Mike + The Mechanics

Seb

4/5

Le premier disque de Mike avec ses Mechanics, après deux albums solos artistiquements reussi, mais commercialement ratés. Mike décide donc de creer un nouveau groupe pour sa carrière solo, et déçu de sa prestation de chanteur sur Acting Very Strange, il engage non pas un mais deux chanteurs pour le groupe ! Les deux Paul : Young et Carrack. Sort donc un très très très bon disque qui sera un bon succès commercial faisant de Tony en 86 le seul membre de Genesis à ne pas cartonner… Mike avec les Mechanics, Phil et Peter en solo, évidemment, et Steve avec son super groupe GTR !! Ce disque contient deux bijoux : All I Need Is A Miracle (même si je lui préfère la version de Hits en 96) et Silent Running. A Call To Arm est une chanson de Genesis, issue des sessions de Mama et que Mike a retravaillé pour M&Ms, demandant la permission à Phil et Tony.

Tracklist

(Rutherford/Robertson)

Take the children and yourself
And hide out in the cellar
By now the fighting will be close at hand
Don’t believe the church and state
And everything they tell you
Believe in me, I’m with the high command

Can you hear me, can you hear me running?
Can you hear me running, can you hear me calling you?
Can you hear me, can you hear me running?
Can you hear me running, can you hear me calling you?

There’s a gun and ammunition
Just inside the doorway
Use it only in emergency
Better you should pray to God
The Father and the Spirit
Will guide you and protect from up here

Can you hear me, can you hear me running?
Can you hear me running, can you hear me calling you?
Can you hear me, can you hear me running?
Can you hear me running, can you hear me calling you?

Swear allegiance to the flag
Whatever flag they offer
Never hint at what you really feel
Teach the children quietly
For some day sons and daughters
Will rise up and fight while we stood still

Can you hear me, can you hear me running?
Can you hear me running, can you hear me calling you?
Can you hear me, can you hear me running?
Can you hear me running, can you hear me calling you?

Can you hear me running (can you hear me calling you?)
(Can you hear me) hear me calling you?
(Can you hear me running) hear me running babe?
(Can you hear me running) hear me running?
Calling you, calling you

(Rutherford/Neil)


I said « go if you wanna go,
Stay if you wanna stay »
I didn’t care if you hung around me
I didn’t care if you went away
And I know you were never right
I’ll admit I was never wrong
I could never make up my mind
I made it up as I went along

And though I treated you like a child
I’m gonna miss you for the rest of my life

All I need is a miracle, all I need is you
All I need is a miracle, all I need is you
All I need is a miracle, all I need is you

I never had any time
And I never had any call
But I went out of my way just to hurt you,
The one I shouldn’t hurt at all
I thought I was being cool
Yeah, I thought I was being strong
But it’s always the same old story
You never know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone

If I ever catch up with you
I’m gonna love you for the rest of your life

All I need is a miracle, all I need is you (all I need is a miracle)
All I need is a miracle, all I need is you (all I need is a miracle)
All I need is a miracle, all I need is you

And if I ever catch up with you
I’m gonna love you for the rest of your life

All I need is a miracle, all I need is you (all I need is a miracle)
All I need is a miracle, all I need is you (all I need is a miracle)
All I need is a miracle, all I need is you (all I need is a miracle)
All I need is a, all I need is a,
All I need is you (all I need is a miracle)

(Rutherford/Neil)


Another day has passed me by
And there’s an island in the sun
To see me through
Another day in paradise
But there’s no reason, there’s no rhyme
Without you

Here comes the night (night)
Here comes the dreaming of you
Breathing your love in me
Here comes the night (night)
Here comes the feeling I’ve been
Waiting here for so long
I’ve been waiting here for so long

There’s a time and there’s a place
When we can share the silver night
Silent room
In my bed an empty space
Cos there’s no other in my life
Only you

Here comes the night (night)
Here comes the dreaming of you
Breathing your love in me
Here comes the night (night)
Here comes the feeling I’ve been
Waiting here for so long
I’ve been waiting here for so long

