"India" as written by John Ashton, Richard Lofthouse Butler, Timothy Butler, Duncan Kilburn, Roger Morris and Vincent Davey....
India, India
You're my love song
India you're my love song

In the flowers
You can have me in the flowers
We will dance alone
And live our useless lives
India stupid on the carpet floor
India stupid on the carpet floor
We dance upon the carpet floor
And reel around

India, India, India, India, India
I'm American, ha ha ha

Caroline is really great
She serves the muck
Upon a tray
And little rich boy don't you cry
You kiss me in the anodyne
See the ceiling raining spit
The beach is backwards isn't it

India don't you cry
India see the ceiling raining tears
You will cry a thousand tears

All the women form a line
Put your face upon a line
This is for the discotheque
This is stupid, I object
And I love you and I love you
And please me, please me, please me
Please me, please me, please me
Please me, please me, please me
India, India, India, India

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"India" as written by Richard Butler John Ashton

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  • +2
    General CommentOne of my fave songs, always gives me tingles. The meaning... no surprise no one else has suggestions, its all fucked up, sounds like reminiscences from a drugged night out.
    wilky61on February 10, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationRichard Butler wrote these lyrics when he was a teenager, years before he and his brother co-founded the Furs. His own explanation is, "It's very personal, but I don't know what it means", so I don't know how much hope the rest of us have for figuring it out.

    But if you look at the lyrics, half of the songs on the first album (Fall, Pulse, Flowers, We Love You, and Soap Commercial) seem like they're expanding on ideas he first wrote in this song. Dancing, spinning under the ceiling, useless lives, stupid love, the stupid sea, flowers, carpets… Maybe this song is just all the visions and ideas spinning around young Richard Butler's head that drove him to become a lyricist.

    I think the meanings he attached to all these images in later songs (flowers and carpets being about opiates, love being a trap created to trap you in middle class society, etc.) may be unrelated to the original meanings in this song.

    But whoever the Caroline is in this song, I'm guessing she laughs when it's raining all day.
    falcotronon November 11, 2014   Link

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