"English Roundabout" as written by and Colin Moulding....
People rushing round with no time to spare.
I'm so dizzy,
I'm neither here nor there.
In this traffic jam,
I just want to shout,
Let me off o' this English roundabout

English roundabout

And all the the horns go 'beep! beep!'
All the people follow like sheep,
I'm full of light and sound,
Making my head go round, round.

Everyone is cursing under their breath,
I'm a passenger,
I feel close to death,
Hopeless situation,
I have no doubt.
Stop the madness, English roundabout

English roundabout

And all the cars go 'brum! brum!'
And in my ears I feel a hum,
The neons blind my eyes,
All those tempers rise, rise.

Cars and buses go,
Puffing out their smoke,
Roll my window down,
I begin to choke.
I have had enough,
I just want to get out.
Let me off o' this English roundabout.

English roundabout.


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"English Roundabout" as written by C Moulding

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    General CommentThis is a song about a roundabout in XTC's hometown of Swindon. Locally known as the Magic Roundabout it consists of 5 mini roundabouts that circle one, large, central roundabout. A bit of a nightmare for anyone unlucky enough to have navigate their way around it, especially in rush hour. I live in Swindon so I know the roundabout well... but let me tell you, it's no fun having to find your way round it in a driving test!
    shrewdon February 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI actually read somewhere, I believe it was in Song Stories, that this didn't refer to an actual roundabout. I can't remember what it is about, though.
    lord_lacolithon March 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentFor our non-english friends, a "roundabout" is the British term for a rotary....I think.
    pumkinhedon November 16, 2007   Link

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