Lyrics to the Unreleased Demos

Unless otherwise stated, all songs are either J.McColl and/or a combination of band members.

1993

(Taken from the unreleased CD single)

Solve That
She cries herself fast asleep,
For the sets on the street
Does the paper take him away
To some other happier place? (Ooh)
I can't live with you,
I can't live without you
So solve that one Batman
If you can
She rubs her eyes and tries to wake up
Drinks a coffee and puts on her makeup
Runs her fingers through her hair
Someone calls but she's not there (Ooh)
I can't live with you,
I can't live without you
So solve that one Batman
If you can
[Instrumental] [Chorus] [Effects outro]

When I Was In Love
When I was in love
I thought I was in love
It seemed so black and white
No ifs, no buts, no mights
My head is on vacation
My heart could fill the mountain
My smile could cross a river
I thought it was forever
Nothing lasts forever
Oh when I was in love
I thought I was in love
I fell into that canyon,
And found my true companion
My head was in the sky
My heart couldn't fill (feel) a city
My smile could cross a river
I thought it was forever
Nothing lasts forever
But nothing lasts forever
(Aah)
My head is on vacation
My heart could fill the mountain
My smile could cross a river
I thought it was forever
Nothing lasts forever [x2 to adlib]


1994-1997

5 songs

Peacock Song

Those platform boots youíre wearing are much too high,
And Iíve never seen anybody in flares that wide
Your best friend Michael who cuts your hairís got such a limp wrist
Second hand clothes shops boutiques always top your list
The bills are piling up on your doorstep all the time,
But you strut down the pavement like a peacock in his prime
The colors clash, youíre unabashed
Can I have your autograph?
You take a portable hairdryer everywhere you go
Did I see you last winter in hotpants in the snow?
If thereís a fancy drink, well youíve already been through it
But like most butterflies that fly you overdo it
The bills are piling up on your doorstep all the time,
But you strut down the pavement like a peacock in his prime
The builders whistle, but you just whistle
Their clothes, their fashions %?
Access or ease or any one of them will do
Yes, itís all the same to you [Guitar solo]
The bills are piling up on your doorstep all the time,
But you strut down the pavement like a peacock in his prime
The colors clash, youíre unabashed
Can I have your autograph?

Startum

Oh you went to a private school, out in the country
And your girlfriends are so with it
And their boyfriends are so pretty
And your daddy drives a Jaguar because theyíre made in Britain
And your mummy she wonít let go, of her little kitten
Youíre a startum [x2]
Spoilt little brat, you think you know where itís at
You pretend youíve got no money
So you buy your clothes at Oxfam
But you know if you hit hard times
You can always go to your old man
And your politics are so PC,
Yes it really gets to me
Youíre a startum [x2]
Spoilt little brat, you think you know where itís at
And just a phase, that youíre going through
To be a castaway, just like yesterday
[Instrumental]
Youíre a startum [x2]
Spoilt little brat, you think you know where itís at
Iím just a phase, that youíre going through
To be a castaway, just like yesterday
Startum [Repeat]

Robinson
I with I was somebody else most of the time
You smell like sea salt, says you know it isnít mine
Iíll never be someone you can look up to,
Buy maybe I could mean something to you
Just carve your name on the back of my mind
And maybe we can meet sometime
My tongue is tied up permanently in my mouth
Iím so uncool I even support Queen of the South
Iíll never be someone you can look up to,
Buy maybe I could mean something to you
Just carve your name on the back of my mind
And maybe we can meet sometime
[Guitar solo]
A Ah
Just carve your name on the back of my mind
And maybe we can meet sometime

358
Yesterday I was feeling so low, like a wormís belly button
I was down in the ditch on a hiding to nothing
It wasnít so great, like Argentina Ď78
I lost touch with my feminine and I lost touch with my masculine side
But thismorning when I opened my eyes,
I felt like superman, I was ready to fly
Gulped down my coffee, gave the mirror a smile
I could talk to the animals but itís just not my style
Missed my bus, and Iíve been so true
But these things are superficial since I killed of my blues
ĎCause thismorning when I opened my eyes,
I felt like superman, I was ready to fly
[instrumental]
Oh, oh yeah
Take my hat and walk in the rain
Oh braving those fumes itís good to feel life again
ĎCause thismorning when I opened my eyes,
I felt like superman, I was ready to fly
Oh, oh yeah
"Thereís me chip supper"

