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Common People Lyrics

Artist: Pulp
Album: Different Class

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 in thirty seconds time she said,

"I want to live like common people,
I want to do whatever common people do,
I want to sleep with common people,
I want to sleep with common people,
like you."

Well 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 want to live like common people,
you want to see whatever common people see,
you want to sleep with common people,
you want to 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,
cos when you're laid in bed at night,
watching roaches climb the wall,
if you call your Dad he could stop it all.

You'll never live like common people,
you'll never do what common people do,
you'll never fail like common people,
you'll never watch your life slide out of view,
and 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.

I want to live with common people,
I want to live with common people etc...
Comments/Interpretations
by joe kincaid on 5/26/2008 4:40pm
greatest song ever lol
by Aimar1908-2008 on 5/27/2008 4:18pm
awaysome
by 321 on 5/28/2008 11:57am
this is not a full text!
by CLAUDIA on 5/28/2008 1:06pm
I JUST FUCKING ADORE PULP. HEART ME LONG TIME.
by juanKa on 6/2/2008 11:20pm
POESIA PURA
by JON on 6/3/2008 8:47am
the best song of Pulp
by greg on 6/3/2008 11:40am
It's missing the verse that begins "Like a dog lying in the corner..."
by Carlo on 6/5/2008 3:20pm
It is a great song. especially the version with William Shatner speaking the lines - it is great - I can just imagine his character from Boston Legal (Denny Crane) doing it.
by Logan on 6/10/2008 9:33pm
Shatner's version was better.
by sofi on 6/14/2008 4:14pm
LOS AMOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
by qwerty on 6/26/2008 8:49am
"She told me that her Dad was loaded" ?
can anyone explain who is "Dad" here?
by nutter on 6/28/2008 3:17pm
"dad" is her father
"loaded" means he has loads of money
by eric on 7/5/2008 12:04am
this would make a really good punk song. picture it with a quicker tempo and more angry and imagine the pistols playing it.
still great as it is though.
by qwerty to nutter on 7/31/2008 9:17am
thanks amigo
by oranjadee on 8/5/2008 6:24am
William Shatners version is 10 times better haha!

Theres a verse missing :(
by BG on 8/15/2008 4:00pm
"Shatner's version was better."

It, amazingly, was... Live long and prosper!
by Z on 8/19/2008 8:21am
Woot Shatner
by JIMMYbutFEMALE on 8/20/2008 12:17pm
my favorite song of all time.
seriously amazing.

...verse missing though?
by May on 10/20/2008 9:54am
Amazing song. Catchy tune and amazing lyrics. Best lyrics ever. It's 100% true. None of it is exaggerated at all, and it's a very impacting song.
by GlitterGlam on 10/20/2008 8:05pm
Very underated song!

There is an MIA lyric though. :(
by Wanda Banks on 10/27/2008 1:22pm
Oh, Ye. Glad you Like THe Song. My Aunty Is THe KeyBoard Player. So I Know The Band. I Agree, Awesome Song x
by Jusenka on 10/31/2008 1:18pm
LOVE IT!
by piet paulusma on 11/3/2008 12:04pm
I am missing a lot of couplets at the end...
by Anonymous on 11/10/2008 7:52pm
"She just smiled and held my hand"
thats like a whole different world right there. best part of the song.
by Bee. on 11/25/2008 3:45pm
Mmhmm, Pulpp, me love long time. (y)
x
by katie on 11/28/2008 4:03am
yeah i agree. that verse isssssss bootiful
by a chap on 12/4/2008 12:48pm
amazing, so true, love it!
by jasmine on 12/5/2008 11:06am
beleive it or not i for a fact know the girl (woman now) that this song was written for. and i have absolutely no reason to make it up. shes living in greece now with her family. its amazing the things he wrote about her.
by yeah on 12/30/2008 12:00pm
I met jarvis in chile, a really few people knows them there. He's really nice...
and smokes marlboro.
by helly :-* on 1/2/2009 8:43am
this song is FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
by me on 1/5/2009 11:23am
what was the missing verse?
by Lorenzo on 1/13/2009 6:52am
Great Song! and so true! Pulp number one!
by Common Person on 1/20/2009 12:23am
Best Song Ever!!! Here are the missing verses:

