a short site about The Divine Comedy

French version


Lyrics & Music: Neil Hannon

Published by: BMG Music Publishing Ltd.

Originally interpreted by: The Divine Comedy

Covered by: The Divine Comedy & Duke Special / Pablo Jubany


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




Neil said about the song: “It is about self-justification. Sometimes you want to prove things to people when what’s important is who you are. It sounds a bit like folk music” [1].

It originally was first played as a country song in 2000 before the recording of Regeneration. It is still played at concerts from times to times. Duke Special also covered on the piano it at the Vicar Street show in 2008.

The second verse is said to have been inspired by something Robbie Williams once said to Neil. [2]

[1] New Comer, 2001
[2] Reference needed