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Broken China

Rick Wright, solo album released: October 7, 1996.

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Breaking Water
Night of a Thousand Furry Toys
Hidden Fear
Runaway
Unfair Ground
Satellite
Woman of Custom
Interlude
Black Cloud
Far From the Harbour Wall
Drowning
Reaching for the Rail
Blue Room in Venice
Sweet July
Along the Shoreline
Breakthrough

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4.22
3.28
4.01
2.22
4.07
3.44
1.17
3.19
6.10
1.38
6.31
2.47
4.13
4.37
4.20

Rick Wright - Keyboards, vocals and programming
Anthony Moore - Computer programming and arrangements

Manu Katche - Drums
Pino Palladino - Bass

Sinead O'Connor - Vocals on 'Reaching For The Rail' and 'Breakthrough'.

Tim Renwick - Guitars on 'Night Of A Thousand Furry Toys', 'Runaway', 'Satellite', 'Black Cloud', 'Far From the Harbour Wall', 'Reaching For The Rail'. Lead guitar on 'Along The Shoreline' and rhythm guitar on 'Breakthrough'.

Dominic Miller - Guitar on 'Unfair Ground', 'Woman of Custom', 'Drowning', 'Sweet July' and acoustic guitar on 'Breakthrough'.

Steve Bolton - Rhythm guitar on 'Along The Shoreline'.

Sian Belli - Cello
Kate St. John - Oboe, Cor Anglais
Maz Palladino - Backing vocals

Produced by Rick Wright and Anthony Moore
Mixed by James Guthrie

Recorded and composed at Studio Harmonie, France
Engineered by Rick Wright and Anthony Moore

Overdubs at Whitfield Studios, Rak and Astoria
Engineered and co-produced by Max Hayes, Jake Davies and Graeme Stewart

Mixed at Astoria in QSound
Assistant engineer: Jake Davies and Matt White

Mastered by Doug Sax and Ron Lewter at the Mastering Lab, Los Angeles

Sleeve design by Storm Thorgerson and Peter Curzon
Photography: Tony May
Computer: Jason Reddy
Artwork: Julien Mills & Finlay Cowan

Management-Steve O'Rourke, EMKA Productions

Thanks to Millie, Martine, Sue Arnold, Phil Taylor, Langley Iddens

"To all those brave enough to face their past"


BREAKING WATER

Richard Wright 1996

Music: Wright, Anthony Moore

Albums:

Broken China

(Instrumental)





NIGHT OF A THOUSAND FURRY TOYS

Richard Wright 1996

Music: Wright
Lyrics: Anthony Moore
Vocals by: Wright

Albums:

Broken China
Runaway (single)

The voice of Anthony Moore is heard 'on the telephone'.

Now you feel it, a shiver and you begin
Frozen breath that scrapes across the skin
And a sound you've never heard before, you screaming.

Welcome to the world of random noise
Where you simply haven't got a choice
When they push your levers and pull your strings.

It's another world, it's a better world that we bring.

Here you are on the planet of hot and cold
Where you'll do exactly as you're told.

In a world of a 1000 furry toys
You can hear the screams
Of little girls and boys
It's a charming noise
If you really want that kind of thing, mama.

Now you feel it, a shiver and you've bequn
When they pull those strings how you'll start to run!
And there's no stepping off or stepping down

It's another world and it's a better world,
That's what we have found.




HIDDEN FEAR

Richard Wright 1996

Music: Wright
Lyrics: Gerry Gordon
Vocals by: Wright

Albums:

Broken China

Why do we feel this adult pain
And hold these secrets that don't belong?
This loneliness has no place with us
The silence grows, it has no place with life.

You outward joy holds back the fears
Which deepen inside of us.

We travel all alone
And carry the guilt of those who disappear.

Our childlike hopes,
In disarray
This pain no child should feel
We disappear.




RUNAWAY

Richard Wright 1996

Music: Anthony Moore

Albums:

Broken China
Runaway (single)

(Instrumental)




UNFAIR GROUND

Richard Wright 1996

Music: Wright

Albums:

Broken China

(Instrumental)




SATELLITE

Richard Wright 1996

Music: Wright

Albums:

Broken China

(Instrumental)




WOMAN OF CUSTOM

Richard Wright 1996

Music/Lyrics: Anthony Moore
Vocals by: Wright

Albums:

Broken China

Woman of custom just severed ties
What had never changed had always died so
Suddenly she's opened eyes that
Fill with tears and come alive
Her stifled love sleeping forever was
Unaroused like changeless weather
And little chance that she was ever
Going to smash the precious measure

She never lived with pain, fear or anger
Windowless and tame like a precious stone langoured
A heart enchained, willing to surrender
But now if storms would only blow
She could really feel the roll.

Those years of sleep, all waking dreams
Unpeopled places on painted screens
And diffused in subdued streams
Her life was cast, traditional schemes.

She never lived with pain, fear or anger
Windowless and tame like a precious stone langoured
A heart enchained, willing to surrender
But now if storms would only blow
Then she could really feel the roll
She could really feel the roll.

"A hunger that lasts can have no pain",
It's just these words that don't explain.
Eaten alive and spat aout again
They jam in the memory like ancient remains.

Woman of custom just severed ties
What had never changed had always died so
Suddenly she's opened eyes that
Fill with tears and come alive.




