She’s Leaving Home

14th May 1988
Billy Bragg
Childline (7"), CHILD 1
Number of discs: 1


plus With A Little Help From My Friends (Wet Wet Wet)

Wednesday morning at five o’clock
As the day begins
Silently closing her bedroom door
Leaving the note that she hoped would say more

She goes downstairs to the kitchen
Clutching her handkerchief
Quietly turning the back door key
Stepping outside she is free

She
(We gave her most of our lives)
Is leaving
(Sacrificed most of our lives)
Home
(We gave her everything money could buy)
She’s leaving home after living alone for
(Bye bye)
So many years

Father snores as his wife gets into her dressing gown
Picks up the letter that’s lying there
Standing alone at the top of the stairs

She breaks down and cries to her husband
Daddy our baby’s gone
Why would she treat us so thoughtlessly?
How could she do this to me?

She
(We never thought of ourselves)
Is leaving
(Never a thought for ourselves)
Home
(We struggled hard all our lives to get by)
She’s leaving home after living alone for
(Bye bye)
So many years

Friday morning at nine o’clock she is far away
Waiting to keep the appointment she made
Meeting a man from the motor trade

She
(What did we do that was wrong?)
Is having
(We didn’t know it was wrong)
Fun
(Fun is the one thing that money can’t buy)
Something inside that was always denied for
(Bye bye)
So many years

She’s leaving home
(Bye bye)

What would you think if I sang out of tune
Would you stand up and walk out on me
Lend me your ears and I’ll sing you a song
And I’ll try not to sing out of key

Oooh I’ll get by with a little help from my friends
Oooh I’ll get high with a little help from my friends
Oooh I’ll get by with a little help from my friends

My friends

What do you do when our love is away
Does it worry you to be alone
How does it feel by the end of the day
Are you sad because you’re on your own

Oooh I’ll get by with a little help from my friends
Oooh I’ll get high with a little help from my friends
Oooh I’ll get by with a little help from my friends

Do you need anybody? I need somebody to love
Could it be anybody? I need somebody to love (to love to love)

Would you believe in it’s love at first sight
Yes I’m certain that it happens all the time
What do you see when you turn out the lights
I can’t tell you but I know that it’s mine

Oooh I’ll get by with a little help from my friends
Oooh I’ll get high with a little help from my friends
Oooh I’ll get by with a little help from my friends

Do you need anybody? I need somebody to love
Could it be anybody? I need somebody to love

Oooh I’ll get by with a little help from my friends
Oooh I’ll get by with a little help from my friends
Oooh I’ll get high with a little help from my friends
Oooh I’ll get by with a little help from my friends
With a little help from my friends

My friends, my friends, my friends, my friends, my friends
My friends, my friends, my friends, my friends, my friends
My friends, my friends

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