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Life Thru a Lens

29 Sep 1997

The long awaited debut solo album, Life Thru A Lens, was released in September 1997. During a harrowing period for Robbie, recording began at London's Maison Rouge studios in March of that year, shortly after his introduction to Guy Chambers.

After his brief creative fling with writers Eric Bazilian and Desmond Child, Robbie and Guy were keen to create a rockier sound. "Robbie constantly writes lyrics and has some good ideas," said A&R Chris Briggs. "We tried various collaborators, and the one Robbie clicked with was Guy. The demos confirmed we had found a direction."

Released in September - not long after Robbie's stint in rehab, from which he emerged two stones lighter - the album launched with his first live solo gig at the Elysee Monmatre theatre in Paris...

Asked why the album had taken so long to release, Robbie told The Star: "I don't know, it's probably because I've been off me head."

At first the album was slow to take off, despite reasonably good reviews. As the album hit the nation's bargain bins, no one could have prepared Robbie for the success of Angels - now considered one of the most popular songs of all time!

Robbie recalled: "The album had sold about 33,000 copies - which is bugger all as far as I'm concerned. Then Angels comes out and suddenly the album goes from 33,000 to 300,000 sales. Then two weeks later it went double platinum. I was a very happy boy!"

The first band line-up included Guy Chambers, Fil Eisler, Chris Sharrock, Gary Nuttall and Martin Slattery.

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Robbie Says

Angels 4:24 Lyrics

Angels 

I sit and wait
Does an angel contemplate my fate
And do they know
The places where we go
When we're grey and old
cos I've been told
That salvation lets their wings unfold
So when I'm lying in my bed
Thoughts running through my head
And I feel that love is dead
I'm loving angels instead

Chorus

And through it all she offers me protection
A lot of love and affection
Whether I'm right or wrong

And down the waterfall
Wherever it may take me
I know that life won't break me
When I come to call she won't forsake me
I'm loving angels instead

When I'm feeling weak
And my pain walks down a one way street
I look above
And I know I'll always be blessed with love
And as the feeling grows
She breathes flesh to my bones
And when love is dead
I'm loving angels instead

Chorus

And through it all she offers me protection
A lot of love and affection
Whether I'm right or wrong
And down the waterfall
Wherever it may take me
I know that life won't break me
When I come to call she won't forsake me
I'm loving angels instead

Repeat Chorus

 

 

Written by Williams/ G Chambers

Published by EMI Music Publishing/BMG Music Publishing

 

Buy this song Robbie says

Angels

"I'd released three singles and an album which had sold 33,000 copies in three months and I was on the verge of being dropped and then Angels came out and six albums later I'm still here. So without Angels I wouldn't have a career."

 

 

Clean 3:54 Lyrics

Clean

There was a time
When crazy days would start with wine
And now I tow a different line
I stay in bed and use my loaf instead of my bread
And stroll on 'cos I've been thinking so long
That something's gonna go wrong
It's gone to my head my vision's all blurred
And my legs feel like lead

But I'm clean yeah
Friends with Mr Sheen yeah
Don't have to wean myself off of nothing
I'm two minutes clean and that's not very often
Stroll on

There was a time
When I would dread what I had said
Waking up in someone's bed
Wondering who I was
Naked and cold
With an ache in my head
And stroll on 'cos I've been thinking so long
That something's gonna go wrong
It's gone to my head my visions all blurred
And my legs feel like lead

But I'm clean yeah
Friends with Charlie Sheen yeah
Gonna meet the Queen yeah
She's two minutes clean and that's not very often
Stroll on and on

Clean yeah
Friends with Mr Sheen yeah
Don't have to wean myself off of nothing
I'm two minutes clean and that's not very often
I'm clean yeah
Gonna meet the Queen yeah
I won't be obscene yeah
'cos I'm two minutes clean and that's not very often
Stroll on and on and on and on and on
Oh yeah

 

Written By R Williams/ A Genn/ R Hawley/ M Slattery/ P Cook Published by EMI Music Publishing/ Polygram/ Island Publishing/ Copyright Control

 

Buy this song Robbie says

Clean

"I wrote this when I'd had a bit too much to drink around a piano in Germany. It's about me cleaning up my act."

