Chris Rea


    Road to hell

    The road to hell (part one)
    The road to hell (part two)
    You must be evil
    Texas
    Looking for a rainbow
    Your warm and tender love
    Daytona
    That's what they always say
    I just wanna be with you
    Tell me there's a heaven


The road to hell (part one)

Stood still on a highway
I saw a woman
By the side of the road
With a face that I knew like my own
Reflected in my window
Well she walked up to my quarterlight
And she bent down real slow
A fearful pressure paralysed me in my shadow
She said 'son what are you doing here
My fear for you has turned me in my grave'
I said 'mama I come to the valley of the rich
Myself to sell'
She said 'son this is the road to hell'

On your journey cross the wilderness
From the desert to the well
You have strayed upon the motorway to hell
 
The road to hell (part two)

Well I'm standing by the river
But the water doesn't flow
It boils with every poison you can think of
And I'm underneath the streetlight
But the light of joy I know
Scared beyond belief way down in the shadows
And the perverted fear of violence
Chokes the smile on every face
And common sense is ringing out the bell
This ain't no technological breakdown
Oh no, this is the road to hell

And all the roads jam up with credit
And there's nothing you can do
It's all just pieces of paper flying away from you
Oh look out world, take a good look
What comes down here
You must learn this lesson fast and learn it well
This ain't no upwardly mobile freeway
Oh no, this is the road
Said this is the road
This is the road to hell

 
You must be evil

I come home from work
I see my little girl
She's crying on the floor
She's been watching that TV
This ain't late no, this ain't even dinner time
To show them things on that screen
What's wrong with you

You must be evil

Oh I know why you do it
You're just looking for sensation
You got a hold of something
You tell us that it's news
You don't have to show that stuff
Can't you show us some respect
You can tell us we don't need to see it
We don't need those cheap effects

You must be evil
You must be evil
I wish you were here

You don't have to show that stuff
You ain't fooling no-one
You made my little girl cry
I wish you were here
We all know why you do it
Sometimes you even slow it down
You're giving out some bad ideas here
I can't believe that you don't realise

You must be evil

 
Texas

Warm winds blowing
Heating blue sky
And a road that goes forever

Been thinking 'bout it lately
Been watching some TV
Been looking all around me
At what has come to be
Been talking to my neighbour
And he agrees with me
It's all gone crazy

Well my wife returns from taking
My little girl to school
She's got beads of perspiration
As she tries to keep her cool
She says That mess it don't get no better
There's gonna come a day
Someone's gonna get killed out there
And I turn to her and say Texas
She says What?
I said Texas
She says What?
They've got big long road out there

Warm winds blowing
Heating blue sky
And a road that goes forever
I'm going to Texas

We got to get out of here
We got to get out of here

Well I got a little brother
Several meters high
Yea his built just like a quarterback
And he swears he'll testify
he says he's been to Texas
And that's the only place to be
Big stakes, big girls, no trouble there
That's the place for me

I'm going to Texas
I'm going to Texas
Watch me walking
Watch me walking
 
Looking for a rainbow

Well we come down to the valley
Yea we're looking for the honey
I see a rainbow
I say that's the land of milk and honey

Me and my cousin
Me and my brother
My little sister too
Come looking for a rainbow
Yea we're looking for a rainbow

Well we come down to the valley
Got our babies in our arms
Yea we're Maggie's little children
And we're looking for Maggie's farm

Me and my cousin
Me and my brother
My little sister too
Come looking for a rainbow
Yea we're looking for a rainbow

Well we come down to the valley
We ain't far away no more
You can't leave us dying this time
'Cos we're all around your door

Me and my cousin
Me and my brother
My little sister too
Come looking for a rainbow
Yea we're looking for a rainbow
 
Your warm and tender love

I was lost in the deep and darkest night
No direction, not a single hope in sight
When I saw a fire burning brightly through
The storm that raged above
In the shadows of your warm and tender love

I was a stranger to the land and life around
In constant danger, being hurt by what I found
And of hurting what I treasured most
Foolish eagle never dove
Till I fell upon your warm and tender love
In the shadows of your warm and tender love

Now I gaze in peace at the lonely sky
That is raging high above
Safe in the shadows of your warm and tender, tender love
In the shadows of your warm and tender love
 
Daytona

Diamond dream when the sun don't shine
I close my eyes to see
Twelve wild horses in silver chains
Calling out to me

Oh Daytona
Shine your light on me
Oh Daytona
Shine your light on me

Now she ain't easy so you take good care
Or she will scream down on your lust
She can please you like no other
Or she can leave you eating dust
Oh Daytona
Shine your light on me
Burning passion heat my day
Let me sit inside your wonder
Cloudless daydream, oh dance of dances
To have tamed the sound of thunder
Oh Daytona
Shine your light on me
Oh Daytona
Shine your light on me
 
That's what they always say

At the first bell of the day
They rise up from where they lay
And look down with the promise in their hands
A promise to get out
This ain't what it's all about
There's always lots of reasons for their plans
When that golden sun shines through
There's always one more thing to do
Just one more stab into the wishing well

That's what they always say
I'm getting out
That's what they always say
Ain't that just what they always say
That's what they always say
Just one more little thing left in my way
That's what they always say
Ain't that just what they always say

I'm getting out, I'm holding on
I'm hanging in, the time is wrong
And every morning brings another reason
A piece of cake, no lion share
Just one more dice and you'll be there
That golden bridge is just around the bend

That's what they always say
I'm getting out
That's what they always say
Ain't that just what they always say
That's what they always say
Just one more little thing left in my way
That's what they always say
Ain't that just what they always say

Tomorrow is another day
The money junkie fades away
That golden bridge is just around the bend

That's what they always say
I'm getting out
That's what they always say
Ain't that just what they always say
That's what they always say
Just one more little thing left in my way
That's what they always say
Ain't that just what they always say
 
I just wanna be with you

I just wanna be with you
No matter what they say
Just wanna be with you
Every night and every day
Cold nights, dark days
I wanna be with you

I just wanna be with you
Till the final curtain falls
Just wanna be with you
Then know nothing at all
Cold nights, dark days
I wanna be with you
Wanna be with you

I know there's a price to pay
For doing what we do
But I just wanna be with you
Just wanna be with you

Don't wanna hold you down
Whatever that you do
Shine on, sweet angel
'Cos I just wanna be with you
I wanna be with you
 
Tell me there's a heaven

The little girl she said to me
What are these things that I can see
Each night when I come home from school
And mama calls me in for tea
Oh every night a baby dies
And every night a mama cries
What makes those men do what they do
To make that person black and blue
Grandpa says their happy now
They sit with God in paradise
With angels' wings and still somehow
It makes me feel like ice

Tell me there's a heaven
Tell me that it's true
Tell me there's a reason
Why I'm seeing what I do
Tell me there's a heaven
Where all those people go
Tell me they're all happy now
Papa tell me that it's so

So do I tell her that it's true
That there's a place for me and you
Where hungry children smile and say
We wouldn't have no other way
That every painful crack of bones
Is a step along the way
Every wrong done is a game plan
To that great and joyful day

And I'm looking at the father and the son
And I'm looking at the mother and the daughter
And I'm watching them in tears of pain
And I'm watching them suffer
Don't tell that little girl
Tell me
Tell me there's a heaven
Tell me that it's true
Tell me there's a reason
Why I'm seeing what I do

Tell me there's a heaven
Where all those people go
Tell me they're all happy now
Papa tell me that it's so