"Swing The Heartache" as written by Daniel Gaston Ash, Kevin Haskins, David Jay and Peter John Murphy....
Out of her mouth it came as no surprise
Lipstick stained on whipcream lies
I feel that if I had been uglier
It would have been easier

There it sat, blinked and spat
In a black feather hat
And said "the rat"
I now possess quasi success

But she wants to be a better singer
Swing the Heartache
Just for her sake
But she wants to be a better singer
Swing the Heartache
Just for her sake

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"Swing the Heartache" as written by Kevin Haskins Daniel Gaston Ash

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    General CommentI'm guessing most of this is ideas taken from the cartoon movie The Devil and Daniel Mouse, which influenced several Bauhaus songs. Dan and Jan are folk singers and the devil overhears Jan lamenting about not being a better singer and makes an offer to make Jan famous. She sells her soul but regrets it later when the devil comes to collect. She wants to be a better singer as well as the title Swing the Heartache are almost certainly references to that movie.

    Bauhaus actually lifts the part where she sells her soul for the song Party of the First Part which came out around the same time (on the Peel Sessions and some versions of The Sky's Gone Out).
    Schnarron April 12, 2017   Link
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    General Commentanother song about broken love but another of my favourites
    sanityassassinon January 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentObviously about a breakup. The line "but she wants to be a better singer" might refer to their relationship, now being an experience of the past, will now become nothing more to her than fodder for song, at his expense.
    LuvMartinGoreon August 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentUnrealistic expectations suck.
    Wonder Nedon August 26, 2008   Link

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