Lady Nina

[Track Info] [The Lyrics] [Explanation]


Lady Nina - Track Info

  1. 7" version (03:43) [7" Kayleigh (1985)]
  2. Remixed 12" version (05:44) [12" Kayleigh (1985)]

  3. Notes: 1) has a shorter instrumental opening, a shorter central section and a fading end.

    Lyrics by Derek William Dick (Fish)
    Performed Live for the first Time: Never (only during a few Fish solo concerts)

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

Lady Nina - The Lyrics

You pick out your credit cards and check into the night
A dozen tequilas and you're feeling all right
So you swim to the disco, out of your depth jaded gigolo
Your lucky charms are tarnished so you leave alone
But there's one place left to go before the taxi home
After all you've made your Marks

One night you'll play Elizabeth Taylor
The next night you're Marilyn Monroe
Forever kissing frogs that think they're princes
Oh, Lady Nina, where did all the romance go?

Your little sister babysits, your husband picks you up at six
The make-up hides the bruises and the tears so they never show
'Cos your beauty is the only thing you've ever owned
It's the only way you've ever known to make your Marks
You made your marks, you made your marks
We believe it's for real

Ich liebe dich, liebst du mich

Lady Nina, I'd love to take you home with me
But I love my wife and I love my family
I've got a good job, responsibilities
And I need to keep respect from society
I know you'll never act with me,
I know that you're in love with me
So how do I compare to the sailors of the ships of the night?
Was I all right? Did you come tonight, Lady Nina?

You made your marks, you made your marks
Ebony flowers pinned to a velvet cushion in a red light
And Edith Piaf sings a lullaby for the night
Just making Marks, just making Marks
Just making Marks, just making Marks

You made your Marks
Ebony flowers pinned to a velvet cushion in a red light
And Edith Piaf sings a lullaby for the night
Just making Marks, just making Marks...

You made your Marks,
And you made your Mark - Just making Marks,
And you made your Mark - Just making Marks

In the 7" version the purple coloured parts are missing.

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

Lady Nina

Fish (The Funny Farm Interview - July '95, Dick Bros) said: I was going through a very bohemian element, you know. I remember hanging about this place called 'Rasputins', which was one of the famous German brothels, and I used to go along and just write there at night with the girls, and talk to the girls, sitting in the red light of the bar. Lady Nina [...] was written there.

A pun on Deuchmark

'Elizabeth Taylor'
1000 Great Lives( (Magpie Books) says: (1932- ) US film actress born in Britain. Taylor, who had acted in films since the age of ten arrived in Hollywood as a child evacueee during World War II. By the age of 16 she had made ten films, the most famous of these being 'National Velvet' (1944). A famous beauty and screen personality, she has been married eight times, twice to Sir Richard Burton. Her films as an adult include 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' (1958), 'Butterfield 8 '(1960), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf' (1966), 'A Little Night Music' (1976), and 'The Mirror Crack'd' (1981). She later returned to the stage and campaigned for AIDS charities.

'Marylin Monroe'
1000 Great Lives( (Magpie Books) says: Stage name of Narma Jean Mortenson (1926-62). US film actress who became internationally famous as a sex symbol. She grew up in orphanages and married at the age of fourteen. Her second and third husbands were the baseball star Joe di Maggio and the playwrite Arthur Miller. Although she enjoyed great sucess, her real acting talent was frustated by her Hollywood image as a 'dumb blonde'. Her films include 'The Seven Year Itch' (1955), 'Some Like it Hot' (1959) and 'The Misfits' (1960). She died from an overdose of sleeping pills.

'Edith Piaf
1000 Great Lives( (Magpie Books) says: (1915 -63). French Singer, born Edith Giovanna Gassion. Her small stature earned her the nickname 'Piaf', which is Parisian slang for 'sparrow'. She toured with her father, an acrobat, and at 15 began singing in the streets of Paris. She later became a cabaret star and in 1945 acted in the play Le bel Indifferent, which was written for her by Jean Cocteau. Her songs which often reflect the misseries of her early life, include 'La Vie en Rose' (1945) and 'Non, Je Regrette Rein'. She wrote the words and music to several of her famous songs and published an autobiography (1958). Her early death was caused by addiction to drugs and alcohol.


Last Modified: 27 Jul 2000