"The Boy Done Wrong Again" as written by and Martin/murdoch/colburn/cooke/geddes/jackson/campbe....
The boy done wrong again
Hang your head in shame and cry your life away
The boy done wrong again
Hang your head in shame and cry your life away
Are you ok now?
Are you ok now?

On Saturday I was an angel shining fair
You shone louder, longer
You put my shine to shame
Put me to shame now
Put me to shame

What is it I must do to pay for all my crimes?
What is it I must do?
I would do it all the time

All I wanted was to sing the saddest songs
If somebody sings along I will be happy now

The woodland spring will put the darkness from your thinking
If this town's your sinking ship
Then you know where to jump

Talking dirty, for a hobby it's fine
So pour another glass of wine
I'll think of England this time

All I wanted was to sing the saddest songs
If somebody sings along I will be happy now


Lyrics submitted by ReActor, edited by softhought, adngai, discriminant

"The Boy Done Wrong Again" as written by Isobel Campbell Christopher Geddes

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  • +2
    General Commentgorgeous...can anything else be said? it's a sad and lonely song.
    lost_in_twlighton April 17, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"On Saturday I was an angel shining fair; you shone louder, longer; you put my shine to shame, put me to shame now..." Everytime I put on this song I'm so close to crying. It's probably one of the most lovely, truly sad songs I know.
    LMKon June 27, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLovely lovely lovely.
    But then does a Belle & Sebastian song exist that is anything else?
    WillyWiluhpson April 11, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"you shone louder" is just clever, clever, clever! it reminds me of "your smile so loud it still rings in my ears" from the cribs' "be safe" although that should be the other way round as i'm sure b&s wrote this first. it does sound a bit like "dirty dream..." i agree. a lot of b&s songs have a similar sound which is nice, they all link together sort of.
    thegirldonewrongagainon April 03, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthow aren't there more responses to this amazing song..??! first time i heard it i almost cried. wish i knew what england had to do with it or dirty talking... such a good song
    kipoda1618on April 24, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment'Lying back and thinking of England' is what a dutiful wife is supposed to do during sex. The implication is that the sex is being forced on the protagonist by the other person, and that they don't really want it. Think missionary position, counting the cracks in the ceiling, etc.

    "What is it I must do to pay for all my crimes..." etc are some very, very sad lyrics.
    caitsith01on June 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbelle and sebastian does an amazing job at bringing emotion through into their songs. you can't help but be moved when you hear them sing. their songs are about real things that happen. like caitsith01 said, it's about sex in a relationship that is horrible for the protagonist. and they can't think of any way to get out of it other than "to jump".
    dreadhead69on August 26, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about alcoholism..
    "I'll have another glass of wine and think Of England this time"
    , and the saddest songs are brought on from depression..
    bjorton April 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIs it just me or are parts of the melody of this identical to Dirty Dream Number Two?
    tonightweflyon May 28, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis has pretty much become my theme song over the past two months. It's kept me company in the blueness of depression I've encountered. It's a sad song but it's beautiful. It's a piece of art.

    Also, (not that it matters:) "hang your head in shame and cry your life away" has echoed through my head today. It's almost like the song is saying to me "it's ok to be blue, to feel pointless, to acknowledge darkness and just cry instead of trying to shut it down/out." It is a SAD, sad song but I don't think that is necessarily a dark thing.
    softhoughton January 01, 2015   Link

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