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Balance of Power

Electric Light Orchestra

℗ 1986 Epic Records EPC 26467 / © CBS Records

Electric Light Orchestra • 1986 • Balance of Power

«Balance of Power» was the last studio album by the ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA for a period of over 15 years (until «Zoom» was released in 2001). By this time KELLY GROUCUTT had departed and the group was pared down to a trio, with JEFF LYNNE handling bass (in addition to his usual guitar work) and more dabbling with electronic percussion and synthesisers. ELO played some live concerts in the UK and Europe (their last for fifteen years), and in one UK show GEORGE HARRISON performed as guest guitarist.

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Heaven Only Knows

Oh, I know it's strange 
But I think that it's about to change
So I'll take the chance 
To get back into the straight again

Heaven only knows (I'm really on the level) 
Heaven only knows (I'm trying to find a way)
Heaven only knows (I'm walking down the straight & lonely road today) 

Now the sun will shine 
And I'm gonna work it out this time 
And before the light 
All I gotta take is one more night.

Heaven only knows (I'm really on the level) 
Heaven only knows (I'm trying to find a way)
Heaven only knows (I'm walking down the straight & lonely road today) 

As the hours go by
I can only wonder why 
You can change your mind 
But you never change the price.

Heaven only knows (I'm really on the level) 
Heaven only knows (I'm trying to find a way)
Heaven only knows (I'm walking down the straight & lonely road today)

So Serious

Night after night 
I try to make it all fit together
Night after night 
I see you as someone I remember
You took me by surprise 
Opened up my eyes 
Now we gotta talk this over.

Can it really be so serious? 
To be all broken up and delirious 
I guess we've really been out of touch 
But can it really be so serious? 

Day after day 
I know it's not the way that you wanted it 
Day after day
I try to find the key, but it don't fit
But you know how it is 
No matter what I did 
We gotta talk it over.

Can it really be so serious? 
To be all broken up and delirious 
I guess we've really been out of touch 
But can it really be so serious?

Tonight, tonight 
I'm thinking over everything you said to me 
Tonight, tonight
I'm sorry, but I just didn't see 
And now it's up to you 
There's nothing else to do 
We've gotta talk it over.

Can it really be so serious? 
To be all broken up and delirious 
I guess we've really been out of touch 
But can it really be so serious?

Getting to the Point

It's out of control (out of control) 
And there's nothing I can do now 
Out of control (out of control) 
Swimming softly through the blue now 
And look beyond these walls 
As the meaning starts to dawn 
It's getting to the point 
Getting to the point.

It's out of control (nothing I can do) 
Like a fire that keeps on burning 
And nobody knows (what I'm going through)
And the thoughts just keep returning 
And all you had to say 
Was that you were gonna stay 
It's getting to the point 
Getting to the point.

It's getting to the point 
Where nobody can stop it now
It's getting to the point 
Of no return 
And all that I can do 
Is stand and watch it now 
Watch it burn, burn, burn 
It's getting to the point 
Where reasons are forgotten 
It's getting to the point
Where no one knows 
And all that I can do 
Is say I'm sorry 
But that's the way it goes...

Forever is a long, long way 
Forever takes your breath away 
I'd like to talk about it, try to understand 
It's getting to the point 
Getting to the point.

It's getting to the point 
Where nobody can stop it now
It's getting to the point 
Of no return 
And all that I can do 
Is stand and watch it now 
Watch it burn, burn, burn 
It's getting to the point 
Where reasons are forgotten 
It's getting to the point
Where no one knows 
And all that I can do 
Is say I'm sorry 
But that's the way it goes...

Secret Lives

I don't know I don't know what's on your mind 
I thought everything was fine 
But it was my surprise.

I don't know I don't know what's going on
Something surely must be wrong 
You're living secret lives.

Living secret lives, secret lives 
And I wonder where she goes to in the night 
In secret lives.

Wish I knew, wish I knew where I fit in
Wish that I knew everything 
About your secret lives.

If it means,if it means that much to you 
I don't want to stop the things you do 
I don't need alibis.

Living secret lives, secret lives 
And I wonder where she goes to in the night 
In secret lives.

I don't care, I don't care what goes on there 
So long as one day I can share 
Share your secret lives.

Living secret lives, secret lives 
And I wonder where she goes to in the night 
In secret lives.

Is it Alright?

Dear Jo: I don't know where to begin so I'll just hello 
Dear Jo: Is it so much better now you're on your own? (Is it alright?)
You never believed in yourself (Is it alright?) 
But now that you're free, does it help?

Is it alright? Now that you've got what you want? 
And is it alright? Now that you're back where you belong?

Dear Jo: Are you living it up every place you go? 
Dear Jo: If you're having a hard time it sure don't show (Is it alright?) 
You couldn't hold on in your mind. (Is it alright?)
Now is it okay, is it fine?

Is it alright? Now that you've got what you want? 
And is it alright? Now that you're back where you belong?

Dear Jo: Can you believe that it's been so long? 
Dear Jo: Just thought I'd write and let you know (Is it alright?) 
You never believed in yourself (Is it alright?)
But now that you're free, does it help?

