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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

1991: The first (eponymously titled) album by Electronic is released. Two tracks feature one or both Boys: Neil co-wrote and sings on 'Getting Away with It'—which doesn't initially appear on the U.K. version, but does in other countries (it's added to the U.K. version upon later re-release)—and both Neil and Chris co-wrote and perform on 'Patience of a Saint.'

1994: The Boys host a 'Comic Relief' charity special this evening on BBC Radio 1, airing music of their choice. They're joined on the show by a number of popular British comedians.

2002: The Pet Shop Boys perform in Detroit.

2007: They perform at London's Hammersmith Apollo.

2011: Take That's reunion tour, with the Pet Shop Boys as 'special guests,' kicks off with the first of four nights at the Sunderland (U.K.) Stadium of Light. The Boys perform a 40-minute ten-song opening set of highlights from their Pandemonium Tour.