Civilian Album

Artist(s): Gentle Giant

Cover Art

Gentle Giant Civilian Cover Art

Tracklist

Convenience (Clean and Easy)

length: 3:14

Plastic, plastic, take the modern way.
Simulation, for my instant day.
Why should I care if you say that it's no good?
It's for me, can't you see?
Convenience, everything is clean and easy.

I can't read, but then I watch T.V.
Stimulation, they can do it for me.
How can you say what is right and what is wrong?
It's for you, for me too.
Convenience, everything is clean and easy.

Just believe me, "it runs like" a big machine
It's just for me, can't you see?
Convenience, everything is clean and easy.

All Through the Night

length: 4:20
composer: Kerry Minnear, Derek Shulman
Everyday they clock me, everyday is just the same.
And the people I see, wear the same face as me.
As I turn the handle, time goes slowly by.
Is that all that there is until the day that I die?

[Chorus]
All through the night.
Through the night.
All through the night.
I can't believe I'm free til morning.

If I wipe the dirt and sweat,
Then I find that more's still there.
If the summer don't get you,
Then the winter always will.
Try not to think, it never gets nowhere.
But at least everyday ends, and the night's always there.

[Repeat Chorus]

Shadows on the Street

length: 3:18
And we're sitting here
Wondering where the peaceful night has gone.
Over factories.
Shadows on the street, our lives still go on.

Another day, the songs the same.
Forget our dreams, and play the game.

The shadows on our street are clearer now, in light,
We see, this is as it's meant to be.
Don't look there, just look at me.

And it's waking now
And the grayness of the day will be here,
Want you near.

Number One

length: 4:39
Got to get out more
Get in the place
Got to work out more
And sort out my face
I've got all the 'zines that tell me what to eat
And I'm tired of being told what to wear on my feet
And I don't have the time to get all worked up
About the year on the street

And it's not my fault, I can find my way
Yeah it's not my fault, there goes another day
I've been here too long, do I have to change
Into what it takes
To make it number one?

I feel out of favour
I don't look like a picture
You think I'm a loser,
But I can see through you
You're running around like you're running the country
I know that you think that you've got one on me
Ear to the ground, like the boy about town
Can't get nothing to fit me

And it's not my fault, I can find my way
Yeah it's not my fault, there goes another day
I've been here too long, do I have to change
Into what it takes
To make it number one?

Got a call from an old friend, used to be real close
Said he couldn't go on the American way
Sold his house, sold his car
Bought a ticket to the West Coast
Now he gives 'em a stand-up routine in L.A.

Underground

length: 3:48
Wheels go 'round, from end to end,
A passage run, go down, descend.
And underground the air is stale
With blurring light and endless rail.
On the wheels in motion, underground.

Silent noise, relentless sound.
Through shuttered aisle, the wheels go 'round.
The day is night, yet never still,
From port to port, with miles to kill.
On wheels in motion, underground.
Just the locomotion, underground.

Windows dark, no view obscured.
With moving eyes, no sight assured.
Yet moving on, from place to place,
Through corridors, without a face.
On the wheels in motion, underground.
Just the locomotion, underground.

I Am a Camera

length: 3:33
My eyes are ready,
They're focusing on you.
I'm watching every move and all you do.
I see you everywhere,
I'm here and now I'm there.
Nowhere you can hide, you're still in view.

And when the shutter's open,
Images on my screen,
Sent to the people waiting,
People you've never seen, 'cause

[Chorus]
I am a camera,
Looking at pictures of you.
I am a camera.
SMILE,
Now you see me, now you don't.

I'm always working,
At night and in the day.
I'm your security, that's what they say.
And if you think you're free,
Then turn your back on me.
I'll catch you as you look the other way.

And when the shutter's open,
Images on my screen,
Sent to the people waiting,
People you've never seen, 'cause

[Repeat Chorus]

Inside Out

length: 5:51
As I sit, as the world goes 'round,
In the room I've known before.
Is it me? Am I inside out?
In a dream, as I watch the floor.

Everywhere, see, they are closing in,
(Do I need lifting, do I need lifting.)
But you say, no, there's nobody there,
(Do I need lifting, do I need lifting.)

How the colors seemed so bright,
Now it feels they've lost their glow.
And the dreams, only nightmares now,
Images, from down below.
Everything is spinning 'round,
'Round and 'round I go.
(Do I need lifting, do I need lifting.)
Where's the door, now I don't know.
(Do I need lifting, do I need lifting.)

Funny how I lose control.
Funny how, I don't feel me.
But I do feel I'm inside out.
But I hear, I feel, I see.
Everything is getting dark.
No, please don't lock me in.
Am I here, the light is growing dim.
(Do I need lifting, do I need lifting.)

It's Not Imagination

length: 3:59
Looked in the papers, looked in the magazines
Wanted to find out, to know.
Was there an answer, was there really something.
Hidden beneath them below.
Searched in the light and underneath the pictures.
Something was written there.
And through the smiles and under all the color
A message on everything there.

[Chorus]
But it's not imagination
Not imagination
It's not me, look and see for yourself.

Didn't believe it, although I saw myself.
Wanted to look there again,
But it was real and everybody saw it.
When it was shown, pointed out to them,
S.e.xisting, s.e.x.exciting
Written where it doesn't show.
What do we see, the product or the message.
So hard to tell I don't know.

[Chorus]
But it's not imagination
Not imagination
It's not me, look and see for yourself.

That's... All... There... Is....