Lively Arts

The Damned

About Lively Arts

"Lively Arts" is a single released by The Damned. Big Beat, budget imprint of Chiswick Records, followed up their belated release of "Wait for the Blackout" as a single with the release of another track from The Black Album, "Lively Arts". Like all of Big Beat's Damned reissues, the single failed to chart, not helped by the band not promoting it (they had recently released the new LP Strawberries on Bronze Records) and partly due to the track having been available on the album for )


 Watch: New Singing Lesson Videos Can Make Anyone A Great Singer

i'm gonna stay in bed all day
i'm not gonna hear a word you say

it's gonna be a life of style for me
electric blankets,pillows,fire,and tv

chorus :

take a look outside
those lively arts are on the slide
and culture's just a bore
when you're angry, young and poor
but if i got my way
those idle rich would pay
when the discussion starts
on the lively arts

i'm gonna be a lazy slob
stuff the folks and sod the job

and tell the foreman that i'm ill
and in a week i'll be here still
yes i will

repeat chorus

 Become A Better Singer In Only 30 Days, With Easy Video Lessons!

The Damned

The Damned are an English rock band formed in London in 1976. They were the first punk rock band from the United Kingdom to release a single ("New Rose"), an album (Damned Damned Damned), to have a record on the UK music charts, and to tour the United States. The Damned later evolved into one of the forerunners of the gothic genre. more »

1 fan


Lyrics © BMG Rights Management

Lyrics Licensed & Provided by LyricFind

10 facts about this song

Band Background
"Lively Arts" is a single from the British rock band The Damned, known for its contribution to the gothic rock genre and their constant evolution of musical style.
Album Details
The song is a part of their fourth studio album called "The Black Album" which was released in November 1980.
Song Origin
One theory is that "Lively Arts" reflects the band's growing dissatisfaction with their music label, and the pressures they faced to produce commercially successful hits.
Unique Sound
The song is a mix of punk rock and gothic rock, marking a departure from The Damned's earlier, raw punk sound.
Album Success
"The Black Album" reached number 29 in the UK Album Chart, making it one of The Damned's most successful releases.
Influential Band
Bands such as The Offspring and Green Day have cited The Damned as a significant influence in their music, giving songs like "Lively Arts" a lasting legacy in the punk and goth rock genres.
Lyrical Content
The song's lyrics are heavily satirical, critiquing the band's relationship with the media and society's obsession with popular culture and entertainment -- hence the title "Lively Arts."
Essential Personnel
The song features Dave Vanian on vocals, Captain Sensible on guitar, Rat Scabies on drums, and Paul Gray on bass.
Song Duration
"Lively Arts" has a duration of 2 minutes and 59 seconds, which is relatively standard for the punk rock genre.
The Damned Legacy
Despite undergoing several lineup changes, breakups, and reunions, The Damned continues to tour and record new music, keeping songs like "Lively Arts" alive for new generations of fans.

Discuss the Lively Arts Lyrics with the community:



    Use the citation below to add these lyrics to your bibliography:


    "Lively Arts Lyrics." STANDS4 LLC, 2024. Web. 13 Jun 2024. <>.

    Missing lyrics by The Damned?

    Know any other songs by The Damned? Don't keep it to yourself!

    Watch the song video

    Lively Arts

    365     5



    Are you a music master?

    Robert Allen Zimmerman is better known as?
    A Bob Dylan
    B Rob Zombie
    C Bob Geldof
    D Bob Seger

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant explanation for any lyrics that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant explanation for any acronym or abbreviation that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Don't miss The Damned's

    Upcoming Events

    • Thu • Jun 13 • 8:00 PM
      The Showbox, Seattle, WA
    • Sat • Jun 15 • 8:00 PM
      Revolution Hall - Portland, Portland, OR
    • Sun • Jun 16 • 8:00 PM
      Revolution Hall - Portland, Portland, OR
    • Tue • Jun 18 • 8:00 PM
      Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach, CA
    • Thu • Aug 08 • 7:00 PM
      The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury, Aylesbury
    The Damned tracks

    On Radio Right Now


    Powered by

    Think you know music? Test your MusicIQ here!