Her haircut, she looked pudgy and made-up
In that dress growing ever tighter
It was saddening the lengths she had gone to
To appear more attractive
In the process losing something
We never knew but still missed
You knew you were lost as soon as you saw her
You saw your life as a series of complicated dance steps
Impossible to learn, they had to come naturally
Together you squirmed and wriggled
And I could only jerk along behind

They're going to hurt you
They always will

She is now with me, inside of you
And I could only stare wide-eyed
As everything closed in around the three of us
Things you never saw, talking of the power and rescue
That were rushing through our body
And it's good


She opened the door his face bruised and swollen
Before he knew, pushed, falling down curved stairs
Our message lost and our plans forgotten
Surrounded by men in suits, and black shiny shoes
Moving in, kicking, stamping
Bland expressionless faces
A handful of marbles thrown in a dustbin
Memories, memories


In a northern town there were amazing rows of standing stones arranged on the southern slope
They got out in the last few seconds of consciousness
Look for their inscriptions one day, the most distant ocean plains, those who make the desert island
I saw you in a tin bath in red water
Were the ones who went to Washington to do their laundry
They wanted to see the mysterious hurricane
I never believed in New York, or where you intended to stand
But we don't actually want to see the shipwrecked
I just had to go
They came

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Marbles Lyrics as written by David Boulter Alasdair Macaulay

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    QuestionI love the music of the Tindersticks. I wish I understood what this song was about. Who are the "men in suits, and black shiny shoes", does this event take place at a funeral? Are these men CIA or FBI?

    Clearly to me, there are 3 definite people involved in the account. 2 appear to be very close "Together you squirmed and wriggled" while the third is more like, just, a friend of them "And I could only jerk along behind".

    Please if someone has any input. I'd appreciate it. I'd be keen to know your understanding of the song.
    StrangePoeton April 16, 2021   Link
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    QuestionWhat are the marbles?
    StrangePoeton April 16, 2021   Link

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