Music Moment with bonus Movie Moment: The Royal Tenenbaums and The Colourfield, “Thinking of You.”

The Colourfield – Thinking of You

This song cropped up earlier today thanks to iTunes’ “Genius” feature, and it struck me anew with its catchiness and the dark comedy of its lyrics, written by Terry Hall (who is the cute boy in the picture below — I forgive him for being British and not Irish). I strongly urge you to give it a quick listen: it really grows on you.

The now-defunct Manchester band The Colourfield was lead by The Specials’ Terry Hall and came out with some pretty good stuff in the mid to late 1980’s. I will go in to it more some other day, unless I forget. The track features Katrina Phillips, of crazy-go-nuts O.G. gothic rockers the Skeletal Family, on backing vox, but the sound is more Burt Bacharach than Bauhaus. Anyway, here are lyrics and bonus images from Royal Tenenbaums, because the words totally remind me of the relationship between Margot and Richie in that film, and I’m that dorky that I have Royal Tenenbaums screencaps literally at my fingertips.

I guess I kind of sort of know
I ought to be thinking of you
But the friendship’s built on trust
And that’s something you never do

Well who knows maybe tomorrow?
We can share each other’s sorrow
And compare our graveside manner
As we wave our lonely banners

If you ever think of me
I’ll be thinking of you
If you decide to change your views
I’m thinking of you

You can walk away from loneliness
Anytime you choose
And you’re the sort of person
That hasn’t anything to lose


But who cares maybe tomorrow
You can lead and I could follow
So walk where angels fear to tread
For everything you’ve ever wanted

And if you ever think of me
I’ll be thinking of you
If you can spare an hour or two
You’ll know what to do

I could be the one thing there
In your hour of need
So if you decide to change your views
I’m thinking of you


Let’s roll the dice
In the fool’s paradise…
Share moonlit nights
Breathing nothing but lies

Let’s open our eyes…
We should take a bus to somewhere else
To somewhere new
Thank god we’re alive
And bite off more than we can chew
Do the things that just don’t matter
Laugh while others look in anger
Stumble over four leaf clovers
And say goodbye to lonely banners


If you ever think of me
I’ll be thinking of you
Through thick and thin I bear it and grin
And never give in

I could be the one thing there
In your hour of need
So if you decide to change your views
I’m thinking of you

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One Response to “Music Moment with bonus Movie Moment: The Royal Tenenbaums and The Colourfield, “Thinking of You.””

  1. Yau Says:

    Do you see yourself as a Margot? I notice that you are using a still from the movie as you main title background photo. Incidentally, Royal is one of my most favorite movies – it has a very hand crafted feel to it. Have you watched Fantastic Mr Fox by the way?

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