The handclaps that can be heard on this song belong to Liam Gallagher of Oasis....
I wander lonely streets
Behind where the old Thames does flow
And in every face I meet
Oh reminds me of what I have run from

In every man, in every hand
In every kiss, you understand
That living is for other men
I hope you two will understand

I've gotta tell you my tale
Of how I loved and how I failed
I hope you understand
These feelings should not be in the man

In every child, in every eye
In every sky, above my head
I hope that I know
So come with me to bed

Because it's you and me, we're history
There ain't nothing left to say
When I will get you alone

Maybe we could find a room
Where we could see what we should do
Maybe you know it's true
Living with me's like keeping a fool

In every man, in every hand
In every kiss, you understand
That living is for other men
I hope you know that I am me, so come on

I'm thinking about history
And I'm living for history
And I think you know about me
'Cause I am

And one and one is two
But three is company
When you're thinking about the things you do
And you're thinking about the things you do

I want to tell you my tale
How I fell in love and jumped out on my bail
Do you understand there's more in a smile than in a hand

In every sky, in every kiss
There's one thing that I might have missed
Why am I going to
A place that now belongs to you

But you were weak and so am I
Let's pick it up, let's even try
To live today, so why not smile
Don't dream away your life 'cause it is mine, it is mine
Is that a crime, is that a crime, this life is mine
But the bed ain't made, it's filled full of hope
I've got a skin full of dope
Oh the bed ain't made but it's filled full of hope
I've got a skin full of dope

Lyrics submitted by enola

"History" as written by Peter Salisbury Nick Mccabe

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  • +2
    General Commentthis is probly one of the greatest verve songs ever written and no one has commented on it...

    absolutely beautiful. xx
    rahtwinkleon October 05, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think this is how about how he loves this woman and she loves him back but she can't live with him because she lies a normal life where Ashcroft lives a depressed drugged up life. So she doesn't go with him even though she loves him and he can't understand why because he is caught up in how much he loves her and not in how bad his life is.
    crapmonkey470on February 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song, since I can really relate to it. Who can't? Everyone has longed for someone they can't have.
    knowthyselfon April 17, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song, but the entire first verse is a re-working of the poet William Blake's "London". It's worth having a look at that poem to see how Richard re-contextualises Blake. Check the link:…
    gson November 10, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti fink this song is about an ex that he wishes he could still see even though he knows she won't have him back,
    its aout unrequited love
    salty1690on March 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentabout**
    salty1690on March 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about his band breaking up the first time!
    DRUMCODEon December 21, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is such a good song, for some reason and I don't know why, but when the singer goes, "And one and one is two
    But three is company," hot damn, it gets me everytime. I just love the way Richard says it.
    suchaheroon June 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is beautiful on every level and it's scary how much I can relate to it. What it means to me? He wants to sew the wounds of a past relationship or friendship that was very close to being something more.

    I think it tops just about any break up song played on the radio.
    Halloween41on December 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis has to be one of Ashcroft's greatest works, deffinately about a lover walking away from him, an expression of him not being able to let go and the depression that he is overcome with as a result.
    lloydy007on March 14, 2007   Link

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