I sat down and wrote this letter
Telling you that I felt better
Since you'd gone and I was free
I'm so happy
I have so little time to spare now
I'm wanted almost everywhere now
I make out like Casanova
Friends are always coming over
Signed my name as if I meant it
Sealed it with a kiss and sent it
The letter had improved my mood
Happy in my solitude
But halfway home I changed my tune
And when I saw my lonely room
The mirror caught my eye
When I sit down I cry
Big lie small world
Big lie small world
I had to intercept that letter
Telling you that I was better
I raced to catch the postman's van
He was leaving as I ran
I miss the bus I miss the train
I end up walking in the rain
Big dog chased me down the street
I hadn't had a bite to eat
Feeling sorry for myself
Wishing I was someone else
I walked across the city
'Cause I couldn't stand your pity
Big lie small world
Big lie small world
The place you live looks opulent
And obviously a higher rent
Than our cozy little room
I had this sense of doom
The landlord says you're out of town
That your new boyfriend's always around
The hour was getting late
So I sit down and wait
Here's the postman with my letter
Coming down the path, he'd better
Give that thing to me
I have to make him see
Begging doesn't do the trick
He thinks that I'm a lunatic
And then who comes upon the scene
But your new boyfriend Mr. Clean
I hit the postman, hit your lover
Grabbed the letter ran for cover
The police arrived in time for tea
Said they'd like to question me
I can only curse my fate
I have to face the magistrate
It hasn't been the best of days
I'd like to fly away
Big lie small world
Big lie small world

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Big Lie Small World Lyrics as written by Gordon Sumner

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    General CommentHere's for you, Callie.
    ThreexOveron May 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentTells me that I was forever beating my own time or you were doing it for me, Mr. Clean. Naturally that is merely a poetic analogy and not exactly an accurate one although you do have a knack for always coming out clean and unscathed in a rather miraculous manner!
    Gee... thanks.
    Don't mention it. I recall when I first read these lyrics I went racing through them, wondering if ... but, no.
    That would be far too easy for a cerebral pair like you. You really shouldn't feel cheated. And let's face it--this was just another one of your clever attempts to manipulate your way around me and frankly, I just couldn't let you get away with such shenanigans. Think of me--the challenged teacher! Think of yourself--scared of your mailbox.
    I figured someone! could think past you!!!
    Not a chance, baby.
    sillybunnyon July 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentLove letter
    with spelling misteaks
    Lips in eclipse
    Maybe it will snow ...
    sillybunnyon July 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI will bring you happy flowers from the mountains
    Bluebells, dark hazels and rustic baskets of kisses
    How you must have suffered getting accustomed to me!
    While the wind goes slaughtering butterflies
    I love you—and my happiness bites the plum of your mouth
    And you are sad, all at once, like a voyage
    Cling to me as though you were frightened
    In the moist night, my garment of kisses trembles

    I remembered you with my clenched heart
    The book fell and my heart rolled like a hurt dog at my feet
    Let me come and be still in your silence, sad and gentle doll
    In my sky at twilight you are like a cloud
    And your form and color are the way I love them
    Woman with sweet lips …
    And as I love you, the pines in the wind
    Want to sing your tale with their leaves of wire

    [paraphrased poetry]
    sillybunnyon September 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI used to laugh every time I heard this song, but I suppose it just means be careful what you say because lies have a way of coming back on you.
    DesertRose98on August 22, 2008   Link

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