"Hermann Loves Pauline" as written by Huw Bunford, Cian Ciaran, Dafydd Ieuan, Guto Pryce and Gruff Rhys....
Hermann loves Pauline and Pauline loves Hermann
They made love and gave birth to a little German
(Hermann loves Pauline and Pauline loves Hermann)
They call him MC² because he raps like no other
(Hermann loves Pauline and Pauline loves Hermann)

An asthma sufferer like Ernesto Guevara
(Hermann loves Pauline and Pauline loves Hermann)
Too much Monte Cristo Number Four
(Her and I believe)
Pass the ventolin I need some more
(There's so much more)

We have ways of making you think
(To do)
We have ways of making you think
(Than to be just a two point)
We have ways of making you think
(Four family)
We have ways of making you think
(Sanity)
We have ways of making you think
(Personality, ahaha)

They told me over a drink
They never noticed him at school they tell me
He kept himself to himself
He used to sit and stare up at the ceiling

Hermann loves Pauline
They never noticed him at school they tell me
He suffered poor health
He used to vacantly stare out the window

Feeling under?
Why do you do what they tell you?
Marie Curie was Polish born but French bred (French bread!)
Of course she ended up dead from radiation

Slow invisible suffocation
Down the twenty-four hour garage or any service station
I lead my life in a quest for information
Sensurrounded by pies and books

Middle-aged drivers and deranged cooks
They never noticed her at school they tell me
She kept herself to herself
She used to sit and stare up at the ceiling

Hermann loves Pauline
They never noticed her at school they tell me
She suffered poor health
She used to vacantly stare out the window

Feeling under?
Why do you do what they tell you?
They never noticed her at school they tell me
She kept herself to herself

She used to sit and stare up at the ceiling
Hermann loves Pauline
They never noticed him at school they tell me
He suffered poor health

He used to vacantly stare out the window
Feeling under?


Lyrics submitted by Hanners, edited by geneticlizard

"Hermann Loves Pauline" as written by Dafydd Ieuan Cian Ciaran

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    General CommentYou have to love a band that uses counterpoint well.
    CosmicWolfyon March 09, 2003   Link
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    General CommentWhat's counterpoint? Is that when they're all singing different things at once?
    Random Boyon March 09, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwe have ways of making you think, possibly the best line, ever.
    liamoon April 02, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"Marie Curie was Polish born but French bred (HAH! French bread!)"

    Love that line. SFA are one of the few bands who can throw a funny line in a good song and still make it work!

    SFA OK!
    Whiskeykloneon May 31, 2005   Link
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    General CommentApparently counterpoint is where 'two melodic strands occur simultaneously' - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    Tikkaon September 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWhich in this song would be all the "bah bah bah"s in the bridge.
    CosmicWolfyon October 21, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti luv this song!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    i just got an MP3 4 my 12th birthday, on sunday, this is the first thing that whent on it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    LOL
    wee yinon April 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI relate to this. I used to sit and stare up the ceiling at school as well. Hah!! French breeaaad!!1
    kasporovnaon May 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentOf course it's about Hermann Einstein and Pauline Koch who gave birth to "little German" Albert and his sister.
    kasporovnaon May 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentActually, the song's about Gruff buying cheap factual books from motorway service stations and the information that they've taught him: so the first verse is from an Einstein biog and the second from some crummy Marie Curie biography, both of which came from service stations in the late 90s. The video is set in a motorway service station.

    It's also a swipe at education: i.e. that it teaches you nothing useful and that actual geniuses underwhelm at school.

    The song was not successful and was not popular- SFA were leaving it out of their sets during the tour to promote the single, that's how well it was going down live. It stalled at #27 in the UK Top 40.
    darkshipon November 29, 2008   Link

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