INTERLUDE

Richard Wright 1996

Music: Wright

Albums:

Broken China

(Instrumental)





BLACK CLOUD

Richard Wright 1996

Music: Wright

Albums:

Broken China

(Instrumental)





FAR FROM THE HARBOUR WALL

Richard Wright 1996

Music: Wright
Lyrics: Anthony Moore
Vocals by: Wright

Albums:

Broken China

A part of herself, she thought love was dying,
The game of opposites, a hateful lie.
She can't hang on at all, she's giving up the fight.
She's locked in a wall of ice,
Through half the day and half the night
On a path that's been prescribed.

Nothing comes, but she can't leave her life
Or hear the falling rain, or the heart race in her.
And dark as it grows at night, with fear of light's change
She's drowning away
In what she can do and what she contains
And her heart is so low.

Now, beacuse I could not cope with pain,
How things are not the same, she's got no remedies.
A heartbreaking fall and I fear a change of course
I feel like we were born insane,
I hear the love, I fear the love

For the heart is so low, see how it grows apart.
And deep from the other side, we live our lives so plain
We have no night, we have no day, we have no falling rain.
Not love in our eyes, not love in our stare
Felt more like inner sea, had no quality
So say those who drown at night
Far from the harbour wall, far from the harbour wall.




DROWNING

Richard Wright 1996

Music: Wright

Albums:

Broken China

(Instrumental)




REACHING FOR THE RAIL

Richard Wright 1996

Music: Wright
Lyrics: Anthony Moore
Vocals by: Wright, Sinead O'Connor

Albums:

Broken China

I'm ill with a fever, I feel like a child
I lay in the dark 'til morning came.
It's so unoriginal
And I feel it worse at nigth
I know it's not terminal
But I'm near half-dead with fright
And freezing cold.

But sooner than wake up
To find it all unchanged
I'll sleep through the day til the daylight ends.
'Cos it's all so familiar
As it comes around again
The same taste to everything
The same unbroken chain
That still remains.

With morning I rise,
A dream that won't leave me,
You're sad, naked and pole

And you're reaching for the rail

You took a look inside, how could you peel away
Or break the shell, the hurt you've hidden so well
For all your days.

And you're going down
As you slip beneath the waves,
Won't make a sound
Won't even leave a trace before you.

I hear an appaling sigh from the street below
And it's creeping fear congealed in stone
That paves the crazy road.
And all are succumbing and they look so hopelessly
At the heartbreak, it's easy to deal with,
Just take these and you'll really never feel it.




BLUE ROOM IN VENICE

Richard Wright 1996

Music: Wright
Lyrics: Gerry Gordon
Vocals by: Wright

Albums:

Broken China

I can see you through a pool of darkness
I strecth out my hand to reach you
I know you are there
So please look at me
How I've missed you
How I've missed love
My hand is here

If you still know me
Then touch my fingertips

I see the waters move above your face
I feel your naked hand
Please don't let go again

Your sacrifice
That meant so much
Left us with no place to stand
Please let me touch
And let me near
Let me near




SWEET JULY

Richard Wright 1996

Music: Wright

Albums:

Broken China

(Instrumental)






ALONG THE SHORELINE

Richard Wright 1996

Music: Wright
Lyrics: Anthony Moore
Vocals by: Wright

Albums:

Broken China

You feel her warmth, feel it like a summer day
Shining from, the cloudless sky, it lights her way.

With darkness gone, like a distant road
We travelled it all night until the morning rose.

Now we're turning, towards the sun, unfolding everyday
From out behind, the clouded mind,
With more than words can say.

We're half-naked souls and a harmony
Is a song of tears, all washed into the sea,
As we stand along the shoreline.

We were cut off from our lives, by a wall of pain,
It can't be seen, it's so routine, it has no face or name.

But now the day has broken, can see in better ways,
A path leading to the light, a hope that never fades,
All power to the brave.

You feel her warmth, feel it like solar rays,
See how, they kindle fire, illuminate her face.

Free as the sunlight that shines down from above,
That opens us all to feel love.





BREAKTHROUGH

Richard Wright 1996

Music: Wright
Lyrics: Anthony Moore
Vocals by: Wright, Sinead O'Connor

Albums:

Film/Video:

Broken China

David Gilmour in Concert

I can take or leave it, won't be the woebegone,
Don't need a model universe to hang your pictures on.
You hide somewhere, you die somewhere
And then this senseless thought,
By hating more you're feeling more
And that's how you get caught.

They're never going to make it easy
Of this you can be sure.
I greet you from your wilderness,
I'll stay inside your door.

There is no cage or prison, they have no fence too tall,
You die more times than anyone, there's still no place to fall.

They're never going to keep it simple
This comes down from above.
I have no helm, no secret realm,
I dream to be at the heart of love, a part of love.

I bet you can conceal it, but that's just a dead-end track,
I'll cover you like the driven snow and then I'll bring you back.
You'll see! you feel like, you feel like a banner,
Unfurled and gently blown,
And there before your opening eyes
The self you've never known.

They're never going to make it easy
Of this you can be sure
You feel untied, beatified
And loved for evermore.


Lyrics Copyright: Pink Floyd Music Publishers Ltd./Richard Wright Music Overseas Ltd. 1996


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