A Life Less Ordinary

I smoked myself into a haze in the afternoon
Enveloped heart, and the air is cool
Put on your dress, white Goddess
And settle in as the weather folds
In the slow haze of the afternoon
Swaying hips, pointed like a gun
Blackest sails, the most beautiful star

In the world, in the air
On my tongue, before my eyes
Beyond the stars, beneath the sun

So take me in your arms again
Lead me in your dreams again
So what is it worth
I’ll sell my soul
What is it worth
Only you know

You were conceived in my heart, came like a dream
To save me from my mortality
Put on your dress, white Goddess
And settle in as the weather folds
Our lives will be entwined even when I die
You’ll see me through ’till the end of time
No earthly bride, the most beautiful star

In the world, in the air
On my tongue, before my eyes
Beyond the stars, beneath the sun

Take me in your arms again
Lead me in your dreams again
So what is it worth
I’ll sell my soul
So what is it worth
Only you know

Song Notes

The first single to feature new guitarist Charlotte Hatherley, “A Life Less Ordinary” was the soundtrack to the film of the same name which stared Ewan McGregor and Cameron Diaz. It had the working title “Film Song”. The song is ever present in the bands live set list. Tim said of the lyrics:

This is a song about my muse. Robert Graves wrote a book called White Goddess about the goddess of poetry, which is a concept that goes back to the ancient Greeks. Maybe this makes me sound completely mad, but I have this thing about music coming from a higher place. So I was writing a song about the goddess. It’s a weird love song. It says how I’d sell my soul for something to believe in, something more significant than everyday life.