Q u e e r
      [one] birmingham. 2. "mama told me not to
      come", 3. Heavens Gate. [4] riders on the
      Heart. [five] question of time. "6". "Louis
      XIV". 7. FAKES & Liars, 8. [honey tree]. [9]
      birdie song. [ten] dreams & (and) light. 11.
      SUCKER. 12. Mother Valentine.,

        BIRMINGHAM
        allen / cox / gray

        Face the facts and don't look back
        There's a hole in this middle town affair
        There's a whole inquest
        Like a hole in the rest
        That I think I'm going to have to sit in
        You're a sleeping bag
        You're a rhyming slug

        Pressure pressure

        Man is sick of chairs
        From the heart of the sins above ground
        Around here I think I'm Jesus
        And I'm sick of all the songs about love
        There's a head hunt in Birmingham
        We're going to hurry down the same old roads
        I'm not going to think that I'm a Jesus
        Sorry this and sorry that's the same old bone

        Pressure pressure

        Fix this kiss this

        I'm not sick I'm going to handle this
        I'm going to have everything I want to have
        I'm going to seed some mean
        I'm going to raise a scene
        I'm going to raise everything I ever had

        I'm not sick I'm going to handle this
        I'm going to...

        Keyboards: Mark Cox, Stephen Blake
        Guitar: Andrew Gray
        Bass: Leslie Langston
        Voices: Michael Allen, Zannie Barrett
        Drums: Robin Brown, T.W.P., Drostan Madden
        Thanks: Benny DiMassa
        Engineered: Ian Capple, Craig A Thompson
        Produced: Drostan Madden, T.W.P.


        MAMA TOLD ME NOT TO COME
        r. newman

        Keyboards: Mark Cox, Michael Allen, Leslie Langston
        Guitar: Andrew Gray, Leslie Langston
        Bass: Leslie Langston
        Voice: Michael Allen
        Backing Vocals: Glass, Leslie Langston
        Drums: T.W.P., Robin Brown
        Programming: Mark Cox
        Engineered: John Madden
        Produced: Drostan Madden, T.W.P.
        Arranged: Leslie Langston, T.W.P.


        HEAVENS GATE
        allen / cox / gray

        One is for the decent times
        And two is for the same
        Well number three is for the big fat sinners
        And four is heaven's gate

        There's a soul invasion here
        The soul invasion is mine
        Love is in a vacant tree
        I'm going to pick and choose what's mine

        There's a show inside of heaven's gate
        And the sinners are taking a bath
        Heaven is a season and the season is time
        I'm going to sit right back

        Ha ha ha
        Ha ha ha

        With you by my side
        I hardly know I speak the truth
        I'm an easy equation
        As I step inside of heaven's gate

        Here beside heaven's fountains
        I'm washing my hands with time
        I'm washing my legs with truth
        I step inside of heaven's gate
        I walk inside of heaven's gate
        I run inside of heaven's gate

        Ha ha ha
        [x4]

        Keyboards: Mark Cox, Andrew Gray
        Bass: Leslie Langston
        Voices: Michael Allen, Michelle Levi
        Drums: Andrew Gray, Rew
        Programming: Rew, Andrew Gray
        Engineered: John Madden
        Produced: Drostan Madden, T.W.P.


        RIDERS ON THE HEART
        allen / cox / gray

        Thank you for the big sunrise
        And all the shapes that luminate
        Hardly get to sleep at night
        I'm waiting for the rays

        Thank you for the lesson
        There's always things to contemplate
        I'm finding for the second time
        This is for the waves

        Riders on the heart
        Think I'm going to celebrate
        I'm going to take a big step back
        Riders on the heart

        Lazy motions in the air
        Is something I appreciate
        I'm going to make a big shape black
        And birds are going to shake

        When the bridges all come down
        Love is going to face a race
        Love is going to see some time
        Love is going to pray

        Riders on the heart
        I think I'm going to break some legs
        I'm going to take a big step back
        Riders on the heart

        Riders on the heart
        Think I'm going to celebrate
        I'm going to take a big step back
        Riders on the heart

        Thank you silly Jesus
        There's always one sycophant
        Never going to sleep on time
        This is unfair

        Thank you for the new sunrise
        And all the shapes that luminate
        Hardly get to sleep on time
        I'm waiting for the rays

        Riders on the heart
        I think I'm going to break some legs
        I'm going to take a big step back
        Riders on the heart

