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Only Shallow
My Bloody Valentine Lyrics

Like a pillow
She won't care
Anyway (where)

As a pillow
Touch her there
Where she won't dare
Like a (royal)

That you grew
Stronger there
Your troubles
She's not scared

Soft like there's silk
(Is a) pillow

Where she won't dare
Anyway (where)
In the mirror
She's not there
Where she won't care

Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: Bilinda Butcher, Kevin Shields

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S Ryburn

Wanna hear a cool story?
I bought this cassette whenitI was first released. as a teenager. I knew nothing about the band. I bought it based on the name alone.
So I get in my car and pop it in the player.
Something had to be wrong with my cassette player, I thought. Maybe the tape speed was off or something.
I pulled out the tape and put back in. Same thing. So it had to be something wrong with the tape.
I was bummed. I drove back to Hastings at Red Bird Mall. Dallas, Tx.
I told the clerk “hey, somethings the matter with this tape. It’s warped. I think it got damage from the heat whilst in transit!” I didn’t actually use the word ‘whilst’ but man it’s such a cool word
He says “oh no man. Go grab you another one”. I said “cool”.
Went out to my car and popped in the cassette. That one was warped too!
I went back in the mall and demanded my money back. He says “so are you sure it’s not your cassette player?” I say “no way, dude. It’s an Alpine”. He agreed.
He says “I’m gonna grab you a fresh tape from a different shipment”. I’m like “cool”.
He comes out and says “let’s try it out first”. He pops it in the house system.
There’s that crazy warped tape sound again.
We go through three or four more tapes. Same problem.
Manager comes in. We explain the dilemma. A record label is shipping defective My Bloody Calentine cassettes.
He probably gasped. I don’t know.
He gets another tape and says @put it in”. The guy says “alright then”.
Pops it in. Here we go again.
Me and the guy look at each other as if agreeing there is something quite sinister going on. Possible subliminal propaganda infiltration from the Russians?
Nope. Turns out the manager says to me and the guy “kids, this IS the right tape., no defects. This is how this band sounds”
That, my friends is the story of how My Bloody Valentine blew my ever loving mind. -


Sleep like a pillow, no one there
Where she won't care--anywhere
Soft as a pillow, touch her there
Where she won't dare--somewhere

Sweet and mellow, softer there
Feel like you grew stronger there
Speak your trouble, she's not square
Soft like her silk everywhere

Sleep as a pillow, comfort there
Where she won't dare--anywhere
Look in the mirror, she's not there
Where she won't care--somewhere

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Marcelo Bessi

Actually, this was the first song I heard from you, 28 years ago. I was impressed... Your hability to transmit that kinda "confusing times", in th cuts, as if the harmony of the beautifull melody from this song starts to be bluring into another dimension of sounds... Because of smart time lapse that guitar was put, and the bass seems to be accelerated, and also the battery seems to be delayed... but ere not. Is an illusion, and you are masters on this alchemy...

Grant Olson

What's wrong with my cassette.... there's a warble like its eating my tape. After realizing it wasn't eating my tape I knew I had found something I'd never heard before. Brilliant. A sonic masterpiece (Loveless album)


Hmmmm, I was in the Navy, and I first heard one of their songs on the Sire Records sampler Just Say Mao or Da or Yo. I don’t remember which one but this would be ‘89/‘90. This was before Loveless was officially released as an album. I think the song was “Swallow”. I had the good fortune of seeing them twice love. First time was a triple bill of Buffalo Tom/Mercury Rev/MBV sometime around ‘91. A lifetime ago.

Joe B.

that the vinyl was warped. honest to god


Not gonna lie, it was at first hard for me to digest the phenomenon that is their music. That's how brilliant they are. My faves on the album are only shallow, i only said, and when you sleep.

They're amazing!

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I love that the music videos look like the music


@Cochayuyo 10 kevin shields was born in '63, bilinda butcher in '61, colm was born in 62, and debbie googe in 64. Yes, mbv ARE boomers. lol


That's the LSD buddy

Cochayuyo 10

@i am boomer. this isn't boomer music

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