REEL AROUND THE FOUNTAIN (BBC)

It's time the tale were told
Of how you took a child
And you made him old

It's time the tale were told
Of how you took a child
And you made him old
You made him old

Reel around the fountain
Slap me on the patio
I'll take it now
Oh ...

Fifteen minutes with you
Well, I wouldn't say no
Oh, people said that you were virtually dead
And they were so wrong

Fifteen minutes with you
Oh, I wouldn't say no
Oh, people said that you were easily led
And they were half-right
They ... they were half-right, oh

It's time the tale were told
Of how you took a child
And you made him old
It's time that the tale were told
Of how you took a child
And you made him old
You made him old

Reel around the fountain
Slap me on the patio
I'll take it now
Oh ...

Fifteen minutes with you
Oh, I wouldn't say no
Oh, people see no worth in you
Oh, but I do.
Fifteen minutes with you
Oh, I wouldn't say no
Oh, people see no worth in you
I do.
Oh, oh, I do
Oh ...

I dreamt about you last night
And I fell out of bed twice
You can pin and mount me like a butterfly
But "take me to the haven of your bed"
Was something that you never said
Two lumps, please
You're the bee's knees
But so am I

Meet me at the fountain
Shove me on the patio
I'll take it slowly
Oh ...

Fifteen minutes with you
Oh, I wouldn't say no
Oh, people see no worth in you
Oh, but I do.
Fifteen minutes with you
Oh, I wouldn't say no
Oh, people see no worth in you
Oh, I do.
I ... oh, I do
Oh, I do
Oh, I do
Oh, I do


The lyrics of this song are typical Morrissey; plagiarism (see Sources), unsubtle sexual references, and a deep undercurrent of romanticism.
The way that such a basely puerile a song is presented within a framework of a love song (harmonic slow-tempo balladry) is just excellent; the first time you hear it, you think "what a nice song"; it's only when you listen to the lyrics that you realise that the song is about sexual desire, and nothing more.
This is one of the songs that was involved in the ridiculous child-molesting scandal; with the result that Auntie Beeb wouldn't play this version of this song recorded for them. The BBC version doesn't really add anything anyway, being a quite rough bare-bones effort.
This version was originally intended as a single, dropped in favour of This Charming Man. White labels of this intended single are now among the rarest and most expensive of collectable Smiths records.

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