Rowing out into the air.
Taking blankets to the bay. It's the same
And he was fine,
and, in the first place, was around.
That was another country, that was another country.

I'm taking these dumb paper lanterns down.
Yards, no, miles they strung along.
And me with them. And how was I
supposed to know about that?
That was another country, that was another country

Are you alright, are you alright?
You are my friend, are you alright?

Rowing into the air
Driving home, home from the bay. And we sang.
And he was fine
And what is more, he was around
That was another country, that was another country

But are you alright, are you alright?
You are still my friend, you didn't go out of my life


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    General CommentThis song was inspired by the book "The Go-Between". I think it was by L.P.Hartley, and it was later made into a great movie staring Julie Christie. Anyway the Christie character is the song's voice. Her fiance went away in WWI, and she was selfish and lonely, so she took up with a groundsman (played by Alan Bates) at her estate. At that time, the class system was impenetrable, and the affair was doomed from the start. The "Go-Between" of the title is an adolescent boy, a friend of one of the boys in the family, whom Christie uses to carry letters and set up trysts with the Bates character. At the end of the book, the "Go-Between", now a young man, has obviously been damaged and emotionally stunted by the way in which Christie has used him. She however is oblivious to the harm that she's done and justifies her amoral behavior ("he (the Bates character) was fine and in the first place was around"). She sees the Go-Between as her "friend", although she treated him, and everybody else including her fiance, in a very shabby manner. The title of the song refers to a famous quote from the book-it might be the first sentence, I'm not sure-: "The past is another country. They do things differently there".
    Martinsherry16on December 27, 2008   Link

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