MANIA | Looking For A Place

LYRICS:

Don't baby don't believe that I won't
Say what I got to say
And baby don't think it's fine
To mess with my mind
Every time you decide to stand in my way
Don't baby don't believe that I won't
Play when I got to play
And baby don't think it's fine
To mess with my mind
Every time you decide to stand in my way

I've seen where I wanna be
Got no one trying stopping me
I do what I wanna do
Don't wanna be like you
I've seen where I wanna be
Got no one trying stopping me
I do what I wanna do
Don't wanna be like you

I've been looking for a place to go
Everywhere I know
It's just the same old thing
Just different faces staring back at me
Nothing new to see
It's just the same old thing
I've been looking for a place to go
Everywhere I know
It's just the same old thing
Just different faces staring back at me
Nothing new to see
It's just the same old thing

You had your way
Better gone than belong to what was yesterday
Rude or subdued
Never knew what was true
Or who would undo our thing

'Cos I understand a compliment
I appreciate his cause
I think that me and him are just the same
'Cos I live by my own rules
And I'll never be just what you see
Please don't try to label me
I have to speak my mind not stand in line
'Cos I live by my own rules

[whistle]

I've been looking for a place to go
Everywhere I know
It's just the same old thing
Just different faces staring back at me
Nothing new to see
It's just the same old thing
I've been looking for a place to go
Everywhere I know
It's just the same old thing
Just different faces staring back at me
Nothing new to see
It's just the same old thing

I don't entertain people who try to say
That they play the game
They're all the same

INFORMATION:
x appears on:
Mania - Looking For A Place (2004) CD-S, 12''
Mania - album sampler (2004) promo

x Written by Niara Scarlett/Giselle Sommerville/Miranda Cooper/Brian Higgins/Lisa Cowling/Xenomania.
Published by Xenomania/Warner Chappell Music Ltd.
Produced by Brian Higgins/Xenomania.
Mixed by Tim Powell.
Engineered by Matt Tait at Metropolis Studios.
x "Looking For A Place" was Mania's first and only single, released on 26th July 2004. It reached #29 on the UK singles chart.

REVIEWS:
x Their debut single establishes them as a new force on the girl group block, a slightly cooler Girls Aloud, maybe, or a slightly less experimental version of the Sugababes.
Both sexy and dangerous, Looking For A Place boasts an energetic soundtrack. The song itself, however, fails to pack the punch of some more clearly commercial contemporary singles.
But it's a good start and Mania should soon be stirring up just that. Simon Donohue

x Their debut single 'Looking For A Place' is a funky, catchy and fresh slice of mature pop that mixes killer melodies with killer beats, sultry vocals and a chart bothering chorus to amazing effect. Let's hope they come back for second helpings. Mikey

x Actually a little underwhelmed by this to be honest - the pictures of them and the involvement of the mighty Xenomania made me think I was going to get a grown up version of Daphne & Celeste. The sound is fairly slick and R&B influenced, but the chorus reminds me too much of something else that wasn't very good, and the fact that it gets whistled before its second instance just emphasises this. Sonically it's great though, a hint of a guitar underneath the second verse to give it a bit of kick and politely skittering beats. One suspects it's a grower, that breed of song that irks because flat-out dismissals come back to bite hataz on the arse later on, hence the fence sitting. Good, not fantastic. Edward Oculicz

x Their debut single, "Looking For A Place", is a feisty pop track, not unlike Boomkat's "The Wreckoning" last year. It makes a refreshing change to hear an urban pop crossover act not just following the latest trend by imitating everything they've seen on music videos - Mania definitely have their own sound. SholasBoy

x The lyrics are blunt and girl power rings true in my ears with lyrics such as "I sleep where I want to be, try stopping me, donít want to be like you".
It's not so much Britpop but somewhere between soul and teen pop. There seems to have been a great deal of creative input, and with rhymes aplenty, they aren't a million miles away from the Sugababes with a catchy, whistling chorus to match, like one of those suckers that stays in the brain for weeks. Let's hope Mania does not disappear into one-hit-wonder heaven, since both girls have impressive voices and talent as both singers and songwriters. Nickta Hafezi

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