"Happy New Year" as written by Tracyanne Campbell, Kenneth John Mckeeve, John Henderson, Lindsay Boyd, Gavin James Mcgregor Dunbar and Lee Alexander Thomson....
Did the ironing in a cowboy hat
Felt as fresh as the paint in this new flat
I will never tell you what to do
Have ambition simply to see things through

Did you know I could be a lot of fun
I'm aware that friendship can die young
As the glow from the street light bled
Down the Langlands Road we set off the best of friends

I know where I stand
I don't need you to hold my hand

Well, I've tried to get along with you
I have asked myself "What are we gonna do?"
I'm coming round to take a stand
Going to put us together with glue or an elastic band

I know where I stand
I don't need you to hold my hand

I am softer than my face would suggest
At times like these I'm at my lowest ebb
Now I can confide in you
If I cry to set the mood oh please could you cry too

Happy new year
You are my only vice
What if we compromised?
I am open

Do you have to wear a frown like that?
You could have hit me with a baseball bat

Do you want to? (yes I do)
Do you have to? (So do you)
Do you want to? (So do you)

Lyrics submitted by soapboxracer

"Happy New Year" as written by Bjoern K Ulvaeus Benny Andersson

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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    My InterpretationI was listening to this song today and it was one of those A-HA moments where the song didn't necessarily mean much before but now that I've been in a situation I think that mirrors the song, it makes much more sense. If the song at all reflects what my situation is, it is about two people who have met and spent time with each other only to kind of realize that while they appreciated each other they maybe weren't completely compatible. But they're deep enough in that they (or at least she) wants to try to make it work anyway, even though by the end of the song we can tell that it just isn't going to happen.

    She would be content with a more laid back relationship, she doesn't need for the two of them to be breathing down each others' necks, but he just isn't into it that way.

    That's my own interpretation, anyway. :)
    hydraulic_hearton December 28, 2010   Link
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    General CommentFabulous twee indie-pop from Glasgow. Lovely vocal harmonies.
    rubyoverdiamondson May 16, 2006   Link
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    General Commentmy very favourite camera obscura song of all time, "Happy new year You're my only vice", it's just brilliant, isn't it?
    Although I don't really know what it's about, it does have quite a personal meaning for me.
    yumyumon February 22, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"I'm coming 'round to take a stand gonna put us together with glue or an elastic band" this song is genious, one of the best CA songs ever. And that's saying alot about the song.
    531on March 15, 2007   Link

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