The Passing Show Lyrics

Ian Dury & The Blockheads

album: Track in album Sex and Drugs and Rock ’n’ Roll: Greatest Hits
release date: 2004
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length: 4:24

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When we were simple and naïve
We wore our feelings on our sleeve
As we've grown jaded and corrupt
Our manner's guarded and abrupt

Oh, how we'd smile most readily
Whilst ploughing on unsteadily
Now frowns are etched upon our face
We can no longer stand the pace

Although we've got to go with the passing show
It doesn't ever mean we haven't made the scene
And what we think we know to what is really so
Is but a smithereen of what it might have been

We'd sing in gay abandon then
We'd get it wrong and try again
As here we brood with doubts assailed
Nothing ventured, nothing failed

When life itself can chart the course
Then life's the product we endorse
When circumstances tell of death
We keep our counsel, save our breath

Our laughter rang around the world
When we were happy boys and girls
As now we baulk and hesitate
Encumbrance comes to those who wait

But when we're torn from mortal coil
We leave behind a counterfoil
It's what we did and who we knew
And that's what makes this story true

Track Listing

CD 1
  • 1 Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick
  • 2 Wake Up and Make Love With Me
  • 3 Sex and Drugs and Rock ’n’ Roll
  • 4 Sink My Boats
  • 5 Honeysuckle Highway
  • 6 Yes & No (Paula)
  • 7 Over the Points
  • 8 Sweet Gene Vincent
  • 9 Blackmail Man
  • 10 You’re My Baby
  • 11 Inbetweenies
  • 12 Manic Depression (Jimi)
    CD 2
  • 1 Reasons to Be Cheerful, Part 3
  • 2 Sueperman’s Big Sister
  • 3 Don’t Ask Me
  • 4 Geraldine
  • 5 The Passing Show
  • 6 Mischief
  • 7 Cacka Boom
  • 8 I’m Partial to Your Abracadabra
  • 9 Pardon
  • 10 Waiting for Your Taxi
  • 11 Heavy Living