Hermann Loves Pauline, and Pauline loves Hermann
They made love and gave birth, to a little German
They called him MC squared, cos he raps like no other
An asthma sufferer, like Ernesto Guevara

Too much Monte Kristo number four
(Her and I believe)
Pass the ventolin I need some more
(They had more)
We have ways of making you think
(To do)

We have ways of making you think
(Than simple balancing)
We have ways of making you think
(Two point four family)
We have ways of making you think
(Sanity)
We have ways of making you think
(Personality, a ha ha)
They told me over a drink

They never noticed him at school
They tell me he kept himself to himself
He used to sit and stare up at the ceiling
Hermann loves Pauline
They never noticed him at school
They tell me he suffered poor health
He used to vacantly stare out the window, feeling under

Why do you do
What they tell you?

Marie Curie was Polish born, but French bred
Ha French bread
Of course she ended up dead from radiation
Slow invisible suffocation

Down the twenty- four hour garage, or any service station
I lead my life in a quest for information
Since surrounded by pies and books
Middle-aged drivers and deranged cooks ah ah a

They never noticed her at school
They tell me she kept to herself
She used to sit and stare up at the ceiling
Hermann loves Pauline

They never noticed her at school
They tell me, she suffered poor health
She used to vacantly stare out the window, feeling under

Why do you do
What they tell you?

They never noticed her at school
They tell me she kept herself to herself
She used to sit and stare up at the ceiling
Hermann loves Pauline

They never noticed him at school
They tell me he suffered poor health
He used to vacantly stare out the window, feeling under


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"Hermann Loves Pauline" as written by Dafydd Ieuan Cian Ciaran

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    General CommentYou have to love a band that uses counterpoint well.
    CosmicWolfyon March 09, 2003   Link
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    General CommentWhat's counterpoint? Is that when they're all singing different things at once?
    Random Boyon March 09, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwe have ways of making you think, possibly the best line, ever.
    liamoon April 02, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"Marie Curie was Polish born but French bred (HAH! French bread!)"

    Love that line. SFA are one of the few bands who can throw a funny line in a good song and still make it work!

    SFA OK!
    Whiskeykloneon May 31, 2005   Link
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    General CommentApparently counterpoint is where 'two melodic strands occur simultaneously' - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    Tikkaon September 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWhich in this song would be all the "bah bah bah"s in the bridge.
    CosmicWolfyon October 22, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti luv this song!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    i just got an MP3 4 my 12th birthday, on sunday, this is the first thing that whent on it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    LOL
    wee yinon April 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI relate to this. I used to sit and stare up the ceiling at school as well. Hah!! French breeaaad!!1
    kasporovnaon May 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentOf course it's about Hermann Einstein and Pauline Koch who gave birth to "little German" Albert and his sister.
    kasporovnaon May 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentActually, the song's about Gruff buying cheap factual books from motorway service stations and the information that they've taught him: so the first verse is from an Einstein biog and the second from some crummy Marie Curie biography, both of which came from service stations in the late 90s. The video is set in a motorway service station.

    It's also a swipe at education: i.e. that it teaches you nothing useful and that actual geniuses underwhelm at school.

    The song was not successful and was not popular- SFA were leaving it out of their sets during the tour to promote the single, that's how well it was going down live. It stalled at #27 in the UK Top 40.
    darkshipon November 29, 2008   Link

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