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I, Assassin

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I, Assassin is Gary's 6th. studio album.

"The worst selling album, yet it had three top twenty singles on it. Every song I am proud of, which I can’t say about any other album. I hadn’t toured for a while, which may have had a bad effect.”

Quotations taken from an interview with the “ Record Collector ”


White Boys And heroes
(Single from 'I, Assassin' album, 1982) 
We're in the movies
We're heroes
We sparkle at night 
Love among puppets
And one day
I'll pull all the strings 
White boys and heroes
White boys and heroes
See boys say I'm mayhem 
Was my wife the doctor
The patient or something obscene? 
A history of nothing
Like a see-through song in disguise 
Heroes are tough
And have no time
For women and boys 
I won't cry till this thing is over
And someone agrees 
White boys and heroes
White boys and heroes
See boys say I'm mayhem 
White boys and heroes
We have no time for celebration
We have no time left at all
White boys and heroes


War Songs
(I, Assassin' album, 1982) 
I like new fashion
I like old stories
Like my sister used to tell
This is the voice
This is the heart
I like romantics
But I don't like Steven 
Old me love war songs
Love Vrea Lynn
Old men love war songs
Now I'm Vera Lynn 
I like the welcome
I like my sunbed
But it burns me alive
I like old heroes
I like old film stars
Dirty pictures - s-ap, snap
I like intrusion
When she's dressed in white
A nervous bride
I don't remember if she's black or white
This is the heart 
Old men love war songs
Love Vera Lynn
Old men love wars songs
Now I'm Vera Lynn 
This could be it
This could be nothing
Will you remember
When the sparkle dies down
I like Ferrari's
I like this fame
Appreciation in the strangest ways
I could believe in such things for now
Don't like to crash - climb, climb
I like the dancer
Like you're supposed to
I'll keep my mouth shut
But I don't like this 
Old men love war songs
Love Vera Lynn
Old men love wars songs
Now I'm Vera Lynn


A Dream Of Siam
1982, "I, Assassin" album 
You and me are old
You and me are young
You and me have always let words go unsung 
Nothing left to see
Nothing left to do
Nothing left to talk about 
How I intrude
This impossible room
I still believe
That great American smile 
Nothing's ever right
Nothing's ever wrong
But nothing's ever quite like
The stories and songs (Nothing's ever) 
Nothing is the same
Nothing ever changes, and
Nothing's ever quite like the pictures I've seen (Nothing's ever) 
No-one's in the dark
No-one's in the corner and
No-one's in the wardrobe just waiting to pounce (Nothing's ever) 
Heroes always bleed
But heroes never cry
Heroes always get the best girl
And then die (Nothing's ever) 
How I intrude
This impossible dream
I still believe
That great American smile


Music For Chameleons
(Single from 'I, Assassin' album, 1982) 
At 4 o'clock we land
And I'll wave my flag for you
Interest in heart 
We are not savage
Like children we're people
'What difference' I say 
Music for chameleons
Music for chameleons 
A dream of Siam
We could leave in the morning
Old friends and shy
We need to win
Like you need to breathe
I've an interest in games 
Music for chameleons
Music for chameleons 
Gowns for another show
Maybe no-one will come
Here take my arm
I like the pictures
And you like ghost stories
Tommorrow I'll sight 
Music for chameleons
Music for chameleons


This Is My House
('I, Assassin' album, 1982) 
I read a book
About conversation and you
I listen to
Stories that intrude on my heart again 
This is my house
Welcome is here
This is my house
Welcome to me 
My picture of your face
Will disappear with time
Patience in eyes
That say 'Occupied'
Quite peculiar 
This is my house
Welcome is here
This is my house
Welcome to me


I Assassin
('I, Assassin' album, 1982) 
We are assassins
We are not evil
We act with reason and heart
Your hear 
We are not vicious
Is that surprising?
We're so much larger than life 
I, assassin, I am
I, assassin, I am 
'I just arrived
Something to fix
This new depression' 
We are not hunters
We are just patient
We'll wait a lifetime for you
Just you 
I've never felt good
I've never felt bad
I've never felt much at all 
I, assassin, I am
I, assassin, I am 
'There's nothing personal
Just read the papers
That's realism'


The 1930's Rust
('I, Assassin' album, 1982) 
Listen good
Don't cry for me
Don't cry anymore 
Now just shut your mouth
This point of view
Appeals to me 
Listen babe
Say you've got no-one
Tonight 
Same old smile
That cracked a thousand hearts
But not mine 
Same old line
'I've read the book and
I know you well' 
Listen babe
Say you've got no-one tonight 
What's this feeling
That I don't believe
No concern on my face 
What's it for
You dream of something
Like I dreamed of you 
Listen babe
Say you've got no-one tonight


