National Ghost

National Ghost

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Rock - Roots/Rock n' Roll | Livonia, Michigan, United States
Total Song Plays: 80   
Member Since: 2008
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Song Description

Who do you want to be? Who did you want to be when you were young? This boy wanted to be Oliver Reed, an early twentieth century, brittish actor with an excessive taste for women,booze and adventure.

Story Behind the Song

Lyrics written in 2006 by Graham Strachan for the band National Ghost. The music was composed by the band around the same time.

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I used to dream I was Oliver Reed
A swinging, hip Brit with flare
Bill Sikes with a gin up my sleeve
Pull my party trick out on a dare

A man's man and a ladies man
A girl on one arm and a pint in my other hand
Gerald Crich has gotten into me
I want to be Oliver Reed

Oliver Reed was a streetwise saint
The Errol Flynn of his day
A womanizer and a fearsome drunk
Who never succumbed to his fame

Self destructive with a cockeyed grin
Asked Richard Madley why he had orange skin
Shelly Winters might disagree, but
I want to be Oliver Reed

If I could recommend viewing "Women in Love" with a friend
Watch in awe while he's on the screen, the best damn musketeer you've seen
And if there's time I'll have a drink he liked the way it helped him think
And if there's time for another one I'll raise a glass to you

Glass to you, everybody dreams
How they want to be seen
There's nothing wrong with that
Your secret's safe with me
Everybody dreams
How they want to be seen
I'll tell you who I am
Who do you want to be?

Who are you?
John Wayne, Al Capone, Bruce Lee, Joey Ramone
James Dean, Cary Grant, Lou Reed, Robert Plant
Tom Waits, Jacques Cousteau, Johnie Ray, Vic Damone
Lenny Bruce, Michael Cain, Vincent Price, Ayn Rand

Song Length
Rock - Roots/Rock n' Roll, Rock - Indie/Low-Fi
Tempo / Feel
Medium (111 - 130)
Lead Vocal
Male Vocal
Cheerful, Endearing

Subject Matter
Actor, Famous People

Similar Artist
The Talking Heads
2000 and later

Lyric Credits Graham Strachan
Music Credits National Ghost
Producer Credits National Ghost
Performance Credits National Ghost
Label Credits Midwest Coast Records