The Beautiful South - How Long’s a Tear Take to Dry? Lyrics

Credits
release date: 1998-10-12
genres: Rock Pop
styles: Alternative Rock/Indie Rock/Pop Rock
length: 4:37
producer: Jon Kelly and Paul Heaton
mixer: John Brough, Jon Kelly and Paul Heaton
engineer: John Brough
composer: Paul Heaton, Dave Rotheray
lyricist: Paul Heaton
Lyrics
How long's a tear take to dry
When a woman has no breeze?
How long's a tear take to dry
When a woman, when a woman's on her knees?

How long's a tear take to dry
When a woman hasn't sinned?
How long's a tear take to dry
When the weather, when the weather brings no wind?

Look I'm sorry that I hurt you
You look a million dollars and a dime
Time's the greatest healer
But love's the greatest stealer of all time

I'm so sorry,
My heart's broken, (mine's the same)
I still love you (make it plural)
You're so sweet!
The flowers smell sweeter, the closer you are to the grave
The flowers smell sweeter, the closer you are to the grave

How long's a tear take to dry
When almighty brings is rain?
How long's a tear take to dry
And do tears, and do tears really stain?

This heart was like a tardis
I went and lost the key in a fight
I've never found a locksmith
Will you be my locksmith tonight?
(Will I shite)

I'm so sorry, (make it plural)
My heart's broken, (mine's the same)
I still love you (make it plural)
You're so sweet!
The flowers smell sweeter, the closer you are to the grave
The flowers smell sweeter, the closer you are to the grave

How long does sorry really last
Is it tattooed upon your heart?
Or is it hung in a museum
With your Mona Lisa, Mona Lisa ex-*** art?

I have no summer, (I'll buy you summer)
I'll buy July, if December makes you cry
A little or no trace face belies a lie of many days gone by
A little or no trace face belies a lie of many days gone by

Track Listing
CD 1
  • 1 How Long’s a Tear Take to Dry?
  • 2 The Lure of the Sea
  • 3 Big Coin
  • 4 Dumb
  • 5 Perfect 10
  • 6 The Slide
  • 7 Look What I Found in My Beer
  • 8 The Table
  • 9 Window Shopping for Blinds
  • 10 Pockets
  • 11 I May Be Ugly
  • 12 Losing Things
  • 13 Your Father and I