Lyrics: The Principle of Moments

This page contains my transcription of the lyrics from this Robert Plant album.
Other Arms / In The Mood / Messin' With the Mekon / Wreckless Love
Thru With the Two Step / Horizontal Departure / Stranger Here ... / Big Log

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Other Arms

Lay down your arms
Now baby, let me sleep at night
Lay down your arms, baby
I'll make everything all right
Words you've been using - hurting me so
Some day you're gonna regret
Way friends are talking - guess you'll never know
This battle ain't been won yet

Lay down your arms, baby
When the deal is done
Lay down your arms, child
Used to be your only one
Weapon you're using is hurting me bad
What do you hope to achieve?
Fussing and fighting is leaving me sad
That's not the way it should be

Fi-find a love - fi-find a way
Fi-find a dream - fi-find a way
You know that I will - yes, you know

Lay down your arms
Please release me - let me go
Lay down your arms, baby
Now surrender to me - don't you go

Fi-find a love - fi-find a way
Fi-find a dream - fi-find a way
You know that I - you know that I
You know I will - you know

Oh, she's gone - she's gone
I'm not a prisoner of the big parade
I'm not a prisoner of the hit parade
I'm not a prisoner of the big parade
No, I'm not - no, I'm not

Oh, oh my baby's gone
[Lay down your arms]
I don't know where I'm gonna find her
'Cause my baby's gone
[Lay down your arms]
Is she over here? is she over there? is she here? yes, I know
Oh, I gotta find her
Is she here? is she there? I really don't know
I gotta find her

IconIn The Mood

I'm in the mood for a melody
I'm in the mood for a melody
I'm in the mood
I'm in the mood for a melody
I'm in the mood for a melody
I'm in the mood
I'm in the mood for a melody
I'm in the mood for a melody
I'm in the mood

I can make you dance - I can make you sing
I can make you dance - I can make you sing
If you want me to
I can make you dance - I can make you sing
I can make you dance - I can make you sing
If you want me to
I can make you dance - I can make you sing
I can make you dance - I can make you sing
If you want me to

Any little song that you want to sing
Little songs that you want to sing
Any song will do
Any little song that you want to sing
Little songs that you want to sing
It's up to you
Little songs that you want to sing
A little song that you want to sing
You're blue

I'm in the mood
I'm in the mood
I'm in the mood

I can write it on the door - I can put it on the floor
I can do anything that you want me for
If you want me to
I can do it right - I can do it wrong
'Cause a matter of fact it'll turn out to be strong
If you want me to

IconMessin' With The Mekon

Oh, don't cross your fingers - cross your heart and soul
Don't ask me the question - God, I just don't know
This whole damn invention put emotion on hold
So don't ask me why
You ask how I feel, and what it's like inside
I'm hot in pursuit - I'm bearing down on your hide
Involved in recovery - tryin' to save my pride
Don't ask me again

Wound up in circumstance beyond my control
Affairs of the heart no longer leave me cold
What a lot of feeling such a long time ago
Don't ask me again
Get down, baby - you're out of control
You leave by my side or you leave on your own
I don't know what I should know
Don't ask me again

So don't you ask me how I feel and what it's like inside
In such circumstances, babe, you don't mess with my pride
It's just recovery, babe - just recovery, babe

Meet me in the middle - please, some give and take
Alternative arrangements I've left to be made
A new proposition's not a piece of cake
So don't you ask me
Wound up in circumstance beyond my control
Affairs of the heart no longer leave me cold
What a lot of feeling such a long time ago
Don't ask me again

IconWreckless Love

Now red is urgent - green's a let-off
And the score shows just another spin-off
Orange jolts, and brown is old
Grey is weary - don't touch gold

In the fireworks, away from the heat
Behind closed doors, away from the street
No-one is listening - at least that's what you think
There's a slow fuse burning, much faster than you think

White, the new look - all that matters
Blue, the last one - back in the shadows
Purple, it's fine - yellow no
Silver's worn, and don't touch gold

Dance through the coloured razzamatazz
Spinning along - a dozen affairs
Reckless love is creeping on you
Now watch out, reckless
'Cause reckless love will drive you crazy
Will wear your mind out
Creeps up on you when you don't know
It will find out
Reckless love - reckless love
Reckless love - reckless love

