Can't go home right now, and that's the truth
Julie Burchill's drinking free champagne on my roof
The front door's off limits, at least to the likes of me
See right here, right here, this is my story

Slept in a stranger's flat in all my clothes
In the morning I took a bus across the city to feel safe and closer to home
Passed a sign on the door, and a couple more
Saying welcome to hard times, welcome to hard times

I thought of a friend whose window looks out onto nothing but fields
While outside mine
The book shop was closing down
It's closed now

And it starts to look unlikely
As people leave around me

Helen King wrote a letter to me
Sent May 19th, the day of my birthday
From a desk in a library in some far off country
I'm a roving artist now. It's alright, it's okay

It said there's no magic left in crystal balls
I'm not sure there ever was at all
But listen, what will happen, the favourite question
Is best left for the last line of the poem

And it starts to look unlikely
As people leave around me

Fashionistas, we don't need you
Fashionistas, we don't need you
Fashionistas, we don't need you
Fashionistas, we don't need you
Fashionistas, we don't need you
Fashionistas, we don't need you
Fashionistas, we don't need you
Fashionistas, we don't need you


Lyrics submitted by 22wenty2wo, edited by Mellow_Harsher

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    General Commentlove this song SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH!
    Binstigon October 31, 2007   Link
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    General Commentjust heard it for the first time, any idea what it all means?
    paulyb263on November 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe spoken word parts were written by Jon Slade of Huggy Bear and Comet Gain. It seems to be a tale of disillusionment with London, and especially the 'fashionistas' and hangers on of various scenes. Julie Birchill is a columnist and writer who you might have expected to see at music industry/magazine parties and launches in London in the late nineties.
    doubleshinyon January 31, 2008   Link
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    General CommentFor me, the song is about the love/hate relationship of living in the city. It feels safe because it's familiar to you, but at the same time, it feels like you're stuck, and sometimes wish you were in the open fields.
    AtticusZPon October 14, 2013   Link

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