Lye-La Lee-La

Artist
James Bell
Released
2013
Genre
Modern
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“I don’t know how to say goodbye…”

History

This is definitely one of my favourite of the songs I’ve written. And it’s very much in the direction I’m moving into in songwriting, which is to make the emotion the point of the song. The inspiration came from the feeling that I sometimes get from walking around London, that there’s some much bigger story happening in the periphery of my life (not sure why – perhaps because, as a capital city, it represents the centre of things). I then pieced the song together from actual big emotional stories that had happened in places like that, or that had nearly happened, or that I was hoping would happen: from wasting time in the cinema complex in Acton to seeing the living statues on Embankment to never being able to find the fucking Aquarium, which seemed to be whisked away to a parallel dimension every time we looked for it. To realising that at some point, I was going to need to take a deep breath and face the romantic mess I’d made for myself.

Lyrics

Lye-la lee-la la lee-la lay
Took the day off work today
Lye-la lee-la la lee-la lye
Went to London, don’t know why
Lye-la lee-la la lee-la lay
Drank the afternoon away
Lye-la lee-la la lee-la lye
With some junior doctors from Hay-on-Wye 

Lye-la lee-la la lee-la lay
We shot machine guns, threw grenades
Lye-la lee-la la lee-la lye
Drove race cars and lost track of time
Lye-la lee-la la lee-la lay
In the Acton cineplex arcades
Lye-la lee-la la lee-la lye
Was going to call you, but I changed my mind 

Lye-la lee-la la lee-la lay
We saw the robots down Embankment way
Lye-la lee-la la lee-la lye
We saw the Tower, saw the Eye
Lye-la lee-la la lee-la lay
Were going to see the Aquarium but lost our way
Lye-la lee-la la lee-la lye
Was going to call you, but I changed my mind 

On the bus in the fading day
Sunlight trailing beams away
Something nagging, undefined
Was going to call you but I changed my mind
We brought this up and I tried to say
That I could see no reason why
I’d try to see you to see you cry
Lye-la lee-la la lee-la lye 

(Lye-la lee-la la lee-la lye
I don’t know how to say goodbye…)

Credits & Copyright

Written in May 2006 and recorded in 2013 by James Bell. Released in November 2013. Remastered in March 2018. (C) & (P) House of Lyra.  All rights reserved.