Marathon Man


Silence in the mountains
Sirens wail on city streets
The heat I radiate shall melt away all icy sheets
100 million years before the burnout of the sun
Dreams to be fulfilled
Life still yet to come

If to fail is your fate
And to succeed is destiny
Place your hand up on your heart
And rise above in liberty

I am the marathon man
Catch me if you can
Got miles and miles already run
Miles and miles still left to come and
I am the marathon man
With the whole world in my hands

When the heat disturbs your senses
Sweet surrender to the realms
When the cold breaks down defenses
Find me standing at the helm
100 million years before the burnout of the sun
Dreams to be fulfilled
Life still yet to come

If to fail is your fate
And to succeed is destiny
Keep your eyes up on the prize
All join hands with me

I am the marathon man
Catch me if you can
Got miles and miles already run
Miles and miles still left to come and
I am the marathon man
With the whole world in my hands

If to fail is your fate
And to succeed is destiny
Keep your eyes up on the prize
All join hands with me

I am the marathon man
Catch me if you can
Got miles and miles already run
Miles and miles still left to come and
I am the marathon man
With the whole world in my hands


Lyrics by:
Brown

Available on:
My Way (3.50)

Details:
This LP and its 2007 predecessor are as painful to the senses as a Marathon Man dental visit.

"Mind the gap...Mind the gap...Mind the gap..."
Top: We're over the line. It's not how you start, it's how you finish. Like Dustin Hoffman's character in the film of the same name, Ian Brown has 'gone the distance' and outlasted the antagonists. Brown had perhaps anticipated such a gap forming between his own post-Roses output and that of his musically stagnating former songwriting partner as early as 1998. The Corpses In Their Mouths video cheekily ends with Ian walking towards the camera, with the sign 'MIND THE GAP' hovering prominently. With Brown's solo career quickly moving through the gears in 1998, Squire would soon lose sight of the singer. While the guitarist is left to ponder the road not taken, Brown, the king of the jungle, has miles to go before he sleeps (exemplified by his running on the spot stage routine).
Middle & bottom: Love Like A Fountain video stills. After first serving as a page, Squire was well on his way to becoming a knight. If we were to survey this King Monkey versus Seahorse battle in chess terms, it was King takes knight. Checkmate by the year 2000. Squire perhaps thought he was king in 1995 and the pawns around him were not part of the plan. The free-spirited Brown, however, ultimately reigns supreme. Time is just a one-way road. We all play chess with death, but while Brown has time on his side, Squire is left with time trouble. Here, Brown channels the energy and sprinting optimism of She Bangs The Drums, leaving Squire in the distance, now all out of time.


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