Chumbawamba Criticizes MySpace Culture – on Their MySpace Page

Chumbawamba      is one of my favorite bands – always political, always relevant and always quick and precise in expressing their opinions in hot-button issues. With a career spanning 25 years, it is a real shame most people know only one of their songs, Tubthumping (‘I get knocked down / But I get up again / You’re never going to keep me down’). The release of this song was, in my humble opinion, the worst public relations move they could ever do because most people now think of them as a cool-fun-one-hit-wonder-band and most do not bother to listen to any of their other songs.

After previously discussing issues as diverse as cultural imperialism, sweatshops, Tony Blair, the war in Iraq and Paris Hilton, they posted a new song on their MySpace page – this one is about Web 2.0 culture, I guess. For your listening pleasure, here are the lyrics:

Chumbawamba – Add Me – lyrics

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I’m a loner alone with neurosis and hate
Anger is a permanent character trait
My letter bombs are primed and they’re ready to send
Would you like to add me as a friend?

I’m a wound-up whiner with a fetish for guns
I’m almost fifty and I live with my mum
I hope my nude picture doesn’t offend
Would you like to add me as a friend?

Chorus:
Add me, add me,
My momma says she wish she never had me
Add me, add me,
Would you like to add me as a friend?
Would you like to add me as a friend?

I’m a recovering alcoholic; I rarely leave my room,
Peeping through the curtains in my dog costume,
The voices in my head, aah… they’ll get me in the end
Would you like to add me as a friend?

I really like to mail you the picture that I drew,
It’s Kylie’s body, but the head is you
I’ve asked you fifty times before I’m asking you again
Would you like to add me as a friend?

Chorus

Here’s a picture of me in my Nazi uniform
Doing a trick with an egg that I like to perform
At a monster truck rally that my mum and me attend
Would you like to add me as a friend?

I’ve added Britney, and Paris, and you and Tom,
I’m gonna find your address so I can visit you at home,
I don’t like people, but I like to pretend
Would you like to add me as a friend?

Chorus

9 thoughts on “Chumbawamba Criticizes MySpace Culture – on Their MySpace Page”

  1. In this day and age of Trackbacks, Technorati and Google Alerts, I was already notified and had visited your page not ten minutes after its publishing.
    I do appreciate the personal attention, though. You are a class act in a cold Web 2.0 world :)

  2. It’s something like this:

    Capo 3rd Fret:
    Em D
    I’m a loner alone with neuroses and hate
    C D
    Anger is a permanent character trait
    Em D
    My letter bombs are primed and ready to send
    C D Em
    Would you like to add me as a friend?

    Em D
    I’m a wound-up whiner with a fetish for guns
    C D
    I’m almost 50 and I live with my Mum
    Em D
    I hope my nude picture doesn’t offend
    C D Em B7
    Would you like to add me as a friend?

    CHORUS
    Em D
    Add me. Add me
    C Em D
    My mother says she wished she’d never had me
    Em D
    Add me. Add me
    C D Em
    Would you like to add me as a friend?
    C D Em
    Would you like to add me as a friend?

  3. Try these, played with a bar. No Capo

    Gm Dm
    I’m a loner alone with neurosis and hate
    Cm Gm F
    Anger is a permanent character trait
    Gm Dm
    My letter bombs are primed and they’re ready to send
    Cm F Gm
    Would you like to add me as a friend?
    Gm Dm
    Add me, add me,
    C m Gm F
    My momma says she wish she never had me
    Gm |Dm
    Add me, add me,
    Cm F Gm
    Would you like to add me as a friend?
    Cm F Gm D
    Would you like to add me as a friend?

  4. MikeyD is correct – they sing it in Gm but I think the lead guitarist uses a CAPO at the 3rd and the following chords:
    Em_______________ Bm
    I’m a loner alone with neurosis and hate
    Am_______________ Em_____D
    Anger is a permanent character trait
    ___Em__________________________Bm
    My letter bombs are primed and they’re ready to send
    Am____________D_________Em
    Would you like to add me as a friend?
    Em_____Bm
    Add me, add me,
    Am_______________D___________Em
    My momma says she wish she never had me
    Em_____Bm
    Add me, add me,
    Am___________D__________Em
    Would you like to add me as a friend?
    Am___________D__________Em
    Would you like to add me as a friend?

    Hope the chords align using the underscore character as a spacer!

  5. And a useful chord at the end of the verse just before the chorus is B7 (in the capo’d version – D7 in the non-capo’d version).

    And the intro is the last two lines of the chorus chords but with a little descending motif on the Em with the notes E/Eb/D on the last three beats of the line.

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