Tough Love  
    (Difford/Tilbrook)  
      There she sits in an empty room  
      The look on her face says it all 
      A bruise appears round a crying eye  
      As the tear drops sadly fall 

      He knocked her over he hit her 
      And told her she's stupid  
      He’s high as a kite once again 
      She knows that tough love is needed  
      To save the love of her friend 

      There he sits in a freezing car  
      She's in her bed in the warm 
      The cold light of the morning sky  
      Finds him cramped and looking worn 
      He wanders inside on tiptoes 
      And brews up some coffee  
      He’s shaking and sweating again 
      She knows that tough love is needed  
      To save the love of her friend 

      They talk it over but it's not easy  
      Sorting it out 
      She cannot take it when he tells lies  
      And sneaks off out of the room 
      Returning like somebody's lost balloon 

      Tea leaves sit in an empty cup  
      No expression on his face 
      The TV's showing commercials  
      He's back in her arms again 
      No more the drugs and the drinking  
      Her heart can stop sinking  
      Now that he's home once again 
      She knows that tough love is needed  
      To save the love of her friend 

      They talked it over for hours and hours and hours  
      ‘Till everything sounded the same 
      She knows it's tough love that she finds in her heart  
      To dissolve the pain

      (c) 1987 Virgin Music Inc. (ASCAP)


  • FROM THE ALBUM: Babylon and On.
  • COMPILATIONS: Classics, Excess Moderation.
  • OTHER APPEARANCES: The B-side to "853-5937".
  • From the Excess Moderation sleevenotes. Glenn: T-Bone Wolk's accordion part was the cheese on my toast in this song that has one of my favourite of Chris' lyrics. Chris: Gilson inspired this lyric from something he said on the tour bus. I know now what he meant and how he felt. I love Gilson very much and will always respect the amount of effort he put into the band.