Chanel No. 5

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"Chanel #5"
AMC-Rise.jpg
Rise cover
Song by American Music Club
Released 1991
Format CD
Length 4:23
Label Alias Records
Writer(s) Mark Eitzel
Producer(s) Bruce Kaphan
Why Won't You Stay cover

"Chanel #5" is a b-side on American Music Club's 1991 single, Rise. Why Won't You Stay was licensed by Virgin France as the French single in place of Rise, and "Chanel #5" included as a b-side on it as well. It was first recorded in 1989 during the aborted Everclear sessions.[1]

Mark Eitzel told Melody Maker that the song "is a real crass attempt to...it's about this hooker. Everyday I see some woman on my street who's been beat up real bad, and this lady across the hall who keeps passing out before she can get here key in the lock. And you come back late and she's screaming down the phone, and you can hear it cos she keeps her door propped open with her fire alarm and she's screaming down the phone. 'Do something! Damn you, do something! I hate you, I wanna die..' That kind of thing. And very crassly, I think 'Oh,I'll write a song about this.'"[2]

Lyrics

All her sweet mouth really wanted
Just fell from her grip
The worst hell you can drag your soul through
Is trying to make all the lies stick

You might as well not make an effort
Lots of bills lying around unpaid
Still I guess some things seem better than
Lying in a bed an old child made

She's got her Walkman on
She's got Chanel Number Five
Look at her walk
She's holding her head upright
Wants to show she's got some pride
To the headlights

All over town people looking for
Their little piece of goodnight
Maybe it's finally time
To turn away from the light
All her sweet mouth really wanted
Was lost in her smile
And her soul just lost the taste that makes
Any good lie worthwhile

I know I never asked you to read their minds
So why did you have to go ahead and do it anyway
You think maybe someday if you're good
They'll let you disappear from the scene
But nothing can hide a beating

She's got her Walkman on
She's got Chanel Number Five
Look at her walk
She's holding her head upright
Wants to show she's got some pride
To the headlights
Doesn't she look good

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References

  1. Tom Mallon. "Tom Mallon Recording (1978-present)". rateyourmusic.com. Retrieved June 16, 2017. 
  2. Simon Reynolds (March 25, 1989). "Psycho Thriller". Melody Maker. Retrieved June 16, 2017.