he's pining for her in a people carrier
there might be buildings and pretty things to see like that but architecture won't do
although it might say a lot about the city or town, i don't care what they've got keep on turning them down
it don't say the funny things she does, don't even try and cheer him up because it just won't happen

he's got the feeling again, this time on the aeroplane
there might be tellys on the back of the seats in front but rodney and del won't do..
although it might take your mind off the aches and the pains
laugh when he falls through the bar but you're feeling the same
cos she isn't there to hold your hand, she won't be waiting for you when you land

it feels like she's just nowhere near
you could well be out on your ear
this thought comes closely followed by the fear
and the thought of it makes you feel a bit ill

yesterday i saw a girl who looked like someone you might knock about with, and almost shouted
and then reality kicked in within us it seems as we become the winners
you lose a bit of summit, and half wonder if you won it at all

and don't say owt cos you've got no idea
and she's still nowhere near
and the thought comes closely followed by the fear
and the thought of it makes you feel a bit ill

despair in the departure lounge, it's one and they'll still be around at three
no signal and low battery
what's happened to me

Lyrics submitted by dave_1987

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    My OpinionListening to this song makes me wonder why their new stuff cannot capture this kind of poignancy; or maybe I'm just looking at it favourably because I liked it so much back in the day.

    Turner uses relatively few words and describes quite disaparate, simple feelings and situations, but captures perfectly how it actually feels to be separated from someone you love. Particularly the lines "the thought comes closely followed by the fear, and the thought of it makes you feel a bit ill", which will speak volumes to anyone who has broken up with someone they truly love and suffers that anxious jolt of sickness and fear when the thought of them and all you don't have anymore creeps back into your mind.

    Or even if you haven't split up, but you're separated by distance (being on tour, for example), that vulnerable fear that she's going to somehow forget about you, or meet someone else, and suddenly you realise just how dependent you are on her. They're feelings everyone might have at some point or another, but the song is beautiful because it captures the essence of those feelings perfectly.
    Skam33on October 01, 2011   Link

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