The Smiths – rubber ring

When I was a kid, my oldest brother had a cd of The Smiths, which my second oldest brother listened to when the oldest wasn’t around. He did catch on to it eventually when I, at 10-11 years old (and then only speaking Dutch and French and barely English, just notions), could sing along with every track on that album. Busted indeed.

I got the remark that it was odd for an 11-year-old to have known and liked The Smiths at that age. Truth to be told, I knew all the words phonetically, but didn’t always catch on to the meaning of what I said. I learned my English through music, that is a fact. This is why I always had a soft spot for The Smiths. How sad the songs may be, they are special to me for the anecdotes and memories attached to them. And teaching me the English I use today. Here is one of my favorite tracks:

A sad fact widely known
The most impassionate song
To a lonely soul
Is so easily outgrown
But don’t forget the songs
That made you smile
And the songs that made you cry
When you lay in awe
On the bedroom floor
And said : oh, oh, smother me mother…
No …Rubber ring, rubber ring, rubber ring, rubber ring
The passing of time
And all of its crimes
Is making me sad again
The passing of time
And all of its sickening crimes
Is making me sad again
But don’t forget the songs
That made you cry
And the songs that saved your life
Yes, you’re older now
And you’re a clever swine
But they were the only ones who ever stood by you
The passing of time leaves empty lives
Waiting to be filled (the passing …)
The passing of time
Leaves empty lives
Waiting to be filled
I’m here with the cause
I’m holding the torch
In the corner of your room
Can you hear me ?
And when you’re dancing and laughing
And finally living
Hear my voice in your head
And think of me kindly
No …Rubber ring, rubber ring, rubber ring, rubber ring
No …Rubber ring, rubber ring, rubber ring, rubber ring
Do you
Love me like you used to ?
Oh …Rubber ring, rubber ring, rubber ring, rubber ring
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