"For Tomorrow" as written by Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Steven Alexander James and David Rowntree....
He's a twentieth century boy
With his hands on the rails
Trying not to be sick again
And holding on for tomorrow

London ice cracks on a seamless line
He's hanging on for dear life
And so we hold each other tightly
And hold on for tomorrow

Singing la, la la l-la, la, la la, l-la l-la la-la-la
La, la la l-la, la, la la, l-la l-la la-la-la
La, la la l-la, la, la la, l-la l-la la-la-la
Holding on for tomorrow

She's a twentieth century girl
With her hands on the wheel
Trying not to make you sick again
Seeing what she can borrow
London's so nice back in your seamless rhymes
But we're lost on the West way
So we hold each other tightly
And we can wait until tomorrow

Singing la, la la l-la, la, la la, l-la l-la la-la-la
La, la la l-la, la, la la, l-la l-la la-la-la
La, la la l-la, la, la la, l-la l-la la-la-la
Holding on for tomorrow

We're trying not to be sick again
And holding on for tomorrow

She's a twentieth century girl
Holding on for dear life
And so we hold each other tightly
And hold on for tomorrow

Singing la, la la l-la, la, la la, l-la l-la la-la-la
La, la la l-la, la, la la, l-la l-la la-la-la
La, la la l-la, la, la la, l-la l-la la-la-la
Holding on for tomorrow

Jim stops and gets out of the car
Goes to a house in Emperor's Gate
Through the door and to his room, and then he puts the TV on
Turns it off and makes some tea
Says modern life is rubbish

I'm holding on for tomorrow

Then Susan comes into the room
She's a naughty girl with a lovely smile
Says, 'let's take a drive to Primrose Hill
It's windy there, and the view's so nice.'
London ice can freeze your toes, like anyone, I suppose

You're holding on for tomorrow


Lyrics submitted by Demau Senae, edited by joops, tpfang56

"For Tomorrow" as written by David Rowntree Damon Albarn

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  • +2
    General CommentI was so pleased when I saw that this song is on the Best Of (it really is a great compilation). Anyway, it seems to be a pretty simple song about trying to cope with life as a young poor person in freezing London.
    ReActoron January 13, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis is my favourite song in the world!

    I'm going to take a different angle. I think this is a patchwork, a montage of London, and and what makes London/being a Londoner so great. I think it's a celebration of London retaining it's character in the midst of widespread early 90's Americanisation.
    BombTheBourgeoisieon March 22, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is yet another stereotypical Blur song debating about the materiality and meaning of life. The violins are brilliant, as are Damon's lyrics "Modern life, well it's rubbish". I saw him later say on TV that if we couldn't understand that, there was no point explaining it. Enough said.
    Mainstreeton June 02, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti agree with reactor, except for Damon (and the rest of the band) are all middle class art school children.
    Azraeldrahon March 06, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOnly Graham and Alex went to art school (Goldsmith's). Damon is a drama school dropout.
    nicscarleton February 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAn absolute classic
    propheton September 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti concur
    big_bad_Soco_fanon April 02, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Holding on for dear life" is a reference to watching the world whizz by while you take a back seat. Which is something i try to do more and more since hearing this song.
    StickDogon October 16, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is an amazing song. I love the bit where Damon sings too bits at once. I hope this kinda song appear on their new album due for realease around spring 06.
    Britpopon March 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGoogle image search 'Primrose Hill'. Some little beauty has written 'And the views so nice' on the brow of the hill. Awesome.

    One of the best blur songs lyrically i reckon:
    "then he puts the TV on, turns it off and makes some tea, says "Modern Life well it's Rubbish, i'm holding of for tomorrow!"

    Absolute genius.
    gininteacups1on March 13, 2007   Link

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