"Greetings To The New Brunette" as written by and Billy Bragg....
Shirley,
It's quite exciting to be sleeping here in this new room
Shirley,
You're my reason to get out of bed before noon
Shirley,
You know when we sat out on the fire escape talking
Shirley,
What did you say about running before we were walking

Sometimes when we're as close as this
It's like we're in a dream
How can you lie there and think of england
When you don't even know who's in the team

Shirley,
Your sexual politics have left me all of a muddle
Shirley,
We are joined in the ideological cuddle

I'm celebrating my love for you
With a pint of beer and a new tattoo
And if you haven't noticed yet
I'm more impressionable when my cement is wet

Politics and pregnancy
Are debated as we empty our glasses
And how i love those evening classes

Shirley,
You really know how to make a young man angry
Shirley,
Can we get through the night without mentioning family

The people from your church agree
It's not much of a career
Trying the handles of parked cars
Whoops, there goes another year
Whoops, there goes another pint of beer

Here we are in our summer years
Living on icecream and chocolate kisses
Would the leaves fall from the trees
If i was your old man and you were my missus

Shirley,
Give my greetings to the new brunette


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"Greetings to the New Brunette" as written by Billy Bragg

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    QuestionHello, I'm a Japanese.I have loved this song for many years. It seems there're no difficult or complicated expression in this lyric. However, I cannot make out what this song deals with clearly until today. And I have many questions about this lyric. Can anybody tells me what you thought or felt?

    ①"You’re my reason to get out of bed before noon"...Is getting out of bed before noon early or late for the singer?

    ②"running before we were walking"..,What does this mean? A kind of proverb?

    ③"How can you lie there and think of england/ When you don’t even know who’s in the team"
    my understanding: She was thinking about the future of England strictly. But the word "England" means nothing for him except for the name of a football team...Right?

    ④"And if you haven’t noticed yet/ I’m more impressionable when my cement is wet"
    my understanding: He is saying that he gets nervous about the omen of breakup if she doesn't notice the new tattoo of him...Right?

    ⑤"The people from your church agree/ It’s not much of a career"
    ...This phrase is especially difficult for us both grammatically and culturally. Does "The people from your church" mean "the people having same religion as her" (and his religion is not same as her)? Does "It’s not much of a career" mean their account on him? (Then why the subject is "it" ?)

    ⑥"Trying the handles of parked cars"...What does this phrase mean? A kind of metaphor?

    ⑦"Give my greetings to the new brunette"...I cannot help thinking that this "new brunette" means her new lover. But why and how things got so? He said "Here we are in our summer years" just prior to this...

    ...I cannot understand even why this song is difficult for me because my English is poor or this song is vague in the first place. Please let me hear your opinion.
    Nagi1995on May 24, 2017   Link

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