Tim Minchin

Three Minute Song

Tim Minchin

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Three Minute Song

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My people rang me up a couple of weeks ago 
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Yeah, I?ve got people; and a phone; and a grasp on the passage of time 
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Yeah they rang me up, said ?Tim, will you go on Ruth Jones show 
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They want you to sing a song, it?ll be fine, fine, fine? 
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But the problem with my particular ?uvre, 
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Is that half my songs are five minutes and over. 
And the wisdom here at the BBC, 
Is that viewers switch off if you go past three, 
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And a lot of my songs have a bit of bad language, 
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Which causes the viewers untold anguish, 
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It seems their tolerance for smuttiness is reserved, 
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For pussy puns on ?Are You Being Served??. 

And so I need a song that only goes for three minutes, 
Without no bums or blasphemy in it, 
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A lovely little song specifically written for the delicate skin of middle-class Britain. 
I need a song with a chorus and a verse, 
With no nasty-ass cussin? and a-cursin?, 
And I?m a little too lewd and a little too long, 
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I?ve gotta find myself a three-minute song. 

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And they said, ?Remember boy that music is like love-making 
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it?s simply self-indulgent to take it past three minutes. 
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Remember boy that music is like love-making, 
Everybody loves a pianist, but length must have a limit? 
So you need a song that only goes for three minutes, 
Without no pornography or politics in it, 
You?re a little verbose and a little bit wrong, 
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You?ve gotta find yourself a clean, limit, three-minute song?. 

Three-hundred beats at a hundred beats-per-minute, 
With nice clean jokes and a hoedown in it, 
Something for the telly that never, ever fails, 
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To appease the viewers of BBC Wales. 

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And even in the bridge I won?t be lyrically adventurous, 
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intellectually unmention-ous, or racially contentious, 
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And I won?t make double entendres at the expense of the Chinese, 
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For China is a country that can bring me to my knees. 
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For China, For China, Vagina, Vagina, 
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Vagina is a cunt-ry that will bring us to our knees. 
Ooh, Mr. Humphries, my pussy is all wet! (Fake laugh) Two? Three? Fore-skin 

I need a little happy-clappy country song, 
Nice and repetitive and not too long, 
Boring enough, but not too boring, 
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With a key change here to prevent me snoring. 
I need a song that is only three minutes, 
Without no buggery or blasphemy in it, 
Something with a pleasing rhyme and rhythm, 
      C                          D 
Well, if you can?t beat ?em, get conservative with ?em. 

Instrumental break: 
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Oh-oh, I need a song that causes no offense, 
To flog more tickets to my concerts, 
By convincing the viewer that musical satire, 
Hasn't progressed since Victor Borge, 
Em                     C 
You've got a telly and I want to be in it, 
      D                                    G 
But apparently you?ll only watch for three minutes. 
      C                      D               G 
Yeah, apparently you?ll only watch for three? 

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