​Modern Life Is Rubbish

Blur's Albums and Lyrics

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Modern Life Is Rubbish

Release Date:10/05/1993

A fan favourite, Blur’s 1993 sophomore album and critical breakthrough flew in the face of music created by their peers, and presented a pop encyclopaedia of England to battle the influence of American grunge and the shoe-gazing, baggy affectations of their debut. Filled with melody, strings, brass and quintessential Englishness, the album’s modest success was followed by a successful UK tour, newly found respect evident in the end of year polls, and a strong indicator of where Blur were to go next.

Le deuxième album de Blur 1993 est un des albums favoris des fans. La percée majestueuse de Blur a volé dans le visage de leur pairs, et a présenté une encyclopédie pop de l'Angleterre pour combattre l'influence du grunge américain. Rempli de mélodie, de cordes, de cuivres et d’une quintessence anti-Angmaise, le modeste succès de l'album a été suivi par une tournée couronnée de succès au Royaume-Uni. Blur a trouvé un respect évident dans les sondages de fin d'année, et un indicateur fort de l'endroit où il devait aller.

  • For Tomorrow

HE'S A TWENTIETH CENTURY BOY, WITH HIS HANDS ON THE RAILS
TRYTNG NOT TO BE SICK AGAIN AND HOLDING ON FOR TOMORROW
LONDON ICE CRACKS ON A SEAMLESS LINE, HE'S HANGING ON FOR DEAR
LIFE
SO WE HOLD EACH OTHER TIGHTLY AND HOLD ON FOR TOMORROW.

[CHORUS]
SINGING LA LA LA LA LA
HOLDING ON FOR TOMORROW

SHE'S A TWENTIETH CENTURY GIRL, WITH HER HANDS ON THE WHEEL
TRYING NOT TO MAKE HIM SICK AGAIN, SEEING WHAT SHE CAN BORROW
LONDON'S SO NICE BACK IN YOUR SEAMLESS RHYMES, BUT WE'RE LOST ON
THE WESTWAY
SO WE HOLD EACH OTHER TIGHTLY AND HOLD ON FOR TOMORROW

[CHORUS]

[MIDDLE]

TRYING NOT TO BE SICK AGAIN AND HOLDING ON FOR TOMORROW.

SHE'S A TWENTIETH CENTURY GIRL HANGING ON FOR DEAR LIFE
SO WE HOLD EACH OTHER TIGHTLY AND HOLD ON FOR TOMORROW

[CHORUS]

(JIM STOPS AND GETS OU THE CAR, GOES TO A HOUSE IN EMPERORS GATE,
THROUGH THE DOOR AND TO HIS RROM, THEN HE PUTS THE TV ON, TURNS
IT OFF AND MAKES SOME TEA, SAYS MODERN LIFE IT'S RUBBISH, THEN
SUSAN COMES INTO THE ROOM, SHE'S A NAUGHT GIRL WITH A LOVELY
SMILE AND SAYS LET'S TAKE A DRIVE TO PRIMROSE HILL IT'S WINDY
THERE AND THE VIEW IS SO NICE, LONDON ICE CAN FREEZE YOUR TOES
LIKE ANYONE I SUPPOSE)

HOLDING ON FOR TOMORROW

  • Advert

[AD LIB FROM THE SHOPPING CHANNEL]

IT'S SIX O'CLOCK ON THE DOT AND I'M HALF WAY HOME
I FEEL FOUL MOUTHED AS I STAND AN WAIT FOR THE UNDERGROUND
AND A NERVOUS DISPOSITION DOES'NT AGREE WITH THIS
I NEED SOMETHING TO REMIND ME THAT THERE IS SOMETHING ELSE

[CHORUS]
YOU NEED A HOLIDAY SOMEWHERE IN THE SUN
WITH ALL THE PEOPLE WHO ARE WAITING THERE NEVER SEEMS TO BE ONE
SAY SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING ELSE

ADVERTISMENTS ARE HERE FOR RAPID PERSUASION
IF YOU STARE TOO LONG YOU LOOSE YOUR APPETITE
A NERVOUS DISPOSITION DOESN'T AGREE WITH THIS
YOU NEED FAST RELIEF FROM ACHES AND STOMACH PAINS

[CHORUS]

DO YOU ADVERT THINK

  • Colin Zeal

COLIN ZEAL KNOWS THE VALUE OF MASS APPEAL
HE'S A PEDESTRIAN WALKER, HE'S A CIVIL TALKER
HE'S AN APFABLE MAN WITH A PLAUSIBLE PLAN
KEEPS HIS EYE ON THE NEWS, KEEPS HIS FUTRURE IN HAND
AND THEN HE

[CHORUS]
LOOKS AT HIS WATCH HE'S ON TIME YET AGAIN
HE'S PLEASED WITH HIMSELF, SO PLEASED WITH HIMSELF, HE'S
PLEASED WITH HIMSELF AH AH.