        Riders on the heart
        Think I'm going to celebrate
        I'm going to take a big step back
        Riders on the heart

        Riders on the heart
        I think I'm going to break some legs
        I'm going to take a big step back
        Riders on the heart

        I'm on the road again
        I'm on the road again

        Keyboards: Mark Cox, Andrew Gray, Leslie Langston, Stephen Blake
        Guitar: Andrew Gray
        Bass: Leslie Langston
        Voice: Michael Allen
        Backing Vocals: Leslie Langston
        Drums: T.W.P.
        Percussion: Stephen Blake, Richard Thomas
        Programming: T.W.P., Rew
        Engineered: John Madden
        Produced: Drostan Madden, T.W.P.


        QUESTION OF TIME
        allen / cox / gray
        Time, it's all a question of time
        It's all a question of time
        It's all a question of time

        Smaller face to synthesize
        It's only Faith from crime to cranks
        It's only Faith belief in visions
        Here comes the faceless of the heart

        Her [her] tricks [tricks] you
        And [I] I need to solve these problems

        Time, it's all a question of time
        It's all a question of time
        It's all a question of time

        Time and speed cross the surface of their faces
        It's proof and it's blind
        That's my life is untimely

        Time, it's all a question of time
        It's all a question of time
        It's all a question of time

        Yeah sex it's all a question of lies
        It's all the bodies they seek
        It's all the bodies they face
        And I'm fond of peace
        I follow time
        It's full of loopholes
        It's for the meek
        It's for the strong
        It follows me
        It's for Neutron [Yeah!]

        Time, it's all a question of time
        It's all a question of time
        It's all a question of time

        Produce is sick
        And finance is my face
        Jews they are fine
        And solutions keep coming forward

        Time, it's all a question of time
        It's all a question of time
        It's all a question of time

        Time, it's all a question of time
        It's all a question of time
        It's all a question of time

        Keyboards: Mark Cox, Andrew Gray, Leslie Langston
        Bass: Rew
        Voices: Michael Allen, David Steiner
        Drums: T.W.P., Rew
        Programming: Rew, T.W.P.
        Arranged: Rew, T.W.P.
        Engineered: John Madden
        Produced: Drostan Madden, T.W.P.


        LOUIS XIV
        allen / cox / gray

        [May I bring you up to date?
         We are living in the 20'th century not in the 1800's.
         May I bring you up to date, sir?
         We are not alive at all.]

        This isn't Napoleon this isn't Bonaparte this is fate
        This isn't Josephine she's still in the tent
        This isn't the Holy Mother Mary on the balcony of Judas
        This is Louis, Louis the sun king
        Louis Quatorze he was the fire king
        He had disgrace there was no finer prince
        He had this whole department structured up in Maine
        This is Louis, Louis the sun king

        He sacked the Pope who played the pawn in Venezuela
        In Venezuela they have lots of cocaine
        The cocaine drug is sending people to their magic maker
        But when I come home it's what I want
        Emperors and gender benders dictate
        What's going on

        I'm going to seek and find and spend my favourite dollar
        This isn't Napoleon or one of his divine illusions
        This isn't Napoleon this isn't fate this isn't drugs
        This is Louis, Louis the sun king

        I'm getting sick of all the history and facts
        I'm going to sail a boat and never coming back
        I'm going to trash the Pope and bury his career
        And sail this boat into the Southern Hemisphere

        You know they say the grass is always greener on the other side
        I know it's not true I've been there and I'm dying to get back
        The grease from grass is born of peace then worn away

        My name's Napoleon I didn't know that
        This isn't Napoleon (Venezuela!)
        And Venezuela's vacant
        Venezuela's peeking holding jewels up to the West

        They say the grass is greener on the other side
        I know it's not true
        And I've been there and I want to get back

        I'm getting sick of all the history and facts
        I'm going to sail a boat and never coming back
        I'm going to trash the Pope and bury his career
        And sail this boat into the Southern Hemisphere

        [May I bring you up to date? I am up to date]

        This isn't Napoleon this isn't fate this isn't rhyme
        This is a story of times that we had sight
        This is Louis, Louis the sun king
        Louis Quatorze, Louis XIV, Louis revolting
        He wore his faith abused his wealth in the years 1600's
        14,000 men, 14,000 horses withdrew their labours
        And here we go into the principality of Paris
        We burn the palace and shoot the people with the sour faces
        The sour faces have got the people's innocence in their hands
        And this dirty, filthy palace has still got no truth
        We storm the palace on the 4th and 5th amendements
        My name's Napoleon, I didn't breed there
        They say the grass is greener on the other side
        Well, I've been there...

