"And A Bang On The Ear" as written by and Mike Scott....
Lindsay was my first love
She was in my class
I would have loved to take her out
But I was too shy to ask
The fullness of my feeling
Was never made clear
But I send her my love
And a bang on the ear
Nora was my girl
When I first was in a group
I can still see her to this day
Stirring chicken soup
Now she's living in Australia
Working for an auctioneer
But I send her my love
And a bang on the ear
Deborah broke my heart
And I the willing fool
I fell for her one summer
On the road to Liverpool
I thought it was forever
But it was over within the year (oh dear)
But I send her my love
And a bang on the ear
The home I made with Bella
Became a house of pain
We weathered it together
Bound by a ball and chain
It started up in Fife
It ended up in tears
But I send her my love
And a bang on the ear
Krista was a rover
From Canada she hailed
We crossed swords in San Francisco
We both lived to tell the tale
I don't know now where she is
Oh, but if I had her here
I'd give her my love
And a bang on the ear
So my woman of the hearth fire
Harbor of my soul
I watch you lightly sleeping
I sense the dream that does unfold...like gold
You to me are treasure
You to me are dear
So I'll give you my love
And a bang on the ear

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"And a Bang On the Ear" as written by Mike Scott

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    My InterpretationTo be honest, I feel this is more about finding a place for those who got away. Between those girls you were too shy to talk to, those that left for other lands, those you couldn't keep up with or couldn't work out how to get by - all our lives are filled with the those we were sure to be the one, and that isn't what it turned out to be. But with all those that are in his past, he remembers why he felt the way he did about them seeing it through the "heart fire" -- so he thanks them (for more who they were, as much as who they are) by sending them his love.
    abesimpsonon June 23, 2013   Link
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    General Comment I think that this song is about finding the one. It chronicles the singer's past loves, (Lindsey, Norah, Deborah, Bella, Krista,) and went happened (or didn't happen) and how a small a part of you will always love them. He talks about his memories of them both good and bad, but at the end he talks about the "woman of my hearthfire, harbour of my soul," this person is essentially the one. He talks about how she is "treasure," so I think that this song is about how all the past relationships you have kind of shape you and guide you on the course to finding the one and all the things that went right or wrong make you appreciate that person all the more.
    lovelikelightningon April 01, 2010   Link
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    General CommentSurprised there is no comment on this song. I think its pretty great. Waterboys are excellent...
    Squirt_gunon October 04, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe girlfriend history is plain enough - its the titular line I was wondering about?
    Ozikaon May 10, 2018   Link
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    Song MeaningI've read that a bang on the ear means a kiss on the ear, so this is altogether a lovely song.
    sxmcwhion June 20, 2019   Link

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