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iPod Shuffle - Uncertain Smile

Uncertain Smile - "The The" - Play this track here.

 

¿Whats this iPod Shuffle set all about? Read about it here

 

This is one of my all time favourite tracks and one of Matt Johnsons finest lyrical masterpieces from the Some Bizarre record label.

 

Its generally the best known track on Soul Mining, 'The The's second album, released in 1983. The album version of "Uncertain Smile" featured the piano playing of Jools Holland. Holland revealed in his 2007 biography that it is in fact two separate solos joined together. The original single used flute and sax solos played by Crispin Cioe of the Uptown Horns. The cover artwork is by Andy Johnson, Matt Johnson's brother, aka Andy Dog.

 

If you are unfamiliar with 'The The' checkout '45 RPM: The Singles of The The', an excellent trip through 15 or more years of the band. Hunt it down, tell 'em I sent you.

 

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Peeling the skin back from my eyes, I felt surprised

That the time on the clock was the time I usually retired

To the place where I cleared my head of you;

But just for today, i think I'll lie here and dream of you.

 

I've got you under my skin where the rain can't get in,

But if the sweat pours out, just shout I'll try to SWIM AND pull you out.

 

A howling wind blows the litter as the rain flows,

As street lamps pour orange coloured shapes through your window,

A broken soul stares from a pair of watering eyes,

Uncertain emotions force an uncertain smile...

 

I've got you under my skin where the rain can't get in,

But if the sweat pours out, just shout I'll try to swim and pull you out.

 

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Taken on March 6, 2010