"The Only One" as written by and Billy Bragg....
Sometimes when you lose your way to me
I think you don't care at all
If you don't get here soon
I'll tear the clock down from the wall
Your family and friends don't understand
They treat me so strange
The book you said to read
Well I have read but nothing's changed

The clocks go forward the clocks go back
Yet here I sit if I was the only one and
Oh you cannot hear me
Oh you cannot hear me
Can anybody hear me out there

He's up on his high horse again
You're down in the park
I'm left to fight my impulses alone here in the dark
The chain that fell off my bike last night
Is now wrapped 'round my heart
Sometimes I think that
Fate has been against us from the start

I long to let our love run free,
Yet here I am a victim of geography
And oh you cannot hear me
Oh you cannot hear me
Can anybody hear me out there

She said, kiss me or would you rather
Live in a land where the soap won't lather
And oh
You know you are the only one
Yes you are the only one
Yes you are the only one

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"The Only One" as written by Billy Bragg

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    General CommentNo comments on this as well, Blimey!
    Top song all round but the way Billy sings the "oooh" after the word lather is, for my money, one of the saddest and most moving things I have ever heard in a song.
    It's weird because I don't think he has the best singing voice, yet when he sings songs like this and St Swithin's Day etc; they sound so genuine. If he sang like Michael Buble or something they just wouldn't work.
    badgerboyon April 18, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationI think the soap line probably refers to the very hard water you find in the South East of England (which is basically built on chalk deposits). Unless you fit a water softener, your soap won't lather and you'll get a layer of scum on your bathwater. It's one of the things you notice if you travel down there from the North of England, and knowing Billy it's probably a metaphor for a wider social chasm.
    mefinxon July 16, 2012   Link

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