Lyrics to What We Did Last Summer

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Unless otherwise stated, all songs are either J.McColl or D.McManus. Parts with curly brackets {} are parts that appear is some versions of the song only.

Elle (aka Elle Est La Femme)
She's a little out of fashion,
And every car she's had she has crashed in
And she cries when her best friend breaks up
And she wears too much makeup
And when she's overweight
You say she's looking great
And when she goes on about her career
You pretend you are all ears
Elle est la femme pour moi
C'est plus certainement
Elle est la femme pour moi
She takes hours to get ready
And you hold your temper steady
And then she gets drunk at the party
And you have to phone a taxi
You will never understand her,
But you will do your best to love her
And when she wants to use her charms
She can always twist your arm
Elle est la femme pour moi
C'est plus certainement
Elle est la femme pour moi
There are times when she makes you mad,
But she's the best you've ever had
And though you try to hate her
You will make up minutes later
Elle est la femme pour moi
C'est plus certainement
Elle est la femme pour moi
[Guitar solo]
Je sais elle est la femme pour moi (sic)

What We Did Last Summer
Daisy chain around your neck and sunburn on your arm
Through the backroads of your mind
Past the church and past the farm [repeat]
Take a walk to the reservoir where we both take off our clothes
No one will see us there, no one will ever know
What we did last summer,
I want to stay in that place
What we did last summer
I want to stay in that place [x2]
Butterflies and jets flying by
And lovebites on your neck
I don't feel bitterness, just the sad beat of regret.
What we did last summer,
I want to stay in that place
What we did last summer
I want to stay in that place [x2]
Get the train up next weekend,
But don't tell your new boyfriend (about me)
Dandelions on your dresser
And sunshine in your eyes
Through the backroads of your mind
Where it's always clear blue skies
What we did last summer,
I want to stay in that place
What we did last summer
I want to stay in that place [x2]

Gotta Get Myself Together
Across the city,
Its such a heatwave
But we're all chillin' away
I haven't done a thing all day [x2]
Its 95 degrees
We're doing as we please
Playing Frisbees in the shade
I haven't done a thing all day [x2]
I've got to get myself together [x2]
There's traffic jams
Out to the coastline
But I'll stay here and
I'll still feel fine
I haven't done a thing all day [x2]
Down to the swimming pool,
To try and stay cool
But the hours just drifted away
We haven't done a thing all day [x2]
I've got to get myself together [x4]
[Outro phase]

Shell

Wishing You Were my Girlfriend
Oh I lost the battle and I lost the war
But you won't come around and play my organ anymore
I'm at a loose end
Wishing you were my girlfriend
Yes, I'm at a loose end
Wishing you were my girlfriend
My heart is broken it won't go boom boom anymore
There's little pieces of clockwork spilled out on my bedroom floor
I'm at a loose end
Wishing you were my girl friend
And if I said I was going to change
I mean really really really change
Really really really change, really really change
Screw it, I just can't do it
Oh I got my haircut just like Barry Gibb
But you still didn't like the cut of my jib
I'm at a loose end
Wishing you were my girlfriend
Yes I'm at a loose end
Wishing you were my girlfriend
And if I said I was going to change
I mean really really really change
Really really really change, really really change
Screw it, I just can't do it
Should you ever change down from DC
To AC well please remember me
I'm at a loose end
Wishing you were my girlfriend
Yes I'm at a loose end
Wishing you were my girlfriend
Yes I'm at a loose end
Wishing you were my girlfriend

Instant Healing (sung by Derek)
You picked up the wine, and I picked up the bill
We both had a really good time and we both felt pretty ill
I want to turn back the clock
And get back what I've lost,
I've only got myself to blame
Now you've got a different name
I'm not too good at disguising
All my frailties get me when I'm least expecting
And they threaten to derail me
Instant healing is what I'm needing
Can you give it to me? [x2]
Instant healing's what I'm needing
Can you give it to me? [x2]
Driving in your car up the West coast,
We lit a fire on a beach and you burned all the toast
I feel it's safe to say that I never did figure you out
And now in retrospect it's all as clear as day
I'm not too good at disguising
All my frailties get me when I'm least expecting
And they threaten to derail me
Instant healing is what I'm needing
Can you give it to me [x2]
Instant healing's what I'm needing
Can you give it to me [x2]
[Instrumental] [Repeat]

Life Is A Motorway (aka. Russia Song)
[A choir sing the "La la" intro]
La la la, la la la, la la la [x2]
Exeter, Gloucester and Cheltenham
Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham
From A to B to C to D
From you to her, to him to me
There will be dents in your bodywork
From lovers and friends that you have to give up
Life is a motorway [x4]
All the little cars going beep beep beep,
All the little passengers fast asleep
Life is a motorway [x2]
La la la, la la la, la la la [x2]
Newcastle, Sunderland and Middlesborough
Aberdeen, London and Edinburgh
Friends may turn off before you arrive
Abracadabra you're the last one alive
There will be dents in your bodywork
From lovers and friends that you have to give up
Life is a motorway [x2]
All the little cars going beep beep beep,
All the little passengers fast asleep
Life is a motorway [x2] [Repeat]
La la la, la la la, la la la [x2 into chorus]

