The Smiths: the lyrics


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The Smiths

Track list:
  1. Reel Around The Fountain
  2. You've Got Everything Now
  3. Miserable Lie
  4. Pretty Girls Make Graves
  5. The Hand That Rocks The Cradle
  6. This Charming Man
  7. Still Ill
  8. Hand In Glove
  9. What Difference Does It Make
  10. I Don't Owe You Anything
  11. Suffer Little Children

Hatful of Hollow

Track list:
  1. William It Was Really Nothing
  2. What Difference Does It Make
  3. These Things Take Time
  4. This Charming Man
  5. How Soon Is Now?
  6. Handsome Devil
  7. Hand In Glove
  8. Still Ill
  9. Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
  10. This Night Has Opened My Eyes
  11. You've Got Everything Now
  12. Accept Yourself
  13. Girl Afraid
  14. Back To The Old House
  15. Reel Around The Fountain
  16. Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want

Meat Is Murder

Track list:

  1. The Headmaster Ritual
  2. Rusholme Ruffians
  3. I Want The One I Can't Have
  4. What She Said
  5. That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore
  6. Nowhere Fast
  7. Well I Wonder
  8. Barbarism Begins At Home
  9. Meat Is Murder

The Queen Is Dead

Track list:

  1. The Queen Is Dead
  2. Frankly Mr. Shankly
  3. I Know It's All Over
  4. Never Had No One Ever
  5. Cemetery Gates
  6. Big Mouth Strikes Again
  7. The Boy With A Thorn In His Side
  8. Vicar In A Tutu
  9. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
  10. Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others

The World Won't Listen

Track list:

  1. Panic
  2. Ask
  3. London
  4. Big Mouth Strikes Again
  5. Shakespeare's Sister
  6. There is a Light That Never Goes Out
  7. Shoplifters Of The World Unite
  8. The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
  9. Asleep
  10. Unloveable
  11. Half A Person
  12. Stretch Out And Wait
  13. That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore
  14. Oscillate Wildly
  15. You Just Haven't Earned It Yet, Baby
  16. Rubber Ring

Louder Than Bombs

Track list:

Strangeways Here We Come

Track list:

Hand in Glove

This Charming Man

What Difference Does It Make

Hand in Glove (Sandie Shaw / The Smiths)

Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now

William It Was Really Nothing

How Soon Is Now?

Shakespeare's Sister

That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore

Big Mouth Strikes Again

Panic

Ask

Shoplifters of the World Unite

Sheila Take A Bow

Girlfriend In A Coma

I Started Something I Couldn't Finish

Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me

Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before

The Smiths

Track list:

  1. Reel Around The Fountain
  2. You've Got Everything Now
  3. Miserable Lie
  4. Pretty Girls Make Graves
  5. The Hand That Rocks The Cradle
  6. This Charming Man
  7. Still Ill
  8. Hatful Of Hollow
  9. What Difference Does It Make
  10. I Don't Owe You Anything
  11. Suffer Little Children

Reel Around the Fountain

     It's time the tale was told
     of how you took a child
     and you made him old

     Reel around the fountain
     slap me on the patio
     I'll take it now

     Fifteen minutes with you
     well, I wouldn't say no
     people said that you were virtually dead
     and they were so wrong

     fifteen minutes with you
     well, i wouldn't say no
     people said that you were easily led
     and they were half-right

     I dreamt about you last night
     and i fell out of bed twice
     you can pin and mount me like a butterfly
     but take me to the haven of your bed
     was something that you never said
     two lumps, please
     you're the bee's knees
     but so am I

     Meet me at the fountain
     shove me on the patio
     I'll take it slowly

     Fifteen minutes with you
     oh I wouldn't say no
     people see no worth in you
     oh but I do

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You've Got Everything Now

     As merry as the days were long
     I was right and you were long

     back at the old grey school
     I would win and you would lose

     But you've got everything now
     and what a terrible mess I've made of my life

     No, I've never had a job
     because I've  never wanted one

     I've seen you smile
     but I've never really heard you laugh

     So who is rich and who is poor?
     I cannot say...

     You are your mother's only son
     and you're a desperate one

     But I don't want a lover
     I just want to be seen in the back of your car

     A friendship sadly lost?
     Well, this is true ...and yet, it's false

     Did I ever tell you , by the way
     I never did like your face

     But you've got everything now
     and what a terrible mess I've made of my life

     No, I've never had a job
     because I'm too shy

     But I don't want a lover
     I just want to be tied to the back of your car.

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Miserable Lie

     So, goodbye
     please stay with your own kind
     and I'll stay with mine

     There's something against us
     it's not time
     So, goodbye
     I know I hardly say
     how much I love your casual way
     but please put your tongue away
     a little higher and we're well away
     the dark nights are drawing in
     and your humour is as black as them
     I look at yours, you laugh at mine
     and"love"  is just a miserable lie
     you have destroyed my flower like-life
     not once-but twice
     you have corrupt my innocent mind
     not once-but twice
     I know that wind-swept mystical air
     it means: I'd like to see your underwear
     I recognise that mystical air
     it means: I'd like to see your underwear
     what do we get for the trouble and pain?
     just a rented room in Whalley Range
     into the depths of the criminal world
     I followed her...

     I need advice, I need advice
     because nobody ever looks at me twice

     I'm just a country-mile behind
     the world

     I'm just a country mile behind
     the whole world

     so take me when you go

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Pretty Girls Make Graves

     Upon the sand, upon the bay
     "there is a quick and easy way" you say
     before you illustrate
     I'd rather state:

     "I'm not the man you think I am
     I'm not the man you think I am "

     And Sorrow's native son
     he will not smile for anyone

     And pretty girls makes the graves
     End of the pier, end of the bay
     you tug my arm and say:"Give into lust,
     give up to lust, oh heaven knows we'll
     soon be dust..."

     But I'm not the man you think I am
     I'm not the man you think I am

     And Sorrow's native son
     he will not rise for anyone

     And pretty girls make graves

     I could have been wild and I could have been free
     but Nature played this trick on me

     She wants it Now
     and she will not wait
     but she's too rough
     and I'm too delicate

     Then on the sand
     another man, he takes her hand
     and a smile lights up her stupid face
     (and well, it would)

     I lost my faith in Womanhood
     I lost my faith in Womanhood
     I lost my faith

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The Hand That Rocks The Cradle

     Please don't cry
     the ghost and the storm outside
     will not invade this sacred shire
     nor infiltrate your mind
     my life down I shall lie
     if the bogey-man should try
     to play tricks on your sacred mind
     to tease, torment and tantalise
     wavering shadows loom
     a piano plays in an empty room
     there'll be blood on the cleaver tonight
     when darkness lifts and the room is bright
     I'll still be by your side
     for you are all that matters
     and I'll love you till the day I die
     there never need to be longing in your eyes
     as long as the hand that rocks the cradle is mine
     ceiling shadows shimmy by
     and when the wardrobe towers like a beast of prey
     there's a sadness in your beautiful eyes
     you're untouched, unsoiled, wonderous eyes
     my life down I shall lie
     should restless spirts try
     to play tricks on you sacred mind
     but whom I never gave a name
     I just looked into his wonderous eyes
     and said" never never never again"
     all too soon I did return
     just like a moth to a flame
     so rattle my bones all over the stones
     because I'm only a beggar-man whom nobody owns
     see how words as old as sin
     fit me like a glove I'm here and here I'll stay
     together we lie, together we pray
     there never need be longing in your eyes
     as long as the hand that rocks the cradle is mine

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This Charming Man

     Punctured bicycle
     on a hillside desolate
     Will nature make a man of me yet?

