"Sally Cinnamon" as written by Ian George Brown and John Squire....
Until Sally I was never happy
I needed so much more
Rain clouds oh they used to chase me
Down they would pour
Join my tears
Allay my fears
Sent to me from heaven
Sally cinnamon
You are my world

I pop pop pop blow blow bubble gum
You taste of cherryade
There is something here you must show me
From what you are made
Sugar and spice
And all things nice

Sent to me from heaven
Sally cinnamon
You are my world

Your eyes are gazing back from
Every little piece of glass
You seem to smile from every place
Sally cinnamon
You are my world

Then I put the letter back in
The place where it was found
It's a pocket in a jacket
On a train in town

Sent to her from heaven
Sally cinnamon
Your her world


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"Sally Cinnamon" as written by John Squire Ian George Brown

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  • +2
    General CommentI always thought it was that he finds the letter on a jacket that's been left on a train. I think that makes it more poignant, personally.
    It's one of the more coherent roses songs (lyrically, I mean) and the fact that he's reading it all and is just an observer is quite a neat twist.
    When I was at school in the mid nineties this was the tune for my first love so I always find it moving.
    Random Boyon February 23, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis song is about pick pocketing a letter form a jacket on a train in town, its in the lyrics. The note is to sally cinnamon form her FEMALE lover. The lyrics allude to the person steals the note, and whilst on the train journey he fancies the girl (sally cinnamon) "her eyes are gazing back form every little piece of glass" and "you seem to smile from everything" refers to her reflection in the train windows. Then as he pickpockets the letter, and reads it he realises that Sally is in fact, very much loved and in love and also gay.
    There is an old interview which ian brown is asked to explain the drug rferences in his music, which he arrogantly asks which songs have drug references? then the journolist points out that sally cinnamon could well be about Drugs (as a previous poster said), Ians response is very blase and he says, sally cinnamon is about a fictional lesbian
    carlcutteron July 28, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti`ve always loved this song it`s one of the best from a band with so many great songs. i`ve always thought this song was about the love felt for sally from her female lover , it`s there for all to see/hear in the lyrics. i don`t agree with the pick pocket assesment the lyrics say found in a jacket.

    i`ve always thought the last verse was as so

    Then I put the letter back in
    The place where it was found
    In the pocket of a jacket
    On a train in town

    Sent to her from Heather

    Sally Cinnamon

    You're her world

    makes sense when you listen to it this way
    slapstickon March 12, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is one of my fave love songs! It says so much in so little words :-) but.....i.....think.......sally.........is a lesbian.
    The roses lyrics are amazing-they're so cryptic....i don't know any other group who've sang a serious song about oral sex ('Going Down').
    Ian Brown...you are my world!
    If you like this song try checking out 'The Seahorses' (the group formed by Squires)
    sally_cinnamonon August 28, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSally is a thing not a person. Sally is heroin.
    Why choose the word cinnamon? coz it's a light brown colour like heroin is in Manchester anyway. Like Golden Brown or indeed Cinnamon Girl by Neil Young. If you read the Cinnamon Girl lyrics you'll see that like in Sally Cinnamon there's the heroin metaphor as a girl.
    The first part of the song describes exactly as why people do heroin.
    oxycottonon May 28, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti used to know a guy who called me sally cos of this song. so it's kind of special.
    narcissaon April 14, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've found out what this song is actually about:
    He's sitting on a train and takes a letter out of the pocket of the girl infront of him. The letter was written by her, saying how much she loved sally. Then the guy puts the letter back.
    sally_cinnamonon June 05, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoops....never got the lesbian deal. Don't ask my how i missed it.

    great song .......i'm with you ctid perhaps the best pop song ever.
    pton August 18, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti second that emotion
    reniliveson February 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI personally don't think that this is about a lesbian relationship, though that is a possibility.
    Why can't the letter have been taken from Sally's pocket, and the fact that the song then says: 'sent to HER...' and 'you're HER...', mean that the writer of the letter is just as special to Sally as she is to him? Perhaps she is on the train going to meet him!

    Ambiguity makes it an even better song anyway.
    rjfon October 16, 2006   Link

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