People I Never Cared About

Lyrics:

 

I used to know a girl called Ann-Marie.
She never meant very much to me
But I’m sat here thinking of her
And I wonder what she’s doing now.

I used to work with a guy whose name was Lee.
He always scared the bejesus out of me
And I wonder if he is in
Hospital or prison now.

‘Cos this is a song for all the people who never helped me out.
Yeah, this is a song for all the people I never cared about.

Let’s hear it for the people we forget.
I’d like to thank all the extras on the set
For providing background chatter
And the things that just don’t matter
To me.

‘Cos this is a song for all the people who never helped me out.
Yeah, this is a song for all the people I never cared about.

‘Cos every other song
Is dedicated to someone
Who seems important.
But what about the rest?
Everybody just forgets them
Or ignores them.

‘Cos this is a song for all the people who never helped me out.
Yeah, this is a song for all the people I never cared about.
‘Cos this is a song for all the people who never helped me out.
Yeah, this is a song for all the people I never cared about.

About:

Again, this is me being contrary. Trying to be a smartarse. It’s pretty self-explanatory – I thought I’d write a song for all those people in life who we see – maybe even speak to, occasionally – but who are basically just background scenery. It was written a long time ago, but I seem to recall that it originally referenced a woman I always used to see on the bus on my way to work. I never spoke a word to her, never made eye contact, never knew anything about her but she was one of the recurring characters in my life. In a really REALLY minor way.

Ann-Marie and Lee are, of course, real people from my life. Ann-Marie worked in the staff canteen in one place I worked. I have no idea what happened to her. Not a lot, I suspect. And Lee was actually a really nice chap I worked with. Bit of a ‘dodgy geezer’ but we got on alright. It was probably a bit unfair to include him in this song, but if you WILL insist on having a name that fits the rhyme I’m after…

I bumped into Lee quite recently. I didn’t mention to him that I’d included him in this song. And he didn’t mention whether he’d been in hospital or prison. So I guess we’re even.

The only other thing to mention about the lyrics is that the middle 8 originally ended with the line “They could be awesome.” where the bass-fill is. It never quite worked and the bass part sounds much better anyway.

Musically, it is what it is. It’s actually deceptively chordy, and a bit of a nuisance to play on the uke. The Bm, E, G bit in particular. Not *difficult* just…annoying. Maybe that’s why we don’t often play it live. That and – well – it’s not one of my favourites, in general.

Recording wise, there’s really not a lot to say. The intro uke and talking were from the original recording at Mr. Kyps (the bits we stripped out of all the other songs) but they just gave the song a bit of character. That intro goes on a bit, otherwise. Oh – and somehow we played the end of the song differently to usual when we recorded it. Before then, we’d always dropped out a 4 bars(?) earlier, leaving us to do the whole chorus without drums. I have no idea why, but when we recorded it – and for the first time ever – we only dropped out halfway through the chorus. And it sounds better. Maybe we just KNEW it would sound better. Or maybe it was a fortuitous mistake. I don’t know. (I do, really – it’s the latter).

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