Paradise in the Picturehouse

by The Stunning

/
  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Consistently voted one of the best debut Irish rock albums of all time, 'Paradise in the Picturehouse' spent 5 weeks at number one upon it's first release in 1990. This bonus re-issue contains extra tracks and a color booklet. Remastered and with the original artwork this album is a must have introduction to a legendary Irish band.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Paradise in the Picturehouse via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 5 days

      €8 EUR

     

  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

    High resolution PDF of the album cover and track chords and lyrics.

      €6 EUR  or more

     

1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.

about

The Stunning's debut album ‘Paradise In The Picturehouse’ was released in 1990 and spent five weeks at number one. It became one of the most-loved Irish albums of all time and contained four hit singles: Brewing up a Storm, Half Past Two, Got to Get Away and Romeo's on Fire. It has gone on to sell more than 100,000 copies in Ireland alone.

credits

released July 1, 1990

Produced by The Stunning and Chris O'Brien.

tags

license

all rights reserved

about

The Stunning Ireland

Formed in 1987 The Stunning broke up in 1994 having released just three albums. But in their absence the songs grew stronger and were rarely off the airwaves. Their debut album "Paradise in the Picturehouse", spent 5 weeks at No. 1 in 1990, and has since been re-issued. The band now reform every couple of years with the original members and play to packed venues around Ireland. ... more

shows

contact / help

Contact The Stunning

Streaming and
Download help

Redeem code

Track Name: The Girl with the Curl
VERSE: G Em – A

BREAK: Em - A

(G)
THE GIRL WITH THE CURL THREE TIMES A WHIRL
FLAMING RED HAIR FLIES WHEN SHE TWIRLS
(Em) (A) (Em) (A)
SHE SHINES BY NIGHT, HIDES BY DAY
(Em) (A) (Em) (A)
NO ONE CAN STOP HER GLOW-WORM WAYS

SHE MAKES A JOKE OF VANITY
SHE DOESN’T SIP SHE SLURPS HER TEA
PEOPLE STARE NO MATTER WHAT SHE WEARS
SHE’S NOT AFRAID TO GO ANYWHERE ALONE

HEY, HEY, HEY!

ON HER CHEEK SHE BEARS THE SCAR
OF A LOVERS RING WHEN HE WENT TOO FAR
NOW HE’S ALONE IN HIS WHITE MG
WITH NO ONE TO FILL THE EMPTY SEAT

BATTERED SHOES AND A TATTERED SHIRT
SHE COULD WEAR A SACK AND STILL LOOK GOOD
SHE SITS DOWN NEXT TO ME,
PUTS HER HAND UPON MY KNEE,
LOOKS ME IN THE EYE AND SAYS -
“I WISH THE SUN WOULD SHINE.”

HEY, HEY, HEY
(Em) (A) (Em) (A)
EVERY TIME SHE HITS BOTTOM
THE URGE COMES ON TO HIT THE BOTTLE
(G) (A) (C) (D)
THERE’S A BARMAN DOWN, THE DARK SIDE OF TOWN
(G) (A) (Em) (A)
SAYS HE NEVER SAW A GIRL THAT WAS QUICKER,
(Em) (A) (G)
SHE WAS QUICKER, ON THE DRAW

HEY, HEY, HEY!
(Em) - (A)
THE GIRL WITH THE CURL (X 4)
Track Name: Romeo's on Fire
THE STUNNING - ROMEO'S ON FIRE (S.Wall)
Verse: D - G - A

Chorus: Em - G – A

Middle 8. “Burning up”: D – G – A (played in a Ska style)

I WAKE UP TO THE SOUND OF SINGING
BLACKBIRD ON A TREE OUTSIDE
DOES SHE KNOW THE JOY SHE’S BRINGING
TO THIS ACHING HEART OF MINE

CHORUS:
ROMEO’S ON FIRE (X 3)

I SAW HER ON HER WAY TO CHURCH
ON A FROST SUNDAY MORNING
INNOCENCE UPON HER KNEES
I THOUGHT – THIS IS WHAT I USED TO SCORN

ROMEO’S ON FIRE (X 3)

HUMILITY IN A DOWNWARD GLANCE
SERENITY IN A GENTLE TOUCH
QUEEN OF HEAVEN TURN TO ME
TELL THE TRUTH BEFORE I BURN TOO MUCH

ROMEO’S ON FIRE (X 3)

HE’S BURNING UP, HE’S BURNING UP………

ROMEO’S ON FIRE ETC.
Track Name: Got to Get Away
GOT TO GET AWAY - THE STUNNING (S.Wall)

VERSE: C – F

CHORUS: Bb – F – C – F - C




(C) (F) (C) (F) (C)
JOHNNY, YOU WERE JUST ABOUT TO TELL ME WHY YOU’RE SO UNHAPPY
WHEN TEARS WELLED IN YOUR EYES
IT’S CLEAR THAT EVERY LITTLE TEAR THAT DROPS INTO YOUR BEER
REFLECTS THE REASON WHY

CHORUS:
(Bb) (F) (C) (F) (C)
GOT TO GET AWAY AND MAKE ANOTHER START
GOT TO GET AWAY, THAT WOMAN BROKE HIS HEART
SHE BROKE HIS HEART

