a short site about The Divine Comedy

French version

Tango Ballad

Original version (4:58)

Ute Lemper - Neil Hannon - Neil Hannon + Ute Lemper

There was a time, now very far away,
When we set up together, I and she.
I got the brain and she supplied the breast.
I saw her right and she looked after me.
A way of life, then, if not quite the best

And when a client came, I'd slide out of our bed
And treat him nice and go and have a drink instead
And when he paid up, I'd address him: "Sir,
Come any night you feel you fancy her."

That time's long passed, but what would I not give
To see that whorehouse where we used to live.

That was the time, now very far away.
He was so sweet and bashed me where it hurts
And when the cash run out, the feathers really flew,
He'd up and say: "I'm going to pawn your skirt.
A skirt is nicer, but no skirt will do."

Just like his cheek, he had me fairly stewing.
I'd asked him straight to say what he thought he was doing.
Then, he'd lash out and knock me headlong down the stairs.
I had the bruises off and on for years.

That time's long passed, but what would I not give
To see that whorehouse where we used to live.

That was the time, now very far away
Not that the bloody times seem to have looked up.
When afternoons were all I had for you.
I told you she was generally booked up.
The night's more normal.
Yeah, but daytime will do

And when a client came, he'd slide out of our bed
And treat him nice and go and have a drink instead
And when he paid up, I'd address him: "Sir,
Come any night you feel you fancy her."

That time's long passed, but what would we not give
To see that whorehouse where we used to live.