"Blank Expression" as written by Jerry Dammers, John Edward Bradbury, Roderick James Byers, Terry Hall, Lynval Golding, Stephen Graham Panter and Neville Egunton Staples....
Snow is falling all around
Seven o'clock and the roads are blocked
So I walk downtown
There's no-one around

I walk in a bar and immediately
I sense danger
You look at me girl, as if I was some kind of a
A total stranger

(Where) where did you get that blank (blank)
Expression on your face?
(Where) where did you get that blank (blank)
Expression on your face?

The streets are dark, and there's no
One about
I wander home and all the
The lights are out, I keep wondering

(Where) where did you get that blank (blank)
Expression on your face?
(Where) where did you get that blank (blank)
Expression on your face?
(Where) where did you get that blank (blank)
Expression on your face?
Where did you get that blank
Expression on your face?
Where did you get that blank
Expression on your face?
Where did you get that blank
Expression on your face...


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"Blank Expression" as written by John Edward Bradbury Jerry Dammers

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  • +2
    General CommentListen to the entire album and a small number of tracks aside, I've always felt a theme or story in it. Despite songs like 'Too Much, Too Young' being classic ska and reggae recreations, I see much of the album recounting a bitter love affair with a woman that wasn't really all that. We've all had one at some time or another!

    It's echoed in this track, Little Bitch, Stupid Marriage, Too Much, Too Young, Nite Club ("all the girls are slags and the beer tastes just like piss" seems an overview of 'that' type of woman and the places they go), You're Wondering Now and Dawning of a New Era. You could even argue that most of the other tracks are relevant to many stereotypical males of the time if you really wanted to make a story of it.

    I just don't see where 'Do the Dog' fits in. Or maybe I do!
    Bletchon November 07, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Commentno comments? Anyway, I have the Specials live cd, and that was the first time i heard this song and i LOVE IT!!!! It sounds so awesome live, I wanna hear the album version
    IamTheEdon August 25, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentone comment!!! thats shocking. Great song though. n e ideas on meaning?
    AntiPop245on March 20, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentmy absolute favorite specials song. its most likely (probably definitely) just me but this song is kind of like a "fuck you" to someone. kind of saying they are boring and lifeless/ it only makes sense in my head. i guess there is no point in explaining.
    sublime5446on April 23, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAlright so this is obviously about someone he knows, and their blank expression pissed him off. maybe she gives it all the time, [that would annoy me too]. she's a sinacle, lifeless person. I think due to his tone it sounds like he's telling this girl the story of how he got there, it was difficult and she didn't even care. Maybe she looks at him like she doesn't know him so he leaves, puzzled.
    DJgifon July 23, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis kind of reminds me of James Joyce's "Araby"
    hajmolaon April 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think it was jerry dammers deep down having a dig at terry hall....there`s an underlying meaning there lol......think i read it in horance panters book lol!!!!!!
    spikemaidstoneon September 02, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat one-drop drums - love the reggae rim-shots and skanking guitars together with the winter imagery as the guy walks into the bar. What a classic song.

    How does he get that singular rim-shot sound?

    How I love this album.
    Ever seen them live on YouTube (or if you were lucky enough to see them onstage during the 70's -80's?

    They look like they are having serious fun.
    NomadMonadon January 29, 2013   Link
  • 0
    Song FactI was sad to hear about the passing of John Bradbury 3 days after Christmas.
    His drumming skanked in a serious manner.

    I honored him with a few blog posts:

    connecthook.wordpress.com/2016/01/08/too-much-too-young/

    connecthook.wordpress.com/2016/01/09/stupid-marriage/

    connecthook.wordpress.com/2016/01/10/specials-skank-it-up-with-dead-girl/
    NomadMonadon January 11, 2016   Link

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