Pearl Bastard

I need my pillow in the sea
In prison with this company
Can't find my friends, where can they be ?

The lights lit up a thousand homes
The neon signs were blinking bright
But no-one heard me as I cried

I couldn't see, sand in my eyes
The noise I made drowned out the tide
But no-one came, I was all alone

The shadows crept along the beach
Another buoy was out of reach
My lungs filled up with salt and screams

All alone, on my own
Dark and cold, wanting warm
Fighting waves
That kept me from the shore

I climbed and fell and tried again
I slipped and tripped and fell back in
And thunder crashed across the sky
My screams were drowned and so will I so...

Why ? Let me die
Jesus, Jesus, let me die
Drop the sky
Let me die

This is the end
My end
This is the end
This is the end
This is the end...

Lyrics by:
Squire / Brown

Music by:
Squire / Brown


John Squire (guitar)
Ian Brown (vocals)
Gary Mounfield (bass)
Alan Wren (drums)

Produced by:
John Leckie

Available on:
The Stone Roses (20th Anniversary Edition) (3.43)

First live performance:
Never performed live.



'The Pearl Bastard' (1959) by Lillian Halegua is "a haunting parable of a young girl's journey from childhood into sudden adulthood, from the suffocation of city and family to the brutal indifference of the sea."

A Pearl Bastard demo was recorded at Stockport Coconut Grove Studio in June 1988, and was among the previously unreleased material included on the 20th Anniversary debut LP package in 2009.

This website details the various 'coded' references to Jesus in the band's songs, such as 'the Saviour' (Fall) and 'Love' (Love Spreads), but Pearl Bastard is the only Stone Roses track where Jesus is referenced by name.

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