GIRLS ALOUD | Wild Horses

LYRICS:

Poor boy Peter didn't know how
To claim his miracle, lost his way
Cost him dearly, like his Dad
And he lost his pride to end this way

It's taken a long time (Woo Woo)
The wild horses wouldn't
Take me back to you (Woo Woo)
Get outta town and take your lazy dog with you
Your train is running late
And overdue (Woo Woo)

I was trying to sedate him, trying not to blow
Trying not to hate him
But time was as blatant as gold
Wouldn't you know
He was clean outta feelings, nothing to say
Rings on his fingers were fake
As the kisses he gave
I said have it your way

I'm just a crazy fool
Took my time thought I'd be sane, oh
I said I felt a cold
Ain't got love to choose, oh oh baby
I shouldn't have lost my head
Shouldn't have lost the meaning
That I said, yeah yeah
I could have brought you home
Get you back to what
We both know, yeah yeah
Oooh did I miss my cue, did ya back a fool
It's what you thought of me, oh baby

It's taken a long time (Woo Woo)
The wild horses wouldn't
Take me back to you (Woo Woo)
Get outta town and take your lazy dog with you
Your train is running late
And overdue (Woo Woo)

This place, of crazy town
Too much time for girls to feel strange, yeah
Take back your lazy hugs
There'll never be enough, no oh babe
I shouldn't have lost my head
Shouldn't have lost the meaning
That I said, yeah yeah
I could have brought you home
Get you back to what
We both know, yeah yeah
Oooh did I miss my cue, did ya back a fool
It's what you thought of me, oh baby

It's taken a long time (Woo Woo)
The wild horses wouldn't
Take me back to you (Woo Woo)
Get outta town and take your lazy dog with you
Your train is running late
And overdue (Woo Woo)

INFORMATION:

Available on:
x Girls Aloud - Chemistry (2005) CD

Credits:
Written by Miranda Cooper, Brian Higgins, Nick Coler, Shawn Lee, Lisa Cowling and Myra Boiyle.
Published by Xenomania/ Warner Chapell Music Ltd.
Produced by Brian Higgins and Xenomania.
Mixed by Nick Coler and Brian Higgins.
Keyboards and Programming: Nick Coler and Brian Higgins.
Programmed by Jon Shave.
Guitar: Nick Coler.
Guitar and Bass: Shawn Lee.

REVIEWS:
x This song begins with the girls singing choir-style, then breaks into as close as they get to scary punk-rock. Well, OK, it's not actually punk at all, but there are attitude-filled talky bits and a fierce chorus. This is the song with the famous train noises from Cheryl. Woo woo! Jessica Popper

x (...) The song is already vaguely famous as The One On Which The Girls Make Train Noises (as well as The One That Starts With The Weird Christmas Carolling), but the brilliant thing is that they only eventually become train noises. After the opening choirgirl bit, we go straight into the chorus, of which the first two lines are: "It's taken a long time (woo-woo!)/Wild horses wouldn't take me back to you (woo-woo!)" At this point, the "woo-woo" bit is sung in a muted way, and in a fairly low key. It might as well be a perfunctory backing vocal bit, no more than an "ah-ah" or a "doo-doo." (Heh. "Doo-doo.")
But then the next line of the lyric hits: "Get out of town and take your lazy dog with you!/Your train is running late and overdue!" And, suddenly, the backing vocals shoot up a key and in volume, as if newly and delightfully giddy: "WOO-WOO!" What I love about this is the way a prosaic, run-of-the-mill backing bit -- a mere "woo-woo" -- practically gets goaded, by the steamrolling beat and the inspired lyric about the overdue train, into aping the noise of a train whistle. The chorus isn't just "infectious," but performs the act of being infected. In moments like this, it feels like the Girls are themselves having fun, getting carried away, and so it would surely be churlish if we didn't join in. (Wait for it.) (WOO-WOO!) brittle-lemon

x (...) begins with a bizarre roundelay of an intro which sounds as though it's escaped from the Peter Wyngarde album ("Poor boy Peter [Wyngarde? Andre? Doherty?] didn't know how to claim his miracle/Lost his way/Cost him dearly like his dad") before making mincemeat of the Stones ("Woo woo!") as they send their inadequate Other packing, again turning his own cliches against him ("Take your lazy dog with you/Your train is running late and overdue") atop a bizarre electro-bluegrass backing over which GA now begin to deliver a rap which isn't as sprightly as they make it sound. "I was trying to sedate him, trying not to blow/I was trying not to hate him - wouldn't you know." It does indeed sound like Daphne and Celeste grown up ("The rings on his fingers were as false as the kisses he gave") but again the sung verses take the song into a darker dimension ("Took my time, thought I'd be safe," followed by a terrible, inscrutable, elongated wail of "oh!"). Fucking so bad it feels like rape. Marcello Carlin

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