     Then this charming car
     this charming man

     Why pamper life's complexities
     when the leather runs smooth
     on the passenger seat?

     I would go out tonight
     but I haven't got a stitch to wear
     This man said "It's gruesome
     that someone so handsome should care

     A jumped-up pantry boy
     who never knew his place
     He said "Return the ring"
     (he knows so much about these things)

     This charming man
     This charming man

     I would go out tonight
     but I haven't got a stitch to wear
     This man said "It's gruesome
     that someone so handsome should care

     A jumped-up pantry boy
     who never knew his place
     He said "Return the ring"
     (he knows so much about these things)

Still Ill

     I decree today that life
     is simply taking and not giving
     England is mine and it owes me a living
     ask me why, and I'll spit in your eye
     ask me why, and I'll spit in your eye
     but we cannot cling to the old dreams anymore
     no, we cannot cling to the old dreams anymore

     Does the body rule the mind
     or does the mind rule the body?
     I dunno...

     Under the iron bridge we kissed
     and although I ended up with sore lips
     it just wasn't like the old days anymore
     no, it wasn't like those days
     am I still ill?

     Does the body rule the mind
     or does the mind rule the body ?
     I dunno...

     Ask me why, and I'll die
     ask me why, and I'll die
     and if you must go to work tomorrow
     well, if I were you I wouldn't bother
     for there are brighter sides to life
     and I should know because I've seen them
     but not very often...
     under the iron bridge we kissed
     and although I ended up with sore lips
     it just wasn't like the old days anymore
     no, it wasn't like those days
     am I still ill?

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Hand In Glove

     Hand in glove
     the sun shines out of our behinds
     no, it's not like any other love
     this one is different-because it's us

     Hand in glove
     we can go wherever we please
     and everything depends upon
     how near you stand to me

     And if the people stare
     then the people stare
     I really don't know and I really don't care

     Hand in glove
     the Good People laugh
     yes, we may be hidden by rags
     but we have something they'll never have

     So, hand in glove I stake my claim
     I'll fight to the last breath

     If they dare touch a hair on your head
     I'll  fight to the last breath

     The Good Life is out there, somewhere
     so stay on my arm, you little charmer

     But I know my luck too well
     and I'll probably never see you again.

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What Difference Does It Make?

     All men have secrets and here is mine
     so let it be known
     we have been through hell and high tide,
     I can surely rely on you?
     and yet you start to recoil,
     heavy words are so lightly thrown
     but still I'd leap in front of a flying bullet for you

     So, what difference does it make?
     so, what difference does it make?
     it makes none
     but you have gone
     and you must be looking very old tonight

     The devil will find work for idle hands to do
     I stole and I lied, and why?
     because you asked me to!
     but now you make feel so ashamed
     because I've only got two hands
     well, I'm still fond of you

     So, what difference does it make?
     so, what difference does it make?
     it makes none
     but you have gone
     and your prejudice won't keep you warm tonight

     So, no more apologies
     no more apologies
     I'm too tired
     I'm too sick and tired
     and I'm feeling very sick and ill today

     But I'm still fond of you

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I Don't Owe You Anything

     Bought on stolen wine
     a nod was the first step
     you know very well
     what was coming next

     did I really walk all this way
     just to hear you say
     "oh I don't want to go out tonight"

     but you will
     for you must

     I don't owe you anything
     but you owe me something
     repay me now

     you should never go to them
     let them come to you
     just like I do

     you should not go to them
     let them come to you
     just like I do

     Too freely on your lips
     words prematurely said
     oh but I know what will make you smile tonight

     Life is never kind
     life is never kind
     oh but I know what will make you smile tonight

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Suffer Little Children

     Over the moors, take me to the moors
     dig a shallow grave
     and I'll lay me down

     Lesley-Anne, with your pretty white beads
     oh John, you'll never be a man
     and you'll never see your home again
     oh Manchester, so much to answer for

     Edward, see those alluring lights?
     tonight will be your very last night

     a woman said "I know my son is dead
     I'll never rest my hands on his scared head"

     Hindley wakes and Hindley says:
     "Wherever he has gone, I have gone "

     But fresh lilaced moorland fields
     cannot hide the stoild stench of death

     Hindley wakes and Hindley says:
     "Whatever he has done, I have done"

     But this is no easy ride
     for a child cries

          "find me...find me, nothing more
          we're on a sullen misty moor
          we may be dead and we may be gone
          but we will be right by your side
          until the day you die
          this is no easy ride
          we will haunt you when you laugh
          yes, you could say we're a team
          you might sleep
          BUT YOU WILL NEVER DREAM!"

     Oh Manchester, so much to answer for
     Oh Manchester, so much to answer for
     Over the moor, I'm on the moor
     the child is on the moor

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Hatful Of Hollow

Track list:

  1. William It Was Really Nothing
  2. What Difference Does It Make
  3. These Things Take Time
  4. This Charming Man
  5. How Soon Is Now?
  6. Handsome Devil
  7. Hand In Glove
  8. Still Ill
  9. Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
  10. This Night Has Opened My Eyes
  11. You've Got Everything Now
  12. >Accept Yourself
  13. Girl Afraid
  14. Back To The Old House
  15. Reel Around The Fountain
  16. Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want

William, It Was Really Nothing

     The rain falls hard on the humdrum town
     this town has dragged you down
     oh, the rain falls hard on the humdum town
     this town has dragged you down
     and everybody's got to live their own life
     and God knows I've got to live mine
     God knows I've got to live mine
     William, William it was really nothing
     William , William it was really nothing

     How can you stay with a fat girls who'll say:
     "Would you like to marry me
     and if you like you can buy the ring"
     she doesn't care about anything
     would you like to marry me
     and if you like you can buy the ring
     I don't dream about anything
     William, William it was really nothing
     William, William.

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These Things Take Time

     Mine eyes have seen the glory of the scared wunderknid
     you took me behind a dis-used railway line
     and you said "I know a place we can go
     where we are not known"
     and then you gave me something that I won't forget too soon
     but I can't believe that you'd ever care
     and this is why you'll never care
     but these things take time
     and I know that I'm the most inept
     that ever stepped

     I'm spellbound, but a woman divides
     and the hills are alive with celibate cries
     but you know where you came from, you know where
     you're going and you know where you belong
     you said I was ill, and you were not wrong
     but I can't believe that you'd ever care
     and so, you never cared
     but these things take time
     and I know that I'm
     the most inept
     that ever stepped

     Oh the alcoholic afternoons
     when we sat in your room
     they meant more to me
     than any living thing on earth
     they had more worth
     than any living thing on earth

     vivid and in your prime
     you will leave me behind
     you will leave me behind

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How Soon Is Now?

