anne clark


hope road


our darkness

this be the verse

true love tales




home coming

Walking into light
From the blank evening sky
Knuckles rub away the darkness
Circling my eyes
Walking into warmth
From the cold evening air
Numb white fingers push
Greasy rain through my hair
You walk into view
From shadow thrown against the door
Hands reach out and grasp the moment
They've been waiting for
You pull me close
Dampness seeps through to your skin
You peel the layers away
I feel the fire ignite within

You create the feeling
I contain the need
It's moments that we're stealing
No pleasure's ever free

You sustain the rhythm
I'll maintain the beat
It's the only chance we're given
Let's turn this cold to heat

You possess the notion
I take full heed
We're bound by this emotion
Two bodies - one heartbeat

You create the feeling
I contain the need
You sustain the rhythm
I'll maintain the beat

Desire comes alive
Nothing interrupts the flow
Water nurtures every crevice
Where this love needs to grow
Sliding to the floor
We swell, falling to the ground
The world becomes a place
With no clear shapes, with no clear sounds
We're lost for a short while
In the knot where love's entwined
You pour the freedom from deep inside
I drink it back like wine
The murmur of your voice
Soft words soothe away the doubt
Your strength - so essential
Something I can't do without

You ...

Inside we slow each movement
'Til we're static once again
Outside the city runs
Cars through roads like bloood through veins
Here sweet sticky air
Like a cover keeps us warm
Drops of love fall from us
The last moments of the storm
Opening my eyes
You're even closer now to me
As the crowd goes pushing onwards
Crashing forward like a sea
We turn and feel the world
Right now a million miles away
It's always there to interfere
But I'm always here to say

You ...


















anne clark
hope road

So these are circumstances
Leading to my sorry tale
I was in a town I didn't k___
I'd arrived there by rail
It all began a week b___ -
The joys of Saturday n___t -
An invite to a p___
Or watching The Price Is Right
Opting for a soiree
For the first time in a y___
Mixed badly with the revellers
Mixed Bacardi, wine and b___
The room moved back and forwards
The dancers did the s___
Found refuge in a c____
That's when he asked my n____

Well this is very nice, I t____
Smiling through the haze
As we talked of Auguste Rodin
Through to Harold Pinter's plays
Said he played piano
Said his name was Steve
Why shouldn't I b____
That he really lived so far away
Had to make a move for h___
Scribbled down his address
Said he didn't have a p___
Would I like to come to d____
On Friday of next w____
To this I said I'd love to
As he kissed me on the c____

That night I felt so h____
Excited through and through
See! The company of s____
Doesn't always leave you blue
Stumbled home contented
Like a cat that got the cream
Woke up a little weary
But I knew it was no d____
The next few days were anxious
What could I find to wear?
What happens if I a____
And there is no Hope Road there?
My friend said don't be s___
No one does things like that
Now will you get a move on
And take off that stupid hat!

Made sure I set out early
Made sure I caught the t___
Got out at the right s___
Then of course came down the rain
Followed the directions
Exactly as he said
Asked people if they new Hope R___
But they just walked on ahead
I turned left at the junction
Took the fork off to the right
Straight over at the crossroads
Then down to the traffic l___
Must have walked those streets for hours
In the dark and in the cold
Before I really could accept
There was no place called Hope Road

So here I am a___ again
Indoors by myself
The TV, plants, books and I
All nearly on the shelf
Next time I'll be more cautious
Next time I won't be fooled
It's another of those basic things
You're never taught at school
Let this be a warning
As you wander through the world
It makes no difference who you are
Be you boy or be you girl
Be very, very careful
When people seem so nice
It's not now that it's expensive
Later on you pay the price

There's no H___ R___









Sweat runs down the centre of my back
Crawling like an insect - it makes a track
Sweat runs down the nape of my neck
Anticipation - the cause and the effect

So catch each drop as I catch each breath
'Til there's no doubt, no indecision, 'til there's not one question left
Walking streets alone amid a mass of strangers' faces
Fill my time with thoughts of you and I in distant places
Now I must have you!

You breathe new life - it's all around
It calls my name without a sound
This distance cuts down deep inside
Planes carve like knives across the sky
I must be with you!

This place never cares to see who goes or who remains
I wait and watch the boats set sail, I linger and listen to the far off trains
This land of mine drifts off alone, far out to sea
With no direction, no intention, nothing left to offer me
And I can't stay!

It stand alone - back on the world
And through it all it still seems to curl
Itself around the people, binding tighter than a rope
Gives nothing away for something, each day without hope
It's no home for the luxury of love!

The good life out of each on the placards
Doesn't hide away the truth of the broken down facades
The buildings burn, the streets on fire
Every muscle, every nerve stretched to reach for somewhere higher
Feel me now!

Will you remain, place your trust
Turn ideas into motions before mechanisms rust
Will you hold me tight with arms, with words, in your comfort keep me warm
I beg refuge in your shelter as I fly into the storm
Take me!

Take me now!












our darkness

Through these city nightmares you'd walk with me
And we'd talk of it with idealistic assurance
That it wouldn't tear us apart
We'd keep our heads above the blackened water
But there's no room for ideals in this mechanical place
And you're gone now

Through a grimy window that I can't keep clean
Through billowing smoke that's swallowed the sun
You're nowhere to be seen

Do you think our desires still burn
I guess it was desires that tore us apart
There has to be passion
A passion for living, surviving
And that means detachment
Everybody has a weapon to fight you with
To beat you with when you are down
There were too many defences between us

Doubting all the time
Fearing all the time
Doubting all the time
Fearing all the time
That like these urban nightmares
We'd blacken each other skies

When we passed the subways we tried to ignore our fate there
Of written threats on endless walls
Unjustified crimes carried in stifled calls
Would you walk with me now through this pouring rain
It used to mingle with our tears then dry the hopes that we left behind
It rains even harder now











this be the verse

They fuck you up, your mum and dad
They may not mean to but they do
They fill you with the faults they had
And add some extra, just for you

But they were fucked up in their turn
By fools in old style hats and coats
Who half the time were soppy-stern
And half at one anothers throats

Man hands on misery to man
It deepens like a coastal shelf
Get out as early as you can
And don't have any kids yourself












true love tales

Love is all we need - you said
As you held me in the confidence of your bed
Tomorrow's not important - you said
But tomorrow's turned into today instead!
And I wake each morning feeling so ashamed
Having fallen to emotions that we both named
How shallow now all that rubbish seems
Hearts once full are bleeding dreams
Dreams that were reality
Have now brought out the worst in me

Love is just a paradox
He loves me, he loves me not

I don't want a part in this
The stinging touch, the poisoned kiss
The alibis to keep us close
The lies you spit when I need you most

Love is just a paradox
He loves me, he loves me not

A basic human need is such
Being able to destroy with just one touch
A stinking filthy trick I'd say
One day the stalker, one day the prey

Love is just a paradox
He loves me, he loves me not

Love is just a heart disease
And no cure can make this aching ease
But I'll tranquilise myself from that
Let fit emotions turn to fat
Care and concern won't breed here
I've had and seen them disappear
Tear stained eyes will not be seen
When to touch is nothing more then obscene
To fuck it seems is the only word
The ability to love seems so absurd
Absurd because we know we lie
Laughing at it all as someone cries
One day I may find it quite amusing
How touch and tongues make life so confusing

Tomorrow's not important - it's dead
As the sheets grow cold on your big bad bed
Love's not important - it's dead

Love is just a paradox
He loves me, he loves me not