Like a dog lying in a corner,
they'll 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 stains' 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're amazed that they exist
and they burn so bright,
while you can only wonder why.
by that girl over there on 1/24/2009 12:05pm
i have been told to use these lyrics 4 gcse composition and i am not because it is too ... bad
by rodrigo on 1/31/2009 5:11pm
whhoooooooww!
by rodrigo on 1/31/2009 5:11pm
increible tema!!!
by greendevil on 2/23/2009 11:52am
best-song-ever!
by Am on 2/23/2009 4:23pm
This song says so much, all the mockneys in shorditch need to hear this song... becasue they "think that poor is cool"
by Rhodowolfr on 3/6/2009 2:24am
Yes I love the lyrics and the rythm of this Pulp song. It points on the vain looking for the "Common people" all tourists seek - everywhere.
by xmm on 3/7/2009 9:18am
heard it first in 1995, and 14 years on, it still rocks!
by sharona on 3/20/2009 12:33pm
woooowwww ...this song always makes me feel better, dunno actually why, but i love it :)
by Sadhbh on 4/9/2009 5:38am
I love this song makes me fell so happy and cosy inside when i havnt listened to it in a while!
by SO FUCKING TRUE. on 4/11/2009 12:39pm
Rich girls love to fuck me cause i'm poor. They think it's cool... let them think that as long as i enjoy...
by Capt. Scrummy on 4/17/2009 8:49am
I wanna live like Hindi people.

"Comb your hair and be polite
Do your homework every night
Don't smoke fags and don't play pool
Do extremely well at school
Take a medical degree
Graduate at 33
Move back in with mom and dad
Even though they drive you raving mad
You sure... You wanna live like Hindi People"
by nadia on 4/18/2009 10:06am
I really love this song. x
by Seany boy on 4/21/2009 8:00am
its possibly the greatest britpop song of all time pulp were always awesme but this song just sums it all upi mean whenever i hear it it makes get up and sing :) x
by dara on 4/28/2009 4:10am
this song reminds me of when i got locked and fell asleap in the dugout!!!
by arkhady on 5/6/2009 4:17pm
Waoaw what a lots of memories !!!
by Rob on 6/3/2009 12:19pm
This song is so incredibly fucking awesome i love it
by Pulp fan on 6/21/2009 4:04am
The song is well cool i love the second missing verse and the bits in capital letters are my faves

CAUSE EVERYBODY HATES A TOURIST
EPCIALLY ONE THAT THINKS ITS ALL A LAUGH (etc in lower case)
by kuki on 6/28/2009 3:05pm
One of my top 10 songs ever.
I love it.
Make me smile, make me cry, make me happy...
by ian on 6/30/2009 3:06pm
this song is sooo awesome - love it... defintely one of my favs... can u guys suggest other songs that r (almost as good)... damm i love this song..killing it tho
by raikom on 7/24/2009 5:37am
best song ever!!!!!!
by Holland on 8/11/2009 4:44pm
Love it, Love it, Love it!!!!!
by claudit4 on 8/23/2009 9:03pm
It was my favorite song for a lot of years. It's so fun if i think that i didn't understand the meaning. Music is the universal language
by May Powell on 8/25/2009 7:03pm
The truest and saddest song I've ever heard.
by Jasmina on 9/16/2009 5:25am
one of my favs...love it
by one of the common people on 9/21/2009 5:48pm
May Powell, How can you find the most exciting, dynamic, brilliantly clever, heart-felt, and incredibly powerful song in the world sad?
by Dez on 9/30/2009 5:47pm
It's very clever. I believe the sad reference is to the subject of the song - the middle class, spoon fed, idiot trying to be cool by acting a bit rough around the edges.

