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Atmospherics
Leave the bureau in the snow
Catch a tram to Onkel Pö
Early evening ring around the moon;
Slip in past the concierge
By the bikes and up the stairs
Snap the latch and creep into the room

You throw off your coat,
Pick up the post
And put a coffee on
Lie down on the bed
Prop up your head
And smoke a cigarette...
Listen to the radio.

In the city late tonight
Double feature, black and white
Bitter Tears and Taxi to the Klo
Find a bar, avoid a fight
Show your papers, be polite
Walking home with nowhere else to go

You throw off your coat
Pick up my note
And put another coffee on
Lie down on the bed
Lay back your head
And smoke a cigarette...
Listen to the radio

Atmospherics after dark
Noise and voices from the past
Across the dial from Moscow to Cologne:
Interference in the night
Thousand miles on either side
Stations fading into the unknown:

So throw off your coat
Butter some toast
And put the coffee on;
Lie down on the bed
Lay back your head
We'll smoke another cigarette...
And listen to the radio...
Listen to the radio

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from North By Northwest [1982], released February 2, 2013
Written by Tom Robinson (Notting Hill Music) and Peter Gabriel (Real World Music)

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Tom Robinson London, UK

Tom Robinson (b.1950) is a UK songwriter & broadcaster first known in the 70s as an anti-racist and LGBT campaigner. He released 19 albums between 1975-2001 with various bands and has co-written songs with Elton John, Peter Gabriel, Dan Hartman and Manu Katché. He's an award-winning presenter at BBC Radio 6 Music, and released Only The Now (his first album in 19 years) in October 2015. ... more

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