 

 

Killing Me 3:56 Lyrics

Killing Me

I don't mind the abuse
It fills in time
When I'm not much use
But it's killing me, killing me slowly

They all say
I'm too restless
But words cut deep
When you're defenceless
And they're killing me, but killing me slowly

There was a time when we were fine
And I could tolerate you
I do believe that you should leave
'cos I've grown to hate you
Should I be weak and turn my cheek
'cos I'm scared to fall
But I just don't know you
And you don't know me at all

I've been told that love's a celebration
But I've lost faith through frustration
And it's killing me, but killing me slowly

You paint my picture black
The joke's on me
And I don't wanna laugh
Remember the good times
Won't you bring them back someday, somehow

I don't mind feeling blue
If I could smile just like you do
And it's killing me, killing me slowly

I can't go on alone
Pretending nothing's wrong
Maybe I just want to belong
Somewhere, somehow, somehow

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh....

Written By R Williams/ G Chambers
Published by EMI Music Publishing/BMG Music Publishing

Buy this song Robbie says

Killing Me

"Writing this was very draining because it's a song about me, written for me, It's Robbie by Robbie and it's a very honest overview of me."

 

 

 

One of God's Better People 3:33 Lyrics

One of God's Better People

You're one of God's better people
And you don't know
That's why you're special
And I cry so I can talk like this
From my downbeat existence
And I know that you can make my wish
If my wish is pure

But I don't know
I just don't know
I don't know
Let me love you so

Now I can't live this without you
I'd die without you
Without you, without you

You're one of God's better people
And you don't know
That's why you're special
It must hurt to see your favourite man
Lose himself again and again
And I know that you're my only friend
From way back when

My wish was pure
It was oh so pure
It was pure
I couldn't love you more

Now I can't live this without you
I'd die without you
Without you
Now I can't live this without you
I'd die without you
Without you, without you

And everybody's going to step aside
As you spread your wings and you will fly
And take me to the other side where they know

'Cos I don't know no more
I just don't know no more
I don't know
Let me love you so

Now I can't live this without you
I'd die without you
Without you
Now I can't live this without you
I'd die without you
Without you, without you

You're one of God's better people
And you don't know
That's why you're special

 

Buy this song Robbie says

One of God's Better People

"This is for my mum, because she is one of God's better people. I wanted to write a song that summed up everything I feel about her."

 

Life Thru a Lens 3:08 Lyrics

Life Thru A Lens

Wake up on a Sunday morning
Everything feels so boring
Is that where it ends
Live your life thru a lens

Hair is the new hat, brown is the new black
She shouldn't wear this, he shouldn't wear that
Pleasure at leisure make mine a double
measure with friends
Fashion tardis down at Quo Vadis
Who laughs the longest who drives the hardest
Pleasure at leisure make mine a double
measure with friends

Just because I ain't double barrelled
Don't mean I haven't travelled well
Can't you tell!
Oh no it's quite appallin
Your conversation is boring as hell, oh well!

Wake up on Sunday morning
And everything feels so boring
Is that where it ends
Live your life thru a lens

And now your boyfriend's suspicious
So go home and wash the dishes
And wash them well so he can't tell

She's looking real drab just out of rehab
I'm talking football she's talking ab fab
Your clothes are very kitsch
Just because your daddy is rich
You sound so funny with your voice all plummy
Now your cheque's just bounced better run
to your mummy
And you know it's a class act she'll never
ask for it back

Just because I ain't double barrelled
Don't mean I haven't travelled well
Can't you tell!
Mix with the local gentry and don't crash
Tarquin's Bentley
I'll take the ends with our life thru a lens
You're scared of the poor and needy
Is that why you're all in-breedy?
They're just like you, they need love too

