Beautiful South, The - The Slide Lyrics




When you're too old for the swings
You tend to choose the slide
And they never seem to warn you
The slide's your final ride
And when you're at the top of it
And you cannot see the end
Either don't let go son - Or grab the nearest friend
The slide is no respecter of dignity or class
As soon as you sit down on it
That slide has got your ass

Don't take the slide, don't take the slide
Heroes and villains have tried and cried
A broken soul at the bottom lies denied
Don't take the slide, don't take the slide

When the slide was invented
A thousand drinkers sighed
They thought they had the copyright
On the very word the slide
It's a picture of innocence
On which the innocent have fried
Take the helter skelter son
It's easier than the slide
Advice to listening parents
Or the father of the bride
Let them marry anyone
But don't let her take the slide

Don't take the slide, don't take the slide
Heroes and villains have tried and cried
A broken soul at the bottom lies denied
Don't take the slide, don't take the slide

It'll take you much much lower
Than you ever would have asked
'Cause as soon as you sit down on it
The slide has got your ass - It's customers are fools
And every one of them deceased
The long and silver murderer
The devil must have greased

Don't take the slide, don't take the slide
Heroes and villains have tried and cried
A pile of broken souls at the bottom it denied
Don't take the slide, don't take the slide

Don't take the slide, don't take the slide
Heroes and villains have tried and cried
A broken soul at the bottom it denied
Don't take the slide, don't take the slide





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  1. callum mchardy

    Actually no, the UK has taken the American terms for both. I am 54. When I was a kid, it was the other way round. We also used to answer, "How are you?' with," I'm well," not the American, "I'm good."

  2. A123cov45678

    I enjoy this slide to be fair :)

  3. A123cov45678

    Sliiiidddeeee!!!!

  4. callum mchardy

    Just throwing it out there: this album was recorded in Toldeo, Spain.
    The normal English word is not slide, that is the American, rather
    chute, which in Spanish is the equivalent to "fix" in the drug sense:
    for me it's about addiction.

  5. Stephen McManus

    I am on The Slide big time. I don't know any way out. I met Paul with my wife at Newport Leisure Centre. He was so nice to us. Got autographs and photos. Proper gentleman.

    Paul Reeves

    Keep fighting mate

  6. zedata57

    This is so good.

  7. Gary Morton Nelson

    spent some quality time listening to the beautiful south with a quality lady it could have been so much more but she died of cancer and it devastated me rip janie xxx

  8. Slave2PaperWithInkOn

    The albums ''What Have We Become,'' and ''Wisdom,Laughter and Lines,'' by Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbot.

  9. Claire Eccy

    Amazing songs its life with or with out drink blinkers ryhmes with drinkers of any substance xx

  10. Rosalind Lovell Stagg

    Fantastic, Paul at his best! brilliant - thanks for putting it up on here

  11. Terry Johnson

    been on the slide for many years now love this song no love the band

  12. dannym2005

    song for the pissheads! stop or go. ive gone, die happy, or unhappy, ill be smiling when i go.

  13. crazygranchris

    its got my arse again!!

  14. crazygranchris

    yep im on the slide yet again but hey im alive x

  15. moontheloon1969

    im on it too

  16. crazygranchris

    wow at last its on here, ace song

  17. Moon Dog

    I'm on it

  18. BeachGnome

    When I was a kid my dad raised me on The Beautiful South. I sang along with all the songs, without understanding the words. As I got older and understood more, they became more and more beautiful.

    Reeps stevo

    Same here i knew every word when i was kid but didnt understand the meaning soon as i here beautiful south it reminds me of my dad and being a kid

  19. MitchelGant

    its the gospel backing in the chorus. wow. what a song!

  20. Lynx Plumbing & Heating

    The Slides Your Final Ride.....fuckin love this song.

  21. Slave2PaperWithInkOn

    And Paul Heaton (solo) continues the high.Checkout his albums "Fat Chance" - "The Cross Eyed Rambler" - "Acid Country" and "The 8th." Peace

  22. musicaljuice1970

    This is really sensational. We are composing all of the time ourselves so maybe you would like to give us some fedback? It would be appreciated- we aim to have guys as good as you record some of our songs, they are pretty good.

  23. George Giddings

    Great song

  24. leethegee1

    Beautiful ...an Full ..........