Belle & Sebastian - The Loneliness Of A Middle Distance Runner Lyrics




I'll take a second of the day to think about the things that we have Done this year
The dog lies down, the pouring rain
I'm underneath the smoker's railway arch again
The future's looking colourful
It's the colour of blood, chaos and corruption of a happy soul
A happy soul will
Ride in the field
Till the rain dies down

The railway ticket states a destination
But it doesn't mean that we will show
There's a fork upon the line
We paid the guard to switch the sign, and off we go
The future's looking wonderful
It's the wonder of a businessman's conspiracy to sell your wares
And no one cares
Oh you care, I know
You care, I forgot for a while

On a sulky afternoon spent in dispute
You'll give yourself a headache, boy
So I take revenge in stories and dreaming of the time when
We're on stage
"Have you seen The Loneliness Of A Middle Distance Runner?"
When he stops the race and looks around
I left the stage
"You've seen it now"
I walked to the station
I wish you follow me tonight





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  1. b bigonha

    one of my favorite bands

  2. numba 10

    Xfm n that

  3. Sergej Lovrekovic

    but is it wicked not to care? maybe, on some days, but when this song comes on...everything matters... <3 even loneliness

  4. Sanela Skamo

    Take a second of the day
    To think about the things that we have done this year
    The dark lies down the pouring rain
    I'm underneath the smoker's railway arch again

    The future's looking colourful
    It's the colour of blood, chaos and corruption of a happy soul
    A happy soul
    We'll ride in the field
    Ride in the field
    Ride in the field
    Until the rain dies down

    The railway ticket states the destination
    But it doesn't mean that we will show
    There's a fork upon the line
    We pay the guard to switch the sign
    Off we go

    The future's looking wonderful
    It's the wonder of a businessman's conspiracy to sell you wares
    No one cares
    Oh, you care, I know
    You care, I know
    You care, I know
    I forgot for a while

    On a soggy afternoon spent in dispute
    You give yourself a headache, boy
    So I spent the day in stories
    And in dreaming of the time when we're on stage

    Have you seen the loneliness of a middle distance runner
    When he stops the race and looks around
    I've left the stage, you've seen it it now

    I walk to the station
    Walk to the station
    Walk to the station
    Won't you follow me down?

    Walk to the station
    Walk to the station
    Walk to the station
    Won't you follow me down?

    omalone11

    Black identity

  5. kingshearer2

    They played this on the apocalypse tube years ago it's a magical whimsical song.

  6. Jasper

    Ricky Gervais XFM podcasts brought me here.. You bald manc twonk.

    Dan1984

    “Play a record!”

  7. Ian Mcilwraith

    Sub 3 hour marathon runner is Stuart.

  8. Jack Beattie

    Brilliant photo by the way! Spent the whole song discovering the picture. Love it! X

  9. susu susu

    I wonder if there is other singers who makes many songs that have uncommon name like this singer does

  10. Nella Crosiglia

    amazing..

  11. Charles Black

    Another incredible B&S song...

  12. 1unsung

    Tom Courtenay from the original movie, The Loneliness of The Long Distance Runner. The short story was written by Alan Sillitoe. It's a sad story, so the song is also sad, but it's good .

    sentinovember

    sometmes we need something sad... and decent. You brought back some old memories.

    1unsung

    @sentinovember
    Thanks. I fully agree with your observation.

    Fernando

    and 3 years after, i´m thincking the same as you :p

  13. ricardoespino32

    You care, I forgot for a while.

  14. Maximo de la torre

    Great song by a regular group

  15. Lucil Junior

    The name of the song is because of the movie in the image, nothing to do with an iron maiden song based on the same movie.

  16. Mey Mollart Gutierrez

    que  bueno .... me gusta  tu sentir -.-.

  17. Nick F

    Love this song but find it really depressing.....!!

  18. lydia mcmullin

    THIS is a play on an Iron Maiden song!!!!hahahahhahaah    love both bands

    LMuertoOfficial

    It's actually a play on the short story(and the subsequent movie based on it), "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner" by Alan Sillitoe.

  19. wwew789011

    This is absolutely beautiful. 

  20. Walt Waters

    Great sound ! I've just heard something new that gave me the chills  : The song "Have oppressed our plains" by Nikö Laetailleurs". You can find it by writing *"Have oppressed our plains - Nikö Laetailleurs"* in the youtube search bar. Hoping my own feeling can become yours...

  21. Júlio Carloz

    perfeito banda, perfeita música!

  22. stephen mcwarty

    Top song by a top band! Cant wait to see them live!

  23. Touissi Adam

    this video need more views :/

  24. vagner kavallera

    Minha Banda preferidaaaa!!!!!!!!
    :D
    Amo demais as Musicas deles!!!

    Sofia Genaro S Rios

    eu tbbb

  25. didoma73

    Irrelevant: Is that or is that not a young Jim Halpert?

  26. rnr14dors

    "The future's looking colourful
    It's the colour of blood, chaos and corruption of a happy soul..."

  27. MsReagan16

    I usually can think of something pretentiously quasi-profound and self-referential to say about any song, and I can for this one as well, but I'll put that instinct aside for a moment and say that from my experience...this song is actually a very, very good song for actual running.

