Couldn't Bear to Be Special Lyrics

Prefab Sprout


publisher: ©EMI Music Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
writers: Paddy Mcaloon
album: Track 6 in album Swoon
release date: 1984-3
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genres: Electronic Rock
styles: Alternative Rock/Pop Rock/Synth-pop
length: 3:51
producer: Prefab Sprout and David Brewis
drums: Graham Lant
lead vocals: Paddy McAloon
engineer: Jon Anderson Turner
background vocals: Wendy Smith
keyboard & guitars: Paddy McAloon
bass guitar: Martin McAloon
composer: Paddy McAloon
lyricist: Paddy McAloon

Cover Art

Prefab Sprout Swoon cover art
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Bo bo bee, bo bee, bo bo-bo bee, bo bee, bo
I couldn't bear to be special,
I couldn't bear, couldn't bear.
I couldn't bear, right?

Bo bee, bo bee, bo
So don't look at me and say,
That I'm the very one,
Who makes the cornball things occur,

The shiver of the fur.
Don't expect so much of me,
I'm just an also-ran,
There's a mile between

The way you see me and the way I am.
So, don't stare at me that way,
Of course it gives me pride,
But I won't take on the risk,

Of letting down the sweet sweet side
Did you mean to humble me?
So you did it unsuspectingly!
Oh words are trains,

For moving past what really has no name.
Bo bo bee, bo bee, bo
I couldn't bear to be special,
I couldn't bear, couldn't bear.

So, don't look at me and say,
That I'm the very one,
Who makes the cornball things occur,
The shiver of the fur, right?


Track Listing


12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Don't Sing
  • 2 Cue Fanfare
  • 3 Green Isaac
  • 4 Here on the Eerie
  • 5 Cruel
  • 6 Couldn't Bear to Be Special
  • 7 I Never Play Basketball Now
  • 8 Ghost Town Blues
  • 9 Elegance
  • 10 Technique
  • 11 Green Isaac II