"Too Much to Ask" as written by and Alex Turner....
The smiles as she walked in the room
Have all turned into frowns am I too quick to assume
That the love is no longer in bloom?
The tantrums and the tears play a very different tune

To what they did before, her heads red raw
And the ending doesn't sound like they're happiest around
When you sobbed before it felt much more like the product of a squabble
Now there's reason for it to be something more

And no would be, oh, it's uncertain
Whether the curtain has shut for good
She says, "see if it's still raining
I'm not dressed for it and if you loved me"
And I interrupt to receive the scowl and stare
But still decided to stop her there

Would it be outrageous to say
We're either shouting or we're shagging?
Locked in tempestuous phase
At least that's how we felt yesterday
The eyes are getting heavier and whether you're asleep or awake is a mystery

Would a kiss be too much to ask?
When you fit me as sunday's frozen pitch
Fits the thermos flask
It's a pity, it just hit me, we can't go back
To the chest touching on the back


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"Too Much to Ask" as written by Alex Turner

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  • +2
    General Commenti absolutely love this song, extremely dark. This is deffinately one of there best songs, and , as ussual with this band (bigger boys and stolen sweethearts, settle for a draw, Temptation greets you like a naughty friend, the bakery.) , its destined only to be a b side. love the guitars on this song, make it sond like it should be bieng played in some shady pub in the eighties. Anyway, on to what I think its about. To be honest some of it has stumped me (When you fit me, as sundays frozen pitch FITS the thermos flask?!?!) anyway I think its about a couple who are locked in constant argument-sex cycle(we're either shouting or we're shagging), as with most couples comming to an end. Anyway it's told from the point of view of one of the couple, telling us about how he feels about the relationship, and he comes to realise throughout the song that the relationship can't go on, even though he obviously want's it to. Allthough he is not certain at first (Its uncertain whether the curtain has shut for good) The last 2 lines is the narrator making this finall realisation. (Its just hit me, we can't go back, to the chest touching on the back) which litterally about how they started out, in love, as cudlling someone from behind is a sign of great affection. I think alex has summed up haw many people feel in relationships that they want to stay in even though they know its immpossible. Great song and mind blowing lyrics
    The Dead Boyon July 23, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song it so amazing, how can it be a b-side? To me, it's just about a guy and a girl's relationship, and the guy's getting more and more frustrated as the spark wears off.
    Spatson July 28, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentis it just me or does it seem like they are building like a story up of this couple i think the order goes
    mardy bum
    too much to ask
    do me a favour
    anyone agree alex turner writes some truly beautiful songs most make me cry ahaha
    mardy__bumon December 18, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLove it
    A slow song with some moody and dark rhythm
    Just a masterpiece from the monkeys
    EzioAson November 02, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentlove this part of the song. The eyes are getting heavier
    and weather they are asleep or awake
    There's a mystery
    would a kiss be too much to ask.I think he really feel this song ..it is great
    theloverson December 02, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI found this other version in youtube (the only way i could manage to listen to the song)
    The smiles as she walked in the room
    Have all turned into frowns
    Am I too quick to assume
    That the love is no longer in bloom
    The tantrums and the tears play a very different tune to what they did before
    Their heads red raw
    and the ending doesn't sound like the happiest around
    When you sobbed before
    It felt much more like the product of a squabble
    Now there's reason for it to be something more
    And there would be
    Always uncertain weather the curtain has shut for good
    She said see if it's still raining
    I'm not dressed for it and

    If you loved me and (help me out here)
    I decided to stop her there
    Would it be outrageous to say
    We're either shouting or we're shagging
    Locked in tempestuous phase
    At least that's how it felt yesterday
    The eyes are getting heavier
    and weather they are asleep or awake
    There's a mystery
    would a kiss be too much to ask
    When you feed me a Sunday's frozen (?) a thermos flask
    It's a pity
    It just hit me we cant go back
    To the chest touching on the back

    (thank you mardybum30!!!)
    alejandritaon July 11, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti absolutely love this song, extremely dark. This is deffinately one of there best songs, and , as ussual with this band (bigger boys and stolen sweethearts, settle for a draw, Temptation greets you like a naughty friend, the bakery.) , its destined only to be a b side. love the guitars on this song, make it sond like it should be bieng played in some shady pub in the eighties. Anyway, on to what I think its about. To be honest some of it has stumped me (When you fit me, as sundays frozen pitch FITS the thermos flask?!?!) anyway I think its about a couple who are locked in constant argument-sex cycle(we're either shouting or we're shagging), as with most couples comming to an end. Anyway it's told from the point of view of one of the couple, telling us about how he feels about the relationship, and he comes to realise throughout the song that the relationship can't go on, even though he obviously want's it to. Allthough he is not certain at first (Its uncertain whether the curtain has shut for good) The last 2 lines is the narrator making this finall realisation. (Its just hit me, we can't go back, to the chest touching on the back) which litterally about how they started out, in love, as cudlling someone from behind is a sign of great affection. I think alex has summed up haw many people feel in relationships that they want to stay in even though they know its immpossible. Great song and mind blowing lyrics
    The Dead Boyon July 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat
    alex STOCKon August 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about his girlfriend having a strop because it's a cold morning and she doesn't want to go and watch a sunday footy match.

    "She said see if it's still raining, I'm not dressed for it" and "when you fit me as sunday's frozen pitch fits the thermos flask"

    and obviously the relationship is falling apart, but this is one of the many stupid arguments that are causing it to.
    benGman07on August 08, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIts..
    "Would it be outrageous to say, we're either shouting or we're shagging, Docked in tempestuous Bays"...

    And for those that asked "when you fit me as sunday's frozen pitch fits the thermos flask", in live recordings he's changed it to "when you fit me LIKE sunday's frozen pitch fits the thermos flask", basically just saying they were a perfect match.
    yourmistakeion October 12, 2007   Link

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