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Arctic Monkeys — Cornerstone
Album: Humbug
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6.6

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Total ratings: 548









Released: 2009
Length: 3:06
Plays (last 30 days): 1
I thought I saw you in The Battleship
But it was only a look-alike
She was nothing but a vision trick
Under the warning light

She was close
Close enough to be your ghost
But my chances turned to toast when I asked her if
I could call her your name

I thought I saw you in The Rusty Hook
Huddled up in a wicker chair
I wandered up for a closer look
And kissed whoever was sitting there

She was close
And she held me very tightly
Till I asked awfully politely
"Please, can I call you her name?"

And I elongated my lift home
Yeah, I let him go the long way round
I smelt your scent on the seatbelt
And kept my shortcuts to myself

I thought I saw you in The Parrot's Beak
Messing with the smoke alarm
It was too loud for me to hear her speak
And she had a broken arm

It was close
So close that the walls were wet
And she wrote it out in Letraset
"No, you can't call me her name"

Tell me where's your hiding place
I'm worried I'll forget your face
And I've asked everyone
I'm beginning to think I imagined you all along

I elongated my lift home
Yeah, I let him go the long way 'round
I smelt your scent on the seatbelt
And kept my shortcuts to myself

I saw your sister in The Cornerstone
On the phone to the middle man
When I saw that she was on her own
I thought she might understand

She was close
Well, you couldn't get much closer
She said "I'm really not supposed to
But yes, you can call me anything you want"
Comments (41)add comment
 Lyndont wrote:
God! This is average.
 
Was what your wife said to you last night.
God! This is average.
A creepily ingenious song. 
 Jelani wrote:
What a brilliant song.

  I think it is great, too.


What a brilliant song.
I thought this was Morrissey singing for a few seconds. 
 Proclivities wrote:

Indeed.  I still have many sheets of Letraset and Letratone: ah, the antediluvian days of graphic design.  Good song, though obviously not for everyone: the ratings graph looks like a bizarre cityscape.

 

Not every day you hear Letraset mentioned in a song. I might still have a sheet buried somewhere. Loved that catalog.
It was a fellow designer who introduced me to RP so I feel like the circle has been completed in a different way.
huh?
I remember when you were cool China
Wait a second. What happened to a chorus? Where is that confounded bridge?
 adroc wrote:

Nope.

 
YES!!
Very lame! {#Eh}
Good enough for this North American to wake up and post a thumbs up. Love it when the Brits stake a claim with some lyrical style
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 WayUpNorth wrote:
She was close, close enough to be your ghost
But my chances turned to toast
When I asked her if I could call her your name ...
  love it!
 
He has better luck the next time :)

She was close, couldn't get much closer
She said "I'm not supposed to"
But you can call me anything you want.
 MinMan wrote:

Their previous albums sounded fresh and alive - this sounds stale, dank & dreary. Has this flash in the pan lost it's sizzle?

 
Nope.
Aptly titled,dreary and too much of his regional accent.
 On_The_Beach wrote:
What about "Daydream Believer"?
 
You just had to monkey around didn't you!?! Hit the ground and do 20 pushups! {#Roflol}


 xkolibuul wrote:
The only Monkeys tune that works for me . . .
 
What about "Daydream Believer"?

I find this heartbreaking. There is no one else this successful writing lyrics this true and human.
The only Monkeys tune that works for me.  But then exclamation points don't work for me, so no surprise.
 
Stingray wrote:
One of the few Monkey's tunes that do not work for me!
 


 photosynthesis wrote:
how about channeling John Lennon?? remember him? know who he is?
  Yes, I'm hearing that too.
Yes, I'm very old. {#Yes}


One of the few Monkey's tunes that do not work for me!
great lyrics, nice song
you guys always play the bad Arctic Monkeys songs.
"I got a girl, she lives on the hill

She won't do it but her sister will.
"

{#Bananajam}{#Drummer}{#Bananajam}
 Proclivities wrote:

Indeed.  I still have many sheets of Letraset and Letratone: ah, the antediluvian days of graphic design.  Good song, though obviously not for everyone: the ratings graph looks like a bizarre cityscape.
 
Ha!!!
Me too. Got some rubylith as well!!! 
 Pieter wrote:
Remember Letraset?
 
Indeed.  I still have many sheets of Letraset and Letratone: ah, the antediluvian days of graphic design.  Good song, though obviously not for everyone: the ratings graph looks like a bizarre cityscape.


Lennon? PaLeeeeez! I'm a smidge older than you, BTW.

 
photosynthesis wrote:
how about channeling John Lennon?? remember him? know who he is?
 

 Pieter wrote:
Remember Letraset?
 
I do.  Graphics major in college.

how about channeling John Lennon?? remember him? know who he is?
She was close, close enough to be your ghost
But my chances turned to toast
When I asked her if I could call her your name ...
  love it!
Hmmm....... channeling Moz? Sure sounds like an attempt.

{#Eek}....  Ahhhhh ...... No .....{#No}
Jesus, that's horrible isn't it?

Arctic Sea Monkeys. 

Their previous albums sounded fresh and alive - this sounds stale, dank & dreary. Has this flash in the pan lost it's sizzle?


 Sadfish wrote:
lmic wrote:
The concept of an Arctic Monkeys ballad is strange... Are they even old enough yet to justify it? LOL
 
any song about Pubs is good enough for me :)
 
Sounds like a song about infatuation to me, but it is quite a pub crawl, right enough :*)



lmic wrote:
The concept of an Arctic Monkeys ballad is strange... Are they even old enough yet to justify it? LOL
 
any song about Pubs is good enough for me :)

The concept of an Arctic Monkeys ballad is strange... Are they even old enough yet to justify it? LOL
 Pieter wrote:
Remember Letraset?
 

Yes. That stuff was a b*&ch to use.
This song and whole album really grows on me. I really like the lyrics.
Remember Letraset?