The Magic Whip

Blur's Albums and Lyrics

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The Magic Whip

Blur's Albums and Lyrics

by Heidi Harley 891 Views comments

The Magic Whip

Release Date:27/04/2015

16 years after their last record as a four-piece, 27th April 2015 sees the release of the band’s eighth studio album, titled The Magic Whip. The recordings, which began during a five-day break in touring in Spring 2013 - at Avon Studios in Kowloon, Hong Kong - were put aside when the group finished touring and returned to their respective lives. Last November Graham revisited the tracks and, drafting in the band’s old friend and early producer Stephen Street, he worked with the band on the material. Damon then added lyrics and the 12 tracks of The Magic Whip are the result.

16 ans suite à leur dernier enregistrement as a four-piece, le 27 Avril 2015 voit le lancement du huitième album studio du groupe, nommé The Magic Whip. Les enregistrements, qui ont débuté au cours d'une interruption de cinq jours de la tournée pendant la saison printanière 2013 - à Avon Studios à Kowloon, Hong-kong - ont été mis de côté quand le groupe a fini la tournée et est retourné à leurs vies respectives. En Novembre 2014 Graham a révisité les musiques. Damon a ensuiteajouté les paroles et les 12 titres : The Magic Whip est le résultat.

  • Lonesome Street

What do you got?
Mass produced in somewhere hot
You'll have to go on the Underground
To get things done here
(And then you have to see)
If you need a yellow duck - service done
This is a place to come to, or, well, it was
I know a hot spot
Crossing on the guillotine

And if you have nobody left to rely on
I'll hold you in my arms and let you drift
It's got to be that time again
And June, June will be over soon again

So get yourself up, get past on your way
There's nothing to be ashamed of
Taking off again
The 514 to East Grinstead
(You've sent me off to see)
We're going up, up, up, up, up
Coursing on our greatest night
And talking types will let us down, again
Talk, talk on your arse all night
You wanna be there

Step inside the tarmac ride
To the land that crime forgot
Oh, just don't go there
Cracks inside the tarmac ride
To the land that crime forgot, oh no

And if you have nobody left to rely on
I'll hold you in my arms and let you drift
Going down to Lonesome Street
Going down to Lonesome Street
Lonesome Street
Going down to Lonesome Street
Lonesome Street
Going down to Lonesome Street
Lonesome Street

  • New World Towers

Green, green, the neon green
New world towers
Carved out of grey white skies
Twenty four hours
Glide through the glass arcade to Hollywood
The cycle path it leaves me dreaming of

Love, love, so far away
New world towers
Logging your name and pray
Twenty four hours
Green turns to red and blue
And time relates
To us all again
And see the rescue

Green, green, the neon green
New world towers
Plane flying overhead
Satellite showers
Falls like confetti on the cavalcade
The flash-boat sea
No longer is
Reflecting in you

Seven on me
Seven on a left hand
Seven on me
Seven on me

Love, love, so far away
New world towers
Carved out of grey white sky
Twenty four hours
Green turns to red and blue
And time relates
The flash-boat sea
No longer is
Reflecting in you

Seven on me
Seven on a left hand
Seven on me
Seven on me
Seven on me
Seven on me
Seven on the left hand
Seven on me



  • Go Out

I'm gettin' sad alone
Dancing with myself
Greedy go-getter goal
the luxury of stealth

I'm seedy and the whole,
dancing with myself
I get into my bed
I do it to myself

To the local,
To the lo-o-o, I go out
To the local
By myself
To the local

I did it to my head
There's nothing to be addressed now
There's nothing to get up about
Cause we do it all the time
The shepherd is undone
She done it all again
I get ready to go
The greed go-getter con

He going to the local
He going to the local
O-ohh
He going to the local
He going to the local

To many western men
It's a problem left undone
Imperious the sign
The papers of luxury
A greedy go-getter in the skybox
She run alone
She get ready to go
She does it with herself

