a short site about The Divine Comedy

French version

Three Sisters

Lyrics & Music: Neil Hannon

Published by: Damaged Pop Music / BMG Music Publishing Ltd.

Originally interpreted by: The Divine Comedy


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




Mmm. It used to be quite a rare song at gigs (a couple of performances in '93-'94, including the famous La Cigale show, as well as in '96), but, unexpectedly I must say, Neil played it in 2004, after giving it "a bit of a scrub-up" as he says.

This song is based on a play by Chekov called The Three Sisters – or at least it gets its title from the play. It seems that the first line of the second verse is taken from a quote of Byron's 'Don Juan': "Pleasure's a sin, and sometimes sin's a pleasure".

The song is about a boy being teased, and even bullied, by his three sisters. Is it Neil feeling oppressed by his three ex-fellows?