"Lipgloss" as written by Nick Banks, Jarvis Branson Cocker, Candida Doyle, Stephen Patrick Mackey and Russell Senior....
No wonder you're looking thin,
When all that you live on is lipgloss and cigarettes.
And scraps at the end of the day when he's given the rest,
To someone with long black hair.
All those nights up making such a mess of the bed.
Oh you never ever want to go home.
And he wants you so you may as well hang around for a while,
Call your dad on the phone.

He changed his mind last Monday,
So you've gotta leave by Sunday, yeah.
You've lost your lipgloss Honey, Oh yeah.
Now nothing you do can turn him on,
There's something wrong.
You had it once but now it's gone.

And you feel such a fool,
For laughing at bad jokes,
And putting up with all of his friends,
And kissing in public.
What are they gonna say when they run into you again?
That your stomach looks bigger and your hair is a mess,
And your eyes are just holes in your face.
And it rains every day,
And when it doesn't,
The sun makes you feel worse anyway.

He changed his mind last Monday,
Now you've gotta leave by Sunday, yeah.
You've lost your lipgloss Honey, Oh yeah.
Now nothing you do can turn him on,
There's something wrong.
You had it once but now it's gone.

Though you knew,
There was no way it was gonna last for ever,
It still shook you,
When he told you in a letter,
That he didn't want to see you.
You nearly lost your mind, Oh yeah.

You've lost your lipgloss Honey, Oh yeah.
Now nothing you do can turn him on,
There's something wrong.
You had it once but now it's gone, Oh yeah.
You've lost your lipgloss Honey, Oh yeah.
Now nothing you do can turn him on,
There's something wrong.
You had it once but now it's gone.
Oh yeah.


Lyrics submitted by The_Lovecats

"Lipgloss" as written by Jarvis Branson Cocker Candida Doyle

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • +2
    My InterpretationTaking the brightest interpretation possible, this song is sarcastic to make a point about love: love is not based upon what one wears, what one owns, and so on.

    Take 'X' and 'Y' to be two people. X loves Y because X belongs to Y and Y belongs to X; Y loves X because X belongs to Y and Y belongs to X.

    Considering this definition of love -- which I believe is the definition the song alludes to and which I believe is a correct understanding of it-- we can now examine some of the lyrics of the song to show how my interpretation is a good one:

    "You've lost your lipgloss Honey, Oh yeah.
    Now nothing you do can turn him on,"

    Love is not dependent upon what one wears. Suppose X and Y are humans. Suppose X loves Y (and by definition, therefore, also Y loves X). Suppose X is male and Y is female. Suppose X loves it when Y wears lipgloss. The song remarks *how the female feels* -- that X cannot love Y unless Y wears her lipgloss. Y is not thinking correctly. If X loves Y, then X loves Y regardless of what Y wears yet X may still love it when Y wears lipgloss. In the song's scenario, X and Y are not in love and, sarcastically, the narrator explains the reason must be the loss of the lipgloss.
    DenaMonticoneon March 16, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe musci of Pulp is the soundtrack of my life.. at least in high school. I still have this CD on rotation in my car.

    Typical girl meets boy, girl falls in love with boy, boy uses girl for sex, girl obsesses, boy finds someone new, girl looses her mind.

    This STILL happens... happening now to some of by best friends. ATleast I was 18 when this happened.
    Roxyr4on March 09, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhy has nobody commented on this? It's about a relationship that has always been very one sided, and now because the man has decided he's tired of the woman, and tells her where to get off. He's started seeing another woman with long black hair, but instead of feeling angry the main character just submisses and accepts that her time is over, even though it's tearing her apart.
    Kraliaon April 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis so is just so good espec the chorus!
    rock on pulp
    electric punkon February 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentKraila is totally correct on the meaning I reckon- I think the chorus is amazing, but the mental guitar breakdown at the end is amazing!!

    "You've lost your lipgloss honey!" Makes me want to scream when commuting to work, such a cracking song!
    PerfectHarmonyon August 16, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is great!
    So many of these rap songs are sexual and you can't let younger people listen to them, but this is clean.
    It reminds me of a jump rope chant, so cute!
    PsychofOon January 22, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti Think the song is written from a jilter lover's persepctive. Basically, it seems that the person who this song is directed at wronged the narrator in some way and now the protagonist is looking down at the person who they once loved and admired

    i must admit i remember when i split up with my ex this song brought me thru it, coz she was basically the lipgloss girl, loved herself, thought she was great , could get anyone, would use anybody, etc etc. this song just reminded me that things do change and that if she carried on the way she was going then she'd end up like the sad cow in this song
    azpooon July 20, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBest lines:

    Though you knew,
    there was no way it was gonna last for ever,
    it still shook you,
    when he told you in a letter,
    that he didn't
    wanna see ya.
    You nearly lost your mind,
    Oh yeah!!

    Song is very sad - Helplessness that one feels when there is nothing you can do to change a girls feelings i.e.-> how Bruce feels in bruce almighty - no matter how powerful you are you cant get someone to love you!
    DrParanoidAndroidon January 25, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPretty straightforward, it's a song about a woman's relationship collapsing and her having to come to terms with it. In many ways it's a quintessential Pulp song, there's something very ordinary about the subject matter (potentially the girl Jarvis is addressing could be a socialite or celebrity but you can't help but think it's a 30-something woman living in a pokey flat and doing a mundane job) and Jarvis Cocker indulges his usual obsessions about day-to-day life without becoming detached or sneery.
    Zagreboon October 07, 2010   Link
  • 0
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    youpick56on May 15, 2011   Link

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