     I am the son
     and the heir
     of a shyness that is criminally vulgar
     I am the son and the heir
     of nothing in particular

     You shut your mouth
     how can you say
     I go about things the wrong way
     I am Human and I need to be loved
     Just like everybody else does

     There's a club, if you like to go
     you could meet somebody who really loves you
     so you go, and you stand on your own
     and you leave on your own
     and you go home, and you cry
     and you want to die

     When you say it's gonna happen "now"
     well, when exactly do you mean?
     see I've already waited too long
     and all my hope is gone

Handsome Devil

     All streets are crammed with things
     eager to be held
     I know what hands are four
     and I'd like to help myself
     you ask me the time
     but I sense something more
     and I would like to give you
     what I think you are asking for
     you handsome devil
     you handsome devil

     Let me get my hands
     on your mammary glands
     let me get your head
     on the conjugal bed
     I say, I say, I say

     I crack the whip
     and you skip
     but you deserve it

     A boy in the bush
     is worth two in the hand
     I think I can help you get through your exams

     (refrain)

     And when we're in your scholarly room
     who will swallow whom?

     (refrain)

     There's more to life than books, who know
     but not much more.

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Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now

     I was happy on the haze of a drunken hour
     but heaven knows I'm miserable now

     I was looking for a job, and then I found a job
     and heavens know I'm miserable now

     In my life
     why do i give valuable time
     to people who don't care if I live or die

     Two lovers entwined passed me by
     and heavens knows I'm miserable now

     I was looking for a job, and then I found a job
     and heavens know I'm miserable now

     In my life
     why do i give valuable time
     to people who don't care if I live or die

     What she asked of me at the end of the day
     Caligula would have blushed

     "You've been the house too long" she said
     and I naturally fled

     In my life
     why do I smile
     at people who I'd much rather kick in the eye

     I was happy on the haze of a drunken hour
     but heaven knows I'm miserable now

     "You've been the house too long" she said
     and I naturally fled

     In my life
     why do i give valuable time
     to people who don't care if I live or die

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This Night Has Opened My Eyes

     In a river the colour of lead
     emerse a baby's head
     wrap her up in the News Of The World
     dump her on a doorstep, girl
     this night has opened my eyes
     and I will never sleep again

     You kicked and cried like a bullied child
     a grown man of twenty-five
     he said he'd cure your ills
     but he didn't and he never will
     so, save your life
     because you've only got one

     The dream is gone
     but the baby is real
     oh you did a good thing
     she could have been a poet
     or, she could have been a fool
     oh you did a bad thing
     am I'm not happy
     and I'm not sad

     A shoeless child on a swing
     reminds you of your own again
     she took away your troubles
     oh but then again
     she left pain
     so, save your life
     because you've only got one

     The dream is gone
     but the baby is real
     oh you did a good thing
     she could have been a poet
     or, she could have been a fool
     oh you did a bad thing
     am I'm not happy
     and I'm not sad

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Accept Yourself

     Everyday you must say
     oh how do I feel about my life
     anything is hard to find
     when you will not open your eyes
     when will you accept yourself?
     I am sick and I am dull
     and I am plain
     how dearly I'd love to get carried away
     but dreams have a knack of just not coming through
     and time is against me now
     who and what to blame?
     anything is hard to find
     when you will not open your eyes
     when will you accept yourself?
     anything is hard to find
     when you will not open your eyes
     everyday you must say
     how do I feel about the past
     other conquered love-but I ran
     I sat in my room and I drew up a plan
     but plans can fall through as so often they do
     and time is against me now
     and there's no one left to blame
     tell me when will you
     when will you accept your life
     the one that you hate
     anything is hard to find
     when you will not open your eyes
     everyday you must say
     how do I feel about my shoes
     they make me awkward and plain
     how dearly I would love to kick with the fray
     but I once had a dream and it never came true
     and time is against me now
     and there's no one but yourself to blame
     anything is hard to find
     when you will not open your eyes
     when will you accept yourself?

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Girl Afraid

     Girl afraid
     where does his intentions lay?
     Or does he even have any?
     She says:
     "He never really looks at me
      I give him every opportunity
      in the room downstairs
      he sat and stared
      in the room downstairs
      he sat in stared
      I'll never make that mistake again !"

     Boy afraid
     prudence never pays
     and everything she wants costs money
     "But she doesn't even LIKE me!"
      and I know because she said so
      in the room downstairs
      she sat and stared
      in the room downstairs
      she sat and stared
      I'll never make that mistake again!"

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Back to the Old House

     I would rather not go
     back to the old house
     I would rather not go
     back to the old house
     there's too many
     bad memories

     When you cycled by
     here began all my dreams
     the saddest thing I've ever seen
     and you never knew
     how much I really liked you
     because I never even told you
     oh, but I meant to

     Are you still there?
     or have you moved away?

     I would love to go
     back to the old house
     but I never will

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Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want

     Good times for a change
     See, the luck I've had
     would make a good man
     turn bad

     So please please please
     let me, let me, let me
     get what I want
     this time

     Haven't had a dream in a long time
     See, the life I've had
     would make a good man bad

     So for once in my life
     let me get what I want
     Lord knows it would be the first time
     Lord knows it would be the first time

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Meat Is Murder

Track list:

  1. The Headmaster Ritual
  2. Rusholme Ruffians
  3. I Want The One I Can't Have
  4. What She Said
  5. That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore
  6. Nowhere Fast
  7. Well I Wonder
  8. Barbarism Begins At Home
  9. Meat Is Murder

The Headmaster Ritual

     Belligerent ghouls
     run Manchester schools
     spineless swines
     cemented mines
     Sir leads the troops
     jealous of youth
     same old suit since 1962
     he does the military two-step
     down the nape of my neck
     I wanna go home
     I don't want to stay
     give up education
     is a bad mistake
     mid-week on the playing fields
     Sir thwacks you on the knees
     knees you in the groin
     elbow in the face
     I wanna go home
     I don't want to stay

     Belligerent ghouls
     run Manchester schools
     spineless bastards all
     Sir leads the troops
     jealous of youth
     same old jokes since 1902
     he does the military two-step
     down the nape of my neck
     I wanna go home
     I don't want to stay
     give up life
     as a bad mistake
     please excuse me from gym
     I've got this terrible cold coming on
     he grabs and devours
     he kicks me in the showers
     kicks me in the showers
     and he grabs and devours
     I wanna go home
     I don't want to stay

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Rusholme Ruffians

     The last night at the fair
     by the big wheel generator
     a boy is stabbed
     and his money is grabbed
     and the air hangs heavy like a dulling wine
     she is famous
     she is funny
     an engagement ring
     doesn't mean a thing
     to a mind consumed by brass(money)
     and though I walk home alone
     my faith in love is still devout
     the last night at the fair
     from a seat on a whirling waltzer
     her skirt ascends for a watching eye
     it's a hideous trait( on her mother's side)
     and though  I walk home alone
     my faith in love is still devout
     then someone falls in love
     and someone's beaten up
     and the senses being dulled are mine
     and someone falls in love
     someone's beaten up
     and the senses being dulled are mine
     and though I walk home alone
     my faith in love is still devout
     this is the last night of the fair
     and the grease in the hair
     of a speedway operator
     is all a tremulous heart requires
     a schoolgirl is denied
     she said "How quickly would I die
     if I jumped from the top of the parachutes?"
     this is the last night of the fair
     and the grease in the hair
     of a speedway operator
     is all a tremulous heart requires
     a schoolgirl is denied
     she said "How quickly would I die
     if I jumped from the top of the parachutes?"
     scratch my name on your arm with a fountain pen
     (this means you really love me)
     scratch my name on your arm with a fountain pen
     (this means you really love me)
     and though I walk home alone
     my faith in love is still devout

