"Badhead" as written by Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Steven Alexander James and David Rowntree....
So far I've not really stayed in touch
Well, you knew as much, it's no surprise that today
I'll get up around two
From a lack of anything to do

And I might as well just grin and bear it
'Cause it's not worth the trouble of an argument

And you've not really stayed in touch
Well, I knew as much it's no surprise that today
I'll get up around two with nothing to do
Except get a touch of flu

And I might as well just grin and bear it
'Cause it's not worth the trouble of an argument
And in any case I'd rather wear it
It's like a bad head in the morning

And I know

And I might as well just grin and bear it
'Cause it's not worth the trouble of an argument
And in any case I'd rather wear it
It's like a bad head in the morning

So I might as well just grin and bear it
'Cause it's not worth the trouble of an argument
And in any case I'd rather wear it
You're like a bad head in the morning

And I know


Lyrics submitted by Demau Senae, edited by Mellow_Harsher

"Badhead" as written by David Rowntree Alexander James

Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

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  • +3
    My InterpretationThis is probably one of the hardest Blur songs to decipher the meaning, but I think I have the basic premise.

    Like def_linus said, it's about two friends who haven't really kept in touch with each other. Because there isn't much excitement going on (due to lack of jobs, lack of school, ect), both are too apathetic to keep human relationships because they are too busy being alone themselves. Because there is nothing to do, they seclude themselves from the rest of the world in their homes, and entertain themselves by watching tv or going on the internet and wasting time, forgetting calling each other, not because they dislike each other but because they're too lazy to call. But this boredom isn't a good thing, because even though in the beginning they like the loneliness, they eventually get depressed because of the loneliness and regret it, "Well I knew as much it's no surprise that today/I get up for round two with nothing to do/Except get a touch of flu". But even though they both know that they should call because that would be better for their social life and they wouldn't be as bored, they've gotten used to the apathy, and would rather "grin and bear it/Because it's not worth the trouble of an argument". Their friendship is of immense importance when they're around each other, but when apart they don't care for each other enough to call and keep in touch. Their relationship is that they only remain friends because they laugh at each other's jokes, "And in any case i'd rather wear it/It's like a badhead in the morning" (a badhead being the awful hair do you have when you get up, it makes you laugh but really it's not that big a deal).

    So, in short, their friendship according to the narrator isn't that deep or important, and he'd rather be in complete seclusion than try to have a human relationship because that's easier than having to call and care about people. Their relationship is "Not worth the trouble of an argument". He'd rather wear/bear the boredom of being alone than remain friends with someone who doesn't interest them immensly.

    I personally can really relate to this song, especially during winter break now, because I haven't called anybody. Like most Blur songs, it's very sad and observational.
    therussianlunchladyon January 09, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI used to think this song was about being unemployed and your parents giving you a hard time. probably not the true meaning.
    phifedawgon April 17, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBrass band beginning: I love it. That's one thing I've always loved of British music. Chumbawamba also uses brass a lot in their music.

    "It" seems like the mystical part of this song... "grin and bear IT" and "I'd rather wear IT" and "IT's like a badhead in the morning." Whatever IT is, it's not worth the trouble of an arguement.

    Any ideas of what IT could be?

    The rest of the song seems like it could be talking about a lazy day of summer vacation, but I'm sure that's not what he's referring to.
    Behold999on May 29, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSorry, but the lyrics at the top of the page are wrong. "I'll get up around two". Its even in the cd sleeve.
    As for the song itself, pass....
    StickDogon October 16, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsure the lyrics are wrong, but (to me at least) the wrong words still sorta work.
    pumkinhedon November 21, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song... Behold999, i wonder what "IT" is as well. in my mind it sounds like he's talking about being forced to spend time with someone he truly dislikes. but out of formality, fear of confrontation, he just grins and bears it... just an idea though! all hail blur!
    pollyethyleneon June 16, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat song. i think it's just about having nothing to do everyday and having lost touch with a good friend you spend a lot of time with. and you just grim and bear it and you get cranky and it's not worth getting into an argument with anyone about your life. cause it's about nothing.
    def_linuson December 31, 2005   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI agree with def_linus on that it's about having lost touch with a friend . Neither of the two have really stayed in touch, which you can blame on the other person or on yourself. You might start out blaming yourself, but then realize that the other person hasn't stayed in touch with you either. Or maybe you did try to keep in touch, but gave up because your attempts didn't have any effect. This could also make you feel that, eventhough you care, there's no use in arguing about it, it's just not worth the the trouble since you've already tried to make it work and didn't succeed. Besides, arguing might not even solve anything at all. So you just grin and bear it.

    To me it seems that the "it" is just losing the friendship.

    Also, i think these are the correct lyrics:

    So far i've not really stayed in touch
    Well you knew as much it's no surprise that today
    I'll get up around two from a lack of anything to do

    And I might as well just grin and bear it
    Because it's not worth the trouble of an argument

    And you have not really stayed in touch
    Well I knew as much it's no surprise that today
    I get up for round two with nothing to do
    Except get a touch of flu

    And I might as well grin and bear it
    Because it's not worth the trouble of an argument
    And in any case i'd rather wear it
    It's like a badhead in the morning

    And I know

    And I might as well grin and bear it
    Because it's not worth the trouble of an argument
    And in any case i'd rather wear it
    It's like a badhead in the morning

    And I might as well grin and bear it
    Because it's not worth the trouble of an argument
    And in any case i'd rather wear it
    You're like a badhead in the morning

    (changes:
    early too->around two (3rd line)
    It's -> You're (last line)
    brainisinthedirton December 05, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah... i like the sweet, sad tune....sssooo sweeet, sssooo saaaaad..... yeaaahhh... ive been wondering what IT is too....
    iloveiguanason September 09, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNow iloveiguans, IT is his friend sort of......... Him and his freind haven't stayed in touch and they don't call not because they don't care but both are too lazy to call so they just watch tv or surf the web, It is that he is mad at his friend (your like a bad head in the morning) (I might as well just grin and bear it cause it's not worth the trouble of an argument) He just excepts it and loses his friend...... I love this song as much as another Blur song She's So High :)
    Sergant123on September 09, 2011   Link

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