Wake up on Sunday morning
And everything feels so boring
Is that where it ends
With your life thru a lens

And now your boyfriend's suspicious
So go home and wash the dishes
And wash them well so he can't tell

Written by R Williams/ G Chambers
Published by EMI Music Publishing/BMG Music Publishing

Buy this song Robbie says

Life Thru a Lens

"When you listen to this it sounds like I'm being vindictive and I'm not. It's about society girls. The lyrics go "Hair is the new hat, brown is the new black...she's looking real drab, just out of rehab...I'm talking football, she's talking Ab Fab." I hope they can see the funny side."

Ego a Go Go 3:32 Lyrics

Ego A Go Go

Where were you when you stole my pride
Did you ever get the feeling that someone died
Hide away in your ivory tower
And cover me in your golden shower
Did I make you laugh when I played the clown
And was I the dog that bit you when you put it down
Break it nicely break it slow
Break it so I got no place to go

Ego a go go now you've gone solo
Living on a memory
Where've you been lately
And do you still hate me
Could you offer an apology

Aaah turn away
Aaah fade to grey

Where were you when the party ended
Were you stitching up the wounds
that you thought I need mending
Wonderland has crashed to the ground
The circus has gone all that's left is the clowns
Did I break your heart when I stole your thunder
Was there woodworm in the table your feet
are under
Break it nicely break it slow
Break it so I got no place to go

Ego a go go now you've gone solo
Living on a memory
Now you've gone stately
And yes you do hate me
Could you offer an apology

Aaah turn away
Aaah fade to grey
Aaah I hope you've strayed
Aaah and got laid

Ego a go go

Written By R Williams/ G Chambers
Published by EMI Music Publishing/BMG Music Publishing

Buy this song Robbie says

Ego a Go Go

"This is about people who get you down. You know the sort, if they're having a bad time themselves they make you suffer to make themselves feel better. This song says: "Get lost" to them."

 

Old Before I Die 3:54 Lyrics

Old Before I Die

She's taking me places
I should never have been
She's showing me faces
I should never have seen
Well these are strange days
We're living in today
C'est la vie I say

I hope I'm old, before I die
I hope I'll live to relive
The days gone by
I hope I'm old before I die
Well tonight I'm gonna
Live for today
So come along for the ride
I hope I'm old before I die

She's not feeling stable
She's unable to breathe
Her heart's beating faster
So I'll ask her to leave
These are strange days,
We're living in today
Am I straight or gay?

I hope I'm old, before I die
I hope I'll live to see the day
The Pope gets high
I hope I'm old, I hope I'm old,
Before I die
Well tonight I'm gonna
Live for today
So come along for the ride
I hope I'm old before I die

Well these are strange days
We're living in today
C'est la vie, I say, I say, I say

I hope I'm old (I hope I'm old)
Before I die
I hope I'll live to relive
The days gone by
I hope I'm old before I die
Well tonight I'm gonna
Live for today
So come along for the ride
I hope I'm old before I die
I hope I'm old
Before, old before I die
Old before, old before I die
Die, die, die
Old before, old before I die
Die, die, die

 

Buy this song Robbie says

Old Before I Die

"This is about my hedonistic period last year, which by now you all know about. It was a very decadent time, in fact it taught me to be a very good ‘decadancer'.

 

 

Lazy Days 3:53 Lyrics

Lazy Days

Lazy days calling to you
Come out to play
The future flies with you
Now you can be sure love is the cure
What we're searching for
Is to have a jolly good time

Crazy days but you'll get me through
And here I'll stay holdin' on to you
Now you can be sure
Our thoughts unpure
Will unlock the door
And we will have a jolly good time

It can happen in any season
We don't need any reason
To sit around and wait
The world can change in a second so
I find the sunshine beckons me
To open up the gate
And dream and dream

Lazy days don't let them get you down
Wear your smile
I don't want to see you frown
Don't let them get you down

It can happen in any season
We don't need any reason
To sit around and wait
The world can change in a second so
I find the sunshine beckons me
To open up the gate
And dream and dream

Then we will have - a jolly good time

Written by R Williams/ G Chambers
Published by EMI Music Publishing/BMG Music Publishing

Buy this song Robbie says

Lazy Days

"This is the second single from the album and it's an anthem about being young. It's basically saying enjoy your youth and don't worry about making mistakes because we all make mistakes - it's part of growing up. That's something I've only just learnt for myself."

