Prefab Sprout - Cruel Lyrics



Cruel is the gospel that sets us all free, then takes you away from me.
There is no Chicago urban blues,
More heartfelt than my lament for you.
I'm a liberal guy, too cool for the macho ache,
With a secret tooth, for the cherry on the cake.
With a pious smile, a smile that changes what I say.
While I waste my time, in regretting that the days,
Went from perfect to just O.K.

Lordy, What would I do?
Don't call me possessive, but God if he's smoochin' with you.
I's a jealous boy root;
The world should be free, but don't you go following suit
My heart is aligned;
It couldn't be neutral, I couldn't be that way inclined.
It's hard to defend,
Ba ba ba, ba, ba ba, these feelings my tuppentup friend.
It's cruel, ba ba ba...
It's cruel, ba ba ba...
It's cruel, it's crueler than cruel.

But cruel is the gospel that sets us all free, then takes you away from me.
Should a love be tender, and bleed out loud?
Or be tougher than tough, and prouder than proud.
If I'm troubled by every folding of your skirt,
Am I guilty of every male inflicted hurt?
But I don't know how to describe the Modern Rose,
When I can't refer to her shape against her clothes.
With the fever of purple prose.

Lordy, What would I do?
Don't call me possessive, but God if he's smoochin' with you.
I's a jealous boy root;
The world should be free, but don't you go following suit
My heart is aligned;
It couldn't be neutral, I couldn't be that way inclined.
It's hard to defend,
Ba ba ba, ba, ba ba, these feelings my tuppentup friend.
It's cruel, ba ba ba...
It's cruel, ba ba ba...
It's cruel, it's crueler than cruel.

But cruel is the gospel that sets us all free,
Then takes you away from me.
Cruel is the gospel that sets us all free,
Then takes you away from me.
..My contribution, to urban blues.




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Prefab Sprout Cruel Comments
  1. ewaf88

    What lyrics- and a sad melody that fits perfectly

  2. Melissa Brown

    If you love this song like you should you're probably a fan of the Smiths. Morrissey modeled the band after Prefab Sprout and his lyrics specifically after Paddy's brilliant words. Genius.

  3. Lorenzo Pandolfo

    la colonna sonora del mio anno di militare a Vittorio Veneto.....1984

  4. Quique Buxeda

    Gracias paddy

  5. roof top cat

    As this boy rued the world should be free, and I am following suite, paddy is one of the best lyricists there is today , just ordered a copy of trawling the megahertz, re-release.

  6. roof top cat

    Ut, the new guy just made his morning exit from her house, that's sudden... must have come out from waiting in the wings, but was there all along, oh well...my contrabution to urban blues.. thanks paddy,

  7. Stuart Goodall

    Songwriting in top form from the top of all groups!

  8. Dina L

    Prefab sprout always made such beautiful music, the lyrics and composition, a clear nostalgic and melancholy sound. Glad YouTube can preserve these masterpieces of the past . . .

  9. christian renteria de la fuente

    yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  10. Rose X

    〈lyrics〉
    Cruel is the gospel that sets us all free, then takes you away from me
    There is no Chicago urban blues
    More heartfelt than my lament for you
    I'm a liberal guy, too cool for the macho ache
    With a secret tooth, for the cherry on the cake
    With a pious smile, a smile that changes what I say
    While I waste my time, in regretting that the days
    Went from perfect to just O.K



    Lordy, What would I do?
    Don't call me possessive, but God if he's smoochin' with you
    I's a jealous boy root;
    The world should be free, but don't you go following suit
    My heart is aligned;
    It couldn't be neutral, I couldn't be that way inclined
    It's hard to defend
    Ba ba ba, ba, ba ba, these feelings my tuppentup friend
    It's cruel, ba ba ba, ba ba ba, ba ba ba, ba ba ba, ba ba
    It's cruel, ba ba ba, ba ba ba, ba ba ba, ba ba ba, ba ba
    It's cruel, it's crueler than cruel


    But cruel is the gospel that sets us all free, then takes you away from me
    Should a love be tender, and bleed out loud?
    Or be tougher than tough, and prouder than proud
    If I'm troubled by every folding of your skirt
    Am I guilty of every male inflicted hurt?
    But I don't know how to describe the Modern Rose
    When I can't refer to her shape against her clothes
    With the fever of purple prose


    ※repeat


    But cruel is the gospel that sets us all free, then takes you away from me
    Cruel is the gospel that sets us all free, then takes you away from me

    My contribution to urban blues



    〈歌詞〉
    僕たちみんなを自由にしておいて、僕から君を奪ってしまう福音の残酷さとは
    たとえそれがシカゴのアーバンブルースといえど
    君をなくした心の底からの悲嘆に比肩するものではないな
    何せ僕は寛大な男、男として受ける苦痛には何食わぬ顔でいられる
    例えば、ケーキの上のさくらんぼを食べるときの
    普段誰にも見せない八重歯や
    偽善的な笑顔、僕の言うことを簡単に変えてしまう笑顔も気にしない
    ただ、あの完璧だと思った日々が、こんなもんだろう思うぐらいにだめになってしまっているのを悔やんでいる


