All we ever wanted
Was everything
All we ever got
Was cold

Get up, eat jelly
Sandwich bars and barbed wire
And squash every week into a day

Oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh

The sound of the drum
Is calling
The sound of the drum
Has called

Flash of youth shoot out of darkness
Factory town

Oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh

Oh to be the cream
Oh to be the cream
Oh to be the cream
Oh to be the cream

Oh to be the cream
Oh to be the cream

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All We Ever Wanted Was Everything Lyrics as written by David Jay Daniel Gaston Ash

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  • +3
    General CommentI always thought the second line was "all we ever got was Gold". It made me think the song was about human greed. No matter how much you have "gold, jelly for breakfast, being the cream" of the crop socially, you still want more "everything". And the rest of us Factorytown have-nots eating sandwhich bars, barbed wire, and squash over and over desire to be that haves. Greed on all levels. No matter what you are given, you always want more.
    TdyYrLoveon October 29, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI agree with everyone's interpretations of the song being about Bauhaus growing up in Northampton- 'barbed wire', 'Factorytown'. This song is in a way similar to Bowie's Life On Mars song - sorry for another Bowie comparison, Bauhaus. But, instead of asking 'is there life on Mars?' (I wish I could move away, Mars is better than England), it goes on about the desire to escape through fame ('All we ever wanted was everything'). I mean, considering this is from their last album, where the band's split was being seen as almost inevitable at the time (I imagine), the song to me sounds like a reflection on Bauhaus's original motives in comparison to their feelings after releasing 3 well received albums. I think the 'All to be the cream' part refers to the idea of wanting to be the 'creme de la creme' (best of the best), which was most likely one of the bands original desires. That line, and the whole song in general, sounds like it's written from a retrospective viewpoint, suggesting that in their early years, Bauhaus were naive, and that towards the end of their musical career, their motives changed.
    musson October 25, 2014   Link
  • +2
    General Commentalot of Bauhaus's songs are about the mundanity of normal life. I think this one was about the industrial town the grew up in.
    Wauhauson July 22, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThey did play it during the last tour indeed, hopefully they will do so again during the upcoming tour. The song is very simple yet the words are very well chosen. It's about the point in life where routine has taken control and all days look the same, no nice perspectives, nothing to bring a spark into your life. "squash every week into a day" speaks for itself I think: very little happening, very little joys to be felt, as if time goes by slower than it really does.
    Cracked Pleasureson June 03, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFinding the surreal in boring reality. Reminds me of "Dirty Old Town".
    Wonder Nedon August 27, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is all I ever wanted
    DarkEntrieson May 24, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI do believe it's about growing in a factory town. Wanting to have a much different life and the only real glamour that the current surroundings offer is a guaranteed job with the promises of money. "Get up eat jelly, sandwhich bars and barbed wire," that's the repetitive bland breakfast before walking into the job that everyone you've ever known and will know works in. I will say that "to be the cream," is a mythology reference, since Murphy uses those a lot, which means the cream must be churned in order to be something, but if it doesn't it is just a mundane and non-risk taking life.
    BluePlaceboon March 05, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"These lyrics are an universal anthem for avoiding being trapped in a dull life" - Somebody on Youtube
    classicKingon November 08, 2018   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's about being trapped in the vise-like grip of average adulthood after (or while) dreaming of bigger, better things.

    Maybe we dream of being the cream of the crop, and maybe there was a moment when we were younger when success seemed possible, but guess what, now we're eating shitty prepackaged food and living the boring routine normie lives while scraping by, and we're trapped in it like everyone else.
    Mendalusa77on February 25, 2019   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnd why has no one commented on this?
    Very simple guitar, very simple lyrics and very simple drums combined to make a fantastic track. It captures the depressing essence of original goth music.
    BlackMagikon August 26, 2005   Link

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