To think it was going so well
We'd go out at night come home and fight like hell
Good fights about big things
You know just pushing around in the dark

To think I was scared to open the box
New love on the doorstep isn't it funny there's nothing on how it works
Go on have a look inside
You won't know what you did without it

Well you slept
You met interesting people
And you slept with them
I'm up against the wall now

Hotel room, a silent phone
A packet of fags, a bottle of wine, a suitcase you call your own
When the darkness comes from the inside out
And even the barmen are pricks

Vitriol, the cigarettes
A long night of thinking and the search for the best vignettes
Yeah well it was good wasn't it
Then it got bad,p> Some say love it only comes once in a lifetime
Well once is enough for me
She was one in a million
So there's five more just in New south Wales

There's a show on the television now
A man in the jungle with monkeys, he's saying we've come so far
Yeah well it's news to me
I'd better go evolve now

To think it was going to well
We'd go out at night come home and fight like hell
Good fights about big things
Like "who wrote the book on men?"
Well it was me

I'm up against the wall now
And I'm afraid to say I must fail her

Lyrics submitted by doctorbeak

"Charlie No 1" as written by Michael Vidale Ian Hildebrand

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    General CommentTwo friends are walking home, fresh out of the pubs, and they're lamenting about their lost youth and wondering what the future holds.
    CompleteNirvanaon March 16, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits so sad cosa charlies future
    i wonder what happen tp the other guy
    dutch_angel_moion December 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is part of a trilogy (Charlie no. 1, Buy Now Pay Later (Charlie no. 2) and Charlie no. 3) that tell the story of Tim's best friend and former bandmate Stevie Plunder. This song in particular is just about the two friends and the good times they used to have. The ending is a hint of the troubled times that were to come - "and that's enough to care you don't fall off the rails" leads into Stevie's developing drug problem that is elaborated on in Buy Now Pay Later. Charlie no. 3, of course, then depicts the sad tale of Stevie's suicide in 1996, and how it affected Tim. I've always considered The Curse Stops Here as a bit of an epilogue to the Charlie trilogy, as it was written following the suicide of Tim's other best mate and bandmember Andy Lewis in 2000. It gives mention to Stevie in it, and just sort of wraps the whole ordeal up. It's a very sad topic.
    forgeryon November 20, 2012   Link

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