TURN YOUR FACE TO THE WALL

"Pretend that there’s nobody watching you"




Part of the Annotated Lyrics Horslips Pages


What you gonna do when you turn around
And find 'em staring through you
Now that you're alone
They come prowlin' round
And you've no one to turn to
You've got to run, you've got to hide,
You've got to get away in any direction.
But every where you go
The people keep giving you that same old look of affection.

How you gonna feel now you know too much
Who you gonna talk to
You'll find it hard to run any place that you want
Cos you've nowhere to run to
Around every corner there's somebody looking for you
And to take away your life is his intention
But you can't hide what you're feeling inside
Yours is a crime you can't mention

Turn your face to the wall
Pretend that there's nobody watching you
It really don't matter at all
You know that there's nobody touching you

Turn your face to the wall
Pretend that there's nobody watching you
It really don't matter at all
It really don't matter just what you do

Safe in bed at night with the curtains drawn
There's nobody to see you
You're feeling kind of safe in your little room
I wouldn't want to be you
You try to sleep, you stay awake then close your eyes again
It's no good to stare at the ceiling
Everywhere you look the shadows keep closing in
And you can't shut out that screaming

Turn your face to the wall
Pretend that there's nobody watching you
It really don't matter at all
It really don't matter just what you do

Recorded On:

  1. The Unfortunate Cup of Tea

Personal Notes:

LT: Yes, a very spooky song. As I was listening to it again to clarify the lyrics in the line that begins "And to take away your life," thoughts of Richard Nixon came to my mind unbidden. A well-known paranoiac of the era, he could have adopted this as his theme song for those years after the resignation. Musically, it has several compelling elements.
The Annotated Horslips Lyric Project thanks Kathy Kean for her transcription of the lyrics.

First Posted: December 27, 2007
Last Revised: December 27, 2007