The Big Striptease

James Bell

The Wilderness EP

  1. The Big Striptease
"Well I can't go back to Athens, too many memories..."


This is a piece of fluff from 2009, when I was arse-deep in the online trend for oversharing. I found myself flirting with my imaginary audience, cultivating an air of mystery by drip-feeding obscure facts about myself. Eventually I found this trait of mine ridiculous enough to put into this song, in which the constant need to find some new intimate (but not too intimate) secret to reveal became 'the big striptease'. It's a bit weird to come back to a lyric that you wrote, and find that you used the word 'gadzooks' in cold blood. Then again, in those days the top of my website was emblazoned with the proclamation: 'James Bell Central: Any More Arch And I'd Be An Aqueduct'.


Here are my secrets, here are my scars Don't tell a soul, don't even tell the stars Here's my love Here's my fear Here's my mouth whispering in your ear Here's my heart Force the doors Here's my hand reaching out for yours Here's me broken, here's me on my knees And it's a 'hey', a 'ho' A drum roll please One more layer in the Big Striptease ----------------------------------------- Opening my diary, and reading out a page Taking off my shoes on a spotlit stage I'm afraid I'm shy That part's true Gadzooks! Does that mean that I'm in love with you? But be wary There's a game being played Don't rush to touch the movie screen And feel betrayed The surface ripples though the waters freeze And the beat goes on Another drum roll please One more layer in the Big Striptease ----------------------------------------- And she says oh She says oh I mean, I know he's English, but even so How many more layers are there to go? Is there a core? Does he even know? ----------------------------------------- Well I can't go back to Athens, too many memories Did I ever tell you about my tragic disease? Little boy lost, emotionally scarred Who couldn't tell the truth if it was read off a card 1990, Mary Louise Popped my cherry on the grand high seas Did I ever mention, I'm really Vietnamese? Heads up, lovers Drum roll please One more layer in the Big Striptease Make it last And they all leave pleased Keep 'em coming back to the Big Striptease Leave 'em wanting more in the Big Striptease...

Credits & Copyright

Written and recorded in 2009 by James Bell. Released in November 2009. Remastered in April 2017. (C) & (P) House of Lyra. All rights reserved. Photo by Pexels (CC0 Public Domain)