The Iceberg Model

by John Watts

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Frank Voss Years and years I tried to get this record on CD, the ones I found were way too expensive, now I own the LP with the original sleeve and the FLACs from Bandcamp... cool Favorite track: A Face To Remember.
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released January 1, 1983

John Watts
lead vocals, guitar, synthesizer, piano, producer
Dick Adland
drums, percussion, backing vocals
Brian Brummitt
alto saxophone, backing vocals
Denis Haines
piano, synthesizer
Paul Speare
tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone
David Purdye
bass, backing vocals
Jim Paterson
trombone, backing vocals
Mick Donnelly
tenor saxophone

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Fischer-Z Brighton, UK

John Watts’ 40-year career has included 20 albums and around 3000 concerts and festivals worldwide. He has been successful both in Fischer-Z and as a solo artist throughout Europe, with album sales in excess of two million. Peter Gabriel, Steve Cropper and Dexy’s Midnight Runners’ Brass section have all contributed to his recordings. ... more

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Track Name: Interference
I WAS MARKING TIME.
THE DOUBTERS LOOKED UNCERTAIN AS IMMEDIATE SOLUTIONS SEEMED IMPROBABLE.
THE FACES TURNED AWAY AND ULTIMATUMS TOOK THE PLACE OF EARLIER
DISCUSSIONS THAT YOU HAD WITH ME.

I DON'T NEED YOUR INTERFERENCE.
I CAN'T THINK IN SINGUIAR
FORMULA.
LEAVE ME ALONE.
LEAVE ME ALONE.

STANDARD REPLIES
WERE THE SOLE RESPONSE FROM A STRUCTURE THAT'S INFLEXIBLE.
I AM NOT SURPRISED
BUT YOU CAN'T EXPECT ANY GRATITUDE NOW I'VE COME BACK AGAIN.

I DON'T NEED YOUR INTERFERENCE.

IN A SINGLE DAY THE BARRIERS OF BEAUROCRACY WERE BROKEN DOWN.
AND YOU'VE CHANGED YOUR TUNE
AND NOW EVERYONE'S PREPARED TO SAY HELLO AGAIN.

I DON'T NEED YOUR INTERFERENCE.
Track Name: Man In Someone Else's Skin
VIEWED FROM A DISTANCE
THERE'S SOMETHING WRONG.
IT'S CONFIDENCE. . IT'S JUST NOT WORKING.
WHY IS IT SO OUIET NOW?
AND FACED WITH A MADE UP
PARADE OF DOLLS
IT'S OBVIOUS IT'S NOT WORTH FIGHTING
THE CANDLE KEEPS ON BURNING DOWN.

I'M A MAN IN SOMEONE ELSE'S SKIN.

CAUTIOUS MANOEWRES.
TOO MUCH RESTRAINT.
THE CENSOR WON'T BE HARD TO HANDLE
BUT I AM INESCAPABLE.
STAND BY THE MIRROR
SURVEY THE VIEW
IDENTIFY A STRANGE REFLECTION
AND WATCH THE IMAGE MULTIPLY.

I'M THE MAN IN SOMEONE ELSE'S SKIN.
Track Name: I Smell Roses (In The Underground)
NEARLY FELL DOWN A BASEMENT FLOOR AS
I WEAVED MY WAY THROUGH THE WELL DRESSED CROWDS
IN SEARCH OF YOU.
I TOOK HOPE FROM THE SAXOPHONE THOUGH
HER MOUTH GREW COLD SHE STILL BLEW OUT
A SYMPHONY. . .
THE SCENE IS FAMILIAR. I LOOK AGAIN.
WHEN I CAME HERE WITH YOU BEFORE IT WAS DIFFERENT.

I SAW BEAUTY IN THIS WASTED LAND
I SMELT ROSES IN THE UNDERGROUND
I SAW A FUTURE WHEN YOU WERE AROUND.
BUT NOW IT'S OVER.

THROUGH THE DARKNESS I CALLED YOUR NAME
AS THE FRIENDLY FACES MODE THEIR WAY
T0 SEE THE GAME.
SOMEONE STOPPED ME AND ASKED THE WAY
I SHRUGGED AND SMILED BUT SHE GLARED AT ME
IMPATIENTLY.
THE AMERCAN WAITRESS STILL KNOWS YOUR NAME
WHEN I CAME HERE WITH YOU BEFORE IT WAS DIFFERENT.

