GIRLS ALOUD | Singapore

LYRICS:

At my place
And I was on the phone
But it's you
That I'll always call my home
In a world
Where the sun don't always shine
I can see
Tropicana in your eyes

When you're gone
My loneliness is real
Got your love
To remind me how to feel
In my head
I can see our long goodbye
You kiss my lips
As I try to fix your tie

And when I
I'm watching daytime TV
I was wishing you were with me
I'm counting hours and days
Gotta stop believing what the movies say

Cos
Dark streets only suffocate me now
You're off to Singapore
Heart aches
God, it nearly breaks each hour
I'm waiting for your call
Dark streets only suffocate me now
You're off to Singapore
Heart aches
God, it nearly breaks each hour
I'm waiting for your call

Please means more
I see you knocking at the door
Got it right in my place
Cause dreams means five
And I'll be rocking on the floor
Can't you see it in my face?

Please means more
I see you knocking at the door
Got it right in my place
Cause dreams means five
And I'll be rocking on the floor
Can't you see it in my face?

And some nights
When we're sat on the phone
And kinda broken
Never ever thought I'd let you go again
That's the way I feel
You're all the love I need

Dark streets only suffocate me now
You're off to Singapore
Heart aches
God, it nearly breaks each hour
I'm waiting for your call
Dark streets only suffocate me now
You're off to Singapore
Heart aches
God, it nearly breaks each hour
I'm waiting for your call

INFORMATION:
x appears on:
The Sound Of Girls Aloud (2006) special edition, CD2

x Written by Miranda Cooper / Brian Higgins / Jon Shave / Lisa Cowling.
Published by Warner Chappell / Xenomania.
Mixed by Tim Powell & Brian Higgins.
Keyboards and Programming: Jon Shave / Brian Higgins.
Guitar & Bass: Nick Coler.
(P) 2006 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

x "Singapore" is a song from the Chemistry sessions, but was only released on the second CD of the special edition of The Sound Of Girls Aloud: The Greatest Hits.

REVIEWS:
x 1. (...) there's something about the groove and flow of the backing track that feels maddeningly familiar. You can at least sing "All I Ever Do" [by Frank] over it. It wouldn't be surprising: Xenomania have never been above recycling, whether of entire songs ("Money In My Pocket" getting passed around like a cheap whore), or just their backing tracks (and thus the rhythm track for Saint Etienne's b-side "Got A job" later pops up in Texas' "Get Down Tonight." But we forgive them, on account of their being geniuses and everything).

2. "You kiss my lips, as I try to fix your tie" is such an understatedly classic line: so precise, so mundane, and thus so utterly believeable.

3. But you can see why they dropped it from the final running order of Chemistry, for which it was first recorded: the track isn't as finished as it could be, lacking as it does a killer middle eight, and perhaps even a fuller second verse. Right now, after the first chorus, poor Kimberly and Sarah have to sing the same words, one after another ("Please means more/I see you knocking at the door..."). Maybe the repetition expresses how time stands still when he's away, etc., but it does feel a bit like their normally reliable lyricist ran out on them halfway.

4. In the song, "Singapore" represents a place far, far away. Well, sure. Hardly anyone lives there. But it's also a good place for rhyming purposes. "Now you're off to Zimbabwe" would be a bitch to follow up, wouldn't it? Oh, wait, maybe not: "So my days are filled with ennui"? Damn! I RULE ALL.

5. The key change that takes us from verse to bridge is sigh-tastic. The feel is aided and abetted by the way the Girls sing "And I..." over it, after which Cheryl hits the line "I'm watching day time TV" just right, lightly, deftly, and yet emphatically. And the cadence of the next line! "Wishing you were with me...": it tails away, and then lifts upward pitch-wise, and perfectly captures the sense of yearning.

6. So, yeah, I really like this. I like it more than any of the three new tracks on disc one of the collection, which to me border on parodic, like the Girls are beginning to follow a formula without much conviction. But this, this is slinky and heartfelt, and thus on repeat.�
Brittle-Lemon

x (...) it has a dewy chorus and it's about a long distance relationship. I love the stridency of the vocals. Again it helps that the verse melodies are entirely different (...). The chorus has one of my favourite love song lyrics ever I think: "Dark streets only suffocate me now/you're off to Singapore/Heart aches, God, it nearly breaks each hour/I'm waiting for your call". There's something so architecturally brilliant about that, although I guess you have to hear the melody to understand completely. Tim Finney

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