Bengali, Bengali
Bengali, Bengali
No no no
He does not want to depress you
Oh no no no no no
He only wants to impress you
Oh...

Bengali in platforms
He only wants to embrace your culture
And to be your friend forever
Forever

Bengali, Bengali
Bengali, Bengali
Oh, shelve your Western plans
And understand
That life is hard enough when you belong here

A silver-studded rim that glistens
And an ankle-star that...blinds me
A lemon sole so very high
Which only reminds me; to tell you
Break the news gently
Break the news to him gently
"Shelve your plans; shelve your plans, shelve them"

Bengali, Bengali
It's the touchy march of time that binds you
Don't blame me
Don't hate me
Just because I'm the one to tell you

That life is hard enough when you belong here
That life is hard enough when you belong here
Oh...
Shelve your Western plans
Oh...
Shelve your Western plans
'Cause life is hard enough when you belong
Life is hard enough when you belong here
Oh...
Shelve your Western plans
Oh...
Shelve your best friends
'Cause life is hard when you belong here
Oh...
Life is hard enough when you belong


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Bengali In Platforms Lyrics as written by Stephen Brian Street Steven Morrissey

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    General CommentIt's indeed possible that the song was meant to convey a sympathetic warning to a potential immigrant, either about still-existent racism or simply giving a "this place isn't so great, really" general sort of sentiment. But his explanation to Shaun Phillips in _Sounds Magazine_ ("If you went to live in Yugoslavia tomorrow, you would find you didn't really belong there") didn't help clarify things. At the very least, he seems to suffer from a good bit of foot-in-mouth syndrome, however well-intentioned he and his works may be.

    [The whole thing reminds me of Andrew Dice Clay's oft-contested claim that his humour was meant to be satirical; if so, it was pretty lousy satire, in that his main demographic found the material itself amusing rather than the attack on bigotry it supposedly conveyed.]
    Rachel Summerson December 04, 2007   Link

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