I SAW BEAUTY IN THIS WASTED LAND
I SMELT ROSES IN THE UNDERGROUND
I SAW A FUTURE WHEN YOU WERE AROUND
BUT NOW IT'S OVER.

YOU'LL ALWAYS HAUNT ME.
Track Name: I Was In Love With You
I KNOW YOU WON'T BE WAITING
CALL IT INTUITION.
YOU DON'T DECIEVE ME WITH A SHOW OF FALSE AFFECTION.
I'M NOT SURPRISED... I SAW IT COMING BUT
I STILL THINK YOU'RE WRONG.

NOW I WANT THIS STRAIGHT
DON'T AVOID MY EYES
TELL ME FACE TO FACE
THAT I HAVE NO CHOICE
IT SEEMS THE LEAST
THAT YOU CAN DO.
I WAS IN LOVE WITH YÊU
I WAS IN LOVE WITH YOU

I SEE YOU HAVE DECIDED
I JUST WANT CONFIRMATION.
NO TEARS HAVE EVER LED TO EASIER SOLUTIONS.
YOUR COFFEE'S COLD... THEY'LL SOON COLLECT ME
SO I NEED TO KNOW.

NOW I WANT THIS STRAIGHT
DON'T AVOID MY EYES.
Track Name: Money And Power
THE LAST FEW DAYS HAVE TAKEN A HEAVY TOLL.
I SPIT TWICE AND STARE AT THE PORCELAIN BOWL.
I WAS WOKEN UP THIS MORNING BY THE RADIO ALARM
AND FOUND THAT I HAD LOST THE CIRCULATION IN MY ARM.
THE NEIGHBOURS' GIRLS PLAY CHOPSTICKS THROUGH THE WALL.

NO CHANCE WHAT CHANCE HAVE I?
TO CHANGE THINGS WHY SHOULD I TRY?
IT'S DANGEROUS IT'S TURNING S0UR.
WHAT EVERYONE WANTS IS MONEY AND POWER.
WHAT EVERYONE WANTS IS MONEY AND POWER.


A DEMONSTRATION A QUARTER OF A MILLION STRONG.
I RUB MY EYES I KNOW THAT I SHOULD HAVE GONE.
I LOOK INTO THE MIRROR I THINK I'VE GOT A CHILL
I'LL GO DOWN TO THE SURGERY NOT FEELING VERY WELL.
THE NATIONAL NEWS STILL MANAGED TO PLAY IT DOWN.

NO CHANCE

I HEAR THE DOOR AND REACH OUT TO FIND A TOWEL
I HAVE TO GO THERE'S NOBODY ELSE AROUND.
I STAND THERE IN THE DOORWAY I KNOW I DON'T LOOK GOOD
IT'S ONLY MEN DELIVERING ANOTHER LOAD OF WOOD
OUR LEADER STILL WANTS BLOOD IN HER FINEST HOUR.

NO CHANCE

WHAT EVERYONE WANTS IS MONEY AND POWER.
Track Name: The Prisoner's Dilemma
GRANT ME ONE REQUEST
LET ME SEE HER.
I IMAGINE THAT IT'S HARD FOR HER
WHEN SHE DOESN'T KNOW WHY.
I HAVE NEVER TOLD HER
ALL THE SECRETS I HIDE.

I HAVE WAITED T00 LONG.
IF I COME HOME
IF I COME HOME AGAIN.
WE MUST GO ON
THERE'S NO MORE TIME TO SAY
WE CAN'T PUT THE RECORD STRAIGHT NOW.

RELEASE MY HANDS
I WON'T BREAK FREE.
I ONLY NEED A MOMENT TO EXPLAIN.
S0 PLEASE LET GO OF ME.
I NEED HALF AN HOUR
BEFORE YOU LEAD ME AWAY.

HAVE I WAITED TOO LONG?
IF I COME HOME
Track Name: Mayday Mayday
YOU FUNCTION LIKE A TAPE MACHINE THAT DRIVES ME UP THE WALL.
SPIT YOUR MESSAGE OUT I'M TIRED OF LlSTENING.
WHEN YOU TRY TO ANSWER ME YOU SOON RUN OUT OF WORDS
SO OUR COMMUNICATION IS SUPERFICIAL.