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I Want the One I Can't Have

     On the day that your mentality
     catches up with your biology

     I want the one I can't have
     and it's driving me mad
     it's written all over my face

     (repeat)

     A double-bed
     and a stalwart lover, for sure
     these are the riches of the poor

     A double-bed
     and a stalwart lover, for sure
     these are the riches of the poor

     (refrain)

     a tough kid who sometimes swallows nails
     raised on Prisoner's Aid
     he killed a policeman when he was thirteen
     and somehow that really impressed me
     it's written all over my face

     On the day that your mentality
     catches up with your biology

     And if you ever need self-validation
     just meet me in the alley by the
     railway-station
     it's written all over my face

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What She Said

     What she said:
     "How come someone hasn't noticed
     that I'm dead
     and decided to bury me
     God knows, I'm ready"
     What she said was
     but then, all the rejection she's had
     to pretend to be happy
     could only be idiocy
     What she said was not for the job or
     lover that she never had
     What she read
     all heady books
     she'd sit and prophesise
     (it took a tattoed boy from Birkenhead
     to really really open her eyes)
     What she read
     all heady books
     she'd sit and prophesise
     (it took a tattoed boy from Birkenhead
     to really really open her eyes)
     What she said:
     "I smoke 'cos I'm hoping for an
     early death
     AND I NEED TO CLING TO SOMETHING
     What she said:
     "I smoke 'cos I'm hoping for an
     early death
     AND I NEED TO CLING TO SOMETHING!"

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That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore

     Park the car at the side of the road
     you should know
     time's tide will smother you
     and I will too
     when you laugh about other people who feel so
     very lonely
     their only desire is to die
     well I'm afraid
     it doesn't make me smile
     I wish I could laugh
     but that joke isn't funny anymore
     it's too close to home
     and it's too near the bone
     it's too close to home
     and it's too near the bone
     more than you'll ever know
     It was dark as I drove the point home
     and on cold leather seats
     well, it suddenly struck me
     I just might die with a smile on my
     face after all

     I've seen this happen in other people's lives
     and now it's happening in mine

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Nowhere Fast

     I'd like to drop my trousers to the world
     I am a man of means(of slender means)
     each household appliance
     is like a new science in my town
     and if a day came when I felt a
     natural emotion
     I'd get such a shock I'd probably jump
     in the ocean
     and when a train goes by
     it's such a sad sound

     I'd like to drop my trousers to the Queen
     every sensible child will know what this means
     the poor and the needy
     are selfish and greedy on her terms
     and if the day came when I felt a
     natural emotion
     I'd get such a shock I'd probably jump
     in the ocean
     and when a train goes by
     it's such a sad song

     And when I'm lying in my bed
     I think about life
     and I think about death
     and neither one particularly appeals to me
     and if the day came when I felt a
     natural emotion
     I'd get such a shock I'd probably lie
     in the middle of the street and die
     I'd lie down and die

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Well I Wonder

     Well I wonder
     do you hear me when you sleep?
     I hoarsely cry

     Well I wonder
     do you see me when we pass?
     I half-die

     Please keep me in mind
     please keep me in mind

     Gasping-but somehow still alive
     this is the fierce last stand of all I am

     Gasping-dying-but somehow still alive
     this is the final stand of all I am

     Please keep me in mind

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Barbarism Begins At Home

     Unruly boys
     who will not grow up
     must be taken in hand
     Unruly girls
     who will not settle down
     they must be taken in hand

     A crack on the head
     is what you get for not asking
     and a crack on the head
     is what you get for asking

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Meat Is Murder

     Heifer whines could be human cries
     closer comes the screaming knife
     this beautiful creature must die
     this beautiful creature must die
     a death for no reason
     and death for reason is MURDER
     and the flesh you so fancifully fry
     is not succulent, tasty or nice
     it's death for no reason
     and death for no reason is MURDER
     and the calf that you carve with a smile
     is MURDER
     and the turkey you festively slice
     is MURDER
     do you know how animals die?
     kitchen aroma aren't very homely
     it's not "comforting," "cheery" or kind
     it's sizzling blood and the unholy stench
     of MURDER
     it's not "natural," "normal" or kind
     the fleas you so fancifully fry
     as you savour the flavour
     of MURDER
     NO, NO, NO, IT'S MURDER
     NO, NO, NO, IT'S MURDER
     who hears when animals cry?

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The Queen Is Dead

Track list:

  1. The Queen Is Dead
  2. Frankly Mr. Shankly
  3. I Know It's All Over
  4. Never Had No One Ever
  5. Cemetery Gates
  6. Big Mouth Strikes Again
  7. The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
  8. Vicar In A Tutu
  9. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
  10. Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others

The Queen Is Dead

     Farewell to this lands cheerless marches
     hemmed in like a boar between arches
     her very Lowness with her head in a sling
     I'm truely sorry-but it sounds like a wonderful thing
     dear Charles, dont you ever crave
     to appear on the front of the Daily mail
     dressed in your Mother's bridal veil?
     So, I checked all the registered historical facts
     and I was shocked into shame to discover
     how I'm the 18th pale descendent
     of some, old queen or other
     has the world changed, or have I changed?
     has the world changed, or have I changed?
     as some 9-year old tough peddles drugs
     (I never even knew what drugs were)
     And so, I broke into the Palace
     with a sponge and a rusty spanner
     she said: "Eh, I know you, and you cannot sing"
     I said: "that's nothing -you should hear me play  piano"
     We can go for a walk where it's quiet and dry
     and we can talk about precious things
     but when you are tied to your mother's  apron
     not one talks about castration
     We can go for a walk where it's quiet and dry
     and we can talk about precious things
     like love and law and poverty
     these are the things that kill me
     We can go for a walk where it's quiet and dry
     and we can talk about precious things
     but the rain that flattens my hair
     theses are the things that kill me
     Passed the Pub that saps your body
     and the church who'll snatch your money
     the Queen is dead, boys
     and it's so lonely on a limb
     Pass the Pub that wrecks your body
     and the church-all they want is your money
     the Queen is dead, boys`
     you can trust me, boys
     life is very long, when you're lonely
     life is very long, when you're lonely
     life is very long, when you're lonely
     life is very long, when you're lonely

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Frankly, Mr. Shankly

     Frankly, Mr Shankly, this position Ive held
     it pays my way, but it corrodes my soul
     I want to leave you will not miss me
     I want to go down in musical history

     Frankly, Mr Shankly, Im a sickening wreck
     Ive got the 21st Century breathing down my neck
     I must move fast, you understand me
     I want to go down in celluloid history

     Fame, Fame, fatal Fame
     it can play hideous tricks on the brain
     but still I rather be Famous
     than righteous or holy, any day

     but sometimes Id feel more fulfilled
     making Christmas cards with the mentally ill
     I want to Live and I want to Love
     I want to catch something that I might be ashamed of

     Frankly, Mr Shankly, this position I've held
     it pays my way and it corrodes my soul
     oh, I didnt realise that you wrote poetry
     (I didnt realise you wrote such bloody awful  poetry)

