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Richard
Billy Bragg Lyrics


Richard belongs to Jayne
And Jayne belongs to yesterday
How can I go on
When every alpha particle hides a neon nucleus?

Neil belongs to love
And love belongs to no man
How can he go on
When no one answers the adverts in his mind?

There will be parties, there will be fun
There will be prizes for everyone
And hey, hey, hey, here comes Richard
There will be ladies dressed in lace
I just want to see her face
When hey, hey, hey, here comes Richard

You helped me build this bed
But you won't help me sleep in it
When I fall between you and the wall
Our titanic love affair sails on the morning tide
Our titanic love affair sails on the morning tide
Our titanic love affair sails on the morning tide

There will be parties, there will be fun
There will be prizes for everyone
And hey, hey, hey, here comes Richard
There will be ladies dressed in lace
I just want to see her face
When hey, hey, hey, here comes Richard

I really love your style
Did you read it in the "Look and Learn"?
How long can we go on?
Do you think I only love you
'Cause you sleep with other boys?

There will be parties, there will be fun
There will be prizes for everyone
And hey, hey, hey, here comes Richard
There will be ladies dressed in lace
I just want to see her pretty face
When hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey
Here comes Richard
Hey, here comes Richard
Hey, here comes Richard
Hey, here comes Richard

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Stephen William Bragg

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Jay Clouston

Used to sing this at my intellectual nemesis in college. He was called Richard August and it drove him crazy

tracy fielding

Jay Clouston

Threeapple Kim

my flatmate Richard offed himself.this song has a new, different meaning to me now.m much thanks to Billy.

New Falconer Records

When this song came out I was sharing a flat with a guy called Richard (a life of the party kind of guy) who happened to have a sister called Jane. At the same time, I'd recently reconnected with my eldest brother Neil who had just come out of an unsuccessful second marriage ("Neil belongs to love, and love belongs to no man/How can he go on, when no one answers the adverts in his mind?"). He later committed suicide. The first 28 seconds of this song still do my head in 36 years after I first heard them. Still love the original album 'Life's a Riot With Spy vs Spy' though. And the follow up 'Brewing Up With Billy Bragg' -- I almost wore both vinyls clear I played them that much.

Every Generation

Great post and sorry for your loss. The intro is something to behold.

tracy fielding

I love you so much billy bragg I live in greatharwood at green hill 😙❤👍

RICHIE JR

🔊🔊🔊🔊🎸🎸🎸🎸🎸😎😎😎👍✌

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