"Keep It Clean" as written by and Tracyanne Campbell....
Does it make you happy to ignore me on streets?
I guess by now you think I'm weak
I wish you could have said something before now
I will share a bag of chips with you
In my opinion you don't have a clue
I'm being cruel, I'm being cruel

I don't want to be part of your scene
I'll stick with him and keep my nose clean

You're the one pretending to be licking stamps
All alone in a room following lines on maps
It's clear you don't want me here
How about I send you a book on nutrition
You can stop spoon-feeding me non-fiction
Just for a while, I will fake a smile

Why did you say she was a friend of mine?
I thought it was me you couldn't stand
I'm confused
I will win you will lose
You've taken to phoning my house when you're drunk
Confessing all your love
I wish you could have said so before now

I don't want to be part of your scene
I'll stick with him and keep my nose clean


Lyrics submitted by middledistancerunner, edited by nauj101538, flakeyfeelings

"Keep It Clean" as written by Tracyanne Campbell

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    General Commenti really like this song.
    isntsheangel*on December 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt looks like he broke up with her and now wants her back but she does not. Is the "nose clean" a cocaine reference? Maybe he's really into the drug scene.
    lokithecaton February 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI like when she says...It's clear-you don't want me here...
    Camera Obscura's a great band because they're lyrics mean exactly what they stand for...
    mali_djavaon March 08, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti like this song.
    tinyflowerson April 26, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti wish more people commented this one...i was really hoping for a better explination about the lyrics :/

    but great song, gotta admit


    i like this part: I wouldn’t share a bag of chips with you
    kenzkenzkenzon August 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think she's confused about how she feels about him; the lyrics variously suggest that she wants to stay away from him and at other points, that she wants to get in touch, or even that she wishes they could be in a relationship. I think lokithecat is right about the cocaine reference. Whatever the meaning, it's a brilliant song!
    tdgtdgon September 19, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song does have reference to cocaine, she doesnt want to be part of his scene(drugs)
    "All alone in a room following lines on maps."

    she has someone new, and she's choosing to stay with them instead of going back to old ways.
    she wishes he would have confessed his love to her sooner but he always kept his feelings inside.
    and she obviously got tired, but still thinks about it.
    angelsmuffinon January 23, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is my favorite camera obscura song. Without a doubt references drug use "pretending to be licking stamps"
    Halagon May 06, 2008   Link
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    General CommentMany of the lyrics are wrong here. Why post lyrics if you're unsure?
    JayoftheDeadon July 31, 2010   Link
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    General CommentLicking stamps = LSD?
    sorchahon January 15, 2012   Link

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