And you
Were right to bide your time
And not buy into my misery
Well the good things are never free
Do the colours of the rainbow
Look the same to everyone

An' I
Was rushing round in circles
For a reason to believe
Wipe the slime from off your sleeve
You could follow me for weeks
And I'm not going anywhere

Sometimes it's hard to love someone
Until the day that they are gone

An' I
Just had a dream the other night
I was married to the queen
And Madonna lived next door
I think she took a shine to me
And the kids were all grown up
But I had to turn her down
'Cause I was still in love with you

I'm turning Madonna down
I'm calling it my best move
I'll get her tickets for what she needs

Remember doing nothing
On the night, Sinatra died
And the night, Jeff Buckley died
And the night, Kurt Cobain died
And the night, John Lennon died
I remember I stayed up
To watch the news with everyone

And that was a lot of nights
And that was a lot of lives
Who lost the tickets to what they need

An' I
Was busy finding answers while
You just got on with real life
Always hoped you'd be my wife
But I never found the time
For the question to arrive
I just disguised it in a song

And songs
Are never quite the answer
Just a soundtrack to a life
That is over all too soon
Helps to turn the days to night
While I was wrong and you were right

And this was a lesson learned
I'm happy to be your fool
And get your tickets to what you need

I'm turning the lights down low
I'm ready to make my move
I'll get you tickets to what you need

Lyrics submitted by Shadee01

You Were Right Lyrics as written by Damon Michael Gough

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    General CommentI first heard this song in late 2002 on satellite radio.

    The meaning:

    The first verse is the only one that starts with “You” meaning his former lover. The first verse and open line are his confessions of guilt. He questions his, and our, perspective by asking “do the colors of the rainbow look the same to everyone?” He admits that the relationship and he lacked a destination. “You could follow me for weeks…“ He then states that he now realizes the value the relationship had, but can only realize it in retrospect. “Sometimes….”

    His dream refers to his realization that he would rather have a real relationship with a worthy woman “Married to the Queen” instead of a fantasy that could never be real. “Madonna; took a shine to me”

    He sings of the deaths of other singers. This illustrates death, the passage of time and, most importantly, his maturation.

    He realizes that he did not invest enough in his relationship because he was distracted by other things “Busy finding answers”. He realizes that he did care enough about this other person to have considered marriage. He also realizes that he allowed life to overwhelm him and never did find the courage to change his situation. He realizes that he can only have this relationship in nostalgia and in a song…he uses his songs and music as a coping mechanism.

    He has learned and grown from this experience but he still whishes for the good thing he had with his old lover.
    whit_jron January 12, 2013   Link
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    General CommentThis song is amazing, i first heard a very different version while watching him play at T in the park last summer. After the lines about lennon, etc he sang "and the night Joe stummer died" it was amazing! he added lots of other lines to it aswell. the whle performance was superb!
    sOCS479on November 05, 2004   Link
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    General CommentAmazing song, great lyrics.. so meaningful. I like it how he puts proposing into the song slyly. *thumbs up*
    bethan02ukon March 29, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAmazing song, great lyrics.. so meaningful. I like it how he puts proposing into the song slyly. *thumbs up*
    bethan02ukon March 29, 2005   Link
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    General CommentSimply f-ing great! One of his best which is saying something. Utterly listenable again and again.

    Great lyrics and beautiful message...
    rputteron April 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI first heard this and was really disappointed. Now I love it. Its a grower.
    Kraliaon April 06, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI can't believe more people havn't posted stuff about this song. I think this is one of Badly Drawn Boy's best songs. When I feel crap I put this song on, crank up the volume and it always makes me feel better, or at least reassured; I think that's the message of the song.
    rustlerthehustleron June 22, 2005   Link
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    General Commentso many great lines in one song! i like the subtle message too. when i heard the line about john lennon, i realized what a sad song it is: missing opportunities and mortality (sometimes it's hard to love someone till the day they are gone).
    findsomepeaceon August 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think that this song is quite humble particularly with the title "You Were Right". In it he suggests that he has been wallowing about not achieving things in life in the way he hoped and his poor girlfriend has got really fed up with how pointless his misery seems. Anyhow, it seems that she has now made him see sense and that the most important thing in his life is being with her. He now realises that he wants to be happy and build a good life with her.

    In other words, he is suggesting that this is what true love's about, having someone to help keep you down to earth and, of course, appreciating each other. I played this song a lot leading up to my wedding as it was particularly meaningful to me then.
    Steely_blueon October 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentDefinitely my favourite Badly Drawn Boy song and quite possibly one of my favourite songs ever. I don't know, just something about the desperation and the ongoing story in the lyrics gets me. Plus just about every song is improved by a whistling solo.

    I think it's about unrequited love, or if not completely unrequited, then him still being in love with a girl who has moved on because his life is so stagnant (something he realises along the way in the song). He still loves her but, like most of the other things in his life, he's never really gotten around to telling her that it's an absolute truth and asking her to marry him.

    This song has such a beautiful flow to it. I just... love it. Completely.
    xanyaon January 02, 2006   Link

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