She does it with herself
She does it with herself
She does it on her own
She does it on her own

  • Ice Cream Man

Here comes the ice cream man
Parked to the end of the road
With a swish of his magic whip
All the people in the party froze
Screwball, chocolate chip
Umbrella in his white glove hand
Shade from the sun was his intention

Here comes the ice cream man
Bouncing up the hill
With a whip of pumpkin lick
Happy that the cones he fills, for
All the Lantern men marching down till dawn
Morning come, he fall over

Something new
Something you
Something you'd

Here comes the ice cream man
Parked to the end of the road
With a swish of his magic whip
All the people in the party froze
I was only 21 when I watched it on TV
I was racing in my heart and then

Something new
(Oh oh-oh oh)
Something new
Something new
(Oh oh-oh oh)
Something new
(Something you do nothing about)
Something new
(Oh oh-oh oh)
Something new
(Here comes the ice cream man, out with his magic whip)
Something new
(Always sold out by nine, so you better come and get it quick)
Something new
(Oh oh-oh oh)
Something new

  • Thought I Was A Spaceman

Thought I was a spaceman
Digging out my heart
In some distant sand dunes
In a carpark

Cause the desert had encroached upon
The places where we live
People like me find it
To keep the day upset

But we never succeeded
We never succeeded
In fact we failed

Thought I was a spaceman
Digging out my heart
In some distant sand dune
In a car park

By the empty harbor
Where the junkball phantoms flow
The fight for happy valley
Sadly, the line wrote

Thought I found my black box
Washed up on the shore
All outlying islands
What's the land for

Thought I thought I'd found it
But that was not true at all
I'd walked into a bar
Raised hell

Cut the cast without me
Always and always the same
But the ghost in writing
And let it be you again

Thought I was a spaceman
Digging out my heart
In some distant sand dune
In Hyde Park

Thought I was a spaceman
Digging up my heart
In some distant sand dune
You again

Thought I was a spaceman
Digging up my heart
In some distant sand dune
You again

You again
You again

  • I Broadcast

I love the aspects of another city
The representatives are alright
In circulation the snake and the tiger
Waking up and shaving in industrial life

I broadcast
Buzzing on another day now
All for a cold sore
Something out of nothing

I love the airspace of another city
It's got your number and your blood type
They've been in cages I need some focus
The apparitions of another prodigal night
Right?

I broadcast
Buzzing on another day now
All for a high score
Something out of nothing

I'm running
I'm running
I'm running

I broadcast
Buzzing on another day now
All for a cold sore
Something out of nothing

I broadcast
Buzzing on another day now
All for a cold sore
Something out of nothing

  • My Terracotta Heart

And the bright rings we got in summertime
Seemed like a breath of fresh air back in the summertime
When we were more like brothers, that was years ago
So if it doesn't sing like a broken chord

I'm running out of heart today
I'm running out of open road to you
When I know you are emoting and you're dazed
Is something broke inside you, cause at the moment
I'm lost and feeling that I don't know
If I'm losing you again

And when we fly tomorrow over the Java seas
And my younger match will be there with me
Cause they remind me of swimming out too far one day
When the coral was gone, but I didn't care anyway

I was running out of heart that day
I was running out of open road to you
And I know I was emoted, I was dazed
Is something broke inside me, cause at the moment
I'm lost and feeling that I don't know
If I'm losing you again

I'm running out of heartache
Just sitting out the constant doubt in my day
But I don't know what it is
I'm sweating out the toxins
Is my terracotta heart breaking? I don't know
If I'm losing you
If I'm losing you again

  • There Are Too Many Of Us

There are too many of us
That’s plain to see
We all believe in praying
For our immortality

We pose this question to our children
That calls them all to stray
And live in tiny houses
Of the same mistakes we make

‘Cause there are too many of us
In tiny houses here and there
Passing out somewhere
But you won’t care

There are too many of us
That’s plain to see
And we all believe in praying
For our immortality

