Fish:Shadowplay

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“Shadowplay”
Artist: Fish
Albums: Internal Exile (1991)
Derek Dick and his Amazing Electric Bear (1993)
For Whom the Bells Toll! (1993)
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Live version (New Years Eve 1991) -- Disc 1 version

Right then
...
The timing's brilliant
This is a number called Shadowplay


Hunched foetal in the corner of my soul
My fingernails are bleeding
From climbing up the wall
This time you really hurt me right down to the core
And I'm desperately trying to find a reason
To forgive you for it all

I saw your life as a shadowplay
In a trance I was held by your shadowplay
In the spell of your shadowplay
From Celtic illuminations
I see the Celtic illuminations
The Celtic

I never realised just how far we'd gone
I turned around and all that I saw was distance
Through an anger that burned every time
That someone mentioned your name
I should have noticed, should have read the sign
We could have talked it out if there was a problem
It wasn't obvious then
But then it isn't really obvious now

I saw your life as a shadowplay
In a trance I was held by your shadowplay
In the spell of your shadowplay
From Celtic illumination
I see the Celtic illumination
The Celtic

I could have changed I could have settled down
I could have been whatever you wanted me to be
If you gave me the chance
But it seems that it's too late for that now
I thought I knew you thought we had it made
I'd thought it out, and thought I had the answers
After all is said and done
The only thing I really know is your name

I sit and wait for the shadowplay
Let me into the world of the shadowplay
I'll follow you to the shadowplay
Through Celtic illuminations
Give me the Celtic illumination
Illumination

Illumination
Illumination
Illumination
Illumination
Illumination

If I'd only had the patience
If I'd only had the time
If I'd only known the moment
When you'd chosen to decide
If I'd only ever listened
If you'd only ever asked
If I'd known it was important
If I'd known it wouldn't last

Run to the magic of
The magic of the shadowplay
Run to the magic of
The magic of the shadowplay
Run to the magic of
The magic of the shadowplay
Run to the magic of
The magic of the shadowplay

Maybe if I'd noticed
Maybe if I'd tried
Maybe if I'd worked at it
It never would have died
Maybe I was selfish
Maybe I was blind
Maybe I was in the wrong
And you were in the right

Run to the magic of
The magic of the shadowplay
Run to the magic of
The magic of the shadowplay
Run to the magic of
The magic of the shadowplay
Run to the magic of
The magic of the shadowplay

Could I have been a better man
Was I really all to blame?
Was it me that was the problem
Was it me that dealt the pain?
Did you never mean to hurt me
Did you only try to show
That you really truly loved me
That together we're alone?

Run to the magic of
The magic of the shadowplay
Run to the magic of
The magic of the shadowplay
Run to the magic of
The magic of the shadowplay
Run

I see my life as a shadowplay
All around the magic of shadowplay
In the world of the shadowplay is where I belong
Where all that I feared
How it is will be

And all that was hidden now you will see
And all I could touch you'll find now is real
And all I could dream now you can feel
And the light that I follow is where the madness will end

Illumination
Illumination
Illumination
Illumination
Illumination
Illumination

Shine on
Shine on
Shine on

Shine

Shine on
Shine on
Shine on
Shine on

You bastards


Live version (New Years Eve 1991) -- Disc 2 version

Arh

I've lo-
Microphone cut microphone cut microphone won't wossis

I've got words to say
It's like doing one of those bloody BBC gigs where people say
Oh you gotta watch the time you know because you know that hour is fast approaching

Yeah
No
Popshot?
Her-her-her

So like 'fore we go what numbers have we got before er
It's what nineteen minutes to go ladies and gentlemen nineteen minutes to go
Thank y'all very very much
Right we got that one and that lasts about
We can do that one
We can do the big one
Do you want a joke first before this one
Or do you want a joke after it?
The Fish'n's tell joke
A-her-her-her-her-her-huh
I've only told it once on the tour so I don't know of you already know this
Do you want the joke before or after?
(Before!)
Right then this is a cracker
And it fits in very well with the circus motif don't it?
I've got to tell the joke Mickey cos it's er you know plenty of time now
It's the one about you know the guy in a circus

This guy goes along to the circus
A'right
And he says
I'd like I'd like a job please I'd like a job
And the guy says
What do you do like?
And he says er
I'm the only man in the world
Who can er
Take a thirty-two pound sledgehammer straight in the face
Don't say that punchline or I'll kill yer
You see d'you say fuck off
I'm the only man in the world
I'm the only man in the world who can take a thirty-two pound sledgehammer
Straight in the face and live to tell the tale
There he goes
Get listenin'
You're a nutter
No comin' in here
So he comes to another wee circuses
Can he find
Shut up
He comes to another wee circuses
And they all say
You're a nutter
Bugger off bugger off
And eventually finds this wee flea-bitten circus
Could be this one
And the guy says
Alright
I'll give you a try
I'll give you a try
He says honestly he says
I'm the only man
Thirty-two pound sledgehammer
Straight in the face
Live to tell the tale
The guy says
Alright tomorrow night tomorrow night
So the guy comes up proo proo proo
Ladies and gentlemen
I'd like to introduce you to the only man in the world who can take a thirty-two pound sledgehammer straight in the face and live to tell the tale
The guy walks in
And this big Belgian beer-bellied weird (pkrw) leotard with a big hammer
Start eyein' me it was
Comes out and the guy's there
(Spktrwch)
The guy's face disintegrates
All over the circus
Real total mess
And there's paramedics
People running about with buckets
Putting eyeballs in and
On a full plastic surgery
All the best doctors in the world rushed to the see this guy
He's in hospital with a coma for six months
Seven months eight months
His mum and everybody's round the bed looking and going
Come on come on
Not a flicker
Two years go by
Sitting there
And all of a sudden a nurse says
I think he's beginning to stir
And he looks at the guy
And all of a sudden one eye opens
And the other eye opens
And he goes
Ta-da

