Club Anthems 2001

by ballboy

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1.
The last time I saw you, you were lying in a bush with a bag of glue Now you're baking cakes for middle-aged ladies, and you're married to A good-looking girl who gets on well, with your family You've made your mother proud at last and I guess that's good enough for me Break Yesterday I met the boy I used to spend my Christmas with He used to be a monk now he deals cards and seems happy with it And there's a lot to be said for lifelong love and sex and security And a good-looking girl who gets on well, with your family Break And I ignore religion It never gave me anything I can't make decisions, I can't make incisions And I'm not a poet, but I'm not illiterate And I can't get used to it, and I can't get through it Break I saw you yesterday you were carrying pornographic magazines You offered me a gun then said that they were much more trouble than anyone needs You're still baking cakes for middle-aged ladies You're still married to A good looking girl who gets on well with your family A good looking girl who gets on well with your family A good looking girl who gets on well with your family
2.
and the world turns and the world turns and the world turns and the world turns elvis sang that and ever since iv'e been young i've had a dream about going into space lying there in the darkness and staring down watching continents drift by and come round again drift by and come round again i always want to launch myself from space and dive down through the atmosphere through the clouds and the air and swoop over the heads of people walking and shopping and talking in moscow or paris or rome or wherever i'd be moving so fast i'd just have time to see their astonished faces before i was off again back off to my space base which could be anything really an asteroid a moon or a spaceship it's never been that clearly defined in my dreams but its not important just to be in space would be the important thing just to be in space would be the important thing and i've spoken to lots of people about my desire to go to space and they think it's stupid they say things like what about the training? i hear its very hard i say hard? hard my arse a couple of assault courses and a maths test a piece of piss i've suffered worse than that i've suffered much worse than that sometimes i wonder what's wrong with people i think they've gone simultaneously soft or stupid or they're living in fear but i dunno why there's nothing to fear about space space is brilliant space is brilliant and i've told people i'd pay a million pounds or m ore to go to space which is true i'd pay a million pounds or more to go for an hour or even half an hour although a day would be better that would be something a day in space that would be something a day in space that would be something and i speak to people sometimes and i ask them well what would you do if you had a million pounds? if you wouldn't take it to space what would you do with it? they say i dunno buy a house or a car maybe take a holiday somewhere a holiday where i ask them oh spain, egypt see the pyramids maybe see the pyramids maybe when they say this to me i look at them i look them straight in the eye and i wait for just a few seconds just so they know what i'm going to say is going to be important what i'm going to say is going to be important and then i say what better place could you go to than space? what's a better holiday than that? think about lying there when your a hundered a hundred and ten or whatever looking back on your life and thinking well what did i actually do what did i actually achieve oh i saw the pyramids big deal! you can apparently see those from space anyway you can see all the rest of the blue and green globe twist and turn below you you can see the sun lighting up the moon you can feel the stars shining down upon your back you dont get that in egypt and you don't get that at the pyramids and you don't get that by pissing away your million pounds on something that everyone else can do if they save up long enough and the world turns and the world turns and the world turns and the world turns elvis sang that
3.
it's time - to start a new world order bit by bit maybe we can sort it out and all it needs - is hope and love and confidence and a good idea from one of us tonight we can avoid - the years of vague unhappiness and bitterness and regret and you will trade - boiler suits for silver suits for astronauts and flying cars and your best job yet and it's okay, because someday we'll be millionaires and go dumper truck racing and go dumper truck racing and you know, that it won't matter then how other people treat you how other people treat you and i have wings - with which to traverse oceans and i'll take you with me upon my back and we will dive - through waves that move in many ways and we will play on beaches and you can decide if you'll ever come back and it's okay because someday we'll be millionaires and go dumper truck ra......... and go dumper truck racing down motorways and mountainsides through cityscapes and countrysides and tree lined avenues and you know, that it won't matter then how other people treat you how other people treat you and we know that someday we'll be millionaires and go dumper truck racing and go dumper truck racing
4.
