Common People
by Pulp

Album: Different Class (1995)
Charted: 2
  • She came from Greece she had a thirst for knowledge
    She studied sculpture at Saint Martin's College
    That's where I
    Caught her eye
    She told me that her Dad was loaded
    I said "In that case I'll have a rum and Coca-Cola"
    She said "Fine"
    And then in thirty seconds time she said

    I wanna live like common people
    I wanna do whatever common people do
    Wanna sleep with common people
    I wanna sleep with common people
    Like you

    What else could I do
    I said "I'll see what I can do"
    I took her to a supermarket
    I don't know why
    But I had to start it somewhere
    So it started there
    I said, "pretend you've got no money"
    She just laughed and said
    "Oh you're so funny"
    I said "Yeah?
    Well I can't see anyone else smiling in here?
    Are you sure"

    You wanna live like common people
    You wanna see whatever common people see
    Wanna sleep with common people
    You wanna sleep with common people
    Like me

    But she didn't understand
    She just smiled and held my hand
    Rent a flat above a shop
    Cut your hair and get a job
    Smoke some fags and play some pool
    Pretend you never went to school
    But still you'll never get it right
    'Cause when you're laid in bed at night
    Watching roaches climb the wall
    If you called your Dad he could stop it all, yeah

    You'll never live like common people
    You'll never do whatever common people do
    Never fail like common people
    You'll never watch your life slide out of view
    And then dance and drink and screw
    Because there's nothing else to do

    Sing along with the common people
    Sing along and it might just get you through
    Laugh along with the common people
    Laugh along even though they're laughing at you
    And the stupid things that you do
    Because you think that poor is cool

    Like a dog lying in a corner
    They will bite you and never warn you
    Look out, they'll tear your insides out
    'Cause everybody hates a tourist
    Especially one who thinks it's all such a laugh
    Yeah and the chip stain's grease
    Will come out in the bath

    You will never understand
    How it feels to live your life
    With no meaning or control
    And with nowhere left to go
    You are amazed that they exist
    And they burn so bright
    Whilst you can only wonder why
    Rent a flat above a shop
    Cut your hair and get a job
    Smoke some fags and play some pool
    Pretend you never went to school
    But still you'll never get it right
    'Cause when you're laid in bed at night
    Watching roaches climb the wall
    If you called your Dad he could stop it all, yeah

    Never live like common people
    Never do what common people do
    Never fail like common people
    Never watch your life slide out of view
    And then dance and drink and screw
    Because there's nothing else to do

    Wanna live with common people like you
    Wanna live with common people like you
    Wanna live with common people like you
    Wanna live with common people like you
    Wanna live with common people like you
    Wanna live with common people like you
    Wanna live with common people like you

    Oh yeah Writer/s: Candida Mary Doyle, Jarvis Branson Cocker, Nick Banks, Russell Senior, Stephen Patrick Mackey
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., BMG Rights Management
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 12

  • Berni from Santiago, Chile I’m writing this to you, Valo from Moscow in case you ever read this, Pulp is my favorite band, and their music is of acquired taste, I love 42 of their songs, and I can tell you that at least 35 I didn’t liked at first. If you read this, please, please, listen to: “Disco 2000”, “Babies” and “Do you remember the first time?”, those are the best they have, if you like it listen to Different Class, and let me know if you read this (commenting here).
  • Richard from Northumberland The Wurzles did a superb cover.. no parody it's really angry.
    This song is more relevant now than ever, only it's not the super rich doing class tourism, it's the middle classes who have added sneering and contempt to the potion.
    The lack of empathy for fellow humans just trying to put one foot in front of the other in life is absolutely staggering especially when they dared to scream out at the ballot box and are dismissed as racist scum for not knowing 'what's best for them'.
    Makes my blood boil.
  • Lulu from London, United KingdomThe girls name was Ambrosia, she was studying fine arts at the same time as Jarvis, although she was only in her first year when he was in his last. Ironically Sadie Frost has very similar looks to her, even today.
  • Valo from Moscow, Russia Federationunfortunately, i think they are a one-song band((But this one really fabulous and catchy with wacky lyrics))Like it very much
  • Dai from Maesteg, , WalesA fantastic song with fabulous lyrics. Has to be listened to in its complete form with the full lyrics to be appreciated most.
  • Tom from Harrogate, EnglandPhil Selway-Radiohead Jonny Greenwood-radiohead and Javas Cocker-pulp (of course) are all going to be the weird sisters in Harry potter and the goblet of fire!!!(yay can't wait)
  • Fay from Stafford, Englandben, i think mr shatner's (feat Joe Jackson) version is much better that pulp's
  • Feli from Munich, GermanyLike a dog lying in a corner they will bite you and never warn you. Look out, they'll tear your insides out, cos everybody hates a tourist especially one who thinks it's all such a laugh and the chip stains and grease will come out in the bath. You will never understsand, how it feels to live your life with no meaning of control and with nowhere left to go. You are amazed that they exist and they burn so bright whilst you can only wonder why.
  • Feli from Munich, GermanyLike a dog lying in a corner they will bite you and never warn you. Look out, they'll tear your insides out, cos everybody hates a tourist especially one who thinks it's all such a laugh and the chip stains and grease will come out in the bath. You will never understsand, how it feels to live your life with no meaning of control and with nowhere left to go. You are amazed that they exist and they burn so bright whilst they burn so bright that you can only wonder why.
  • Iain from Dubbo, AustraliaShatner's whole album is hilarious. But I actually think his version is better than the original. It's too slow.
  • Jane from San Antonio, TxThere is a third verse missing which I can't remember in its entirety - refers to "stains from the subway .." (I think). Also goes on: You will never understand, how it feels to live your life, with no meaning and no hope .. you are amazed that they exist, but they burn so bright and you can only watch and wonder why." Or words to that effect! Don't have the song any longer to listen to, but perhaps someone else can post a correct version? Pulp/Jarvis - classic stuff!
  • Ben from Kent, EnglandIf you liked this song listen to the William Shatner cover version- hilarious.
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