"A Lover Sings" as written by and Billy Bragg....
You and I are victims of a love
That lost a lot in the translation
When I think of all the time that I spent
Sitting on the edge of your bed in anticipation
Of you giving in and us living in sin

A hot day, the smell of hairspray
And the sound of a shower running softly
It's things like this that remind me of how I felt
The first time you came back for coffee
The way you took it amazed me

Walking in the park, kissing in the dark
And my head against your pillow
Late at night a lover sings
Adam and Eve are finding out all about love
I say Adam and Eve are finding out all about love

There is no real substitute
For a ball struck squarely and firmly
And you're the kind of girl who wants to
Open up the bottle of pop
Too early in the journey
Our love went flat just like that

It doesn't matter the color of the car
But what goes on beneath the bonnet
Is there a flag that flies above your heart
And is my name writ there upon it
Wedding cake and toothache
Equals love and pain

Walking in the park, kissing on the carpet
And your tights around your ankles
Late at night a lover thinks of these things
Adam and Eve are finding out all about love
I say Adam and Eve are finding out all about love
Adam and Eve are finding out all about
Adam and Eve are finding out all about love
Teresa and Steve are finding out all about love


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"A Lover Sings" as written by Billy Bragg

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    General Commentits typical of Billy braggs perspective on love i think he is rembering the good feeling of a love a he has lost due to a lack of commitment to marriage
    boggleson February 19, 2006   Link
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    My InterpretationIts about being young and in love, how they rushed into things too soon and it made their love go flat
    King of Some Islandon March 06, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe early days: love, lust, perfection, when you find each other perfect.

    Always loved the line: "It doesn't matter the color of the car
    But what goes on beneath the bonnet
    Is there a flag that flies above your heart
    And is my name written there upon it"

    Fistacuffson March 13, 2011   Link
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    General Commentthe springtime of love....*swoon*

    brilliant song.
    monkeycatton May 06, 2011   Link
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    General CommentA string of apt, charming, and hilarious metaphors for love that came and went. "You're the kind of girl who wants to open up the bottle of pop too early in the journey" is my favorite line, and also pretty descriptive of myself, both metaphorically and literally.

    Billy is the "Steve" in question in the last line; his given first name is Stephen. When he sings it live he often points to himself when she sings "Steve."
    sharkycharmingon August 07, 2013   Link

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