"To Be Someone (Didn't We Have A Nice Time)" as written by and Paul John Weller....
To be someone must be a wonderful thing
A famous footballer a rock singer
Or a big film star, yes I think I would like that
To be rich and have lots of fans
Have lots of girls to prove that I'm a man
And be no. 1 - and liked by everyone

Getting drugged up with my trendy friends
They really dig me and I dig them
And the bread I spend - is like my fame - its quickly diminished

And there's no more swimming in a guitar shaped pool
No more reporters at my beck and call
No more cocaine its only ground chalk
No more taxis now well have to walk

But didn't we have a nice time -
didn't we have a nice time
Oh wasn't it such a fine time

I realize I should have stuck to my guns
Instead shit out to be one of the bastard sons
And lose myself - I know it was wrong - but its cost me a lot

And there's no more drinking after the club shuts down,
I'm out on me arse with the rest of the clowns
Its really frightening without a bodyguard
So I stay confined to my lonely room


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"To be Someone" as written by Paul John Weller

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  • +1
    General CommentQuintessential Weller - contrite - the working/Woking class hero ...
    the_arseon April 02, 2005   Link
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    General CommentA great song with great lyrics, never understood why it was not released as a single.
    Mojo Workingon September 04, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLiving for fame and then losing it all.
    miesterseanon July 11, 2008   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningThis song may have been Paul reflecting, pessimistically, at the state of his career at the time... The Jam's second album, Modern World, was a let down, and the fist set of songs for their third albums were soundly rejected by Polydor execs. Things were looking bleak, the tremendous potential that everyone felt coming off In The City was a memory then, and The Jam was also coming off a US tour where they were opening for, of ALL PEOPLE, Blue Oyster Cult (could there be a worse match up???)

    The band was nervous about their future, and perhaps Weller was noticing how all these people that were right up their asses when they were doing well, could no longer be bothered when they were in this slump.

    Another instance of Weller's incredible eye for seeing the bigger picture that most of us don't notice - commenting on a society that we are all to immersed in to see for what it really is.
    RobKnobbieon May 31, 2013   Link
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    General CommentSurely anyone entering Big Brother aught to check these lyrics out first, eh?
    SmithersJones87on January 09, 2009   Link

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