"Strange Glue" as written by and Powell/richards/jones/matthews/roberts....
It was strange glue that held us together
While we both came apart at the seams
She said your place or mine while we've still got the time
So I played along with her schemes
But I don't have the right to be with you tonight
So please leave me alone with no saviour in sight
I will sleep safe and sound with nobody around me

When faced with my demons, I clothe them and feed them
And I smile, yes I smile as they're taking me over
And if I can not sleep for the secrets I keep
It's the price I'm willing to meet
The end of the night never comes too quickly for me

But I don't have the right to be with you tonight
So please leave me alone with no saviour
I will sleep safe and sound with nobody around me

When faced with my demons
I clothe them and feed them
And I'll smile, yes I'll smile
As they're taking me over

And if I cannot sleep for the secrets I keep
It's the prize I'm willing to steal
Oh the end of the night never comes too quickly for me
And I smile . . .
The end of the night never comes too quickly for me
I smile, smile, I smile as they're taking me over
I smile
The end of the night never comes too quickly for me
Never comes too quickly for me


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"Strange Glue" as written by Cerys Matthews Aled Richards

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    My InterpretationFavourite lyrics, possibly ever.

    "It was strange glue that held us together
    While we both came apart at the seams"

    The glue could be a strange bond, the romance of self destruction in that they know they are bad for each other but stay connected anyway. Could also be sexual, with 'coming apart at the seams' orgasm and the strange glue bodily fluids (though perhaps less likely).

    "She said your place or mine
    While we've still got the time
    So I played along with her schemes"

    Not sure, maybe the suggesting time is running out and death is near? Playing along with schemes suggesting acceptance of personal weakness, knowing you are broken and should fix yourself but letting it all drift away instead.

    "But I don't have the right to be with you tonight
    So please leave me alone with no saviour in sight
    I will sleep safe and sound with nobody around me"

    Favourite lines, perhaps a reference to depression in the self-loathing, 'I don't deserve to be happy' type statements. The acceptance, and perhaps even longing for (self?) destruction. Then the oxymoron of sleeping alone and vulnerable, since this characters 'demons' seem to come from within herself - though the line could also be a reference to the fact that everyone hurts you in the end. As to any personal events which inspired this, I can only speculate.

    "When faced with my demons
    I clothe them and feed them
    And I smile, yes I smile
    As they're taking me over"

    About feeding her own demons, that spiral when you know you're on the way down but do nothing to stop it. She encourages her own negative thought patterns, creating the very demons which plague her. The 'yes I smile' is recognising that she has lost the basic human instinct to survive, which may shock many people.


    "And if I cannot sleep for the secrets I keep
    It's the price I'm willing to meet
    The end of the night never comes too quickly for me"

    Not giving something up, even though you know it will destroy you? And the final line about lying awake alone at night, being terrified and having no one to turn to. Day/night as a cycle, with everything going downhill from dawn onwards. Each dawn is both a victory, and a small death in the knowledge that night is once again drawing ever closer.
    icanfeelthesoilon January 03, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentall i can really say is awwwwww! tis sooooo cute and Cerys has a lufley voice :)
    Super_Sarah_Hillon August 04, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAh, I love this song- it's my second favourite aside from Don't Need the Sunshine... God, I got tickets to see them at the Birmingham Academy, and it was just my luck that she had a breakdown then and missed it... and I never got my money back. Still, fantastic band, I wish they were still together.
    dreamfaceon June 10, 2003   Link
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    General Comment"But I don't have the right to be with you tonight
    So please leave me alone with no saviour in sight
    I will sleep safe and sound with nobody around me
    When faced with my demons
    I clothe them and feed them
    And I smile, yes I smile
    As they're taking me over
    And if I cannot sleep for the secrets I keep
    It's the price I'm willing to meet"

    Definitely my favourite song of theirs.
    Some of my favourite lyrics by anybody, actually.
    schadenfreude87on January 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentDo you smell somekind of affair in this song??

    They know they can't be together, but there's this "strange bond" that holds them together..

    i think the girl now engaged with someone else or so, and the marriage soon happen (or so..) so they only have a little time together -- while we still have the time..--

    the girl want to devour each minute left with him, but "he has no right..she belongs to someone else" and so he wanted her to leave, eventhough he actually wanted her beside him.

    I will sleep safe and sound with nobody around me
    And if I cannot sleep for the secrets I keep
    It's the price I'm willing to meet

    maybe the secret is about the affair..and he doesn't regret it, it's like "i will accept the suffering, for i have the happiness for being with you all this time"

    owww..i think this what makes this song so sweet yet so painful.
    c h i e won November 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentBeautiful track, isnt it..?

    Meaning? Gotta be drugs!
    matthewt7kon October 11, 2016   Link

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