"Song For Whoever" as written by Paul Heaton and Dave Rotheray....
I love you from the bottom, of my pencil case
I love you in the songs, I write and sing

Love you because, you put me in my rightful place
And I love the PRS cheques, that you bring

Cheap, never cheap
I'll sing you songs till you're asleep
When you've gone upstairs I'll creep
And write it all down, down, down, down

Oh Shirley, oh Deborah, oh Julie, oh Jane
I wrote so many songs about you
I forget your name, I forget your name
Jennifer, Alison, Phillipa, Sue, Deborah, Annabel, too
I forget your name
Jennifer, Alison, Phillipa, Sue, Deborah, Annabel, too
I forget your name

I love your from the bottom of my pencil case
I love the way you never ask me why
I love to write about each wrinkle on your face
And I love you 'till my fountain pen runs dry

Deep so deep, the number one I hope to reap
Depends upon the tears you weep, so cry, lovey cry, cry, cry, cry

Oh Cathy, oh Alison, oh Phillipa, oh Sue
You made me so much money, I wrote this song for you
I wrote this song for you
Jennifer, Alison, Phillipa, Sue, Deborah, Annabel, too
I wrote this song for you
Jennifer, Alison, Phillipa, Sue, Deborah, Annabel, too

Oh Cathy, oh Alison, oh Phillipa, oh Sue
You made me so much money, I wrote this song for you
I wrote this song for you
Jennifer, Alison, Phillipa, Sue, Deborah, Annabel, too
I wrote this song for you
Jennifer, Alison, Phillipa, Sue, Deborah, Annabel, too
For you, for you
I wrote this song for you
I wrote this song for you


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"Song for Whoever" as written by Paul Heaton Dave Rotheray

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    General Commentgreat song, I love the way the verses go into the chorus with the dual vocals, creates a great "layered" feeling when the piano line locks in. Overall, a very cool, very early 90's piece of work, witha good video too.
    Razormasticatoron January 23, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is taking a dig at those commercial pop love songs where artists sing shallow love songs proclaiming love etc etc to whoever whatever and then make lots of money out of it
    ooshon January 25, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this is about all the girls he fancied at school.

    And maybe some other stuff as well.
    ShineYouDiamondon September 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think think this song is about the one woman he loved. There were others who were flings and didn't mean anything to him ("I love you from the bottom of my pencil case.") They provided material for songs but nothing else because he couldn't remember their names. But he loved Mary and she killed herself ("Turned her grief into glory") and that ended his inspiration to write songs. ("She ripped his ribbon to shreds.")
    Milkman82on March 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbeautiful.
    paul just has a wonderful voice.
    rahtwinkleon January 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is about all the girls he's had relationships with, whom he writes songs about and then sings them to them(they think it's romantic, so they never question it - "I love the way you never ask me why
    I love to write about each wrinkle on your face")
    and then he earns money from these songs.
    when he says "the number one I hope to reap
    Depends upon the tears you weep" i think this is having a deep emotional relationship with someone that he can then write about the relationship in a song and get a number 1 hit with the song.
    it's quite comical really...
    wordsandbirdson August 18, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHe emotionally abuses the women he dates (or dates one's previously abused) to find the inspiration for his songwriting - to make lots of $$. very sarcastic (along the lines of "36D")
    rajwoodsonon November 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about how love songs are often written to thicken the wallet and not spill out the soul...
    limoon November 16, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think that this song is a criticism of Pop stars who start shallow, futureless relationships simply for inspiration for songwriting, with no consideration of the girls' feelings, hence the "I forget your name" line.
    Isidoreon July 30, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe pencil case line makes me think he's addressing a school crush. Perhaps it's the names of all the girls he's had crushes on throughout schooling?
    Anilandon April 23, 2011   Link

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