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the patience of a saint
(sumner, marr, tennant, lowe)

talking of my attributes

the things i do so well

as anyone who’s in cahoots

with me will readily tell



i’ve lived up here, i’ve been down there

i’ve bought some i could sell

and if i drove a faster car

i’d drive it bloody well



how could i change?

i live without restraint



and i would try the patience of a saint

and i would try the patience of a saint



thinking of my attitudes

talking one on one

i may disagree with you

but look where you’ve come from



and all that you’ve got

i thought that i would faint



but i would try the patience of a saint

and i would try the patience of a saint

i would try the patience of a saint



i’m talking to myself

talking to myself

i’m talking to the one that i know best

i’m talking to the one that i know best



bury me with gratitude

you can go to hell



why should i care?

i’d rather watch drying paint



but i would try the patience of a saint

and i would try the patience of a saint

i would try the patience of a saint

and i would try the patience of a saint

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comment
electronic form an alliance with pet shop boys for this sardonic confessional about selfishness and insensitivity. it’s a fruitful union, with some beautifully subtle playing from johnny marr and chris lowe, and enigmatic vocal interplay between neil tennant and bernard sumner. johnny: “bernard got a drumbeat going, chris had a couple of chords, i put a bassline on and in about half an hour we had it. it was easy. we were all just sort of singing bits and putting ideas in.”

bernard: “we’d already written the backing track to getting away with it, but neil liked it, wrote some lyrics and helped with the arrangement. the following week we wrote the patience of a saint with chris in about half an hour. we had already decided that what would be good was if we did one song and they did one — the music.” it is gratifying that a song accredited to four of the most important musicians in the history of popular music actually lives up to its billing.

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