Black and Blue: The Demos 1987​-​88

by The Mysterious Fifth Member

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The Mysterious Fifth Member was one of the best unsigned Manchester bands at the end of the eighties.

These demos were recorded in two sessions between playing gigs around Manchester and the North of England.

Great memories.

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released April 22, 2017

Steve - vocals
Martyn - guitar and vocals
Julian - guitar
Marcus - bass
Derek - drums

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Track Name: Playtime
All we wanted was time to sing, time to try anything
Forget the lonely yesterdays and try to live for today
I know we tried to bend the rules, I knew we had everything to lose
Security is a job away, but who needs safety anyway

And it feels like the last time today
And who remembers playtime anyway
And it feels like the last time today
And who remembers playtime anyway, anyway today

It took time to understand why they had to make a stand
Are they trying to save our souls, or scared we'll undermine their roles
Try to do it our own way or just follow whatever they say
To realise our life's dreams or just a part of a management scheme

And it feels like the last time today
And who remembers playtime anyway
And it feels like the last time today
And who remembers playtime anyway, anyway today
Track Name: Black And Blue
I heard somebody say I'm falling down
I tell my body that's not true
Sometimes I think there's something wrong inside
And then I think it could be you

I can't believe those things I sad to you
I can't believe those things I want to do to you

Keep me from the stark
Don't watch me stumble in the dark
I couldn't stand another mark
Of black and blue

They want to tie me to their slab of stone
Because they think I am the same
They want to grind and crack and crush the glass
That gives me energy and pain

I can't believe those things I sad to you
I can't believe those things I want to do to you

Keep me from the stark
Don't watch me stumble in the dark
I couldn't stand another mark
Of black and blue
Track Name: Let Me Down
You took the worst in me and turned it around
Why can't you...

Just let me down
Let me down

I tried to make you listen, I tried to make you see
I tried to make you understand you couldn't take from me
But in the meantime I feel sadness all round
The only way to better feeling is if you let me down

Let me down
Let me down

The freedom I will cherish is just a taste
The things that I will own
The want of something that's just out of reach
Will always let me down

Let me down
Don't let me down
Let me down
Don't let me down
Track Name: Fall
You looked so good to me, and I can't help what I see
I only tried to help you through it
I should have known you didn't want to do it

You look like you've been through fire and ice
Didn't you think that it was nice
You don't pay for what comes free
You think I care what you think of me

And I, I didn't hear your cry
And you, you didn't want to know
I tried to care
After it all

You always think that you're so wise, but I can see through your disguise
With my attempts to turn you on, I'll leave you cold when i'm gone
I'm telling you it was just one night, why bother me with your plight
Why do I get all the blame, you ought to know if I came

OK a rage of passion, you finally found out it is the fashion
But you won't listen
All you can do is fall
Track Name: Hand Of Love
Was it something that I said that made you feel that way
I didn't mean to hurt you but I heard the news today
Now I stand on the outside and you lie so cold
And I will always remember when I'm growing old

All the times that we shared, when I didn't try
To understand the pain that I saw in your eyes
And now that it's over and all I can see
Is the hand of love which I fail to be

And I can hear you calling in my silence today
So many years left these hours drift away
And I believed in something when we walked so free
But now that you're not here where does that leave me

All the times that we shared, when I didn't try
To understand the pain that I saw in your eyes
And now that it's over and all I can see
Is the hand of love which I fail to be

The hand of love
The hand of love
Track Name: Like A Knife
I look at you now after all these years
And your face just brings back memories of bitterness and tears
And though I used to love you and the spell you used to cast
But can't you see it's over there's no future in the past

The way you tried to use me cuts right through me like a knife
I felt so free when you were out of my life
Now I see you're back again
What do you want from me
Why don't you just turn around
Are you too blind to see that I don't want you
No I don't want you

Though I tried to please you every day and every night
But nothing's good enough for you, no nothing's ever right
You told me you were leaving like so many times before
OK you went for long and now you're back outside my door

The way you tried to use me cuts right through me like a knife
I felt so free when you were out of my life
Now I see you're back again
What do you want from me
Why don't you just turn around
Are you too blind to see that I don't want you
No I don't want you