"Little Lou, Ugly Jack, Prophet John" as written by Sarah Martin, Stuart Murdoch, Richard Colburn, Michael Cooke, Christopher Geddes, Stephen Jackson and Bob Kildea....
What a waste, I could've been your lover
What a waste, I could've been your friend
Perfect love is like a blossom that fades so quick
When it's blowing up a storm in May

Travel south until your skin turns, woman
Travel south until your skin turns brown
Put a language in your head and get on a train
And then come back to the one you love

Yeah you're great, you're just part, of this lifetime of dreaming
That extends to the heart of this long summer feeling
Quiet night, you see the TV's glowing
Quiet night, you hear the walls are awake

Me and you are getting out of the party crowd
Can I see what's underneath your bed?
Can I stay until the milkman's working?
Can I stay until the cafe awakes?

Do you hate me in the light?
Did you get a fright?
When you looked across from where you lay

Yeah you're great, you're just part, of this lifetime of dreaming
That extends to the heart of this long summer feeling
All the history of wars I invent in my head
Little Lou, Ugly Jack, Prophet John

All the history of wars I invent in my head
Little Lou, Ugly Jack, Prophet John

What a waste, I could've been your lover

What a waste, I could've been your friend


Lyrics submitted by bunnychiuchiu, edited by steve11494, emilierein, Undert0ad

"Little Lou, Ugly Jack, Prophet John" as written by Christopher Geddes Bob Kildea

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    General CommentI don't know if this is right, or how it bears on the other lyrics, but I'm wondering if the title characters refer to some of Stuart's heroes? Possible Lou Reed, Jack Kerouac and John Lennon? Just a guess.

    P.S. I'm a big B&S fan but I can't say I love this MOR track.
    drunkenriverson November 08, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about lost loves and one-night stands.

    The protagonist invents a past for people they met at parties and had sex with, they wish they could have spent longer with these partners instead of parting in the morning.
    steve11494on December 31, 2013   Link
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    General CommentNot just about the prolonging of a one night stand... it's far more heartbreaking than that. She has invented her lover completely.

    She imagines the two of them out; she imagines she has gone home with him and coyly seduced him by asking about the contents of his bedroom.

    But he's entirely just another dream, and having imagined the encounter, she imagines how it might end: he's shocked at her ugliness.

    Which is kind of devastating, given it's HER dream. And devastating that this sort of dream has happened over and over, to the point where she's given her dreams nicknames and personalities.

    That's her life. What a waste. What a song. Excuse my while I go off and have a tear.
    Undert0adon June 02, 2016   Link
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    General CommentOne of the best songs on the new album!
    Great melody;

    I like this verse:

    "Cry at night, you see the tv's glowing"
    Sebastian1on October 08, 2010   Link
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    General Commenti guess it's not "cry at night", but "quiet night"
    pdrok2on October 11, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is soooooooo good ♥
    loolaalooon October 14, 2010   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionI think "Travel south until your skin turns, woman"
    should be "Travel south until your skin turns warmer"
    ridwanphyon November 04, 2010   Link
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    General Commentfixed!
    bunnychiuchiuon February 17, 2011   Link
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    General Comment"All the history of wars" should be "All the history of boys". Then the lines start to make sense.
    ap813on August 25, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationWhat drunkenrivers says sounds super interesting and raises the song's grade for sure.
    steve11494 I agree, is about one-night-stand lost loves!
    Norah sings the emotional part and interestingly this part is aware that this is a dream, a long summer feeling.
    She begins in her room:
    "Quiet night, you see the TVs glowing
    Quiet night, you hear the walls are awake"

    Then moves to a party:
    "Me and you are getting out of the party crowd"

    And finally to his place:
    "Can I see what's underneath your bed?"

    She realises she's fallen in love, and tries to extend the moment, looking under the bed, stay more time with guy, maybe until the milkman's working or the café' awakes.
    She doesn't understand why she has to wake up from this great dream, why this awesome feeling can last longer. So in this metaphor the guy is waking her up, and again she asks why so much love in the dark and so much indifference ("hate") in the light, a contrast is brought up with Suart's voice.
    Stuart sing a different point of view, not the guy's point of view, but rather her point of view but from a zoomed-out perspective, perhaps more rational or colder.

    There's another album with the same idea but not only on a single track but the whole concept of the album is a "Teen Dream", from Beach House.
    Another excellent song is Gotan Project's "Érase una vez", which basically says the same thing but in electrotango.

    Comments greatly appreciated!
    balpoon December 05, 2014   Link

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