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king for a day
(electronic)



please let me in ’cause my house is falling down

there’s trouble all over the town

let me begin and i’ll tell you a story

how dracula hunted me down



show me that you care

and of my presence you are aware

we don’t need to shout or make a fuss

we are devout



well i’d like to make a call to my kid

and i’d show him all the things that i did

well i’d show him all the things that i did

show him all the things that i did



some people always come late

others arrive in a dreadful state

i didn’t get there at all

the gun’s in the holster and it’s too small



who’s that outside my door

the house is falling in, it’s world war again

who’s that outside my door

who’s that outside my door



well i’d like to make a call to my kid

and i’d show him all the things that i did

well i’ll show him all the things that i did

show him all the things that i did



well i’d like to make a call to my kid

versions
single version (4:28)

releases
late at night
twisted tenderness
twisted tenderness::deluxe

comment
this brilliantly titled b-side features an especially eclectic lyric from the sumnerage, boosted by squalid, distorted guitars from marr and a thunderous introductory drum fill by ged lynch. it was originally intended for inclusion on twisted tenderness, and must have been rejected very close to the release date as it made at least two promos in early ’99 and actually appeared on the japanese edition. despite its merits and the subsequent fate of its single, late at night, it was probably the right decision, as its loose, abrasive ambience clashes with flicker and when she’s gone, the tracks which were to sandwich it. whether it’s about home improvement or being on reprimand is anyone’s guess, but sonically and musically it’s very effective — thankfully it can still be found on the american twisted tenderness cd, along with its fellow b-side warning sign.

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