"Photograph" as written by and Jamie Cullum....
Her name was written on a photograph,
Right next to her red, sunburnt face,
It all had happened in that long tall grass,
About a mile from her old place,
And I can't remember how it started and if it lasted that day in the sun.

We said that we were going to study hard,
We held our books instead of hands,
She held a blanket over cans of beer,
I can't deny I was so full of fear.

It's just another story caught up in another photograph I found.
And it seems like another person lived that life a great many years ago from now,

When I look back on my ordinary, ordinary life,
I see so much magic, though I missed it at the time.
When I look back on my ordinary ordinary, ordinary life,
I see so much magic, though I missed it at the time.

And there's the first time that I tried that stuff,
I think I look a little green,
I remember throwing up behind a bush,
And I found it hard to use my feet,
And who's that easily led little boy who's really off his head?

It was the same night that I kissed that girl,
The tall one with the auburn hair,
I remember laughing cause to kiss me,
The had to sit down on a chair!
She tasted like the schnapps she'd drunk,
And the cigarette she'd stolen from her mum.

And it's just another story caught up in another photograph I found.

When I look back on my ordinary, ordinary life,
I see so much magic, though I missed it at the time.
When I look back on my ordinary ordinary, ordinary life,
I see so much magic, though I missed it at the time.


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"Photograph" as written by Jamie Cullum

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    General CommentThis seems like someone reflecting on their naive, teenage years and all the stupid things you have done. He's looking at a photograph and thinking about his past, and he knows it was a special part of his life. Like, the teenage years when you think you know everything but you don't.

    He also says he was afraid at the time, but now looking back at it he enjoys the memory.
    (This is how I just think of the song. Might be wrong, eh.)
    This song is a beautiful one, too, it makes you kinda... 'glow'...
    Chaomeyon February 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think this is about someone looking at their pictures and realising that their life held so much more wonder and amazment then they ever realised.
    "I see so much magic though i missed it at the time"
    It's talking about the little memories, the little experiences, the little details that make someone an individual who lives an amazing life even if sometimes it seems dull.
    xox
    Peckaon March 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI don't usually like Jamie Cullum (especially his cringeworthy cover of Frontin'), but I love this song :)
    Really well written
    izzo23on March 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOh yes, this song is so beautiful and simple at the same time. I love how he recalls his early days...Hasn't it happened to all of us to live our youth as if it was nothing special, then, as you get older and you lose those little things you feel deprived?. I feel that nostalgia, I miss those people that were beside me everyday but that time has estranged. There was so much magic but I didn't notice that at the time. Loving and enjoying those little moments, that's what this song is about to me. And missing them like anything in the world, being aware that it is too late now.
    Gabigson May 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is a huge song for jamie its lyrics r awsome and it shows he can do more than covers
    ...i think the songs about how our lifes have so much magic in them...but we miss it at the time, jk lol obviously
    -peej
    pburke012on June 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love the line "I remember laughing cause to kiss me, she had to sit down on a chair"

    He's teeny tiny, he's only 5'4" and so adorable!
    antidisneysequelon December 01, 2006   Link

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