"Just Like Mr Benn" as written by and Brian Patrick Crosby Dave Brian Geraghty....
Put your sweet fingers
A little closer to the keyboard
It's hard to read between your lines
We were the clock hands at midnight
Now you're four whole hours behind

Just put your fingers
A little closer to the keyboard
I can't quite see the whites of your eyes
Though you bat your eyelids from across the ocean
And I fall over in their breeze

I don't bring you spices from the East
And I don't bring you the world's you crave
'cause everyday you need a new one

Just like Mr. Benn
Just like Mr. Benn
Just like Mr. Benn

Put your sweet fingers
A little closer to the keyboard
We pass light bits in the night
Though you send your flare to the horizon
I just stare and blink in your light

No, I don't speak in all your tongues
So I don't even know if I'll be welcome
What if I appeared as if by magic?
Just like in Mr. Benn

Just like Mr. Benn
Just like Mr. Benn

So go if you're going
You keep pouring when I say when
Come home when your work there is done
Just like, just like

Just like Mr. Benn
Just like Mr. Benn
Just like Mr. Benn
Just like Mr. Benn

Just put your fingers
A little closer to the keyboard
It's hard to read between your lines
We were the clock hands at midnight
Now you're four whole hours behind



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"Just Like Mr Benn" as written by Dave Brian Geraghty Brian Patrick Crosby

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    General CommentThis song is about the difficulties involved in maintaining a long-distance relationship:

    "Put your sweet fingers a little closer to the keyboard
    ...you bat your eyelids from across the ocean
    ...you send your flare to the horizon
    ...We pass like ships in the night"

    It's obvious that he really wants the relationship to work out and would do anything to make it so but doesn't know where he stands with regard to the other person: "I don't even know if I'll be welcome". Hence the Mr. Benn reference "But what if I appeared as if by magic? Just like in Mr Benn".

    Beautiful song. Great band.
    meandmymonkeyon September 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMr Benn is a kids cartoon from the 1970s in england, he used to go to a magic costume shop (&be brought to the world of whatever costume that he was wearing), have an adventure, solve a problem & return home. great guy
    JordyWordyon October 20, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI used to love that cartoon. Can't believe more people havn't commented on this song. I love it
    betrayed.hopeon March 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is a fantastic simile - mr. benn being like a girlfriend who's way out of your league - genius.
    sjpmorrison June 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit could also be read as a girlfriend whos never happy and always wants something else (another reality)...but i like the out of ur league idea better....bat your eyelids & i fall over in their breeze...fantastic.
    JordyWordyon June 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment'I don't speak in all your tongues
    So I don't even know if I'll be welcome
    But what if I appeared as if by magic?'

    B-e-a-u-t-y-f-u-l
    johannsenon October 23, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyeah i think this song is about a long distance relationship. they both are different people and come from different cultures and hes saying i might not be some sophisticated local lad...but that if i just turned up anywyas
    maverick46on February 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's definitely long-distance based on the lyrics. Even the image of "We were the clock hands at midnight / Now you're four whole hours behind" implies his girl moved to the US. Such a lovely song.
    Adderon January 19, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIm not offering any input because I think everybody's correct in saying that its about a long distance relationship with a woman in America. Instead I'm going to say what a hidden gem this song is just like Bell X1. Talk about incredible
    igotfootroton June 26, 2011   Link

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