Let’s get this straight girl, you love me
Yet more early Manics loveydovey lyrics, this time with the “you’re the only thing I’ve got” angle but twisted to the perspective of the only thing in question.
This Girl’s Got Nothing is a hilarious mess. James is far, far away from the angelic singer of his future and sounds adorably daftly amateurish, and his high-pitched voice-breaking scream by the end of the song is probably the most infamous moment of his musical life and the first thing that he’d probably wish to bury as deep as possible. The instrumental ‘break’ with its utterly bizarre and ridiculous drum fill sounds like the work of a person who’s behind the kit for the first time of his life. The final line repetition climax sounds like a trainwreck in process before it abruptly pulls itself almost together.
But you can’t fault them. It’s an early demo, not a proper song. Rather than running away from it, the listener should embrace it in all of its heartwarmingly amateurish aww-factor.