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Mother, Brother, Lover: Selected Lyrics

4.17  ·  Rating Details  ·  243 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
Jarvis Cocker is widely regarded as one of the most original and memorable lyricists and performers of the last three decades. Here, for the first time, is a selection of sixty-six lyrics, presented with commentary and an introduction by the man himself.

In this volume, readers (and Pulp fans) will find such classic Jarvis lyrics as ‘Common People’, ‘Disco 2000’, ‘Babies’,
Kindle Edition, 208 pages
Published (first published October 20th 2011)
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Nov 26, 2011 Tosh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This sounds like an insult, but its a compliment. Jarvis Cocker is a low-rent Noel Coward. I am a huge fan of song lyrics turned into books. Some of my favorite are Cole Porter and Ira Gershwin. There is something sweet about reading lyrics away from the music world - and into the world of books. Of course the works were originally meant to be with the melody, but by reading the lyrics as text, it gives the work another dimension.

"Mother, Brother, Lover" is almost an non-literal diary for Cocke
Mind the Book
Can I hold you? Forever in acrylic afternoons. I never said I was deep. Sitting in The World's End with some indie friends...

En DIY-ljudbok; under ett par kvällar har jag suttit med Spotify i ena handen och Jarvis 66 samlade texter i den andra, för närläsning. Låttexterna är placerade i kronologisk ordning. Först ut blir då 'My Lighthouse' och längst bak kan man läsa Le Jarvs kommentar:

"I'd seen the Jean-Jacques Beineix film Diva at the cinema some time before. There was a character in the film
Niklas Pivic
Nov 23, 2011 Niklas Pivic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lyrics, songs
A very lovely read, not only considering Jarvis' wonderful insights into the songs - all collected at the back of the book - but for the weirdness of reading the lyrics while not listening to the songs (which goes against the Cocker ethos of never simultaneously reading the lyrics whilst listening).

An indie-and-pop-loving child of the 90s, I engulfed "Different Class" when it came out in all its forms, even bought some Pulp deluxes, but this volume speaks heaps. It's nicely formatted, and readin
Nov 18, 2014 Julietaferoz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The perfect lyrics from jarvis Cocker, The perfect words and lovely themes. Is a great man. In youtube can find the SW festival, one hour whith him talking about his book. LIKE!
Dec 30, 2014 Antonomasia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Why only 4 stars from a big fan of Pulp and Jarvis, and who likes the design of the book?

I would have liked more explanatory notes and background stories, mostly. There are some of course, but far more about a few songs than about most of them - 38 pages of notes for 70 songs (including several pages of a story Jarvis wrote for Time Out).

Also, the lyric selection, whilst generally good, sometimes misses the mark. Apparently Jarvis doesn't like a lot of his earlier material even though many othe
Oct 28, 2013 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are some lyrics out there that are poetry to me, even when they've been stripped away from the music. Cocker's songs are no exception: you read a bit of Simon Armitage (especially poems like "You're Beautiful") and there are definite real parallels between the words those two men put together. All that work is a monumental product of that time that will stand the test of time as well. That is poetry. Great poetry.

This book is worth reading (as well as going on & seeing
Jan 01, 2013 Victoria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Utterly absorbing to have Jarvis's best lyrics presented together to get lost in for a few hours. Reading them without the melody brings new appreciation of just what clever social commentary he provides. I really enjoyed the insights into his thoughts when writing some of them, but felt a couple were a bit desultory, and I would have liked more (every fab would). I thought the majority were quite insightful though and he does explain that he hates writing them, so fair enough for not being abou ...more
Mar 16, 2013 Martha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, kindle
Jarvis Cocker. Lyrical Genius. Fact.
Jun 18, 2014 Alexandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok. For me it was a trip to my youth. The songs that i used to sing and dance to, gathered in a book. I found myself sing the lyrics as i was reading th book. And the stories/explanations at the back of the book were really interesting. As a big Pulp and Jarvis Cocker fan, it was one of the best things i could read. And the good thing is that the lyrics work really nice as poems when you take the music away from them.
Dane Cobain
Sep 29, 2013 Dane Cobain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I classified this as poetry, it's because it is - lyrics and poetry already have an intertwining relationship, except for with artists like, say, Rihanna. This book was published by Faber & Faber, a publisher that was known for its love of poetry and was even edited, at one stage, by T. S. Eliot.

As strange as it sounds, though, Pulp's lyrics really do read like poetry, and if you didn't recognise the songs then you could easily believe it. It's strange, but I was never a massive fan of Pu
Neil Thomson
Song lyrics from Mr Jarvis Cocker fun funny hilarious from the Northern England Noel Coward or should it be Oscar Wilde?
The title refers to Mr Cockers habit of rhyming the three words in his songs Enjoyed it for the nostalgia and laughs
Caroline Walker
Jul 22, 2015 Caroline Walker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love how with each page and new set of lyrics it makes me want to reach for my phone and search each song to match the video and music to the words.
Graham Stanley
Elena Stolby
As much as I love Jarvis, to me this booked seemed like yet another way to sell the same thing again, and I don't like to feel I've been tricked. His lyrics are truly amazing, and Jarvis himself claims they are of no more importance for a song than a drum solo or any other instrument. So then why publish them? Those who love Pulp will enjoy it and I doubt that anyone else would be interested in purchasing this book, but be prepared to feel a bit deceived unless you just love reading lyrics from ...more
Rene Portanel
May 26, 2014 Rene Portanel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un buen libro para los fans de Pulp
Feb 11, 2012 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's just a collection of lyrics, plus introduction and commentary, from one my favorite lyricists. (Hey, did I mention I have a blog of reviews of Pulp songs?) This book is really just for Pulp/Jarvis fans. But if you're one, you'll find Jarvis' ruminations on lyric-writing, and his explanations of UK- and especially Sheffield-specific references in his songs illuminating.
Dec 20, 2014 Eric rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I reread these all a few times, flipping to the accompanying annotations/commentary for each song. Cocker is so sharp and funny. By themselves, each lyric is funny to the point of wondering how they could be made into songs- and yet they are - and mostly excellent songs at that. I would also add that the average American would hate this book.
Andy Angel
Nov 14, 2011 Andy Angel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A collection of lyrics that show how Jarvis Cocker has honed his craft as a songwriter. Some of the songs are known, some not used but all make for an interesting read
Jan 08, 2013 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
It's fun seeing the lyrics written outside of the context of song. I love Jarvis' commentary - just wish there was more of it.
Ben Baker
Mar 03, 2013 Ben Baker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the few indie musicians whose lyrics work devoid of music. Its not poetry but its strangely poetic.
Mugren Al-Ohaly
May 27, 2013 Mugren Al-Ohaly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
The only two songs I liked were 'TV movie' and 'Cunts are still running the world'.
Steven Pilling
i love pulp and i love his solo work. Its a book of his lyrics whats not to love
Simon Sweetman
Jun 09, 2013 Simon Sweetman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great lyricist, really enjoyed this - they work well to read on the page too.
Sep 05, 2012 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bella compilación de las letras de Jarvis Cocker.
Ian Vinogradus
Now this is "Literary Pulp".
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