     Frankly, Mr Shankly, since you ask
     you are a flatulent pain the arse
     I do not mean to be so rude
     but still, I must speck frankly, Mr Shankly

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I Know It's Over

     Oh Mother, I can fell the soil falling over my head
     and as i climb into an empty bed
     Oh well, Enough said
     I know it's over-still I cling
     I don't know where else I can go
     Oh Mother, I can feel the soil falling over my head
     see, the sea want s to take me
     the knife wants to cut me
     do you think you can help me?
     Sad veiled bride, please be happy
     handsome groom, give her room
     loud, loutish lover, treat her kindly
     (although she needs you
     more than she loves you)
     and I know it's over
     and it never really began
     but in my heart it was so real
     and you even spoke to me and said:
     "If you're so funny
     then why are you on your own tonight?
     and if you are so clever
     then why are you on your own tonight?
     if you're so terribly good looking
     then why do you sleep alone tonight?
     because tonight is just like any other night
     that's why you're on your own tonight
     with your triumphs and your charms
     while they are in each other's arms.."
     It's so easy to laugh
     it's so easy to hate
     it takes strength to be gentle and kind
     It's so easy to laugh
     it's so easy to hate
     it takes guts to be gentle and kind
     love is Natural and Real
     but not for you, my love
     not tonight my love
     love is Natural and Real
     but not for such as you and I, my love
     Oh Mother, I can fell the soil falling over my head
     Oh Mother, I can fell the soil falling over my head
     Oh Mother, I can fell the soil falling over my head
     Oh Mother, I can fell the soil falling over my head
     Oh Mother, I can fell the soil falling over my head

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Never Had No One Ever

     When you walk without ease
     on these
     the very streets where you were raised
     I had a really bad dream
     it lasted 20 years, 7 months, and 27 days
     Never had no one ever.

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Cemetery Gates

     A dreaded sunny day
     so I meet you at the cemetry gates
     Keats and Yeats are on your side
     A dreaded sunny day
     so I meet you at the cemetry gates
     Keats and Yeats are on your side
     while Wilde is on mine
     So we go inside and we gravely read the stones
     all those people all those lives
     where are they now ?
     with loves, and hates
     and passions just like mine
     they were born
     and then they lived and then they died
     which seems so unfair
     and I wantr to crv
     You say: "ere thrice the sun hath done salutation to the dawn"
     and you claim these words as your own
     but Im well-read, have heard them said
     a hundred times (maybe less, maybe more)
     if you must write prose/poems
     the words you use should be your own
     dont plagiarise or take "on loans"
     there's alweays someone, somewhere
     with a big nose, who knows
     and who trips you up and laughs
     when you fall
     You say: "ere long done do does did "
     words which could only be your own
     you then produce the text
     from whence was ripped
     (some dizzy whore, 1804)
     A dreaded sunny day
     so let's go where we're happy
     so I meet you at the cemetry gates
     Keats and Yeats are on your side
     A dreaded sunny day
     so let's go where we're wanted
     so I meet you at the cemetry gates
     Keats and Yeats are on your side
     but you lose
     because Wilde is on mine

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Bigmouth Strikes Again

     Sweetness, sweetness I was only joking
     when I said Id like to smash every tooth
     in your head
     Sweetness, sweetness I was only joking
     when I said by right s you should be
     bludgeoned in your bed
     and now I know how Joan of Arc felt
     now I know how Joan of Arc felt
     as the flames roseto her roman nose
     and her Walkman stared to melt
     Bibmouth, bigmouth
     bigmouth strikes again
     and Ive got no right to take my place
     with the Human race
     and now I know how Joan of Arc felt
     now I know of Joan of Arc felt
     as the flames rose to her roman nose
     and her hearing aid started to melt
     Bigmouth, bigmouth
     bigmouth strikes again
     and Ive got no right to take my place
     with the Human race

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The Boy With The Thorn in His Side

     The boy with the thorn in his side
     behind the hatred there lies
     a murderous desire for love
     how can they look into my eyes
     and still they don't believe me
     how can they hear me say those words
     and still they dont believe me
     and if they don't believe me now
     will they ever believe me?
     and if they don't believe me now
     will they ever believe me?

     The boy with the thorn in his side
     behind the hatred there lies
     a plundering desire for love
     how can they see the Love in our eyes
     and still they don't believe us
     and after all this time
     they don't want to believe us
     and if they dont believe us now
     will they ever believe us ?
     andd when you want to Live
     how do you start ?
     where do you go ?
     who do you know?

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Vicar In A Tutu

     I was minding mind business
     lifting some lead off
     the roof of the Holy Name church
     it was worthwhile living a laughable life
     just to set my eyes on a blistering sight
     of a vicar in a tu-tu
     he's not  strange
     he just wants to live his life this way
     a scanty bit of a thing
     with a decorative ring
     that wouldn't cover the head of a child
     as Rose collects the money in the cannister
     who comes sliding down the bannister
     the vicar in a tu-tu
     he's not  strange
     he just wants to live his life this way
     the monkish monsignor
     with a head full of plaster
     said "my man, get your vile soul dry-cleaned"
     as Rose counts the money in the cannister
     as natural as rain
     he dances again
     vicar in a tu-tu
     The next day in the pulpit
     with Freedom and Ease
     combating ignoranca,dust and disease
     as Rose counts the money in the cannister
     as natural as rain
     he dances agian
     the fabric of a tu-tu
     any man could get us to
     and I am a living sign .

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There is a Light that Never Goes Out

     Take me out tonight
     where there's music and there's people
     who are young and alive
     driving in your car
     I never never want to go home
     because I havent got one
     anymore
     take me out tonight
     because I want to see people  and I
     want to see lights
     driving in your car
     oh please dont drop me home
     because it's not my  home, it's their
     home, and Im welcome no morw
     and if a double-decker bus
     crashes in to us
     to die by your side
     such a heavenly way to die
     and if a ten ton truck
     kills the both of us
     to die by your side
     the pleasure and the privilege is mine
     take me out tonight
     oh take me anywhere, I dont care
     and in the darken underpass
     I thought Oh God, my chance has come at last
     (but then a strange fear gripped me  and I
     just couldn't ask)
     take me out tonight
     take me anywhere, I dont care
     just driving in your car
     I never never want to go home
     because I havent got one
     I havent got one.

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Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others

     From the ice-age to the dole-age
     there is but one concern
     and I have just discover
     some girls are bigger than others
     some girls are bigger than others
     some girls mothers are bigger than
     other girls mothers

     As Anthony said to Cleopatra
     as he opened a crate of ale:
     some girls are bigger than others
     some girls are bigger than others
     some girls mothers are bigger than
     other girls mothers.

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Louder Than Bombs

Tracklist:

Panic

     Panic on the streets of London
     Panic on the streets of Birmingham
     I wonder to myself
     Could life ever be sane again
     on the Leeds side-streets that you slip down
     I wonder to myself
     Hopes may rise on the Grasmeres
     But Honey Pie, you're not safe here
     So you run down
     To the safety of the town
     But there's Panic on the streets of Carlisle
     Dublin, Dundee, Humberside
     I wonder to myself
     Burn down the Disco
     Hang the blessed D.J.
     Because the music that they constantly play
     IT SAYS NOTHING TO ME ABOUT MY LIFE
     Hang the blessed D.J.
     Because the music they constantly play
     On the Leeds side-streets that you slip down
     On the provincial towns that you jog 'round
     Hang the D.J.,. Hang the D.J.,.Hang the D.J..
     Hang the D.J., Hang the D.J., Hang the D.J..
     HANG THE D.J., HANG THE D.J., HANG THE D.J.
     HANG THE D.J., HANG THE D.J., HANG THE D.J.