I'm proper middle class and proud of it! :)
by Ivana Vojak on 10/29/2009 2:23am
This is sad but true :-) great lyrics !!!!!!!!!! i just love this song!!!
by dad ad a ad da da adad on 11/16/2009 8:46am
haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
by Angirasa on 12/10/2009 1:59am
Incorrect and incomplete! so many comments stating the same, does'nt anyone notice? heh!
by Stan on 1/26/2010 5:39pm
Goerge Orwell got it spot on in "1984" and Jarvis set it to music.
by captpike714@gmail.com on 2/9/2010 3:10pm
Since when are the Greek people,Pretentious art fart,rich kids slumming it? Greeks are poor hard working people, Who grew up as peasants like me.Its' a great song none the less,But Mr. "Shats" versions much better. Dont come to NYC, because , I'll make you eat the first sentence on stage.You too cool shabby chic poser !
by lee on 2/20/2010 8:16am
@ captpike714:
Well, in the nineties, only rich Greek people could afford to send their children abroad for studying. It has a point.
Nowadays anyone can go study abroad.

Regardless of the nationality, there are a lot of young people today with parent's money who want to rebel from all that well being, but in the end embrace all of that hard cash.

I think this song satires it in a very poetic way. Love it!
by vongrimm on 2/20/2010 7:36pm
william shatners version is complete fucking rubbish.
by scarlett on 3/4/2010 10:18am
jarvis went to my school.
im poor poor poor n when things get realy bad financially i love just to forget everything av a drink wiv mi mates n family n blast this song. dont know why but it makes me feel better. think its realy uplifting. its saying depressing stuff but its a n uplifting song, think thats hard to achieve but wey hey he has.
by Still Gives Me the Chills on 3/5/2010 11:00am
I'm not a big fan of Pulp's other material or Jarvis's solo stuff, but THIS SONG IS PURE GENIUS!!!! Listened to it this AM on the way to work. I remember one time years ago listening to this song in my car and crying. It summed up my life pretty well at the time.
by Carlos Morais on 4/17/2010 7:59pm
FREAKS, like common people....
by ? on 4/18/2010 3:48am
i love this song!!!!!!!!!!!!
by marianne on 5/23/2010 7:47am
I agree on Vongrimm - abosolutely rubbish.
by Cool song! on 6/5/2010 3:49am
Cool song! Haven't heard it for years and now saw it at TV.
by Boon on 6/16/2010 11:54pm
wonderful lyrics
by zoe on 6/24/2010 2:05am
absolutely fantastic!!
What a genius Jarvis is; he should be made a Lord at least..
by nice on 6/25/2010 12:40am
But really......who wants to live like common people.
by Dave the rave on 6/27/2010 5:34am
I'm common. Dead common - and Jarvis is a genius.
by grupiepa on 7/8/2010 5:25pm
well, it makes common people realized how blessed they are. (we are). love Jarvis!!!
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by polar peak on 7/19/2010 4:55am
Grupiepa, he's really not saying common people are blessed at all. He's saying poor people have it really, really hard, and rich people can be ignorant.

St Martins is still very much like this, polarised between rich idlers who want to work vaguely in fashion or somesuch, and people working night jobs to fund their study.

Overseas students in england have to pay way more than brits, europes about 4 times the fees, outside europe is something like 10 times as much iirc.
by Janice Dean on 7/31/2010 12:54pm
This says more about class in England than a million words of academic sociological analysis.
As a socialist and a product of the Britpop era, I want this played at my funeral!
by Benny Boy on 8/3/2010 7:18am
Genius. This song nails it. If you look for a song with balls, more than just pop, this must be in the top ten of all time.
by andrei d. on 8/27/2010 4:33pm
Great , bitter , sour , but true life.
There always will be great British music with social message!
by lashanda on 12/18/2010 6:37am
hi m8 you are the best ever
by Fin on 1/21/2011 4:27pm
What an awesome song!Long live Jarvis!Long live Pulp!This is a classic :)
by uwiefloat on 3/26/2011 10:17am
i think that better song's...
Bcoz' not a lot of girl's who want to live with poor condition or live with comment people.... The poor it's cool that's the point of this song's....
by Sophia on 3/27/2011 5:25pm
Great song. Music and lyrics.
Thats to say that in the nineties the Greek dads were still loaded and could send their precious daughters at St Martin's college or at any posh college, which is opposite to nowadays, where Greece is the last in the rank and families struggle to cope. The good times have passed fast, Greeks are now the cool poor, and only coz they joined the bloody euro.
by Dynamo on 4/3/2011 5:30am
Was so happy to see Pulp will be at Leeds Festival 2011, playing to Common People, will be amazing to see them!
by urmom on 4/4/2011 2:07am
sorry to piss off the loyal brits, but @eric who said this would make a good punk song, mcr has done a cover - love it!
by Annie on 4/22/2011 7:59pm
First time I heard this, I cried b/c it took me back to my youth when I was very very poor. I'm not now, but I sure do appreciate what I have, unlike the girl in the song. Truer lyrics were never spoken.
by lost verse on 4/26/2011 7:59am
the "lost verse" ppl are referring to only appears on the album version, this lyrics is for the single version.
by Billy on 5/30/2011 9:43am
it doesn't have all the lyrics there!
by Jock Young (The Sociologist!) on 6/9/2011 6:10am
We are playing this in our presentation on Monday!!!!! :) About Left Realism!! :O


