Monday, 3 January 2011

Monday Moments 39/52 - Babies




Just before Pulp finally hit the top 40 with Do You Remember the First Time, they released a couple of fantastic singles that paved the way for the later hits in Babies and Razzmatazz. These and their b sides, along with another single OU were gathered together under one mini lp imaginatively titled Intro. For me it is still the best thing they have done as at the time it genuinely didn't sound like anything else around and even now it can only be by one band

My monday moment comes from Babies which set the template fro nearly all future Pulp songs. Cheesy Synths , a guitar line that hooks you in , seedy play for the day lyrics , breathless vocals and somewhere along the way an over the top climax. It is this point that my monday moment arrives when Jarvis overcome with the memory of how his voyeurism leads to something more lets the spirit of David Byrne take over......"My God!"

Well it happened years ago,
when you lived on Stanhope Road.
We listened to your sister,
when she came home from school,
cos she was two years older,
and she had boys in her room.
We listened outside and heard her.
Alright.
Well that was alright for a while,
but soon I wanted more.
I want to see as well as hear,
and so I hid inside her wardrobe.
And she came round four,
and she was with some kid called David,
from the garage up the road.
I listened outside I heard her.
Alright.

Oh I want to take you home.
I want to give you children.
You might be my girlfriend, yeah.

When I saw you next day,
I really couldn't tell,
cos you might go and tell your mother.
And so you went with Neve,
and Neve was coming on,
and I thought I heard you laughing,
when his Mum and Dad were gone.
I listened outside, I heard you.
Alright.

Oh I want to take you home.
I want to give you children.
You might be my girlfriend, yeah.

Well I guess it couldn't last too long.
I came home one day,
and all her things were gone,
I fell asleep inside.
I never heard her come.
And then she opened up her wardrobe,
and I had to get it on.
Oh, listen
we were on the bed when you came home,
I heard you stop outside the door.
I know you won't believe it's true,
I only went with her 'cos she looks like you.
Oh I want to take you home.
I want to give you children.
You might be my girlfriend, yeah


Babies - Pulp

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