Love Me And Leave Me

Don't believe in Jesus
Don't believe in Jah
Don't believe in the wars
we fight just to prove how real we are

I believe in lovers, I believe in friends
I believe in heaven here on earth
'til the, the beginning ends

Love me and leave me
Love me and leave me
Love me and leave me
Leave me to love
Don't you ever tell me it came from above
Just love me and leave me
Leave me to love

I believe in heroes, I believe in stars
I believe that we'll meet one day,
Say hello in some astral bar

I believe in brothers
I know you know who you are
Here's to those who bore us and
made us what we are

Love me and leave me
Love me and leave me
Love me and leave me
Leave me to love
Don't you ever tell me it came from above
Just love me and leave me
Leave me to love

Lyrics by:
Squire / Liam Gallagher

Released 29th September 1997:
Love Me And Leave Me (Geffen, WGFSC 22282, Promo CD)
Love Me And Leave Me / Shine / Falling Is Easy (Geffen, GFSTD 22282, CD)
Love Me And Leave Me / Shine (Geffen, GFS 22282, 7")
Love Me And Leave Me / Shine (Geffen, GFSC 22282, cassette)

UK Chart position:

Also available on:
Do It Yourself (3.55)

Artwork details:
The Love Me And Leave Me artwork is from 'Pink Apache' (1997).


The Seahorses toured Canada and the U.S. in August 1997 and recorded tracks for this single in Los Angeles. Love Me And Leave Me, the third single from Do It Yourself, is a tame Lennon-derivative collaboration with Liam Gallagher. It was written at the Oasis frontman's house after the pair watched Manchester United defeat Liverpool 1-0 in the F.A. Cup final in May 1996. On that day, Liam asked John if he would like to feature with Oasis at some point, and in August of that year, Squire duly made a guest appearance for two songs with Oasis at Knebworth.


John Squire onstage with Oasis at Knebworth, August 1996 (left). 'Cornflakes and Pink Alginate' (plaster of paris, packing crate, 14" x 10"), a John Squire artwork from 1996 (centre), moulds a gesture synonymous with Liam Gallagher at the height of Britpop (right).

With a chorus line lifted from Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' ("love me and leave me to die"), the song is a tiresome rehash of 'God' by John Lennon (I don't believe in...magic, I-ching, Bible, tarot, Hitler, Jesus, Kennedy, Buddha, Mantra, Gita, Yoga, kings, Elvis, Zimmerman, Beatles). Squire penned the lyrics, with Liam providing the verse melody.

Ain't it a curious thing that in all these 'organised religion' bashing efforts, the speaker never has the cojones to include Islam (heck, there is prime rhyming potential there with Jah !). Ah, but straight out of the gate is Christianity (followed hot on the heels by the perennial 'organised religion = war' canard). For release in the American market, the song's opening was changed to "Don't believe in censors / Have we gone too far ?". Ow, I almost cut myself on all that edge. This self-congratulatory, imagined 'pushing the religious envelope' is absolute horseshit. Throw a bit of Islam into the mix and go busk that song on a street corner in Ramallah or Riyadh. Your sorry ass would be in Chop Chop Square within two minutes. Don't believe in impunity. Have I gone too far ?

Love Me And Leave Me CD cover. "I did it in a New York hotel room. It was so uncomfortable, because it was so hot, so I did it in my underpants and a spray mask. Made a mess of the room." (John Squire speaking about 'Pink Apache' to Select magazine, November 1997).

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