 

Let Me Entertain You 4:21 Lyrics

Let Me Entertain You

Hell is gone and heaven's here
There's nothing left for you to fear
Shake your arse come over here
Now scream
I'm a burning effigy
Of everything I used to be
You're my rock of empathy, my dear

So come on let me entertain you
Let me entertain you

Life's too short for you to die
So grab yourself an alibi
Heaven knows your mother lied
Mon cher
Separate your right from wrongs
Come and sing a different song
The kettle's on so don't be long
Mon cher

So come on let me entertain you
Let me entertain you

Look me up in the yellow pages
I will be your rock of ages
Your see through fads and your crazy phases
Yeah
Little Bo Peep has lost his sheep
He popped a pill and fell asleep
The dew is wet but the grass is sweet my dear

Your mind gets burned
With the habits you've learned
But we're the generation that's got to be heard
You're tired of your teachers and your school's a drag
You're not going to end up like your mum and dad

So come on let me entertain you
Let me entertain you
Let me entertain you

He may be good he may be outta sight
But he can't be here so come around tonight
Here is the place where the feeling grows
You gotta get high before you taste the lows
So come on

Let me entertain you
Let me entertain you
So come on let me entertain you
Let me entertain you

Come on come on come on come on
Come on come on come on come on
Come on come on come on come on

Let me entertain you
Let me entertain you
So come on let me entertain you
Let me entertain you

 

Written by R Williams/G Chambers
Published by EMI Music Publishing/BMG Music Publishing

Buy this song Robbie says

Let Me Entertain You

"We were round Guy's house watching the Rock ‘n' Roll circus with The Beatles and The Rolling Stones and were quite inspired and went upstairs and wrote a Who-esque type song. I'm really proud of the video. Let Me Entertain You is the best video I've ever done I think."

 

 

Baby Girl Window 3:16 Lyrics

Baby Girl Window

I've got your rainbows seen your sunbeams
I know a place where heaven breathes
And it's through her windowYour baby girl's window

I know you're happy where you are
Singing to the moon talking to the stars
Through her window
Your baby girl's window

There's finger marks around her soul
But your laughter fills the hole
Through her window
Your baby girl's window

Aaah I wish you would stay
Aaah to see what she made of herself

People say you were gone too soon
I see your face when flowers bloom
Through her window
Your baby girl's window

I'm looking for the words to say
Something to take the pain away
Through her window

Aaah I wish you would stay
Aaah to see what she made of herself

 

Written By R Williams/G Chambers

Published by EMI Music Publishing/BMG Music Publishing

 

Buy this song Robbie says

Baby Girl Window

"This is about the actor Richard Beckinsale who was in Porridge. He died very young and he was such a talent so I thought he deserves to have a song written about him. His daughter, Sam, is a family friend and she was really touched when I played this to her."

 

 

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Lazy Days 3:53 Lyrics

Lazy Days

Lazy days calling to you
Come out to play
The future flies with you
Now you can be sure love is the cure
What we're searching for
Is to have a jolly good time

Crazy days but you'll get me through
And here I'll stay holdin' on to you
Now you can be sure
Our thoughts unpure
Will unlock the door
And we will have a jolly good time

It can happen in any season
We don't need any reason
To sit around and wait
The world can change in a second so
I find the sunshine beckons me
To open up the gate
And dream and dream

Lazy days don't let them get you down
Wear your smile
I don't want to see you frown
Don't let them get you down

It can happen in any season
We don't need any reason
To sit around and wait
The world can change in a second so
I find the sunshine beckons me
To open up the gate
And dream and dream

Then we will have - a jolly good time

Written by R Williams/ G Chambers
Published by EMI Music Publishing/BMG Music Publishing

Buy this song Robbie says

Lazy Days

"This is the second single from the album and it's an anthem about being young. It's basically saying enjoy your youth and don't worry about making mistakes because we all make mistakes - it's part of growing up. That's something I've only just learnt for myself."

