"Rotterdam (Or Anywhere)" as written by Paul Heaton and Dave Rotheray....
And the women tug their hair
Like they're trying to prove it won't fall out
And all the men are gargoyles
Dipped long in irish stout

The whole place is pickled
The people are pickles for sure
And no-one knows if they've done more here
Than they ever would do in a jar

This could be rotterdam or anywhere
Liverpool or rome
'cause rotterdam is anywhere
Anywhere alone
Anywhere alone

And everyone is blonde
And everyone is beautiful
And when blondes and beautiful are multiple
They become so dull and dutiful

And when faced with dull and dutiful
They fire red warning flares
Battle-khaki personality
With red underwear

This could be rotterdam or anywhere
Liverpool or rome
'cause rotterdam is anywhere
Anywhere alone
Anywhere alone

The whole place is pickled
The people are pickles for sure
And no-one knows if they've done more here
Than they ever would do in a jar

This could be rotterdam or anywhere
Liverpool or rome
'cause rotterdam is anywhere
Anywhere alone

This could be rotterdam or anywhere
Liverpool or rome
'cause rotterdam is anywhere
Anywhere alone


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"Rotterdam (Or Anywhere)" as written by Paul Heaton Dave Rotheray

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    General CommentThis song was so annoying when it was never off the radio or televison, I vaguely remember the video too.Strange.....
    Razormasticatoron January 23, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. Reminds me of spilling hot chocolate all over my little sister at a cafe in Rotterdam.. also reminds me of a holiday on Bute a few years ago. Nice tune :)
    1234Kiwion January 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMy mum plays it on the guitar so I just love it ^_^

    I remember finding the pickle verse particularly hilarious as a kid.
    simsfreqon February 26, 2006   Link
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    General Commentsame!!! ths was the first song i ever learnt all the lyrics to... i felt well chuffed
    Avatar-rockon May 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentPaul Heaton used to catch the ferry from Hull, where he lived, to Rotterdam to try and escape lonliness. This song is about how that and it follows you around no matter where you go. Quality stuff.
    dragzon August 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHow can only 5 people have commented this?! It is one of my favourite all time songs.

    Sounds to me like he's fed up with the people in his life at the moment or just generally in life.

    He just wants to escape from it all and have some peace and quiet to himself?
    foxyfmuon September 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentFor some reason I always assumed this song was about people working in a office, driving each other cray-zee. *shrug*
    Heliamphoraon April 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI always have to laugh at this part:
    And everyone is blonde
    And everyone is beautiful
    and when blondes and beautiful are multiple
    they become so dull and dutiful

    Because most of the inhabitants of Rotterdam are foreigners, mainly of Turkish and Morrocan origin. So the blonde part isn't very accurate :P
    Powerponyon May 26, 2007   Link

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