"Parklife" as written by Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Steven Alexander James and David Rowntree....
Confidence is a preference for the habitual voyeur of what is known as
(Parklife)
And morning soup can be avoided if you take a route straight through what is known as
(Parklife)

John's got brewer's droop he gets intimidated by the dirty pigeons, they love a bit of him
(Parklife)
Who's that gut lord marching, you should cut down on your porklife mate, get some exercise

All the people
So many people
And hey all go hand-in-hand
Hand-in-hand through their parklife
Know what I mean?

I get up when I want except on Wednesdays when I get rudely awakened by the dustmen
(Parklife)
I put my trousers on, have a cup of tea and I think about leaving the house
(Parklife)

I feed the pigeons, I sometimes feed the sparrows too
It gives me a sense of enormous well-being
(Parklife)
And then I'm happy for the rest of the day safe in the knowledge there will always be a bit of my heart devoted to it

All the people
So many people
And they all go hand-in-hand
Hand-in-hand through their parklife

Parklife
(Parklife)
Parklife
(Parklife)

It's got nothing to do with Vorsprung durch technique, you know?
(Parklife)
(Parklife) and it's not about you joggers who go round and round and round (parklife)
(Parklife)

All the people
So many people
And they all go hand-in-hand
Hand-in-hand through their parklife

All the people
So many people
And they all go hand-in-hand
Hand-in-hand through their parklife


Lyrics submitted by Demau Senae, edited by Crane42, GUTCHUCKER, TonyM101

"Parklife" as written by David Rowntree Alexander James

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  • +5
    General CommentI agree this song is on american culture coming into Britain, but it also refers to a lot of the way people in the UK live out their lives. "Morning soup" is refering to the polluted smog around London, and the line "John's got brewers droop he gets intimidated by the pigeons they love a bit of it" is probly about a drunk who's still drunk in the morning waking up to find pigeons pecking at him for food, sounds funny but they do love a bit of it! The song sounds to me like a piss-take reflection on how average Joe Bloggs lives out his life in central cockney London
    lukegould140on June 02, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Commentagreed. Damon said it was about how the British are becoming too Americanised
    nutty dolphinon April 18, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General Commentbrewers droop is when, after courting a lady in your drinking establishment, you wish to take her home. Now, when the time comes for you to introduce her to your little General it, unfortunately, does not want to stand to attention. Thus, brewers droop is your little solider remaing flaccid, rather than turgid.

    geddit?
    allthesestarson July 21, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Commentlike the tune and the accent he uses. it sounds like porklife, not parlife.
    iloveiguanason September 09, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commenta Pulp-ish piss take on English suburban living.
    roger wilcoon May 14, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyeah i advise u watch 'live forever' brilliant dvd, damion himself said it was about how american culture was comeing in to britain. Damion: "plastic mouldings and fun pubs really anoyed me, you just rip evrything out and replaced it with crap"
    Darth_woodyon June 08, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNo it is "morning soup". I've got the Parklife alnum and inside the leaflet the lyrics say "morning soup". However, you are right on one thing, it makes no sense.
    I know what this song is about, having a go at americanisation (like many of their songs), yet i have no idea what the lyrics mean. I assume "parklife" means "american life" but there arecertain lyrics which just don't seem to mean anything. e.g. "John's got brewers droop..."
    There are lyrics however which can totally be adapted to the "having a go at americanisation" like the "gut lord marching" line, obviously taking the piss out of obesity which seems to be popular in america.
    I think the second verse talks about what english people should be doing, e.g. "have a cup of tea..." (a very english thing to do) and "feed the pidgeons".
    But as i said before, most of this song doesn't make direct sense.
    DM2Kon May 21, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm British - is that not what it means?
    strangenewson June 14, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyour a smart lot - i bet damon's chuffed to bits youve all looked into it like this!

    originaly the 'parklife' was to be 'london'. im glad damon changed it.

    a pigeon can also mean a grass/sqealer/informer...but i think thats more of an american term - it works both ways.
    ant in the carpeton October 03, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationWell, yeah, morning soup makes lot of sense when you take in consideration what's happening in the video at that lyric and what happens in American big cities traffic. A morning soup can be avoided (You have to rush for, and stop having a morning soup, instead having a faster breakfast) if you take a highly congested traffic way. In other words, the bad manners at driving and the awful fast pace everyone has gained makes you stop taking your morning soup.
    That's my take on it.
    dizzyboy92on April 24, 2009   Link

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