An outrageously ambitious number by a 24-year old - an opening awash with horns, before a ridiculous set of lyrics in which Neil goes up in a big wheel with his girl, only to meet God at the top of the revolution, whereupon he tries to argue with him. Neil is on sparkling form, crying with disgust
and the couple in the car above
well I suppose they think that we're in love
Before continuing (his eye must ache with all this winking)...
Then without warning, as we approach the top
The wheel that turns us all comes to a sudden stop
This song also has the greatest cliffhanger ending in rock. Go and listen - you'd be crazy not to. THe rest of this album is brilliant too.
In what is another of Neil Hannon's best songs, we hear his superb bittersweet lyrics emerging from an intricate and intermittently lush backing. As usual, the chords are not particularly complicated or unusual, but are extremely well-chosen.
Brilliant, in spite of the strange choice of sangria near the beginning, with its forced accent on the second syllable.