Here comes the night
Here comes the dreaming of you
Breathing your love in me
Here comes the night (night)
Here comes the feeling I’ve been
Waiting here for so long
I’ve been waiting here for so long

(Rutherford/Robertson/Neil)


And through the grief and pain, I’m half insane
I give an inch you take a mile
You throw away the key, ignore my plea
You cut me down without a trial
(You keep me hanging by) hanging by a thread
(You keep me hanging by) leaving me for dead
(You keep me hanging by) I heard it when you said,
(You keep me hanging by) « Keep him hanging by a thread »

You throw a length of rope, I grab, you hope,
It’s just enough to hang myself
I make a fatal slip, I lose my grip
There’s no-one left to call for help

(You keep me hanging by) hanging by a thread
(You keep me hanging by) leaving me for dead
(You keep me hanging by) I’m not finished yet
(You keep me hanging by) I’m still hanging by a thread

I hear a final scream, another dream
I hear it then I start to go (hang him by a thread)
I recognise the pain, a time to play
Then stuck me to the afterglow (hang him by a thread)
Then I wake up wet, soaked in sweat
Tell you all you want to know (hang him by a thread)

(Rutherford/Neil)


I get the feeling, that I’ve been here before
Saying all these things to you
I get the feeling, that I fell through that door
Comin’ down with deja-vu
There’s no emotion, nothing at all
You don’t even know my name
I get the notion that you don’t recall
So here we go, and here we go
Here we go again

It’s no good saying, that you’ve never been in love before
No good explaining, that you’ve never been in love before
No good denying, I’ve seen them comin’ back for more
I know you’re lying, baby
Cos your name is written on that door

Oh, baby

I get the feeling, that you’ve been here before
Saying all these things to me
I get the feeling, that I’m just a chore
You don’t give your love for free
There’s no excuses, nothing to say
You just play those little games
I get the feeling it would turn out this way
So here we go, here we go
Here we go again

Your love has given me, what I never never had before
But the way you’re living, I just never never know the score
Oh, I’m though with trying, and I say I can take no more
You know I’m lying baby, when you hear me knocking at that door

Oh girl

I get the feeling, by the look on your face
Could be the right time, but it sure is the wrong place
I get the feeling that nothing I say
Is gonna change a single thing, gonna make you come away

Oh, I get the feeling
Oh, I get the feeling
Here we go again
Here we go again
Here we go
I get the feeling
Yeah get the feeling
No no no, tell me now now
Never been in love before
Don’t try tell me
Don’t try tell me about it
Never been in love before
I don’t believe it darling, no

(Rutherford/Robertson/Neil)


I’m a man, don’t you forget it, I’m not a little kid
Understand, you might regret it, treating me the way you did
Hey old man, shut your mouth and listen, this here’s the new regime
I command, you could go missin’, you could be off the scene

(I’m not here to pray) I’m not here to pray
(So papa don’t say) so papa don’t say, I’m not ready
Cos the hands feel so steady, take the reins

We got a team, we got the muscle, when things are getting tight
Will there seem, if there’s a hustle, money changes every fight?
Look at me, you will discover, I’m not my father’s son
You will see, when you recover, I’m mama’s only one

(Look straight in my eye) look me in the eye
(Try to deny) try to deny, I’m not ready
But these hands feel so sturdy, oh, take the reins

(Take the reins)

(I’m sure in your game) I know that in your game
(You were okay) you were okay, that’s behind us
Oh, Louise, is it vengeless?
Oh, take the reins

I’m a man, I’m not a little kid
Why, I understand
Shut your mouth and listen
Ah, and don’t work out a new regime
Yeah, I got a team
Yeah, take the reins
I’m mama’s only one
Ah, take the reins

(Rutherford/Neil)


Time from the man, who will live while he can, on his own
Pass by the dream, it’s movie you’ve seen once before
Tears in the rain, as you wave at the plane
As it climbs through the clouds, to the sun

You are the one, oh, you are the one
You make it all worthwhile, you make it all worthwhile
You are the one, oh, you are the one
You make it all worthwhile, you make it all worthwhile
I see your picture smiling back at me
But I’m afraid of the future, I’m afraid you won’t see

