"Chickfactor" as written by and Martin/murdoch/colburn/cooke/geddes/jackson/campbe....
What was it I saw in New York?
I'm not the same anymore
How will I hide these feelings inside
Call my girl on the phone
Neon lights shine bright
Taxi cabs glide by
Aeroplanes they fly, high up in the sky
Pretty girl says hi
What's the worst job you've had?
What do you read?
What's driving you mad?

Met the cigarette girl- took a note of her charms
But no cigar
Met the indie-cool queen
Took me out of the bar
And showed me the scene
My little girl I can't find
She's five hours behind
It's the singer not the song
Something's gone wrong
Said the spider to the fly
Do I like this girl?
It's such a big world
1 like the tone of her voice
I loved the sound of her voice

When I get back to London from outer space
Will it fall into place?
I'll hold onto my smile
Find my girl in a while
Look myself in the face
Don't know what you see
Am I playing in your movie?
You're in my magazine
Are you talking to me?

Lyrics submitted by MalFunkt

"Chickfactor" as written by Isobel Campbell Christopher Geddes

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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    General CommentI had my first kiss to this song.
    Fypaston April 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo me this song encapsulates the melancholy associated with falling in love and then have to split and only having the memories to dwell on!!
    MalFunkton November 08, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song rules the world!!
    MalFunkton November 14, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti always dreamed i'd have this song on my headphones if i went to new york. i'm going this month to help my sister move and the plan is coming to fruition. chickfactor is a pretty cool magazine. chickfactor.com
    holysockson January 18, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of my most favorite songs ever. It's just about finding someone you can connect with. All these girls he meets that are pretty and cool and nice, but he just can't find the girl who he'll have a spark for.
    AlphabetFishon March 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think he's talking about the temptation of touring on the road. The UK is "five hours behind" the USA's East Coast. He keeps meeting all these fascinating girls and hopes he can stay faithful to his gf back home, even though he seems very lonely.
    frontrangeron April 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOh, Stevie. To me, this song is pretty much exactly how frontranger described it. It's about a "rockstar" who is always overseas and meeting girls who are fascinated by him but he can't quite understand why ("Look myself in the face/Don't know what you see/Am I playing in your movie?"). He has a girfriend in London but he's not that into her, really. He's lonely and wants to find the "one" but hasn't had all that much success yet. He's constantly faced with girls and, sure, they're nice enough but not what he's looking for and he almost finds it embarrassing and incomprehensible that they seem interested in him.

    I've met Stevie several times (yes... serial stalker of the band, that's me) and he's one of the loveliest, friendliest and most charming people I've ever had the pleasure to speak to. I know for a fact that, were I a little older, I would have been one of those girls throwing myself at him. He certainly does have CHICKFACTOR.

    This song is so much sadder than it first appears. I love it!
    xanyaon June 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHolysocks is right this song is about the fanzine chickfactor. How do I know this? from the chickfactor interview with Stevie of Belle and Sebastian back issue #13. Plus these lyrics make it blindingly obvious:

    Pretty girl says, "Hi

    He meets the chickfactor interviewer for the first time

    What's the worst job you've had?
    What do you read?
    What's driving you mad?"

    All common interview questions.

    You're in my magazine
    Are you talking to me?

    Belle and Sebastian are featured in the magazine chickfactor.
    tootwee4uon November 04, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthe chickfactor magazine connection provides some sense to some lyrics, and a title, but as with so many of their songs, one looks often for the broader implications they refer to. It's straightforward in it's self-doubt regarding love and eternity, perfection, vanity, longing. It's always that simple subject looked at seriously.
    aristopheron October 30, 2010   Link
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    General Commentlamestain.tumblr.com/post/2842641883/… the songs about trish keenan
    calculouson August 30, 2011   Link

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