This is a track from English pop band, Prefab Sprout's debut album, Swoon.
Frontman and songwriter Paddy McAloon recalled to Mojo magazine October 2009, that even though this is not a great title, "it was an evocative image crying out to be written." He added: "I used to mess about playing basketball when I was about 15. I don't know what the 'fencing foils' or 'courting couples' are doing; it's not a matter of them sounding good, nor are there any conscious literary illusions like where (opening track) 'Don't Sing' paraphrases The Power And The Glory by Graham Greene. I come up with things, vocalise things in the air, and put them together."
There aren't many songs with a scientist as the main character, but Coldplay's "The Scientist" is one of their biggest hits. The guy in the song is brilliant, but despondent because he's lost his girl after neglecting her for his work.