"Fifteen Years" as written by Simon Friend, Charles Kenton Heather, Mark Chadwick, Jonathan Sevink and Jeremy Cunningham....
I never was a violent man
Said the man in the bar with his head in his hands
Trying his best to understand the cause of his dismay
But years of gin have broken him
And left him cold where he fitted in
It's too late to turn around and find another way

All the lights in the late night lock-in
Fade away when he gets in
And the girl from fifteen years ago
Has packed and gone away
She said it'll never be what it used to be
What happened to all that energy
You took too many liberties, and I'm tired of being afraid
So night after night she took flight
Hiding swollen eyes and a wounded pride
The best years of her life denied, sold for liquid shares

The victims of this world, are advertised on posters
A beach and a pretty girl, if you just drink their potion
It's another week 'til his cheque comes through
He's got a fiver left to spend on food
But the doors of the bar are open, and he breaks another rule
He sits on the stool that bears his name
His favorite glass is called the same
And he's never kept waiting, 'cause he pays the landlord's wage

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"Fifteen Years" as written by Jeremy Cunningham Charles Kenton Heather

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    General CommentThis song is obviously about a man becoming addicted to Alcohol and henceforth losing his wife and job. The pain of losing his wife and job is causing him to drink more to comfort the grief.
    Mainstreeton July 21, 2002   Link
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    General CommentWhy are there so few comments about this band?

    I love the way their lyrics are very self explanitory, and tell stories, and i dont have to work out any deeper meaning.

    "And he's never kept waiting, 'cos he pays the landlord's wage " Is my favourate line, its sad and quite final, like most of their songs.

    Great band.
    MrHippyon June 18, 2005   Link
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    General CommentDefinately, and does any line sum this up better than "And he's never kept waiting, 'cos he pays the landlord's wage"
    WatkinGon January 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI always assumed there was an alternative reading whereby the alchoholic is a Tory MP, the late night lock-in is the bar of the house of Commons and the girl from 15 years ago is Maggie Thatcher but perhaps that's due to an accident of timing.
    ajk77on January 26, 2012   Link
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    My Opinionno interpretation needed. This songs says what it means to say. listen to the words as they are.
    jcstrange1984on February 18, 2014   Link

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