Pull the final splinters
Of missing picture winters
You have to give yourself a break
What's the fascination
With lovers at the station
You have to tear yourself away

The dream again nobody understands
Walking through the long grass on your hands
It's not a job to do today
Sleep it off

Words to make her stay: you said
Leave me and the plants die
A panic smile across your face
Corrugated brow line
The hissing bitter punchline
Call when you can tie your lace

You rule my world my brother
You rule my world compare

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Not a Job Lyrics as written by Guy Edward John Garvey Craig Lee Potter

Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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    General CommentThis song, i think, is about a man who can't get over a girl. He must have written this right after a break-up with his girlfreind, and is lovesick. I do notice that whoever wrote these lyrics missed the lines in the background before "You rule my world...", there should be something else. I can't quite decipher them myself, but it sounds like he's saying "kissing in the porch light" over and over again, or maybe "he sings in the porch lamp", or "she stands in a porch light", I don't know. It wouldn't make very much since, but I can't think of anything else he's saying.
    Phrogexon June 10, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti think that he's repeating the line "bitter punchline" over and over. at least, that's what i (want to) hear.
    faded24on June 15, 2004   Link
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    General Commentit sounds like he's singing "hissing bitter punchline" before "you rule my world my brother." Actually I'm very sure of it. Also, this sounds like it could be a pretty good single.
    pumkinhedon December 08, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis is such a beautiful song, think it should be way more listened to. To me its about a damaged relationship with a woman, a dream that the relationship should be perfect - like you imagine others have when you see lovers at the station. but it's not, and that is the bitter punchline so many of us have had in our lives. Ending it is the job that is so hard, every day is not the day to do it.
    vger100on October 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentHaha the video for this. At the end Elbow are at a cemetary pretending to be all sad. They're doing a very good job, but I heard in an interview that Guy was having a lot of trouble stopping himself sniggering.
    (You don't want to try and get the video off limewire. Think of the dirty stuff that comes up when you type in "not a job.)
    louisagiffardon September 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI have officially lost my copy of this album, had to buy it off of iTunes so I could go straight to this song for this very moment:
    "A panic smile across your face
    Corrugated browline
    The hissing bitter punchline
    Call when you can tie your lace"
    what a beautiful picture of desperation and the heart breaking exploitation of someone's vulnerability. All in 4 lines.
    Loved Wembley too.
    humanoftheyearon March 20, 2009   Link
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    General CommentElbow are just immense :)
    HollyGayfaceon August 23, 2010   Link
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    General CommentAnyone any idea of the significance/meaning of "call me when you can tie your lace?"
    MMCaughon January 10, 2014   Link
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    General CommentI think it's a bout a guy who isn't dealing particularly well with a breakup. Hee knows he has to confront the issues but he can't can't face it "It's not a job to do today". Great track
    MMCaughon January 10, 2014   Link

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