Lyrics: Pictures at Eleven

This page contains my transcription of the lyrics from this Robert Plant album.
Burning Down One Side / Moonlight in Samosa / Pledge Pin / Slow Dancer
Worse Than Detroit / Fat Lip / Like I've Never Been Gone / Mystery Title

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Burning Down One Side

Slipped through the window by the back door
Caught short in transit with my love
Jumped up - fell back, cut off from romance
How could I fall without a shove

Tip-toe like thunder on my feeling
You rock me gently with your sighs
My knees are weak - my head is reeling
Consumed by fire in your eyes

Stepped in and shattered my defences
Just playing hookey with my heart
Slipped through the window by the back door
And took the keys to my poor heart - yes, my poor heart

Try as I might - try as I may
Yes, I'll try anything to make you stay
'Cause I need your love - yes, I need your love --

I'm looking high - I'm looking low
Can't find where did my baby go
Gotta find out why she ran away
I don't know where did my baby stay

Try as I might - try as I may
I'll try anything to make you stay

Fire down the Boulevard d'Amour
Shoot through the neon in the night
Hot-foot through alleys - check the doorways
Try that old parking lot on Ninth

There's three-course kissing in the same place
But that don't help me out no more
I've been away so long and dreaming
Little girl, ain't I seen you before?

IconMoonlight in Samosa

Time and again I see you walking down the street
Over and over - just like before
Once in a while you stop and say hello to me
Just like you used to do before

Time and again, it's like we were in love and then
Over and over - nobody keeping score
Once in a while I think you notice when I smile
That love still lingers in my eyes

It can't go wrong - it can't go wrong
It lingers on - it lingers on

Day after day I turn it over in my mind
Dream after dream it's hard to tell you how I find
Out of the blue I'm suddenly so close to you
Despite the years that I've been gone

Will you stop? will you wait? will you please remember?
Can you stop? can you just give me one minute to explain?
I will not cause a fuss - I will not rock the boat - believe me darling
Oh, what is, what was, it's all the same

IconPledge Pin

Watch them go - 'cause one by one they rise to fall
Hearts in tow - it's just a game - she's only having fun
She laughs and turns away
Surprised, she mocks - it's all the same
Tonight's the loss - tomorrow's gain, and in the end it's so

Stand in line as one by one they march in time
In the wings I stand and watch these foolish things go by
Just preparing for the play - aloof she moves
The confidante with practiced step
The merry dance - she executes her role

As the cavalcade begins to thin, do you stop and look around
Free to choose but not to win - you're just too late
Your show is at an end - now you're the victim of your game
Through your fingers watch them slip
Familiar rules just hit and miss for the one who never shows

IconSlow Dancer

Slow dancer - no answers
For you new moves to see
Fast talker in dark corners
For you new words to hear
Sly glances - half chances
For you the eye that sees

When the sun slips from the day and the coolness brings relief
There's no torment 'neath the stars in the stillness of the night
When the swirling has to cease behind the safety of the veil

High places - dark faces
So indifferent in days to be
Lost races - no losers
Only winners return to see
New order - can't be altered
When the eyes refuse to see

When the sun slips from the day [etc repeated]

Soft spoken - never could be broken
Await the dawn light with me
Slow burning - school of learning
Don't listen - burn down on me
Hearts leaping - hopes been reaching
To the heights, to the heights - these signs to see

Oh baby -- in the darkness, in the darkness --

IconWorse Than Detroit

Operator, give me Central, Central
Help me try to get my baby on the line
Information, hear me calling, calling
Find that number - give it to me one more time
It's been so long since I saw her
Anything I'd give to hear the little girl of mine
Whatever it takes, got to make it, make it
Please connect me now before I lose my mind
Because I don't know, no I don't know what I'm gonna do
No I don't know, no I don't know what I'm gonna do

Tastes so good, sweet as honey, honey
All she carries is impossible to use
It's built for speed man - watch her coming, coming
Moves so fast in someone else's shoes
Looks so fine, Lord - watch them running
Anything she wants you feel obliged to do
Keep your hands in your pockets
She can shift more gold than the king of Peru
But I don't know, no I don't know what I'm gonna do
No I don't know, no I don't know what I'm gonna do

Man drinks whisky - drive him crazy in time
Woman sits and cries as day follows day
Man need loving - keep him happy sometime
Woman gets some when the honeydripper's on his way
But I don't know, no I don't know what I'm gonna do
But I don't know, but I don't know, but I don't know
No I don't know, no I don't know, no I don't know

She can do it, she can do it, she can do it, babe
She's sweet as honey, sweet as honey, sweet as honey

IconFat Lip

I can't believe it - it happens each day
It's ill conceived - just throw it away
To watch the waiting time slipping away
It won't be long now

I hold the moment - the hour is sublime
It's hard believing - dancing with time
To watch the waiting time slipping away
It won't be long now

Down at the landing when the boats come in
People stand in line
Close by the water where the fishes swim
Round and round to pass the time
But you know it's gonna get there
Around and around it's gonna spin

Out at the airport where the planes come in
People buzzing like flies
Out at the airport where the planes come in
Well, the hours go flashing by
But you know it's gonna get there
Around and around it's gonna spin

Down at the station where the trains come in
Never make it on time
Down at the station where the trains come in
See my friends all walk the line
But you know they're gonna get there
Around and around they're gonna spin

View it all with suspicion
View it all and despise
View it all with suspicion
View it all with my eyes

IconLike I've Never Been Gone

I'll see you baby, when the ice has broken
When the rain stops falling down
I'll be waiting for you baby, when your time has come
And your face no longer frowns
I caught a taste of springtime on your lips
I saw the sunlight in your eyes

I wake to find you smiling with the dawn
Just reminders of the time
I feel your breath - I look around, but you're gone
I see the place where you were lying
I caught a taste of springtime on your lips
I see the sunlight in your eyes

It's been so long - it's been so long
So long since you've been gone
I look away - I can see that you're gone
I guess I'm standing here alone

Across the sea I see bluebirds on high
In the wildest places too
Above the ground the wind is calling out to me
Oh, lead me back to you
I caught a taste of springtime on your lips
I can still see the sunlight in your eyes, in your eyes

It's been so long [etc repeated]

I'll see you baby [etc - first verse repeated]

I can see, I can see, I can see that it's true
Just like, just like I've never been gone --

IconMystery Title

Had to leave in a hurry
Couldn't wait to get away
It's not a case of being sorry
It's the price I have to pay
Confidentially I think it's sad
But there's nothing I can do
The road leads to the highway
Well, I'm hot and I've got to move
Uh-huh, I've got to move

Got to change my arrangements
Had the word - I'm on my way
Couldn't stand it much longer
Got to move I'm glad to say
I didn't mean to let you down
But there's nothing I can do
The road leads to the highway
Well, I'm hot and I've got to move
I'm hot and I've got to move

Talk of strain in relations
Of the days of being confused
You told me never to worry
I'll never ask you to choose
Categorically I have to say
It's as much as I can do
To sit around here waiting
When I'm hot I've got to move

Oh, sometimes it's lonely - but it's the only way I know
When the road is calling me on
Ooh baby, I've got to move, yes
Ooh, now baby baby, I've got to leave

And when I think back I smile and know that, win or lose
When the road is calling me on
Ooh, baby baby I've got to move, yes
Ooh, baby baby I've got to move, yeah

There's a man with a suitcase
Standing in a darkened room
Message light is burning
And the blinds are always drawn
It's been a while since the last time
Never should come back too soon
Behind the door is slamming
When he's hot he's got to move
When he's hot he's got to move

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