Emma tried to run away,
I followed her across the city,
She went out to the Easter house,
Because she liked the sound of it.

She didn't have a single penny,
She stuck a finger in the air,
She tried to flag down an airplane,
I suppose she needs a holiday.

I put my arm around her waist,
She put me on the ground with Judo,
She didn't recognize my face,
She wasn't even looking.

Laura's feeling just ideal,
Her horoscope was nearly perfect,
She's thinking of something to do,
Because she is The Birthday Girl.

She walked out to the edge of town,
She saw me lying in the park,
She took Emma by the hand,
They've got a lot in common.

I'll leave them to do what they want,
I'll leave them to do what they need to,
I'll go and play with words and pictures,
I'll admit I'm feeling strange.

I'm not as sad as Dostoevsky,
I'm not as clever as Mark Twain,
I'll only buy a book for the way it looks,
And then I stick it on the shelf again.

Now I could tell you what I'm thinking,
But it never seems to do you good,
It's beyond me what a girl can see,
I'm only lucid when I'm writing songs.

This is just a modern rock song,
This is just a sorry lament,
We're four boys in corduroys,
We're not terrific but we're competent.

Stevie's full of good intentions,
Richards into rock 'n' roll,
Stuart's staying in and he thinks it's a sin,
That he has to leave the house at all.

This is just a modern rock song,
This is just a tender affair,
I count "three, four" and then we start to slow,
Because a song has got to stop somewhere.

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  • +2
    General Commenti love the movie i watch in my head everytime i listen to this.
    Cool Cozon February 26, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this tune, especially since they demonstrate that they aren't above mocking themselves.
    Palemovieon January 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBrilliant song. I guess the common person haven't even heard of this band, but it would definitely not be a good idea to hear this song.
    Wicked!on February 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song, clearly it's about the band simultaneously mythologising and mocking themselves, but it disappoints me that they changed the lyrics slightly from an earlier session version. Originally, the line 'I'm only lucid when I'm writing songs' went 'I'm only lucid when I'm riding buses', which is a far superior line. Of course, it could just be that riding on city buses for a hobby is sad, and the band don't want to be accused of that.
    ntwjoneson March 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a wonderful song, even though I have no idea why I find it so completely devastating to listen to. Help.
    DTOon March 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of my favourite songs.
    I love almost every milisecond on this tune.
    It's even my ring tune.
    bjorton June 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentPerhaps they changed the "lucid" line to make it more of a modern rock song. Dumbing down seems to be the modern thing after all.
    RyanTChaseon July 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is the song to which all other B&S songs are now compared. it's pretty much a landmark in the band's career
    TearsforAffairson September 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentin my opinion, best belle and sebastian song EVA.
    screenwriteon October 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIs it just me, or is there a bit of lesbian subtext in this song? "She took Emma by the hand, they got a lot in common... I'll leave them to do what they will, I'll leave them to do what they need to"
    gardensinbloomon December 22, 2006   Link

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