"Seymour Stein" as written by and Martin/murdoch/colburn/cooke/geddes/jackson/campbe....
Seymour stein, I've been lonely
I caught a glimpse of someones face
It was mine and I'd been crying

Half a world away
Ticket for a plane
Record company man
I won't be coming to dinner

My thoughts are far away
I?m working on that day
North country girl
1 think she's going to stay

Promises of fame, promises of fortune
LA to new york, San Francisco back to Boston
Has he ever seen Dundee?
Won't he hire a limousine?
Seymour send her back to me

I heard dinner went well
You liked Chris's jacket
He reminded you of Johnny
Before he went electronic

Seymour stein, sorry I missed you
Have a nice flight home
It's a good day for flying

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"Seymour Stein" as written by Isobel Campbell Christopher Geddes

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  • +2
    General Commentseymour stein was/is(?) a chairman of sire records. he also met with belle and sebastian to sign them. the line "You liked Chris's jacket/ He reminded you of Johnny/ Before he went Electronic" is about Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr. He was in a group with New Order's Bernard Sumner called Electronic. Apparently, Stein signed The Smiths. Speaking of Chris, his piano part is probably the best part of the song. I love Stevie and his songs, but this is probably my least favorite.
    holysockson January 18, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentActually the girl in this is someone he left behind - the entire theme is one of being trapped in the music business, rather than back home with the "North County girl". Ultimately his choice is to reject the life of fame and stay in his home country, rather than become a jet setting rock star. "Record company man I won't be coming to dinner", etc.

    "Has he ever seen Dundee" references a small city in Scotland.
    prozacrefugeeon August 21, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThough titled after the legendary record man Seymour Stein, Belle
    jacejanieron July 18, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfrom what Iv'e read Seymour Stien was an important music producer in the 60's. The song is full of music buissness inside jokes.The harmonisng in this song blows me to pieces.
    Birdyon December 24, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe lyrics suggest that singer's female friend has been lured away by Stein, presumably with a record contract.

    BTW, Stein was the guy who started using the term "New Wave" to refer to artists that were, at the time, known as "punk".
    jcovarruon January 18, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIsn't this just brilliant? B&S can take a subject you think little about and make it shine for 4 minutes in the prettiest layers of melody. What a fantastic effort this is. Funny, nostalgic, complex but simple.
    aristopheron October 30, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmore in general terms, seymour stein relating to the smiths... reminds me that in one of the cd slips (this one, i think) there is a picture stuart has set up of a boy and girl reading keats and yeats, like in the song "cemetry gates" by the smiths :)
    and this song was in the movie high fidelity, the character jack black switches it off for something more cheery.
    hattenevaon February 26, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, ignore my comment about the girl...I obviously got that wrong (six years ago).

    This is one of my favorite B&S songs. Leaves me with a feeling of wistful longing, thinking about the choices we have to make in life (e.g., the possibility of fame vs. being true to who you are).

    Also, Bob Dylan has a song "Girl from the North Country", which itself references the traditional northern-England ballad "Scarborough Fair".
    jcovarruon November 22, 2013   Link

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