Lyrics to San Simeon

Lyrics to the song San Simeon as recorded by Bryan Ferry.

San Simeon

Written By Bryan Ferry & Dave Stewart

Walk up the driveway endlessly curving
Go through the front door it's so inviting
Baronial great hall once so exciting
Haunted by shadows faces in hiding
Chair by the fire I feel a tremor
Silent reminder you used to be there
You are the princess my wand doth wake you
Fantasy playmate candlelight lover
San Simeon San Simeon
Teasing in French lace exotic promise
So undemanding yet understanding
Each wall a picture some of his best work
Delicate touches they're simply charming
Coffee table culture full colour pages
Props archetypal floral arrangement
Stereogram cabinet walnut veneer
True reproduction no one can hear
San Simeon San Simeon
Tiger skin rug love I stroke you bite me
Executive leather upholstered tightly
Bar in the next room cocktails at seven
Soft light sweet music lounge through eleven
Let's walk in the garden French windows open
Patio paving concrete and crazy
Roses in blossom they're doing well this year
Geranium pattern shrub topiary
Lie on your lush lawns waterfall bubbles
Drink at my fountain forget all your troubles
Forget all your troubles
Forget all your troubles
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San Simeon

Album Track

San Simeon is a new song recorded by Bryan Ferry for his forthcoming album 'Frantic' due April 2002

San Simeon is one of the many songs that Bryan Ferry wrote and recorded while working with Eurthmics Dave Stewart in the late '90s. 'Frantic' has several songs from those sessions and others remain unreleased so far.

San Simeon is most renowned for the famous Hearst Castle. After his death in 1951, William Randolph Hearst's lavish residence became a state monument and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in California.


'San Simeon' is another of the songs I wrote with Dave Stewart and I found this set of lyrics that I'd had from years ago when writing 'In Every Dream Home A Heartache' in 1973. And some of these lyrics I hadn't used were perfect for the song. In a way it's kind of a return to '... Dream Home' or an extension of it. This place, San Simeon, which was built by the American newspaper tycoon Hearst, was a fairytale castle built in California. Orson Wells made one of the great movies, 'Citizen Kane', which is about this great house he called Xanadu which is in the film. It's a good idea for a song when you wander into this ghostly castle which has all the memories of a glamorous past.

Song Musicians

San Simeon is on the following Roxy Music and Solo Albums