"An Audience with the Pope" as written by Guy Edward John Garvey, Craig Lee Potter, Mark Potter, Peter James Turner and Richard Barry Jupp....
Sweet Jesus, I'm on fire
She has the sweetest, darkest eyes
And when it comes into her eyes
I know iron and steel couldn't hold me

Good God, I'm easily bruised
So often in love to her flame
And the things that she's asked me to do
Will see a city of saints forgetting his name

I have an audience with the Pope
And I'm saving the world at eight
But if she says she needs me
She says she needs me everybody's gonna have to wait

(Where could she be?)
Was that a minute or an hour?
(Where could she be?)
She turns the hours into days
Kill the phone, cover the cage
And wait for the doorbell to ring

(Where could she be?)
No, she won't come running
(Where could she be?)
The world is turning at her pace
Kill the phone, cover the cage
And wait for the doorbell to ring

I have an audience with the Pope
And I'm saving the world at eight
But if she says she needs me
She says she needs me everybody's gonna have to wait

I have an audience with the Pope
And I'm saving the world at eight
But if she says she needs me
She says she needs me everybody's gonna have to wait

I have an audience with the Pope
And I'm saving the world at eight
But if she says she needs me
She says she needs me everybody's gonna have to wait
Everybody's gonna have to wait


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"An Audience with the Pope" as written by Guy Edward John Garvey Craig Lee Potter

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  • +5
    General Commentno.
    simple catholisism vs sex
    i used to struggle as a boy
    munroekellyon July 14, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIf I were you guys I would pay attention to what Mr Munroe Kelly says about any of these songs...
    thewordgetsaroundon February 25, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGuy's comments at the Wembley gig about this song is pretty much what has been said. It is about a relationship with a girl who basically kept him dangling on a piece of string. He would basically drop everything the moment she called, hence the lines.....

    I have an audience with the pope
    And I'm saving the world at 8
    But if she says she needs me, she says she needs me
    Everybody's gonna have to wait

    He's waiting for her all the time, she calling all the shots.
    YoungRobboon June 30, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI was always reminded of the relationship between the Doctor and Rose Tyler from Doctor Who when listening to this song. Is that mad? lol The chorus mostly... that the Doctor would drop everything for Rose (and he frequently did).

    Anyone else or was that just me? xD
    sazzrahon August 29, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningActually, the first commenter is right. Guy has said in numerous interviews that this song is - though not exclusively - about recovering from Catholicism. One example:

    "Mostly I write about life and love and death and friendship and desire and frustration, temptation. There’s a song on the record about overcoming Catholicism in order to enjoy sex, which took a while.” To overcome it, or to write about it? “To overcome it… But that was years ago. The song’s called An Audience With The Pope, and it’s deliberately blasphemous. I just remember at 16, as a frustrated Catholic, really enjoying sex and feeling terrible about it afterwards.”
    beeninsaneon November 15, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI thought it was about the singer being madly in love with a girl who wasn't in love with him, but was involved with him when it suited her. Hence he is the moth to her flame but the world his turning at her pace.
    twelvevoltson August 21, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentErr, this is hardly about religion, mate.
    The singer is madly infatuated with this girl, right? And suddenly being with her is the most important thing in the world. So, even though he's "got an audience with the pope" and is "saving the world at eight", none of it is more important than being together with her- and ironically he has everything else in the world waiting for him while SHE's keeping HIM waiting. Awesome song.
    NightsirKon January 15, 2009   Link
  • 0
    MemoryIt was like an Audience with the Pope, when after the concert, people who had come to see and listen, began forming a polite queue, everybody in line, waiting in awe for the privilege of a brief meeting and to give words of thanks.
    It was about catholisism, it was about sex, it was about being a superhero on stage at eight, when the girl the superhero was really waiting for, was not there.
    lucky with diseaseon February 22, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"And the things that she's asked me to do
    Would see a senior saint
    forgetting his name"

    is very similar to

    "What she asked of me at the end of the day
    Caligula would have blushed"

    if you ask me. Not so original after all. Mercury prize?! Meh.
    skistar123on October 09, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI always had the line down as "she has the sweetest of kisses", no?
    JMNon November 08, 2010   Link

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