"Blue Jeans" as written by Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Steven Alexander James and David Rowntree....
Air cushioned soles
I bought them on the Portbello Road on a Saturday
I stop and stare awhile
A common pastime when conversation goes astray

And don't think I'm walking out of this
She don't mind
Whatever I say, whatever I say
I don't really want to change a thing
I want to stay this way forever

Blue, blue jeans I wear them every day
There's no particular reason to change
My thoughts are getting banal, I can't help it
But I won't pull out hair another day

And don't think I'm walking out of this
She don't mind
Whatever I say, Whatever I say
I don't really want to change a thing
I want to stay this way forever
If you don't mind
Whatever I say, Whatever I say
I don't really want to change a thing
I want to stay this way forever

You know it's to be with you
Don't give up on me yet
Don't think I'm walking out of this
She don't mind
Whatever I say, Whatever I say
I don't really want to change a thing
I want to stay this way forever
If you don't mind
Whatever I say, Whatever I say
I don't really want to change a thing
I want to stay this way forever

You know it's to be with you


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"Blue Jeans" as written by David Rowntree Steven Alexander James

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  • +6
    Song MeaningThe song's specifically written about Damon Albarn living in Nottinghill with Justine Frischmann. It's mentioned in an interview here: guardian.co.uk/music/2009/jun/13/…

    "He mentions Blue Jeans, a song from Modern Life Is Rubbish (1993), written in the first flush of his relationship with Justine Frischmann. Until their break-up in 1998, the two of them shared a house in Notting Hill and jointly plotted the ideas that initially defined Britpop, before Oasis took it somewhere else entirely. The song mentions Dr Martens and Portobello Road, before a chorus in which he sings, "I want to stay this way for ever".

    "Blue Jeans just makes me feel like being in love, and moving to this part of London, and falling in love with the place," he tells me. "There's an innocence to it. It sounds like being 23.""
    echoloton February 20, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI love how low key this song is. It'll just float around forever in obscurity as one of the great Blur songs that not many people remember. That's what I tend to think about when I hear it, and it adds a melancholy beauty to the whole thing.
    ReActoron September 18, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is a very beautiful songs and one of the highlihgts of the M.L.I.R. album.It's about an ordinary man who does the same things everyday even though they're getting "banal".But he seems he content with his world and the way he despite what others might think.
    Joekubrickon June 15, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOne of my favourites on MLIR - someone who's currently living a pretty simple life but is really in love with a girl. He doesn't want things to change in the relationship even though it's inevitable given things he may have already done or said.
    phys2104on September 05, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYeah, I agree, about a guy who doesnt want his life to change, even when he realises its "banal". That seems to be a common thread through "Modern Life is Rubbish" - most of the songs have characters who seem content, even though they see life as dull.

    Blue jeans seems the best example of this. By the great escape, all the characters are unhappy. Parklife is kind of a mix of the two themes - taking the good and the bad (most evident i think in "parklife" girls & boys and to the end)
    im_the_man37on April 07, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with Joekubrick, to some extent, it seems to be about someone who knows he should be happy in his relationship, but he can't be content because he knows that it will change, and he fears that.
    lookon May 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is so cool!! It's one of my favourite slow blur ones.
    Geeballs14on December 14, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat song!!!
    _space_on July 11, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOooh I love this song...in fact I love all of MLIR (aprart from miss america)- I think it's about a love of the simple life in London.
    BombTheBourgeoisieon March 22, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe song has a personal meaning for me. It seems to be about a man who is in a romantic relationship with a fairly passive woman. She accepts everything he says and uncritically goes along with his plans. He may be a bit boring, but on the whole things are going well. He wants everything to stay the same forever - but we know how that goes, don't we? The music and vocal harmonies add a mellow beauty to it.

    At one point I was involved with someone and I was listening to Blur a lot at the time, including this song. My girl was pretty easy to get along with, and mostly accepted the things I said and wanted to do. I was unaware at the time that she had begun scheming how to end things between us. And that is why I like the first comment here, the one that refers to the interview with Albarn. It makes me think he went thru something similar.
    Dreadnowton December 06, 2016   Link

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