As many of you know, Helen Vahdhati has wisely decided to focus on her health for the present time. Jim Adams, aka Newepicauthor, the creator of has kindly volunteered to host SONG-LYRIC-SUNDAY for Helen, while she takes a break. Jim is a great lover of music and regularly writes about music, so he is going to be a brilliant host.
As you can see from Jim’s post below, for this week’s theme he has chosen: LAUGH/LAUGHTER/LAUGHING
Well, the first song that popped into my head was that one from Mary Poppins to be honest. But I have heard so much about Mary Poppins this past month, I was worried it might be a bit too much for you all to have such a well known song.
So I have chosen something completely different. Most people my age who grew up in Britain will remember the band Pulp. After Oasis and Blur, they were one of the biggest bands of the Britpop era. They won a lot of recognition for phenomenal lyrics and sounds. Unless you were there, its almost too hard to explain their popularity!
Now…I am yet to tell the story on my blog, although I may get round to it one day, but I was actually involved in a TV show and raved on and on about Jarvis Cocker in front of a live audience some years ago. I was working for a record company at the time and something happened at a certain awards show – we will not mention it right now. However, that eventl led to my television debut. She holds her head in her hands in shame!
She came from Greece, she had a thirst for knowledge
She studied sculpture at Saint Martin’s College,
That’s where I
Caught her eye.
She told me that her dad was loaded
I said, “In that case I’ll have a rum and coca-cola.”
She said, “Fine,”
And in thirty seconds time
“I want to live like common people.
I want to do whatever common people do,
I want to sleep with common people
I want to sleep with common people like you.”
Well, what else could I do?
I said, “I’ll see what I can do.”
I took her to a supermarket
I don’t know why but I had to start it
So it started there.
I said, “Pretend you’ve got no money,”
She just laughed and said, “Oh, you’re so funny.”
I said, “Yeah?
Well, I can’t see anyone else smiling in here.”
Are you sure you want to live like common people?
You want to see whatever common people see
You want to sleep with common people,
You want to sleep with common people like me.
But she didn’t understand,
She just smiled and held my hand.
Rent a flat above a shop,
Cut your hair and get a job.
Smoke some fags and play some pool,
Pretend you never went to school.
But still you’ll never get it right
‘Cause when you’re laid in bed at night
Watching ‘roaches climb the wall
If you called your dad he could stop it all.
You’ll never live like common people
You’ll never do whatever common people do
You’ll never fail like common people
You’ll never watch your life slide out of view,
And dance and drink and screw
Because there’s nothing else to do.
Sing along with the common people,
Sing along and it might just get you through
Laugh along with the common people
Laugh along even though they’re laughing at you
And the stupid things that you do.
Because you think that poor is cool.
I want to live with common people like you,
I want to live with common people like you…
This song was written by the members of the band Pulp listed below:
Nick Banks, Jarvis Cocker, Candida Doyle, Steve Mackey and Russell Senior