Lyrics to LadytronLyrics to the song Ladytron as recorded by Roxy Music.
You've got me girl on the run around run around
Got me all around town
You've got me girl on the run around
And it's getting me down, getting me down
Lady if you want to find a lover
Then you look no further
For I'm gonna be your only
Searching at the start of the season
And my only reason
Is that I'll get to you
I'll find some way of connection
Hiding my intention
Then I'll move up close to you
I'll use you and I'll confuse you
And then I'll lose you
Still you won't suspect me
Bryan Ferry had asked Brian Eno to make a sound for the opening to this sound something reminiscent of the Lunar Landing. A synthesized drone lies underneath an eerie oboe theme at the opening bars. This use of modern with classical instruments was revolutionary for its time. The song was performed on The Old Grey Whistle Test on Roxy Music's first TV appearance. The title's sci-fi influence is a feature of 60's pop art paintings.
The song has been played on all the tours up until 1979 and remained unplayed until Bryan Ferry's 1988 tour of which the Glasgow show recording appears on his 'The Archive And Live Collection' 1993. The song was also part of the set for the reunion tour in 2001.
Ladytron was recorded on The John Peel Sessions on BBC radio on 23rd June 1972.
It was rumoured that Bryan had rehearsed this for his 1999 tour segueing the song with Zamba, but he didn't play it at any of the shows.
A band called The Venus In Furs made up from Radiohead vocalist Thom Yorke, Suede guitarist Bernard Butler,Jon Greenwood, Clune, Paul Kimble & Andy Mackay recorded this song for the soundtrack to the film Velvet Goldmine.
Lyrics explained by Dr Simon Puxley
Auto-girl, machine-woman. ‘Tron’ is a suffix meaning ‘instrument’ or ‘machine’ and tends to have a scientific, sci-fi or futuristic connotations, and sometimes, therefore, sinister overtones. Here it is used as a play on ‘mellotron’, a modern electronic instrument (literally ‘a melody-machine’) which creates the organ-like backing at the start of the song. The title actually conflates the ‘lady’ of the lyric with sound of the music.
The automatism of modern life is alluded to in several subsequent songs: see ‘In Every Dream Home A Heartache’ (inflatable doll), ‘Serenade’ (“G-Plan gymnastics”), ‘Street Life’ (“brave new world”), ‘Just like You’ (“this auto-style age”), and ‘She Sells’ (“auto-erotic please”).
- Bryan Ferry Voice & Piano.
- Andy Mackay Oboe & Saxaphone.
- Eno Synthesiser & Tapes.
- Graham Simpson Bass Guitar.
- Paul Thompson Drums.