"Suspended from Class" as written by and Tracyanne Campbell....
You're such a beautiful writer
That's not all you are
I'm sorry about making a pass
It was subtle but I think that you guess
The meaning intended

I can be a friend to you
I won't pretend
I'm not interested in breaking your heart
It's not love no it's nothing like that
I'll leave that to .. like him
Oh, he's such a delicate thing
Now it's such a fragile thing that we have

I should be suspended from class
I don't know my elbow from my arse
I should be suspended from class

We could go out dancing
But, in truth it is the last thing that I have on my mind
Just say if I'm way out of line
I won't need telling twice

Now he wants to kiss
He says he can't resist
You're going to have to keep it hidden inside
I have feeling that pigs might fly, might fly

I should be suspended from class
I don't know my elbow from my arse
I should be suspended from class
I don't know my elbow from my arse

You're such a beautiful writer
That's not all you are
I'm sorry about making a pass
It was subtle but I think that you guess
The meaning intended

I should be suspended from class
I don't know my elbow from my arse
I should be suspended from class
I don't know my elbow from my arse


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"Suspended from Class" as written by Tracyanne Campbell

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    General CommentYes, I think this is about her having a crush on a teacher. She says the words "out of line" and "telling twice" which are the sort of things a teacher would say, or things that are somehow linked to teachers in general. And obviously the "Suspended From Class" bit.
    Hamish1on September 12, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is indeed a super catchy song. The delivery of the lyrics are what make this song extra good. Camera Obscura has a way of portraying complex situations in a purely objective way that shows the emotions without ever being cheesy. Magnificent.

    The meaning behind this song is obviously about a girls confused feelings for a teacher. Though I feel like there's more than one relationship.

    It sounds to me, like she's got a friend in class who likes her. She is addressing him when she says
    "I'll be a friend to you" and "its not love". She's talking to a boy she's with. "I'm not interesed in breaking your heart. I'll leave that to lookers like him" is referring to the teacher. It's an interesting reference - she feels the teacher is breaking her heart, she leaves that to lookers like him because it has been left to him. she doesn't want to get involved with anyone when she knows of the feelings because it would carry through to whomever she was with.
    He's in the back of her mind while they spend time together. when they dance and she says "in truth it is the last thing i have in my mind." she asks if she's way out of line and says "i won't need telling twice" because she knows she is, yet she is confused about how to deal with it.

    "He wants to kiss" refers to this boy and she's going to have to keep her "feelings inside" - feelings for the teacher. Its sort of a very watered down double life.
    JSugarhigh5on September 11, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti don't see that you necessarily need to posit a 'double relationship'

    i figured it was a reciprocated thing between the teacher and her, but both are aware that it's just a superficial crush that doesn't really go beyond the physical. the obstacles that necessitate 'keeping it inside' are, naturally, the pedagogical relationship and the inevitable ramifications which result from that.
    anzbeckson October 24, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHey, couple suggestions on the lyrics:

    "I'll leave that to lookers like him,"

    and

    "it was subtle, but I think that you grasped"
    freejoe76on July 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentexactly, "i'll leave that to lookers like him" and "it was subtle, but I think that you grasped"
    softasfireon December 19, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentshe feels like she's doing something bad, but doesn't know what she's doing. the song is peaceful, almost funny because of the honesty in it. i think she likes some boy, but doesn't know why, and doesn't want to mix him up.
    Jejuneon February 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIts a nice, sweet, catchy song.
    SpaceOddity2k6on March 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat a gorgeous song.

    It's such a nice song that it's just plain funny when she says "arse" it's unexpected from a song like this. Brilliant though.
    x_Heather_xon May 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdoes anybody know if Camera obscura's Tracyann Cambpell is anything to ex Belle & Sebastian chello godess Isobel Campbell? I mean they're both from Glasgow, they both look great, they're both relly tender, sing very nice and similar music...
    mali_djavaon May 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentperhaps she's lusting after a teacher?
    rea_on July 21, 2006   Link

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