"Our Bovine Public" as written by and Ryan Jarman Gary Jarman"....
Didn't think I'd have to choose
Didn't think I'd wear brown shoes
Didn't think that I'd ever have to read about this in the news
You gonna have a go
Well I don't want to know
I just thought that I should try and say hello to those who'd

Never exist without being generic
You have to impress our bovine public
You'd never exist if you wasn't generic
You have to impress our bovine public
I'll never forget how all this begun
And I will never regret a thing I have done but
You would never exist without us

So maybe I do not have the time
Fair-weather friends of mine
A year's a long time
You're doing nothing with your life
I heard you felt alert
Well I'm hoping that it hurt
'Cause we've spent too much time in groundwork
To be ground in to the dirt by those who'd

Never exist without being generic
You'll have to impress our bovine public
You'd never exist if you wasn't generic
You'll have to impress our bovine public
I'll never forget how all this begun
And I will never regret a thing I have done
But you would never exist without us

So maybe I do

Well you say nothing
So you'll always mean nothing to me
And if what you say means nothing
Then what you say will always mean nothing to me

D'you think I have the time fair-weather friends of mine
A year's a long time to be doing nothing with your life
I heard you felt alert
Well I'm hoping that it hurt
'Cause we've spent too much time in groundwork
To be ground into the dirt by those

Who'd never exist without being generic
You have to impress our bovine public
You'd never exist if you wasn't generic
You'll have to impress our bovine public
I'll never forget how all this begun
And I will never regret the one thing I've done
But you would never exist without us

So maybe I do


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"Our Bovine Public" as written by Ross Anthony Jarman Gary John Jarman

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    General Commenti thought this song was having a go at the pigeon detectives, cause they used to cover cribs songs before they were discovered, so they wouldn't have got famous without the cribs? and now theyre mainstream fake indie shit
    belleeeeon May 22, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbrilliant tune! not really sure what its about tho...
    theprentoshowon May 16, 2007   Link
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    General Commentand i think theres a small mistake in these lyrics... "for other friends of mine" = "fair weather friends of mine". i'm pretty sure - i listened real close!
    theprentoshowon May 16, 2007   Link
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    General Commentagreed, I've requested the change. good catch. It's tough for us Yanks to decipher Brit vowel sounds, esp with what must be thick regional accents!

    do you think this bit is accurate...

    "I heard you felt alert
    well I'm hoping that it hurt
    cos you played too much silent grammar "

    Even after putting this bit on repeat for maybe 5 minutes, I still wasn't 100% confident in both "alert" and "silent grammar". the latter is definitely not a common phrase on this side of the pond, but perhaps they're being poetic.

    cheers
    PapaSlurpon May 16, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis lyric is about someone who likes a guy but never say anything to him. but the guy knew that she likes him.

    in the end, the guy tired of her, so he wrote the song :p
    lalaion May 18, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"I heard you felt alert
    well I'm hoping that it hurt
    cos you played too much silent grammar "
    to be honest i listened to it, and think it could well be...but this is what happens when there are no sleeve lyrics! haha, anyone else think that the "d'you" at the start could be '"to"?
    e.g "To think i'd have to choose" etc.?
    i always thought thats what it was
    theprentoshowon May 26, 2007   Link
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    General Commentright! lets solve this once and for all! haha, i realised there are sleeve lyrics on the back...didnt notice them first time round!
    -"didn't think i'd have to choose
    didn't think i'd wear brown shoes
    didn't think that i'd ever have to read about this in the news"
    -"you're out to impress our bovine public"
    -"...not have the time, fairweather friends of mine"
    -"cos we spent too much time doing groundwork to be ground into the dirt by those who'd"
    hard to get just from ear tho...good effort papaslurp
    theprentoshowon May 26, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song sounds like it's about the tabloid media and their relationship with the band. perhaps it's refering to journalists when it says "you'd never exist without being generic" and the readers of tabloids whom it describes as "bovine"

    not sure about the reference to "a year of doing nothing with your life", perhaps it's describing a person and how they were depicted in the tabloids???

    any ideas
    badlydrawn27on June 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentCheers theprentoshow for the correct lyrics.

    I'd say it's pretty clear that with this song the band is telling music writers that 1) the band is indifferent to negative critics and press, and 2) music criticism is a sham anyway, because at the end of the day the goal is to "impress" the public (ie rather than writing an honest review, the reviewer goes out of his way to be shocking/dismissive/elitist/cool/intellectual etc)

    badlydrawn27, I suspect the "year's a long time" comment to be a wry dig against music writers and press who phone them up when their new album's out for interviews and comments as if they were old mates, yet have made no contact with the band since the last album was out.
    PapaSlurpon June 05, 2007   Link
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    General Commentit seems we spent too much time in groundwork
    to be ground into the dirt
    by those who'd never exist...


    lalai- it's more about the type of people that follow the crowd, or indeed the "herd"... and the new "independent" music that just takes the piss out of every indie band that ever was - like the fratellis and the kooks selling their dullard riffs to the public on the back of an "independent image".

    i've heard the bovine public, beyond the obvious, is the way people act 1am in the morning stumbling out the club, just acting like animals. self-perpetuating thing - people don't want to be treated like animals by the police etc but the fact is if they act so much like them they will get treated as such.
    rebelliousjadeon June 12, 2007   Link

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