Record boss said we would be a smash
Yeah, go straight to Number One
He talked of hits and tours and lots of cash
And all the time it wasn't on
And I believed every word he said
And I swallowed every line
Yeah, I believed every word was true
And I didn't find out in time

We were betrayed, betrayed, betrayed, betrayed, betrayed by rough trade lies
Betrayed by lies

We quit our jobs and got all set to fly
Your promises had us riding high
And it's a dirty, rough, tough trade we find
Yeah, we agreed, but they hadn't signed
"Sorry, son, gonna have to throw you
Our lawyers say we don't even know you
Music is money, kids are no-account fools
You trade in us, we get betrayed by you

We were betrayed, betrayed, betrayed, betrayed, betrayed by rough trade lies
Betrayed by lies

And you're sitting there in your London office, smug and warm
And you think that you've won
But just remember this is just round one
We're gonna do it our way
We're gonna make it on our own
'Cause we've found people to trust
People who put music first

Won't betrayed, betrayed, betrayed, betrayed, betrayed by lies no more
No lies no more

Why can't you tell us the truth?
Why can't you tell us the truth? (why did you lie to us?)
Why can't you tell us the truth? (why did you lie to us?)
Why did you lie to us?
Why did you lie to us?
Why did you lie to us?
Why did you lie to us?
Why did you tell us your lies?

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Rough Trade Lyrics as written by Gordon Ogilvie Jake Burns

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    island records (i think) promised them fame but later dropped them off..that thing lead them to make the first (i think) independent record ever..inflammable material through rough trade records..which i think is a much better move..

    strummervilleon July 04, 2006   Link
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    Rough Trade is probably the most expensive indie record label about now though

    Violentpacifiston June 27, 2008   Link

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