Common People (song)

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She came from Greece, she had a thirst for knowledge
She studied sculpture at St. 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 a rum and Coca Cola"
She said "fine"
And then in thirty 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
So it started there
I said "Pretend you've got no money"
She just laughed and said "Oh you're so funny"
I said "Yeah? (heh)
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
And 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 even though they're laughing at you
and the stupid things that you do
Because you think that poor is cool

Like a dog lying in the 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 stains and 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
And still you'll never get it right
'Cos when you're laying in bed at night
Watching roaches climb the wall
If you called your dad he could stop it all, yeah

Never live like common people
Never do what common people do
Never fail like common people
Never watch your life slide out of view
And then dance and drink and screw
Because there's nothing else to do

I wanna live with common people like you
I wanna live with common people like you
I wanna live with common people like you
I wanna live with common people like you
I wanna live with common people like you
I wanna live with common people like you
I wanna live with common people like you, la la la la
Oh, la la la la
Oh, la la la la
Oh, la la la la lala
Oh yeah

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Alternative versions and remixes

Commerically released:

Common People (7" edit)
Common People (live at Birmingham Academy: October 2001)
Common People (live at Glastonbury)
Common People (Motiv 8 Club Mix)
Common People (Peel Session)
Common People (Vocoda Mix)

Promotional releases only:

Common People (Doggy Disco Mix)
  • Length: 11:10
  • Releases: Common People (German 12" promo single)
Common People (TTP Understand the Acid Mix)
  • Length: 6:42
  • Releases: Common People (German 12" promo single)

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