Look for the slave, is he trying to wave or to drown?
There at the start, he’ll be there when your heart touches down
Drawn to the pain, like a moth to a flame
As he climbs through the clouds, to the sun

You are the one, oh, you are the one
You make it all worthwhile, you make it all worthwhile
You are the one (you are the one)
Oh, you are the one (you’re the only one)
You make it all worthwhile (you make it all worthwhile)
You make it all worthwhile
I see your picture smiling back at me
But I’m afraid of the future, I’m afraid you won’t see

(Banks/Collins/Rutherford/Neil/Robertson)


Pass the word, it’s a call to arms
Midnight man at your door
Blackened faces run in the night
Daybreak under the floor

Bring my bow
Fill my head with flame, and we must
Let them know that the torch is lit again
Crystalize the pain behind your eyes
Are you ready to fight?

(You hear the drum and) run for your life
(Sweet Avalon the heat is on)
In other words, I hope and pray
That time and tide wash the hate away
A simple man with simple thoughts
Who turned to force as a last resort

All around us, chaos rings
Buildings crumbling down
Silhouettes in the fiery rain
Timbers crash to the ground

Bring my spear, invested with my youth
Bring the children near, they must now be told the truth
Old and young and those of foreign tongue
Are you ready to fight?

(You hear the drum and) run for your life
(Sweet Avalon the heat is on)
In other words, I hope and pray
That time and tide wash the hate away
A simple man with simple thoughts
Who turned to force as a last resort

In other words, I hope and pray
That time and tide keep the day away
When simple men with simple thoughts
Will turn to force as a last recourse

(Rutherford/Neil)


Taken in, taken in again
Wrapped around the finger of some fair-weather friend
Caught up in the promises, left out in the end
No pride, taken for a ride
You say I’m the only one when I look in your eyes
I want to believe you but you know how to lie

And if you say you understand I don’t believe it
And when you reach out for my hand I don’t believe it
And if you say you take the blame I don’t believe it
And if say that nothing’s changed I don’t believe it, don’t believe it

Taken in, taken in again
Someone saw me coming, a fool without a friend
There’s one born every minute and you’re looking at him

And if you say you want me near I don’t believe it
And when you’re holding back the tears I don’t believe it
And when you swear that you are mine I don’t believe it
And it’s your heart that’s on the line I don’t believe it, don’t believe
it

Taken in, taken in again
Wrapped around the finger of some fair-weather friend
Caught up in the promises, left out in the end
No pride, taken for a ride
You say I’m the only one when I look in your eyes
I’d love to believe you but you know how to lie

You say you want me near I don’t believe it
And when you’re holding back the tears I don’t believe it
Oh, there’s one born every minute, you’re looking at him

Taken in, taken in again
Someone saw me coming, a fool without a friend
I want to believe you, oh
When you say you understand
When you reach out for my hand
Oh, I wish I could believe you
Taken in, taken in again

Infos générales

Mike Rutherford : guitares, basse
Paul Carrack : chant, coeurs
Paul Young : chant, coeurs
John Kirby : chant
Gene Stashuk : chant
Linda Taylor : chant coeurs
Adrian Lee : claviers
Peter Van Hooke : batterie
Alan Murphy : guitare
Dereck Austin : claviers
Ian Wherry : claviers
John Earle : saxophone
Ray Beavis : saxophone
Louis Jardin percussion
Christopher Neil, Alan Carve : coeurs
Produit par Christopher Neil
Ingénieur du son : Simon Hurrell
Enregistré à The Farm technical (assistance par Geoff Callingham)
Air Studios, Monserrat
Air London
Masterisé par Barry Diament aux Atlantic Studios

Sorti en novembre 1985

Singles :
Octobre 1985 – Silent Running/I Get The Feeling/Too Far Gone/Par Avion/Stop Baby/Plain & Simple
Mars 1986- All I Need Is A Miracle/You Are The One/A Call To Arms
Août 1983 – Hanging By A Thread/I Don’t Wanna Know
Août 1986 – Taken In/A Call To Arms