    ああ、どうすればいいだろう
    独占欲の強い男だとは言わないでくれ
    だけど君が他の男と抱き合っているのを思ったら、
    嫉妬せずにはいられない
    人類はみんな自由であるべきだと思うけれど、
    人の真似事をしてはいけない
    僕の気持ちは偏っているんだ、公平とはいかない、そんなのは無理だ
    この気持ちを守るのは大変だ
    (親愛なる?)ぼくのともだち
    こりゃ残酷だ
    本当に残酷だ
    残酷という言葉じゃ足りないくらい残酷だ
    ※ 

    しかし、僕たちみんなを自由にしておきながら、唯一、僕から君を奪う福音の残酷さよ
    愛は優しければより優しく、そしてはっきりと大きくあるべきだろうか
    あるいはより力強く、あるいはより誇らしくあるべきだろうか
    君のスカートが折りたたまれるたび頭を悩ませているなら、
    (あらゆるの男が傷つけたという罪を私は負っていることになるのだろうか?) 
    そのモダンなバラをどう表現したらいいかわからないよ
    彼女の服から
    彼女自身を想像できないとなると
    紫色した散文の熱量から彼女を想像できないとなると

    ※繰り返し

    しかし、僕たちみんなを自由にしておきながら、唯一、僕から君を奪う福音の残酷さよ
    僕たちみんなを自由にしておいて、僕から君を奪ってしまう福音の残酷さとは

    僕のアーバンブルースへの貢献

    昭和太郎

    Rose X ありがとうございます😊

    Rose X

    m(._.)m

    誤訳や解釈の違いなどありましたら、ご教示賜りたく思います。よろしくお願いします!

  11. Kevin Gildea

    magic...delicate nostalgic melancholic beauty

  12. eric mouli

    Paddy at his best

  13. Robert McAndrew

    the only folk that search for this tune are the folk I like :-)

    Patrick Donnelly

    Robert McAndrew cheers man

    Dina L

    Love this song, so elegant.

    Privy Sorrow

    I agree. What a beautiful song. What a beautiful band.

    Adrogorn the cereal

    So classy ,the most finest tune in the 80's

  14. I am Rhino

    --- my contribution
    to urban
    blues

  15. I am Rhino

    ...while I waste my time
    in regretting that the days
    went from perfect to just
    ok

    Belen Marinez

    The best part.....😊

  16. I am Rhino

    ...with a pious smile
    a smile that changes what I say

  17. I am Rhino

    I'm a liberal guy
    too cool for the macho ache
    with a secret tooth
    for the cherry on the cake

  18. ubmuhkehcubol

    234 kindred spirits - 6 lost souls!

  19. chutasynth

    One of the best songs ever. It's cruel.

  20. Erwin Woodedge

    Heartbreak bossa-nova

  21. Simon Simon

    Songs Written Out Of Necessity - indeed.  Masterpiece!

  22. pio primo

    MEEEEEEEERAAAAAAAVIIIIIIIIGLIIIIIIIIOOOOOOOSAAAAAAA

  23. vikingfortiesfaeroes

    Fun Fact: This is on many Japanese karaoke machines, along with King of Rock n Roll

    Dennis Hobersonson

    Would love to hear this sung by a knackered Friday night drunk Osaka businessman.

  24. Rob Mack

    Thanks for changing my day to Perfect when it was an ambling OK before listening.

  25. Stuart Scott

    This is one of the most over looked songs ever - one of Prefabs best and that is saying allot since they are all pure genius. Paddy is a songwriter and singer of such mercurial wonder - I salute him and this outstanding piece of music!!!

  26. sculpteur MPCEM

    °°))-_-((°°

  27. Andre Scott

    Appetite is mine so I understand where you're coming from

  28. Arthur kettle

    Quite simply, the best song that was recorded in the 80's.

    Quique Buxeda

    Gracias

  29. MHM

    swoon and steve mcqueen milestone albums in modern music

  30. danny jones

    Ann Arbor, Michigan summer 85'

  31. chris glynn

    Such a lovely song

  32. Arthur Adamson

    In my humble opinion Paddy McAloon is quite simply one of the most original song writers of modern times. When I first heard this song, it made my spine tingle. It still does today so many years later. There are not many artists that get inside your head and lift you up like his songs do. I bow to the genius of the man.

  33. Anglophile Dave

    splendorous

  34. lonegroover

    I decided in 1984 that this was the Best Song Ever. Still haven't heard anything since to challenge that hypothesis.

  35. magrathean0

    A superb song, which seems to have gone unnoticed by many