"Coming Second:" as written by and Guy Edward John/potter Garvey....
Found a hole and slipped on through
Kissed the stone and learnt the lines
Jumped the cue all the time forgetting you

Best disheveled lover 3 years running
Coming second to
A picket fence white 9-5 who's
Just alive

Beyond repair, there is nothing to say
Save some fading regrets
Yet I can't be without this
I want you to be around.

Spit-shone lies, juggled debts
Planted flags and made regrets.
Muddled through all the time
Forgetting you

Cut your teeth and breezed on to
Another brothers fickle ways
So why amazed when it don't
Come turn out your way

Lyrics submitted by bmerz

"Coming Second" as written by Guy Edward John Garvey Craig Lee Potter

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  • +2
    General CommentThis song, to me anyway, conjures up images of a man having an affair with a married woman - her husband being a man who's "just alive" - and the "picket fence white 9-5" being their domestic life together, as opposed to the life she leads with the singer of the song.

    The found a hole part deals with the singer finding the thing that was missing in this woman's relationship and providing it for her - thus finding a way into her heart, as it were.
    niteflite01on August 09, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAnyone think this sounds like Beetlebum by Blur?
    Songmeaningsuseron June 27, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoverwhelming fear of descending into desperate lonelieness? or not? the buzzing at the end is awesome though.
    joshuahorowitzon May 27, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think its about living with someone and forgetting them, suburban life, growing old i.e "white 9-5
    Whos just alive"
    also-lies, juggled debts
    Planted flags and made regrets
    liamoon September 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationComing second - it's about not coming in first. That is, his partner has moved on from him and his bohemian ways and settled for a 'normal' 9-5 kinda guy. He's jealous, he's hurt and he's working hard to cover it all up, but he can't hide some yearning for the new relationship with 'some other fickle brother' to fall apart.
    sevenswansailon August 23, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBest song on "Asleep In The Back".

    I love the little guitar twang.
    ThomYorkeGuyGarvey92on November 04, 2010   Link

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