"Afro Lover" as written by Timothy Booth, James Glennie, David John Baynton-power, Saul Davies and Mark Hunter....
Everybody wants to be happy
Everybody wants more money
Everybody wants more loving
Everybody wants the same things

I came across the border
Through the east and the west divide
The land between the trenches
Was patrolled by the deaf and the blind

The blind were shouting, ?Listen?
While the deaf said, ?Can't you see??
Somewhere deep in no man's land
The man has lost a key

I open up into this mystery
I have seen
I have seen
I have seen

There's centuries of fighting
So I brought myself a gun
The salesman called it freedom
So my enemy bought a bigger one

I'm saving up for a missile
That will shoot him up with love
Now his finger's on my button
And my hand is in his glove

I opened up into this mystery
Every key can lock you up or set you free
I believe that there is magic
In this mystery

I have seen
I have seen
I have seen

Everybody wants to be happy
Everybody wants more money
Everybody wants the same things

I have seen
I have seen
I have seen

I have seen
I have seen
I have seen

I have seen
I have seen
I have seen

I have seen
I have seen
I have seen



Lyrics submitted by MaskOfSanity

"Afro Lover" as written by James Glennie David John Baynton-power

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    General CommentI think this song's great! It's pure cheesy pop, very Pet Shop Boys-esque and very atypical of James, but it's one of the stronger tracks off Millionaires regardless. Tim's vocal sounds a lot more passionate on this track than most others on the album. It should have been a single, I think this had more hit potential than any of the songs they did release off Millionaires.

    The lyrics are pretty weak and cheesy for a James song, but for me that just contributes to the song's appeal, it's just an upbeat dancey pop tune that doesn't seem to take itself too seriously... it's one of few songs I can actually listen to over and over again and not get bored of, and it always brightens my state of mind.

    Despite the cheesiness of the lyrics there does seem to be a deeper message in them somewhere... it seems to be about a soldier in a war feeling a real sense of fighting for freedom and virtue amidst all the violence. The whole 'everybody wants to be happy/everybody wants the same things' verse would seem to refer to what lies at the heart of war in the end... everyone's desire to be free, wealthy and loved... possibly one of, if not the only, optimistic war song I've heard. Not exactly pro-war, but optimistic amidst the violence.
    MaskOfSanityon February 05, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti feel like it is similar, but almost, opposite of what MaskOfSanity has mentioned.

    it seems to me to be about an awakening in thought. he is noticing how everyone is pointing at someone else. he notes how the west and east are pointing at each other saying the other is wrong.

    he is saying now he 'knows',(like in a lot of james songs,) he can see the answer to their problems, as an outsiders perspective may be clearer. i believe the whole point of the song lays in the second chorus, when he says:

    "I opened up into this mystery
    Every key can lock you up
    Or set you free
    I believe that
    there is magic in this mystery"

    it seems to scream, "balance." (i.m.o.o.) but i love the song whatever the song meaning may be.
    long live James.
    the good guyon December 05, 2007   Link

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