"One (Blake's Got a New Face)" as written by and Philip Bailey Phalon Anton Alexander....
Occident out on the weekend
That's the way that we relax

English breakfast tastes like Darjeeling
But she's too cute to even ask

Blake's got a new face (Blake's got a new face)

Nastiness will cause your doom
Turn and walk back to your room

The precedent's already set now
You spend a week in old San Juan

Spanish brownstone with chairs of leather
And Spanish waves to roll along

Majesty's not overheard
Cryptographs can't stand the word

Oh your collegiate grief has left you dowdy in sweatshirts
Absolute horror!


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    MemoryI was at a concert of theirs in SF in which he said that Blake was a graduate student at Standford.
    Since they were all Columbia students it would make sense that a former classmate went on to Stanford for his MS or PHD.

    HandShakeDownon January 08, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"Oh your collegiate grief has left you dowdy in sweatshirts
    Absolute horror! "

    best part of the song.
    JACKIE THE HOBOon January 31, 2008   Link
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    General Commentmrsm:

    i thought he was saying it like its the name of the the place the waitress works at (and she's knew)? like "oh hey billy, did you notice that Blake's got a 'new face'?" i.e. there's a new hottie working at the corner diner?
    jamasmon July 02, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti was thinking that this song was about a guy named blake, and his 'new face' is his new sense of confidence. and at the end his confidence fails, and he is left 'dowdy in sweatshirts'.
    eryicon August 14, 2009   Link
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    General Commentjackie, i totally agree. both the harmony on that line and what it means just KILLS ME every time.

    english breakfast and darjeeling are both teas! i just learned that today. which kind of adds to the image of this song of prep school kids just laying about in old San Juan (puerto rico). and only the narrator really understands that despite their privilege they are just doomed to be "dowdy in sweatshirts" which is to them the epitome of "absolute horror."
    ap0theosizeon February 12, 2008   Link
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    General Commentcompetely agree with jackie! makes me laugh every time.
    fireplaceon February 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI totally agree with jackie and you can even hear an audible shivering sound like someone is trying to shake off a nasty feeling towards the end of the song. very clever.
    digijoelon April 05, 2008   Link
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    General CommentOh! The horror of being left alone wearing nothing but my cllegiate sweater..
    I hope I never get caught wearing that...
    BTW... I enjoy both English Breakfast and Darjeeling... and I wouldn't want to correct the waitress, no matter what sex.
    ...Ssome of the best waitressess are the ones that serve you breakfast after a nasty hangover.
    nursejenon April 10, 2008   Link
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    General Commentoh and.... the concept blakes got a new face? that always threw me off while what all of you re saying totally makes sense.

    but that part itself.. does it mean more like someone is turning over a new leaf or like blake has a new girlfriend kind of girl? I never really got it but i almost feel like its saying he has some sort of new flavor of the week girlfriend.
    mrsm1nork1ngon May 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentMrsm: I was wondering about this too! That exact same thing!

    But the idea that Blake's was the name of the place hadn't even crossed my mind =P I thought it was like...either Blake's trying to be someone else, or Blake has a new girlfriend, but I thought "new face" would be a strange and interesting thing to call the love interest =P
    tamzinroseon July 03, 2008   Link

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