Stalker Song

Lyrics:

Staring out’ my window
At you passing by
Try to call for your attention but my throat’s too dry.
Now you look just so beautiful
It makes me smile inside.
I’m gonna find out where you live
And make you mine tonight.

I’m gonna follow you and tell you how I feel.
I’m gonna follow you, so I can find your washing line and the things that I can steal.

Staring in your window
My face pressed to the glass.
Tryin’ to hide from the folks inside and the people walking past.
Well you look just so beautiful
It makes me smile inside.
Now I’ve found out where you live
I’m gonna make you mine tonight.

I’m gonna follow you and tell you how I feel.
I’m gonna follow you, so I can find your washing line and the things that I can steal.

Every day I get in the queue
To get on the bus that takes me to you.
I’m so nervous I just sit and smile.
Your house is only another mile.

Staring out’ my window
Past these iron bars.
Locked away, no chance to say what you do to my poor heart,
When suddenly I recognise something know so well.
Yeah, I can see your bedroom from the window of my cell. Alright!

I’m gonna follow you and tell you how I feel.
I’m gonna follow you, so I can find your washing line and the things that I can steal.

About:

Ah. Yeah. Er… this one.

This was meant to be tongue-in-cheek. Written ‘in character’ many, many years ago. But I do worry sometimes that it simply serves to make me sound like a filthy old pervert. Still – it’s a lot of fun to play and sing (it’s Dave’s favourite song to play) and it’s hung around on our set list long enough that I finally faced up to the fact that it’s here to stay.

There are a few nods to other artists in this one. The opening chords are the same as a song called ‘I Want You’ by a talented chap called James Harrison, who we used to gig with on a fairly regular basis ‘back in the day’. Both songs were written before we knew each other, so that’s ok (Your Honour) – and James’ was a heartfelt love song rather than some sort of creep’s instruction manual. So I don’t think there’s any contention there. A bit later there’s a ham-fisted nod to ‘Magic Bus’ by The Who, largely because, after I’d written the song, I heard a cover version of it by The Levellers on a bootleg cassette (yeah, I know), and they used very similar chords. And lyrically it worked. So I nabbed it.

If it works, you don’t question it, ok?

Finally – the ‘aaaaaaand stop’ bit was inadvertently stolen from Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine song ‘Airplane Food’. I don’t know when I started singing it, or at what point I realised that it wasn’t as original as I’d thought, but I can assure you that it wasn’t consciously nicked. Unlike the Magic Bus bit.

So – now that you know that the vast majority of the song was plagiarised, I suppose you’re wondering which bits we actually DID write. And the answer is… the rest of it. And yet – despite that – and the fact that musically it’s really obvious, I STILL routinely mess up the key change, by forgetting which chords to play. It’s A, G and D. Hardly rocket science.

When we play it live we often segue straight into Puncture Repair Kit – using the first note of Stalker Song as the first note of Puncture Repair Kit – and I had every intention of doing that on the album, too, until I realised that it’s really difficult to do that. When you split the songs up, you either end up with the first note of PRK missing, or with the last moment of Stalker Song (me yelling “…op!”) on it. So we canned that idea.

There’s a (horrendously drunken) live version of it at about 6:20 here:

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