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National Express
by The Divine Comedy

Take the National Express when your life's in a mess
It'll make you smile
All human life is here
From the feeble old dear to the screaming child
From the student who knows that to have one of those
Would be suicide
To the family man
Manhandling the pram with paternal pride
And everybody sings 'ba ba ba da'
We're going where the air is free

On the National Express there's a jolly hostess
Selling crisps and tea
She'll provide you with drinks and theatrical winks
For a sky-high fee
Mini-skirts were in style when she danced down the aisle
Back in '63 (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)
But it's hard to get by when your arse is the size
Of a small country
And everybody sings 'ba ba ba da'
We're going where the air is free
Tomorrow belongs to me

When you're sad and feeling blue
With nothing better to do
Don't just sit there feeling stressed
Take a trip on the National Express, the National Express, let's go

Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: NEIL HANNON

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Red Shutter Photography

The line "When your arse is the size of a small country" never fails to crack me up!

Sebastian Welcome

reminds me of the times we in now UK and the NHS lockdown stuff.

chris walford

You'd have a massive crack if your arse was the size of a small country

Red Shutter Photography

@Roddy Teague Or very tight jeans rarely fails to impress ;-)

Roddy Teague

@Red Shutter Photography Wearing shell suits as well. Dressed for the track but built for the bar.....

Red Shutter Photography

@G_GlasgowRFC Likewise! built for comfort! ;-)

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FuriousGibbon

The eclectic brilliance of 1990s Britpop stems from the intellectual freedom of its songwriters, whose imaginations were fertile enough that they could take inspiration from anything and everything. I'll bet my eyebrows that we never hear some X Factory wannabe singing about National Express coaches, hiding inside a female friend's big sister's wardrobe or being caught by the fuzz while still on a buzz.

scott de-walden

No,sadly they are all karaoke wankers these days ,not allowed to have your own thought processes these days thanks to the modern education system 🤮

Leo W

So this is, in fact, a song about a man having a nervous breakdown that's making him think he's a National Express driver.

jadedsun619

He could be working on Southern Rail

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