"Duchess" as written by Hugh Alan Cornwell, David Greenfield, Brian John Duffy and Jean Jacques Burnel....
Duch of the terrace never grew up
I hope she never will
Broken-down TV sits in the corner
Pictures standing still
Standing still

Duch of the terrace knows all her heritage
Says she's Henry's kid
Knows all her history in the family
Needs a man, god forbid
God forbid

And it sounds like an empty house
Standing still
And it's quieter than a mouse
Standing still

Duch of the terrace never grew up
I hope she never will
Says she's an heiress, sits in her terrace
Says she's got time to kill
Time to kill

And the Rodneys are queuing up
God forbid
And they all want to win the cup
God forbid

Duchess, duchess
Duchess, duchess
Duchess, duchess
And the Rodneys are queuing up
God forbid
And the Rodneys are queuing up
God forbid
And the Rodneys are queuing up
God forbid


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"Duchess" as written by David Greenfield Hugh Alan Cornwell

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    General Commentthe stranglers put a bit more pop in their punk with this smart single. i learnt a new word to insult the upper-classes from this song; infact this song could be said to be having a pop at the toffs by implying that the chinless "rodneys" aren't good enough for our "duch" and she should aim a bit lower.

    the stranglers dressed as choirboys for the video to this song which resulted in it being banned for being blasphemous!?!
    Boss Manon July 20, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAhhhh.. to me this song is late nights at university. Someone gave me this on cd and I just couldnt stop listening to it.
    -wishyouwerehere-on January 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentReminds me of uni as well!

    Very English song, taking a swipe at middle-class snobbishness/pretentiousness.
    BoHoon February 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI hardly catch any Stranglers videos, so I really don't know.

    This song is so good.
    JpnGhton April 09, 2006   Link
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    My OpinionIn high school and love this song.
    May very well be about english snobbiness, good thought there, but I always thought it was a comment on the cheapness of modern life. The Duchess is a kind of "extraordinary girl" figure in an ordinary world of broken down tvs. While the world crumbles around her, she stays with her honour, believing herself to be some kind of royal princess.
    The "rodneys" are the ordinary blokes she has to choose from to marry, the modern men, part of the boring world.
    Whatever, it's an amazing song.
    callupon December 06, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think this is the opposite of what you are saying, I think this is a posh woman thats down on her luck.
    and all the guys still think she has a few quid stashed away, hence the queing up for the cup. to get the prize
    bmwr1100son May 20, 2011   Link
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    General Commenti heard it was about Princess Margaret and the Rodney referred to is apparantly Roddy Llewellyn
    nog2811on July 26, 2012   Link
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    General CommentHugh Cornwell is on record as saying this was about an ex girlfriend; an aristocrat with direct links to Henry viii.
    She lived alone in a huge mansion.
    She had a constant stream of upper class potential suitors, who she rebuffed in favour of low life junkie rock star :-)
    SmokednCuredon February 22, 2015   Link

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