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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

1984: The first-ever live public performance by the Pet Shop Boys takes place in Ostende, Belgium.

1989: Suddenly inspired by an offhand comment made by their friend Janet Street-Porter, Chris and Neil decide on the title Results for the album they've just produced for Liza Minnelli.

1997: The Boys perform at London's Gay Pride Festival.

2002: The Release tour comes to Paris.

2009: In anticipation of their performance the following Sunday at the 'T in the Park' festival at Balado Airfield, a particularly delightful, light-hearted interview with the Boys by journalist Aiden Smith appears in the Scotland on Sunday newspaper. Neil and Chris subsequently take issue with a couple of apparent misquotes, but they're still pleased enough to link to it on their official website.

2011: After having recording equipment set up in Neil's London house, they work on 'Give It a Go,' with Neil supplying new vocals.

2013: The Pet Shop Boys perform in Tallinn, Estonia. (Earlier in the day, Chris had gotten a haircut at the city's popular 'FashionHair' salon.)


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