English girls are pretty when they play guitar
Crazy like a day just breaking I ain't sure what for
Ain't got a mother or a father or a place to fall
She's got a brother in the blues,
But he doesn't know the blues at all
You said you didn't love me, it was right on time
I was just about to tell you, but ok, alright
Said you didn't love me, you didn't want a thing
English girls can be so mean

She's got pretty eyes as a pair of jewels
Falling down the Camden
Like a couple drunken criminals
She had a messy bedroom on the edge of town
I had never been good enough
To ever keep around
You said you didn't love me, it was right on time
I was just about to tell you, but ok, alright
Said you didn't love me, it didn't mean a thing
English girls can be so mean
But, oh, look at you now
Oh, look at you now
Mmm, best I've ever seen
Just a tall drink of water
Just pourin' down the sink

Tall drink of water, she's a Norfolk waterfall
Little daybreaker, she's shooting like a cannon ball
Crazy like a rocket when
You're coming through my radio,
Kept me in your bed till the winter time
Through the fall
Fall time come, and I guess my little bird can sing
Come on Elizabeth, come on Bethany
Come on forever, I'm tired and I want to sleep
My little dove flew away, and I'm guessing
She was done with me
You said you didn't love me, it was right on time
I was just about to tell you, but ok, alright
Said you didn't love me,
That you didn't want a thing
English girls can be so mean
But, oh, look at you now
Oh, look at you now
Mmm, best I've ever seen
Just a tall drink of water
Just pourin' down the sink

Kissed me on the lips but my heart just slept it off
Words may move,
But they're never movin' fast enough
Celebrate the differences
I'll celebrate the songs you sing
Just three words, my love
You meant everything
You meant everything
You meant everything
You meant everything


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English Girls Approximately Lyrics as written by RYAN ADAMS

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  • +3
    General Comment

    This song is about his relationship with Beth Orton. I just figured it out. She obviously really hurt him. It would suck to be a songwriter yourself and have another songwriter (your x) write a song about you. The lyric that made me understand this was "little daybreaker" the title of her album...and then the obvious "come on Elizabeth" as in Beth and the most obvious... she's English. Ok, I need to get a life, or become a celebrity gossip writer! I'm sure her next album will have an answer to him...or maybe she's just so over it by then!

    cdhound1on May 19, 2004   Link
  • +2
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    Yeah, Beth it is. Although the irony being that Norfolk is the flattest county in the entire land, so you will most likely never ever ever find a Norfolk waterfall as it has nowhere to fall.

    English girls are alright deep down - funny and messy, but we have stiff upper lips. At least, we're a better chase than Americans and smarter than the Canadians.

    _ellieon March 20, 2005   Link
  • +1
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    Isnt this song called "English Girls Approxamently"? I think it is just talking about feeling almost led on by a girl that he completely fell for and shes just oblivious or indifferent.

    dhelmon April 27, 2004   Link
  • +1
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    What can u say? Ryan Adams is simply an amazing singer/songwriter (especially when he sticks with this sort of genre), and this song is captivating... i just love how he gives abackground to the whole relationship and it's complexities, and has all these descriptive little lines, yet manages to sum it up so perfectly and simply at the end; "just three words my love; you meant everything". Brilliant!

    podson May 25, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    jesus...what a song.

    crazyburgeron May 04, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    that voice you hear with ryan is marianne faithfull (sp)...

    melancholyjenon August 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    English Girls can be and are mean. I think he wants some hugs but the English girl in question is resistant. I hate that shit.

    Starguitaron May 14, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    'Tall drink of water, she's a Norfolk waterfall' - Well Beth is from Norfolk - I've also felt it's about her the first time i listened to it.

    Time For Heroeson October 20, 2004   Link
  • 0
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    "Said you didn't love me, it was right on time I was just about to tell you, but OK, alright"

    i hear that... oy.

    science.is.sexyon November 06, 2004   Link
  • 0
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    A little longer than it needs to be, but damn, what a set up for the ending: "just three words my love..."

    davidecoyoteon November 11, 2004   Link

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