"The Sweetest Thing" as written by and Tracyanne Campbell....
I'm going on a date tonight
To try to fall out of love with you
I know, I know this is a crime
But I don't know what else to do

My love, you're in a magazine
My love, you're doing fine, you're on TV
You pull my heart out and then you run away
From Chicago to Cleveland you leave me pain
You leave me pain

When you're lucid you're the sweetest thing
I would trade my mother to hear you sing
When you're lucid you're the sweetest thing
I would trade my mother

On the bus radio, "Fifty ways to leave your lover alone"
I laughed at the irony
But life is stupid, the irony all lost on me
It got lost on me

When you're lucid you're the sweetest thing
I would trade my mother to hear you sing
When you're lucid you're the sweetest thing
I would trade my mother

You challenged me to write a love song
Here it is, I think I got it wrong
I focused on the negative
The pain was too much to write and sing
Oh, it was not a nice incentive

When you're lucid you're the sweetest thing
I would trade my other to hear you sing
When you're lucid you're the sweetest thing
I would trade my other to hear you sing

When you're lucid you're the sweetest thing
I would trade my mother to hear you sing
When you're lucid you're the sweetest thing
I would trade my mother

But she don't know just how far I'd go
Would I walk for a hundred miles for a glimpse of your northern smile?


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"The Sweetest Thing" as written by Tracyanne Campbell

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  • +2
    General CommentThe song is about Stuart Murdoch from Belle and Sebastian. Tracyanne dated him. "When you're lucid" refers to a line in Belle and Sebastian's "This is Just a Modern Rock Song" where Murdoch says "I'm only lucid when I'm writing songs."
    eagercolinon February 14, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General Commentit's definitely "when you're lucid, you're the sweetest thing."

    great song. i was so happy to hear about the new album, and i'm very impressed with it.

    camera obscura always has a funny way of making a sad love song still seem so damn happy. it's infectious.
    beepohbeepon April 27, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLyrics transcribed from the booklet included with the "My Maudlin Career" CD. Parts in brackets were erronesouly left out of the booklet lyrics despite obviously being a part of the song. Sans the bracketed parts, everything else checks out to my ears.

    I'm going on a date tonight
    To try to fall out of love with you
    I know, I know this is a crime
    But I don't know what else to do

    My love you're in a magazine
    My love you're doing fine you're on TV
    You wore my heart out then you ran away
    From Chicago to Cleveland you made me pay
    You made me pay

    When you're lucid you're the sweetest thing
    I would trade my mother to hear you sing
    When you're lucid you're the sweetest thing
    I would trade my mother

    On the bus radio
    50 ways to leave your lover oh no
    I laughed at the irony
    But like the stupid the irony got lost on me
    Got lost on me

    When you're lucid you're the sweetest thing
    I would trade my mother to hear you sing
    When you're lucid you're the sweetest thing
    I would trade my mother

    You challenged me to write a love song
    Here it is I think I got it wrong
    I focused on the negative
    The pain was too much of an incentive
    Always my incentive

    When you're lucid you're the sweetest thing
    I would trade my mother to hear you sing
    When you're lucid you're the sweetest thing
    I would trade my mother [to hear you sing]
    When you're lucid you're the sweetest thing
    I would trade my mother to hear you sing
    When you're lucid you're the sweetest thing
    I would trade my mother
    Oh but she don't know just how far I'd go
    Would I walk for a hundred miles
    For a glimpse of your northern smile?
    BrentLongon July 23, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm almost positive the part "From Chicago to Cleveland you leave me pain, You leave me pain" is actually "From Chicago to Cleveland you made me pay, You made me pay"
    nF88on November 27, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPerhaps:

    "When you lose it you're the sweetest thing"

    and

    "a glimpse of your northern smile"
    iwishiwasthemoonon April 23, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the 'glimse of your northern smile' is correct, but I still stand by 'when you're lucid...'.
    lolliduston April 25, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"I laughed at the irony, but like the stupid the irony got lost on me"

    and

    "You challenged me to write a love song
    Here it is, i think i got it wrong ...
    I focused on the negative
    The pain was too much of an incentive
    Always my incentive"


    I love the guy's vocals at the end, fits in with the song quite well. Great stuff.
    browsacookiemonstaon May 12, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI reckon:

    You pull my heart out and then you run away

    is

    You warm my heart up and you run away



    also.

    i love the line

    You challenged me to write a love song
    Here it is, I think I got it wrong

    so much. its ace.
    iffy_on June 09, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSurely it's just ``when you said you're the sweetest thing.'' What's all this about `lucid'?
    devilsavocadoon July 22, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentconsider that "lucid" has more than one meaning..

    for example, 1. "completely comprehensible" and

    2. "shining"

    tracyanne & co. are nerds, but this is so good.

    the "lloyd" of my maudlin career. infectious.
    laughing_manon August 12, 2009   Link

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