"A&E" as written by Alison Elizabeth Goldfrapp and William Owen Gregory....
It's a blue, bright blue Saturday, hey hey
And the pain is starting to slip away, hey hey

I'm in a backless dress on a pastel ward that's shining
Think I want you still
But there may be pills at work

Do you really wanna know how I was dancing on the floor?
I was trying to fool you when I'm crawling up that door
And theres a tune at things you say that you don't do
Why don't you wreck?

I was feeling lonely, feeling blue
Feeling like I needed you
Like I'm walking up surrounded by me

A&E

It's a blue, bright blue Saturday, hey hey
And the pain is starting to slip away, hey hey

I'm in a backless dress on a pastel ward that's shining
Think I want you still
But there may be pills at work

How did I get to accident, emergency?
All I wanted was you to take me out high
And I was feeling lonely, feeling blue
Feeling like I needed you
Like I hoped you'd call and hoped you'd see me
A&E


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"A&E" as written by William Owen Gregory Alison Elizabeth Goldfrapp

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  • +2
    General CommentI can't take credit for this, but someone else mentioned that A&E in Europe meant "Accident and Emergency". Just like in the US theres ER. Also, "pastel ward" is possibly referencing the hospital itself. Not to mention the lyrics could definitely lead into this direction; "But there may be pills at work", "I'm in a backless dress" (a hospital gown maybe?)

    Again, I cannot take any credit for this. Just seems to me to be the best meaning yet.
    MilkForWhaleson January 14, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAlison, the singer in Goldfrapp, said on the radio that the song is a satirical take on hospital a&e wards. She said it's about a short time she spent in hospital a while ago, emphasising that it was only a brief visit, but she wouldn't say what she was in for. I've heard it mentioned a few times that it sounds like a suicide attempt/drug overdose, which I personally think the lyrics really relate to this. I think it describes a last ditch desperate attempt to get someone she loved to take notice of her, 'hoped you'd see me'. So sad :-( SUch a beautiful song though, very addictive and mesmerising x
    hollipopon January 14, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's about overdosing on pills because you're heartbroken and feel like no one loves you. You survive and you are kept in a hospital where people watch you. The feeling of loneliness starts to slip away and you feel happy again.
    x_starlighton January 05, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti have to agree. its definitely "think i want you still."
    resqualledsheepon January 07, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"backless dress" = the gowns that you wear in a hospital are backless, so this is probably what she means.
    hi_tomorrowon February 23, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is clearly about a suicide attempt through pills that ends with her in the A&E or emergency room. She was "feeling lonely, feeling blue" over someone. The backless dress is a hospital gown in a pastel hospital ward. Dancing on the floor is a reference to her impending death on the floor where she overdosed herself. She was trying to phone the person she was suicidal over, a classic suicidal gesture. Akin to drunk dialing. She was phoning the person as she was "crawling out that door"... the door between life and death. "How did I get to accident and emergency? All I wanted was you to take me out high." is a reference to being surprised to wakeup in A&E instead of dying... being taken out high. Great song, great lyrics.
    jupiterjoneson February 27, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"they gotta watch you still" sounds more like "think i want you still"

    and i think it's "all i wanted was you to take me out"
    diphthongon December 31, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've been listening to this over and over, it's fantastic. But like most Goldfrapp tracks its not easy to pin-point the exact lyrics.
    MilkForWhaleson January 04, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThink it's about going out with someobody on a night out and having a bit too much of everything. "Crawling up the door" is a familiar line. Think the songs a comedic or light hearted way of addressing a serious issue. Well in Goldfrapp!
    conorwon January 13, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits about taking drugs. 'why don't you wreck' - the person she is singing to doesn't do them. The way she talks about her Hospital clothes is a sad illusion of the dress she was wearing last night. 'Do you really wanna know why I was dancing on the floor?' - the disapproval of this person.

    I think she says 'I was trying to phone you when I'm crawling up that door' but I'm not sure.

    I think this song is wonderful, kinda different direction for Goldfrapp... can't wait for the album!
    stinaribenaon January 16, 2008   Link

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