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second nature
(marr, sumner)



i used to think that i was lonely

when i was a young boy, doing what they told me

too many lessons in the school class

stated my allegiance, mixing with the wrong class



i lived at home with all my family

even had my own key, it was given to me
allowed to be alone

there was never any friction

starring in my own film, it was my addiction



you don’t have to wait, the world will carry on

it’s there in your face, but it won’t stay for long

let’s be a nation and sit upon a throne

don’t ever hesitate, just carry on



you don’t have to wait, the world will carry on

it’s there in your face, but it won’t stay for long

let’s be a nation and sit upon a throne

don’t ever hesitate, just carry on



the older boys were rather surly

living in the wrong place made me grow up early
but it was my home

as i complete my own existence

staring at my old life fading in the distance
down a semi-tone



smiling faces of the neighbours

proud of their endeavours

unemployed forever, watch tv at home



you don’t have to wait, the world will carry on

it’s there in your face, but it won’t stay for long

let’s be a nation and sit upon a throne

don’t ever hesitate, just carry on



you don’t have to wait, the world will carry on

it’s there in your face but it won’t stay for long

let’s be a nation and sit upon a throne

don’t ever hesitate, just carry on



don’t ever wait, don’t hesitate

don’t ever wait, don’t hesitate



you don’t have to wait, the world will carry on

it’s there in your face, but it won’t stay for long

let’s be a nation and sit upon a throne

don’t ever hesitate, just carry on



you don’t have to wait, the world will carry on

it’s there in your face, but it won’t stay for long

let’s be a nation and sit upon a throne

don’t ever hesitate, just carry on



don’t wait, let’s carry on

your face will get along

let’s be a nation and sit upon a throne

don’t ever hesitate, just carry on



versions
album version (4:54)

alternative dub (6:19)

edge factor dub (8:08)

extended journey mix (10:10)

extended modern mix (8:41)

journey mix radio edit (3:57)

modern mix radio edit (4:37)

plastik mix (6:21)

plastik vox (7:05)

sweet remix (7:01)

trance atlantic dub (8:10)

uk promo edit (4:13)

uk single edit (4:31)

us promo edit (4:00)

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comment
the sombre intro to this catchy song cheekily recalls the smiths’ final single last night i dreamt that somebody loved me, before the groovy, infectious beat kicks in and sumner’s words evoke images of a restless childhood and adolescent aspirations. although it suffers from over-production and too many superfluous grinding noises (thankfully kept to a minimum for live performances on tv shows), and was remixed to death when belatedly released as a single in february 1997, second nature remains the focal point of raise the pressure and a real highlight of the marr and sumner partnership.



bernard: “it only rarely happens that i sit down at the table with the clear intention of writing a song. actually it was only that way with my confession, the song second nature. that was a case where i had the urge to summarize a lot of things that I’d been thinking about. in this song i imagine what it is like to die. when i stand face to face with god and i’m asked: ‘what have you learned in your life?’ and second nature is my answer to that question.

“i’m an only child, so i grew up looking at myself because there was no-one else to look at. i used to lie in bed at night for hours, just thinking about myself. that’s why most of my songs are about me, me, me. second nature is totally autobiographical. it’s about where i come from and the attitude [it] has left me with — which is, that no matter what you do, the world will keep on turning and if you don’t do anything, it’ll just carry on without you. i’ve realised that if you don’t grab the world by the bollocks, the world will grab you by the bollocks.”

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