"Charmless Man" as written by Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Steven Alexander James and David Rowntree....
I met him in a crowded room
Where people go to drink away their gloom
He sat me dawn and so began, the story of a charmless man
Educated the expensive way, he knows his Claret from a Beaujolais
I think he'd like to have been Ronnie Kray
But then nature didn't make him that way

He thinks he's educated, airs those family shares
Will protect him that we will respect him
He moves in circles of friends
Who just pretend that they like him
He does the same to them, and when you put it all together
There's the model of a charmless man

He knows the swingers and their cavalry
Says he can get in anywhere for free
I began to go a little cross eyed
And from this charmless man I just had to hide

He talks at speed he gets nosebleeds
He doesn't see his days
Are tumbling down upon him
And yet he tries so hard to please
He's just so keen for you to listen
But no one is listening
And when you put it all together
There's the model of a charmless man


Lyrics submitted by Demau Senae, edited by tpfang56, pastahero

"Charmless Man" as written by Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Steven Alexander James, David Rowntree

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    General Commentsince no-one's put what this is about i mayaswell state the obvious.... it's about men AND women, who are so stuck up and think they're higher class...they know all the right people and go to all the right places. however, its all an act and their lives are infact empty. whoever it's about and whatever their sexuality....it's a brilliant song and SO true. to me, it is reminiscent of "killer queen"- queen, as it also talks about being stuck up and pretentious etc.
    rainbow8711on June 18, 2002   Link
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    General Commenthmmmm, why are ppl mentioning Pink Floyd here? I'm pretty sure there's a page for them somewhere on this site.
    As for the song, Damon is singing about the music executives of the world. The suits. Makes sense to me anyway.
    StickDogon January 22, 2005   Link
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    General Commentand, mwalker and punchyk, I have heard that there were rumours it was about Morrissey, but that's totally ridiculous. So people thought it was about him just because The Smiths had a song called "This Charming Man" and because Morrissey once mentioned Ronnie Kray in a song? LOL If you know anything about Morrissey, it's obvious that the person from this song is nothing like him. "Educated the expensive way"?! "those family shares"?! Morrissey is from working class family who always had little money, his dad was a hospital porter, and his mom was a librarian. She always gave him books to read since he was very little so read a lot, unlike most boys of similar background, but he's had anything but expensive education - and he left his secondary school at the age of 16. While the "charmless man" from the song is a snob from a rich background, who brags he can get anywhere for free, Morrissey is hardly the type of man who tries to socialize with a lot of people or get into parties. Not to mention that people who meet Moz never describe him as charmless - in fact, everyone goes on about how charismatic he is. and as you can see in his interviews, he does not "talk at speed" or "tries so hard to please he's just so keen for you to listen", he talks slowly, and as one journalist said, as someone who's used to being listened to. Being too controversial, confrontational, outspoken, a bigmouth, too critical of others, arrogant, difficult, I've heard all these accusations against Moz, but " trying to please people" is one thing that nobody has ever accused him of.

    In short, he's pretty much the opposite of the man described in this song.
    nightanddayon December 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentSorry, but I think you heard wrong, Damon Albarn has had a long standing relationship with Justine Frischmann of the band Elastica
    punchykon May 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe lead singer of suede, not blur.
    mwalkeron June 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyou people are charmless..this song rules
    dariofooon July 09, 2002   Link
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    General Commentrainbow...look around the brit music world and maybe your eyes will be opened to the huge brawls between some of their greatest bands...the jabs (and tribute) taken at others in the media and in song...if you knew more than the lick you think you do...it might be of more interest to you.
    mwalkeron July 10, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI don't think it's about Morrrissey beacuse Damon Albran decided to he wanted to form a band after seeing the South Bank Show on the Smiths - a fan wouldn't exactly berate the lead singer of a band he likes. Maybe it's a sort of tribute to Morrissey, in a wierd and wonderful way - as are most of Morrisseys/Smiths lyrics :]
    butterflykiss84on March 16, 2003   Link
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    General CommentOLD blur used to be the best band in the world but they've been replaced by NEW blur now and there even better,but this tune is just amazing.some dude says about morrisey,thats wat i thought aswell mate hes inspired by the amazing smiths!!
    blur10on June 15, 2003   Link
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    General CommentBlur is good but they arent the best band in the world... thats pink floyd...
    piper_@_the_gates_on June 27, 2004   Link

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