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To step aside

By the cathedral into the sun
pilgrims are singing their journey done
I look at my short life and think
of all the champagne that I drink
with all the faces that I know
and how much further can one go?

And if I decide to step aside
I will try to reply to the feelings I hide

I look from my window down to the square
at workers still queuing patiently there
for market forces to provide
what history's so far denied
for a different kind of fate
than to labour long and always wait

And if I decide to step aside
I will try to return to the person inside

Will I always need you?
Would you want me to?
Can you love me for good
the way you thought you could?

Or will spring bring rain and summer burn?
Will tears at last precede the turn
from summer warmth to sudden cold
as certainly as growing old?

And if I decide to step aside
I will try to forget
all the tears I'll have cried




On this day

1989: Liza Minnelli's 'So Sorry, I Said,' written and produced by the Pet Shop Boys, is released as a single.

1993: Critic J.D. Considine, writing in this date's issue of Rolling Stone, gives Very a glowing review, stating that it has 'depth that makes [it] worth hearing again and again.'

1994: The Boys appear in concert in Bogota, Colombia.

2007: Neil and Chris perform at the Sala Palatului (Palatine Hall) in Bucharest. By all reports, the show—their first ever in Romania, and postponed from an earlier date—proves a tremendous success. (The Boys refer to it as 'the last Fundamental concert.')

2010: This afternoon Chris attends the first preview performance at London's Young Vic Theatre of David Almond's play My Dad's a Birdman, which includes original music and songs composed by him and Neil.


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