Public Park 05:06
You have dogs instead of children You take long walks instead of spending time with your husband But if I had a husband like you I would take long walks too Long walks too Long walks too Long walks too And you're standing in the supermarket Watching the boy at the checkout and making love to him - in your head again And you know it's sad, but you can't stop It's the only fun you get when you shop And maybe someday he'll turn round and say That you are the most beautiful girl in the world And he'll be Elvis Presley to your Marilyn Monroe You are the most beautiful girl in the world And he'll be Elvis Presley to your Marilyn Monroe And you're standing in the public park With a pooper-scooper in your hand This is not what you aspired to When you were young and your whole life lay before you Lay before you Lay before you And you could've been an architect Raising structures in your head But if I'd told you this then would you have settle for it And you are the most beautiful girl in the world And I'll be Elvis Presley to your Marilyn Monroe You are the most beautiful girl in the world And I'll be Elvis Presley to your Marilyn Monroe And when you've run out of boys to kiss and you've run out of girls to talk to There's got to be more than this - there's got to there's got to there's go to When you've run out of boys to kiss and you've run out of girls to talk to There's got to be more than this there's got to there's got to there's go to And you are the most beautiful girl in the world And I'll be Elvis Presley to your Marilyn Monroe You are the most beautiful girl in the world And I'll be Elvis Presley to your Marilyn Monroe
5.
control yourself, and you will be okay control yourself, and you will be okay even polar bears, need warm hearts to make it through the snow polar bears, need warm hearts to make it through the snow and i am human too and i'm human enough to miss you so equip yourself in essential wear for future trips to space in essential wear for future trips to space equip yourself in essential wear for future trips to space like silver gloves and a visor and reflector for your face and i might go without you but i'll be thinking about you and i am human too and i'm human enough to miss you so equip yourself in essential wear for future trips to space in essential wear for future trips to space control myself and i will be okay i tell myself i will be okay i tell myself i will be okay i will be okay i will be okay i tell myse
6.
Sometimes in my life, I’d take all my hopes and dreams, all my ambitions and all my aspirations and I'd give them all up, trade them all in - put them all to one side - for a springboard, and a pair of shorts, and a plain white t-shirt - and the ability to do a perfect backflip. I think if I could do it the seconds would feel like hours to me, it would be like medicine, staying with me during the days and during the weeks where I’m just pushing on, just getting by. And it’s funny how your life is. It’s funny how you can spend years and years building it up layer by layer, and then throw it all away in a second. And I’m not the boy I used to be. And although I’ve more or less accepted it, although I’ve gotten over it and I’m no longer trying to change it. I still regret it. I regret it everyday... I’m not the boy I used to be. Maybe it's Scotland that I hate. I know I hate so many things about it. I hate the way punishment's at the heart of everything. I hate the way parents speak to their children. I hate the way everything always has to be someone's fault even though some things just happen. Some things just happen... I hate the way people bring up their children to be exactly the same as they are just so they can justify the way they've lived their lives. I hate the way that we expect to fail. And then we fail. And then we get bitter because we've failed. Maybe it's Scotland that I hate... Maybe Scotland’s got nothing to do with it. Maybe all of this has got nothing to do with anything. But I know that I would give it all up, trade it all in... for a springboard, and a pair of shorts, and a plain white t-shirt and a perfect backflip. A springboard, and a pair of shorts, and a plain white t-shirt and a perfect backflip. I'd give it all up for that. I'd give it all up for that. I'd give it all up for that.
7.
i'm not the brightest hope, i'm not the shining light of my generation there's nothing in my heart and i've been drunk in every room and on every floor of the world's tallest building there's nothing in my heart and are you in love with me? you know what it means to me, you know what it means to me and are you in love with me? you know what it means to me, you know what it means to me inside a taxi cab, inside a carnival, inside a ticker-tape parade in new york in the rain upside down and tangled up in a parachute trying to set myself free as the ground is rushing to meet me and are you in love with me? you know what it means to me, you know what it means to me and are you in love with me? you know what it means to me, you know what it means to me and i'm sick and tired of talking shite and the things that people i love put up with from me put up with from me i'm going to get drunk in the afternoon, take a razor blade across my eyes and see if it makes any difference to me and are you in love with me? you know what it means to me, you know what it means to me and are you in love with me? you know what it means to me, you know what it means to me (Repeat) i'm not the brightest hope, i'm not the shining light of my generation
8.