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Ask

     Shyness is nice, but
     Shyness can stop you
     From doing all the things in life
     That you'd like to
     So, if there's something you'd
     like to try
     ASK ME-I WON'T SAY "NO"-HOW COULD I?
     Coyness is nice, but ,
     Coyness can stop you
     from saying all the things in
     life that you want to
     If there's something that you'd
     like to try
     ASK ME-I WON'TSAY"NO"-HOW COULD I?
     Spending warm, Summer days indoors
     Writing fringhtening verse
     To a buck-toothed girl in Luxembourg
     ASK ME, ASK ME ,ASK ME
     ASK ME, ASK ME ,ASK ME
     Because if it's not Love
     Then it's the Bomb
     That will bring us together
     Nature is a language-can't you read?
     Nature is a language-can't you read?
     ASK ME, ASK ME ,ASK ME
     ASK ME, ASK ME ,ASK ME
     Because if it's not Love
     Then it's the Bomb
     That will bring us together

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London

     Smoke
     Lingers 'round your fingers
     Train
     Heave on - to Euston
     Do you think you've made
     The right decision this time?
     You left
     Your tired family grieving
     And you think they're sad because you're leaving
     But didn't you see the Jealousy in the eyes
     Of the ones who had to stay behind?
     And do you think you've made
     The right decision thins time?
     You left
     Your girlfriend on the platform
     With thei really ragged notion that you'll return
     But she knows
     That when he goes
     He really goes
     So do you think you've made
     The right decision this time?

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Shakespeare's Sister

     Young bones groan
     And the rocks below, say:
     "throw your skinny body down, son "
     But I am going to meet the one I love
     So, please don't stand in my way
     Because I'm going to meet the one I love
     No, Mamma, let me go!
     Young bones groan
     And the rocks below, say:
     "Throw you white bidy down"
     But I am going to meet the one I love
     At last! At last ! At last !
     I am going to meet the one I love
     La-de-da, la-de-da
     No, Mamma, let me go !
     I thought that if you had
     An acoustic guitar
     Then it meant that you were
     A Protest Singerr
     Oh I can smile about it now
     But at the time it was terrible
     No, Mamma. let me go

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Shoplifters of the World Unite

     Learn to love me
     Assemble the ways
     Now, today, tomorrow and always
     My only weakness is a list of crimes
     My only weakness is...well, never mind
     Shoplifters of the world
     Unite and take over
     Shoplifters of the world
     Hand it over
     Hand it over
     Hand it over
     Learn to love me
     Assemble th e ways
     Now, today, tomorrow and always
     My only weakness is a listed crime
     But last night the plans of a future war
     Was all I saw on Channel Four
     Shoplifters of the world
     Unite and take over
     Shoplifters of the World
     Hand it over
     Hand it over
     Hand it over
     A heartless hand on my shoulder
     A push-and it's over
     Alabaster crashes down
     (Six months is a long time )
     I tried living in the real world
     Instead of a shell
     But I was bored before I even began
     I was bored before I even began
     Shoplifters of the world
     Unite and take over
     Shoplifters of the world
     Unite and take over
     Shoplifters of the world
     take over

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Asleep

     Sing me to sleep
     Sing me to sleep
     I'm tired and I
     I want to go to bed
     Sing me to sleep
     Sing me to sleep
     And then leave me alone
     Don't try to wake me in the morning
     "Cause I will be gone
     Don't feel bad for me
     I want you to know
     Deep in the cell of my heart
     I will feel so glad to go
     Sing me to sleep
     Sing me to sleep
     I don't want to wake up
     On my own anymore
     Sing to me
     Sing to me
     I don't want to wake up
     On my own anymore
     Don't feel bad for me
     I want you to know
     Deep in the cell of my heart
     I really want to go
     There is another world
     There is a better world
     Well, there must be
     Well, there must be
     Bye bye

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Unloveable

     I know I'm unloveable
     You don't have tpo tell me
     I don't have much in my life
     But take it-it's yours
     I know I'm unloveable
     You don't have to tell me
     Message received
     Loud and clear
     I don't have much in my life
     But take it-it's yours
     I wear Black on the outside
     Because Black is how I feel on the inside
     And if I seem a little strange Well, that's because I am
     But I know that you would like me
     If only you could see me
     If only you would meet me

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Half a Person

     Call me morbid, call me pale
     I've spent six years on your trail
     Six long years on your trail
     Call me morbid, call me pale
     I've spent six years on your trail
     Six full years of my life on your trail
     And if you have five seconds to spare
     Then I'll tell you the story of my life:
     Sixteen, clumsy and shy
     I went to London and I
     I booked myself in at the Y...W.C.A
     I said: "I like it here...can I stay?
     I like it here can I stay?
     And, do you have a vacancy
     For a Back-scrubber?"
     She was left behind, and sour
     And she wrote to me on the hour
     She said: "In the days when you were
     hopelessly poor
     I just liked you more..."
     So if you have five seconds to spare
     Then I'll tell you the story of my life:
     Sixteen, clumsy and shy
     I went to London and I
     I booked myself in at the Y...W.C.A
     I said: "I like it here...can I stay?
     I like it here can I stay?
     And, do you have a vacancy
     For a Back-scrubber?"Call me morbid call me pale
     I've spent too long on your tail
     Far too long
     Chasing your tail
     And if you have five seconds to spare
     Then I'll tell you the story of my life:
     Sixteen, clumsy and shy
     That's the story of my life
     Sixteen, clumsy and shy
     The story of my life
     That's the story of my life
     That's the story of my life
     That's the story of my life

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Stretch Out And Wait

     Off the high-rise estate
     What's at the back of your mind
     Your face I can see
     And it's desperately kind
     But what's at the back of your mind?
     Two icy-cold hands conducting the way
     It's the Eskimo blood in my veins
     Amid concrete and clay
     And general decay
     Nature must still find away
     So ignore all; the codes of the day
     Let your juvenile impulses sway
     This way and that way
     This way and that way
     God, how sex implores you
     To let yourself lose yourself
     Stretch out and wait
     Stretch out and wait
     Let you puny body lie down, lie down
     As we lie, you say
     As we lie, you say
     Strectch out and wait
     Strectch out and wait
     Let you puny body lie down, lie down
     As we lie, you say:
     Will the world end in the day time?
     (I really don't know )
     Or will the world end in the night time?
     (I really don't know)
     And is there any point ever having children ?
     I really don't klnow
     All I do know is that we're Here and it's Know
     So stretch out and wait
     Strectch out and wait
     There is no debate, no debate, no debate
     How can you consciously contempplate
     When there's no debate, no debate
     Stretch out and wait

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You Just Haven't Earned It Yet Baby

     If you're wondering why
     All the love that you long for eludes you
     And people are rude and cruel to you
     I'll tell you why
     I'll tell you why
     I'll tell you why
     You just haven't earned it yet, baby
     You just haven't earned it yet, son
     You just haven't earned it yet, baby
     You must suffer and cry for a longer time
     You just haven't earned it yet, baby
     And I'm telling you now
     If you're wondering why
     When all I wanted from life is to be Famous
     I have tried so long, it's all gone wrong
     I'll tell you why
     I'll tell you why
     I'll tell you why
     You just haven't earned it yet, baby
     You just haven't earned it yet, son
     You just haven't earned it yet, baby
     You must suffer and cry for a longer time
     You just haven't earned it yet, Baby
     And I'm telling you now
     Today I am remembering the time
     When they pulled me back
     And held me down
     And looked me in the eyes and said
     You just haven't earned it yet, baby
     You just haven't earned it yet, son
     You just haven't earned it yet, baby
     You must suffer and cry for a longer time
     You just haven't earned it yet, baby
     And I'm telling you now.