 

Life Thru a Lens 3:08 Lyrics

Life Thru A Lens

Wake up on a Sunday morning
Everything feels so boring
Is that where it ends
Live your life thru a lens

Hair is the new hat, brown is the new black
She shouldn't wear this, he shouldn't wear that
Pleasure at leisure make mine a double
measure with friends
Fashion tardis down at Quo Vadis
Who laughs the longest who drives the hardest
Pleasure at leisure make mine a double
measure with friends

Just because I ain't double barrelled
Don't mean I haven't travelled well
Can't you tell!
Oh no it's quite appallin
Your conversation is boring as hell, oh well!

Wake up on Sunday morning
And everything feels so boring
Is that where it ends
Live your life thru a lens

And now your boyfriend's suspicious
So go home and wash the dishes
And wash them well so he can't tell

She's looking real drab just out of rehab
I'm talking football she's talking ab fab
Your clothes are very kitsch
Just because your daddy is rich
You sound so funny with your voice all plummy
Now your cheque's just bounced better run
to your mummy
And you know it's a class act she'll never
ask for it back

Just because I ain't double barrelled
Don't mean I haven't travelled well
Can't you tell!
Mix with the local gentry and don't crash
Tarquin's Bentley
I'll take the ends with our life thru a lens
You're scared of the poor and needy
Is that why you're all in-breedy?
They're just like you, they need love too

Wake up on Sunday morning
And everything feels so boring
Is that where it ends
With your life thru a lens

And now your boyfriend's suspicious
So go home and wash the dishes
And wash them well so he can't tell

Written by R Williams/ G Chambers
Published by EMI Music Publishing/BMG Music Publishing

Buy this song Robbie says

Life Thru a Lens

"When you listen to this it sounds like I'm being vindictive and I'm not. It's about society girls. The lyrics go "Hair is the new hat, brown is the new black...she's looking real drab, just out of rehab...I'm talking football, she's talking Ab Fab." I hope they can see the funny side."

Ego a Go Go 3:32 Lyrics

Ego A Go Go

Where were you when you stole my pride
Did you ever get the feeling that someone died
Hide away in your ivory tower
And cover me in your golden shower
Did I make you laugh when I played the clown
And was I the dog that bit you when you put it down
Break it nicely break it slow
Break it so I got no place to go

Ego a go go now you've gone solo
Living on a memory
Where've you been lately
And do you still hate me
Could you offer an apology

Aaah turn away
Aaah fade to grey

Where were you when the party ended
Were you stitching up the wounds
that you thought I need mending
Wonderland has crashed to the ground
The circus has gone all that's left is the clowns
Did I break your heart when I stole your thunder
Was there woodworm in the table your feet
are under
Break it nicely break it slow
Break it so I got no place to go

Ego a go go now you've gone solo
Living on a memory
Now you've gone stately
And yes you do hate me
Could you offer an apology

Aaah turn away
Aaah fade to grey
Aaah I hope you've strayed
Aaah and got laid

Ego a go go

Written By R Williams/ G Chambers
Published by EMI Music Publishing/BMG Music Publishing

Buy this song Robbie says

Ego a Go Go

"This is about people who get you down. You know the sort, if they're having a bad time themselves they make you suffer to make themselves feel better. This song says: "Get lost" to them."

