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After spending the '70s mining glam and progressive rock -- in the Plod and then Gypp, respectively -- singer/songwriter Martin Newell ushered in the '80s by crafting rough-hewn psychedelic pop nuggets with a curious co-conspirator, Lawrence "Lol" Elliot. The duo assumed the name Cleaners From Venus, quickly wrote and self-recorded a number of subterannean pop "hits" using borrowed and battered equipment, then issued their own short-run tapes, which they made available through British weeklies and word-of-mouth exchanges.  Their self-sustained approach to recording and releasing their own music helped pioneer the UK DIY cassette culture, as further popularized by punk, post-punk, noise and anarcho contemporaries who were similarly skeptical of the cutthroat practices fueling the country's corrupt music biz.  With the occasional help of other like-minded musicians, The Cleaners' original roster released three excellent tapes -- Blow Your Troubles Away (1981), On Any Normal Monday (1982) and Midnight Cleaners (1982) -- before Newell and Elliot parted ways.  Newell subsequently soldiered on, recruiting a rotating auxiliary of capable musicians to bolster his increasingly distinctive and sophisticated pop songwriting.  He remains musically active today, occasionally under his own name, but oftentimes under the Cleaners From Venus moniker.

[Verse 1]
Lying in my room quite late one night
Something I could see made me check my sight
Something very strange made me walk outside
So I walked outside like this fool would
Nothing to lose and I knew I should
Ever since she told me that I was no good
It was no good, I knew it would be...

[Chorus]
Only a shadow, only a shadow
Only a shadow but she looks like you
Only a shadow, only a shadow
Only a shadow but she looks like you
She looks like you

[Verse 2]
It's the time of year when the flower dies
It's the kind of night where the ghost will rise
Searching for a girl with the dancing eyes
Who could stay all day but leave next night
Instinct should have told me it never worked out right
Now I'm very nervous, I leave on my light
But I walk outside, I walk outside, but it's...

[Chorus]
Only a shadow, only a shadow
Only a shadow but she looks like you
Only a shadow, only a shadow
Only a shadow but she looks like you
Only a shadow, only a shadow
Only a shadow but she looks like you
Only a shadow, only a shadow
Only a shadow but she looks like you
She looks like you

[Verse 3]
Listen to her voice going 'round my head
Comes to me at night when I'm in my bed
Could be going crazy, it's what they said
And what they say is I'm no good
Told me to leave, you really think I should
Haunted by your face everywhere I look
But I walk outside and I walk to find it's...

[Chorus]
Only a shadow, only a shadow
Only a shadow but she looks like you
Only a shadow, only a shadow
Only a shadow but she looks like you
Only a shadow, only a shadow, only a shadow

[Outro]
Only a shadow
Only a shadow
Only a shadow
Only a shadow


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