"Liza Radley" as written by and Paul John Weller....
Liza Radley, see the girl with long hair
See her creeping 'cross summer lawns at midnight
And all the people in the town where we live say she's not quite right
She don't fit in with a small town
They just can't understand why she's doesn't stay in hospital
In a darkened room it's for their lives only she cries
Liza Radley, see her jump through loneliness
Liza Radley, take me when you go

And as the people pass by, their heads in the air
On to with their life's, she records a lonely sigh,
But no matter what they say, in her mind she knows,
Their dream of life they won't never find

And all the people in the town where we live say she's not quite right
She don't fit in with a small town
They just can't understand she's doesn't stay in hospital
In a darkened room it's for their lives only she cries.
Liza Radley, I pledge myself to you alone.
But she kissed my face and said Love means nothing at all
She kissed my face and said Life means nothing at all


Lyrics submitted by hihoricherino, edited by epiwoosh

"Liza Radley" as written by Paul John Weller

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    General Comment"she kissed my face and said, 'life means nothing at all.'"

    damn.
    i love that.
    robynjeanon August 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentA girl who ses everyone around her and feels that they're throwing their lives away perhaps, but all in all, a tale of a vulnerable, shy character.
    SmithersJones87on May 14, 2008   Link
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    General CommentEvery girl i've ever been in love with has been Liza Radley (Just with different hair).

    This is on of very few posts I will make that is not about the meaning of a song. BUt I am love with this song.

    Mex
    dwitefryon October 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentProbably my favourite Jam song. It seems like Liza Radley just personifies the hopeless personality of the disatisfied yet calm youth. She almost creeps away in the night like your childhood, edging futher and further away from you without anyone really understanding what's happening. Such a beautiful song, i could go on forever about what it means to me, but i won't = )
    katiapsycheon July 31, 2009   Link
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    My OpinionI'm not sure how they got "They just can't understand why she doesn't stay in hospital."

    It's definitely "They just can't understand why she's doesn't say much."

    I tried to fix it, but it said the correction had to go to the copyright owners for approval, whatever that means.
    epiwooshon September 10, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI read it as a song about a woman who has accepted how life is, and doesn't have time for the 'normal' folk around her, who's aims in life she has realised are fruitless ambitions. Love, life and acceptance of how things are, are cynically advised to the young listener, who is different to 'the rest'.
    antonhillon June 19, 2014   Link
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    General Commentbest b side in the world. clever use of Start s bass line. A waste of genius on a mad bint with whom a long term relationship would be a nightmare. Still it s those birds who we all fall for the hardest. love to you Tanya
    mattsmiton May 05, 2007   Link

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