The Boy With The Arab Strap

Album: The Boy With The Arab Strap (1998)
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  • A mile and a half on a bus takes a long time
    The odor of old prison food takes a long time to pass you by
    When you've been inside
    Day upon day of this wandering gets you down
    Nobody gives you a chance or a dollar in this old town

    Hovering silence from you is a giveaway
    Squalor and smoke's not your style
    "i don't like this place"
    We better go
    Then i compare notes with your older sister
    I am a lazy get, she is as pure as the cold driven snow
    She accepts my confession

    What did you learn from your time in the solitary
    Cell of your mind?
    There was noises, distractions from anything good
    And the old prison food
    Colour my life with the chaos of trouble
    Cause anything's better than posh isolation
    1 missed the bus
    You were laid on your back
    With the boy from the Arab strap
    With the boy from the Arab strap

    It's something to speak of the way you are feeling
    To crowds there assembled
    Do you ever feel you have gone too far?
    Everyone suffers in silence a burden
    The man who drives minicabs down in old Compton
    The Asian man
    With his love hate affair
    With his racist clientele

    A central location for you is a must
    As you stagger about making free with your lewd and lascivious boasts
    We know you are soft cause we've all seen you dancing
    We know you are hard cause we all saw you drinking from noon
    Until noon again
    You're the boy with the filthy laugh
    You're the boy with the Arab strap

    Strapped to the table with suits from the shelter shop
    Comic celebrity takes a back seat as the cigarette catches
    And sets off the smoke alarm
    What do you make of the cool set in London?
    You're constantly updating your hit parade of your ten biggest wanks
    She's a waitress and she's got style
    Sunday bath time could take a while

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