Watched our close associates
Often play their parts
Chatting up the "it" girls
And they're tearing up the charts
While we were paying with coppers to get our rounds in at the bar
We're the C team we're the almost famous old friends of the stars

Frank Turner - I Knew Prufrock Before He Got Famous lyrics meaning

Meaning

Turner goes on to complain that his “associates” or peers are more successful than him, judging by their ability to chart on the UK Billboard and rub shoulders with the social elite.

The “C team” reference is a term used in British football. The England C National Football Team represents England at non-league level. Often these sportsmen progress to a higher level and some have played for England proper. Hence, though Turner and his pals are currently poor musicians, they still have a shot at progressing to a more fruitful level of the music industry.

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