"Your English Is Good" as written by and Alsop Monks....
Oh, give us your vote
Give us your vote
If you know what's good for you

Oh, give us your vote
Give us your vote
If you know what's good for you

These are the lines
That we straighten every year
And it's the second time
They mapped the constellation

We searched for you by night
In the depth of [Incomprehensible]
[Incomprehensible]
Injustice is my middle name

You don't need to change
Your future's with us
You don't need to change
Your future's with us

You look a wreck
Left your key inside the door
And my [Incomprehensible]
Across this black and white chess board

Your English is good
We can see it in your bones
In this neighborhood
We ain't driving you home

You don't need to change
Your future's with us
You don't need to change

Oh, give us your vote
Give us your vote

Your English is good
We can see it in your bones


Lyrics submitted by El_Jefe07

"Your English Is Good" as written by Graham Fraser Wright David Thomas Monks

Lyrics © SONGS MUSIC PUBLISHING

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    General Commentlove this song to pieces. Can't describe how it makes me feel :]
    IamHEAVENsenton June 30, 2007   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThe song seems to be, at least somewhat, a critique on politicians and the way they treat voters, specifically minorities and lower income voters. The first verse mentions searching for the tramp (beggar, vagrant) in the gravel pit, ending with "Until the tramp finds Christ / Injustice is my middle name." This seems like a commentary on self righteous, religious politicians, those that claim to follow Christ but do nothing to aid the downtrodden (or those who do not share their beliefs) through their policies once in office.

    The second verse makes a similar point with the line "your English is good" followed by "In this neighborhood / We ain't driving you home." In this case, politicians are looking to court the minority vote (those who may not be native English speakers), but they would never set foot into any of the poorer neighborhoods where those voters live. The overall point being that some politicians will say anything to win support from the desired demographic, but that they don't truly care about the well being of those they are elected to serve.

    The lines "And my rook will check / Across this black and white chess board" further emphasize the idea of political strategizing in a game of race. Notice that he specifically mentions that the chess board is black and white.

    My 2 cents.
    truthinwordson September 01, 2009   Link
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    General CommentSo we search for you by night
    In the Deptford gravel pit
    Until the tramp finds Christ

    This is actually from the book, The fifth business. Check it out.
    mantaclause23on February 14, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is so amazing!
    sterile.starson June 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree, great song.
    Mr_Gazon July 08, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is all jumpy, bubbly and just so awesome. this is the song that made me fall in love with this band! still trying to figure out what it means though...
    rosecolouredwindowon July 18, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMaybe the song should be re-titled to "Your CanLit is good"?

    This song includes an obscure reference to a book by Robertson Davies, who is one of my favourite authors.
    wraton October 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyou don't need to change, your future's with us!


    something i love about this band is how easy it is to just sing with them. concerts are like a giant sing along (for those who know the words)
    indierockesson December 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSome one explain this song to me!!!

    It's lovely but would be even more lovely if i could understand it.
    Llij27on January 01, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentUGHHHHH
    i loveeeee tokyo police club.
    this song kinda reminds me of summer.
    christyx_ohon January 28, 2008   Link

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