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lafolie.jpg (15616 octets) Produced by The Stranglers and mixed by Tony Visconti
Recorded at The Manor, Oxfordshire, August 1981
Released in

Hugh Cornwell : Vocals and guitars
Jean-Jacques Burnel : Bass guitar and vocals
Dave Greenfield : Keyboards
Jet Black : Drums and percussion

 

Non Stop
Everybody Loves You When You're Dead
Tramp
Let Me Introduce You To The Family
Ain't Nothin' To It
The Man They Love To Hate

Pin Up
It Only Takes Two To Tango
Golden Brown
How To Find True Love And Happiness In The Present Day
La Folie

 

'Golden Brown', that reached the highest position of all the Stranglers' singles, was created from a riff that Dave had written, and that they were desesperatly trying to adapt to one of the song, particularly 'Second Coming', during the recording sessions of 'The Gospel According To The Meninblack'. This theme, played alone later, became what we know today during the sessions of 'La Folie'.

EMI refused to release 'Golden Brown' as a single, pretending that the song had no chance to do something as a single, and that nothing good could come from the band any more. The Stranglers finally managed to force them to release it and 'Golden Brown' reached to second position in the charts. The record company then demanded another single of that kind. This incident decided The Stranglers to leave EMI at the first occasion.

'La Folie', the song, is based on the news item that had occured not long  before in Paris, when a japanese student, Issei Sagawa killed, carved in pieces and ate a dutch young woman.

The main topic of the album is all the shapes love can take.

Most of the songs were written and reheased in Jet's house at the beginning of July 1981.

Hugh Cornwell was very disappointed - and still doesn't like - the mixing work that Tony Visconti did on 'La Folie'.


Non Stop

Dedicated
Emancipated
Claims she waited her life for her man

Loves to pray
Every day
Says she's not frustrated in anyway

Dressed in a black
Cotton sack
Pledges herself and she never looks back

She's a non stop nun
She's a non stop nun
She's a non stop nun
And she's running, running, running, running, running

Enlisted sister
Knows her mister
Never two times with the rest of the clan

In her eyes
You sympathise
The afterlife holds a better plan

She's a non stop nun
She's a non stop nun
She's a non stop nun

And she gives up her old life
And she'll never be your wife
'Cos she's got the best lover
Better than any other
Better than any other

She's a non stop nun
She's a non stop nun
She's a non stop nun
And she's running, running, running, running, running

Dedicated
Emancipated
Claims she waited her life for her man

Loves to pray
Every day
Says she's not frustrated in anyway

She's a non stop nun
She's a non stop nun
She's a non stop nun

And she gives up her old life
And she'll never be your wife
'Cos she's got the best lover
Better than any other
Better than any other
Better than any other  

 

Everybody Loves You When You're Dead

They crucify you when you get it wrong
When things are fine they put you ahead
They laugh at you with your trousers down
They pick the stones and aim them at your head

When you're alive they won't care what you said
What you deserve and all the blood you bled

It doesn't matter what you try to hide
The sun comes out and then the truth is read
Your fans will love you when you're alive
But the wreaths are laid by the rest instead

When you're alive they won't care what you said
What you deserve and all the blood you bled

'Cos everybody loves you when you're dead
Kneel and pray by the side of your bed
And then everybody loves you when you're dead
Kneel and pray just like your momma said

When you're alive they won't care what you said
What you deserve and all the blood you bled
You'll turn in your grave at what's gonna be said
You'll finally be appreciated
'Cos everybody loves you when you're dead
Everybody loves you when you're dead

 

Tramp
 
Takes the time to stay one place
Though his clothes aren't finest lace
Read the lines on a tramp's face

Taking his time just like you, just like me
Wandering so fancy free
Searching for love in the call of the wild
Traveller lost like a child

Law has missed him everyday
Doesn't need it anyway
Life is the next meal away

A lost woman long ago
Does she miss him? does he know?
Does it matter in the snow?

