Thursday's Lyrics for Thought: Frank Turner

"I Knew Prufrock Before He Got Famous" Love, Ire & Song (2008)

Let’s begin at the beginning, we’re lovers and we’re losers
We’re heroes and we’re pioneers, and we’re beggars and we’re choosers
Skirting ‘round the edges of the ideal demographic
We’re almost on the guest list—but we’re always stuck in traffic.

We’ve watched our close associates up and play their parts
Chatting up the 'It' girls and they’re tearing up the charts
While we were paying with coppers to get our rounds in at the bar
We’re the C team, we’re the almost-famous old friends of the stars

Justin is the last great romantic poet
He’s the only one among us who is ever gonna make it
We’ve planned a revolution from a cheap Southampton bistro
I don’t remember details, but there were English boys with banjos

Jay is our St. George and he’s standing on a wooden chair
And he sings songs and he slays dragons and he’s losing all his hair
And Adam is the resurrected spirit of Graeme Parsons
In plaid instead of rhinestones and living in South London

And no one’s really clear about Tommy’s job description
But it’s pretty clear he’s vital to the whole dam’ operation
And Dave Danger smiles at strangers, Tre’s the safest girl I know
And sullen hearts will scamper up to victory in the city we call home

We won’t change our ways, we will proud remain
When the glory fades, when the glory fades

Yeah, I am sick and tired of people who are living on the B-list
They’re waiting to be famous, and they’re wondering why they do this
And I know I’m not the one who is habitually optimistic
But I’m the one who’s got the microphone here so just remember this:

Life is about love, last minutes and lost evenings
About fire in our bellies and about furtive little feelings
And the aching amplitudes that set our needles all a-flickering
They help us with remembering that the only thing that’s left to do is live

Yeah, the only thing that’s left to do is live
After all of the loving and the losing
The heroes and the pioneers
The only thing that's left to do is get another round in at the bar