Thank You for Hearing Me: The Definitive Sinéad O'Connor Discography

“The Emperor's New Clothes”

Composed by Sinéad O'Connor

8 versions

5:15

I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got album
The Emperor's New Clothes” single
Thank You for Hearing Me promo compilation album
So Far...The Best of Sinéad O'Connor compilation album
Essential compilation album
I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got (limited edition) album
Essential compilation album
Trente Hits Incontournables compilation album
Alle 30 Goed compilation album
All the Best compilation album
Nettwerk Presents the Songs of Sinéad O'Connor promo compilation

4:16 7" mix

The Emperor's New Clothes” single
I Am Stretched on Your Grave” promo single

4:38 remix Hank Shocklee

The Emperor's New Clothes” single
I Am Stretched on Your Grave” promo single

5:05/4:50 live video version

My Special Child” single
Year of the Horse live video
The Value of Ignorance / The Year of the Horse live DVD reissue

1:06

outro

From a Whisper to a Scream: A Radio Special promo interview album

4:47 dub mix

The Emperor's New Clothes” single

5:00 instrumental

The Emperor's New Clothes” single

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live 1995 at Glastonbury Festival

Lyrics

(Source: I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got)

It seems years since you held the baby
While I wrecked the bedroom.
You said it was dangerous after Sunday,
And I knew you loved me.
He thinks I just became famous
And that' s what messed me up,
But he's wrong--
How could I possibly know what I want
When I was only twenty-one?
And there's millions of people
To offer advice and say how I should be,
But they're twisted,
And they will never be any influence on me,
But you will always be,
You will always be.
If I treated you mean,
I really didn't mean to.
But you know how it is,
And how a pregnancy can change you.
I see plenty of clothes that I like,
But I won't go anywhere nice for a while.
All I want to do is just sit here
And write it all down, and rest for a while.
I can't bear to be in another city,
One where you are not.
I would return to nothing without you,
If I'm you're girlfriend or not.
Maybe I was mean,
But I really don't think so.
You asked if I'm scared
And I said so.
Everyone can see what' s going on.
They laugh 'cos they know they're untouchable,
Not because what I said was wrong.
Whatever it may bring,
I will have my own policies,
I will sleep with a clear conscience,
I will sleep in peace.
Maybe it sounds mean,
But I really don't think so.
You asked for the truth and I told you.
Through they're their own words,
They will be exposed.
They've got a severe case of
The emperor' s new clothes.
The emperor's new clothes.
The emperor's new clothes.
The emperor's new clothes.
Nobody move, nobody gets hurt.

Quotes

(Source: John Reynolds)

Emperor's New Clothes was the first time I had played or heard drums on top of a loop.

Musicians

(Source: I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got)

Sinéad O'Connor vocals, acoustic guitar
John Reynolds drums
Andy Rourke bass
Marco Pirroni electric guitar

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