We Take Mystery (To Bed)
(Single from 'I, Assassin' album, 1982) 
Confiscate letters like D.E.B.
No natural course of things
For her to expect
Withdraw the feelings 'You can, you can't'
I called your number as you told the world 
Something is wrong 
There is no longer any normal to me
You're my assassin but you can't see the crime
Pointless possessions
Of me and you and greed
I looked at you mistaking needles for eyes 
Something is wrong


Noise : Noise
What's it to you?
If I feel
Just a face in the wall
Crawling out of the crowd
Now look at me
You cry 'Rust'
Like a leaf in the fall
I fly in the sky, don't you? 
What's it to you?
This noise noise
Like a plaque on the wall
One of these days
I'll just leave
As boys drown
You feel like young Gods
You know all young Gods must fade 
What's it to you?
Going down boys
Like a screw in the wall
My lovers never leave
Play war like Marines
Just noise noise
And just roar roar
One of these days


Bridge? What Bridge?
(Is this a party?) 
Boys, like rain,
Cries like 'this time cries
I suppose you know' 
Boys, like rain,
Cries like 'this time
I suppose' like
This time rain 
Boys could grieves, too
Like I could down tonight
I could die 
Boys like me
Cries 'this time I suppose
You know I cried' 
And I'm going into like I sing 'like me' 
Boys, like rain,
Cries 'seems like I suppose
This time I rain... no' 
Boys like me
Cries 'I could down' suppose
I could rain
Save me tonight 
Boys like me
Seems like I could die
Scream 'like I know... you' 
Boys like me
Cries 'This-- oh, no'
Cries 'I don't know' 
Like I'm going into like I'm me 
Boys like down
Boys like me
Seems like I suppose 
Boys like me
Boys lie down
Seems like I suppose 
Like I'm going into like I'm me now 
Boys like me
Boys lie down, suppose
This time rain 
Boys like down
Cries 'seems like boys' suppose
This time rain 
Boys like me
Cry 'seems like down' suppose
This time me
Cries 'no' 
Boys like me
Boys lie down
Cries 'I don't know'
Cries... 
(Hey, where is this bridge, anyway?)


War Games
Stone shapes and me
I'll stay now
Nothing's forever
This time there's no goodbye 
Female son
But I won't change again
One of these days
I lose it all in sleep
You are slow poison young friend
Just give me time to reply 
What am I saying
There's nothing left to steal
One of these days


The Image Is
I intrude on patience
I intrude on young hearts
I intrude on all such things
That can take you by surpise
Time and time again
So?
I've no welcome for you
I've no welcome for thought
I've no welcome in my house
I've tried too long you know
Time and time again 
Oh look there's a man inside
The head's not the museum it's supposed to be
We sleep with machines that breathe
And some even have names
The executive dream 
We're all so sincere
I'll sing a song from the film
That broke your heart
Oh look at the smile that cracked
Tomorrow we'll be civilised
And burn the whole world down 
We don't believe in you
We're specialised mechanics
In repairing the bitch
You dance around my head
You say it's illegal
But I'm sure it's okay


We Take Mystery (Early Version)
Confiscate letters like D.E.B.
No natural course of things
For her to expect
Withdraw the feelings 'You can, you can't'
I called your number as you told the world 
Someone is wrong 
I'll find the answer
You'll take mystery to bed
My sister Coma she was always too shy
You told the story crying
'Darling, too good to last'
You taste of love just like the sex smell of me 
Someone is wrong 
There is no longer any normal to me
You're my assassin but you can't see the crime
Pointless possessions
Of me and you and greed
I looked at you mistaking needles for eyes 
Someone is wrong 
You are slow poison that glows in the dark
Such isolation is good for the heart
We will take mystery to bed for the night


This House Is Cold
Say
And I say 'me'
Boys with their ambition
The sparkle dies down
I could believe in such things 
Boys with their ambitions
Sparkle dies down
I could believe in such things 
This house is cold
This house is mine
This house is yours
Like friends of mine 
Ooh, I could boys like down like some down like boys suppose
Ooh, I could down like boys like could down like you
Ooh, I could down like boys like could boys like could down like cries 
Boys cry 
Boys scream 'down'
Like boys fell down
I could believe in such rain 
Me falling down
Falling boys
Like and I
And I can see such... no 
This house is mine
This house is cold
This house is yours
These friends of old 
Ooh, like could down like boys on the ground like I suppose
Ooh, I could down like boys underground like you
Ooh, I could down like boys on the boys on the ground like me 
Boys like
Crying 'down' like 
I'll say 'me'


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