Early Winter

Gwen Stefani, Tim Rice-Oxley

You, you know how to get me so low
My heart had a crash when we spoke
I can't fix what you broke
And you, well you always have a reason
Again and again this feeling
Oh why do I give in?

And I, always was, I always was one for crying
I always was one for tears

The sun's getting cold it's snowing
Looks like an early winter, for us
Looks like an early winter, for us
An early winter
Oh I need you to turn me over

Listen, the map of the world is on you
The moon gravitates around you
The seasons escape you

And I, always was, I always was one for crying
I always was one for tears
No I never was, I never was one for lying
You lied to me all these years

The sun's getting cold it's snowing
Looks like an early winter, for us
Looks like an early winter, for us
An early winter
Oh I need you to turn me over

Why, why do you act so stupid?
Why? You know that I'm always right

It looks like an early winter, for us
It hurts and I can't remember, sunlight
An early winter, for us
The leaves are changing colors, for us

Starting over and over and over again
Starting over and over and over again
Well, it looks like an early winter, for us


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Keane lyrics:
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You, you have a face for fashion
For style in the place of passion
A rose in the garden
You, you looked like you really meant it
Twisting the knife in my chest
Stamping on what's left

But I never was
I never was one for crying
I never was one for tears


The map, the map of the world is on you
The moon gravitates around you
The seasons obey you

But I never was
I never was one for crying
I never was one for tears
And no sooner was I born
Than I was dying
What kind of a world is this?

It's only a stone for throwing
It looks like an early winter, alright
Looks like an early winter, alright
An early winter, alright
You turned me over


Why do you act so stupid?
When you know that you're always right?

It looks like an early winter, alright
Looks like an early winter, alright
An early winter, alright
You turned me over, alright

And it gets too much, yeah it gets too much
Starting over and over and over again
And it gets too much, yeah it gets too much
Starting over and over and over again
And it gets too much, yeah it gets too much
Starting over and over and over again
Alright, you turned me over

Appears on: Gwen Stefani - The Sweet Escape
Live version appears on: Click here to download - Keane live version
Notes: I really wanted a ballad on this record. You know - like Eyes Without A Face by Billy Idol, or Killing Me Softly, or Time After Time. I call Tim 'the Clark Kent of songwriting', because he's quite, like, humble. He wears these glasses and you notice when he takes them off, he's actually really good-looking; and he gets in there and writes these super-unbelievable, chilling, goose-bump songs. I called him on the phone; the baby's sitting on my lap crying, and I go, 'I just really want it to sound like Eyes Without A Face', like, you know, making an order for breakfast. - Gwen Stefani (Source)

Tim contributed piano and songwriting.

On 28th November 2007 at a concert at the Union Chapel in London, Keane played a version of this song with a different structure, in a different key (A, instead of B) and different lyrics. A recording was made available on keanemusic.com as a Christmas present to fans. This was the first official recording released which features Jesse Quin (bass guitar).

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