"Station Approach" as written by Guy Edward John Garvey, Craig Lee Potter, Mark Potter, Peter James Turner and Richard Barry Jupp....
I haven't been myself of late
I haven't slept for several days but

Coming home I feel like I
Designed these buildings I walk by
You know you drive me up the wall
I need to see your face that's all
You little sod I love your eyes
Be everything to me tonight

The streets are full of Goths and Greeks
I haven't seen my mum for weeks but
Coming home I feel like I
Designed these buildings I walk by
You know you drive me up the wall
I need to see your face that's all
You little sod I love your eyes
Be everything to me tonight

I never know what I want but I know when
I'm low that I need to be in the town
Where they know what I'm like and don't mind


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"Station Approach" as written by Guy Edward John Garvey Craig Lee Potter

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    General Commentthe meaning of this is pretty literal, he talks about when he comes home to his mum and his old friends who accept him as he is. I particularly like the line "you little sod I love your eyes" doesn't that define any lasting relationship you've ever had, despite all their annoyances you can't help but love them!

    As always I don't really listen to the words initially, but what I really love about this band is that their music really hits a part of my (sorry to sound cheesy) soul, and what a way to open the album! It always reminds me of waking up, it starts really sleepily and ends on a real high.
    incoherentloveon September 22, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI read that this song was written about Manchester, the city the band hail from. I figure its mostly a homecoming piece (hence, Station Approach); a love/hate with the city. You leave it for whatever reason, and then you come home to the buildings that you know so well that you might as well have built them yourself. But it's possible that something about the city drove you away in the first place... Perhaps you only leave to come back. But yes, 'You little sod' is so endearing, no matter how you look at it!
    viola has wingson March 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIs it just me, or is Manchester a hub of cool bands?
    louisagiffardon June 17, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyep. Guy wrote is about coming home to manchester. I must admit when i first listened to Leaders Of The Free World i was about dubious, especially with this as opener but i think the world of it (and the whole album) now. Every single line has class to it.
    nickvbon April 11, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"Coming home I feel like I / Designed the buildings I walk by"

    What a great way to describe coming back to the place you know best after a long time. Such a happy song without being sentimental.
    spdrmnkyon November 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe song is actually about Bury, a town in north Manchester where the band hail from. Possibly the only successful band to every come from Bury, and apparently most of the album has references to their home town.
    Inferno_str1keon February 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentEvery band has some sort of paean to their hometown. This is Guy's for Manchester showing how proud he is when he returns home.
    niteflite01on August 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAnd rightfully so...it's a wonderful city...if London is to New York, Manchester is to Philadelphia. It's a gorgeous city too...wonderful architecture and outstanding spaces...if you've ever been to Manchester and it's hills then you know how they could feel this way.
    crewmancrosson November 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI just want to let everyone know that Elbow are actually from Bury in Gtr Manchester but they relocated to the city as musicians. There is a song they wrote about their 'real' hometown Bury, which is less than complimentary!

    I know this as there was a South bank Show programme on them, which made very interesting viewing
    househeadon January 18, 2010   Link
  • -1
    General CommentNope, it's a well-documented fact.
    pumkinhedon July 31, 2006   Link

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