"Disco 2000" as written by Nick Banks, Jarvis Branson Cocker, Candida Doyle, Stephen Patrick Mackey, Russell Senior and Mark Andrew Webber....
Well we were born within one hour of each other.
Our mothers said we could be sister and brother.
Your name is Deborah, Deborah.
It never suited ya.
And they said that when we grew up,
we'd get married, and never split up.
We never did it, although often I thought of it.

Oh Deborah, do you recall?
Your house was very small,
with wood chip on the wall.
When I came around to call,
you didn't notice me at all.

And I said let's all meet up in the year 2000.
Won't it be strange when we're all fully grown.
Be there 2 o'clock by the fountain down the road.
I never knew that you'd get married.
I would be living down here on my own,
on that damp and lonely Thursday years ago.

You were the first girl at school to get breasts.
Martyn said that you were the best.
The boys all loved you, but I was a mess.
I had to watch them trying to get you undressed.
We were friends, that was as far as it went.
I used to walk you home sometimes but it meant,
oh, it meant nothing to you,
'cause you were so popular.

Deborah do you recall?
Your house was very small,
with woodchip on the wall.
When I came around to call,
you didn't notice me at all.

I said let's all meet up in the year 2000.
Won't it be strange when we're all fully grown.
Be there 2 o'clock by the fountain down the road.
I never knew that you'd get married,
I would be living down here on my own,
on that damp and lonely Thursday years ago.

Oh yeah,
Oh yeah.

Ah do you recall?
Your house was very small,
with wood chip on the wall.
When I came around to call,
you didn't notice me at all.

And I said let's all meet up in the year 2000.
Won't it be strange when we're all fully grown.
Be there 2 o'clock by the fountain down the road.
I never knew that you'd get married,
I would be living down here on my own,
on that damp and lonely Thursday years ago.

Oh what are you doing Sunday baby.
Would you like to come and meet me maybe?
You can even bring your baby.
Oh ooh ooh. Ooh ooh ooh ooh.
What are you doing Sunday baby.
Would you like to come and meet me maybe?
You can even bring your baby.
Ooh ooh oh. Ooh ooh ooh ooh. Ooh ooh ooh ooh. Ooh.


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"Disco 2000" as written by Nick Banks, Jarvis Branson Cocker, Candida Doyle, Stephen Patrick Mackey, Russell Senior, Mark Andrew Webber

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  • +2
    General Commentif i was deborah, i would be kicking myself to death to have passed up a chance to be with jarvis cocker.
    ImInLoveWithMyWallson March 30, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentSad indeed. I especially find touching the implication that while once upon a time he was obsessed with her and had childish fantasies about marrying her, etc., in adulthood he's mellowed and is so nostalgic, and perhaps his life is so empty now, that it would blow his mind just to see her for an hour over tea.
    lola500on December 17, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is completely crushing, it's the classic story of how two people were so close together, but when the time to make plans and decisions in their lives (popularity, dating), they went in opposite directions. Later, though they come to talk to each other occasionally:
    "I used to walk you home sometimes but it meant
    Oh, it meant nothing to you, cause you were so, popular "

    Later he talks to her again, and they agree to make a pact to meet up in the year 2000 at "2 o'clock, by fountain down the road". Sadly, she's gotten married, and had a baby, without ever realizing his unrequited love for her. It could have been him with her, but fate had different plans, leaving him to probable bachelordom for the rest of his life do to his sadness and yearning for Deborah. The song never states it, but the reference to the baby and "what're you doin' Sunday baby" may mean that Deborah and her husband have split, and that a new beginning might hstart between the two. Or at least that's what I like to think. :)
    Cameron Butleron March 06, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentdisco 2000 is up there with the few most beautiful and saddest songs i have ever heard - it makes me cry, with the lyrics and then the meaning added on to it - it's all so sad.
    N/U/T/T/Y/?on February 15, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentdeborah sounds like a right asshat
    jugbandcoinon December 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI hate to tell you that the 'fountain down the road', at least the one that most fans assume Jarvis Cocker was talking about, no longer exists. It was demolished and paved over before the year 2000. This is the first song I ever loved and Jarvis is returning to Sheffield this week to gig his new solo album. :D
    razzmatazzon February 14, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is probably the saddest song I know. To me it's about everything you lose growing up. All the possibilities that not only vanish but mutate into something discomforting and strange.

    I disagree with those who hold out hope at the end. I take "what are doin' Sunday, baby?" as a last absurd nail in the coffin. She's married and has kids. She has a life now that couldn't have less room for him if she tried.

    The hope is all in the tone. It's not that things will get better. It's that the way he's singing about it, he knows that it's just how life works.
    citycomeawalkinon October 06, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIMO the best part of the song is where he says he remembers every single thing, then asks her if she remembers the small house/woodchip again, as if it's the only shared memory she might possibly remember.

    Sad indeed.
    dave_1987on December 20, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's about making plans. but thru the years lives change, plans break and childhood friends get knocked up.
    roger wilcoon May 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is sort of sad. It strikes me as sort of pathetic on the singer's part. Like, not pathetic, but, just sad I guess. Every time he says Deborah I always think of Deborah Harry (Blondie), but that couldn't be right. Be pretty cool though.
    rrriloKILEYon April 22, 2003   Link

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