        Keyboards: Mark Cox, Andrew Gray, Rew, Drostan Madden
        Bass: Leslie Langston
        Voices: Michael Allen, The Man With 2 Brains
        Drums: Rew, T.W.P.
        Programming: Rew, T.W.P.
        Engineered: John Madden
        Produced: Drostan Madden, T.W.P.
        Arranged: Rew, T.W.P.


        FAKES AND LIARS
        allen / cox / gray / langston

        Madness is a state and quest about peace of mind
        Facts are only lies not truths that are lost in time
        Sickness is the greatest healer and a passing fad
        Hands up if you've seen the light
        But think it won't last

        Talking about fakes
        We're talking about liars
        Talking about Ceasars and little crimes

        Laying down the law is not a sane thing to do
        No-one should be old enough to say this is true
        Singing love is dead is holy and this won't give
        Fight the right and steal them with a loving kiss

        Talking about fakes
        We're talking about crimes
        Talking about Ceasars and little liars

        Love is on the fence and talking about second sight
        Love is defence and talking about what is right
        Hand's up if you've taken everything they can give
        Face the race with grace and sing it won't live

        Fakes and liars
        Ceasars and liars

        Talking about fakes
        We're talking about crimes
        We talking about Ceasars and little liars

        Talking about fakes
        We're talking about crimes
        We talking about Ceasars and little liars

        Keyboards: Mark Cox, Andrew Gray
        Guitar: Andrew Gray
        Bass: Leslie Langston
        Voice: Michael Allen
        Drums: Robin Brown
        Programming: T.W.P., Robin Brown, Rew
        Percussion: Richard Thomas
        Engineered: John Madden
        Produced: Drostan Madden, T.W.P.


        HONEY TREE
        allen / cox / gray

        Good morning Mr President will you sign this grave
        This hole in my pocket is a hole in my face
        A bad heart is a bad surprise
        This black is a fact is a blackened race

        Black is the soul black is the heart
        My bodies unsafe so I fuck on choice

        Shape me shape my friends take them home before they reach
        The honey tree, honey tree

        Souless in form make it meet reach out for that funny me
        One of those three of these
        Education education pieces

        Hand on my heart
        Hand on my soul
        This black is a fact is the back of fools
        I've a face in mind one I can afford
        If I don't then
        I go go go
        To the honey tree, honey tree, honey tree

        The safest place is when I say good bye
        Loving shoulders is a loving mind
        Black is the heart and black is the fool
        Black is the facts is the facts of heart and soul

        In the honey tree
        In the honey tree
        Honey tree [x times]

        Keyboards: Mark Cox, Andrew Gray, Stephen Blake, Drostan Madden
        Guitar: Andrew Gray
        Bass: Leslie Langston
        Voice: Michael Allen, Leslie Langston
        Drums: T.W.P., Robin Brown, Stephen Blake
        Programming: Robin Brown, Rew, T.W.P.
        Arranged: Drostan Madden
        Engineered: John Madden, Ian Capple
        Produced: Drostan Madden, T.W.P.


        THE BIRDIE SONG
        allen / anxiety / cox / gray

        Keyboards: Michael Allen
        Voice: Annie Anxiety
        Drums: Michael Allen, Rew
        Engineered: John Madden
        Produced: Drostan Madden, T.W.P.


        DREAMS & LIGHT
        allen / cox / gray

        I saw the signs but don't tell it cheap
        Land, sea or sun that's what I need
        Hard to describe that funny sex
        Now she's a see-saw slide
        And sleeping hex

        That's dreams & light
        That's dreams & light

        The facts seem so thin
        Her honey thighs
        Need some penetration
        I saw her sigh
        She saw it too, like a sneaky cheat
        Land, sea or sun that's what I need

        And that's dreams & light
        And that's dreams & light

        I'm on the side of truth and that's alright
        Land, sea or sun kiss the face
        Apologise apologise apologise

        And that's dreams & light
        And that's dreams & light

        Dreams & light dreams & light

        Keyboards: Mark Cox, Michael Allen, Rew
        Bass: Michael Allen
        Voices: Michael Allen, Annie Anxiety
        Drums: T.W.P.
        Programming: T.W.P.
        Engineered: John Madden
        Produced: Drostan Madden, T.W.P.


