ASIA


Alpha

(1983)



1. Don't Cry 3'42
(John Wetton / Geoff Downes)
2. The Smile Has Left Your Eyes 3'14
(John Wetton)
3. Never In A Million Years 3'47
(John Wetton / Geoff Downes)
4. My Own Time 4'50
(John Wetton / Geoff Downes)
5. The Heat Goes On 4'57
(John Wetton / Geoff Downes)
6. Eye To Eye 3'12
(John Wetton / Geoff Downes)
7. The Last To Know 4'40
(John Wetton / Geoff Downes)
8. True Colors 3'51
(John Wetton / Geoff Downes)
9. Midnight Sun 3'48
(John Wetton / Geoff Downes)
10. Open Your Eyes 6'24
(John Wetton / Geoff Downes)

Total Time: 42:15


  • Geoff Downes - Keyboards
  • Steve Howe - Guitars
  • John Wetton - Vocals and Bass Guitar
  • Carl Palmer - Drums

    Produced by Mike Stone for Mike STONE ENTERPRISES Ltd.
    Assisted by Rob Whelan and Frank Opolko
    Engineered by Mike Stone and Paul Northfield
    Management: Brian Lane
    Cover Design: 1983 Roger Dean

    All Tracks Arranged by ASIA

    All Songs Published by WB MUSIC Corp. / ALMOND LEGG MUSIC Corp. Adm. by WB MUSIC Corp. / ACKEE MUSIC Corp., Inc. (ASCAP)

    Recorded at Le STUDIO (Morin Heights), Quebec and MANTA STUDIOS, Toronto, Canada on 48-Tracks (two Studer A-800s), SSL Computerized Console and Digitally Mixed on the JVC BP90 Digital System,
    February to May 1983

    GEFFEN RECORDS, distributed in the United States by MCA DISTRIBUTING CORPORATION
    1983 The David GEFFEN COMPANY

    In 1982, ASIA quickly became the sucess story of the year as "Heat Of The Moment", the group's first sinlge, climbed to #4 on the national charts and "Only Time Will Tell", a second recored followed suit into the Top 20.
    Asia, the group's stunning debut LP, became a #1 hit, selling over 9 million copies worldwide.



    1. Don't Cry

      Hard Times you had before you
      I knew when I first saw you
      You girl you've always been mistreated,
      cheated

      So leave it all behind you
      I took so long to find you
      I know that we can last forever
      ever and more, oh,
    DON'T CRY NOW THAT I'VE
    FOUND YOU
    DON'T CRY TAKE A LOOK
    AROUND YOU
    DON'T CRY IT TOOK SO LONG TO
    FIND YOU
    DO WHAT YOU WANT, BUT LITTLE
    DARLING PLEASE,
    DON'T CRY
      I knew I'd never doubt it
      I was so sure about it
      Don't think of all that's been before

      I'll hear you when you're calling
      I'll catch you when you're falling
      Don't worry I will always be there
      Like never before, oh
    Chorus

    2. The Smile Has Left Your Eyes

      I saw you standing hand in hand
      And now you come to me, the solitary man
      And I know what made us live
      Such ordinary lives
      The where to go the who to see
      No one could sympathize
      THE SMILE HAS LEFT YOUR EYES
      THE SMILE HAS LEFT YOUR EYES

      And I've become a rolling stone
      I don't know where to go or what to call my own
      But I can see that black horizon looming
      ever close to view
      It's over now it's not my fault
      See how this feels for you
      THE SMILE HAS LEFT YOUR EYES
      Now there's no one to sympathize
      Now it's too late, you realized
      Now that no one can sympathize, now that
      THE SMILE HAS LEFT YOUR EYES
    1st Verse

    2nd Chorus


      But I never thought I'd see you
      Standing there with him
      So don't come crying back to me ...

    3. Never In A Million Years

      Plain evil, I know what's on your mind
      Never say you're leaving me behind
      No trouble, get that from the start
      You know the cost of loving is your heart
    Chorus

    I would never leave you
    I would never go
    I would never leave you
    Never in a million, never in a million
    NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS

      Pure pleasure, the love that's in your eyes
      You never give me feelings in disguise
      Same fever, it comes on all the time
      Always lets me know what's on my mind
    Chorus
      Live angel, you come to me and cry
      Like tears of joy come raining from the sky
      I'd never leave you, you knew that from
      the start
      I'll give it to you now straight from the heart
    I would never leave you
    NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS
    I would never go
    NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS

    4. My Own Time

      Walking through the snow kicking my heels
      Seems that sunlight never felt so good before
      Bet you really don't know how it feels
      I don't have to answer to anyone no more
      And better I've never felt
      Nothing to show, but nothing to lose,
      I'm on my own
    Cast your mind back not so long ago
    I was always busy playing by the rules
    Bet you really thought I didn't know
    You were double-dealing, now you're back
    at school
    Something you didn't learn
    Faith in myself
    Gives me the strength to carry on...

