Hanging by a Thread Mike & The Mechanics / Mike & The Mechanics And through the grief and pain, I'm half insane I give an inch you take a mile You throw away the key, ignore my plea You cut me down without a trial (You keep me hanging by) hanging by a thread (You keep me hanging by) leaving me for dead (You keep me hanging by) I heard it when you said, (You keep me hanging by) "Keep him hanging by a thread" You throw a length of rope, I grab, you hope, It's just enough to hang myself I make a fatal slip, I lose my grip There's no-one left to call for help (You keep me hanging by) hanging by a thread (You keep me hanging by) leaving me for dead (You keep me hanging by) I'm not finished yet (You keep me hanging by) I'm still hanging by a thread I hear a final scream, another dream I hear it then I start to go (hang him by a thread) I recognise the pain, a time to play Then stuck me to the afterglow (hang him by a thread) Then I wake up wet, soaked in sweat Tell you all you want to know (hang him by a thread)