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"No Language in Our Lungs" is a song by Andy Partridge. It appeared on the 1980 album Black Sea.

A live version appeared on BBC Radio 1 Live in Concert, later on the 1998 Transistor Blast box set.

QuotesEdit

Andy: “I loved playing this one live. It was the sense of power held under and I think Hugh and Steve captured that really well for us. At this point we were pushing them on to drum sounds of greater and greater violence. Hugh was single-handedly inventing the 80's explosive snare. Take one stone lined room, a handful of microphones, some noise gates, one Terry Chambers and you're half way there. The burbling conversation was taped from whatever was on the control room television that evening. It was Whickers World.”

Andy (on the live version): “We all enjoyed playing ‘No Language in our Lungs’ live. It was a chance to look into a more purpose placed lopey groove, like moving big wooden bricks from one point to another. Shred them vocal chords Andy!”

LyricsEdit

There is no language in our lungs

to tell the world just how we feel

no bridge of thought

no mental link

no letting out just what you think

there is no language in our lungs


there is no muscle in our tongues

to tell the world what's in our hearts

no we're leaving nothing

just chiselled stones

no chance to speak before we're bones

there is no muscle in our tongues


I thought I had the whole world in my mouth

I thought I could say what I wanted to say

For a second that thought became a sword in my hand

I could slay any problem that would stand in my way

I felt just like a crusader

lionheart, a holy land invader

but nobody can say what they really mean to say and

the impotency of speech came up and hit me that day and

I would have made this instrumental

but the words got in the way

there is no language in our...


there is no language in our lungs

to tell the world what's in our hearts

no we're leaving nothing behind

just chiselled stones

no chance to speak before we're bones

there is no language in our lungs

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