Well I kept fantasizing your eyes were wide open
and it made me long for little last night
Yes it was frantic, it was young, it was sweet
But a sweet worth every bite

Now I'm not normally one to be greedy
But I had to be greedy with you
5 days, 6 days. the whole of the month
wouldn't satisfy my only sweet tooth

Well it can take many years to forge a friendship
It can take a lifetime to get close
But we took all the shortcuts,
used our hearts as a map
and we still got closer than most

hey hey
hey hey hey hey
hey hey hey hey
hey hey hey hey

Well excuse my staring but it's just your looks
are a standard well above myself
Your face might mean zip to you
But to me it's something else

All I can do is thank you
and wish that every dream you have will come true
5 years, 6 years, the whole of your life
I'll be wishing for the riches for you


You dashed pretty's only chance of a compliment
and gave the plain the blues
Turned supermodel into last year's pull
and got her down shining your shoes

And I don't mean to be hod carrier
of the ordinary folks bad news
But tell Miss World to fly to Mars
If she really doesn't like to lose.


Lyrics submitted by Bobo192

"Closer Than Most" as written by Paul Heaton Dave Rotheray

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General CommentPersonally I think it's about rushing into a relationship but having a great time doing so. Could be biased though - that's exactly what I did!
    ThatKidSteveon August 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAlright, so I'm having a hard time with this song. Partially because the words keyed in for the lyrics here are wrong, and I can't remember all the right ones. At any rate, I can't come up with an interpretation for the right ones either. Anybody got anything?
    bodymekon November 05, 2008   Link
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    General CommentBodymek - most of the lyrics are correct, give or take a few words.
    I think this song is about the love of a guy for one of his close friends, she doesn't quite get it and only sees the friendship, using his compliments as a pick me up "Your desperate, his only chance of a compliment". He's just happy to be closer to her than most people are even if it is only as a friend and when he says "I couldn't count the years that I've been waiting
    I wouldn't like to guess at what I've been missing" I think maybe she's finally given him a chance and he's saying that he's been waiting for this a long time and feels like he has been missing out but it's okay now because he has her.
    Becka_on January 16, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationI have a slightly different take than Becka_, and I would tend agree with ThatKidSteve. The first two paragraphs clearly suggests a romance based more on sexual attraction, that is if you will consider sweet tooth and sugar rush loaded with meaning. On the other hand, and here's the almost eeriely scientific thing, that it is now well known at times of stress, the body craves for sugar rich snacks, especially when "when" working late nights. Now that may sound far fetched but it is a fact based on genetic research. My whole point is that besides being a song apparently wishing only well, and complimenting an ex-lover, or a partner with whom one has had an intense but difficult and short lived affair, there's always this undercurrent of a disaster brewing.

    The song seems to a sort of "Dear Jane" letter (the reverse of a Dear John, that is)... a personal declaration looking for closure;despite the compliments the author of the song has for the subject in question, and those compliments are not to belittled what with his honest opinion about how much he appreciates her looks that even Miss World would be second place to her in his eyes, it's pretty clear that the affair has not worked because the one receiving the compliment has refused to take it as nothing but exaggeration ("...your face might mean zip to you"). In fact, there's a considerable amount of emotional pain and frustration in the way the song is sung: the oblique yet over exaggerated compliments should be heights of romanticism, except they are delivered in a matter of fact style,... and towards the end, it seems the singer even breaks down ...
    gRayMatterson January 07, 2012   Link

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