She doesn't have to go to work
But she doesn't want to stay in bed
'Cause it's changed from something comfortable
To something else instead

This bed has seen it all
From the first time to the last
The silences of now
And the good times of the past

And it only cost ten pounds
From a shop just down the road
But, dear, that was seven years ago
And things were very different then

It didn't get much rest at first
The headboard banging in the night

The neighbors didn't dare complain
Oh, everything was going right

Now, there's no need to complain
'Cause it never makes a sound

Something beautiful left town
And she doesn't even know its name

Now every night she plays the sad game, ooh-ooh-ooh
Called pretending nothing's going wrong, ooh
Oh, but she knows
If this show was televised
No one would watch it
Not tonight but seven years ago

La-la-la-la-la-la-la
La-la-la-la-la-la-la
La-la-la-la-la-la-la
La-la-la-la-la-la-la
Now there's no need to complain
'Cause it never makes a sound
Oh, something beautiful left town
And she never even knew its name

She doesn't have to go to work
But she doesn't want to stay in bed
'Cause it's changed from something comfortable
To something else instead


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Live Bed Show Lyrics as written by Jarvis Branson Cocker Candida Doyle

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  • +3
    General Comment

    What a sad song. I'd say it's about a poor woman who's a bit past her prime and isn't getting any action. It reminds me of " The Rocking Chair" by The Beautiful South.

    wondercakeon June 17, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    I have spent days listening to the Different Class CD over the years and most of the songs at one point or another have been my favourite. This one maybe more than most.

    I don't think her lover has left, I think the "something beautiful" that's left town is more abstract and refers to what they used to have.

    But then at other times I also thought that she might be a prostitute...?

    Maybe sometimes we think to much, was it Freud who said sometimes a pencil is just a pencil?

    Its a great song, Cocker writes some of the best lyrics around.

    Mortisson August 18, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I agree. But the thing is "something beautiful left town": I've always assumed this meant her beauty/attractiveness/sexual allure. But today it struck me this could be a lover, the cause of her 'headboard banging'. So perhaps its a deceitfully romantic love song... Or it's just Pulp being Pulp.

    TerminalDescenton February 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I like the beautiful South. And Pulp.

    Wish I had a bed.

    Wallamanageon August 23, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    The bitter taste of melancholy... mmmm! So sad to be stuck in yesterday instead of moving forward toward a better tomorow.

    xinnerxon August 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I thought it was a passionate relationship, which fel apart, and she pretends she dosn't mind, but she is all alone. Plup were the first band I ever saw live when I was 8.

    sammcanletton September 07, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Has anyone heard the extended live version? It's 8:46 and the extended music bits sound like "Like a Friend", very nice. I believe there's also an extra verse.

    Boournson March 26, 2009   Link
  • 0
    Song Meaning

    Da woman is not feelin her man nomore. Luv and passion has left town and da sex isnt even comfortable nomore. She gets out of da bed to go to work to avoid sex wiv him.

    wildeason September 05, 2011   Link
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    General Comment

    I always thought of it as an aged former prostitute. She doesn’t have to go to work anymore but she doesn’t want to stay in bed because it’s turned to something else instead (bad memory from all those years of sex work).

    Differentclazzon July 31, 2022   Link

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