Pet Shop Boys: Odd Man Out, No More Ballads, Thursday (Radio) Lyrics

Odd man out

Close the shop
Pull down the blinds
If anyone asks why
Tell them it’s time
I thought he’d come back
He said he would
The blighter’s done himself in
I can’t believe he could

Nature’s played me a dirty trick
I’m going to disappear
I want a few years peace and quiet
far away from here

The law says I’m a criminal
but I can’t help the way I am
Trying to find some kind of love
the only way I can

I’m an odd man out
Discretion guaranteed
I don’t scream and shout
but I know what I need
I’m an odd man out
an outlaw on the run
There’s quite a few of us about
in 1961

One day these laws
will be swept into the bin
No more blackmail or jail
No one doing himself in
Times will change
too late to right the wrong
Boy Barrett’s dead and gone

I’m an odd man out
Discretion guaranteed
I don’t scream and shout
but cut me and I’ll bleed
I’m an odd man out
an outlaw on the run
There’s quite a few of us about
in 1961

“Nature played me a dirty trick. I’m going to see I get a few years peace and quiet in return. You’ve got a big position, they’d listen to you. You ought to be able to state our case. Tell them there’s no magic cure for how we are, certainly not behind prison bars, come to feel like a criminal, an outlaw. Do you know what I think, Mr Farr? I think Boy Barrett’s well out of it.”

No more ballads

Don’t look so surprised
at me showing up
You’re so good at lies
and bad at growing up
I know all you’ve got
and your famous face
but you’re an idiot
and a public disgrace

You have have the sweetest voice
that can so impress
but we both know now
that it’s meaningless
How it breaks my heart
when I hear you sing
that your words of love
don’t mean anything

Sing no more ballads
I can’t hear them any more
I could forgive you
but not your ballads
They’re much too fake to ignore

Don’t say “it’s me not you”
and how sad you are
Boy, if not adieu
it must be au revoir
I know what you are
and how much you make
You’re a superstar
but your love songs
are fake
You’re a superstar
and a public disgrace

Sing no more ballads
I can’t hear them any more
I could forgive you
but not your ballads
They’re much too fake to ignore

How it breaks my heart
when I hear you sing
that your words of love
never really meant a thing

Sing no more ballads
I can’t hear them any more
I could forgive you
but not your ballads
They’re much too fake to ignore

I could forgive you
but not your ballads
They’re much too fake to ignore

Thursday (radio edit)

Will you love me or leave me?
I’m here, retrieve me
Don’t say it’s over, over, over
I need some meaning
expressed with feeling
It’s not over, over, over
The way you look at me
it speaks of intimacy
and it’s not over, over, over

C’mon! Why not?

Thursday then Friday
It’s soon gonna be the weekend
Let’s start it tonight, babe
Stay with me for the weekend
It’s Thursday night
Let’s get it right
I want to know
you’re gonna stay for the weekend
Starting tonight
Let’s do it right
I want to know
you’re gonna stay for the weekend
(Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Stay with me for the weekend

It could be now
could be tomorrow
and it’s not over, over, over
I’m lost in a dream
about you and me
that it’s not over, over, over
And when I wake
I’ll call it fate
and it’s not over, over, over

C’mon! Why not?

It’s Thursday night
Let’s get it right
I want to know
you’re gonna stay for the weekend
Starting tonight
Let’s do it right
I want to know
you’re gonna stay for the weekend
(Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
I want to know
you’re gonna stay for the weekend
(Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Stay with me for the weekend

Take that trip down memory lane
Where you’re never gonna feel the same
Where you’re never gonna take the blame
Change your name, now you out the game
So you head outside, feel the rain
Something in your brain can’t break the chain
Same mistake again, fake the pain again,
Day to day you prowl, wakey wakey now
Holy cow you’re in doubt
You left and now you feel down
Your heart lies back in that town
So creep back in, don’t make a sound
Or lose your crown again, sleep around again
Tell your friends that you’re proud
Or ask yourself what you really want from life
Don’t follow that crowd!

I never tried to make you
walk into the deep end
and now I find myself
awake from all the weekend
I never tried to cause
that Sunday morning creep-in
I want to stay
but I must row that boat home

It’s Thursday night
Let’s get it right
I want to know
you’re gonna stay for the weekend
(Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
I want to know
you’re gonna stay for the weekend
(Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Stay with me for the weekend

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