Believe Me

SONG COMPOSERS, LYRICS AND BACKGROUND

LYRICS

Everything that I tell you girl
Every word that you hear
Every little whisper
Let me make myself clear

There ain’t no lies to deceive you
I love you too much for that
Every word that I say is true
You can believe me on that

My friends tell me jealous lies
Now I’m getting my goodbyes

Life without you my dear
Was dull as dull can be
I ask you my love not to hate me now
Not to leave me in misery
Saxophone!

If you take in all they say
I guess I’ll be on my way

Please my darling it’s not true
I don’t know this girl called Sue

Sue’s a name I have not heard (no no no no)
I lost my girl from that one word (no no no no)
Will she come back I just don’t know
And I’m taking a heavy blow

I’ve got myself together (no no no no)
I can’t go on in this cold weather (no no no no)
Christmas comes but once a year
It’s a time of love and cheer

Your friends tell you jealous lies
Now I’m getting my goodbyes
No no no no no no no no
No no no no no no no no

COMPOSERS

ComposerRole
Mike Barson Music
John Hasler Words

BACKGROUND

“Believe Me” was one of the earliest original songs by Madness. It was written by John Hasler and Mike Barson. Hasler used to write many things, including poems, songs and even the first two pages of a novel. He would give his lyrics to Mike so that he could write the music. Mike would change a few words and then claim he wrote the whole song.

Lee agrees that John was the first member to write an original. He also suggested they stop doing many covers and focus on their songs. When Woody joined the band, they were already making progress. “Believe Me” and “Sunshine Voice” were the first songs Woody worked on with the band.

When discussing their early songs, band members mentioned “Sunshine Voice” and “Rich Girls” as Hasler originals that were not recorded.

References

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Madness' One Step Beyond... (Terry Edwards) Book