Thereís More To Life

[Squeak effect]
Youíre looking out the window
Trying to hide your eyes
Iím covering up my mouth
Trying to hide the lies
There is an emptiness that canít be filled
Thereíll be no substitute for you girl
There must be more to life than this [x4]
Itís going to be so miserable
I feel like a pimple, on an elephantís backside
I should be up in the goalmouth,
Instead Iím stuck on the trackside
The possibilities that I will never see,
The sense of missing things is getting to me
Are we pretending to hold things swings
But thereís a poison, a poison in everything
There must be more to life than this [x4]
Iím going to be so miserable
I feel like a pimple, on an elephantís backside
I should be up in the goalmouth,
Instead Iím stuck on the trackside
There must be more to life than this [x2] [Outro]

1998-1999

7 songs

She's The One

Sheís like a breath of fresh air
Or the wind in your hair
When youíre going nowhere,
Sheís like a glimpse of the light
Or Angel Delight
On a hot summerís night
Sheís the one [x4]
Sheís the one youíve waited for
Sheís like a favorite tune
When it lifts up the gloom
Like the man on the moon,
Sheís like Christmas day
When you were a child
And you got your own way,
Sheís the one [x4]
Sheís the one youíve waited for
Sheís the one [Solo]
Sheís like skiving off school
And saying youíre ill
When it was so cool
First verse
[Outro]
She is the one, she is the one.

Me And My Big Ideas
Just to see her get dressed
First thing in the morning
Me and my big ideas
Eating her Rice Crispies while Iím sitting here yawning
Sadness is this yearís new drug,
Theyíre selling it instead of love
At least it doesnít let you down
And I have crossed that blue-leaved coast
All trace of her has gone except for a pair of training shoes
Me and my big ideas
Sheíd be reading a book
Iíd sit and watch her
Me and my big ideas
She was my Lawrence of Arabia
She was my savior
Happiness is last yearís fad
The school bully made me sad
But he never made me cry like her
And I have crossed that blue-leaved coast
All trace of her has gone except for a pair of trainer shoes
Me and my big ideas [x2]
Make a lake full of tears
Me and my big ideas
Sadness is this yearís new drug,
Theyíre selling it instead of love
But at least it doesnít let you down
And I have crossed that blue-leaved coast
And all trace of her has gone except for a pair of training shoes
Me and my big ideas [x2]
Make a lake full of tears
Me and my big ideas

My Hometown
Iíve got a new t-shirt under my coat
It reminds me of you when Iím not at home
The buses have stopped
Up in the snowfalls
So many people but I still feel alone
My heart is back in my hometown
But Iím stuck here and itís getting me down
My heart is back in my hometown
Hear the wind whistling through the trees
I can hear you calling me to come home
Home
Watching two raindrops roll down a window
See which one gets to the bottom first,
Thinking about you far too much
It is so stupid because I only feel worse
My heart is back in my hometown
But Iím stuck here and itís getting me down
My heart is back in my hometown
Hear the wind whistling through the trees
I can hear you calling me to come home
Home
[Guitar solo] [repeat chorus]

Grooving in the Sunshine
Winterís gone back home
Left us all alone
With love late in summertime %
She will send her rate
Across outer space
They will get here in the nick of time
And weíll be grooving
Grooving in the sunshine
Yeah weíll be grooving
May June and July [x2]
T-shirts in your drawer,
Take them out once more
Weíll sit out in the park and hold each otherís hand till after dark
Sheíll kick off her shoes
Put on a swimming suit
Here after year after year she looks so cool
And weíll be grooving (grooving)
Grooving in the sunshine
Yeah weíll be grooving (grooving)
May June and July [x3]
Bada ba
Winterís gone back home
Left us all alone
With love late in summertime %
She will send her rate
Across outer space
They will get here in the nick of time
And weíll be grooving
Grooving in the sunshine (grooving)
Yeah weíll be grooving (we will be grooving)
May June and July [x2] [repeat]

Doing My Best
Well I phoned your mother 7 times
And I phoned your sister too,
I phoned everybody whoís vaguely connected with you
You cloaked yourself in secrecy
Like a Klingon spaceship
Remember the time when we were joined at the hip?
So donít sat that Iím a loser Ďcause I know that it is true
We cannot all be winners,
Some of us are beginners
And Iím doing my best to live without your love
Yeah Iím doing my best.
Stayed up till 7 this morning
Wondering where you are
Youíve taken your clothes off in the back of some guyís car
I said I wouldnít get jealous
Whenever we split up
Maybe I was being naÔve form the very start
So donít sat that Iím a loser Ďcause I know that it is true
We cannot all be winners,
Some of us are beginners
And Iím doing my best to live without your love
Yeah Iím doing my best to live without your love
Without your love
[wah guitar solo] [repeat chorus]

