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  1. Stay For Too Long

From the recording Great South Road

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Stay For Too Long (Peter O’Doherty) - For this song I borrowed from the titles to a couple of paintings by the American folk artist Andrea Heimer. Her narrative works about growing up in suburbia have long explanatory titles, so I paraphrased one called ‘In Our House and Others I Knew, Redecorating Was a Way to Force Change Without Really Changing Anything At All’ to set my first verse up and used another ‘a Feeling I Sometimes Have’ in the chorus. There’s a funny familiarity and poignancy about these paintings and I related them to my restless mum who had our family constantly moving house in a quest for something new.

Lyrics

Stay For Too Long
(Peter O’Doherty)
Inside of our house
 And others I have known
 We’d move around the furniture
 Trying to change our home
 But nothing ever changes 
Unless we move away 
We were always packing up our things We never seemed to stay 
Stay for too long
 Stay for too long 
It’s just a feeling that I sometimes have There’s nothing on the radio
 Nothing on the TV
 Nothing in the garden 
And nothing on the street
 That we haven’t ever talked about 
That we haven’t ever seen 
Unless it’s in the moonlight
 Unless it’s in our dreams 
Stay for too long
 Stay for too long 
It’s just a feeling that I sometimes have Fixing up the rooftops
 Mending all the fences 
Patching up the potholes
 Holding back the tide
 And somewhere several streets from here
Or on the other side 
The tracks the town the river too
Beyond the great divide
Stay for too long
 Stay for too long 
It’s just a feeling that I sometimes have
Just a feeling that I sometimes have