    I'll do what I want to anyway
    I'll do what I want and I'll do it in
    MY OWN TIME
      Don't give me that same old pack of lies
      I'll tell you the story, how it really is
      Want me to carry on? ( this line is in liner, but not in song )
      You think you always had the upper hand
      Someone better tell you that the tide had turned
      Getting your fingers burned, how does it feel?
      Now it's for real this is the deal
    I'll do what I want to anyway
    I'll do what I want and I'll do it in
    MY OWN TIME is on my side again
    And one thing I intend
    Is I'll do it in
    MY OWN TIME

    5. The Heat Goes On

      You walk tall, got your head in the clouds
      You talk soft, but you're thinking aloud
      And you know, exactly what you want

      You box shy, you're hard to get
      You got the face that I can't forget
      And I know, I know the heat goes on
    I know that THE HEAT GOES ON
    I know that THE HEAT GOES ON
      You play tight, you're nobody's fool
      Not cold, but I know that you're cool
      Look at you, I know the heat goes on

      Now tell me, with your hand on your heart
      That you knew, you were right from the start
      And you know, you knew it all along
    I know that THE HEAT GOES ON
    I know that THE HEAT GOES ON
      Times to decide
      Times that I've lied
      Problems will never be solved
      Which way is wrong?
      Which could be right?
      This heat will always go on
      On and on
    1st Verse

    2nd Chorus

    6. Eye To Eye

      I don't want to see your picture
      On a faded video
      I don't want to turn the clock back
      To the way it used to go

      Can you give me any reasons
      Why I made this sacrifice?
      When you thought you walked on water
      You were skating on thin ice
    'Cause we don't see EYE TO EYE
    'Cause we don't see EYE TO EYE
      I don't want to be memory
      Just another Anglophile
      I would never learn your language
      Could it be there's no more time?

      Is there any reason talking
      'Bout your crazy point of view?
      You can't even try to answer
      The questions that I put to you
    'Cause we don't see EYE TO EYE
    'Cause we don't see EYE TO EYE

    7. The Last To Know

      Standing alone in solitude
      Holding your head in your hands
      Tears play like rain on your fingertips
      Who but yourself is to blame?
      How could I offer sympathy
      When all I feel is pure rejection
    I was the first one to really know your name
    And you were the first one for me
    But everyone knew but me
    You were the first one to ever let me down
    And I was just THE LAST TO KNOW
      I was the fool who trusted you
      No evil thoughts in my mind
      When I see you standing there with him
      Who can I blame, for this deception?
    Chorus (x2)

    8. True Colors

      This evening really came as some surprise
      It showed me just how little faith
      I think back when you couldn't criticize
      You sure were glad to see my face
    But now your are giving away
    your lies
    TRUE COLORS seeing them in your eyes

    Chorus

      For you the tables [sic] turned full circle now
      And all those people you call friends
      See who defends you when you're down again
      Don't count on money-spinners then
    They could be my maybe
    you'll see them then
    TRUE COLORS twisting the knife again Chorus
      You did what you wanted to do
      I lived to fight another day
      I know what I want you to do, pack your bags
      and get away

    9. Midnight Sun

      As far as the eye could see
      From the horizon to infinity
      Static forces down the line
      Connecting voices talking rhymes

      Can't decode nor can define
      The signal's perfect indicates a sign
    MIDNIGHT SUN
    Guiding light
    Take the eye
    Go skimming
    Across the sky Chorus
      As far as the eye could see
      Communications were all down
      Connecting voices in the air
      New formations moving sound
      Then came what I could not explain
      I felt a hand, turned 'round and saw a face
    MIDNIGHT SUN
    Guiding light
    Take the eye
    Go skimming
    Across the sky... Chorus

    10. Open Your Eyes

      What on earth are you doing here, in the
      western world?
      Another situation, yeah you're a different girl
      You have lived your life dreaming you were
      someone else
      Succeeding's believing in yourself
    OPEN YOUR EYES
    And see the world that stands before you now
    OPEN YOUR EYES
    And see the world that stands in front of you
      You have spent your days trying for
      something new
      You have looked at magazine girls, wishing
      that they were you
      Do you see in photographs an angel that once
      was you?
      Does she tell you stories that are true?
    OPEN YOUR EYES
    And see the world that stands before you now
    OPEN YOUR EYES
    And see the world that stands in front of you
      If I could stand with you right now and speak
      my mind
      I would tell you no lies
      I would shoot straight between the eyes

      You have stared a thousand times, right into
      the lens
      Have you ever thought just once, does it all
      make sense?
      Your beauty is eternal so don't just pretend
      Got to wake up girl, or it's the end ...