"Sounds Great When You're Dead" as written by and Robyn Hitchcock....
Your mother is a journalist
Your father is a creep
They make it in your bedroom
When they think you're fast asleep

The scenes that they're enacting now
Beside your little bed
Are never in you consciousness
But always in your head

Baby, it might sound dodgy now
But it sounds great when you're dead
It sounds great when you're

Your sister is a butterfly
Your brother is a drunk
You gaze at him reclining in
Formaldehyde, a trunk

He lives and breathes on systems
That nobody can supply
And you're immune to everything
Except the butterfly
Yeah

Baby, it might sound dodgy now
But it sounds great when you're dead
It sounds great when you're dead

Baby, you're incredible
I think that you're the most
I've searched around for everything
Like you from coast to coast

Your name, engraved in diamond
Is written in my heart
We're at our most together
When we're at our most apart

Baby, it might sound dodgy now
But it sounds great when you're dead

Baby, it might sound dodgy now
But, baby, let me assure you
It sounds great when you're dead




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"Sounds Great When You're Dead" as written by Robyn Hitchcock

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    General CommentThe whole third verse is a wonder. Lyrically, the deeply-unsettling mega-dysfunctionality has been left behind. Or seems to have been: except for the bit about "searched for everything like you," which expertly unravels the apparent loving devotion. Also the piano part is nearly the same, but Robyn inserts some barely-noticeable atonality, giving it an unbalanced effect.

    If you listen to the song, he sings:
    "But baby, let me show you"
    ...which is absolutely crucial to the song's tone of slowly-creeping insanity.

    Yes, the other phrase can be found by searching on Google. Having typed mostly from memory (but also playing the song, to confirm subtleties of wording I might accidentally miss)? I listened to the track once again to verify. It's a single syllable, and the word is "show."

    Why even bother asking people to submit lyrics, if those running the site will then simply substitute the Google Play version? The participants here are fans, passionate about music. Not data-entry employees "adding value" to cellphone features.
    foreverdroneon May 23, 2017   Link

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