  28. OvercomeLoneliness

    so awesome!!

  29. Reis DeSantis

    I'd run 800 meters for B&S anyday

  30. Walczyk

    Funny, this turns me into a dreamer again.

  31. Andrew Coggins

    As a middle distance runner who also loves Belle & Sebastian, this song really hits the spot.

  32. MysteriousHu

    Pity the haters. They are missing out on so much.

  33. Szűcs Krisztián

    And I know that a couple of weeks later, it will close a chapter for me too...

  34. diswazyoozed

    This track closed a chapter of my life

    phil19852010

    Tell us more. Was the chapter ever revisited? Was it the right move? How have the past six years gone? As you'd hoped?

  35. st3v3nc455

    simply sublime

  36. Gabrielle K

    this is so fantastic.

  37. Blackbird

    "Riiight in the feels"

  38. copomo

    IAN SCHWARTZ!!!

  39. Tomas .Leighton

    freeeeeeeeeeeeee

  40. Tomas .Leighton

    someone know about any website to download B&S albums????????

  41. Song Yoonkyu

    The railway ticket states the destination but it doesn't mean that we will show There's a fork upon the line, we'll pay the guard to switch the sign, off we go The future's looking wonderful It's the wonder of the businessman's conspiracy to sell you wares, no one cares Oh, you care I know You care I know You care I know I forgot for a while

  42. Song Yoonkyu

    I'll take a second of the day to think about the things that we have done this year The dog lies down, the pouring rain, I'm underneath the smokers' railway arch again The future's looking colourful It's the colour of blood, chaos and corruption of a happy soul A happy soul will ride in the field Ride in the field Ride in the field 'Til the rain dies down.

  43. rdavidson862

    Is this Belle & Sebastian's best song? And a b-side too!

  44. MarioXC64

    kinda reminds me of the song, "loneliness of a LONG distance runner"

    The Respected Lex

    That wasn't a song brother. Alan Sillitoe, short story, look at the comments above.

  45. NinotchkaAndMe

    il tuo canale e' sempre una sorpresa ...adoro questa canzone grazie

  46. MonkeyIslandBlues

    Thanks for the comment maité, it's always a pleasure...and thanks to all for the rest of the comments....greetings from italy!....

  47. Maité Lluch

    i used to be a dreamer, in this moment, while the music sounds, im the most realistic person i know...

  48. GetLostModPop

    7 people were after a tutorial on coping with loneliness whilst running.

  49. jason rockwell

    Sorry biverix

  50. jason rockwell

    I agree biverex

  51. sidDkid87

    lol! I love your YT handle, 'cattitude' : )`

  52. Biverix

    Most underrated B&S song ever.

  53. Anders Herrmann

    makes me wanna set a new PB on 1500m

  54. SethHesio

    feeling really sad right now, and this makes me feel better.

  55. salemon4

    Just ran a district cross country meet and....IM GOING TO STATES....i probably owe it to when im loney for 3.1 miles and this song plays in my mind!!! :)

  56. catttitude

    I hate people who hate people.

  57. fantekid

    not heard this in years yet that sound has hummed around my adulthood. Stunning.

  58. Marius Bosincianu

    that's a very tool thing to say

  59. Martin Axelsson

    I love people who love this......

  60. Danny Mollahan

    BAS makes you want to cry and laugh at the same time. i love them.

  61. Isaiah Maynard

    Wow! Just heard of them for the first time. This song is awesome.

  62. TheMcfearless123

    All of whom probably dislike this song, due to their lack of a soul

    so really, you two agree with each other!

  63. Phil Jackson

    A great song from a great band.

  64. Farhaad Rahnama

    !! ME TOO!!!

  65. Broomehall

    Just driving towards the sun and sea at 4.00am on a clear highway...................

  66. Joseph Marchbank

    that is actually the BEST way to describe it. i have never heard anything else so accurate :)

  67. elchavodelocio

    so, you hate people who think different of you? great, you are so tolerant.

  68. Sebastian Velcro

    Hate only begot more hate...

  69. Chris Bee

    I don't, I hate manipulators, mallicious killers and sex abusers.

    Jaime Murphy

    You instantly zap to the negative response

  70. Yor Conshunts

    great music but sounds alot like the kinks, doesn't take away from it though.

  71. customerjon

    @hydogify EXACTLY! Holy crap that is exactly how it is.

  72. Sara Prigan

    hearing the best b&s songs is like having a crush....

  73. biologyfreak101

    @64Fathoms of course it doesn't have to have a point- who am i, a mortal being, to tell people how to write music?! it's better than a lot of other stuff that's going around, i just enjoy good songs even more when i understand them. too much to ask?

  74. biologyfreak101

    does this song have a point? i don't find the lyrics very coherent.

  75. Goolianos

    @MattAFlaherty that makes way more sense haha

  76. Matt Flaherty

    @Sanctuary77 It's actually a reference to an Alan Sillitoe novella, as is the Iron Maiden song. Great song.

  77. ArcadeLips

    I love Belle and Sebstian.
    Their songs are just..simple..and beautifull.
    :)

  78. Goolianos

    the title has to be an iron maiden throwback, they've even got 3 guitarists, awesome

  79. malejajim10111

    I could listen to this song a hundred times and never get tired of it...