"Oh No Not Susan" as written by and Jeff / Lynne....
Susan spent the weekend at her stately home
Crying at the lions on the garden wall
And then she'd sigh - sneak away
Look at her style - free the day

Oh no not me - I wouldn't
Oh no not me - I couldn't
That's all she says, her money and her place
They just don't mean a thing

Susan met the lords and dukes of everywhere
Smiling kissing wishing that they'd go to hell
And then she'd laugh - wonder why
Take a nap - sit and cry

Oh no not me - I wouldn't
Oh no not me - I couldn't
That's all she says, her money and her place
They just don't mean a thing


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"Oh No Not Susan" as written by Jeff Lynne

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    General CommentI entered the lyrics as they appear in the album notes. However, they aren't quite accurate: the line "They just don't mean a thing" is, in the actual recording: "They just don't mean a f***ing thing." Jeff Lynne (the writer and lead singer) has remarked that he's rather surprised that this lyric made it past the BBC censors.
    Kenobi65on June 11, 2002   Link
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    General CommentBasically to me, it seems as though. The girl is sick of her life, and the falsities associated with it. "Look at her style -- free the day", here she is sneaking away from the "lions on the Garden wall" associated with keeping her locked into her world, the symbol of her wealth, to "free the day" from the pomposity associated with meeting with the "lords and dukes of everywhere", whom she detestes: "Smiling kissing wishing that they'd go to hell". It seems as though because she is wealthhy, she is trying to be paired off with someone she doesn't love and whom doesn't love her "Oh no not me -- I wouldn't
    Oh no not me -- I couldn't", and it is part of the reason she loathes her wealth. Perhaps, its an indication of Jeff's growing fame and fortune and people seemingly only caring about his wealth, and not himself and wishing he were back in the days before it all.
    Or maybe, I'm jsut over-analysing a fantastic song.
    Gerard_commion August 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI always thought that Susan, the main character of the song, is considering suicide. Despite her wealth, she is miserable, but when thinking of suicide, she decided that she "wouldn't," that she "couldn't."
    drake52on April 17, 2007   Link

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