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FAKE PLASTIC TREES
Found on: The Bends
Lyrics
Notes
A green plastic watering can  
For a fake chinese rubber plant
In the fake plastic earth   

That she bought from a rubber man
In a town full of rubber plans
To get rid of itself  

It wears her out, it wears her out
It wears her out, it wears her out  
She lives with a broken man  
A cracked polystyrene man
Who just crumbles and burns   

He used to do surgery  
On girls in the eighties  
But gravity always wins   

And it wears him out, it wears him out
It wears him out, it wears him out  

She looks like the real thing
She tastes like the real thing
My fake plastic love  

But I can't help the feeling  
I could blow through the ceiling
If I just turn and run   

And it wears me out, it wears me out
It wears me out, it wears me out   

And if I could be who you wanted
If I could be who you wanted  
All the time, all the time
Thom : "Last night I was called by the American record company insisting, well almost insisting, that we used a Bob Clearmountain mix of Fake Plastic Trees. I said: 'No way.' All the ghost-like keyboard sounds and weird strings were completely gutted out of his mix, like he'd gone in with a razor blade and chopped it all up. It was horrible."

The band had just been to see Jeff Buckley play a set, and when they got back into the studio, Thom recorded the vocals in two takes and broke down in tears.

According to Thom, this song is about Canary Warf in London.

This song is one of the band's largest hits - always played live.

A song written for the world of mass marketing and mass consumption. Many versions of "Fake Plastic Trees" are available, including the single from The Bends and an acoustic version on the CD single part 2, which also appears on the Clueless soundtrack. This song was the band's proudest moment, and it remains a live favorite for obvious reasons.
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