One Hundred Lyrics and a Poem

One Hundred Lyrics and a Poem

by Neil Tennant

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Overview

Everything I’ve ever done
Everything I ever do
Every place I’ve ever been
Everywhere I’m going to

Over a career that spans four decades and thirteen studio albums with Pet Shop Boys, Neil Tennant has consistently proved himself to be one of the most elegant and stylish of contemporary lyricists. Arranged alphabetically, One Hundred Lyrics and a Poem presents an overview of his considerable achievement as a chronicler of modern life: the romance, the break-ups, the aspirations, the changing attitudes, the history, the politics, the pain.

The landscape of Tennant's lyrics is recognisably British in character - restrained and preoccupied with the mundane, occasionally satirical, yet also yearning for escape and theatrical release. Often surprisingly revealing, this volume is contextualised by a personal commentary on each lyric and an introduction by the author which gives a fascinating insight into the process and genesis of writing.

Flamboyant, understated, celebratory and elegiac, Neil Tennant's lyrics are a document of our times.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780571348909
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Publication date: 12/04/2018
Sales rank: 281,195
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

One hundred lyrics:

1 A certain Je ne sais quoi 2

2 A cloud in a box 4

3 After the event 6

4 A red letter day 8

5 Being boring 10

6 Bet she's not your girlfriend 14

7 Between two islands 16

8 Birthday boy 18

9 Call me old-fashioned 20

10 Can you forgive her? 24

11 Casanova in hell 26

12 Decadence 28

13 Delusions of grandeur 30

14 Discoteca 32

15 DJ culture 34

16 Do I have to? 36

17 Don Juan 38

18 Dreaming of the Queen 40

19 Ego music 42

20 Electricity 46

21 Everything means something 48

22 Flamboyant 50

23 Friendly fire 54

24 Fugitive 56

25 Happiness is an option 58

26 Hell 62

27 Hey, headmaster 64

28 How can you expect to be taken seriously? 66

29 How I learned to hate rock 'n' roll 68

30 I didn't get where I am today 70

31 I made my excuses and left 72

32 I'm with Stupid 74

33 Indefinite leave to remain 76

34 Integral 78

35 In the night 82

36 Invisible 84

37 It couldn't happen here 86

38 It's a sin 88

39 I want a dog 90

40 I wouldn't normally do this kind of thing 92

41 Jack the Lad 94

42 King of Rome 96

43 King's Cross 98

44 Leaving 100

45 Left to my own devices 102

46 Legacy 104

47 London 108

48 Love is a bourgeois construct 110

49 Love is a catastrophe 114

50 Luna Park 116

51 Memory of the future 120

52 Miserablism 122

53 My October symphony 124

54 Nervously 126

55 Northing has been proved 128

56 Odd man out 130

57 Only the wind 132

58 Opportunities (Let's make lots of money) 134

59 Rent 136

60 Requiem in denim and leopardskin 138

61 Sad robot world 142

62 Searching for the face of Jesus 144

63 Sexy Northerner 146

64 Shameless 148

65 Silver age 150

66 Single 152

67 So hard 154

68 So sorry, I said 156

69 Suburbia 158

70 The calm before the storm 160

71 The dead can dance 162

72 The dictator decides 166

73 The former enfant terrible 168

74 The ghost of myself 170

75 The night I fell in love 172

76 The Pop Kids 176

77 The resurrectionist 180

78 The Sodom and Gomorrah Show 182

79 The sound of the atom splitting 184

80 The survivors 186

81 The theatre 189

82 The truck-driver and his mate 190

83 The view from your balcony 192

84 The white dress 194

85 This must be the place I waited years to leave 196

86 This used to be the future 198

87 To face the truth 200

88 Too many people 202

89 To speak is a sin 204

90 Twentieth century 206

91 Twenty-something 208

92 Up against it 212

93 West End girls 214

94 Wiedersehen 216

95 Yesterday, when I was mad 220

96 You choose 222

97 Young offender 224

98 You only tell me you love me when you're drunk 226

99 Your early stuff 228

100 Your funny uncle 230

A Poem:

Poem 235

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