"Over And Done With" as written by and Charles Stobo/reid Reid....
This is the story of our first teacher
Shetland made her jumpers
And the devil made her features
Threw up her bands when my mum said our names
Embroidered all her stories with slanderous claims
It's over and done with

This is the story of losing my virginity
I held my breath and the bed held a trinity
People I'm making no claims to a mystery
But sometimes it seems like
My sex life's all history
I'm not saying these events didn't
Touch our lives in any way
But, ah, they didn't make the impression
That some people say

This is the story of watching a man dying
The subjects unpopular
But I don't feel like lying
When I think of it now I acted like a sinner
I just washed my bands
Then I went for my dinner.


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"Over and Done With" as written by Craig Morris Reid Charles Stobo Reid

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  • +1
    General Commentwho cares what it was about, it was awesome when it was used in "bottle rocket"
    MizunoPunkon April 19, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is an amazing song. I LOVE The Proclaimers. I think this particular song has to do with things not mattering so much in the long run. it's all over so what's the point in lingering on a subject?
    ender3303on March 10, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti think the trinity mentioned refers to the holy trinity or the father, the son, and the holy spirit.
    hah, but the three-way thing crossed my mind too.
    i agree with pro-voice, though. i think he compromised his dignity and faith perhaps for something that didn't really mean anything in the long run.
    analogueon January 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI adore this song. One of my favourites ever!
    The theme to this song is how everyone should live their life.
    In the end, it doesn't matter so much. Let the past be as it is and come back a few years later to laugh at that crazy teacher that we only hated because it was our goal in life to make her life a living hell. I bet they had fun in school.
    ZooaRooon January 08, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI'm honestly not sure if I would like this song so much if I hadn't heard it on Bottle Rocket first. Am I so vain? Regardless, here are my impressions of the song:

    The first stanza regards either his first teacher or his first sex partner (I feel like I've read the second interpretation somewhere else). The next regards when he becomes a man, i.e. loses his virginity. The last is when someone dies.

    If you accept the latter interpretation of the first stanza, the first two stanzas are inherently related. The third might only make sense if the man dying is himself (losing your virginity supposedly makes you a man, whereas watching the same man dying would contravene that notion). That these events "didn't make the impression that some people say" indicates that losing his virginity wasn't as special as he had imagined-perhaps that's how the man he becomes has died.

    If you accept the former, all three tie together as a progression from learning facts (school) to learning love, to learning death. Or, birth, life/love, and death.

    When he says "my bed hold a trinity" I for some reason imagined that the brothers lost their virginity in a three-way, but that's kinda twisted, isn't it...
    pro-voiceon December 12, 2005   Link

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