a short site about The Divine Comedy

French version

Overstrand

Original version (4:07)

I reside
In Prince of Wales Drive
In a mansion block named Primrose.
With constant hot water
Its got all it ought’er
Behind Victorian windows.
But nonetheless,
I must confess
I’m looking for something grander.
If you could see it
You’d agree it’s
Better to be an Overstrander.

If one rich hag
Should like my gags
And drunkenly drag me to bed in Overstrand –
“Stand
Still
While I take your picture.”
I would give
Her the negatives
If she could deliver the keys of Overstrand
And
Then
I would evict her.

Oh! to be Oh! to be
One of the bourgeoisie, One of the bourgeoisie,
Living in luxury Living in luxury
South of the river! South of the river!

I’ll flirt and philander,
I’ll take huge back-handers.
I just want to be an Overstrander. I just want to be an Overstrander.

If that won’t work
I’ll lift my shirt
For a certain dirty old man in Overstrand
And
I
Will see that he is happy.
When he’s dead
His will instead
Of bequeathing it to his in-bred’s as planned
Will hand
Overstrand to me,
And see that I am happy.

Oh! to be Oh! to be
One of the bourgeoisie, One of the bourgeoisie,
Living in luxury Living in luxury
South of the river! South of the river!

I’ll pounce, I’ll pander,
I’ll gerrymander.
I just want to be an Overstrander. I just want to be an Overstrander.

Beware, Miss Clarke,
A walk in the park.
In winter the darkness can fall so fast you may
Lose your way
And slip into the river.
No one will guess
That beneath this false chest
There’s a gentleman dressed up as you.
I’ll fool them all.
The men will call
And I’ll make them quiver.

Oh! to be Oh! to be
One of the bourgeoisie, One of the bourgeoisie,
Living in luxury Living in luxury
South of the river! South of the river!

I’ll lie, I’ll slander,
I’ll write for the Evening Standard.
I just want to be an Overstrander, I just want to be an Overstrander,
Please… Please…