Deceives the Eye

SONG COMPOSERS, LYRICS AND BACKGROUND

LYRICS

In the earliest days of my shoplifting career,
You could safely say I was filled with fear.
It was nail biting work from the very start,
But several quick successes soon gave me heart.
After a while I could pick or nick or steal,
Some shirts some trousers and a few LPs.
No-one ever stopped me, they didn’t seem to care.
It sometimes seemed to me that there was no-one there.

Then a fine summers day my mates and me,
Set off down the westend on our usual spree.
Things were as normal for an hour or so,
Then my nimble hands were a bit too slow.
Two store detectives made a fast approach,
One grabbed my jacket (you’re nicked!)
The other grabbed my throat.
So they caught me at last, one said with joy:
“You’ll have to do some time, my light fingered boy!”

If only I’d remembered my common sense,
They captured me red-handed with evidence.
If I go to the manager and say I’m sorry,
Maybe he’ll forgive me for my youthful folly.

But what will me social worker say,
If I don’t come home today?
He’ll give me a clout!
What if they don’t let me out?
I told him I’m on me own!
Don’t they understand?
I’m from a broken home!

I’ll tell them I’m the product of a broken home,
And I always went out on my own.
Was it too late to say I’d pay,
And I’ll never steal again ’till the end of my days?
Because I have no friends to call as such,
Money and posessions I did not have much,
So I started to steal in order to get by.
The quickness of the hand deceives the eye.
deceives the eye the eye the eye…

COMPOSERS

ComposerRole
Chris Foreman Music
Mark Bedford Words

BACKGROUND

“Deceives the Eye” tells the true story of Chris Foreman being out and about with Thommo and Mike in Luton and finding himself on the wrong side of the law. “A few of us enjoyed the pleasures of shoplifting,” Chris explains. “I got caught, my Dad went to court with me. He blamed himself, but it wasn’t his fault.” It’s an amusing, chirpy little song—victimless crime and all that malarkey.

This new breed of song is certainly more accomplished than the earlier B-sides. The music is largely written by Bedders, and the melody is very bass-led. It’s not quite as much of a sing-a-long-a bassline as “Mummy’s Boy,” but you can hear where it’s coming from, and it suits the narrative admirably.

References

RepresentationCompanyNotes
Publisher Nutty Sounds Ltd.
Publisher Warner Chappell Music Ltd.

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