He spied her on the tube
And she was wearing a bright red poppy
Her beauty, it shone through the silence
As the commuters, they tried not to make eye contact
He'd never seen such a beautiful thing
Except for in movies or up on billboards
He never seen such a beautiful thing in
All his years of travelling these trains

Her shiny brown hair was tucked behind her ears
And her big blue eyes pierced right through her glasses
The book she was reading was of an interesting nature
He knew that he would surely like to date her one day

A few more stops to Walthamstow
It’s just a few more stops to Walthamstow
It’s just a few more stops to Walthamstow
And poppy bird I wonder what your name is

He was a child of a difficult nature
It was compulsive disorder related
Sometimes he would do silly little things
Like, turn the key in the door 5 times before he went to bed
In the past he got in some silly situations
With girls from school making some accusations
He was through all that and he knew what to do to not
Get himself into trouble

He wanted to walk past and just ask her her name
And say she’s so pretty he’s been watching her on the train
He was a child of a difficult nature
He was a child of a difficult nature

A few more stops to Walthamstow
It’s just a few more stops to Walthamstow
It’s just a few more stops to Walthamstow
And poppy bird I wonder what your name is

A few more stops to Walthamstow
Its just a few more stops to Walthamstow
Its just a few more stops to Walthamstow
And poppy bird I wonder if I’ll ever meet you

He can't believe his luck ‘cause he’s in Walthamstow
And she’s leaving the train also
He follows her onto the platform
Up the stairs and through the barriers
He gets a bit too close and she looks behind
He takes control of himself and walks further behind
Now they're out and they're onto the street
And they walk past the top of his road

It sure is dark and yes it sure is cold
And so he plucks up the courage
And starts to make his approach
She can hear his footsteps
Her hearts in her throat
She turns starts to run

No don't be dumb
No don't be dumb
No don't be dumb
No please don't be dumb

He's so close now she waits to be grabbed
And she prays to god that she won't get stabbed
So close now she can feel his breath
And he grabs her on the arm and says
"Missus, this your book that you left?"


Lyrics submitted by cal2390

Poppy Bird song meanings
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    General CommentI love this song- it's always had a special significance to me as I've lived in Walthamstow all my life.
    For anyone who cares, Walthamstow is a town in the Borough of Waltham Forest in the north east on the city of London. The London Underground station there is at the very end of the Victoria line, where the trains terminate.

    I always thought the line "He can't believe his luck ‘cause he’s in Walthamstow, and she’s leaving the train also" was a bit odd, because as Walthamstow is the end of the line, of course she was going to get off there- it was either that or go back the other way!
    ladidaaon January 18, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBest song I've heard in aaaages!!
    chriswarneon January 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe most amazing song ever when lived.
    The best atmosphere you can get.
    Fave song of all time.
    Bethelon April 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti want to know what happens so badly.
    angina_callson May 17, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song, its quite unusual. & it leaves you wanting more!
    it made me think about times i've misjudged people because they seem 'strange'.
    amyyxon May 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is incredible.
    lauraXIIon May 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the lyrics are:

    "She turns starts to run"
    - "Should she, turn and start to run?"

    "Missus, this your book that you left?"
    - "Miss, is this your book that you left?"
    deepfriedmarioon June 02, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song

    I think the lyrics are
    "With girls from school making silly accusations"
    Instead of
    "With girls from school making some accusations"
    GeorgeF91on June 22, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI adore the British accent.
    When the songs begin, I just enjoy his voice.
    Absynthe_Mindedon September 16, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA gorgeous song. I mean, really. I remember the first time I heard the
    "Miss is this your book that you left part?" I was like
    "Aw man...what's she going to say?" Then there was that suspenseful pause and all you hear is the drums getting the shit beat out of them.lol.

    I like the simple rhythms though. They kind of make it so you can figure out what happens next...but only if you don't think about it too hard...I think?

    I wouldn't really want to know EXACTLY what happens next anyway. I think that the characters should just remain living in this song. Who knows what would happen if we exposed them to the real world?
    sundayykindagirlon October 16, 2007   Link

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