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Rubber Ring

     A sad fact widely known
     How the most impassionate song
     To a lonely soul
     Is so easily outgrown
     But don't forget the songs
     That made you smile
     And the songs that made you cry
     When you lay in awe
     On the bedroom floor
     And said: "Oh, smother me, Mother..."
     The passing of time
     And of all its crimes
     Is making me sad again
     The passing of time
     And all of its sickening crimes
     Is making me sad again
     But don't forget the songs
     That made you cry
     And the songs that saved your life
     Yes, you're older now
     And you're a cleaver swine
     But they were the only ones that stood by you
     The passing of time leaves empty lives
     Waiting to be filled
     The passing of time
     Leaves empty lives
     Waiting to be filled
     I'm here with a cause
     I'm holding a torch
     In the corner of your room
     Can you hear me?
     And when you're dancing  and laughing
     And finally living
     Hear my voice in your head
     And think of me kindly

     Do you
     Love me like you used to ?

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Is It Really So Strange?

     I left the North
     I travelled South
     I found a tiny house
     I can't help the way I feel
     Oh yes you can kick me
     and you can punch me
     and you break my face
     but you can't change the way that I feel
     'Cause I love you
     And is it really so strange?
     Is it really so, really so strange?
     I say No, you say Yes
     (but you will change your mind)
     I left the Sout
     I travelled North
     I got confused-I killed a horse
     I can't help the way I feel
     Oh yes you can kick me
     and you can butt me
     and you can break my spine
     but you won't change the way that I feel
     'cause I love you
     And is it really so strange ?
     Is it realy so strange?
     Is it really so, really so strange?
     I say No, you say Yes
     (but you will change your mind)
     I left the North agin
     I travelled South again
     I got confused-I killed a nun
     I CAN'T HELP THE WAY I FEEL
     I CAN'T HELP THE WAY I FEEL
     (I lost my bag in Newport Pagnell)
     Why is the last mile the hardest mile
     My throat was dry, with the sun in my eyes
     And I realised, I realised
     That I could never
     I could never, never go back home again

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Sheila Take A Bow

     Is it wrong to want to live on your own ?
     No, it's not wrong-but I must know
     How can someone so young
     Sing words so sad?
     Sheila take a, Sheila take a bow
     Boot the grime of this world in in the crotch, dear
     And don't go home tonight
     Come out and find the one that you love and who loves you
     Is it wrong not to always be glad
     No, it's not wrong-but I must add
     How can someone so young
     Sing words so sad?
     Sheila take a, Sheila take a bow
     Boot the grime of this world in the crotch,dear
     And don't go home tonight
     Come out and find the one that you love and who loves you
     Take my hand and off we stride
     You're a girl and I'm a boy
     Take my hand and off we stride
     I'm a girl and you're a boy
     Sheila take a, Sheila take a bow
     Throw your homework on to the fire
     Come out and find the one that you love
     Come out and find the one that you love

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Sweet and Tender Hooligan

     He was a sweet and tender hooligan
     and he swore that he'd never, never do it again
     and of course he won't (not until the next time)
     poor old man
     he had an "accident" with a three bar fire
     but that's OK
     because he wasn't very happy anyway
     poor woman
     strangled in her very own bed as she read
     but that's OK
     because she was old and she would have died anyway
     DON"T BLAME
     this sweet and tender hooligan
     because he'll never, never do it again
     (at least not until the next time)
     So jury you've heard every world
     but before you decide
     would you look into those "Mother-me" eyes
     I love life for you my love, you my love
     you my love, you my love
     So jury you've heard ever word
     but before you decide
     would you look into those "Mother-me" eyes
     I love you for you my love, you my love
     I love you just for you my love, you my love
     don't blame
     the sweet and tender hooligan
     who claims that
     "In the midst of life we are in debt ETC"
     ETC! ETC! ETC! ETC!
     IN THE MIDST OF LIFE WE ARE IN DEBT ETC!

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Golden Lights

     Golden lights displaying your name
     golden lights it's a terrible shame
     but oh my darling
     WHY DID YOU CHANGE?
     Boy in a million, idol, a big star
     I didn't tell you how great you were
     I didn't grovel or scream
     Or rip your brand new jacket at the seams
     You made a record, they liked your singing
     All of a sudden the phone stop ringing
     I never thought that you would let
     The glory make you forget
     Golden lights displaying your name
     golden lights it's a terrible shame
     but oh my darling
     WHY DID YOU CHANGE?
     Top ten idol, king of your age
     but who do you turn to when you're backstage?
     Don't you remember you once knew a girl
     Who loved you more than the world
     Is life always like this, brother
     Good for some but bad for the other
     I must put you behind me tonight
     'Cause you belong to the lights
     Golden lights displaying your name
     golden lights it's a terrible shame
     but oh my darling
     WHY DID YOU CHANGE?

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Strangeways, here we come

A Rush and A Push and the Land Is Ours

     HELLO
     I am the ghost of Troubled Joe
     hung by his pretty white neck
     some eighteen months ago
     I travelled to a mystical time zone
     but I missed my bed
     so I soon came home
     they said:
     "there's too much caffeine
     in your bloodstream
     and a lack of real spice
     in your life"
     I said:
     "leave me alone
     because I'm alright, dad
     just surprised to still
     be on my own...."
     Ooh, but don't mention love
     I'd hate the real strain of the pain again
     a rush and a push and the land that
     we stand on is ours
     it has been before
     so it shall be again
     and people who are uglier than you and I
     they take what they need, and leave
     Ooh, but don't mention love
     I'd hate the pain and the strain all over again
     a rush and a push and the land that
     we stand on is ours
     it has been before
     so why can't it be now?
     and people who are weaker than you and I
     they take what they want from life
     Ooh, but don't mention love
     no - just don't mention love!
     a rush and a push and the land that
     we stand on is ours
     your youth may be gone
     but you're still a young man
     so phone me, phone me, phone me
     so phone me, phone me, phone me
     Ooh, I think I'm in love
     Ooh, I think I'm in love
     Ooh, I think I'm in love
     Urrgh, I think I'm in lerv

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I Started Something I Couldn't Finish

     The lanes were silent
     with nothing or no one around for miles
     I doused our friendly venture
     with a hard-faced
     three-word gesture
     I started something
     I forced you into a zone
     and you were clearly
     never meant to go
     hair brushed and parted
     typical me, typical me
     typical me
     I started something
     ...and now I'm not too sure
     I grabbed you by the guilded beams
     that's what Tradition means
     and I doused another venture
     with a gesture
     that was...absolutely vile
     I started something
     forced you to a zone
     and you were clearly
     never meant to go
     hair brushed and parted
     typical me, typical me
     typical me
     I started something
     ...and now I'm not too sure
     I grabbed you by the guilded beams
     that's what Tradition means
     and now eighteen months' hard-labour
     seems...fair enough
     I started something
     forced you to a zone
     and you were clearly
     never meant to go
     hair brushed and parted
     typical me, typical me
     typical me
     I started something
     and now I'm not too sure

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Death of a Disco Dancer

     The death of a disco dancer
     well, it happens a lot 'round here
     and if you think Peace
     is a common goal
     well, that goes to show
     just how little you know
     The death of a disco dancer
     well, I'd rather not get involved
     I never talk to my neighbour
     I'd just rather not get involved
     Love, peace and harmony?
     Love, peace and harmony?
     Oh, very nice
     very nice
     very nice
     very nice
     ...but maybe in the next world.

