Tuesday, November 29, 2011

space hardware


I was twenty one years when I wrote this song
I'm twenty two now, but I won't be for long
People ask when will you grow up to be a man
But all the girls I loved at school
are already pushing prams

I loved you then as I love you still
Though I put you on a pedestal,
They put you on the pill
I don't feel bad about letting you go
I just feel sad about letting you know

I don't want to change the world
I'm not looking for a new England
I'm just looking for another girl

I loved the words you wrote to me
But that was bloody yesterday
I can't survive on what you send
Every time you need a friend

I saw two shooting stars last night
I wished on them but they were only satellites
Is it wrong to wish on space hardware
I wish, I wish, I wish you'd care

I don't want to change the world
I'm not looking for a new England
I'm just looking for another girl.


Surely some of the best lyrics ever written. I could listen to this song every day and twice on Sundays.



16 comments:

  1. i have always loved this song. happy to know you do, too. xxo

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  2. I must hear this. great lyrics, thank you.

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  3. well that's beautiful. sad and hauntingly beautiful.

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  4. This song instantly makes me think of my Dad and his playing this really loud and singing along. thanks for the memory x

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  5. i never actually heard the space hardware part. i like that.

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  6. we saw billy bragg at a folk fest in vancouver when i was 13 or something. my stepmother got a MASSIVE CRUSH and bought all his tapes.

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  7. @eastside the space hardware bit is the BEST bit.

    @Rob, yes, yes you must. Post haste.

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  8. I've been thinking about this song a lot lately, but keep forgetting to sit down and listen to it. I just did. Thanks!

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  9. Kirsty MacColl version is even better if you ask me. I remember hearing BBragg do this at the Celtic Connections festival club (when it was at that horrible Holiday Inn at Charing Cross) about 4 years ago though, that WAS pretty special.

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  11. I love Billy too.

    G played just before him at Glastonbury so I took the opportunity to get him to sign my boots when he came backstage. He handed them back and said "there you go kid", I nearly died.

    His roadie had Billy's signature tattooed on his leg, that's a bit weird.

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  12. Another Billy Bragg lover. Beautiful.

    @downtomysoul I'm going to need to see those boots.

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  13. You all say Billy and all I can think of is Paul.

    ...and time carries on/and the leaves that are green turn to brown.

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play nice.