My Ex-Classmates' Kids

Lyrics

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Ahhhhaaaaaaaaghhhh

Cry for them
5 days per week
I cry for me, three days at least
I cry for me, I cry for thee

On radio
Politburo sucker
On cooking show
On cooking show

Ahhhhaaaaaaaaghhhh
My ex-classmates' kids

Pressure under and over
Pressure over the skips
Over price adverts
Broken down laptops

Ahhhhaaaaaaaaghhhh
My ex-classmates' kids

Talking show not end
They cheat the kids
I cry for them
I cry for me, I cry for thee

Ahhhhaaaaaaaaghhhh
My ex-classmates' kids

Talking show never end
Til our populace
Been on
I cry for me, I cry for thee

Ahhhhaaaaaaaaghhhh
My ex-classmates' kids

No end it it
Smells like twigs

Ahhhhaaaaaaaaghhhh
My ex-classmates' kids

Up your nose
Aftershave like little twigs...
Twigs (2)

Notes

1. Lyrically, this is a return to the theme of "Married, 2 Kids," this time from a safer, third-person perspective, and with the contempt leavened with a little pity, or, if you're cynical, watered with crocodile tears...both songs end with a reference to aftershave, doubtless a symbol of drab conjugal mediocrity for MES.  The song began its life, with completely different lyrics, as "I Wake Up In the City." According to Ed Blaney, Blaney wrote all the lyrics to both the latter song and to this one. Both songs are credited to Blaney and Smith; it is not clear, however, what Smith contributed.

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2. Martin points out that aftershave is sometimes made out of twigs, or something.

Zack has discovered that  "On [i]Live in San Francisco[/i] he clearly says: "Like little twigs. Like Twix. Like little chocolate." 

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Comments (9)

Martin
  • 1. Martin | 24/02/2014
Puzzled by the reference to twigs, it seems that they are sometimes used in aftershaves and other perfumes. The orange tree is a popular source.
Zack
  • 2. Zack | 21/02/2017
There has been some debate as to whether he's saying "twigs" or "Twix" at the end. ( http://z1.invisionfree.com/thefall/index.php?showtopic=14526&st=675 )

On Live in San Francisco he enunciates and clearly says both: "Like little twigs. Like Twix. Like little chocolate." ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4NFXxuCU44 )
Zack
  • 3. Zack | 21/02/2017
"Smell - dry twigs" has got to be either "Smells like twigs" or "Smells likes Swiss."
bzfgt
  • 4. bzfgt | 25/02/2017
I'll go with the former for now.
bzfgt
  • 5. bzfgt | 25/02/2017
Rather unexciting version, maybe because the guitars aren't crisp.
harleyr
  • 6. harleyr | 02/05/2018
>>Talking show never end
To our populous

I believe that's actually
Talking show never end / till all populace / been on
bzfgt
  • 7. bzfgt (link) | 09/07/2018
Harley, yes!
dannyno
  • 8. dannyno | 22/09/2020
"Like little twigs"

Hat tip to @StephenSuri on Twitter, who on 17 July 2020 drew my attention to Columbo, series 8, episode 4, 1989, "Grand Deceptions". Taken me a while to get round to looking at it.

I've extracted two short sections of the episode (couple of minutes in total), you'll see why.

http://dannyno.org.uk/magpie/twigs.mp4

Note that the "little twigs" were from round the victim's collar. A bit, you might say, like aftershave?

Interesting, but case not proven. I couldn't, for example, see that the episode had been repeated during a suitably close time period. Although, once you're into the modern TV and video age that kind of chronological evidence is less useful. But still, there is it.
Kiespijn
  • 9. Kiespijn | 01/10/2020
The smarting pain of aftershave up the nose does feel like little twigs spreading upward.
The play on words shifts from twigs to twix - two fingers, and they're up your nose.

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