"Forget Myself" as written by Guy Edward John Garvey, Richard Barry Jupp, Mark Potter, Craig Lee Potter and Peter James Turner....
They're pacing Piccadilly in packs again
And moaning for the mercy of a never come rain
The suns had enough and the simmering sky
Has the heave and the hue of a woman on fire
Shop shutters rattle down and I'm cutting the crowd
All scented and descending from the satellite towns
The neon is graffiti singing make a new start
So I look for a plot where I can bury my broken heart

No I know I won't forget you but I'll forget myself if the city will forgive me

The man on the door has a head like Mars
Like a baby born to the doors of the bars
And surrounded by steam with his folded arms
He's got that urban genie thing going on
He's so mercifully free of the pressures of grace
Saint Peter in satin he's like Buddha with mace

No I know I won't forget you but I'll forget myself if the city will forgive me

Do you move through the room with a glass in your hand
Thinking too hard about the way you stand
Are you watching them pair off and drinking them long
Are you falling in love every second song

No I know I won't forget you but I'll forget myself and the city will forgive me


Lyrics submitted by Leif_Erikson

"Forget Myself" as written by Guy Edward John Garvey Craig Lee Potter

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    General Commentits a fairly straightforward song this. It's a celebration (of sorts) of Manchester night life.
    Piccadilyl is the main street in Manchester, when he refers to "They're pacing Piccadilly in packs again" he means the masses out for a friday/saturday night.
    godlikeboyon September 03, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think the line neon graffiti singing to make a new start explains it for me.
    its about seeking pastures new and feeling sick of rough bleak towns or cities.
    moving somewhere else you can start again or forget yourself.
    pacing piccadilly? maybe police. don;t really get the first 2 lines/
    anyone else?
    liamoon August 29, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think this is just about being alone at a party or club, maybe he's just broken up with someone. The first verse is maybe him watching other people on their night out in the town on his way there, with all the neon lights of the clubs and take-aways. He picks a plot (bar/club) to try and socialise and make a new start. He talks about the doorman while he's entering or queuing up, his head is probably bald and slightly red resembling Mars. He probably a bit round and looks like a baby, standing there folding his arms, he has the power to refuse entry to anyone like how a genie can grant you wishes. He's surrounded by all this filth yet he remains calm in his nice suit with his mace on standby.
    Then i think the main part of the song is where Guy's asking you if you're the kind of person who is a bit apprehensive like him, who feels everyone else is finding partners, and who worries about how he looks to other people. He is so desperate for attention and acceptance that he feels attracted to any woman, perhaps those who talk to him, or maybe ones he's watching. The chorus could be him thinking about his ex girlfriend, how he wont forget her, but can forget his own problems if the city helps him recover.
    Leif_Eriksonon September 04, 2005   Link
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    General Commentyeah i think thats about right you two. you've helped me!
    liamoon October 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentHey, what does Satellite town mean? I mean, Doves mentioned it too in their song Black and White town. Is it a manchester thing or something?
    louisagiffardon August 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWikipeida's got your back. It's an urban planning term.

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    toadtwson September 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWhen I saw them in Manchester last year, Guy was kinda asking the audience to forgive him. He really came across as asking Manchester to forgive him...
    Threepwudon January 08, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti think the lyrics in this song are brilliant. the heave and the hue of a woman on fire. ahhh.
    luey_babyon February 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentSatellite town - Elbow are from Bury which is nowadays basically a satellite town of Manchester. It wasn't planned as such but Manchester has expanded so much that its taken in a lot of places.
    Inferno_str1keon February 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentSatellite Towns, yeah in this case he's talking about bury, bolton, stockport, oldham etc. but it applies to any city and it's surrounding towns, the folk of which are decending upon the bright city lights. This is about drowning your sorrows in an unfamiliar/cold/non-judgemental city where nobody knows you and you will be forgiven for whatever you do, because nobody cares. "No I know I wont forget you but I’ll forget myself and the city will forgive me".
    Davel62on July 17, 2008   Link

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