"Uncertain Smile" as written by and Matt Johnson....
Peeling the skin back from my eyes I felt surprised
That the time on the clock was the time I usually retired
To the place where I cleared my head of you
But just for today I think I lie here and dream of you

I've got you under my skin where the rain can't get in
But if the sweat pours out, just shout
I'll try to swim and pull you out

A howling wind that blows the litter as the rain flows
As street lamps pour orange colored shapes, through your windows
A broken soul stares from a pair of watering eyes
Uncertain emotions force an uncertain smile

I've got you under my skin where the rain can't get in
But if the sweat pours out, just shout
I'll try to swim and pull you out


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"Uncertain Smile" as written by Matt Johnson

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    General Commenti have listened to this song (and the whole album "soul mining") on repeat for months on end, the lyrics mean so much to me it's ridiculous. ive never ever had a connection to an artist like i have with "the the"
    totally amazing. the line "A broken soul, Stares from a pair of watering eyes. Uncertain emotions force an uncertain smile" really speaks to me. i feel like every song on the album relates to all parts of my life

    as for the exact meaning of this song, im really not sure haha, but im guessing its about letting a parter get close to you, and letting them "under your skin", yet still being uncertain about it all, as in afraid of being hurt
    huntingbears86on April 15, 2011   Link
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    General Comment
    I think this song is about an unrequited love that the narrator hopes will become requited.

    The object of his love is uncertain of her feelings, hence the title.

    the first verse: ordinarily he tries to put her out of his mind, but he must actively try to do that every day, and must look at the clock to remind himself. On this one occasion, though, he indulges himself to dream of her.

    The chorus is about how she's gotten under his skin, and he is ready to swoop to her rescue wheneever she shouts for help.

    The second verse is about how he perceives her as a broken soul, perhaps because of her uncertainty of her feeling, and perhaps in need of his rescue.
    mliem411on July 26, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentHands down my favourite The The song. The piano solo during the last two minutes+ (done by Jools Holland) is so heart warming and brilliant.
    Karlon April 18, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song, lyrics, music, it is wonderful.

    This part- "I've got you under my skin where the rain can't get in
    But if the sweat pours out
    Just shout
    I'll try to swim and pull you out " - makes me feel like the song is a personal guardian angel, willing to help when things get hectic.
    xinniefulon February 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is my all time favorite song. The best version is the extended mix (12") Love it!
    hnybnyon March 05, 2005   Link

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