 

Angels 4:24 Lyrics

Angels 

I sit and wait
Does an angel contemplate my fate
And do they know
The places where we go
When we're grey and old
cos I've been told
That salvation lets their wings unfold
So when I'm lying in my bed
Thoughts running through my head
And I feel that love is dead
I'm loving angels instead

Chorus

And through it all she offers me protection
A lot of love and affection
Whether I'm right or wrong

And down the waterfall
Wherever it may take me
I know that life won't break me
When I come to call she won't forsake me
I'm loving angels instead

When I'm feeling weak
And my pain walks down a one way street
I look above
And I know I'll always be blessed with love
And as the feeling grows
She breathes flesh to my bones
And when love is dead
I'm loving angels instead

Chorus

And through it all she offers me protection
A lot of love and affection
Whether I'm right or wrong
And down the waterfall
Wherever it may take me
I know that life won't break me
When I come to call she won't forsake me
I'm loving angels instead

Repeat Chorus

 

 

Written by Williams/ G Chambers

Published by EMI Music Publishing/BMG Music Publishing

 

Buy this song Robbie says

Angels

"I'd released three singles and an album which had sold 33,000 copies in three months and I was on the verge of being dropped and then Angels came out and six albums later I'm still here. So without Angels I wouldn't have a career."

 

 

South of the Border 3:53 Lyrics

South Of The Border

I know a freaky young lady
Name of Cocaine Katie
She makes my temperature freeze
She's got a blood red powder
When she gives a shout
She'll bring you to your knees

Well we were being clever playing God
Games forever
She said she only meant to please
But I'm someone's brother, got a father
And a mother
You know I'm going to have to leave

South of the Border
I think you oughta
South of the Border
I think you oughta

‘cos you know you're gonna have to leave
To a place where you can breathe
And you know there's no reprieve

They'll be tears on leaving
But there won't be no grieving
'cos a city soon forgets
To me it's magic
To the landlord it's tragic
He's got another room to let

There'll be the same old faces in the same
old places
Where my youth was well misspent
But I tow the line and move the time
To a town called "No Regrets"

South of the Border
I think you oughta
South of the Border
I think you oughta

‘cos you know you're gonna have to leave
To a place where you can breathe
And you know there's no reprieve

'cos you know you're gonna have to leave
To a place where you can breathe
And you know there's no reprieve

‘cos you know you're gonna have to leave
To a place where you can breathe
And you know there's no reprieve

Written by R Williams/ G Chambers
Published by EMI Music Publishing/BMG Music Publishing

Buy this song Robbie says

South of the Border

"I whistle along on this track like Roger Whitaker but the song is about me completely losing the plot last year and leaving home to move to London."

 

Old Before I Die 3:54 Lyrics

Old Before I Die

She's taking me places
I should never have been
She's showing me faces
I should never have seen
Well these are strange days
We're living in today
C'est la vie I say

I hope I'm old, before I die
I hope I'll live to relive
The days gone by
I hope I'm old before I die
Well tonight I'm gonna
Live for today
So come along for the ride
I hope I'm old before I die

She's not feeling stable
She's unable to breathe
Her heart's beating faster
So I'll ask her to leave
These are strange days,
We're living in today
Am I straight or gay?

I hope I'm old, before I die
I hope I'll live to see the day
The Pope gets high
I hope I'm old, I hope I'm old,
Before I die
Well tonight I'm gonna
Live for today
So come along for the ride
I hope I'm old before I die

Well these are strange days
We're living in today
C'est la vie, I say, I say, I say

I hope I'm old (I hope I'm old)
Before I die
I hope I'll live to relive
The days gone by
I hope I'm old before I die
Well tonight I'm gonna
Live for today
So come along for the ride
I hope I'm old before I die
I hope I'm old
Before, old before I die
Old before, old before I die
Die, die, die
Old before, old before I die
Die, die, die

 

Buy this song Robbie says

Old Before I Die

"This is about my hedonistic period last year, which by now you all know about. It was a very decadent time, in fact it taught me to be a very good ‘decadancer'.

