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Pet Shop Boys:Requiem In Denim And Leopardskin Lyrics

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This song is performed by Pet Shop Boys and appears on the album Elysium (2012).
I thought it was like a film
Reviewed but never seen
Where everybody played themselves
As a drama king or queen
The music was overwhelming
Glittering and thin
Solemn and shabby like a requiem
In denim and leopardskin

I visualised the flashback
School, punk rock, success
Parties, too much of everything
the clichés, the candles, the mess

Lucien in the scene with David
Brian in a tux
A copy of Blitz in Zanzibar
Old Hollywood redux
Ossie's last collection
Biba's closing sale
A little more rouge on the powdered cheeks
But the base is pale

This is our last chance for goodbye
Let the music begin
Shining and soaring like a requiem
In denim and leopardskin

It ended with a motorbike
A search for evidence
Poring over old photographs
To make it all fake sense
Glamorous in its own way
Shouting above the din
Solemn and shabby like a requiem
In denim and leopardskin

Johnny's wearing brothel-creepers
Malcolm's round the block
Adam's in a Jarman film
The look is 'Let It Rock'
A Johnson's leather jacket
Hair by Keith at Smile
All you need to make it big
Is sex and style

This is our last chance for goodbye
Let the music begin
Shining and soaring like a requiem
In denim and leopardskin

This is our last chance for goodbye
Let the music begin
Shining and soaring like a requiem
In denim and leopardskin

This is our last chance for goodbye
Let the music begin
Shining and soaring like a requiem
In denim and leopardskin

This is our last chance for goodbye
Let the music begin
Shining and soaring like a requiem
In denim and leopardskin

NotesEdit

  • The song concerns the funeral in 2006 of famed makeup artist Lynne Easton. The sound of the motorbike at the song's closing is of the same model as the bike that was used to bring Easton's coffin in a sidecar into the church for her funeral.
  • Lucian is painter Lucian Freud. David is painter David Hockney. Bryan is pop star Bryan Ferry. Ossie is fashion designer Raymond "Ossie" Clark. Biba was a famous London clothing emporium. Johnny is probably "Sex Pistol" Johnny Rotten (John Lydon). Malcolm is Malcolm McLaren and "Let It Rock" was a trendy 1970s clothing shop he ran. Adam is pop star Adam Ant, Derek is filmmaker and artist Derek Jarman and the 'Jarman film' is "Jubilee" (1979). Johnson is businessman and fashion retailer Lloyd Johnson. Keith is hairdresser and salon owner Keith Wainwright and "Smile" is the famed London hair salon opened by Wainwright in the 1970s.

CreditsEdit

  • Additional vocals - Oren Waters, Maxine Waters, Julie Waters.
  • Bass - Viva Rama; Guitar - Adam Tressler; Percussion - Lenny Castro.
  • Orchestra arranged by Joachim Horsley, Andrew Dawson and Ben Leathers based on an original arrangement by Pet Shop Boys; conducted by Joachim Horsley.

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