From the album METEORITE

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IN THE ABSENCE OF LOVE

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Richie Aikman - electric guitar, acoustic guitar
Ally McDougal - drums, background vocals
Tony O’Malley - lead vocal, piano, electric piano
Sonny Winslow - bass, strings

With:
Ross Stanley - Hammond organ
Charlotte Churchman - background vocals
Frank Collins - background vocals

Lyrics

MAN NEEDS A WOMEN’S HEART
IN THE ABSENCE OF LOVE HE’LL PROBABLY FALL APART
TELL ME AM I WRONG?

IT WAS GREAT RIGHT FROM THE START
INFATUATION NO COMPLICATION
WE WERE SO STRONG

BUT THEN THE DEVIL SAT ON MY SHOULDER
HE SAID “SON, PUT IT OFF TILL YOU’RE OLDER,
THESE FORMER YEARS WERE MADE FOR FUN”
AN’ THAT’S JUST WHAT I TOLD HER

OH, I CAN SEE YOU’VE TRIED
MAYBE A THOUSAND TIMES
TO BRING US BACK ONCE MORE
OH I CAN SEE YOU’VE CRIED
A THOUSAND TIMES
TO MAKE OUR LOVE ASSURED

NO MATTER HOW SMART THE MAN
I’LL ALWAYS HAVE THE UPPER HAND
THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID TO ME
BENEATH THE STARS AND THE WILLOW TREE

AND THEN IT ALL WENT WRONG
FOR MAN HAS AN APTITUDE FOR MOVING ON
BUT SHE COULD NOT SEE
THOSE FATAL WORDS WERE TOO FAR GONE

THEN AN ANGEL TOUCHED MY HEART
SHE SAID “THIS WAS DOOMED RIGHT FROM THE START”
IN THE ABSENCE OF LOVE YOU JUST CAN’T SEE
FOR ALL THAT YOU LACK IS IN ME

GIRL I CAN SEE YOU’VE TRIED
MAYBE A THOUSAND TIMES
TO BRING US BACK ONCE MORE

GIRL I CAN SEE YOU’VE CRIED
A THOUSAND TIMES
TO MAKE OUR LOVE ASSURED

Guitar solo by Richie Aikman

OH, HONEY, I CAN SEE THROUGH YOUR TEARFUL EYES
COS EVERY STEP I TAKE
IS A SURE ‘NUFF REASON
FOR YOU TO WALK AWAY

GIRL, I CAN SEE YOU’VE TRIED
MAYBE A THOUSAND TIMES
TO BRING US BACK ONCE MORE

OH, I CAN SEE YOU’VE CRIED
A THOUSAND TIMES
TO MAKE OUR LOVE ASSURED
TO MAKE OUR LOVE ASSURED

I CAN SEE YOU TRIED
A THOUSAND TIMES
I CAN SEE YOU TRIED

I CAN SEE YOU CRIED
A THOUSAND TIMES
I CAN SEE YOU CRIED