"Loretta Young Silks" as written by Liam Coverdale-howe, Chris Corner, Ian Pickering and Bill Withers....
Got answers for everyone, endless excuses
Not habit for anyone, ‘cause I'm trying to break your click-track heart
Seen a vision of perfect grace, airbrushed and lifeless
All contempt and aftertaste, it's like I'm waiting for the scars to heal

You're so loretta young silks, fashioning your self escape
You're so loretta young silks, trading on your super waif
All style before content, using me as bait
You're so loretta young silks, swapping your love for hate

Soft focus for full appeal, pictured as flawless
No context for self esteem, I'd be pushed to give your love on that
As far as the eye can see: too much perfection
Pure substance for wannabes, keeps you beating to a click-track heart

You're so loretta young silks, fashioning your self escape
You're so loretta young silks, trading on your super waif
All style before content, using me as bait
You're so loretta young silks, swapping your love for hate

You're so loretta young silks, swapping your love for hate
(You're so Loretta young silks,) swapping your love for hate
(You're so Loretta young silks,) swapping your love for hate


Lyrics submitted by Super Sapien

"Loretta Young Silks" as written by Chris Corner Liam Coverdale-howe

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Peermusic Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • +2
    General CommentLoretta Young's cameraman created a technique to soften and enhance her image by placing silk stockings over the camera lens. The resulting image of Loretta was much softer and idealized. Also, Loretta was a symbol of vanity and decadence in her time, known for her elaborate clothes and make-up.
    Loretta Young represents an impossible, idealized image. In the context of the song she represents the vanity, shallowness, and obsession with perfection that a girl has.

    Or at least thats my opinion. =)
    rcs2169on June 08, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe lyrics for this song are WRONG.

    see below.


    Got answers for everyone, endless excuses
    Not habit for anyone, cos I'm trying to break your click-track heart
    Seen a vision of perfect grace, airbrushed and lifeless
    All contempt and aftertaste it's like I'm waiting for the scars to heal

    You're so Loretta young silks, fashioning your self-escape
    You're so Loretta young silks, trading on your superwaif
    All style before content, using me as bait
    You're so Loretta young silks, swapping your love for hate

    Soft focus for full appeal, pictured as flawless
    No context for self-esteem, I'd be pushed to give you love on that
    As far as the eye can see : too much perfection
    Pure substance for wannabes, keeps you beating to a click-track heart

    You're so Loretta young silks, fashioning your self-escape
    You're so Loretta young silks, trading on your superwaif
    All style before content, using me as bait
    You're so Loretta young silks, swapping your love for hate

    You're so Loretta young silks, fashioning your self-escape
    You're so Loretta young silks, trading on your superwaif
    All style before content, using me as bait
    You're so Loretta young silks, swapping your love for hate

    You're so Loretta young silks, swapping your love for hate
    You're so Loretta young silks, swapping your love for hate
    You're so Loretta young silks, swapping your love for hate
    You're so Loretta young silks, swapping your love for hate
    winstonon June 07, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIf i'm not mistaken, Loretta Young was a famous actress in the early 1930s. It sounds like he is comparing someone to Loretta Young in the sense that the girl is acting most of the time, she is fake and she puts on a show for everyone, never really showing who she really is however everyone seems to see through her. Everyone knows how truly fake she is so she isn't really fooling anyone at all but instead making herself look stupid.
    Deathcab4Chrissyon May 26, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYeah, so aren't we supposed to discuss the MEANING of the lyrics?
    I think this song is about a supershallow girl who hides and protects herself from feeling anything by being aggressive (swaping your love for hate) and with fashion.
    ximenaton December 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is amazing; Sneaker Pimps are amazing. I'm addicted to more or less every song they push out the door, but this is by far one of my favorites.
    wavesineon June 02, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGot answers for everyone, endless excuses
    Not habit for anyone, cos I'm trying to break your click-track heart
    Seen a vision of perfect grace, airbrushed and lifeless
    All contempt and aftertaste it's like I'm waiting for the scars to heal

    You're so Loretta young silks, fashioning your self-escape
    You're so Loretta young silks, trading on your superwaif
    All style before content, using me as bait
    You're so Loretta young silks, swapping your love for hate

    Soft focus for full appeal, pictured as flawless
    No context for self-esteem, I'd be pushed to give you love on that
    As far as the eye can see : too much perfection
    Pure substance for wannabes, keeps you beating to a click-track heart

    You're so Loretta young silks, fashioning your self-escape
    You're so Loretta young silks, trading on your superwaif
    All style before content, using me as bait
    You're so Loretta young silks, swapping your love for hate

    You're so Loretta young silks, fashioning your self-escape
    You're so Loretta young silks, trading on your superwaif
    All style before content, using me as bait
    You're so Loretta young silks, swapping your love for hate

    You're so Loretta young silks, swapping your love for hate
    You're so Loretta young silks, swapping your love for hate
    You're so Loretta young silks, swapping your love for hate
    You're so Loretta youn
    winstonon June 07, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWinston's right. I think it's pretty obvious to everyone except Supersapien that it's "fashioning your self-escape", not "Fashiooning yourself as gay".

    Deathcab seems to have a good interpretation. The 'Silks' tie in to the idea of 'fashion', putting up a false front.
    shadowwiththeeyeson January 10, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThere is a tune on the new record called "LORETTA YOUNG SILKS" after the practice, invented by her cameraman, of placing silk stockings over the lens to achieve a soft focus. The song is about vanity and soft focussing yourself and, as such has nothing to do with Loretta herself but out of idle curiosity we went on to the official Loretta Young site and downloaded a pic of her that looked back at us every day. Sneaker Pimps do not believe in the pre-destined but there was something pretty spooky about the fact that she died the very day we left the house.Howe affirms. “I think in that way we are quite obsessed with tragic forms like Loretta Young; she was someone opposite of the character she portrayed.”
    thornykinson July 19, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWOW winston is SOO RIGHT the lyrics on like 4 sites I have been too say the "you sell Loretta Young Silks" lyrics but the lyrics in the wrong one say "Not happy for anyone" and when you listen carefully it MOST DEFINITELY SAY "HABBIT" fuck, I hate when someone gets the lyrics way wrong cause there are a lot of other little words that are way wrong like "no CONTEST for self-esteem" when it clearly says "CONTEXT" jesus... lol
    raspyon December 24, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti've always thought the line was actually "you sew loretta young silks." it sounds right, goes with the line that follows it, and unlike the alternative "you're so loretta young silks"(??), it makes logical sense.

    though i might be wrong.
    quarantinedon January 17, 2006   Link

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