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A stonking synth-pop stormer about lost love (title culled from Aldous Huxley's classic and disturbingly prophetic novel "Brave New World"). One of the greatest books ever written - I hope he would have liked the song!

Featuring yours truly on ukelele : )

Well, it's only three chords. Can you guess what they are? ; )

lyrics

Imagine a girl so painfully pretty
Flawless of skin, clever and witty
All a man could want
The face to launch a thousand ships (and a million dinghies)
She turned this serf into a king
That was the girl I got
O you landed in my life – to save me from myself
O I dared to be happy
But it was the hope that broke my heart (and now)

Friends say I should live without you
But damnit – I don’t want to!
I wake up every day
With this Boxing Day sense of disappointment
I wish you’d stayed – I should

Never never never have let you down
Never never never should have let you down
I ever never never should have let you down
(I’ll sing it again so you know)

I never never never should have let you down
Never never never should have let you down
Never never never should have let you down*
How could I dare to believe that

I’d hoped you would settle for me
Although I can’t really blame you
For running away
You deserve so much better than this

But I wish you’d stayed with me

Now picture a girl forlorn, neglected
All alone, feeling rejected
Needing somebody there
Well, here’s my sincerest apologies for my misplaced priorities
And seeming not to care
How I yearned to set us free from the drudgeries of life
But my insecurities – well, they tore us both apart
(And you left)

And now I sign every letter ‘Your Despondent Correspondent’
For I should have made it clear
There is no other could be my angel
I need you here – I should


Never never never have let you down
Never never never should have let you down
I ever never never should have let you down
(I’ll sing it again so you know)

I never never never should have let you down
Never never never should have let you down
Never never never should have let you down*
How could I dare to believe that

I’d hoped you would settle for me
Although I can’t really blame you
For running away
You deserve so much better than this

But I wish you’d stayed with me

So I found the model that looked the most like you
And I put her picture on my desktop
But it didn’t work – it didn’t make the pain stop
And now I slump in a cold dark room with a bottle in my veins and an empty heart
And I wish you were here with me
Just so I could say to you
Just say these words to you..

O hug me ‘til you drug me honey
Never let me go – oh for
I am I – and I wish I wasn’t
So alone

And I’m sorry if I let you down Lenina
But I can’t say no to a drink!
Now all that’s left for this lonely loser
Is to sit and think
Sit and drink
Drink and think – I should

Never have let you down..(adlib)

I NEVER SHOULD HAVE LET YOU DOWN

Never never never should have let you down
Never never never should have let you down
I never never never should have let you down
(I’ll sing it again so you know)

I never should have let you down
How could I dare to believe that

I’d hoped you would settle for me
Although I can’t really blame you
For running away
You deserve so much better than this

But I wish you’d stayed with me

HOW I WISH YOU’D STAYED WITH ME..

credits

from Popapocalypse!, released August 23, 2014
A Short Dark Stranger - Vocals, Keyboards, Synthesizers, Electric Guitars, Pickle Jar Slide Guitar, Ukelele, Programming.

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A Short Dark Stranger Leeds, UK

A Leeds based purveyor of pumping power pop!

80s / 90s style throbbing, crashingly catchy (and literally exploding) synth-pop epics cross fertilised with cathartic, heartfelt, emotionally honest yet wittily pithy, observant and self deprecatingly amusing lyrics.

The resulting hybrid is an entirely new musical species - and (dare I say it?) an act of "musical selection"!
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