You Will Miss Me when Iím Gone
Plastic frogs will fall from the sky and birds will forget their songs
You will miss me when Iím gone
Planes will fly backwards and cars will walk
Robots will cry and statues will talk
Oh, youíll regret this for the rest of your life
Baby you wouldnít know a good thing
If it dropped on you from a B52 with a note saying quote This man loves you.
You will miss me when Iím gone
Roundabouts will all be square and people will build castles in the air
You will miss me when Iím gone
Battleships will fall from the sky and third world dictators will break down and cry
Oh, youíll regret this for the rest of your life [Instrumental]
You will miss me when Iím gone
Will miss me when Iím gone [x5]
Planes will fly backwards and cars will walk
Statues will cry and dogs will talk
You will miss me when Iím gone
Roundabouts will all be square and people will build castles in the air
You will miss me when Iím gone

Reconsider

Speak love as a foreign language
With each phrase Iím unsure,
Iím sorry for the hurt I gave you
It was pathetic and immature
Baby, baby, please reconsider me
Donít get out your scissors
Cut me out your life
Please get out your Sellotape
And fix what isnít right
Baby, baby, please reconsider me
I want you to know
I still love you
Want you to know
I still love you
Oh yeah
I want you to know
I still love you
Want you to know
I still love you
[Effects instrumental]
Baby, baby, please reconsider me [x2]
[Repeat]

Second Thoughts

These words fly like birds down telegraph wires
Lifeís country spires
I put pen to paper to try and persuade her that I wasnít a liar
If you have second thoughts
Donít let me wrong
If you have second thoughts
Donít let me rock
You might just get this through the post
While you were eating your toast
You turn around and you say I had my chance
I had my day, I had my joy I had my fun,
I had my season in the sun
Now Iím ancient history
There is no you, there is no me
There is no room for anyone
If you have second thoughts
Donít let me wrong
If you have second thoughts
Donít let me rock
If these words fly like spears through the soul of your tears
Lifeís country spires
I put pen to paper to try and persuade her that I wasnít a liar
If you have second thoughtsÖ

Sunflower

When she wakes up in the morning
And she looks like a sunflower
Pretty on the outside
Ugly on the inside
I was too much in love with her
Let the girl go, you should let the girl go,
Jesus Christ Iíve tried you know
And every minute of every hour
I still ache from my sunflower
When I wake up in the morning
Oh I reach for my sunflower
And all my daysreams are filled with sadness
Well I still ache for her
Let the girl go, you should let the girl go,
Jesus Christ Iíve tried you know
But every minute of every hour
I still ache from my sunflower
Do do do do do
When she wakes up in the morning
And she looks like a sunflower
The only one she loved was herself
But I was too much in love with here
Let the girl go, you should let the girl go,
Jesus Christ Iíve tried you know
But every minute of every hour
I still ache for my sunflower
Do do do do do [to fade]

2000

4 songs, of which

This Heartache

At least you were honest with me
And for that I love you more
But it still doesnít sweeten the pill
Now youíve walked out the door
Thereís so many things we didnít say
Now it is all part of yesterday
This heartache canít last forever [x2]
I know, I know someday it must go
Come this time next year,
Iíll be right as rain
My clouds will all have lifted
And Iíll feel alive again
Youíll find a Romeo for your Juliet,
And Iíll learn to forgive and forget
This heartache canít last forever [x2]
I know, I know someday it must go
I canít stand it
I canít take the pain [repeat]
[Chorus x2]

Rhinestone Cowboy

(by G Campbell) [Simulated crowd noise]
Iíve been walking these streets so long
Singing the same old song
I know every crack in the dirty sidewalks of Broadway
When hussleís the name of the game
The nice guys get washed away, like the snow and the rain
Thereís been a low of compromising
On the road to my horizon
But Iím gonna be with the lights shining on me
Like a Rhinestone cowboy
Riding out on a horse on a star-spangled rodeo
Like a Rhinestone cowboy
Getting cards and letters from people I donít even know
And offers coming over the phone.
Well I really donít mind the rain
And the smiling can hide the pain
But youíre down when you ride on the train
Thatís taken the wrong way,
And I dream of the things Iíll do
With a subway token and a dollar tucked inside my shoes
Thereís been a load of compromising
[Chorus x2]

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