That's the best one I've heard for years

Right then
...
The timing's brilliant
This is a number called Shadowplay


Hunched foetal in the corner of my soul
My fingernails are bleeding
From climbing up the wall
This time you really hurt me right down to the core
And I'm desperately trying to find a reason
To forgive you for it all

I saw your life as a shadowplay
In a trance I was held by your shadowplay
In the spell of your shadowplay
From Celtic illuminations
I see the Celtic illuminations
The Celtic

I never realised just how far we'd gone
I turned around and all that I saw was distance
Through an anger that burns every time
That someone mentioned your name
I should have noticed
Should have read the sign
We could have talked it out if there was a problem
It wasn't obvious then
But then it isn't really obvious now

I saw your life as a shadowplay
In a trance I was held by your shadowplay
In the spell of your shadowplay
From Celtic illumination
I see the Celtic illumination
The Celtic

I could have changed I could have settled down
I could have been whatever you wanted me to be
If you gave me the chance
But it seems that it's too late for that now
I thought I knew you thought we had it made
I'd thought it out
And thought I had the answers
After all is said and done
The only thing I really know is your name

I sit and wait for the shadowplay
Let me into the world of the shadowplay
I'll follow you to the shadowplay
Through Celtic illuminations
Give me the Celtic illumination
Illumination

Illumination
Illumination
Illumination
Illumination
Illumination

If I'd only had the patience
If I'd only had the time
If I'd only known the moment
When you'd chosen to decide
If I'd only ever listened
If you'd only ever asked
If I'd known it was important
If I'd known it wouldn't last

Run to the magic of
The magic of the shadowplay
Run to the magic of
The magic of the shadowplay
Run to the magic of
The magic of the shadowplay
Run to the magic of
The magic of the shadowplay

Maybe if I'd noticed
Maybe if I'd tried
Maybe if I'd worked at it
It never would have died
Maybe I was selfish
Maybe I was blind
Maybe I was in the wrong
And you were in the right

Run to the magic of
The magic of the shadowplay
Run to the magic of
The magic of the shadowplay
Run to the magic of
The magic of the shadowplay
Run to the magic of
The magic of the shadowplay

Could I have been a better man
Was I really all to blame?
Was it me that was the problem
Was it me that dealt the pain?
Did you never mean to hurt me
Did you only try to show
That you really truly loved me
That together we're alone?

Run to the magic of
The magic of the shadowplay
Run to the magic of
The magic of the shadowplay
Run to the magic of
The magic of the shadowplay
Run

I see my life as a shadowplay
All around the magic of shadowplay
In the world of the shadowplay is where I belong
Where all that I feared
How it is will be

And all that was hidden now you will see
And all I can touch you'll find now is real
And all I can dream now you can feel
And the light that I follow is where the madness will end

Illumination
Illumination
Illumination
Illumination
Illumination
Illumination

Shine on
Shine on
Shine on

Shine

Shine on
Shine on
Shine on
Shine on

You bastards

Thank you
Arh

A'right
Ah what have you done?
Who nicked the fiver in my pocket?

What?

(..?...)
Something about Skip

(...?...)
Oh you're skint?
Sorry sorry did I misunderstand your accent?
Some Scottish is it?
I just have a bit of a problem here when I get away actually I'm um
It's just it's just for the press that I'm actually Scottish it's
I just thought it was a wonderful image to have it
And um I mean it's
I love this
It's such a lovely country I mean
Your brogue is wonderful and your kilts and things
I mean
And you know I'm actually from London
It's um
It's
(Boo! Boo!)
There's nothing wrong with London it's
Actually act-actually um it's about
I think three generations ago I think my my
Some of my family came from the Highlands I think
They threw people off the land of something
Something to do with sheep
I dunno I dunno I du
I don't really
But I like
I love the image
It's great you know then
I follow the Scottish football team about because that's all part of this er
This um
Stunning
Seven minutes

What's next?
Oh right yeah we can do that one
Is there any way
Excuse me
You security people
Is there any chance that you could just sort of like relax a wee bit
'Cos I feel weird
Where this sort of like of moat here
Is it cool?
You promise you won't damage your seats yeah?
Yeah
Hey y'a how you doing alright?
Don't damage your seats 'cos I'll have to pay for them
And I no got no money
I'm skint
Heh-heh you love that don't you all these guys
It's funny innit