I like pies. <3
by Blagger on 6/11/2011 9:58am
Diamond song, pure brilliance!
by andi on 6/29/2011 3:54am
first time i listen to Pulp, and i reallllly love the lyrics! they are good!
by Roger Pedersen on 7/8/2011 2:33pm
Common People and Disco 2000 was the songs that really defined Pulp for me.. They still do to this day.

Great songs, should become a part of the british cultural heritage
by stella_mcr on 7/17/2011 5:55am
My chemical romance cover...*___* ♥
by d45g6 on 8/16/2011 11:45am
fak fak damn ugly
by Anonym.. on 9/2/2011 1:54am
Somehow bloody Britishers got sumthng good. British accent makes me sick.
I wish this was done by some american rock artist.
by Jack on 9/29/2011 2:51pm
But you don't get poor yanks studying at St. Martin's College. Sorry that you can't stand our accent, just be glad that we couldn't be bothered to continue ruling your benighted country and left it to the savages.
by Dbent16 on 10/31/2011 9:22am
Oh, Jack. Sweet Jack. You need to make yourself some more bears this morning. Now go back to your room and bite your pillow, okay?
by Dave Bartlett on 12/16/2011 10:43am
Only Jarvis Cocker could get away with rhyming 'loaded' with 'coca cola'
by Emily on 4/29/2012 1:37pm
love the story it tells, what a babe of a song.
by Jordi on 4/30/2012 1:31am
Escolteu la versio dels Manel!!!!

Please hear "Common pleople" adapted from MANEL .... Great !!!!
by marco on 5/17/2012 8:10am
one of best song ever!!!
by wonk on 5/19/2012 1:51am
What a great song... Ever...
by skol on 5/27/2012 8:22am
excellent lyrics. and sadly so true
by irene on 6/3/2012 2:43pm
seriously i dare him to find now in 2012 in greece a girl whose dad is loaded and she studies abroad. good times when this song was made. long gone glory greece.
i am greek so spare me one.
by Sten on 6/12/2012 10:40pm
The Shatner version kicks the original's ass, amazingly enough. It has the fierceness and tempo this song needs. Unfortunately the original sounds like it was sung by the very hipsters the song mocks.
by Doofushead on 6/27/2012 1:55pm
Irony is the song is written by a Western band, part of a culture where even poor is often far from what suffering some people experience.

Might as well just admit we're all mostly a bunch of spoiled brats.
by voiceofreason on 7/5/2012 8:34am
Irony is that comment is written by a Western kid, part of a culture where even poor is often far from what suffering some people experience.

Might as well just admit they're all mostly a bunch of spoiled brats.
by Outraged on 8/29/2012 3:36pm
I have nothing against Shatner but I do not get how people can say that his version is better. This is the original and it was sung about Brits by Brits, it has a message in this version rather than just funny for money.
by lynZ way on 10/30/2012 6:32am
i like the my chemical romance cover better.
by FMG on 3/18/2013 6:45pm
My Chemical Romance.. are they still around?
by HSC fighter on 4/11/2013 2:55am
thanks for the lyrics..its a good song to talk about belonging!
by Nacho on 10/27/2013 12:14pm
Awesome, I love it. Hacia tiempo que no la escuchaba, y es simplemente la ostia. Vaya temazo!!!!


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