Is it alright? Now that you've got what you want? 
And is it alright? Now that you're back where you belong?

Is it alright? Is it alright with you? Is it alright? Is it alright with you?

Sorrow about to Fall

There's a silence in the city
There's nobody around 
And everyone that we knew
Moved to higher ground.

There's a shadow hanging overhead
It lingers there alone 
Changing all we ever knew 
The changes start to show.

There's a sorrow about to fall 
There's a sorrow about to fall.

There's a new sound in the wires 
And ears are to the ground 
And everything that once was ours
Has slowly turned around.

Something happened to the seasons 
Started falling with the rain 
And something changed forever 
We gotta find a way.

There's a sorrow about to fall 
There's a sorrow about to fall.

There's people in the photographs
But they all had to run 
They went away to somewhere 
Beyond the setting sun.

There's a sorrow about to fall 
There's a sorrow about to fall.

Without Someone

I watch the cars move I watch the lights up on the window
I walk along the street I'm only thinking of you 
I watch the clock staring from the wall
It hardly moves at all It's you I'm waiting for.

Without someone I can depend on 
I'm lost without someone 
As I go on, I hope you're remembering
I'm lost without someone.

All alone, no one around I watch the shadows falling faster 
The city lights begin to glow 
And then I start to realize
I count the hours as they slip away 
Into another day 
Wondering where you'll stay.

Without someone I can depend on 
I'm lost without someone 
As I go on, I hope you're remembering
I'm lost without someone.

Still watching the cars move 
Still watching the lights upon the window
I'm walking down the street
I'm only thinking of you 
I hear the night as it calls to me
It plays a symphony
It says you're gone from me.

Without someone I can depend on 
I'm lost without someone 
As I go on, I hope you're remembering
I'm lost without someone.

Calling America

Somebody told her that there was a place like heaven 
Across the water on a 747 
Yeah, we're living in 
In a modern world.

And pretty soon she's really got the notion 
Of flying out across the big blue ocean 
Yeah, we're living in 
In a modern world.

Talk is cheap on satellite 
But all I get is -static- Information, 
I'm still here Re-dial on automatic.

Calling America (can't get a message through) 
Calling America (that's what she said to do)
Calling America (that's where she has to be)
Calling America (she left a number for me) 
Calling America.

But I'm just talking to a satellite 
Twenty thousand miles up in the sky each night
Yeah, we're living in 
In a modern world.

All I had to do was pick up the phone
I'm out in space, trying to talk to someone 
Yeah, we're living in 
In a modern world.

She left a number I could call 
But no one's there, no one at all 
There must be something going wrong 
That number just rings on and on.

Calling America (can't get a message through) 
Calling America (that's what she said to do)
Calling America (that's where she has to be)
Calling America (she left a number for me) 
Calling America.

Said she'd call when she'd been gone a while 
Guess she's missing me across the miles 
Yeah, we're living in
In a modern world.

Calling America (can't get a message through) 
Calling America (that's what she said to do)
Calling America (that's where she has to be)
Calling America (she left a number for me) 
Calling America.

Endless Lies

Bye bye, pretty woman I've got to leave you now 
I find you never really cared.

Stand back, take a look at you 
You couldn't care if you wanted to
You keep saying it's gonna change 
But every time it comes back again 
It's a merry-go-round.

Endless lies shine in your eyes.

It's alright, count to ten 
It will all be better then 
It's alright, the world will go away.

Stand back, take a look at you 
You couldn't care if you wanted to
You keep saying it's gonna change 
But every time it comes back again 
It's a merry-go-round.

Endless lies shine in your eyes.

Endless lies, I can see it in your eyes 
The heartbreak is, if you could only see 
That's not the way it's supposed to be 
Endless tears that flowed through the years 
You take it all, and then you take some more 
Then you come running back to me.

Play on, pretty music 
Play on and on for me 
Shine on, silver stars 
Over the sea.

Endless lies, I can see it in your eyes 
The heartbreak is, if you could only see 
That's not the way it's supposed to be.

Endless lies shine in your eyes.

Send It

The sun still shines way up above 
But it don't matter now because 
The dream is gone
The dream is just a memory (oh, yeah)
If you see my dream, send it back home to me.

The stars still glow up in the night 
But somehow, they don't seem so bright 
The dream is gone 
The dream is just a memory (oh, yeah)
If you see my dream, send it back home to me.

'Cos I've been waiting for a long, long time 
Thought I'd found a way 
Now I just wait for someone to call I'm waiting for it every day.


Send it — on the wires 
Send it — on a plane 
Send it — on an express
But send it back to me again.

The music plays so loud and clear 
But somehow I can't make you hear 
The dream is gone 
The dream is just a memory (oh, yeah)
If you see my dream, send it back home to me.

When you get what you want, it's a long way down
And you can see for miles around 
When you lose it, nothing is for real 
If you see my dream, send it back to me.

Send it — on the wires 
Send it — on a plane 
Send it — on an express
But send it back to me again.