Public Image

Album: Public Image (1978)
Charted: 9
  • Hello. Hello. Hello. Hello. Hello. Hello.
    Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha.
    You never listen to word that I said
    You only seen me
    For the clothes that I wear
    Or did the interest go so much deeper
    It must have been
    The colour of my hair.

    Public image.
    What you wanted was never made clear
    Behind the image was ignorance and fear
    You hide behind his public machine
    Still follow the same old scheme.

    Public image.
    Two sides to every story
    Somebody had to stop me
    I'm not the same as when I began
    I will not be treated as property.

    Public image.
    Two sides to every story
    Somebody had to stop me
    I'm not the same as when I began
    It's not a game of Monopoly.

    Public image.
    Public image you got what you wanted
    The Public Image belongs to me
    It's my entrance
    My own creation
    My grand finale
    My goodbye

    Public image.
    Public image.
    Goodbye. Writer/s: JAMES WALKER, JOHN LYDON, JOHN WARDLE, KEITH LEVENE
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Comments: 5

  • Ross from Leicester, United KingdomI think the name was meant to be partially ironic but also implying that they could be more than just a band and experiment with different media - not that much came of this. Heaven 17/British Electric Foundation dabbled with a similar idea. As for being anti-capitalist, Lydon has never seemed particulary concerned with this and is now a property developer in LA....!!!!
  • Tommy from London, United KingdomI thought the name of the band was ironic - as an anti-capitalist message - as opposed to being an actual 'business venture' as suggested here.
  • Ho Chi Nathan The Fi from Billinge!, AfricaPiL are amazing. They don't sound like anyone before of since. That I know of anyway.
  • Dave from Cardiff, WalesThe first of 12 big UK hits for PiL between 1978 and 1993... Others included "Death Disco", "Flowers of Romance", "This Is Not a Love Song", "Rise" and "Don't Ask Me"
  • Ralph from Newton, MaThis is a GREAT song and I believe, wrapped in and integral to all the anger about McLaren
    (correct spelling), is John's announcing the end of Jonny Rotten and introducing PiL. Killer opening bassline by Jah Wobble and John mumbling "Hello, Hello hello" in different tones. End in a defiant "Goodbye!"
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