Mike + The Mechanics

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Can you hear me, can you hear me running?
Can you hear me running, can you hear me calling you?

Mike + The Mechanics is an English rock/pop band formed in 1985 as a side project of Mike Rutherford, a founding member of Genesis, which became a successful band in its own right.


Mike + The Mechanics (1985)[edit]

  • Take the children and yourself
    And hide out in the cellar
    By now the fighting will be close at hand
    Don't believe the church and state
    And everything they tell you
    Believe in me, I'm with the high command
  • Can you hear me, can you hear me running?
    Can you hear me running, can you hear me calling you?
    • "Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground)"
  • Swear allegiance to the flag
    Whatever flag they offer
    Never hint at what you really feel
    Teach the children quietly
    For some day sons and daughters
    Will rise up and fight while we stood still.
    • "Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground)"
  • I said "go if you wanna go,
    Stay if you wanna stay"
    I didn't care if you hung around me
    I didn't care if you went away
    And I know you were never right
    I'll admit I was never wrong
    I could never make up my mind
    I made it up as I went along
    And though I treated you like a child
    I'm gonna miss you for the rest of my life

    All I need is a miracle, all I need is you

    • All I Need Is A Miracle

The Living Years (1988)[edit]

  • It must be hard
    being an angel
    when the devil in your heart
    won't set you free
    • Nobody's Perfect
  • Nobody's perfect
    all of the time

    nobody's perfect
    we are what we are
    there's no perfect reason
    and no perfect rhyme
    for most of the time
    that's what we're looking for.
    • Nobody's Perfect
  • The person here in question
    must be an angel here on earth
    if they can't see a human being
    for what a human being's really worth
    Oh, gentlemen please!
    • Nobody's Perfect
  • Every generation
    Blames the one before
    And all of their frustrations
    Come beating on your door
  • You say you just don't see it
    He says it's perfect sense
    You just can't get agreement
    In this present tense
    We all talk a different language
    Talking in defence
    • The Living Years
  • Say it loud, say it clear
    You can listen as well as you hear
    It's too late when we die
    To admit we don't see eye to eye
    • The Living Years
  • You may think it's foolish
    that I still believe in love

    You laugh and you sneer —
    It's cruel
    It's what I'm thinking of.
    I believe in the magic
    in the power of the soul
    one to one's my equation
    that carries the nation on to the goal
    we're all brothers and sisters, I'm told.
    • Seeing Is Believing
  • I believe, I believe, I believe in love
    do you believe what you're seeing
    Oh I believe in love.
    • Seeing Is Believing
  • There is nothing wrong with me
    there's nothing wrong with you
    maybe we're just blind to see
    each other's point of view.

    Nobody knows what we had.

    • Nobody Knows
  • Maybe I'm not crying
    maybe I don't mind
    But it hurts just knowing
    your children won't be mine.
    • Nobody Knows
  • He ain't looking for a handout
    he's just looking for a start
    he don't hate anyone
    he don't carry a gun
    you can tell that kid is smart.
    • Poor Boy Down
  • So you can't keep that poor boy down
    you can be unkind
    you can rob him blind
    but you can't keep that poor boy down.
    you can lie and cheat
    you can chain his feet
    but you can't keep that poor boy down.
    • Poor Boy Down
  • And all down through the ages
    the kid's been treated rough
    just take a look
    in any history book
    you can see that times were tough.
    • Poor Boy Down
  • You can fight and steal
    you can drag your heels
    but you can't keep that poor boy down

    You can kick his ass
    if the kid's got class
    you can't keep that poor boy down.
    • Poor Boy Down

Word of Mouth (1991)[edit]

  • Well I've already gone through it all and it's true
    If you want to survive there's just one thing to do
    Get up! and do something
    Get up! and take control of your life
    Get up! and do something about it
    Don't ever make the same mistake twice
    • Get Up
  • There's a rumour on the corner
    But it's always been denied
    Cause they don't want you any wiser
    You're just toeing the party line
    • Word Of Mouth
  • Look out for those who still want to hang on
    Look out for those who live in the past
    Get out and listen to the whisper
    Because the times are changing fast
    • Word Of Mouth
  • You don't believe the information
    You don't believe it when it's denied
    So when you're reading explanations
    You have to read between the lines
    • Word Of Mouth
  • There's a time and a place
    For you to make your mark and show your face
    There's a place in time
    When you must step outside the line
    • A Time And A Place
  • So understand what I mean
    There is a time and place for you to have your dream
    But here and now may not be
    The time and place for you and me
    • A Time And A Place
  • It's the finest line
    A missed opportunity or the perfect time
    You must not despair
    You'll recognise it when you're there
    • A Time And A Place
  • Tears already falling like the rain upon the ground
    When the storm is over no trace of it is found
    Never will I understand how you vanished like the rain
    Tell me that you'll come back and let me live again
    • Before (The Next Heartache Falls)

Beggar on a Beach of Gold (1995)[edit]

  • Oh lord I'm a poor man
    With all the riches I can hold
    I'm a beggar
    And I'm sitting on a beach of gold
    • A Beggar On A Beach Of Gold
  • When I was searching for solutions
    I found the answer lay in me
    I'm a drifter
    But I'm drifting on a silver sea
    • A Beggar On A Beach Of Gold
  • Are you out there now on empty
    Feel you've nothing left to give
    Sick of trying
    Have you lost the will to live?

    Don't be drowning in the shallows
    With the beach so near at hand
    Hear the voice say
    "Stand up, get up"
    And join me on the gilded sand.

    • A Beggar On A Beach Of Gold

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