"Penpals" as written by Jay Ferguson, Chris Murphy, Patrick Pentland and Andrew Scott....
I write you from a far country
in North of Africa
It is Algeria
and my city is Oran

I know you'll find this letter strange
That is because I am strange

My first name is Amal
and I'm a girl, I'm a girl, la la la
My first name is Amal
and I'm a girl, I'm a girl, la la la
My first name is Amal and I'm a girl

I am a Norwegian boy
which have some question
I have only 13 years
and I am crazy of you

Can I have a souvenir?
And if you can, a wick of hair?
Send me documents
and a photo of you alone

Here's my photo, dedicace
one of you would be canon
I worship all your handsome words
to me you seem giant

You're so cool, but you know that
I hope your letters never stop

You are surely special
I like you, I like you, la la la
You are surely special
I like you, I like you, la la la
You are surely special
I like you, I like you, I like you
You are surely special, I like you


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"Penpals" as written by Chris Murphy Andrew Scott

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    General CommentSeems like excerpts from international pen pal letters. The nonsensical lyrics come from the fact that these are young teenagers writing very broken English. It's a super happy fun song. I listen to it all the time. I'm wondering... do people even have penpals anymore?
    Superblaston September 30, 2004   Link
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    General CommentBest Sloan song ever. Totally hooked me the first time I heard guys singing, in three part harmony, the words "I'm a girl, I'm a girl, la-la!!" Then you listen to the whole song, and think, how incredibly clever it is to have an indie rock song, for a North American audience, sung from the perspective of essentially non-English-speaking children. That's imaginative.

    doorknobtenon March 02, 2011   Link
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    Song MeaningAccording to a blog post by Patrick Pentland, the lyrics are actual excerpts taken from a box of Kurt Cobain's fan mail. Great song, the innocent tone of the writing works beautifully for it.
    covoxon April 07, 2011   Link

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