"Your Cover's Blown" as written by and Martin/murdoch/colburn/cooke/geddes/jackson/kildea....
"So how do we know each other?
And how do you have my number?
Well why don't you guide me
You be the driver"

Say what you want and leave your shyness home
And you should do what you want and write a little poem
Leave it for her and live another day
And you should leave it for her, the girl around the way

Write down a list of things you wanna do
And then you leave it in work because you wanna live a little
Pick up the girl in someone's borrowed Mini
Take her to dinner, use her boyfriend's money

Hey lady, put the phone down
Cancel all operations, tell your friends to cool it
Your cover's blown, I wanna see you alone
Cancel all operations, tell your friends to cool it
Your cover's blown

Planning a freak is such a tricky thing
Because you move through the country, she comes back again
And then you move through the city, but she goes abroad
Is she telling you something, is she getting bored?

I make a rough plan to sleep around a minaret
I need a change, I'm a lazy rat if I am honest
But my bold change of tact will fade out with the summer
I've got no appetite and all the girls are bummers

My baby doesn't look at me the way I want her to look
She doesn't comprehend
My baby's got it going on
She's got a friend in every street in this town

I want to go out but there's nobody home-
I'll go on my own

Thus starts the lonely walking
There's always too much talking
I, I, I should have stayed home
She starts her cold caressing
The kid she starts undressing
I, I, I should have stayed home
The DJ's picking up speed
That's something I just don't need
I, I, I should have stayed home
The gossip's bearing down on me
The kids are pairing up in front of me
I should have stayed home
I should have stayed home
I think I'll go home

Listen lady, put your phone down
Cancel all operations, tell your friends to cool it
Your cover's blown, I need to see you alone
Cancel all operations, tell your friends to cool it

Listen lady, leave your phone down
Cancel all operations, tell your friends to cool it
Your cover's blown, I need to see you alone
Cancel all operations, tell your friends to cool it

Hey lady, meet my mom and dad
You're a strange operation in this land of potted plants
And funslide houses where the girls like mouses
Breathe a long sigh of resignation
You resign yourself to keep on growing
Like the seeds you're sowing
For a strange operation in this land of grammar schools
And galloped days, the lady's set in her way
Behind a long conversation from a kid named Stole
He's a little slow but in your favour it shows
Cancel all operations, tell your friends to move out to the sticks

Listen lady, leave the boy home
Cancel all operations, tell your friends there's more to you than this


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  • +3
    My InterpretationFirst of all, I've loved this song for years.

    The way I interpret it is as a guy going through a messy break-up.

    The song opens with him doing typical rebound/post-breakup healing activities: go out and do what you want, live a little, flirt with the girl around the way. Perhaps this is the euphoria of feeling freedom after leaving a long-term relationship.

    Of course, break-ups are not always over in one fell swoop. It sounds like the guy still wants things to work in the next stanza:

    Planning a break is such a tricky thing
    Because you move to the country, she comes back again
    And then you move to the city but she goes abroad
    Is she telling you something, is she getting bored?

    It could also just be reminiscing of how the relationship started to deteriorate.

    The next stanza has him back in "single and on the rebound" mode:

    I'll make a rough plan to sleep around, I'm in a rut
    I need a change, I'm a lazy rat if I am honest
    My bold change of tact will fade out with the summer
    I've got no appetite and all the girls are bummers

    Having sex with other women doesn't help him to forget about his ex. She is obviously popular and moving on:

    My baby doesn't look at me
    The way I want her to
    She doesn't comprend

    My baby's got it going on
    She's got a friend hid in every street in this town
    I want to go out but there's nobody home
    I'll go on my own

    As for the chorus, I think that while going through this break-up he met a girl he was interested in. She's different than the other girls at the club and he's trying to get to know her, but she's independent and has her own thing going on. And, it seems, a very healthy social life.

    Break-ups can be messy things. I think this song encapsulates those range of emotions perfectly. Even the way it's sung and the music itself sound happy and hopeful with undertones of sadness to me.
    amq0817on March 07, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHere's what I think. Went to the party with a girl, and she's not what he thinks she is? She's got a lot of men in her life.

    Listen lady, put your... phone down
    Cancel all operations
    Tell your friends to cool it
    Your cover's blown
    I want to see you alone

    From that, when they're in the party, he wants to speak to her, but she's never alone "I want to see you alone", either on the phone, or whatever.

    So, he knows her, in the place, but he can't / doesn't want to talk to her, because she's not that girl he thought she was.
    denithon March 30, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI always thought this song was about a loser, who wreaks of desperation, who constantly tries too hard with the ladies, and who is getting a little too long in the tooth to fit into that dating scene anymore. The chorus in particular reminds me of the "blind date escape plan" that a lot of women employ with their friends, where they have a friend call 15 minutes into a blind date with a fake emergency just in case the girl is unhappy with the setup and needs an excuse to bolt, something our poor protagonist has probably experienced a few too many times:

    "Hey lady, put your phone down
    Cancel all operations
    Tell your friends to cool it
    Because your cover's blown
    I want to see you alone
    Cancel all operations
    Tell your friends to cool it"

    Or at least that's how I read into it. But then there are a ton of cryptic lyrics in there...
    hudsuckeron September 09, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentroflrofl. best belle and sebastian song.
    Boris the Spideron March 31, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is by far B&S's best song. Absolutely wonderful--the Indie Bohemian Rhapsody.
    pkjunon June 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentb&s go to the discotheque!
    pumkinhedon August 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbest song ever
    RogueCheddaron September 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCan't express how much I love this song, and I adore EVERYTHING Belle & Sebastian have done (um... maybe not Beyond The Sunrise, but whatever).

    You can just listen to this one over and over and it never gets old. It makes me want to dance every single time (and I usually do). It's so serious without being remotely serious, if you know what I mean, and that kind of tongue-in-cheek attitude is one of things I love most about B&S.

    Heh, when I saw them in June and they played this, Stuart said it was the story of all his Saturday nights. I highly doubt that, but he looked so sincerely lonely and sad when he said it that I don't care. He's the best.

    Yes. So. One of the best songs ever.
    xanyaon November 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it is referring to a girl that actually likes other girls and her boyfriend doesn't get it.

    Write down a list of things you want to do
    Leave it in work because you've got to live a little
    Pick up the girl in someone's borrowed Mini
    Take her to dinner, use her boyfriend's money
    jberryon April 18, 2008   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI have always thought that this song is about a boy who falls in love with a woman then finds out that she is working as a stripper. She's a very famous/popular stripper and is constantly at work. she tries to keep it from him but he finds out and doesn't know how to bring it up.
    bluberrie8on February 03, 2013   Link

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