Southend On Sea

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"Southend On Sea"
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60 Watt Silver Lining cover
Song by Mark Eitzel from the album 60 Watt Silver Lining
Released 1996
Format CS / CD
Length 4:09
Label Warner Bros. (US) / Virgin Records (UK)
Writer(s) Mark Eitzel
Producer(s) Mark Eitzel
60 Watt Silver Lining track listing
  1. "No Easy Way Down"
  2. "Sacred Heart"
  3. "Always Turn Away"
  4. "Saved"
  5. "Cleopatra Jones"
  6. "When My Plane Finally Goes Down"
  7. "Mission Rock Resort"
  8. "Wild Sea"
  9. "Aspirin"
  10. "Some Bartenders Have The Gift Of Pardon"
  11. "Southend On Sea"
  12. "Everything Is Beautiful"

"Southend On Sea" is the 11th song on Mark Eitzel's 3rd album, 1996’s 60 Watt Silver Lining. In a 1999 unpublished interview, Eitzel says that the song is about breaking up in England with his lover at the time.[1]

Lyrics

This summer the sun was a shotgun pointed down at me
and I was just another ugly American melting in the heat
watching the stagnant ocean breathe painfully
it only wants to drag you down by your feet

No one swimming in the water
no sharks, no eels, no little life boats
just a history lesson and some two bit Victorian ghosts
who do a turn at the pirate ship
singing, "It's A Small World After All"
either you laugh at it baby
or you hit a brick wall

You said to me,
"You're from California
and you laugh too easily,"
You said to me,
"You just let things happen
that are killing me"

We're like whitefish beached all day on hot parking lots
waiting for the summer parade to sadly drift by
melancholy floats filled with suicides and drooping paper flowers
a defeated army and no wind to blow away the smell of surrender

There was '50s nostalgia and horrifying Flintstone characters
living memorials to wasted days and wasted bitter nights
and everyone on the promenade participates in your silence
'cause I'm always wrong baby and you're always right

You said to me,
"You're from California
and you're as dumb as can be,"
You said to me,
"Are you the Scarecrow, the Tin Man
or are you Dorothy"
You said to me,
"I'm beginning to think that you're
a part of the enemy"
You said to me
"If I was drowning would you save me
from Southend-on-Sea"
from Southend-on-Sea

There was a chamber of horrors
and it was packed with onlookers
wax figured day trippers being tortured
worse than their crimes deserved
and there I was in a stranglehold spinning out
from your nightmare
and my life with you was a black cloud hanging in the air

And you said to me,
"You're from California
and you lie too easily"
You said to me,
"Did you really think that this was
going to set my heart free"
You said to me,
"I'm beginning to think that you're
a part of the enemy"
part of the enemy

You said to me,
"If I was drowning would you save me
from Southend-on-Sea"
from Southend-on-Sea

Video

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References

  1. Jane Oriel (January 15, 1999). "Unpublished Firefly Interview". Firefly. Retrieved June 16, 2017.