"All Your Life" as written by Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Steven Alexander James and David Rowntree....
Put a new T-shirt on, wash my face in beer
Fall through the crowd and disappear
In the teenage magazines and shopping malls
Walk through the wildlife for miles and miles

Hold my breath and count a hundred and ten
And back up the hill to start again
Watching spiders on the bedroom ceiling
They got big plans so they're not breathing

Feel the frisson of tomorrow today
I could get up but it won't go away
Do nothing to impress my friends
Just rub my eyes for hours on end

Oh England, my love, you lost me, made me look a fool
I need someone to tell me everything'll be alright
I need someone who'll hold me when the day turns to night
I need someone who loves me more than you do

Oh we say that's not true
And you and me in line as double bill
Surrogate heroes on TV and films
I've never met anyone like you

I've never done the things you like to do


Lyrics submitted by Demau Senae

"All Your Life" as written by David Rowntree Steven Alexander James

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

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    General CommentThis reminds me of a friend that I haven't heard from for too long. She sent me this song on a tape and every now and then I listen to it and remind myself to get back in touch. Aside from my story, it's a wonderful song that never loses its power for me.
    hang on to a dreamon May 27, 2002   Link
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    General CommentFirst of all the lyrics was not complete. Anyway, this was with the beetlebum single and beetlebum was their first single in the post britpop era. If you'll look at the lyrics of this song you'll notice the band's feelings toward the britpop movement. I.E. " Oh England, my love, you lost me, made me look a fool" & "Oh england, my love, you've tattooed your past all over me".
    friend_bon March 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis really should've opened their self-titled album. Beetlebum should've been the b-side, it's nowhere near as good.
    Masked Mouseon January 25, 2008   Link
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    Lyric Correctionhere are the complete lyrics:


    Put a new shirt on, wash my face in beer
    Fall through the crowd, and disappear
    In the teenage magazines, and shopping malls
    Walk through the wildlife for miles, and miles
    Hold my breath and count a hundred and ten
    And back up the hill to start again
    Watching spiders on the bedroom ceiling
    They got big plans, so they're not breathing
    Feel the frisson of tomorrow today
    I could get up but it won't go away
    Do nothing to impress my friends
    Just rub my eyes for hours on end
    Oh England, my love, you lost me, made me look a fool

    I need someone to tell me
    Everything'll be alright
    I need someone who'll hold me
    When the day turns to night
    I need someone who loves me
    More than you do
    Oh we say that's not true
    And you and me in line as double bill
    Surrogate heroes on TV and films

    I've never met anyone like you
    I've never done the things you like to do
    On the way to heaven in a comedy car
    The new stars of melancholia
    There's nothing to get angry about
    We're too hung over to be bad shout???
    Oh England, my love, you've tattooed your past all over me

    I need someone to tell me
    Everything'll be alright
    I need someone who'll hold me
    When the day turns to night
    I need someone who loves me
    More than you do
    Oh we say that's not true
    And you and me in line as double bill
    Surrogate heroes and welcome you will
    I've got a feeling that nobody's sold
    I've got a feeling that I should let myself go, go, go

    And days will be like this
    All your life
    digitalceremonieson October 06, 2010   Link
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    General CommentFirstly, I only just came across this song, and it's a real grower. It has a great tempo and wonderful hints of synthesizers audible in the chorus. Has anyone noticed its slight similarity to David Bowie's 'Oh, You Pretty Things?' You can tell that Bowie's an influence for Damon- he even seems to attempt to imitate his vocal style in this song.

    As for the lyrics, they seem to convey a growing disenchantment with England after the decline of the Britpop movement in the mid '90s. The song has an almost hungover feel to it, in addition to a sense of weary repetition: 'Put a new shirt on, wash my face in beer/Fall through the crowd, and disappear'

    By the song's conclusion, it has been made clear that Britpop no longer holds any interest for Blur, nor for Damon as an individual.
    In the early 1990s, Blur were essentially the definition of Britpop itself, with Damon as its pretty little poster boy. However, the later association between the two can be described as a relationship soured. In this vein, it can be argued that the 'you' Damon refers to in the chorus simply represents Britpop, and the 'me' Blur. He is propagating the idea of a 'breakup', stating that the connection between Blur and Britpop is no longer there ('I need someone who loves me/more than you do'), despite the fact that they were previously inextricably linked. ('You and me in line as double bill/Surrogate heroes on TV and films').

    digitalceremonieson October 06, 2010   Link

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