MAYDAY OH MAYDAY CONFUSION ON THE LINE.
MAYDAY OH MAYDAY I'M STILL NOT GETTING THROUGH.
MAYDAY OH MAYDAY KEEP TRYING.

YOUR INTENTIONS MAY BE GOOD BUT PLEASE DON'T INTERFERE.
YOU DEMONSTRATE A LACK OF UNDERSTANDING.
AND AS THE EMPTY WORDS BOUNCE BACK FROM THE CORNERS OF THE ROOM
I WONDER IF YOU'VE NOTICED SOMETHING IS MISSING.

MAYDAY OH MAYDAY

YOll'RE JUST A SYMBOL OF AUTHORITY.
WHO'S PAID TO PUT ME IN A CATEGORY.
THIS CONVERSATION IS UPSETTING ME.
Track Name: Menagerie Makers
AIRTIGHT CONTAINERS DON'T HEAR WHEN I CALL
YOU'RE ALL SO KEEN TO SEE ME CONFINED.
IF YOU BRING ME A MIRROR I COULDN'T LOOK IN IT NOW
I'D SEE THE ANGRY PERSON INSIDE.

TIME WILL TEAR ME AWAY FROM YOU.
TIME WILL TEAR ME AWAY FROM YOU.

WOLVES IN WHITE CLOTHING COME OUT WHEN YOU CALL
AND STAND THERE WAITING FOR ME TO FALL DOWN.
AT THE FIRST HINT OF WEAKNESS THEY'LL LAUGH IN MY FACE
YOU'VE NO IDEA WHAT REALLY GOES ON.

TIME WILL TEAR ME AWAY FROM YOU.
TIME WILL TEAR ME AWAY FROM YOU.

I'VE LOST PATIENCE WITH YOUR SCHEMING
AND YOU'RE KEEPING ME AWAKE AT NIGHT.
I THINK IT'S BEST IF YOU WOULD DO
US ALL A FAVOUR AND CO-OPERATE.

TOKEN RESISTENCE IS WASTING YOUR TIME
I'VE LEARNT THE ONLY WAY TO SURVIVE.
MENAGERIE MAKERS DON'T COUNT ON SUCCESS
I'VE TOLD YOU IT'S ONLY A MATTER OF TIME.
Track Name: A Face To Remember
THE LIGHT CREEPS IN
THROUGH THE BROKEN GLASS
IN THE SLEEPING WARD.
FINNEGAN'S VOICE
IS AN ENDLESS WHINE
THROUGH A HARDBOARD BARRICADE.
I THROW A CIGARETTE TO MAKE HIM QUIETEN DOWN.
AND I SEARCH FOR THAT PHOTO OF YOU.

AND YOUR FACE IS A SYMBOL.
A PLACE TO REMEMBER.
YOUR FACE IS A SYMBOL FOR ME NOW.

RADIO BLARES.
THERE IS NOT MUCH TIME.
AND THE CHILDREN PLAY YOU UP.
BUSES AND TRAINS
ON COMMUTER LINES
THROUGH THE CONDENSATION.
I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE DOING NOW
AND I FOLLOW YOU IN YOUR ROUTINE.

AND YOUR FACE IS A SYMBOL.

AND YOUR EYES MAKE ME STRONG AGAIN
I CAN LOOK AT THE WORLD FULL OF CONFIDENCE.
Track Name: Iceberg Model (Order Out Of Chaos)
"ONLY ONE TENTH OF THE MASS OF THE ICEBERG IS
VISIBLE ABOVE THE SURFACE OF THE WATER...
THE VAST MAJORITY BEING HIDDEN UNDERNEATH."

THIS PHENOMENON IS NOT RESTRICTED TO ICEBERGS.


"THE ICEBERG MODEL" IS A LOOK INSIDE THE HEAD OF A
MAN WHO, ON THE SURFACE IS CONFINED IN A RESTRICTIVE
ENVIRONMENT, AND YET POSSESSES IMMENSE POTENTIAL
WITHIN HIS MIND. IT SHOWS HOW EVENTUALLY THE EXTERNAL
PRESSURES BECOME SO GREAT THAT THEY THROW HIS INTERNAL
THOUGHT WORLD INTO CHAOS.