For a moment I was dislocated
By terror on the loop elsewhere
Flashing lights advocate it
On the big screens everywhere

‘Cause there are too many of us
In tiny houses here and there
Just passing out somewhere
But you won’t care

There are too many of us
In tiny houses here and there
All looking through the windows
On everything we share

We pose this question to our children
It leads them out to stray
And live in tiny houses
Of the same mistakes we make

‘Cause there are too many of us
That’s plain to see
All living in tiny houses
Of our immortality

  • Ghost Ship

I remember flashbacks lighting up magic whip
Eight o'clock, Kowloon emptiness, handle it
The wide old sea image I had to view 11 seconds ago
I didn't send you, so you will never know

I got away for a little while
But then it came back much harder

Swinging on the cable line to Po Lin
Climbing down the ghostly wine in a battery
That light in your eyes, I search for religiously
Oh, when it's not there, oh Lord, it's hurting me

I got away for a little while
But then it came back much harder

Till I ever hold you back there again
Will you be mine
Cause I'm on a ghost ship driving my heart
In Hong Kong
It's the last ride boarding here tonight
Out in the bay (out in the bay), I need a lightning in you to shine out
Bright race

Feelin' outta body here, what can I do?
It's up to the top everyday to join here with you

I had to get away for a little while
But then it came back much harder

  • Pyongyang

I look down from my window
To the island where I'm held
Listen while you're sleeping
Darkness is itself
Tomorrow I am disappearing
Cause the trees are amplified
Never ending broadcasts
To which I do not aspire

Kid the mausoleum has fallen
And the perfect avenues
Will seem empty without you
And the pink light that bathed the great leaders is fading
By the time your sun is rising there
Out here it's turning blue
The silver rockets coming
And the cherry trees of Pyongyang
I'm leaving

I feel like I am floating
Processed in auto tune
The never ending roll on
To the palace of the doomed
The temperature keeps falling
Soon there will be no lights
Just a red glow and a glass coffin
Watched by someone through the night

Kid the mausoleum has fallen
And the perfect avenues
Will seem empty without you
And the pink light that bathed the great leaders is fading
By the time your sun is rising there
Out here it's turning blue
The silver rockets coming
And the cherry trees of Pyongyang
I'm leaving

(Soon there will be no light, someone through the night)

Kid the mausoleum has fallen
And the perfect avenues
Will seem empty without you
And the pink light that bathed the great leaders is fading
By the time your sun is rising there
Out here it's turning blue
The silver rockets coming
And the cherry trees of Pyongyang
I'm leaving

  • Ong Ong

La la la
La la la
La la la...

I got on a boat on a hot sunny day
To get out of this town
Cause the tarmac was melting and the people seemed to sway
Stuck in the underground

To the isle of the black kites and the wishing tree
I wanna be with you
On the slow boat to Lantau through misty seas
I wanna be with you

I pulled out the harbour with precession behind
And I'm feeling the love of you
So you better get to charge until I see you again
You know just what to do

If you're caught up in the gales on the junk boat sea
I wanna be with you
Whit the pilgrims the mountains in the high trapeze
I wanna be with you

Ooh, nah nah, aaaah

If you're a landlord, the social [?]
I wanna be with you
On an isle of rainclouds & verdant seas
I will be there with you

Ooh

La la la
La la la
La la la...
I wanna be with you

La la la
La la la
La la la...
I wanna be with you

  • Mirrorball

Mirrorball on a Jordan train
I was under sea then up for air again
Ocean Park where the seagulls cry
I remember flying dragons too
I was there with you

So before you log out
Hold close to me
Hold close to me

I'll be back when December comes
All the barriers have been pulled down
Where is everyone?
Oh Mirrorball
Spinning out to sea
Think I found you in the temple square
Under the wishing tree

So I cried my eyes out
Hold close to me
Hold close to me

I cried my eyes out
Hold close to me
Hold close to me
Hold close to me

Hold close to me

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