"Dirty Dream Number Two" as written by and Martin/murdoch/colburn/cooke/geddes/jackson/campbe....
I'm lucky, I can open the door and I can walk down the street
Unlucky, I've got nowhere to go and so I follow my feet

A choice is facing you, a healthy dose of pain
A choice is facing you as you stare through the rain
A choice is facing you but I choose to refrain for today
Tomorrow we'll be back in trouble again

Dream one, you had a whole lot of fun with a comedian
Stop short of going all the way, you'll have to make it someday

Why is this happening to you, you're not a child?
Why is this happening? You have too much on your mind
Things creep up on you when you are fast asleep
You are dreaming, you are sleepy
You are stuck to the sheets

In a town so small there's no escaping you
In a town so small there's no escape from view
In a town so small there's nothing left to do
Intellectual and perspiring
Dirty dream number two

Dream two you couldn't see her face, but you saw everything else
Dream two was pretty special, easily beats loving yourself

Could you put a name to someone else's sigh?
Could you put a face to someone else's eyes?
Is it someone that you?d maybe recognize?
But it all fades into morning when you open your eyes

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"Dirty Dream Number Two" as written by Isobel Campbell Christopher Geddes

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    General CommentIn some sense the meaning here is obvious, a quick tour through the noctural fantasies of Mr. Murdoch. Indeed, while he's literally "stuck to the sheets" after these seemingly frequent incidents, there's a delicate overlapping of reality and dream taking. 'Facing a choice', he chooses to procrastine, making "Why is this happening to you, we're not a child?" especially revealing. Yes, it's awkward physically, but it's also an admission of guilt: I need to grow up and, in a sense, face the "healthy dose of pain."
    conetoaster11on November 12, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love the way he says "but you saw EVERYthing else".
    katpantson March 18, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentUnless I'm crazy the lines:

    Intellectual and perspiring/Dirty dream number two

    Do not appear on the album version of this song.
    caitsith01on March 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnd I should add that:

    Could you put a name to someone elses sigh?
    Could you put a face to someone elses eyes?
    Is it someone that you'd maybe recognise?
    But it all fades into morning when you open your eyes

    Just kill me when I'm feeling bad about love... aaaaah!
    caitsith01on May 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIs that Kelly McDonald talking on this song, or am just mixing up my Glasgow accents.
    RyanTChaseon August 09, 2006   Link
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    General Commentbelle and sebastian are so filthy
    but i know what hes talking about... you have a naughty dream about somebody and you wake up and you sort of forget who it was and who did what to who and youre trying to piece it together but you almost dont want to find out who it was in case it's like, your best friend or somebody awkward like that.

    also, amazing strings at the end of this
    Swedishon February 23, 2007   Link
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    General Commentno, 'Intellectual and perspiring / Dirty dream number two' doesnt get said in the song. not the album version at least. those lines arent even in the liner notes.
    hybrid_rainbowon June 20, 2007   Link
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    General Commentwithin the last ten seconds if you listen closely you can barely hear something being said... I guess it could be the "intellectual and perspiring" line, I just can't tell (that's not where it supposedly is anyway though)
    DoctorRobotNickon December 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI never know what to do with the nasty side of b&s. Actually, the better term would be swedish's "filthy".

    However, I love this song. I just wish it didn't make me seem perverted or anything.
    alice144on January 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think the fact that Stuart Murdoch can write a song like this and still make it so good is quite impressive.

    Also, i thinkk it's good that Murdoch writes about stuff that isn't normally in songs. It shows that he writes about what he wants to write about and doesn't care about being judged by anyone else. Also, it gives normal people something different but something they can relate to all the same.

    Well, some normal people ;).
    12345abcd3on August 19, 2008   Link

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