WHILE SITTING IN TRAFFIC, COLIN THINKS IN AUTOMATIC
HE'S AN IMMACULATE DRESSER, HE'S THE COMMON AGGRESSOR
HE'S A MODERN RETARD WITH A LOVE OF BOMBLAST
KEEPS HIS EYE ON THE NEWS NEVER DWELLS ON THE PAST
AND THEN HE

[CHORUS]

HE'S A MODERN RETRARD, HE'S A TERMINAL LARD,
HE'S AN AFFABLE MAN WITH A CARROTENE TAN BECAUSE COLIN'S ZEAL IS
ILL.

  • Pressure on Julian

ONLY THE MAGICAL TRANSIT CHILDREN SING, SING THE LULLABY BAH BAH
BAH,
SITTING ON THE PAVEMENT SUCKING ON A LONG STRAW, IT'S COLOURFUL,
IT IS COLOURFUL, BUT IT WASHES YOU OUT.

HERE IS MY VIOLENCE AND HERE IS THE EXCUSE, I LEARNT IT ALL BUT
ONLY SECOND HAND
FALLING INTO WALLS WELL, WHAT IS IT WITH YOU, YOU'D NEVER KNOW,
NEVER KNOW, NEVER KNOW.

[CHORUS]
WE PLANNED IT ALL THIS WAY, WE PLANNED IT ALL THIS WAY
PRESSURE ON JULIAN

SWIMMING IN YELLOW PISSY WATER, SAND GETTING IN BEWEEN THE EARS
SO BLOOD IN HEAD IN THIS BLOODY WEATHER, IRRATE PEOPLE WITH
YELLOW TONGUES

ONLY THE MAGICAL TRANSIT CHILDREN SING, SING LULLABY BAH BAH BAH
FALLING INTO WALLS, WELL WHAT IS IT WITH YOU, YOU'D NEVER KNOW
NEVER KNOW, NEVER KNOW.

[CHORUS]

(THERE WAS PRESSURE ON JULIAN, PUSHING TROLLEYS IN THE CAR PARK
FROM B TO A THEN BACK TO B, PRESSURE ON JULIAN, HE KEEPS PASSING
OUT, POOR LITTLE SNOUT, THE BIRDS ARE SINGING AT NIGHT, PRESSURE
ON JULIAN)

FALLING INTO WALLS WELL, WHAT IS IT WITH YOU, YOU'D NEVER KNOW,
NEVER KNOW, NEVER KNOW.

[CHORUS]

(THERE WAS PRESSURE ON JULIAN, PUSHING TROLLEYS IN THE CAR PARK
FROM B TO A THEN BACK TO B, PRESSURE ON JULIAN, HE KEEPS PASSING
OUT, POOR, PRECIOUS LITTLE SNOUT, THE BIRDS ARE SINGING AT NIGHT,
PRESSURE ON JULIAN)

  • Star Shaped

WASH WITH NEW SOAP BEHIND THE COLLAR
KEEPS A CLEAN MENTAL STATE
DON'T USUALLY BOTHER IN COLD WEATHER
BUT STILL I'M GETTING INTO WORK LATE
AND I DON'T NEED THE PRACTISE

[CHORUS]
I'VE BEEN MAKING PLANS (FOR THE FUTURE)
BECOME AN UNCONCIOUS MAN (ALL FOR THE GOOD)
FEEL SO UNECESSARY (WE DON'T THINK SO, YOU SEEM STARSHAPED)

I HAVE A COUPLE AT THE WEEKEND
HELPS KEEP UP COMARADERIE
AND MY MIND BOGGLES IN THE MUDDLE
AT THE POSSIBILITIES
AND I DON"T NEED ANY PRACTISE

[CHORUS]

WASH WITH NEW SOAP BEHIND THE COLLAR
HELPS KEEP DOWN THE LAUNDRY
AND NOW I BOTHER IN COLD WEATHER
BECAUSE IT CLEANS ME MENTALLY

