"A Little Soul" as written by Jarvis Branson Cocker, Nick Banks, Candida Doyle, Stephen Patrick Mackey and Mark Andrew Webber....
Hey, man
How come you treat your woman so bad?
That's not the way you do it
No, no, no, you shouldn't do it like that
I could show you how to do it right
I used to practice every night on my wife, now she's gone
Yeah, she's gone
You see, her mother and me
We never got along that well, you see

I'd love to help you
But everybody's telling me you look like me
But please don't turn out like me, you look like me
But you're not like me I know
I had one, two, three,
Four shots of happiness, I look like a big man
But I've only got a little soul
I only got a little soul

Yeah, I wish I could be an example
Wish I could say I stood up for you
And fought for what was right
But I never did
I just wore my trenchcoat and stayed out every single night
You think I'm joking?
Try me
Try me
Yeah come on, try me tonight
I did what was wrong though I knew what was right
I've got no wisdom that I want to pass on
Just don't hang round here, no, I'm telling you son
You don't want to know me
Oh, that's just what everybody's telling me

And everybody's telling me you look like me
But please don't turn into me
You look like me
But you're not like me I hope
I have run away form the one thing that I ever made, now
Only wish that I could show you
Wish I could show a little soul
Wish I could show a little soul

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"A Little Soul" as written by Jarvis Branson Cocker Candida Doyle

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • +1
    General CommentIt is an estranged father telling his long-lost kid not to grow up the way he did - "I had one, two, three, four shots at happiness" suggests he has been married three times since the child's mother and blown every one of them.

    I love the title's play on words: "I may be a big man but I've only got a little soul", "wish I could show a little soul" and the idea that a child is "a little soul".
    OwlofDoomon March 31, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's about his own Dad most likely - He was by all accounts a 'colourful' character... It's the old mans pathetic excuses...
    LadyStardust74on January 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this song means about being the one you want to be, and the one you really are. Sometimes we are afraid to do some things because of lazyness or shame, even when we know that things are good ones. I love the video, with mini-members of pulp as their souls.
    J06on December 30, 2004   Link
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    General CommentYeah you're right. See the video and you'll see that you were spot on.
    Wallamanageon August 23, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI'd also add that this is about his regret specifically about having left the child behind or whatever. "I have run away from the one thing that I ever made..." He thinks he's too seedy or whatever to be of value as a father, yet also realizes he might be in a unique position to help the child avoid his own fate.
    lola500on December 17, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"A Little Soul" is an amazing song. First, any way you look at it, it's a dad telling his child not to turn out the way he did. It seems like he doesn't have a good self-image, because although he is obviously concerned for his child ("please don't turn out like me", "I have run away from the one thing that I ever made") he doesn't show any desire to come back to look after him. I love this song - it's heartfelt.♥
    xsvsxon June 11, 2007   Link
  • -1
    General Commentseveral weeks ago, a workmate of mine asked me which song summed up, me, completely. i told her this was a huge question and i couldn't possibly answer it. last night though i was listening to pulp and suddenly realised this was the song. I can't explain why, since i've never had (or abandoned) kids, and i doubt i'm anything like jarv's father ...still, absolutely love the song
    Claude-Moneton May 29, 2007   Link
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    General Commentalso, when he says "i look like a big man", i've always thought he was saying "i look like piglet", always makes me think of winnie the pooh
    Claude-Moneton May 29, 2007   Link

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