MY FRIEND, YOU KNOW YOU ARE MY FRIEND, I’LL PUT YOU ON THE MEND
YOUR SORRY DAYS ARE OVER
IT’S TRUE, WHEN IT GETS ON TOP OF YOU, THE ONLY THING TO DO
IS GET OUT ON THE DOUBLE

CHORUS

AH JOHNNY NOW, I THINK YOU’RE FEELING SORRY NOW
GET UP ON YOUR FEET SOMEHOW AND GET OUT ON THE DOUBLE
YOU’LL FIND THAT LOVE IS ALWAYS BLIND TO EVERYTHING UNKIND
AND YOU’LL WIND UP IN TROUBLE

CHORUS

INSTRUMENTAL BREAK: C – F
C – Bb (play both sets twice)

HARMONICA SOLO

CHORUS
Track Name: Half Past Two
HALF PAST TWO – THE STUNNING (S.Wall)

Half past two and because of you
I haven’t slept a wink
Mixed up in a mixing bowl my mind is on the brink
The dishes are all dirty my dinner’s on the floor
The cat is scratching at my leg, crying out for more.

Every day is grey when she’s not in town
But those grey days are so much brighter
When she’s around

Hurry up now you mustn’t linger
Or you’ll be too late
You don’t want to get the sticky finger
on this important date
should I clean up my bedroom and make my bed in case
should I buy some rubber balloons
just to play it safe?


Every day is grey when she’s not in town
But those grey days are so much brighter
When she’s around.


INSTRUMENTAL BREAK

Every day is grey when she’s not in town
But those grey days are so much brighter
When she’s around……when she’s around

I’m not looking for the gold ring thing
I’m just flying on new love’s wings
I’m looking for the beautiful
looking for the beautiful
looking for the beautiful
looking all around when she’s in town
looking all around when she’s in town
looking all around
looking all around
looking all around
looking all around
Track Name: Brewing up a Storm
BREWING UP A STORM - THE STUNNING (S.Wall)

Intro: Am C Em G

Am C Em G Am
HONEY IF THE TRUTH HURTS DON'T LOOK IT MIGHT GO AWAY
IT'S EASY TO PRETEND THAT LIFE IS A ROSY BOUQUET
I DON'T NEED A PLATTER, I'LL TAKE IT STRAIGHT FROM THE SHELF
GIVE IT TO ME RAW, I'LL TAKE IT HOME AND COOK IT MYSELF.

CHORUS: Am C D
BREWING UP A STORM (X 2)
BREWING UP INSIDE AND HIS EYES ARE WILD AND IT CAN'T GO ON
BREWING UP A STORM.

CAN'T AFFORD TO LOSE TOUCH, CAN'T AFFORD TO LOSE CONTROL
THE DOORS ARE OPEN WIDE AND THE WIND BLOWS A BITTER COLD
MAN HOLDS A MYSTERY SOMEONE ELSE HOLDS THE KEY
IT'S A SHAME THEY'RE THE SAME, THE ANSWER DOESN'T HAVE TO BE.

CHORUS:

SOLO SECTION:

FIRE IN HIS EYES, IN HIS HEAD, FIRE IN HIS TOUCH
BUT I CAN'T SHOUT FIRE 'COS I LOVE YOU TOO MUCH
THE RACE IS ON THE MESSAGE IS IN YOUR SOUL
AS A THOUSAND THOUGHTS A SECOND NOW EXPLODE

CHORUS:

DA, DA DA DA, DA DA DA, DA DA DA DA, ................ETC.
Track Name: Men without Souls (bonus track)
MEN WITHOUT SOULS - THE STUNNING (S.Wall)

INTRO: G - C


G Am
I’M TIRED OF ALL THAT
G C
I’M TIRED OF ALL THAT Alternate lyrics from B-side version
G C
I’M TIRED OF THE TALKS (I’m tired of your scandals)
Am C
ABOUT TALKS ABOUT TALKS (Your crooks and your vandals)
G C
WHILE THE GUNS HAVE THEIR SAY (I’m tired of your ways)

I’M SICK TO THE TEETH
YEAH I’M SICK TO THE TEETH
SOME MEN ARE SO ILL
THEY CAN BUTCHER AND KILL
FOR WHAT THEY BELIEVE

I CRIED WHEN I READ
THERE’S A BOY NEARLY DEAD
THEY SHOT HIM WITH HOLES
AND THEN BROKE A FEW BONES
AREN’T YOU TOUGH MEN

DO YOU DREAM IN YOUR SLEEP
DO YOU DREAM IN YOUR SLEEP
YOU LEFT HIM HALF DEAD
AND YOU WENT HOME TO BED
YOUR WIFE BRUSHED YOUR COAT
AND SHE MADE YOU SOME TOAST
CAN YOU HEAR HIM MOAN

MEN WITHOUT SOULS
MEN WITHOUT SOULS
THE WHOLE WORLD IS FILLED WITH THEM
DRAGGING THEIR FILTH WITH THEM
MADMEN WILL KILL FOR THEM
AND THEIR MOTHERS STILL FEEL FOR THEM
MEN WITHOUT SOULS