"The Fear" as written by Jarvis Branson Cocker, Nick Banks, Candida Doyle, Stephen Patrick Mackey and Mark Andrew Webber....
This is our "Music from A Bachelor's Den"
The sound of loneliness turned up to ten
A horror soundtrack from a stagnant waterbed
And it sounds just like this.
This is the sound of someone losing the plot
Making out that they're okay when they're not
You're gonna like it
But not a lot
And the chorus goes like this

Oh, baby
Here comes the fear again, oh-oh
The end is near again, oh-oh
A monkey's built a house on your back
You can't get anyone to come in the sack
And here comes another panic attack, oh
Here we go again

So now you know the words to our song
Pretty soon you'll all be singing along
When you're sad, when you're lonely
And it all turns out wrong
When you've got the fear

And when you're no longer searching
For beauty or love
Just some kind of life
With the edges taken off
When you can't even define what it is that you're frightened of
This song will be here

Oh, baby
Here comes the fear gain, oh-oh
The end is near again, oh-oh
If you ever get that chimp off your back
If you ever find the thing that you lack
But you know you're only having a laugh, oh
And here we go again
Until the end

Until the end

Ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh, ooh-ooh
Ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh, ooh-ooh


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"The Fear" as written by Jarvis Branson Cocker Candida Doyle

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General CommentThis song has nothing to do with sex, at least not directly. This song is is exactly how i have felt during periods in my life when i have been depressed. The line about not even knowing exactly why you feel frightened - wow. In this song he is searching for something - anything - to make him feel normal again. This song really speaks to me.
    freddysgirlon March 23, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAlthough sex is one of Jarv's fave topics, this isn't about sex... It's def about depression - he has recently said that the whole 'This is Hardcore' album was written at the lowest point in his life - in fact not long after it's release he was back in Sheffield and under medical supervision... I know cos I live in Sheffield and was told by a nurse! Nice to know your secrets are safe with the medics! It is all about expecting fame to be better than it is, feeling cheated and just wanting something normal to come to take the pain away - Monkey on your back - that would normally refer to a drug problem, and he did have one for a while, although his problems are more to do with depression...
    LadyStardust74on July 25, 2006   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThis song absolutely nails panic/anxiety disorder

    The grim humour of the "chimp on your back" having established a pemanent residence there

    "you're gonna like it/but not a lot"

    I can laugh about it now...


    lapsedgeniuson November 08, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWHAT?? This song's been out for years and I'm the first to comment on it?? What's wrong with the world?? Anyhoo... love this song. The way Jarvis sings the chorus is lovely. Also I love the lines about the monkey on your back. Sounds abstract.
    Wallamanageon July 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe world works in twisted ways, and unfortunately, this happens to be one of those ways
    pumkinhedon July 27, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about Pulp and Jarvis Cocker's life after Pulp went froma very small band to a massive band with the release of Different Class. It is Jarvis saying "Here we are, we are famous and we have got everything we wanted and it is all a bit rubbish really."
    michaelwoodon June 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOh, and someone got quite a few of the lyrics wrong... I've pasted the whole lot below - If anyone wants to amend them (cos I don't know how to!) they can delete this post...

    This is our "Music from A Bachelors Den" -
    the sound of loneliness turned up to ten.
    A horror soundtrack from a stagnant water-bed
    And it sounds just like this.
    This is the sound of someone losing the plot -
    making out that they're okay when they're not.
    You're gonna like it,
    but not a lot
    and the chorus goes like this:

    Oh baby,
    here comes the fear again.
    The end is near again.
    A monkey's built a house on your back.
    You can't get anyone to come in the sack
    and here comes another panic attack
    Oh here we go again.

    So now you know the words to our song,
    pretty soon you'll all be singing along.
    When you're sad, when you're lonely
    and it all turns out wrong.
    When you've got the fear.
    And hen you're no longer searching
    for beauty or love -
    just some kind of life
    with the edges taken off.
    When you can't even define what it is that you're frightened of
    this song will be here.

    Oh baby,
    here comes the fear gain.
    The end is near again.
    If you ever get that chimp off your back.
    If you ever find the thing that you lack
    but you know you're only having a laugh
    and here we go again.
    Until the end.
    LadyStardust74on July 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is Pulp at it's top form. With access to better equipment and smooth as silk production, he still tries to hold on the mundane monstrosities haunting the everyman. In this song he paralells his post success breakdown with the relatable feelings of depression. He has succeeded but he still feels like a normal person, and now he's well into his thirtys (when this song was written) Jarvis was probably going through the same midlife crisis every man is prone to.
    xinnerxon August 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of my favourite Pulp songs ever
    King of Some Islandon January 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe lyrics are wrong, but somebody's already said that. I agree, this isn't really about sex - it's about being lonely and depressed and scared. Especially the line 'when you cant even define what it is that youre frightened of' - I love that line. It's so true. And I love that even if he only put it in because it rhymes, the 'this song will be here' makes me feel less alone when things get bad. Thank you, Pulp. Thank you, Jarvis♥
    xsvsxon June 11, 2007   Link

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