"Mr. Pessimist" as written by and Roland/griffiths Orzabal....
Time will swallow
Your precious time
Like magic create the future
What makes man so fickle?
Who put the daggers in those eyes?
Was it to learn
Through dark days of struggle?
Was it to burn
To burst all our bubbles?
Thunder and rain
Well the cynical flame will it heat, stick and blister?
Thunder and rain
Evangelistic brother
Should be banging a tambourine
Go wash your hands and fingers
Till your mind is clean
Was it your fate
To sleep like a normal?
Time and decay
No man is immortal
Thunder and rain
Boredom and pain lit the cynical flame
Will it heat stick and blister?
Thunder and rain
Still try to resist the pessimist
The pessimist no no
And these things I find
In the back of my mind
Where time lasts forever
I get all mixed
Think I'm all mankind
Listen Mr Pessimister
With your Catholic taste
Oh listen Mr Pessimister Pessimister
We do not relate
Listen Mr Pessimister, Pessimister, Pessimister
Mr Pessimister

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"Mr. Pessimist" as written by Roland Orzabal Alan Griffiths

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  • +1
    General CommentActually, I heard that according to some interview, Roland just wrote down his own thoughts about pessimism. Not the entire Elemental album is an answer to Curt. As far as we know, the song wich actually is about Curt is "Fish Out of Water".
    Undefined90on April 10, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe song is about Arthur Janov, others on the album are about Curt--such as Fish out of Water etc...
    BigMike29on April 04, 2014   Link
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    General Comment"Elemental" was Roland's first album without Curt, following their very tumultuous breakup. The two were extremely good friends, from childhood on. (No, NOT lovers. I once speculated about that, too, but many sources are very clear that the guys are straight; both are married.) There were a lot of bad feelings on both sides, but Roland actually felt quite betrayed. He felt Curt had abandoned the friendship and the TFT artistic "ethos" in favor of the pop star lifestyle. The album is essentially Roland's "answer" to Curt, and Mr. Pessimist is literally about Curt.
    imagodocon October 30, 2006   Link

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