"Selfish Jean" as written by and Healy....
Cheers
Thanks for everything
You hung me out by my heart
You're just so selfish jean
Yes you are

Hey you
Threw it all away
By holding everything in
Hey Jean don't rock the boat
When you can't swim

With a perfect understanding of the finer things in life
A quite alarming knack of knowing when to twist the knife
Ooh
Selfish Jean

Here's to you
Who read everything
Left it out on the shelf
There's no one else to blame
Except yourself

Well a perfect combination of good etiquet and charm
You keep the chocolate biscuits wired to a car alarm
Ooh
Selfish Jean

Well I'm standing on my own
And this house is not a home
It's so sad to see you go
Things are high, things are low
And it's good to know you know
If you've got nowhere to go
Well you could spend the night with me
There will be no guarantee that I'll be here

In the morning
Or any time that you call
I hear you snoring Jean
Through the wall

So hey
Here's to everything
To peace and love in our time
Ah Jean the slate is clean
I guess we're fine

Well I don't expect a miracle
Not asking you to change
If you can see me happy
Well just look the other way
Ooh
Selfish Jean

Heah
Selfish Jean

Jean
Oh yeah
Jean


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"Selfish Jean" as written by Francis Healy

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    General Commentthis song is really cool for me, as we have studied Dawkins' book in Religious Studies. It basically states that life is all about DNA, and all that we should be concerned about in life is the evolution of genes. Dawkins was a materialist.

    cool song. Travis opened their gig with this last weekend when I saw them.
    J_a_c_kon July 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like the way it incorporates lyrics from 1997 b-side "Standing on my own" =)
    SoWhyXon April 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat song, also theres a very cool video, i dont think its the offical video, but it has comedian and friend of the band Demetri Martin wearing a shitload of t-shirts with references to the song as it goes along, its pretty funny check it out
    tsunamibomb420on June 23, 2007   Link
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    General Commentcheck out the bands related site selfishjean.com you can watch the video and report and/or confess selfish acts.
    osumarkoon September 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt seems to me that it's about having a spiteful and manipulative lover. Someone who will do anything they can to get what they want. I also think it's about a lustful relationship - not a loving one.
    "If you've got nowhere to go
    Well you could spend the night with me
    There will be no guarantee that I'll be here

    In the morning
    Or any time that you call"
    Becka_on November 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWow, i just bought The Selfish Gene by Dawkings and wow! I could help thinking about the song!
    That´s so cool! Have you seen the name of the chapters?
    "Nice guys finish first", "Battle of the sexes". Very interesting
    "Here's to you
    Who read everything
    Left it out on the shelf
    There's no one else to blame
    Except yourself"
    Juli.on November 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI don't think this song is related the the selfish Gene in anything but the slight pun in the title.

    It's also the only track on the album worth listening to; Travis have descended into terrible dross.
    hastalavictoriaon March 02, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthere's that bit
    "And this house is not a home"

    which calls to mind The Smiths' (similarly titled!) Jeane --
    "Jeane
    There's ice on the sink where we bathe
    So how can you call this a home "

    intentional & quite fitting homage i daresay

    (for ref: The Smiths - Jeane : songmeanings.net/songs/view/3530822107858497485/)
    delphineton December 08, 2008   Link
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    General CommentSorry, I didn't really mean to post this as a reply to delphinet, more as a general comment:

    I can't believe no one else has mentioned this one... In the famous SNL "more cowbell" sketch, the band members are berating "Gene" the cowbell player for hogging the studio space.

    "Quit being so selfish, Gene!"

    Seriously.

    So, anyway, that gets my vote for the reference.

    drmidniteon December 10, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song defines why I love Travis.

    I do see it as a song about a manipulative, distressed and utterly selfish lover. Really catchy too, eh?
    seamoraineon March 04, 2009   Link

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