a short site about The Divine Comedy

French version

Absent Friends

Lyrics & Music: Neil Hannon

Published by: BMG Music Publishing Ltd.

Originally interpreted by: The Divine Comedy

Covered by: Peter Jöback / Pablo Jubany / Coque Malla & Neil Hannon


To see the lyrics, click on the name of the version you are interested in (on the left).




The lyrics and the music are by Neil Hannon. It was written for the album Absent Friends and released as single.

Jean Seberg was an American actress famous for her part in Breathless. She commited suicide.

Steve McQueen (1930-1980) was an American actor. He played in The Great Escape.

Laïka, a bitch, was the first livind being sent into space. She was sent on board Spoutnik, where she survived for 7 days.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) was an Irish writer and playwright. He went to school at the Portora Royal School, in Enniskillen.

A video was produced by Done and Dusted who filmed the Live At The Palladium as well. It shows the band performing in the venue, first in front of empty seats but only Neil; and then with the full audience. Clappings have also been added in the video edit.