They say 'Hey that's really something'
    They feel he should get some time
    I say he should watch his ass
    My friend don't listen to the crowd
    They say 'Jump'
    Got to believe somebody
    Got to believe

  • 14
    Lucy Can’t Dance (on CD only)

    Lucy I know what you're going to do
    Oh Lucy look what you're doing I'm doing it too
    Now you're looking for God in exciting new ways
    I say trust him at once which is something these days
    Lucy can't dance to the noise but she knows what the noise can do
    Lucy can't dance to the noise but she knows what the noise can do
    Did the world just explode? Don't recognize anyone
    But you've still got me under your thumb
    Lucy can't dance to the noise but she knows what the noise can do
    Pursuing your frenzy in Ritz or Savoy
    In this sexual noise vicious chords offer joy
    You live and you die
    In the blink of an eye
    But I can't make you dance
    Dance to the noise
    Lucy can't dance but she knows what the noise can do
    Dance to the noise
    Lucy can't dance but she knows what the noise can do
    Lucy I know what you're going to do
    But you can't buy me off in this serial world
    Who who who died and made you material girl?
    Lucy can't dance to the noise but she knows what the noise can do
    So I'll spin while my lunatic lyric goes wrong
    And I'll put all my eggs in a postmodern song
    Lucy can't dance to the noise but she knows what the noise can do
    Oh! This shallow orb mugged by reality
    Just a few simple words like I love you, I need you
    Live and you die in the blink of an eye
    Still I can't make you dance
    Dance to the noise
    Lucy can't dance but she knows what the noise can do