What a Waste! Lyrics

Ian Dury & The Blockheads

album: Track 9 in album Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll: The Best of Ian Dury and The Blockheads
release date: 1992
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length: 3:30

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I could be the driver an articulated lorry
I could be a poet I wouldn't need to worry
I could be a teacher in a classroom full of scholars
I could be the sergeant in a squadron full of wallahs
What a waste
What a waste
What a waste
What a waste

Because I chose to play the fool in a six-piece band,
First-night nerves every one-night stand.
I should be glad to be so inclined.
What a waste! What a waste!
But I don't mind.

I could be a lawyer with strategems and ruses
I could be a doctor with poultices and bruises
I could be a writer with a growing reputation
I could be the ticket man at Fulham Broadway Station
What a waste (x4)


I could be the catalyst that sparks the revolution
I could be an inmate in a long-term institution
I could dream to wide extremes, I could do or die
I could yawn and be withdrawn and watch the world go by
What a waste (x4)


(Repeat CHORUS with crescendo, then again with fade)

Track Listing

CD 1
  • 1 Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
  • 2 Razzle in My Pocket (A True Story)
  • 3 Wake Up and Make Love With Me
  • 4 Sweet Gene Vincent
  • 5 Billericay Dickie
  • 6 Clevor Trever
  • 7 Blockheads
  • 8 You're More Than Fair
  • 9 What a Waste!
  • 10 Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick
  • 11 There Ain't Half Been Some Clever Bastards
  • 12 Inbetweenies
  • 13 Reasons to Be Cheerful, Part 3
  • 14 Common as Muck
  • 15 I Want to Be Straight
  • 16 That's Not All
  • 17 Superman's Big Sister
  • 18 You'll See Glimpses