Starfish

Late for the World
Love is the reason why I'm spending the season
Trying to be someone I'm not
Well it's quarter to nine and there's leaves on the line
Is this what they call growing up?
Holding down a job trying to prove I'm not a slob
I think I must be out of my mind
Coffee machines and daydreams
The boss wants to kick my behind
Because I'm always late for the world
You know that I'm late for the world [x2]
Yet again
[Bridge]
I wish I was jumping on a 747
And taking off and flying so high (woo hoo)
Instead of Starbucks and office blocks,
Lord knows, baby I tried
Because I'm always late for the world
You know that I'm late for the world [x2]
Yet again
Ladies and gentlemen, put your hands together
Because I'm at the depths of my powers
Computer screens and fax machines
And watching the clock every hour
[Chorus]
[You know we need ProTools]

Everything
Everything, everything, everything, everything,
Everything depends on you
[Thunder]

Summertime Not to be confused with Wasp Song (lyrics in the Rarities section, and a downloadable sample in the Multimedia section)
Sprinklers splash and all the colors clash
Things are going so fast, but you don't know it
Friends who've gone and your favorite summer song
Blasting out a transistor radio
Summertime, etched into my mind
I take them out on a rainy day
Rays of sun never to return
I tried my best but I could not make them stay
Summertime rays of sun, summertime
Innocence that cannot be regained
Nothing stays the same for you
Golden haze, take me back to those days
And let me do the things I didn't do
Summertime, etched into my mind
I take them out on a rainy day
Rays of sun never to return
I tried my best but I could not make them stay
Summertime rays of sun, summertime
[Noise FX solo][Repeat]

Easy Life
I'm living the easy life
I'm living the easy life
Easylife easy life easy life
Got no worries I'm not going anywhere
Just watching the world go by from my easy chair
I'm living the easy life [x2]
Easylife easy life easy life
There's no hurry, there is so much slack to spare
Just cool my boots and take in some of that air
I'm living the easy life [x2]
Easylife easy life easy life
I've got my pace and it suits me fine,
Just shooting the breeze with all my time
I'm living the easy life [x2]
Easylife easy life
Easy life

Bucket and spade

Why (Does Nothing ever Turn Out Like You Want it to ?)
Sorry if I sleep in my underwear,
And a dog's run a comb through my hair
The things that you want me to like, I don't think I might
Sorry if I paint the clouds on your sun,
And I'm slipping from number one (bada da)
Your friends wonder what you see in someone like me
Why does nothing ever turn out like you want it to? [x2]
Sorry if I'm neanderthal at times
And I didn't see the signs
My sensitive side got mislaid
Feelings delayed.
Why does nothing ever turn out like you want it to? [x2]
Sorry for the X, Y and Z that I caused
And all of the love that you lost
The time that you wasted on me
You'll get back maybe
[Chorus]

Two Songbirds
She walks through the Stockholm snow
She doesn't sing anymore, you know
Listens to the sound of the trees
The wind blowing through the sycamore trees
In times of trouble you need something to pull you through
I put on my old cassette and I think of you
Sing along to that sad, sad song
(Sad, sad song)
Get out your old regrets and light a cigarette
Sing along to that sad, sad song
With the razor sharp words and the two songbirds
(Two songbirds)
Sibelius and Grieg can stay in bed
I've got those melodies running through my head
Did you take that helicopter everywhere?
And throw those words down from up in the air?
[Chorus]

Finishing Credits duet with Derek's girlfriend Fiona Richardson
Got the feelings of an earwig,
And a heart that's half as big
My knuckles drag whenever I walk
I grunt instead of talk
Oh sonny boy you can be just as cruel
In front of my friends you make me look like a fool
Said I should read a couple more books
And I was losing my good looks

Oh, I wish I was in love with someone
Other than you my love
Cause I feel it's the end of the world as we know it
It was written in the stars that we'd blow it
And we might as well just forget it
Let them roll up the finishing credits
Roll up the finishing...
Next time there's a spider in your bath
Phone me up and I'll just laugh
If you need some DIY.
Find yourself another guy
Well if there's space in your world
Get yourself another girl
Who puts up with your little boyish act
And has the qualities I lack

Oh, I wish I was in love
With someone other than you my love
Cause I feel it's the end of the world as we know it
It was written in the stars that we'd blow it
We might as well just forget it
Let them rollup the finishing credits
Roll up the finishing credits


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