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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

1990: The Pet Shop Boys perform 'Being Boring' live on Top of the Pops.

1994: They perform in San José, Costa Rica.

1995: Neil records the lead vocal for 'To Step Aside.'

2006: The Boys conclude their Mexican vacation and fly back to London.

2010: Chris and Neil videotape an appearance on an upcoming episode of The Alan Titchmarsh Show.

2011: In the morning, at Chris's home in London, they meet with their manager Angela Becker to continue their discussions about a possible producer for their next album. They tentatively settle upon Andrew Dawson, who had mixed the previous two albums by Kanye West, so Angela then sends him an email about it. After lunch, the Boys work on the new song 'Public Disgrace,' which soon evolves into 'No More Ballads.'

2012: In a second day in a row of working on 'Love Is a Bourgeois Construct,' Neil re-sings some lyrics he has recently changed.


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