 

 

One of God's Better People 3:33 Lyrics

One of God's Better People

You're one of God's better people
And you don't know
That's why you're special
And I cry so I can talk like this
From my downbeat existence
And I know that you can make my wish
If my wish is pure

But I don't know
I just don't know
I don't know
Let me love you so

Now I can't live this without you
I'd die without you
Without you, without you

You're one of God's better people
And you don't know
That's why you're special
It must hurt to see your favourite man
Lose himself again and again
And I know that you're my only friend
From way back when

My wish was pure
It was oh so pure
It was pure
I couldn't love you more

Now I can't live this without you
I'd die without you
Without you
Now I can't live this without you
I'd die without you
Without you, without you

And everybody's going to step aside
As you spread your wings and you will fly
And take me to the other side where they know

'Cos I don't know no more
I just don't know no more
I don't know
Let me love you so

Now I can't live this without you
I'd die without you
Without you
Now I can't live this without you
I'd die without you
Without you, without you

You're one of God's better people
And you don't know
That's why you're special

 

Buy this song Robbie says

One of God's Better People

"This is for my mum, because she is one of God's better people. I wanted to write a song that summed up everything I feel about her."

 

Let Me Entertain You 4:21 Lyrics

Let Me Entertain You

Hell is gone and heaven's here
There's nothing left for you to fear
Shake your arse come over here
Now scream
I'm a burning effigy
Of everything I used to be
You're my rock of empathy, my dear

So come on let me entertain you
Let me entertain you

Life's too short for you to die
So grab yourself an alibi
Heaven knows your mother lied
Mon cher
Separate your right from wrongs
Come and sing a different song
The kettle's on so don't be long
Mon cher

So come on let me entertain you
Let me entertain you

Look me up in the yellow pages
I will be your rock of ages
Your see through fads and your crazy phases
Yeah
Little Bo Peep has lost his sheep
He popped a pill and fell asleep
The dew is wet but the grass is sweet my dear

Your mind gets burned
With the habits you've learned
But we're the generation that's got to be heard
You're tired of your teachers and your school's a drag
You're not going to end up like your mum and dad

So come on let me entertain you
Let me entertain you
Let me entertain you

He may be good he may be outta sight
But he can't be here so come around tonight
Here is the place where the feeling grows
You gotta get high before you taste the lows
So come on

Let me entertain you
Let me entertain you
So come on let me entertain you
Let me entertain you

Come on come on come on come on
Come on come on come on come on
Come on come on come on come on

Let me entertain you
Let me entertain you
So come on let me entertain you
Let me entertain you

 

Written by R Williams/G Chambers
Published by EMI Music Publishing/BMG Music Publishing

Buy this song Robbie says

Let Me Entertain You

"We were round Guy's house watching the Rock ‘n' Roll circus with The Beatles and The Rolling Stones and were quite inspired and went upstairs and wrote a Who-esque type song. I'm really proud of the video. Let Me Entertain You is the best video I've ever done I think."

 

 

Killing Me 3:56 Lyrics

Killing Me

I don't mind the abuse
It fills in time
When I'm not much use
But it's killing me, killing me slowly

They all say
I'm too restless
But words cut deep
When you're defenceless
And they're killing me, but killing me slowly

There was a time when we were fine
And I could tolerate you
I do believe that you should leave
'cos I've grown to hate you
Should I be weak and turn my cheek
'cos I'm scared to fall
But I just don't know you
And you don't know me at all

I've been told that love's a celebration
But I've lost faith through frustration
And it's killing me, but killing me slowly

You paint my picture black
The joke's on me
And I don't wanna laugh
Remember the good times
Won't you bring them back someday, somehow

I don't mind feeling blue
If I could smile just like you do
And it's killing me, killing me slowly

I can't go on alone
Pretending nothing's wrong
Maybe I just want to belong
Somewhere, somehow, somehow

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh....

