Lye-La Lee-La

James Bell

The Goodbye EP

  1. Lye-La Lee-La
"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.