"Speak My Language" as written by Robert James Smith and Laurence Andrew Tolhurst....
It was only yesterday
Waving arms across the street
Your white face left me blue
How can I say all the things
I have to say to you
Oh all the people here
All look the same
The little time I spend with you
We drink each other dry

Mammnnarghaassstmmetc
Speak my language

It was only yesterday
My eyes touched yours across the street
We cut the words
And waved goodbye
And dropped off the edge of the world

Mammnnarghaassstmmetc
Speak my language


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"Speak My Language" as written by Robert James Smith Laurence Andrew Tolhurst

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    General Commenti LOVE this song. it has the best music, and i love Robert's gibberish.
    Wowrobertsmithon January 22, 2005   Link
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    General Commenthow exactly does one say "mammnnarghaasstmmetc"?
    the song is excellent, esp the gibberish sort of part in the middle. lovely!
    thatsjustlovelyon April 05, 2003   Link
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    General Commenthow exactly does one say "mammnnarghaasstmmetc"?
    the song is excellent, esp the gibberish sort of part in the middle. lovely!
    thatsjustlovelyon April 05, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThe lyrics repeat 'all' a fair amount of times in the first stanza, and the use of 'MY language' a possessive pronoun does seem to single out the narrator whilst generalising everybody else, except the singular other individual.

    He waves to this other individual and then drops off the edge of the world. I think this quite humorously refers to the brief-as-possible interaction with someone whom we are obliged to know through work, school, prison or some other unfortunate place.

    'Your white face left me blue.'
    The person who's spotted him is white with the fear of having to interact; the narrator is blue after the interaction because he's drained.

    'How can I say all the things
    I have to say to you'
    In other words, how can I tell you to go away, when social etiquette obeys that I don't?

    'The little time I spend with you
    We drink each other dry'
    They sap each other's energy in such a swift interaction.

    'Mammnnarghaassstmmetc
    Speak my language.'
    Referring to the sound one might make upon spotting this colleague across the street? The narrator wants the person initiating the conversation to understand that neither of them desire it.
    Hgaudguadon March 28, 2018   Link

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