Who Put Bella In The Wych Elm?

by The Pristines



Digital download of the rare self-released album from 2003


released July 1, 2003



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The Pristines coventry, UK

The Pristines,Coventry, England.
Indie lo-fi guitar pop with psychedelic shoegaze (gazedelia)
Have released singles & albums in the early 90s most notably on Sunday Records (US)
Self-released 3 albums in the 2000s before returning to labels with singles for Cloudberry (US) and Edition-59 (Ger), and an album for Series Two (US).
Recently collaborated with Japanese shoegazer Hideka for "Mayflower"
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Track Name: Amy Prangle
What’s her name?
I remember times like sad things
Of night-time sweats and bad dreams
And hope to dream of you.
What’s her name?
Wishes I could save you
My wishes where I craved you
But wishes all fall through.

And I don’t know
What they must know
Who can tell me how? Me why?
Who can tell me why?
Who can tell me why?

What’s her name?
A vision came upon me
Of Faith, Hope & Charity
The 3 Virtues gave to me.
What’s her name?
Your faith no longer heals me
Your charity I don’t see
But, hope I gladly need.

(Chorus) as above
Who can tell me?
Track Name: She Still Loves Him
On naked shoulders
I can feel her hair.
Her warm air breathing.
But, she's not really there.
It all means nothing.
It all means nothing.

I turn towards her.
Pity in her eyes.
I can't afford her.
She's someone else's prize.
It all means nothing.
When she still loves him.

Talking too much
As I know she has to go.
Can't risk one last touch.
Sometimes you never know.
Could this mean something ?
No, really something ?

Watch her dressing.
My clothing on the floor.
I hate confessing.
It makes me want her more.
It all means nothing.
When she still loves him.
Track Name: The Loneliness Of The Long-Distance Local
He’s all part of you
He’s a thinker too
Behind close doors
His pain is yours.

The loneliness of the long-distance local
Set him free.

There’s no answer there
Stale recycled air
It’s your greatest fear
And it’s too near

The loneliness of the long-distance local
It could be me.

It’s me.
Track Name: Remembering
I said,
You have a nasty habit.
You always find a way to shut people out.
She said,
You've no right to say that.
Don't say such things to me.
Don't be so cruel.
She said,
You're my lonely friend,
You're my only friend,
A friend, I don't need now.

(CHORUS) (She said,)
You can't spend your whole life just...
Don't waste your time,
Glamourising the past won't help you,
And you never were that good,
Were you ?
You've changed somehow. (x3)

I said,
You never listen to me.
Am I really that boring to you ? am I ?
She said,
I don't think that you are boring,
I don't really think about you, anytime.
She said,
Don't I tell the truth ?
Like you always do ?
Well, I believed you did,
But I have my doubts.

(CHORUS) (VERSE no vocal) (CHORUS)
Track Name: The Jonah
When I look at the state you're in.
I could hardly suppress the smile on my lips.
You looked so sad.

And you're in a worse mess than me.
But I can't spare you any sympathy.
I've no reason to.

Perhaps then I saved you from me.
When I realise how fickle you can be.
Save me from myself.

If I could shut my arrogant mouth.
If I smile - I can save myself.
May learn to see.
Track Name: The Short Song About Eyes
Too much
For now.
Too many things
To work out.
But I,
Can’t even say.
But I,
Can’t even touch her.
So tired
That I can hardly see.
And she.
Forever far from me.
Track Name: She Wants To Ride
She, she wants to ride
Me, and I, I want her to.
Me, I've nowhere to hide
and I, I don't want to.
I don't want to

She, she wants to ride
Me, and if I confide in you
I'd like her to.
Me, well what's inside me?
I know I lied.
I want her too.
I want her to.

She, she wants to ride
With her astride me
I'd want her to
Me, I won't try to hide
in my delight
I'd like her to.
I'd like her..
Track Name: Ashen Rose
When she picks the Ashen Rose
She lets her fingers bleed,
on scented clothes.
She goes to speak.
It's all a show.
Crawl on my hands & knees,
beneath her toes.
She smells so sweet.
She almost glows.
I sing my life for her.
She sighs & goes.

I can't take the pain away.
Until someone knows.
She can't ask me to be fair.
(Not) Like Ashen Rose.

And kiss the face of Ashen Rose.
Her frightened eyes light up,
she smiles and knows.
So delicate.
What she says goes.
I could change my ways for her.
If I suppose.

repeat CHORUS.
Track Name: Who Put Bella In The Wych Elm?
My time.
It's a nice time.
I'm fine.
But it's a fine line.
Who put Bella in the Wych Elm ?
Who took her hands away ?

I lied.
It's a nice lie.
Someone knows
And someone's close.
Who put Bella in the Wych Elm ?
Who took those hands away ?
Track Name: The Bombastical
See me.
See me.
I'm all you never needed, me.
Leave me.
Leave me.
Don't even look at me, please.
Don't look at me.

Love me.
Love me.
I'm all you never wanted, me.
Love me.
Love me.
I'm all you never wanted, me.
You never wanted..

I am the way, the truth, & the light. x3
I am the way, the truth, & the lies.
And I don't ever learn. x4