Taking his time just like you, just like me
Wandering so fancy free
Searching for love in the call of the wild
Traveller lost like a child

Taking his time just like you, just like me
Wandering so fancy free
Searching for love in the call of the wild
Traveller lost like a child
Searching for love in the call of the wild
Traveller lost like a child

 

Let Me Introduce You To The Family

I love the family
Longer than longevity
Mother tells me what to be
Taller than the tallest tree

I love the family
Sister loves me tenderly
Sitting on my daddy's knee
Let me introduce you to the family

I love the family
I love the family
I love the family
I love the family
I love the family
I love the family

I love the family
Friends will fall for the family
Brother you are dear to me
Watch it grow the family tree

Can't outrun the family
It gets me where I want to be
Through thick and thin it will help me
Let me introduce you to the family

I love the family
I love the family
I love the family
I love the family
I love the family
I love the family

I love the family
I love the family
I love the family
I love the family

I love the family
I love the family
I love the family
I love the family
I love the family
I love the family
I love the family  

 

Ain't Nothin' To It

Back up boy forty five feet
Always looking for a freebie
Why don't you let up sometime
Hawks out here with his axe 'n' me with this lead sheet on
Trying to scuffle up those twos 'n' fews
For uncle so's I can bail out my full orchestration

Looks like he got me but this cat wouldn't feed
Grass to a horse in a concrete pasture
He's so tight he wouldn't buy a pair of shorts for a flea
Just look at him 'n' dig that vine
All off time his strollers look like he's ready to
Jump he's playing ketchup 'n' I got to tighten his wig
Hold it down 'n' I'll come up with line two like I said

Ain't nothin' to it just here
Ain't nothin' to it just here
Ain't nothin' ain't nothin' to it just here

I saw that dinner up the street guzzlin' foam in
The drinkden and the sharks are droppin' the shucks
Like the yellow kid trying to tighten her and
Weaving the four f's all around her
I nixed her out long ago, man, she's too sometimey
She will and she won't
She do and she don't always on the fence and
Sleeps with her glasses on
Man
Man
Ain't nothin' ain't nothin' to it just here

She's faust to me, so skip it and forget it
She's faust to me, so skip it and forget it
She's faust to me, so skip it and forget it

Ain't nothin' to it
Ain't nothin' to it
Ain't nothin' to it
Ain't nothin' to it
Ain't nothin' to it just here
Ain't nothin' to it
Ain't nothin' to it
Ain't nothin' to it
Ain't nothin' to it
Ain't nothin' to it
Ain't nothin' to it
Ain't nothin' to it just here

 

The Man They Love To Hate

They woke to grey English morning
And to a strange honeymoon
The girl who gave him all her love
And the man who said it still wouldn't do

His parents always worked hard
Never went to bed late
And though they were God's own people
They're still the ones he loves to hate

He never wanted to
Suffer this fate
All the girls have fallen for
The man they love to hate

The city is an animal
It snores and by day it roars
And though he loved to hate it
He couldn't live without its flaws

With pastel curtains moaning
At a thousand harsh words - then hush
The girl she wanted to leave
Because she loved the man too much

He never wanted to
Suffer this fate
All the girls have fallen for
The man they love to hate
 
His father was a fighter
And he practised on his son
His mother was just some furniture
Who'd lost the will to run

The girl she wrote him a farewell note
And though he probably didn't care too much
The girl she finally left him
Because she loved the man too much  

 

Pin up

She's a centre spread special size of the month
She's the one on the wall
Watched by him she's scared to move

She's very well known only in the one stance
She's the girl that survived over a hundred million glances

She's the pin up

She's always on his mind a technicolor dream
The secret weapon
She lives on his locker wall
She's the girl he dreams of when he's at sea
Although she's in 2-D, he'd like her at home waiting

She's the pin up
She's the pin up

All over submarines
They think she's so serene
As a mermaid she don't look much,
But such a sin could be this years last years thing

She's a charity gives something for nothing
A wallchart for his heart, a victim of all his desires
Sometimes he dreams of a scratch me scratch me section
A rope ladder of hair, a Babylon for him to climb

She's the pin up
She's the pin up

All over submarines
They find her so serene
As a mermaid she don't look much,
But such a sin could be this years last years thing

She's a centre spread special size of the month
She's the one on his wall
Watched by him she's scared to move

She's very well known only in the one stance
She's the girl that survived over a hundred million glances

She she's the pin up
She she's the pin up
She she's the pin up
She she, she she's the pin up
She she's the pin up
She she, she she's the pin up
She she, she she's the pin up
She she, she she's the pin up ...

