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"The Good Things" is a song by Colin Moulding. The band contributed it under the pseudonym "Terry & the Lovemen" to the 1995 XTC tribute album A Testimonial Dinner: The Songs of XTC.

The demo appeared in 1989 as a B-side to the "Mayor of Simpleton" CD and 12" singles.

QuotesEdit

Andy: “Terry and the Lovemen . . . are a group of fellows from Wiltshire and one from Liverpool, who are besotted with XTC. They just seem to take the band's career as a template to live by, (sounds unhealthy to me!) You've got to admit they do a pretty good job on the ‘sounds-alike’ scale. Their singer does a passable Colin and even manages to sound not unlike Dave and Andy in other places (weird). With dedication to duty like this, how could David Yazbek have refused them a place on the album. I hear they took their name from an ad in Japan for our album Black Sea. [The Japanese] jumped the gun and advertised it under the name of one of our ‘in’ jokes at the time, which was calling the record Terry and the Lovemen.”

LyricsEdit

Album versionEdit

Though your heart desires the things that money can buy

Emptiness lies through the glass, I shield your eyes


There's nothing out there for you, my dear

There's nothing out there for you

Let me tell you about the good things

The good things


I know your head is full of big ideas

You ain't missing anything, have no fear


I have touched the grass so green on the other side

It will grieve you and deceive you with disguise


There's nothing out there for you, my dear

There's nothing out there for you

Let me tell you about the good things

The good things


I know your mind lies in a glossy magazine

I'll take a cloth and wipe away the sheen

Then what you see is what you'll see, believe me!


Remember all of those good things

You know you can't buy all those good things

Demo versionEdit

Though your heart desires the things that money can buy

Emptiness lies through the glass, I shield your eyes


There's nothing out there for you, my dear

There's nothing out there for you

Let me tell you about the good things

The good things


I know your head is full of big ideas

You ain't missing anything, have no fear


I have touched the grass so green on the other side

It will grieve you and deceive you with disguise


There's nothing out there for you, my dear

There's nothing out there for you

Let me tell you about the good things

The good things


I know you pine for things you see in magazines

That world brings heartache, now it's not real, believe me


Remember all of those good things

You know you can't buy all those good things

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