  • Blue Jeans

AIR CUSHIONED SOLES, I BOUGHT THEM ON THE PORTABELLO ROAD ON
SATURDAY
I STOP AND STARE A WHILE, A COMMON PASTIME WHEN CONVERSATION GOES
ASTRAY

[CHORUS]
BUT DON'T THINK I'M WALKING OUT OF THIS
SHE DOESN'T MIND, WHATEVER I SAY, WHATEVER I SAY
DON'T REALLY WANT TO CHANGE A THING, I WANT TO STAY THIS WAY
FOREVER

BLUE, BLUE JEANS I WEAR THEM EVERY DAY, THERE'S NO PARTICULAR
REASON TO CHANGE
MY THOUGHTS ARE GETTING BANAL, I CAN'T HELP IT BUT I WON'T PULL
OUT HAIR ANOTHER DAY

[CHORUS]

YOU KNOW IT'S TO BE WITH YOU

  • Chemical World

THE PAY-ME GIRL HAS HAD ENOUGH OF THE BLEEPS
SO SHE TAKES A BUS INTO THE COUNTRY
ALTHOUGH SHE GOT HERSELF ROSY CHEEKS
SHE DIDN'T LEAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO PAY THE RENT
THE LANLORD SAYS THAT SHE'S OUT IN A WEEK
WHAT A SHAME SHE WAS JUST GETTING COMFY
NOW SHE'S EATING CHOCOLATE TO INDUCE SLEEP
IN A CHEMICAL WORLD IT'S VERY, VERY, VERY CHEAP

[CHORUS]
AND I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU
THEY'VE BEEN PUTTING THE HOLES IN, YES YES
IT'S BEEN A HELL OF A DO
THEY'VE BEEN PUTTING THE HOLES IN, YES YES

PEEPING THOMAS HAS A VERY NICE VIEW
ACROSS THE STREET AT THE EXHIBITIONIST
THESE TOWNIES THEY NEVER SPEAK TO YOU
JUST STICK TOGETHER SO THEY NEVER GET LONELY
FEELING LEAD, FEELING QUITE LIGHT-HEADED
HAD TO SIT DOWN AND HAVE SOME SUGARY TEA
IN CHEMICAL WORLD, IN A CHEMICAL WORLD IT'S VERY, VERY, VERY,
CHEAP.

[CHORUS]

  • Sunday Sunday

SUNDAY SUNDAY HERE AGAIN IN TIDY ATTIRE
YOU READ THE COLOUR SUPPLEMENT, THE TV GUIDE
YOU DREAM OF PROTEIN ON A PLATE, REGRET YOU LEFT IT QUITE SO LATE
TOGETHER THE FAMILY AROUND THE TABLE, TO EAT ENOUGH TO SPEEP
OH THE SUNDAY SLEEP

SUNDAY SUNDAY HERE AGAIN A WALK IN THE PARK
YOU MEET AN OLD SOLDIER AND TALK OF THE PAST
HE FOUGHT FOR US IN TWO WORLD WARS AND SAYS THE ENGLAND HE KNEW
IS NO MORE
HE SINGS SONGS OF PRAISE EVERY WEEK BUT ALWAYS FALLS ASLEEP
FOR THAT SUNDAY SLEEP

YOU DREAM OF PROTEIN ON A PLATE, REGRET YOU LEFT IT QUITE SO LATE
TOGETHER THE FAMILY AROUND THE TABLE TO EAT ENOUGH TO SLEEP
AND MOTHER'S PRIDE IS YOU EPITHET, THAT EXTRA SLICE YOU WILL SOON
REGRET
SO GOING OUT IS YOUR BEST BET, THEN BINGO YOURSELF TO SLEEP
OH THE SUNDAY SLEEP

  • Oily Water

LEAD IN ME AND ME IN WATER
DANGLING IN MY WORD
I SWALLOWED TO MUCH OILY WATER
IT KEEPS SLIPPING DOWN MY SPINE

IN A SENSE OF SELF DECLINE
GROWING FAT ON SOUND
IT'S ONLY AN EARLY MORNING DREAM
AND THE WHOLE WORLD WILL BE ALRIGHT

[CHORUS]

MY HEAD IS FULL OF SUSPICION
I'M COMING HOME SOMETIME
I'VE SWALLOWED TOO MUCH OILY WATER
IT KEEPS SLIPPING DOWN MY SPINE

IN A SENSE OF SELF IN DECLINE
LYING ON MY BACK
IT'S ONLY AN EARLY MORNING DREAM
AND SO THE WHOLE WORLD WILL BE ALRIGHT

[CHORUS]

