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The Beautiful South was an English pop group formed at the end of the 1980s by two former members of Hull group The Housemartins, Paul Heaton and Dave Hemingway. Other members were Sean Welch (bass), Dave Stead (drums) and Dave Rotheray (guitar) and a succession of female vocalists - Briana Corrigan, Jacqui Abbott and Alison Wheeler. more »


Year:
1996
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Ginger Elvis Presley looked a fraction sad 
Roaming the whole town from bin to bin 
Well living on the streets wasn't all that bad 
Where no-one seemed to know that he was King 

The sound of New York City 
Isn't police sirens wailing 
It's the sound of Wall Street tills 
Whilst everyone is failing 

Sometimes you feel expensive 
Sometimes you feels so cheap 
You can roam the streets a King 
Whilst everyone's asleep 
You can mime to any record 
With a hairbrush or a spoon 
But God help the singer out of tune 

A crippled Mohammad Ali 
Looked at bad luck in the mirror 
Bad luck looked back at him and sighed 
He looked a good foot smaller 
And a couple of stone thinner 
And if anyone came toward him 
He would hide 

The sound of North America 
Isn't Christians quietly praying 
It's the sound of shuffling feet 
That don't know where they're going 

Sometimes you feel expensive 
Sometimes you feels so cheap 
You can roam the streets a King 
Whilst everyone's asleep 
You can fight with anybody 
With a glimmer of a chance 
But God help the boxer with no hands 

A homeless Greta Garbo 
Moves across the street 
The moonlight shining clearly 
Through her skirt 
A real life living legend 
That no-one wants to meet 
And that's when being Garbo 
Really hurts 

The lyrics of "New York" 
May have Frank Sinatra singing 
But the rhythm and the melody 
Were dead black men swinging 

Sometimes you feel expensive 
Sometimes you feels so cheap 
You can roam the streets a Queen 
Whilst everyone's asleep 
You can act with anybody 
From the cradle to the crypt 
But God help the actress 
Who doesn't know the script

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Written by: DAVE ROTHERAY, PAUL HEATON

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