 

It Only Takes Two To Tango

It only takes two to tango
It only takes two to start the dance
You gotta begin with circumstance
It takes two to tango
It only takes two

It only takes two to tango
It only takes two to start the war
You gotta make do or you gotta get more
It takes two to tango
It only takes two

It only took two in ancient history
To get to the top of the monkey tree
Better wait and see
Better wait and see
Better wait and see

It only takes two to tango
It only takes two to start the dance
You gotta make do could be your only chance
It takes two to tango
It only takes two

It only took two in ancient history
To get to the top of the monkey tree
Better wait and see
Better wait and see
Better wait and see
Better wait and see
Better wait and see
Better wait and see
Better wait and see

 

Golden Brown

Golden brown, texture like sun
Lays me down, with my mind she runs
Throughout the night
No need to fight
Never a frown with golden brown

Every time just like the last
On her ship tied to the mast
To distant lands
Takes both my hands
Never a frown with golden brown

Golden brown, finer temptress
Through the ages she's heading west
From far away
Stays for a day
Never a frown with golden brown

Never a frown (Never a frown)
With golden brown (With golden brown)
Never a frown (Never a frown)
With golden brown (With golden brown)
Never a frown (Never a frown)
With golden brown (With golden brown)
Never a frown (Never a frown)
With golden brown (With golden brown) ...

 

How To Find True Love And Happiness In The Present Day

Once I knew a man in love with money
He said it solved his worries and his cares
Then one day
I heard him say
Something I hear everywhere

Once I knew a man in love with power
He bought a uniform and he kept it clean
Then one day
I heard him say
There's something he'd never seen

Tell him how to find true love and
Happiness in the present day
Tell him how to find true love and
Happiness in the present day

Then I knew a girl in love with living
Didn't like to stay in one place long
Then one day
I heard her say
She'd discovered something's wrong

Tell her how to find true love and
Happiness in the present day
Tell her how to find true love
And happiness in the present day

Tell her how to find true love and happiness in the present day
Tell her how to find true love and happiness in the present day
Tell him how to find true love and happiness in the present day ...

 

La Folie

Bonsoir
Ton véhicule n'a pas l'air d'avoir de passager
Peux-tu,
Veux tu me recevoir,
Sans trop te déranger ?
Mes bottes ne feront pas trop d'échos dans ton couloir
Pas de bruit avec mes adieux
Pas pour nous les moments perdus
En attendant un incertain au revoir
Parce que j'ai la folie
Oui, j'ai la folie
Oui, c'est la folie
Oui, c'est la folie
Oui, c'est la folie
Oui, c'est la folie

Il était une fois un étudiant
Qui voulait fort, comme en littérature
Sa copine, elle était si douce
Qu'il pouvait presque, en la mangeant,
Rejeter tous les vices
Repousser tous les "mals"
Détruire toutes beautés,
Qui, par ailleurs, n'avaient jamais été ses complices
Parce qu'il avait la folie
Il avait la folie
Oui, c'est la folie
Oui, c'est la folie
Oui, c'est la folie
Oui, c'est la folie

Et si parfois l'on fait des confessions
A qui les raconter?
Même le bon dieu nous a laissé tomber

Un autre endroit, une autre vie
Eh oui, c'est une autre histoire
Mais à qui tout raconter ?
Chez les ombres de la nuit ?
Au petit matin, au petit gris
Combien de crimes ont été commis
Contre les mensonges, et soi disant, les lois du coeur
Combien sont là à cause de la folie
Parce qu'ils ont la folie
Ils ont la folie
Oui, c'est la folie
Oui, c'est la folie
Oui, c'est la folie
Oui, c'est la folie
La folie
La folie
La folie
La folie
La folie