"Charting The Single" as written by Derek William Dick, Mark Kelly, Michael James Pointer, Steve Rothery and Pete Trewavas....
Slow French kissing with the Dauphin's daughter
If I fall in love now I'll be floating in Seine
Plastered in Paris I've had an Eiffel
Gonna make my escape on the midnight train
Choo, choo to you - Choo, choo to you - Charting the single
Schnapping my fingers on an alcoholiday
Sniff round a Fraulein when I'm scent to Cologne
All night hotel Liebling make your mark
Let sugar daddy melt in his home sweet home
Home is where the heart lies, but if the heart lies
Where is home, is where the heart lies, but where is home?

Get a pizza the action when I Romeo again
Chianti see you with me, so just let him wine
Juliet on the balcony, it's pasta serenade
Wedding rings, I know when Venice time, Venice time
To chart the single, to chart the single

Charting the single, charting the single
The chicks are getting cheaper on the not so common market
Stockpile experience before the blond hairs turn to grey
Before the blond hairs turn to grey
I like to train, express myself in the universal language
Ego on my face in the nicest possible way
It's absolutely the nicest possible way

Charting the single
I got no clause in my contract, got no shares in my name
I'm just charting the single in a bachelor's game
Charting the single
It's a solo performance on a one way street
You'll never have the chance again and never again we'll meet
Charting, charting, charting, charting the single

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"Charting the Single" as written by Mark Kelly Derek William Dick

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    General CommentAccording to Fish himself the song was specifically about touring Europe in a band, and everyone making the assumption that he must be sleeping around, 'coz thats what people in groups do'..Hence the double meaning of Charting the Single - having a hit record, but also mapping out the Batchelor life. The lyrics are parodying the cliche.

    When I first worked out the lyrics as an impressionable 16 year old I was so impressed, Wow, I thought. Every line is a play on words! This guy's a genius!

    Older and wiser now I can't decide wherever they are indeed the product of Genius or actually rather contrived and embarrassing...(I'm torn in this way when it comes to most early Marillion songs) Whatever, I can't think of another song like it. and at the time it blew my mind!

    Eons ago I had a very poor quality bootleg that had the original demos of this song and it was quite different, more upbeat and frivolous sounding, which perhaps suited the lyrics more than the final recorded version.
    Desmoon November 19, 2007   Link
  • -1
    General Commentthe song is about Fish or any young man touring Europe meeting the ladies, and having a series of 1 night stands whilst he still has a chance.
    Somehow I've never really paid attention to the lyrics before, but interpreting them makes me like the song even more.
    Grahamvingoeon September 13, 2007   Link

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