"Bill McCai" as written by and James Skelly....
His family taught him right from wrong
With local tales and children's songs
Sunday school was his shelter
With his friends Joe and Walter
Now those days seem far away
An empty swing where he once played
Now Bill's grown so fat and bald
He never thought that he'd grow old

And every day when he gets the train
Looks out the window and thinks in vain
If only I could be that boy again

His sales job gets him down
Same old faces same old sounds
Heart attacks, orthopedic backs
Documents in labeled racks
His wife can't stand the sight of him
With his routine glass of gin
She makes his lunch of processed ham
And waits in for the meter man

And every day when he gets the train
Looks out the window and thinks in vain
If only I could be that boy again
If only he could be that boy again

Another day another gin
His kids don't even notice him
Something different about his face
His happy smile seems out of place
His family gathered around for tea
Eyes fixed on their new telly
Newsflash came, then it saidâ?¦
Bill McCai was just found dead

No more windows, no more trains
Hung himself out in the rain
Now he'll never be that boy again
And we say by-bye Bill McCai


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"Bill McCai" as written by James Skelly

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  • +1
    General Commentwow. i've never actually seen those lyrics, but theyre so sad.
    i really like this song. i only just recently got into the coral, but i realised that i had liked a few of their songs for a while.
    the last verse gets to me -
    'No more windows, no more trains
    Hung himself out in the rain
    Now he'll never be that boy again'
    so sad.
    N/U/T/T/Y/?on August 18, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe lyrics are so sad but the corals music is always so strangely upbeat, thats whats great about them, it makes it all quite surreal.
    incolouron April 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI notice this song has some VERY faint whispering in the left channel during the guitar solo (there are also hand claps, but the whispering is distinct from those). I'm not sure if it's actual words though; it sounds kind of like the lead singer just making breathy whisper sounds. Whatever the case, it certainly adds to the song's wistful and ominous nature.
    Reginaldavon July 20, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI love this song! It takes a very skilled artist to be able to mix a bleak meaning with such an upbeat tune, as InColour said it's very surreal
    However I can't be the only one to get slightly uncomfortable at the use of "hung" when referring to a person rather than the grammatically correct "hanged"?
    KinkyDoxon May 03, 2013   Link
  • -1
    General CommentGood lyrics. Very sad. Check it out in the Zero's New Blood skate vid.
    klaythanon July 23, 2005   Link
  • -1
    General Commentthis song is pretty sad, I also discovered this great song from new blood.
    ear24on August 26, 2005   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI really want them to change the words to "Bye bye Bill Ryder-Jones" now that he's left the band :-(
    AllyS2on July 26, 2008   Link

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