"Goldfish And Paracetamol" as written by and Roberts/matthews/jones/richards/powell....
A dead loss,
No fun, just glum
Lying next to someone
So don't mention the war
Don't question where we stand
Or where we fall
North, south, east where's best?
If I head left
It turns out directionless

And needle point aside
I always find
Embroidery leaves me blind
Cos I'm too weary to rest
Since I noticed
Coming second best is close to ideal

What fools boredom breeds
So much to do
So many goldfish to feed
And paracetamol
I take them all
They line my stomach wall

With customary thirst
I search a water glass
But gin hits first
Oh don't believe the hype
Expectancy will always spoil a party

It's tourniquet by crochet
My waters break
Don't drive for pity's sake
Cos I'm too weary to rest
Since I noticed
Coming second best
Is close to ideal


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    General CommentMy sister and I spent hours trying to figure out what this song meant back then in the late 90s... ok, here's the result of our research:

    This song is told from the POV of a dead woman. A ghost. During a depression, she mixed pills and alcohol and took the car for a drive. She crashed and now she's dead, 'lying next to someone', and surrounded by the spirits of other dead people 'don't mention the war, don't question where we stand, or where we fall'. She somehow feels sorry for what she did, and finally, she warns us from the afterlife 'don't believe the hype, expectancy will always spoil the party', meaning the 'other side' might not be like we believe or imagine it to be.

    Now, that IS a far fetched interpretation!
    14zerozeroon January 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThat's a really good interpretation, Welsh-bard, I agree with the meaning you promulgate...

    There's a number of references to domesticity that she throws in that build on the idea. The only needle that doesn't leave her 'blind' is a hypodermic one... and I thought 'It's tourniquet by crochet' expressed the feeling of being strangled (or at least constricted, as if by tourniquet) by mundane household chores (crochetting) and the life that accompanies them..
    dreamfaceon January 05, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti think its about depression... amounsgt other things...
    CryingFromMyWriston May 18, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"A dead loss, no songs
    No fun, just glum
    Lying next to someone"

    Remorse and disillusionment after sleeping with a stranger

    "So don't mention the War "

    humorous imperitive from Fawlty Towers, not sure why its relevant

    "North, South, East where's best?": feeling of being lost

    "And needle point aside": double meaning (compass point and hypodermic needle)

    "What fools boredom breeds": sex leading to "goldfish", or kids

    "Oh don't believe the hype
    Expectancy will always spoil a party"

    Despite all the hype saying that you can still have fun while pregnant, it puts a real damper on things.


    Basically, its about sleeping around, getting pregnant, seeing your funloving young life disappearing out the window thanks to being a single mom, resorting to alchohol and drugs to cope. Kinda sad really.
    welshbard482on July 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song, can't stop listening to it. I think it could be about depresison, sleeping with strangers, all self destruct
    lindzson December 24, 2007   Link
  • -2
    General Comment"And paracetamol
    I’ll take them all
    They line my stomach wall
    With customary thirst
    I search a water glass
    But gin hits first"

    Story of my life
    Horsey_Roseon May 11, 2003   Link

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