Written By R Williams/ G Chambers
Published by EMI Music Publishing/BMG Music Publishing

Buy this song Robbie says

Killing Me

"Writing this was very draining because it's a song about me, written for me, It's Robbie by Robbie and it's a very honest overview of me."

 

 

 

Clean 3:54 Lyrics

Clean

There was a time
When crazy days would start with wine
And now I tow a different line
I stay in bed and use my loaf instead of my bread
And stroll on 'cos I've been thinking so long
That something's gonna go wrong
It's gone to my head my vision's all blurred
And my legs feel like lead

But I'm clean yeah
Friends with Mr Sheen yeah
Don't have to wean myself off of nothing
I'm two minutes clean and that's not very often
Stroll on

There was a time
When I would dread what I had said
Waking up in someone's bed
Wondering who I was
Naked and cold
With an ache in my head
And stroll on 'cos I've been thinking so long
That something's gonna go wrong
It's gone to my head my visions all blurred
And my legs feel like lead

But I'm clean yeah
Friends with Charlie Sheen yeah
Gonna meet the Queen yeah
She's two minutes clean and that's not very often
Stroll on and on

Clean yeah
Friends with Mr Sheen yeah
Don't have to wean myself off of nothing
I'm two minutes clean and that's not very often
I'm clean yeah
Gonna meet the Queen yeah
I won't be obscene yeah
'cos I'm two minutes clean and that's not very often
Stroll on and on and on and on and on
Oh yeah

 

Written By R Williams/ A Genn/ R Hawley/ M Slattery/ P Cook Published by EMI Music Publishing/ Polygram/ Island Publishing/ Copyright Control

 

Buy this song Robbie says

Clean

"I wrote this when I'd had a bit too much to drink around a piano in Germany. It's about me cleaning up my act."

 

 

Baby Girl Window 3:16 Lyrics

Baby Girl Window

I've got your rainbows seen your sunbeams
I know a place where heaven breathes
And it's through her windowYour baby girl's window

I know you're happy where you are
Singing to the moon talking to the stars
Through her window
Your baby girl's window

There's finger marks around her soul
But your laughter fills the hole
Through her window
Your baby girl's window

Aaah I wish you would stay
Aaah to see what she made of herself

People say you were gone too soon
I see your face when flowers bloom
Through her window
Your baby girl's window

I'm looking for the words to say
Something to take the pain away
Through her window

Aaah I wish you would stay
Aaah to see what she made of herself

 

Written By R Williams/G Chambers

Published by EMI Music Publishing/BMG Music Publishing

 

Buy this song Robbie says

Baby Girl Window

"This is about the actor Richard Beckinsale who was in Porridge. He died very young and he was such a talent so I thought he deserves to have a song written about him. His daughter, Sam, is a family friend and she was really touched when I played this to her."

 

 

Old Before I Die (Top Of The Pops 25/04/97) 3:37 Lyrics aren't available Buy this song Robbie says isn't available
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Angels (Unplugged) (Top Of The Pops 16/01/98) 3:55 Lyrics aren't available Buy this song Robbie says isn't available
BRIT Awards Medley Performed With Tom Jones 5:05 Lyrics aren't available Buy this song Robbie says isn't available
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"(Robbie's) new-found self-consciousness makes for a solo album that is often smart, sharp and prickling with personality far beyond the call of teenpop duty...there are enough tunes, enough point and enough style here to keep this crazy fool in rehab fees for a while yet. Take That and... er, party a bit more."
NME, September ‘97

"Significantly, ‘Freedom' is nowhere to be found on ‘Life Thru A Lens'. If Robbie's claim of last year that ‘The best thing about me is my huge willy' still ‘stands' then Robbie must be a very lucky boy indeed, because this album is actually rather fantastic."
Time Out, September ‘97

"Life Thru A Lens contains all the elements you'd expect from Rob - it's funny and shamelessly brash, but with a wibbly, sensitive side. The words are as sharp as you'd expect...you get raucous stompers, trembling epics and full-throated roaring all the way."
Smash Hits, September ‘97