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The Divine Comedy — Our Mutual Friend
Album: Absent Friends
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5.9

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Released: 2004
Length: 5:56
Plays (last 30 days): 0
No matter how I try,
I just can't get her out of my mind
And I when I sleep I visualize her.

I saw her in the pub,
I met her later at the nightclub.
A mutual friend introduced us
We talked about the noise
And how its hard to hear your own voice
Above the beat and the sub-bass.
We talked and talked for hours,
We talked in the back of our friend's car
As we all went back to his place.

On our friend's settee,
she told me that she really liked me
And I said: "Cool, the feeling's mutual."
We played old 45s
And said it's like the soundtrack to our lives
And she said: "True, it's not unusual."
Then privately we danced
We couldn't seem to keep our balance
A drunken haze had come upon us.
We sank down to the floor
And we sang a song that I can't sing anymore
And then we kissed and fell unconscious.

I woke up the next day
All alone but for a headache.
I stumbled out to find the bathroom
But all I found was her
Wrapped around another lover.
No longer then is he our mutual friend.
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"Those who love him, love him a lot."

Yup - and you can definitely count me in that bracket - love all his stuff and always go to see him in concert when he tours - went in Liverpool in October and off to see him in London this Thursday :)

This isn't my favourite song of Neil's but it's certainly one of his most accomplished. As was said in other comments how anyone can say this song doesn't work on any level just baffles me! If you have any understanding of music, lyrics or story telling then even if it's not your type of music surely it can at least be appreciated?

It's massively multi-layered - rich orchestra music in the background, an interesting story told in a very clever way, instrumental sections while there are events happening and they are moving from one place to another, the subtle implication of "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore" (which he actually sings live - he's a huge fan of the Walker Brothers) and there's even a big twist at the end!

I'm not sure what people want from a singer-songwriter if all of the above isn't enough! (and that's just in ONE song - he has 11 studio albums!)...anyway - rant over. Listen to more folks and hopefully we can get more on RP as well :) 
 evermovingtarget wrote:
I was willing to give this song a 3, but as it continues and just won't finish I realized that a 2 is more fitting.... Will probably be changed to 1 by the time its done... I guess tedious is the best description of this song IMHO.

 
I'm with you on that.  Dropping by the aeon...
 pamorama wrote:
Strange yet interesting.

 
I second that and, as posted before, an interesting story told.
 
pamorama wrote:
Strange yet interesting.

 
Exactly my thought
its like adding annoying music to a trashy book...{#Frustrated}
Huh?
How can this be the only Divine Comedy song on RP's playlists?
More, please :)
Strange yet interesting.
I enjoyed that. It's very unusual, which is nice every once in a while. It's an interesting story he told there.
Had to look. I thought I heard John Cale.
solecism
 

enjoyed that thanks bill
I was willing to give this song a 3, but as it continues and just won't finish I realized that a 2 is more fitting.... Will probably be changed to 1 by the time its done... I guess tedious is the best description of this song IMHO.
"Last play: Jul 29, 2004"

11 years in between plays was too long! I like it.
Neil!  

My heart did skip a beat!    Those who love him,  love him a lot.  
Exhilarating.
Disappointing - but at least you have one of their best songs on here. The comment that it "doesn't work on any level" amazed me - as it works on an amazing number of levels - a fantastic song, and very very clever. Each to their own eh ? More Divine Comedy please ! Casanova and Liberation are probably his best albums but ALL of his stuff is brilliant !
This is nice! You're right about the Magnetic Fields, too.
Wow... at first I thought this was Magnetic Fields. Interesting; --d
nice to see the divine comedy on RP :)
This song definitely had to "grow on me" when it played on the LRC. Give it a chance and I think you may like it. The Divine Comedy has a unique style.
my first comment :puke: don't work at any level.