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flicker
(electronic)



every time i watch tv

on the news is something major

i’m a prisoner, set me free

turn this atoll into vapour



genocide put on the side, it’s always new

politicians want to share their point of view



united nations are demanding

foreign troops have made a landing

city dealers at an auction

shares are falling fast



suicide is not an option

waiting for the crash



i walk this wild road

can you tell me, will i reach the end

this endless night goes on

but i still can’t find my way home



misguided youth are mixing juice with alcohol

desert states are praying for the rains to fall

peace in ireland is an issue

goodbye bombs, we’re gonna miss you



the southern ice has almost gone

the silly fools just carry on



i walk this wild road

can you tell me, will i reach the end

this endless night goes on

but i still can’t find my way home



i walk this wild road

can you tell me, will i reach the end

this endless night goes on

but still i carry on



this world’s out of reach, but i don’t want it

the people are creeps that live here on it

it’s always the same, it’s not gonna change

when we go to school with saddam hussein



i’d cry all night if i could change it

ask jesus christ could he arrange it



is there anyone out there who cares

if a child can run free?

can a girl walk the street?

will united get beat?

versions
album version (6:26)

releases
twisted tenderness
twisted tenderness::deluxe

comment
the barbed lyrics of flicker are a good example of bernard’s increasing interest in the state of the world as a subject over his own neuroses, though the serious message is nicely offset by the final line, the equal of one day’s capricious second verse. sumner: “neil tennant was talking about some group and he said their lyrics all sounded like they’d read it in the newspaper the day before. and karl bartos said that kraftwerk used to take negative comments that people made about them and write songs about them. so i thought: why don’t we combine the two things?” before late at night was shelved in the uk there were rumours that this would be the third single from twisted tenderness; in the end it proved to be the final track on the last electronic album, and it’s a song that’s worthy of that distinction.

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