Third Rail

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"Third Rail" is the first single released from Squeeze's tenth album, Some Fantastic Place. It was the first Squeeze song to crack the Top 40 in the UK since 1987's "Hourglass", peaking at number 39.


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As much as I love you 
As much as I care 
I just can't pretend that 
The problem's not there 
We know all the boundaries 
From where we both stand 
Our life has been happy 
Without any plan 
But now I feel sorrow 
As friendship turns stale 
Our love's still on track but 
Without a third rail 
The moon has come up now 
The sun has gone down 
A million or more times 
Since you've been around 
Our life still goes on but 
It won't be the same 
As when we're together 
Love only knows pain 
With words that are tender 
Our love will prevail 
But can our love go on 
Without a third rail 

White clouds appear like cotton wool 
The wind bends trees to bow 
As we farewell this love of ours 
Like some old sacred cow 
As sure as heaven's above us 
And hell is down below 
Without a third rail to drive us 
We'll have no place to go 

There's a lump in my throat 
I'm choked as I say 
Our love has reached twilight 
Let's call it a day 
We kiss on the platform 
The doors slowly close 
Like theatre curtains 
Pulled after the show 
We both know it's over 
And somehow we've failed 
Love's going in circles 
Without a third rail

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Squeeze are a British band that came to prominence in the United Kingdom during the New Wave period of the late 1970s and continued recording successfully in the 1980s and 1990s. They are known in the UK for their hit songs "Cool for Cats", "Up the Junction", "Tempted", "Labelled With Love", "Black Coffee In Bed", "Another Nail in My Heart","Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)" and "Hourglass". Though not as commercially successful in the U.S., Squeeze had American chart hits with "Tempted", "Hourglass" and "853-5937", and they have a dedicated following there and continue to attract new fans. All of Squeeze's hits were written by band members Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook, with the former penning the lyrics and the latter handling the composition. The duo we… more »

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