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Girlfriend in a Coma

     Girlfriend in a coma, I know
     I know - it's serious
     Girlfriend in a coma, I know
     I know - it's really serious
     there wree times when I could
     have 'murdered' her
     (but, you know, I would hate
     anything to happen to her)
     NO, I DON'T WANT TO SEE HER
     Do you really think
     she'll pull through?
     Do you really think
     she'll pull through?
     Girlfriend in a coma, I know
     I know, it's serious
     there were time when I could
     have 'strangeled' her
     (but, you know, I would hate
     anything to happen to her)
     WOULD YOU PLEASE
     LET ME SEE HER!
     Do you really think
     she'll pull through?
     Do you really think
     she'll pull through?
     Let me wisper my last goodbyes

     I know - IT'S SERIOUS

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Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before

     Stop me, stop me
     stop me if you think that you've
     heard this one before
     stop me, stop me
     stop me if you think that you've
     heard this one before
     nothing's changed
     I still love you, oh I still love you
     ...only slightly less than I used to
     I was delayed, I was way-laid
     an emergency stop
     I smelt the last ten seconds of life
     I crashed down on the crossbar
     and the pain was enough to make
     a shy, bald buddhist reflect
     and plan a mass-murder
     who said I'd lied to her?
     who said I'd lied because I never
     who said I'd lied because I never
     I was detained, I was restrained
     he broke my spleen
     he broke my knees
     (and then he really laid into me)
     Friday night in Out-patients
     who said I'd lied to her?
     who said I'd lied - because I never
     who said I'd lied - because I never
     Oh, so I drank one
     or was it four
     and when I fell on the floor
     ...I drank more
     stop me, stop me
     stop me if you think that you've
     heard this one before
     nothing's changed
     I still love you
     I still love you
     but only slightly
     less than I used to

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Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me

     Last night I dreamt
     that somebody loved me
     no hope - but no harm
     just another false alarm
     Las night I felt
     real arms around me
     no hope - no harm
     just another false alarm
     so, tell me how long
     before the last one?
     and tell me how long
     before the right one?
     this story is old - I KNOW
     but it goes on
     this story is old - I KNOW
     but it goes on

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Unhappy Birthday

     I've come to wish you an unhappy birthday
     I've come to wish you an unhappy birthday
     because you're evil
     and you lie
     and if you should die
     I may feel slightly sad
     (but I won't cry)
     Loved and lost
     and some may say
     when usually its Nothing
     surely you're happy
     it should be this way?
     I say "No, I'm gonna kill my dog"
     and: "May the lines sag heavy
     and deep tonight XXX"
     I've come to wish you an unhappy birthday
     I've come to wish you an unhappy birthday
     because you're evil
     and you lie
     and if you should die
     I may feel slightly sad
     (But I won't cry)
     Loved and lost
     some people say
     when usually its Nothing
     surely you're happy
     it should be this way?
     I said "No"
     and then I shot myself
     so, drink, drink, drink
     and be ill tonight
     from the one you left behind
     from the one you left behind
     from the one you left behind
     from the one you left behind

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Paint A Vulgar Picture

     At the record company meeting
     On their hands - a dead star
     and ooh, the plans that they weave
     and ooh, the sickening greed
     At the record company meeting
     on their hands - a dead star
     the sycophantic slags all say:
     "I knew him first, and I knew him well"
     Re-issue! Re-package! Re-package!
     Re-evaluate the songs
     double-pack with a photograph
     Extra Track (and a tacky badge)
     A-list, playlist
     "Please them, please them!"
     "Please them! Please them!"
     (sadly, THIS was your life)
     but you could have said no
     if you'd wanted to
     you could have said no
     if you'd wanted to
     BPI, MTV, BBC

     "Please them! Please them!"
     (sadly this was your life)
     but you could have said no
     if you'd wanted to
     you could have walked away
     ...couldn't you?
     I touched you at the soundcheck
     you had no real way of knowing
     in my heart I bgged "please, take
     me with you...
     I don't care where you're going"
     But to you I was faceless
     I was fawning, I was boring
     just a child from those ugly new houses
     who could never begin to know
     who could never really know
     Best of? Most of?
     Satiate the need
     slip them into different sleeves!
     Buy both, and be decieved
     climber - new entry, re-entry
     World tour! ("media whore")
     "Please the Press in Belgium!"
     (THIS was your life...)
     and when it fails to recoup?
     Well, maybe:
     You just haven't earned it yet, baby
     I walked a pace behind you at the soundcheck
     you're just the same as I am
     what makes most people feel happy
     leads us headlong into harm
     so, in my bedroom in those 'ugly new houses'
     I dance my legs down to the knees
     but me and my 'true love'
     we will never meet again...
     At the record company meeting
     on their hands - at last! - a dead star!
     but they cannot taint you in my eyes
     no, they cannout touch you now
     No, they cannot hurt you my darling
     they cannot touch you now
     but me and my 'true love'
     will never meet again

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Death At One's Elbow

     Ooh Glenn
     don't come to the house tonight
     Ooh, Glenn
     don't come to the house tonight
     because there's somebody here
     who really really loves you
     stay home
     be bored
     (it's crap, I KNOW)
     Ooh, Glenn
     don't come to the house tonight
     Ooh, Glen
     don't come to the house tonight
     because there's somebody here
     who'll take a hatchet to your ear
     how the frustration renders me
     hateful, Glenn!
     don't come to the house tonight
     don't come to the house tonight
     because you'll slip on the
     trail of my bespattered remains
     and so, that's why
     GOODBYE MY LOVE, GOODBYE MY LOVE
     GOODBYE MY LOVE, GOODBYE MY LOVE
     GOODBYE MY LOVE, GOODBYE MY LOVE
     Belch

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I Won't Share You

     I won't share you
     I won't share you
     with the drive and ambition
     and the zeal I feel
     this is my time
     as the note I wrote
     was read, she said
     has the Perrier gone
     straight to my head
     or is life plainly sick and cruel, instead?
     "YES!"
     No-no-no-no-no-no
     I won't share you
     I won't share you
     with the drive
     and the dreams inside
     this is my time
     Life tends to come and go
     well, that's OK
     just as long as you know
     Life tends to come and go
     well, that's OK
     just as long as you know
     I won't share you
     I won't share you
     with the drive
     and the dreams inside
     this is my time
     this is my time

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