"I'm Waking Up to Us" as written by and Martin/murdoch/colburn/cooke/geddes/jackson/campbe....
I need someone to take some joy in something I do
You need a man who's either rich or losing a screw
You know I love you here's the irony
You're going to walk away intact
I think you never liked me anyway
You like yourself and you like
Men to kiss your arse
Expensive clothes
Please stop me there
I think I'm waking up to us
We're a disaster
You don't want to know me
'cause you move in circles of the brave
Where art defines their lives

She was the one love of my life, and I let her go
And if I look like death today
Then please let her know
I never wanted to do harm to her
I only wanted her to see
The beauty of the world surrounding her
But when she opened up her eyes
It's much too late
Our chance has gone
She's with a guy
Who takes the price for everything I ever showed her
Digging all the fun
Because she's older
I fed her with a spoon
I made her mother smile
I helped the kid survive

She was the one love of my life
She showed me the road
I loved her dog, her steady gaze, the chapter is closed
I always wanted all the best for her
The best thing was to stay away
She grew up and she left the rest of us
And now the understanding's gone
I haven't changed, how could I
I'm pretty much the same person
I cannot keep the anger hidden anymore
But lucky for you, you are not around
My anger turns to pity and to love
The season has arrived
The season has arrived


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"I'm Waking Up to Us" as written by Isobel Campbell Christopher Geddes

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  • +4
    General Commentthis song makes my heart hurt every time i listen to it. it makes me want to either throw myself on a fire, jump off a bridge, lay in front of a speeding train, fall out of a window, or climb a tall metal pole in a thunderstorm. interestingly enough, it's one of my most-often played songs! i guess i like to torture myself and dwell on memories of past failure. =P

    musically, it's quite beautiful and the end bit becomes lilted and spring-like, which pleases me immensely. i really love how all of the instruments come together towards the end. the lyrics...man. i don't even know where to begin.

    my favorite portions of the lyrics:

    "you know I love you, here's the irony
    you're going to walk away intact
    I think you never liked me anyway,"

    "I fed her with a spoon / I made her mother smile,"

    ... damn. i feel more pathetic with each song i realize i relate to. anyway, this reminds me of failed relationships i've had with people, be it romantic or friend-types. the relationship i relate this to the most though... yeah i'm still struggling with that right now. "THE SEASON HAS ARRIVED" sure, but I have no idea what that even brings.

    *kicks a wall*
    delialon October 19, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti heard a rumour this is about isobel campbell (founding b&s-member). anybody know what's up with that?
    proximaon December 20, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentstuart has said this was the only song he ever wrote for someone specifically, and it was in fact written about isobel.
    DTOon March 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell despite all the anger we hear this is a song for love, I felt it so surely and desparately and it turned my day into tears. Stuart seems to have never really recovered.
    carollevon June 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentseems like isobel wrote a song in response to this called "monologue for an old true love'
    yaywhooweeon June 30, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe lyrics here are quite brilliant.
    paccyon May 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is truly the story of my life.
    shewouldnton July 11, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOnly 7 comments? This lyrics are like the best I've ever seen. Think so many can relate to them. I know I can.
    Nowrflon February 24, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI see this song as being both about Isobel leaving Stuart and about leaving Belle & Sebastian (in, at that time, a purely spiritual sense, since it would be another few months before her actual physical departure). "Because you move in circles of the brave / Where art defines their lives," "I only wanted her to see / The beauty of the world surrounding her / But when she opened up her eyes / It's much too late..." and "She grew up and she left the rest of us" [note the plural] really make me think the romantic and career issues are just all tangled up here. It seems that he's saying that *she's* saying she's grown, she's changed, she's a different person and a different musician from who she was when the band was founded, and she's ready to try new things, move on with her life -- without him, and without B&S. And *that* is why this might just be their finest song; so much meaning and emotion (and instrumentation!) packed into a little under 4 minutes.

    And, yep, Isobel's "Monologue for an Old True Love" is very much a response to this -- it includes the lines "Talking so self-righteously / About everything you showed me, boy" and "Say you're angry now / I wonder why / You've got them round your little finger." I suspect she realized IWUtU's popularity...
    veritykindle85on August 28, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"I need someone to take some joy in something I do"

    I think that's a very strong opening line, like bang, here's my point.
    Mindon October 22, 2009   Link

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