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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

1993: Very debuts on the U.S. album chart.

1994: The Pet Shop Boys introduce headliner Elton John at this year's Stonewall Equality benefit show at London's Royal Albert Hall.

1999: Live webcast of PSB in concert in Atlanta, Georgia.

2004: They perform live in Lisbon, Portugal.

2006: The live album Concrete is released.

2008: The Boys spend most of the day working on 'Pandemonium,' although Neil also re-records some vocals for 'King of Rome.'

2009: Chris and Neil attend a concert by Dame Shirley Bassey at the Roundhouse in London, during which she premiers the song they wrote for her, 'The Performance of My Life.' Afterwards they write on Twitter, 'Amazing. Very proud when she sang our song.'


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