        SUCKER
        allen / cox / gray

        I'm not singing about April showers
        I'm not singing about the rain
        They're going to stick my name in the papers
        I send them all away
        I want to sing about ball & chains and ride the mystery train
        I wrote the horror of John Paul Getty
        Sold that man for free

        You sucker you're going to limp down to that scene
        Face this sucker you're going to trip and miss that seat
        You sucker aren't safe sucker

        I'm going to set my place in the mountains
        I'm going to wear it out of phase
        I want to sing about the kinds of people
        That others want erased
        Some of us think and some of us pray
        Not you sucker
        You just seat and reap
        You sucker you're going to trip and miss that seat
        Sucker [sucker]

        You, you want to seek
        You're going to trip and miss that seat
        We, we're going to fish
        We're going to make you eat that meat
        She's going to suffer
        Mensch is going to suffer
        We all are going to suffer
        The people here are going to suffer
        The whole damn place will suffer
        Whilst you just reap that fuck up
        Break. Break. Break. Break. Sucker
        You suffer sucker [sucker sucker]

        Keyboards: Mark Cox, Michael Allen, Drostan Madden, Stephen Blake
        Bass: Michael Allen
        Voice: Michael Allen
        Drums: T.W.P., Richard Thomas
        Programming: T.W.P., Rew
        Engineered: John Madden
        Produced: Drostan Madden, T.W.P.


        MOTHER VALENTINE
        allen / cox / gray

        [Life... is a state of mind]

        Out goes ego on the first mistake
        Out goes ego on the tide
        This one's waiting for his mother's love
        And up jumps mother valentine [valentine]

        Too many compose a shame
        And I hear voices like Abraham
        This is your papa wrapped up in time
        This is your mama in valentines
        In valentines [x4]

        This is your mama crawling back into the sack [valentine]
        This is your papa singing "find another dad" [valentine]
        This is your mama singing "that's no lie" [valentine]
        This is your papa come to send them both away

        I want to sleep, I want to slide
        I want to reel in the space from either side
        I'm on a roll, I'm on a ride
        I'm only waiting for mother valentine

        Out goes ego on the first mistake
        Out goes ego on the tide
        This one's waiting for his mother's love
        And up jumps mother valentine [valentine]

        This is your mama crawling back into the sack [valentine]
        This is your papa singing "find another dad" [valentine]
        This is your mama singing "that's no lie" [valentine]
        This is your papa come to send them both away

        God bless this miracle
        God bless eternity
        God bless you and me

        Keyboards: Mark Cox, Michael Allen, Stephen Blake
        Guitar: Andrew Gray
        Bass: T.W.P., Leslie Langston
        Voice: Michael Allen
        Drums: T.W.P., Richard Thomas
        Programming: T.W.P., Robin Brown
        Engineered: John Madden
        Produced: Drostan Madden, T.W.P.
        Arranged: Drostan Madden, Stephen Blake, T.W.P.


      Recorded and Mixed at Jesters, The Stone Room, September Sound, Mark's Flat.
      All tracks co-remixed by John Madden and Robin Brown.
      Sleeve design by Chris Bigg and T.W.P.
      Photography by Kevin Westenberg
      Special thanks to Annie, Glass, Lesley, David James, Dave Steiner, Asquith, The Velvet Underground and Kraftwerk.
      "Waiting For The Man" & "I'll Be Your Mirror" by The Velvet Underground.
      Under licence from Polygram Special Products, a Division of Polygram Group Distribution, Inc.
      "Europe Endless" by Kraftwerk. Under licence from Capitol records.

      Published by Beggars Banquet Music Ltd / Momentum Music Ltd.
      Except track 2 Published by Chappel Music Ltd.
      (P) & (C) 1991 4AD
      CAD 1011 CD

Released in the US (9 26908-2). There are several differences between the US and 4AD versions. In addition to these songs, the american release contains also "Angel" and "A Girl Like You". All samples have been redone. Most tracks are rumoured to be slightly different. The "Louis" sample might be from comes from the movie "The Man With Two Brains" and they had to re-record because they hadn't gotten rights. The "Wolfgang! Wolfgang, my dear!" is from "Amadeus". The "Are you the Wolfgang Press" was an ad-lib of a friend of theirs that was recorded as a joke, but they decided to use later.
This work was inspired by one of De La Soul's albums. Richard Thomas (Dif Juz) took part in recording of "Queer". September Sound is Cocteau Twins' own studio.