Common People Lyrics - Pulp

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She came from Greece, she had a thirst for knowledge
She studied sculpture at Saint Martin's College
That's where I caught her eye
She told me that her Dad was loaded
I said "In that case I'll have rum and coca-cola
She said "fine"
And then in 30 seconds time she said
"I want to live like common people
I want to do whatever common people do
I want to sleep with common people
I want to sleep with common people like you"
Well what else could I do?
I said "I'll see what I can do"
I took her to a supermarket
I don't know why
but I had to start it somewhere
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so it started there
I said "pretend you've got no money"
but she just laughed
and said "oh you're so funny"
I said "Yeah
Well I can't see anyone else smiling in here
Are you sure
you want to live like common people
you want to see whatever common people see
you want to sleep with common people
you want to sleep with common people like me?"
But she didn't understand
she just smiled and held my hand
Rent a flat above a shop
Cut your hair and get a job
Smoke some fags and play some pool
Pretend you never went to school
But still you'll never get it right
'cos when you're laid in bed at night
watching roaches climb the wall
if you called your dad he could stop it all
yeah
You'll never live like common people
You'll never do whatever common people do
You'll never fail like common people
You'll never watch your life slide out of view
and then dance and drink and screw
because there's nothing else to do
Sing along with the common people
Sing along and it might just get you through
Laugh along with the common people
Laugh along although they're laughing at you
and the stupid things that you do
because you think that poor is cool
Like a dog lying in a corner
they will bite you and never warn you
Look out
they'll tear your insides out
'cos everybody hates a tourist
especially one who thinks
it's all such a laugh
yeah and the chip stain's grease
will come out in the bath
You will never understand
how it feels to live your life
with no meaning or control
and with nowhere left to go
You are amazed that they exist
and they burn so bright
whilst you can only wonder why
Rent a flat above a shop
Cut your hair and get a job
Smoke some fags and play some pool
Pretend you never went to school
But still you'll never get it right
'cause when you're laid in bed at night
watching roaches climb the wall
if you called your dad he could stop it all
yeah
You'll never live like common people
You'll never do whatever common people do
You'll never fail like common people
You'll never watch your life slide out of view
and then dance and drink and screw
'because there's nothing else to do
I want to live with common people like you.....






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Genius. | Reviewer: Bully. | 5/30/13

One of my all time favourite songs. Not only on a par with the writing of Ray Davies and Pete Townsend but also with the earlier greats, Sammy Cahn and Cole Porter. The words are smart, cutting and witty and the phrasing is superb. Doesn't really matter if you're common or posh, just enjoy a work of art.

Love. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/25/11

This is such a relevant song and I love it's message so much. It perfectly describes how the upperclasses look down on us common people with a silent admiration. They don't realise how well off they are in comparison to the less fortunate. As humans, most people don't realise how close to poverty we are. If you see someone asking for money, help them. Even if they blow it on booze, at least they're happy. Don't make a mockery or patronise us. Have heart.

this song rocks and a response to the last anon | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/11/10

Yes the complete lyrics are good to see and what an awesome song. Jarvis Cocker is right on with this one. And...to answer anon:

When you are a "common person", Anon, comments like the one's you made are offensive in some ways to some of us "common folk." For starters you talk of "common people" as if we are animals in a zoo -- our existence amuses you and fascinates you while we struggle everyday over simple things like "will I have enough money for food this week?" or "I guess I'll have to let my car note be late this time in order to pay my rent" or "crap I'm out of gas and payday is not until next week" Something tells me Anon that you have never posed these questions to yourself. Life is much harder without money, in fact its pretty stressful and nearly impossible. All you can do is worry over money and bills and yet people like you hoard more money than you will ever spend in your lifetime. And yet you think our lives are cool? And you wonder why there is animosity? And btw we don't want to be accepted into your circle of wealthy people we just want your money :P

response to anon | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/11/10

When you are a "common person", Anon, comments like the one's you made are offensive in some ways to some of us "common folk." For starters you talk of people of modest incomes as if our existence amuses you and fascinates you while we struggle everyday over simple things like "will I have enough money for food this week?" or "I guess I'll have to let my car note be late this time in order to pay my rent" or "crap I'm out of gas and payday is not until next week" Something tells me Anon that you have never posed these questions to yourself. Life is much harder without money, in fact its pretty stressful and nearly impossible. All you can do is worry over money and bills and yet people like you hoard more money than you will ever spend in your lifetime. And yet you think our lives are cool? And you wonder why there is animosity?

fantastic | Reviewer: anon | 10/30/09

as a middle class student trying to make a go of my music i always encounter prejudice and spite for people who have a lot of money (in comparison). and it sucks! i don't necessarily want to live like "common people" but it would be nice to be accepted by lower classes as they would want to be accepted in others. i know i never can "live like common people" without at the very least lying about my family or my background. it makes me very sad. i just wish i could write a song like this about the subject

correct lyrics! | Reviewer: bill | 10/22/07

Thank you! other lyric spaces don't seem to have the last verse, which is what I was looking for...good for you!

excellent and thanks | Reviewer: dante | 5/28/07

its great its the only page where i was able to find the entire song thanks.



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