Think of a number
Divide it by two
Something is nothing
Nothing is nothing
Open a box
Tear off the lid
Then think of a number
Don't think of an answer

Open your eyes
Think of a number
Don't get swept under
A number's a number

A chance encounter you want to avoid
The inevitable
So you do, oh yes you do
The impossible
Now you ain't got a number
You just want to rhumba
And there ain't no way you're gonna go under
Go under, go under
Go under, go under
You tear me assunder
Go under, go under
Go under, yeah

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"Three Girl Rhumba" as written by Colin Newman Bruce Gilbert

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  • +2
    General Commentits about infidelity
    noyeson April 02, 2007   Link
  • +1
    MemoryThe first time I took acid, this song was playing just before it came on...made a lot of sense. Boxes, numbers, infinity...ah, I dunno. A lot of post-punk stuff (paticularly Wire and Talking Heads) seems to have elements of examining the LSD experience from a more realist perspective than 60's/70's psychedelia.
    DrLorenzoon February 23, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOMG no comments? This song is awesome but does it have a meaning?
    Dressed2Depresson September 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthemagnetc: the text is correct, the singer actually says:"don't think of an answer"
    cippa_lippaon April 17, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe meaning???
    Ukljukanion July 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt's meditative punk. Try to take yourself away from a situation you're thinking or fretting about. Get up from out of your own arse and enjoy what you have, not what you have not.
    LaserHosenon May 22, 2012   Link
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    General Commentwhat's interesting and might gets you into another perception of the song, at least to me, is that it sounds like he's sayin' ''Think of her no more''
    Understatingon August 04, 2012   Link
  • -1
    General Commentdressed2depressed...i don't think your comment really helped the cause at all.

    i think there's a flaw in the lyrics up there. i think it should be "don't think of a letter", instead of, "don't think of an answer."

    i can't figure out where the girl comes from in the title. "three" probably comes from thinking of a number and "rhumba" from the penultimate line
    themagnetcon December 01, 2007   Link

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