The Best Of Blur: Damon’s 25 Finest Lyrics

Damon Albarn has written some of the greatest songs of this generation and today, her turns 50. So get yourself down to the lo-o-o-o-o-cal, pull up a chair and flex your Blur muscles with a reminder of some of Damon’s finest lyrical missives.

25. ‘There’s No Other Way’

“You’re taking me up when I don’t want to go up anymore/ I’m just watching it all”

24. ‘Advert’


“I need something to remind me that there’s something else”

23. ‘Jubilee’

“Jubilee slouches in the settee/ He’s losing all will to move/ He’s gone divvy, too much telly/ He’s watching 24 hours of rubbish”

22. ‘Birthday’

“I don’t like this day/ It makes me feel too small”

21. ‘On The Way To The Club’


“And I just wanna be, darling with you/ The music’s made that way”

20. ‘Under The Westway’

“Bring us the day they switch off the machines/ ‘Cause men in yellow jackets are putting adverts inside my dreams”

19. ‘Colin Zeal’

“Looks at his watch – he’s on time, yet again/ He’s pleased with himself/ He’s pleased with himself/ He’s so pleased with himself”

18. ‘Girls & Boys’

“Avoiding all work ‘cos there’s none available/ Like battery thinkers/ Count your thoughts on 1 2 3 4 5 fingers”

17. ‘He Thought Of Cars’

“Moscow’s still red, the young man’s dead/ Gone to heaven instead/ The evening news says he was confused”

16. ‘Strange News From Another Star’

“All I want to be is washed out by the sea/ No death star over me won’t give me any peace”

15. ‘Essex Dogs’

“You’ll catch the flu or you’ll catch the city”

14. ‘All Your Life’

“Put a new shirt on, wash my face in beer/ Fall through the crowd and disappear/ In the teenage magazines and shopping malls/ Walk through the wildlife for miles and miles”

13. ‘This Is A Low’

“And the Queen, she’s gone round the bend/ Jumped off Land’s End”

12. ‘Beetlebum’

“And when she lets me slip away, she turns me on all my violence is gone, nothing is wrong/ I just slip away and I am gone”

11. ‘Country House’

“City dweller, successful fella/ Thought to himself ‘oops, I’ve got a lot of money'”

10. ‘Crazy Beat’

“Why are the C.I.A. having fun/ They think you’re clever ‘cos you’ve blown up your lungs”

9. ‘Tender’

“Tender is the night lying by your side/ Tender is the touch of someone that you love too much/ Tender is the day the demons go away/ Lord I need to find someone who can heal my mind”

8. ‘Lonesome Street’

“And if you have nobody left to rely on/ I’ll hold you in my arms and let you drift”

7. ‘The Universal’

“Every paper that you read says tomorrow is your lucky day/ Well, here’s your lucky day”

6. ‘Dan Abnormal’

“Dan went to his local burger bar/ I want Mcnormal and chips or I’ll blow you to bits/ Give us it”

5. ‘End Of A Century’

“And we all say, don’t want to be alone/ We wear the same clothes ‘cos we feel the same/ And kiss with dry lips when we say goodnight/ End of the century… it’s nothing special”

4. ‘Charmless Man’

“Educated the expensive way/ He knows his claret from a Beaujolais/ I think he’d like to have been Ronnie Kray/ But then nature didn’t make him that way”

3. ‘For Tomorrow’

“She’s a twentieth century girl holding on for dear life/ And then so we hold each other tightly/ And hold on for tomorrow”

2. ‘To The End’

“Well you and I, collapsed in love/ And it looks like we might have made it/ Yes, it looks like we’ve made it to the end”

1. ‘Out Of Time’

“And you’ve been so busy lately that you haven’t found the time/ To open up your mind/ And watch the world spinning gently out of time”