  • Miss America

MISS AMERICA SITS IN THE SHOWER
SHE'S PLUCKING HOURS FROM THE SKY
PICKS UP THE TELPHONE INTO ANOTHER HOME
DON'T ASK ME WHY

I DON'T MIND, I DON'T MIND AT ALL
I LOVE ONLY YOU

SHE'S A WELL WISHER AND SHE WISHES YOU WELL
WISH AWAY, WISH AWAY
SHE'S NO JELLYBEAN, SHE'S A JEMIMA HO HO
WISH AWAY. WISH AWAY

I DON'T MIND, I DON'T MIND AT ALL
I LOVE ONLY YOU

DA DO DA DA DO

HERE IS HERE AND I AM HERE
WHERE ARE YOU
FAR AWAY, FAR AWAY
SHE'S NO JELLYBEAN, SHE'S A JEMIMA HO HO
WISH AWAY, WISH AWAY

  • Villa Rosie
  • PRACTISE DOESN'T MAKE PERFECT WHEN YOU'RE INTERBREEDING
    SPEAKING DRIVEL CAN IT GET CONFUSED WITH HEAVY BREATHING
    MIXING DRINKS AT WATER HOLES GET SNARLED UP IN THE SUBURBS
    MEANDERING THROUGH THIS AND THAT YOU ARE SUSPECTED OF VAGUENESS

    WHEN WORK IS DONE, GO TO VILLA ROSIE EVERY NIGHT (WE'RE WAITING)
    SO FORM A QUEUE AT VILLA ROSIE EVERY NIGHT (SO TASTY)

    ACROSS THE COMMON EVERY DAY YOU COME ACROSS THE FINE LINE
    BUT WEARING BOOTS CAN PREVENT THE LEECHES IN THE LONG GRASS
    EATING BETWEEN MEALS STIFLES THE APPETITE IS IT HEALTHY
    COMING HOME THAT NAGGING DOUBT THERE IN YOUR BELLY

    AND ALL THE WHILE AT VILLA ROSIE EVERY NIGHT (WE'RE TASTING)
    A SWEETER LIFE AT VILLA ROSIE EVERY NIGHT (SO TASTY)
    ALL LOOSERS COME TO VILLA ROSIE EVERY NIGHT (WE'RE WAITING)
    SO FORM A QUEUE AT VILLA ROSIE EVERY NIGHT (SO TASTY)

    DON'T BREAK YOUR BACK AT VILLA ROSIE EVERY NIGHT (WE'RE TASTING)
    A SWEETER LIFE AT VILLA ROSIE EVERY NIGHT (SO TASTY)
  • Coping

PRIMAL, EVIL WHAT AM I ?
TONGUE-TIED UNTI THE DAY I DIE
THERE'S NO LOVE MADE WITH MERMAIDS
IT'S JUST DISTRACTION OR SO THEY SAY

[CHORUS]
BUT I'M TOO TIRED TO CARE ABOUT IT
CAN'T YOU SEE IT IN MY FACE, MY FACE
WHEN I FEEL THIS STRANGE CAN I GO THROUGH THIS AGAIN

IT'S A SORRY STATE YOU'RE GETTTING IN
THE SAME EXCUSE IS WEARING THIN
THERE'S NO SELF CONTROL LEFT IN ME
WHAT WAS NOT WILL NEVER BE

[CHORUS]

  • Turn It Up

KAZOO, KAZOO, YOU ARE MINE
KAZOO, KAZOO, EVERYTIME

[CHORUS]
TURN IT UP, TURN IT OFF, TURN IT IN

ANYWAY YOU CHOOSE, ANYWAY YOU CHOOSE AT ALL
SOMETIMES YOU DO TOO MUCH, SOMETIMES IT ALL GETS TOO MUCH

  • Resigned

I THINK TOO MUCH
ON THINGS I WANT TOO MUCH
IT MAKES ME HATEFUL
AND I SAY STUPID THINGS
ONLY YOU CAN FILL MY BLANK HEART
AND I'M RESIGNED TO THAT

I WISH THE SUN
COULD JUST KEEP ME WARM
AND I'M RESIGNED TO THAT
I'LL FORGET TO BREATHE SOMEDAY
I'VE NEVER STOPPED TO THINK WHY

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