"To Be Myself Completely" as written by and Martin/murdoch/colburn/cooke/geddes/jackson/kildea....
Well my heart has fallen down
Thought I'd talked myself around
But to be myself completely I've just got to let you down

Well I knew I'd say goodbye
Though it's not my time to cry
And forever and for no one I will let it all go by
And to be myself completely I've just got to say goodbye
Z-list star in a hundred grand garrett
The ladies say 'Hey baby, you've earned it!'
I'm not so sure, I toured the land
You could call it work if you count the band
Still your voice calls out to me
Escort me to the harmony
I'm not sure what I will be
Find me in a bitter sweet hello

Well my heart has fallen down
Thought I'd talked myself around
Though we say goodbye and wonder
What's to know and who's to blame
But to be myself completely I will love you just the same


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"To Be Myself Completely" as written by Christopher Geddes Bob Kildea

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    General CommentI absolutely love this song. I've been a B&S fan for a couple years now, and this is one of my favorites. I think it's funny that everyone is saying they don't necessarily like Stevie's voice, and appreciate the song more when Stuart comes in, because I feel the exact opposite! I love Stuart's voice, but I think this song is a nice, refreshing break. The piano line is great as well.
    cktsingon August 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLove this song A LOT. Gotta ask - does anyone else think 'And the ladies say, "hey, baby, you've earned it!"' is a reference to 'You Just Haven't Earned It Yet, Baby' by The Smiths? It would be odd, though, 'cause I was under the impression that Stevie didn't like them. Maybe Stuart helped out with the lyrics and slipped it in... Anyway, since I know what a huge fan Stuart is, I just assume it is a reference to them. Which is cool!
    xanyaon February 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is a great song. i just started B&S, and this is one of my favs.
    kewoldenon April 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love Belle and Sebastian, and I love The Life Pursuit, but I really can't stand this song. The music itself is so simple and monotonous, and his voice just doesn't flow as beautifully in this song as it does in the others on the album. Here, it's almost unbearable for me. And the lyrics, I find rather dull. Just my opinion, but it doesn't seem to fit on TLP.
    words&trickson October 27, 2006   Link
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    General Commentbtw words&tricks, this song is sung by a different band member, but you can hear stuart singing in the background every now and then, like when he sings

    "I'm not so sure, i toured the land/ You could call it work if you count the band"

    i love this song, its one of my favorites on the cd, i adore the piano in it, its a simple song but it really gets under my skin.
    rentzelmladyon December 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentas much as i like stevie and think hes a great songwriter, love love love when stuart comes in with the harmonies (you could CALL it work if you could COUNT the band) and totally blows him away vocally
    Swedishon February 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI absolutely love this song. I've been a B&S fan for a couple years now, and this is one of my favorites. I think it's funny that everyone is saying they don't necessarily like Stevie's voice, and appreciate the song more when Stuart comes in, because I feel the exact opposite! I love Stuart's voice, but I think this song is a nice, refreshing break. The piano line is great as well.
    cktsingon August 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti heard it and 'whoa what happened to Stuart?' then he comes in the background haha
    samanacayon October 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe song has a bittersweet tune to it. i think the song has something to do with losing intimacy in a relationship because of the musicians lifestyle, i.e. touring, band. Thats my take on it. i dont really care what its about although i enjoy the way the keys are played on the piano...
    GrungyBeatleon December 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentRight. He's a musician, he travels a lot, he cannot commit to a relationship. In order to "be himself" he must say goodbye, let her down, end the relationship.
    freewneelon January 27, 2009   Link

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