Past Imperfect
Lloyd Cole Lyrics


Excuse me, could I use your pen
I have mislaid my own
Somewhere out here in space and time
Between this place and home
Maybe she lies on the subway platform
Forsaken and forlorn
All of this and more and that's not all
I can't recall

What was on my mind in Amsterdam
In 1984?
And what did I want from the pouring rain
Was it phonographic score?
And why was my head in the unmade bed
With a girl who's name I lost?
I can't unwrite the tune
Or discount the cost
I can't recall

I met a bartender at 3 of Clubs
Which is somewhere in LA
I thought, maybe, he was a friend of mine
I almost knew his face
Reluctantly impressionist
No star to chart my course
Ships pass in the night and take on board
More than I recall

Excuse me, could I use your pen
I have mislaid my own
Somewhere out here in all this space and time
Between this place and home
Maybe she lies on the check out station
Forsaken and forlorn
I've half a mind to find myself
And half...

I can't recall
Precise Coordinates
I can't recall
Entire relationships
I can't recall
The colour of her eyes
Or the feeling of her skin
Pressing against mine
I can't recall

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

KurtfromLaQuinta

One of my most favorite songs ever.
Excuse me, could I use your pen?
I have mislaid my own
Somewhere out here in space and time
Between this place and home

Maybe she lies on the subway platform
Forsaken and forlorn
All of this and more and that's not all
I can't recall

What was on my mind in Amsterdam
In 1984?
And what did I want from the pouring rain
Was it phonographic score?

And why was my head in the unmade bed
With a girl who's name I lost?
I can't unwrite the tune
Or discount the cost, I can't recall

I met a bartender at 3 of Clubs
Which is somewhere in L.A.
I thought, maybe, he was a friend of mine
I almost knew his face

Reluctantly impressionist
No star to chart my course
Ships pass in the night and take on board
More than I recall

Excuse me, could I use your pen?
I have mislaid my own
Somewhere out here in all this space and time
Between this place and home

Maybe she lies on the check out station
Forsaken and forlorn
I've half a mind to find myself
And half

I can't recall
Precise Coordinates
I can't recall
Entire relationships

I can't recall
The color of her eyes
Or the feeling of her skin
Pressing against mine
I can't recall



All comments from YouTube:

Miguel Gómez Villarino

I promised myself I wouldnt spend more nights just listening to Lloyd Cole's songs and looking at the ceiling... but here i'm again

MusicSkyHigh

l do the same but looking in the sky at night ...... it's a phenomenal experience, l started doing it when l 14 with 80's Music , l'm 39 now

Marcus der Fürst

It is unbelievable that this song has only about 8000 listeners on youtube.
Past Imperfect is my all time favourite of Lloyd Cole. 
Drums, bass, guitars, the lyrics, simply wonderful. This song is PERFECT. And I believe that Lloyd himself likes this song very much, also. He starts his current acoustic tour with it.

P.S.: “Forsaken and forlorn” has become a standard saying of one of my friends and me since we first heard that song in 2000.

KurtfromLaQuinta

One of my most favorite songs ever.
Excuse me, could I use your pen?
I have mislaid my own
Somewhere out here in space and time
Between this place and home

Maybe she lies on the subway platform
Forsaken and forlorn
All of this and more and that's not all
I can't recall

What was on my mind in Amsterdam
In 1984?
And what did I want from the pouring rain
Was it phonographic score?

And why was my head in the unmade bed
With a girl who's name I lost?
I can't unwrite the tune
Or discount the cost, I can't recall

I met a bartender at 3 of Clubs
Which is somewhere in L.A.
I thought, maybe, he was a friend of mine
I almost knew his face

Reluctantly impressionist
No star to chart my course
Ships pass in the night and take on board
More than I recall

Excuse me, could I use your pen?
I have mislaid my own
Somewhere out here in all this space and time
Between this place and home

Maybe she lies on the check out station
Forsaken and forlorn
I've half a mind to find myself
And half

I can't recall
Precise Coordinates
I can't recall
Entire relationships

I can't recall
The color of her eyes
Or the feeling of her skin
Pressing against mine
I can't recall

G T

I absolutely love being on this side of Youtube. I love this kind of music.

Carl Shea

Like almost anything from Lloyd Cole, this is a GREAT song.

MH

One of my all time favorite songs from Lloyd...

Sébastien Rivière

Mr Lloyd Cole is unique.

Eliane Mattos

Just became a supporter of Lloyd Cole at Patreon and got the hand written lyric for this song. Great memories!! ❤️

Leonel Pereira

17117 views?!
What the fuck?!
My god help the people on earth.
This is real music.
The men is just great, awesome, special, fantastic...
LLoyd Cole i now that you have more than 50 times in Portugal but please came back again please.
We love you and your family.

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