you did a perfect job last night you shaved your legs and you washed your bike and you looked like an olympic cyclist to me and in the athens velodrome i listened to the crowd roar you home you were just a blur when you went passed me after the trials, after it all you can see for miles and i can't see at all i had a perfect afternoon the afternoon that i spent with you in brighton on the beach and in the sea and in your tiny council flat relive the memories that take you back to athens and your rain-soaked sprint for gold and i knew that you were the one and i still know it and i know that you are the only one with the strength and the sense to get me through it after the trials, after it all you can see for miles and i can't see at all you did a perfect job last night you shaved your legs and you washed your bike and you looked like an olympic cyclist to me and in your tiny council flat relive the memories that take you back to athens and your rain-soaked sprint for gold for gold................................
9.
a sore heart and a hand to hold a sore heart and a hand to hold tonight when i hold you in my arms and pretend that i am sleeping well i hope you understand underneath the sheets with your hopes and your fears and inadequacies and your sheets and your hopes and your fears are you happy with your life? are you happy with your life? walking home with the sun on your face and we're drunk again, but you like it that way walking home with the sun on your face and we're drunk again, but you like it that way are you happy with your life? are you happy with your life? it's just a little bit further - just a little bit more just a little bit harder - just a little bit sore just a little bit lucky - just a little bit good just a little bit funny - just a little bit cruel just a little bit cruel
10.
it's not the car you drive that's you and it's not the high paid job that you do and it's not the house that you live in and it's not what other people think and it's not the boys that you've slept with and it's not the alcohol that you drink it's not the holidays you take and it's not the money that you make and it's not the places that you've been and it's not the things that you have seen and it's not the girls that you've slept with and it's not the alcohol you can drink i had a great time playing with you when you were in the garden in your underwear i've got pictures of you when you were in the garden in your underwear and i know because i hung around for days to see if you would emerge and if everything i'd heard about was... and though i hung around for days to see if you would re-emerge and see if everything that i'd heard about you and thought about you and read about you and dreamt about you was true or not... i had a great time playing with you when you were in the garden in your underwear i've got pictures of you when you were in the garden in your... i had a great time playing with you when you were in the garden in your underwear i've got pictures of you when you were in the garden in your under wear...
11.
everything i have ever learned i learned at the funerals of good men and everything i have ever learned i've forgotten again i broke my own heart again i broke my own heart again it was a stupid thing to do i could sing to you until my throat is sore but it wouldn't do any good and my room looks like like a tramp moved in and there's nothing that i can do and in my small house tonight i think that i might die and meet you in a brighter place and maybe put things right it's training for life it's training for life that i need that i need that i need so swim for health and swim for happiness swim for health and swim for happiness and maybe we'll sleep maybe we'll sleep maybe i'll sleep maybe i'll sleep...
12.
everyone has trained their eyes upon me to see if i'm improving to see if i'll be good and in the cold, harsh darkness of the night well i wonder if i'm good one more drink and then i'm going home to sleep and wake up on my own and in the cold, bright darkness of the night well i'm sure someday i'll be good and they'll hang flags from cranes upon my wedding day they'll hang flags from cranes upon my wedding day and i know if it was the same then i would do it all again and i know if i had the chance to change then i would probably do it all the same and everyone has trained their eyes upon me to see if i'm improving to see if i'll be good and in the cold, harsh darkness of the night i wonder if i'm good and they'll hang flags from cranes upon my wedding day they'll hang flags from cranes upon my wedding day they'll hang flags from cranes upon my wedding day
13.
take me back to your room tie me up and strip me naked and lie me on your floor and then you'll see that sex is boring with me it's not what i came here for it's not what i came here for you know about hip hop and you know about trip hop and you know about punk rock and you know about house music and house music, house music is the greatest thing of all and you've read more books than i i could ever read and you you've seen more films than i i could ever see so why is it, why is it, that you don't know any more than me and i hate hip hop and i i hate trip hop and i i hate punk rock and i i hate house music because house music, house music never meant anything at all to me. so take me back to your room tie me up and strip me naked and lie me on your floor and then you'll see that sex is boring with me it's not what i came here for it's not what i came here for and it's not like you are going to save me although you think you are and i've got miles to go before i sleep and you're not going to save me although you think you are

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released February 22, 2001

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