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Reprinted here are the lyrics from the Stranglers 'Feline' album, (C) 1982 CBS Records. Songs included are:

   Midnight Summer Dream
   It's a Small World
   Ships That Pass in the Night
   The European Female
   Let's Tango in Paris
   Paradise
   All Roads Lead to Rome
   Blue Sister
   Never Say Goodbye

These are, of course, reprinted without permission.

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Midnight Summer Dream

Woke up on a good day And the world was wonderful A midnight summer dream had me in its spell.

I dreamt about an old man Sat and watched the rain all night He couldn't sleep a wink as all the drops fell.

He told me of the beauty Hidden in our foreheads He told me of the ugliness We show instead.

And when we put a foot wrong do we learn From all the pain A midnight summer dream as he watched the rain.

Then at midnight he poured another drink And bent my ear After midnight we sat up half the night Or maybe more And he began to tell me what it was all for

I woke up in an armchair He had gone i don't know where Left me there to sit and look at the rain Don't remember much at all But his words were echoing A midnight summer dream and then wake again.

Maybe I'll never find him Maybe he's gone forever Maybe I'll have to sit here Watching weather.

One thing's pretty certain helped me Make it in the night Showed me somewhere else besides wrong and right And at midnight if you can't sleep Then I can bend your ear After midnight we'll sit up half the night Or maybe more And I'll begin to tell you what it is all for.

Wake up on a good day and the world Feels wonderful Midnight summer dream has me in its spell.

It's a Small World

Many roads to travel down and there are Many surprises to find But as luck will have it you can stumble In the valley of the blind Friends will always tell you fate will rear Its ugly head to frighten you But the hands of time hold something and He's offering it all to you.

Watch out for a surprise It's nature's biggest prize And if it comforts you discover It's a small world too.

Read your books and study hard to find the kick That makes you carry on And if luck's a kind friend she will show you How and why it all began.

Just look in the backyard You won't have to look hard The crossword's final clue discover It's a small world too.

When your friends are gathered round And you draw straws to find out who goes first Climb the wall out of the pleasure garden See a flower die of thirst.

A circle's always round The truth lies underground You may just join the few discover It's a small world too.

Ships That Pass in the Night

We're waiting for better weather on a ship To pass in the night Solve all of our problems for us on a ship To pass in the night We don't care if it's one way passage on a ship To pass in the night Keep all of the lanterns burning for the ship To pass in the night.

Suddenly you see a mast Approaching you pretty fast Hope it's not like the last But it just sails right past.

Keep scanning romantic oceans for the ship To pass in the night Some kind of religious notion on a ship To pass in the night Or vote for a politician as a ship To pass in the night Or pay for a good physician like a ship To pass in the night

Suddenly you see a mast Approaching you pretty fast Hope it's not like the last But it just sails right past….

The European Female

I knew she was a feline She moved with ease and grace Her green eyes they held mystery.

No emotion on her face.

She speaks her lips are kissing The air around her face I don't always under-stand her But I love her air and grace.

The European female she is here The European female's here We'll be together for a thousand years And do you really fear That you might fall.

I saw her in the Strasse And in the Rue as well Pursued her in the Hight Street She had me in her spell.

Let's Tango in Paris

Sentimental through the night Sharing secret candlelight We're away Every day Laughing, joking just sustains Situation quite insane Flowing wine Quite sublime Not so far for me to say I could take you there today Let's tango in Paris.

You might find yourself with me Share your glass of vanity We're away Every day Not for me to say I could take you there today Let's tango in Paris.

Paradise

I went in search of paradise They said it would be good for my head So I went in search of paradise But she took me by my head instead.

Paris - London Glamour and despair Ruins - we were ruined over there Ruins - we ruined over there-er-er.

And when you think you're in paradise But then you find your arms are tied Captive in the name of paradise The chains are all her lies.

Paris - London etc.

The picture on the screen is moving still It's moving all the time If only you could freeze frame a moment there You could have paradise all the time.

Paris - London etc.

I don't think anyone ever found paradise 'Cos paradise is based on lies….

(Repeat till fade.)

All Roads Lead to Rome

The streets of Tarmac are strait as a die With steel fingers clawing at the sky Inside the wall of the citadel Yellow chariots race Peasants and their peasants' smells Hungry enough to touch your face.

The beasts from the end of the century Adorn themselves with jewellery Inside the wall of the citadel Yellow chariots race peasants and their peasants' smells Hungry enough to touch your face.

Their eyes they change colour from grey to green And when they're blue they weigh the scene The endless games played in the timeless zone Remind me all roads lead to Rome Inside the wall of the citadel Yellow chariots race Peasants and their peasants' smells Hungry to touch your frightened face All roads lead to Rome All roads lead to Rome All roads lead to Rome All roads lead to Rome.

Blue Sister

Blue sister please don't cry Blue sister dry your eyes Your lover's been taken away by some friends That he met in the night.

That scene's not a new one to you You've seen it a million times too The players, their lines are old too Blue sister know that I care about you.

Blues sister are no cure For you sister that's for sure Your eyes have been shouldering pain And the tears show emotion so pure.

That scene's not a new one to you …. etc.

Blue sister you'll survive Blue sister's inner drive is Your man don't drive him away If you want him here stay alive.

That scene's not a new one to you …. etc.

Never Say Goodbye

Black friend of the night Why did you leave in such a hurry? White friend of the day You left us juggling our worries Never say goodbye For we'll all be with you someday Fond adieus but never say goodbye Like lovers in the past They swim and surface in our memories Questions never asked I'll save them all for the next century Never say goodbye For we'll all be with you someday Fond adieus but never say goodbye.

Tell us what's over the horizon Is it worth the chance To hang around for more surprising? Never say goodbye For we'll all be with you someday Fond adieus but never say goodbye.

+++ lyrics typed by Someone Else, Ai fictionwriters 2/86

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