She was born on Brighton Pier
To a gypsy mother and a bucket of tears
Her good looks could have sailed a ship
But her will alone could have sunk it

Funny thing about money for sex
You might get rich but you die by it

It's going to be a close call
Going to be a close call

Tell me now what would you do
Hanging back with the brutes
Hustling a pickpocket
That's no way to get rich

It's going to be a close call
Going to be a close call
Going to be a close call
Going to be a close call

Businesswoman with good sense
If you live at all, you're going to die by it
Funny thing about money for sex
You might get rich, but then

It's going to be a close call
Going to be a close call
Going to be a close call
Going to be a close call


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  • +1
    General CommentThe part with "hanging withe brutes" is a hint at a quote from Tenessee William's A Streetcar Named Desire.
    weiwern28on August 22, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTrudat DCFCAlex. I wouldn't say this is their BEST album, but it's definitely not as bad as everyone's saying it is. oAnd the simplicity f the lyrics has a lot to do with the overall mood of the album. About the late night after hours scene and every thing. I think the album leaflet photography pretty much explains it.
    CarouselOfPictureson August 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI hope everyone gets that 'her good looks could'a sailed a ship...' is a reference to Helen of Troy ('the face that launched a thousand ships'). Funny what people are saying about the lyrics, stuff like this seems rather mature or sophisticated to me. I think the new album is their best since Take Offs And Landings personally.
    Renaissance Danon September 19, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentJenny said it was based off a story she wrote about a daughter of Gypsys who runs away to strike it rich as a prostitute.

    faceculture.tv/…
    Lusanderson December 19, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think this song is about someone, or someones, who kinda live a dangerous life, for money like pornstars, or prostitutes, or theifs. and how their whole life is kinda like a "close call" like everything they do practicially kills them, if not actually then like metephorically. like some people just have crap lifes to start with and never really do anything of substance, or do things that just dont make them feel good about themselfs, because they are always just getting by, with money, or even living situation. i'm probably reading way too much into this
    tomorrow_tomorrowon August 18, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song sucks. the whole album is a huge disappointment to be honest. the songs are so repetitive and the lyrics are very weak.
    let uss be freeon August 20, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlet uss be free if you don't like it don't comment on it. I am so fucking sick of people bitching about this album literally EVERYWHERE it is mentioned. get fucking over yourselves
    DCFCAlexon August 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the first line should be "born on BRIGHTON Pier"

    then

    "business woman with good sense"
    boydestructionon August 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree, i think it is/should be Brighton Pier.

    I really don't think this album is that bad..
    uncomplicatedon August 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is eh.
    but jenny's voice sounds good.
    even though the lyrics are just ohkay.
    JACKIE THE HOBOon August 29, 2007   Link

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