"Television" as written by and Richard Archer....
Life means nothing
When no one knows your name
I've never had too much
But I'd give it all for fame, baby, baby

She's there on the TV, so beautiful on screen
Selling me a life
I've never known and never seen, baby, baby
If I only had you, if I only had

Television, new religion, let everyone sing Hallelujah
Politicians, don't wanna listen
They only wanna make money out of you
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Newspaper headlines, I can't believe my eyes
No tales of war, destruction
But who said what last night on the TV
Well that could be me

Through the shop window it's a wide screen world
But I can't afford a thing and I never get the girl
It ain't easy, no, it ain't easy
If I only had you, if I only had you
If I only had you, if I only had

Television, new religion, let everyone sing Hallelujah
Politicians, don't wanna listen
They only wanna make money out of you
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

You know we always want something
But somehow we end up with nothing, nothing
If I only had you, if I only had you
If I only had, if I only had

Television, new religion, let everyone sing Hallelujah
Politicians, don't wanna listen
They only wanna make money out of you
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah


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"Television" as written by Richard Archer

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    General CommentThis is an amazing song. I think that he's singing about how these days its so easy to become a z-list celeb and be in the magazines all the time:
    "Newspaper headlines, I can't believe my eyes,
    No tales of war and destruction, But who said what last night,
    On the TV, That could be me!"

    Programs like big brother are really responsible for this sort of thing, and I think thats what he is paying testament to, and the fact that he believes his life would be so much better if he was famous.

    Gotta love the swipe at politicians too, good old Archer keeping it punk!

    Great song, brilliant album, amazing band
    marko_b87on September 25, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti love this song. i think its about how television has warped everyone and kind of taken over everyones lives. i also agree with markob87.
    iamjanexoon December 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI disagree... I think this song is about how Television takes over your life.

    "Life means nothing, when no one knows your name
    I never had too much but I'd give it all for fame
    Baby, baby"
    Here he is talking about what TV makes you believe. TV makes you believe that Life means nothing if you are not famous, and people would give anything for fame.


    "She's there on the TV, so beautiful on screen
    Selling me a life I've never known and never seen
    Baby, baby"
    TV tells you how life should be lived.


    "Television, new religion, let everyone sing Hallelujah
    Politicians, don't wanna listen, they only wanna make money out of you
    Hallelujah
    Hallelujah
    Hallelujah
    Hallelujah"
    This is pretty straight forward. Television is the new way of life, new religion. We do what it tells us to do. And the "Politicians"/government don't care about you, only want to make money out of you.


    "Newspaper headlines, I can't believe my eyes
    No tales of war and destruction, but who said what last night
    On the TV, well it could be me"
    He can't believe how they put things that don't matter on newspapers instead of things that do. What Britney said last night is irrelevant, personally, I agree, I really don't care about celebrity life. But instead of the wars going on and all of the important issues, they tell us about celebrity life. Perhaps they are trying to get our mind of what is really going on.


    "Through the shop window it's a widescreen world
    But I can't afford a thing and I never get the girl,
    It ain't easy, no it ain't easy" Widescreen world is referring to a widescreen Television. He can't afford the things on TV and he never gets the girl on TV (The perfect girl), but TV tells him that he must get her.

    "If I only had you, If I only had you
    If I only had you, If I only had"
    TV makes him believe everything will be perfect if he just had the girl. Perhaps the Happy endings on movies.

    "You know we always want something
    But somehow we end up with nothing
    nothing"
    We don't (not in all cases :P ) get the things we see on TV. Life is not like Television, although we believe it to be because it's our(new generation) religion.
    We wear what they wear, we look like they look and we live like they live. TV sets the norm.

    Great song.
    DarkReignon June 02, 2008   Link
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    General Commentlove this song...
    I agree, its about the general greed for fame and desire to be on the TV :)
    GinaLovesMusicon May 05, 2010   Link

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