"A Century of Fakers" as written by and Martin/murdoch/colburn/cooke/geddes/jackson/campbe....
There are people going hungry far away
They've got nothing on their plates
And you're filling your fat face
With every different kind of cake

If you ever go lardy, or go lame
I will drop you straight away
Oh that's the chance you're gonna take
For every stupid thing you say

There are people going lonely, and they'll stay
Lonely far into the year
Cause you're making blinkers fashionable
And fashionably you'll say,

"All is equal in love and war"
And I'm sorry, but I've got some things to do
And you pretend to read a book
You'll never finish till the day

That the author dedicated
To a century of fakers
They took your mold and they burned it
On the fire in history today

Yeah the author dedicated
To a century of fakers
He was an anarchist
He tried his best but it wasn't good enough

La la la la la

Did I say I would see you soon? Well I'm sorry
But I just came off my bike
And my face is scarred
And chance has barred me seeing you tonight

I was over the other side of the city
And if the truth be known I'd say
That you look great from there
Before you shaved your golden hair today

Everybody's trying to make us
Another century of fakers
They took you mold and burned it
On the fire of history today

Everybody's trying to make us
Another cool decade of fakers

And everybody's trying to make us
Another century of fakers
Everybody's trying to make us
Another century of fakers


Lyrics submitted by girlboyrevolt

"A Century of Fakers" as written by Isobel Campbell Christopher Geddes

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    General CommentThis is like an anthem to me. It really puts a lot of things I believe in into words.

    " There are people going hungry every day
    They've got nothing on their plates
    And you're filling your fat face with every different kind of cake"

    So many times I've felt like saying that .

    The song uses the same tune as Century of Elvis, which is quite beautiful.
    LetMenBurnStarson September 02, 2005   Link
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    General Commentyeah i dont understand fake people its like theyre too busy trying to keep up with everyone else and do the right things that they never see the beauty of things that are real.
    fun_loving_nunon June 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI love the song - good messages methinks! =]
    personno.1on November 29, 2006   Link
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    General Commentisn't this like "telescopic philanthropy"?
    samanacayon June 05, 2007   Link
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    General Commentas much as I like Belle and Sebastian, I think it's Ironic that this song sounds like almost anything from Nick Drake's album "Bryter Later," it being called "A Century of Fakers" and all.
    discorporatedon July 31, 2010   Link
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    General CommentLovely folk anthem. Nothing particularly new lyrically, and filled with all kinds of cliches, it remains original and beautiful, timeless and current. I really like how they almost question themselves singing how they may be participating themselves in another century of fakers and they comment on why and how.
    aristopheron October 30, 2010   Link
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    General Comment>>There are people going lonely, and they'll stay
    Lonely far into the year

    Reminds me of Herbsttag by Rilke, with the lines "Wer jetzt allein ist, wird es lange bleiben" who is alone will stay
    kittywiddershinon November 09, 2010   Link

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