Thank You for Hearing Me: The Definitive Sinéad O'Connor Discography

“Reaching for the Rail”

by Rick Wright

Composed by Rick Wright/Anthony Moore

1 version


Broken China album


(Source: Broken China)

I'm ill with a fever, I feel like a child.
I lay in the dark 'til morning came.
It's so unoriginal,
And I feel it worse at night.
I know it's not terminal,
But I'm near half-dead with fright,
And freezing cold.
But sooner than wake up
To find it all unchanged,
I'll sleep through the day til the daylight ends.
'Cos it's all so familiar
As it comes around again,
The same taste to everything,
The same unbroken chain
That still remains.
With morning I rise,
A dream that won't leave me--
You're sad, naked and pale,
And you're reaching for the rail.
You took a look inside. How could you peel away
Or break the shell, the hurt you've hidden so well
For all your days.
And you're going down
As you slip beneath the waves.
Won't ameka sound,
Won't even leave a trace before you.
I hear an appalling sight from the street below,
And it's creeping fear congealed in stone
That paves the crazy road.
And all are succumbing and they look so hopelessly
At the heartbreak. It's easy to deal with--
Just take these and you'll never really feel it.

Produced by Rick Wright and Anthony Moore

(Source: Broken China)


(Source: Broken China)

Sinéad O'Connor vocals
Rick Wright keyboards , vocals , programming
Anthony Moore computer programming , arrangements
Manu Katche drums
Pinu Palladino bass
Tim Renwick rhythm guitar

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