To Be Someone
The Jam Lyrics

To be someone must be a wonderful thing
A famous footballer a rock singer
Or a big film star
yes, I think I would like that

To be rich and have lots of fans
Have lots of girls to prove that I'm a man
And be number one
And liked by everyone
Getting drugged up with my trendy friends
They really dig me and I dig them
And the bread I spend
is like my fame, it's quickly diminished

And there's no more swimming in a guitar shaped pool
No more reporters at my beck and call
No more cocaine, now it's only ground chalk
No more taxis, now we'll have to walk

But didn't we have a nice time?
didn't we have a nice time?
Oh wasn't it such a fine time?

I realize I should have stuck to my guns
Instead shit out to be one of the bastard sons
And lose myself
I know it was wrong, but it's cost me a lot

And there's no more drinking when the club shuts down
I'm out on me arse with the rest of the clowns
It's really frightening without a bodyguard
So I stay confined to my lonely room

But didn't we have a nice time?
didn't we have a nice time?
Oh wasn't it such a fine time?

To be someone must be a wonderful thing

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: Paul John Weller

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“To Be Someone” will always carry a certain meaning to me.
When I was younger me and my sister were at our airport and saw an actress, we walked up to her and asked if we could have her autograph. She looked down at us and said “no, sorry I can’t, if I give you one everybody else will want one and I’ll miss my flight” With that she walked off, but apart from us there was nobody else around her.
Years later when I was older I read that she’d died as an alcoholic in a run down flat, and I thought of this song, the lyrics could almost be describing what happened to her later in life.
Maybe if she’d remembered the people who had given her her fame when she still had it, her life wouldn’t of ended like it did.


The entire practice of asking famous people for autographs is weird itself. U dont have the moral highground in that story. U shouldve left them alone

Tatts Kink

I don’t think they did a bad song! Supremely talented!

Gentilly Girl

I was just thinking that.


Certainly not on this LP

James Elliott

Such a great song.
Very insightful lyrics from a very young Weller.

johnyboy66 johnyboy 66

its 2020 im now 53 & i still love this band

Simon A

Me Too


Im 15 and i love old british punk, just something about it that i keep coming back to

daniel canty

I'm 36, The Jam were finished before I was born, still my favourite band, nobody will convince me that there is a better combination of Weller, Foxton and Buckler.

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