Race with my heart to the top of a kiss
Drive my desire but take care not to risk
Breaking my heart, for it's all that I own
[Crazy, my heart]
All I command - in these times I'm alone
[Crazy, my heart]
Other arms that held me so tight
[Crazy, my heart]
Slip through my mind with you in the night
Feelin' reckless, feelin' reckless - reckless love

Reckless love - reckless love
Reckless love - reckless love --

IconThru With The Two Step

Dance by me close - tell 'em all to go
One's for the money - but I'm through with the show
Move with me gently - oh, so slow
Hold me and maybe we'll never let go, never let go
I'm through with sneakin' - been cutting it close
Through with the two-step, where the rhythm is law
Through with the two-step, where the rhythm is law
Oh yes, it's love in any key
You opened up the door - now I know it's got to be

Now my cards on the table - hands on the deck
Now A is for able - no words - pause for breath
My willing baby, now can't you see
Little girl, it's not for me
So you waltzed into my life - one, two, three
Warmed up your smile - oh let it please be me, please let it be me
You swish and swirl - oh, swing and sway
Stay till the sun comes, and don't go away --

IconHorizontal Departure

And you said you'd never leave me
And you said you'd be my only one
And I said you'd never grieve me, baby
For things you do when you are only having fun
You said you'd cry a river
I thought you meant you'd cry a river of tears
You'd rather die than live without me, baby
But little girl, you're so insincere

You know you count your blessings
But now I find that you were counting sheep, counting sheep
And then I try to court your feelings
I caught your eye and then you caught my cheek
All the things must come to fruit now
And there you stood so proud the apple of my eye
You said you'd never leave me, baby
But little girl, that's the reason why
Whoa - that's why I have to leave you all alone
Whoa - that's why you have to leave me all alone

Let's go collect our prize now
So entertaining we were number one, number one
The judge is hypnotised now
But after all we both been fooled for so damn long
So face the crowd and take a bow now, bow now
'Cause one more time and it will all be done
'Cause I must leave the show to you now, baby
My last performance has just begun
Whoa - that's why I have to leave you all alone
Whoa - that's why you have to leave me all alone --

Stop and think for a minute, baby
As they bring the curtain down
Another drink, then another maybe
The toast will not be found
I taught you style, the ducking and the weaving
We were famous for
And here's to him, and here's to yours
And you can take the floor, the floor
Whoa - that's why I have to leave you all alone
Whoa - that's why you have to leave me all alone

I don't know - so you turned around and found another fool
I don't know - so you turned around and found another --

IconStranger Here ... Than Over There

Down, down, down
Always make the same mistakes again
Down, down, always down
Always make the same mistake
Talk is cheap, but you're talking fast
Never take the time to think of where it will end
Walk and talk - don't look back
I don't know which way it's gonna lead me baby
I try so hard but I can't understand - lead me baby
Just help me get my feet on the ground

Down, down, down
Wandering through the places that we both used to go
Round, round, always round
Chase me and sedate me now but don't let me go
Restless sleep, left in my lonely room
Empty arms are waiting for the morning to come
In the deep, where my dreams come true
Take care now - I'll keep you now, but lead me baby
I try so hard but I can't understand - lead me baby
Help me get my feet on the ground - yes, help me
Oh, help me, baby - oh, help me

I can't stay down for too long now, babe
I can't stay down for too long now, my babe
It's so lonely

If I'm crying, well, it's 'cause I'm lonely
You know I'm only ever lonely without you
If I cry, well, it's 'cause I'm lonely
'Cause I can be so lonely
I can be so lonely, I can be, I can be

IconBig Log

My love is in league with the freeway
Its passion will ride as the cities fly by
And the tail-lights dissolve in the coming of night
And the questions in thousands take flight
My love is the miles and the waiting
The eyes that just stare, and the glance at the clock
And the secret that burns, and the pain that won't stop
And it's fuelled once again
Leading me on - leading me down the road
Driving me on - driving me down the road

My love is exceeding the limit
Red-eyed and fevered with the hum of the miles
Distance and longing - my thoughts do collide
Should I rest for a while at the side?
Your love is cradled in knowing
Eyes in the mirror, still expecting they'll come
Sensing too well when the journey is done
There is no turning back - no
There is no turning back - on the run

My love is in league with the freeway
Oh, with the freeway, and the coming of night-time
My love, my love is in league with the freeway

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