a short site about The Divine Comedy

French version

Lost Property

Lyrics & Music: Neil Hannon

Published by: BMG Music Publishing Ltd.

Originally interpreted by: The Divine Comedy

Covered by: Emily Plays / Stella Burns


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




The song was inspired by The Divine Comedy’s bassist, Bryan Mills, who always loses his things [1]. The song is a list of things lost. Some are named by pairs depending on the meaning or the musicality (“passports and parkas”). Many are cigarettes packs: “Blue Rizla packets”, “Silk-cuts”, “Bennies”, “ten-packs” and “twenties”. But you also find sports things (“two tennis rackets”, “gym-kits and trainers”), medicine (“C-class narcotics”, “antibiotics”) and even “asthma inhalers”. One night, he dreams that he finds all this things in a sort of Paradise behind his lost “sheep-skin jacket”.

[1] New Comer, 2001