Ponto

(1) 

What is your fear boy?
What is your fear girl?
Ponto
I overheard it in the ice-cream parlour
I overheard it in the ice-cream palaver
Ponto, Ponto

What is your fear boy?
What is your fear girl?

If you’re not ashamed of your love
Why not shout it out over the rooftops
And bring the town together?

Ponto, the drift is inexplicable
Your only fear is a letter box
And that is what he dreads
Even in dreams

What is your fear boy?
What is your fear girl?

Are you frightened by the weather?
Or just scared to get wet?
Ponto
You are black warrior at a quiz show
And I'm an internet user
You must give over
Ponto
Ponto

What is your fear boy?
What is your fear girl?
What is your fear boy?
What is your fear girl?
What is your fear boy?
What is your fear girl?

Notes

1. This seems to come from the sessions for Imperial Wax Solvent, and a version with the lyrics above was released on the expanded version of that album in 2020. 

The music somewhat resembles a simplified version of "Tommy Shooter," CMN points out.

 

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Comments (3)

bzfgt
  • 1. bzfgt (link) | 10/04/2021
The Track record mentions a version with Like to Blow lyrics but the old bootleg I have is the same as this

https://thefallliveblog.wordpress.com/category/live-tracks-list-and-count/ponto/
Paul G
  • 2. Paul G | 20/06/2021
There is a passing reference to a Ponto in Money in the Bank by PG Wodehouse, first published in 1942.

In chapter 14 some of the characters are discussing a break-in to a country house. Just to the side of a window where access is to be gained there is a tombstone marked "To Ponto, Ever A Faithful Friend".

There's a love theme in the story too but I don't see enough in the rest of the book to file under anything other than coincidence at the time being.
bzfgt
  • 3. bzfgt (link) | 02/07/2021
RIght...it means "point" or "score" in Portugese. And it looks like there's Ponto surgery, for hearing loss....but you're probably warmer than me, it is probably a name here....as you say, hard to finger Wodehouse, but worth keeping an eye on

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