Berlin Chair

You Am I

About Berlin Chair

"Berlin Chair" is the second single from the album Sound As Ever by Australian rock band You Am I. It was released in 1994 and peaked at #73 on the Australian ARIA singles chart. "Berlin Chair" also reached #23 in that year's Hottest 100, while in the 1998 Hottest 100 of All Time it came in at #61 and #52 in the 2009 Hottest 100 of All Time. In a phone-in poll in 1999, the song was voted best Australian song of the 1990s. The track was featured on the soundtrack to the PC game Quarantine, released in the same year.  


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If half of what I'm saying, of what I'm saying is true
Will you rub my head, make it all shiny and new?
And you drag my coat tails, drag my coat tails down
And I'll be the only cold assed king around.
If you wait I'll give all my aches to you.
Take the chance, to ignore what you're going through?
My cold hand is there for you to take
(If you leave, can I fall down)
I'm your Berlin chair, won't you lean on me 'til I break.

I'll ignore each golden, dragging kiss you can give.
On the blankest face that you ever had to forgive.
If you see my failings, see my failings through.
I'm the re-run that you'll always force yourself to sit through.

If you wait I'll give all my aches to you.
Take the chance, to ignore what you're going through?
My cold hand is there for you to take
(If you leave, can I fall down)
I'm your Berlin chair, won't you lean on me 'til I break.

Well you're too late. You're too late.
You're too late.

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You Am I

You Am I is an Australian alternative rock band, fronted by vocalist/guitarist and main songwriter, Tim Rogers. You Am I is the first Australian band to have released three successive albums that have debuted in the #1 position on the ARIA Charts and have received ten ARIA awards since inception. The band has supported popular bands, such as The Who, The Rolling Stones, Sonic Youth and Oasis. more »

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10 facts about this song

"Berlin Chair" is a song by the Australian alternative rock band "You Am I". The band was formed in 1989 and has been active till now.
The song "Berlin Chair" was released on 17 May 1993 as the second single from their second studio album, "Sound As Ever".
Chart Performance
The song was the band's first single to chart, peaking at number 23 on the Australian ARIA Single Charts.
In 2001, the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) listed "Berlin Chair" at number 23 of the Top 30 Australian songs of all time.
The song was covered by Welsh musician Gruff Rhys (of Super Furry Animals) for his 2007 album "Candylion".
Music style
The song carries the signature melodic punk/alternative rock style of the band and was majorly responsible for their breakthrough in the Australian music scene during the early 90s.
Song Lyrics
"Berlin Chair" lyrics were written by band's frontman, Tim Rogers. The lyrics deal with a relationship breakup and the emotions triggered by seeing an empty chair once occupied by the departed lover.
The song won an ARIA Music Award in 1994 for “Producer of the Year” for producer Lee Ranaldo, who was a member of Sonic Youth.
The title "Berlin Chair" has no real significance to the song’s lyrics, but is rather a symbol chosen by Tim Rogers to represent something on which you place a lot of value, something you don't want to share with anyone else, according to him.
The music video for "Berlin Chair" was directed by Australian film director, Richard Lowenstein who has also worked with other big names in the music industry like INXS and U2.

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