"The Importance Of Being Idle" as written by and Noel Gallagher....
I sold my soul for the second time, 'cause the man don't pay me.
I begged my landlord for some more time, he said "Son, the bill's waiting."
My best friend called me the other night, he said, "Man, are you crazy?"
My girlfriend told me to get a life, she said, "Boy, you lazy."

But I don't mind, as long as there's a bed beneath the stars that shine.
I'll be fine - if you give me a minute, a man's got a limit.
I can't get a life if my heart's not in it.


I don't mind, as long as there's a bed beneath the stars that shine.
I'll be fine - if you give me a minute, a man's got a limit.
I can't get a life if my heart's not in it.

I lost my faith in the summertime, 'cause it don't stop raining.
The sky all day is black as night, but I know I can't blame me.
I begged my Doctor for one more line, he said "Son, words fail me!"
There ain't no place to be killing time, I guess I'm just lazy.

I don't mind, as long as there's a bed beneath the stars that shine.
I'll be fine - if you give me a minute, a man's got a limit.
I can't get a life if my heart's not in it.


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"The Importance of Being Idle" as written by Noel Gallagher

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  • +3
    Song MeaningObviously this song is about laziness. Noel has said he can be amazed on how lazy he can be sometimes.
    Lambroson July 15, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFirst, I must say, this song is so good. And official video too.. But, I just feel sorry for them.. the lyric, again, are showing the drug addiction, which is just not right..
    But, it's not stopping oasis, i mean, this group just hasn't got a bad song.
    GreenSkyChildon July 05, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentreminds me of bob dylan. am i crazy? i just love vit!
    ijohnnyzon May 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah, this is probably my favorite song on the album...i'm so lazy hahah.
    jcphoenixon May 25, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is one of my 3 favorite songs on the album.

    From the album, the lyrics are:
    THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING IDLE
    i sold my soul for the second time
    cos the man don't pay me
    i begged my landlord for some more time
    he said "son the bills are waiting"
    my best friend called me the other night
    he say "man - you crazy"
    my girlfriend told me to get a life
    she say "boy - you lazy"
    but i don't mind
    as long as there's a bed beneath the stars that shine
    i'll be fine if you give me a minute
    a man's got a limit
    i can't get a life if my heart's not in it

    i've lost my faith in the summer time
    cos it don't stop raining
    the sky all day is as black as night
    but i'm not complaining
    i begged my doctor for one more line
    he say "son - words fail me
    it ain't your place to be killing time"
    i guess i'm just lazy
    thebluesgnron May 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAs one of the Gallaghers (Noel, I think) put it, "Doing nothing is a job so important that somebody had to write a song about it."
    Sillstawon June 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFavourite song on the album! So bloody whimsical - reminiscent almost to Sgt Pepper. Love how high he goes in the verse lyrics. The 60's are still alive in Oasis. Guitar Solo is so beautiful - "weu, weu, weu"!!! - Pretty easy meaning to this song, so lets get stoned!
    bkat004on June 20, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song. Luv the line 'I can't get a life if my hearts not in it.' Feel like that when ur teachers and parents and everyone r saying 'do this, don't do that, stop wasting your time.'
    rock n roll ruleon June 24, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI never really liked Oasis much- their only song I've liked is Live Forever. But THIS song I LOVE. It's soooo fun! - I'm ecstatic when it comes on...the guy in the video somehow reminds me of, er, Willy Wonka...?
    frozen_in_fireon July 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe video took me by surprise, not oasis style at all. The decision to include coffins and a funeral in the video suggests to me that the word 'Idle' might even relate to death. "As long as there's a bed beneath the stars that shine" - hmmm... a bed under the stars eh?
    Fortunatuson July 16, 2005   Link

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