[Track Info] [The Lyrics] [Explanation]


Kayleigh - Track Info

  1. Album version (04:03) [Misplaced Childhood (1985)]
  2. 7" version (03:33) [7" Kayleigh (1985)]
  3. Alternative mix (04:00) [12" Kayleigh (1985)]
  4. Extended version (04:00) [12" Kayleigh (1985)]
  5. Live (London, England - "Hammersmith Odeon", January 9/10th '86) (04:10) [Brief Encounter (1986)]
  6. Live (London, England - "Hammersmith Odeon", January 9/10th '86) (03:53) [The Thieving Magpie - La Gazza Ladra (1988)]
  7. Live (St. Goar, Germany - "Freilichtbuhne Loreley", July 18th '87) (03:49) [Live At Loreley (1987)]

    Notes: studio album version and live versions are joined to Pseudo Silk Kimono (which comes before) and Lavender (which comes after), except for 5) (only Lavender after). 2) has a halved central instrumental passage (12 bars instead of 24). 3) has a lighter instrumental part on the introduction and on the first strophe since the first refrain "Kayleigh, is it too late...", echo on voice starting from the second strophe, with some words edited out ("By the way", "Please excuse me", "So sorry"). 4) is equal to album version. Live versions follow studio album version: in 7) Fish adds a few verses in the end of the song before Lavender starts ("We were wrong, oh so very wrong").

    Lyrics by Derek William Dick (Fish)
    Performed Live for the first Time: November 3rd 1984

    Published by Marillion Music, Charisma Music Publishing Co. Ltd., Chappell Music Ltd.

Kayleigh - The Lyrics

Do you remember chalk hearts melting on a playground wall
Do you remember dawn escapes from moon washed college halls
Do you remember the cherry blossom in the market square
Do you remember I thought it was confetti in our hair
By the way didn't I break your heart?
Please excuse me, I never meant to break your heart
So sorry, I never meant to break your heart
But you broke mine

Kayleigh is it too late to say I'm sorry?
And Kayleigh could we get it together again?
I just can't go on pretending that it came to a natural end

Kayleigh, oh I never thought I'd miss you
And Kayleigh I thought that we'd always be friends
We said our love would last forever
So how did it come to this bitter end?

Do you remember barefoot on the lawn with shooting stars
Do you remember loving on the floor in Belsize Park
Do you remember dancing in stilettoes in the snow
Do you remember you never understood I had to go
By the way, Didn't I break your heart
Please excuse me, Never meant to break your heart
So sorry, Never meant to break your heart
But you broke mine

Kayleigh I just wanna say I'm sorry
But Kayleigh I'm too scared to pick up the phone
To hear you've found another lover to patch up our broken home

Kayleigh I'm still trying to write that love song
Kayleigh it's more important to me now you're gone
Maybe it will prove that we were right
Or ever prove that I was wrong

Copyright 1997 Fraser Marshall, Matthew Anderson & Bert ter Steege.


‘General - info’
Fish (The Funny Farm Interview - July '95, Dick Bros) said: 'Kayleigh' was a way of saying sorry. I dunno, I was very confused at the time, you know, I had a lot of long term relationships, a lot of 'deep and meaningful' relationships that, basically I'd wrecked because I was obsessed with the career and where I wanted to go. I was very, very selfish and I just wanted to be the famous singer but I was starting to become aware of the sacrifices that I was making, and I think that Kay was one of those sacrifices that went along the road. 'Kayleigh' was not just about one person; it was about three or four different people. The 'Stilettos in the snow', that was something that happened in Galasheils(S.E. Scotland- Ed), when I can remember going down one night and we were both really drunk, and, you know, dancin' under a street light, and 'dawn escapes from moon-washed college halls' was part of the Cambridge thing. And it was also part of the... in that where this girl Kay used to live; she was exiting in the morning before the matron caught us, etc.

'Belsize Park'
An area of north west London.

'Dawn escapes... college halls'
Fish (The Funny Farm Interview - July '95, Dick Bros) said: [in 1980] Diz and I moved down to Cambridge where I had a girl friend who was an archaeology student at the time. So we were actually living in this all female block down in Cambridge; I think it was Newlands College or something, having to sneak during the day through the windows because there were no males supposedly allowed in the college.


Last Modified: 27 Jul 2000