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Reward
by The Teardrop Explodes

Bless my cotton socks, I'm in the news
The king sits on his face buttons all askew
All wrapped up the same (same)
All wrapped up the same (same)
They can't have it
You can't have it
I can't have it too
Until I learn to accept my reward

Princes stand in queues they stand accused
Death in solitude like Howard Hughes
All wrapped up the same (same)
All wrapped up the same (same)
Silence has it
Arrogance has it
I can have it ooh
Until I learn to accept my reward

Suddenly it struck me very clear
Suddenly it struck me very clean
All wrapped up the same
All wrapped up the same
You can't have it
I can't have it too
Until I learn to accept my reward

Until I learn to accept my reward

Until I learn to accept my reward

Until I learn to accept my reward

Until I learn to accept my
I learn to accept my
I learn to accept my reward!

Lyrics Β© Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: ALAN DAVID GILL, JULIAN DAVID COPE

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John Thorne

For the benefit of what I assume are non-native English speakers - and who appear to be genuinely asking, as to the opening line.
It's:
"Bless my cotton socks - I'm in the news".
The first four words are a separate use, for Julian's purposes, of a once-common English expression, which you would still hear older English people use, and which is 'Bless your cotton socks'. This is mainly to express surprise - and to a lesser extent, warm feelings towards someone. It's exactly what an older person might say, for example, if their child came home from a job interview (with no expectation of being successful), only to announce they'd been given the job on the spot. 'Bless your cotton socks' is actually a polite replacement for the phrase 'Bloody hell' - a far ruder expression of surprise. It's the same as some people saying 'Shut the front door', as a polite replacement for 'Shut the fuck up' - again in the context of surprise at a comment by another. The Teardrops were already a known band by the release of this track; Julian was already taken aback (surprised, and not in a good way) at the intense media scrutiny, at the Teardrops being seized on as 'the next big thing' and he himself, in particular, being seized on as the next teen pin-up ('Bless my cotton socks - I'm in the news') he was decidedly ill-at-ease (unhappy) with the whole media scrum and wanted recognition for the music, not for the band to be pigeonholed as just another hair-and-fashions' outfit. The song overall is about trying to preserve one's integrity, when actual success in music brings all the accompanying bollocks - the dilemma of learning to accept one's reward.
I was lucky enough to be backstage with Julian, a couple of weeks ago, where he was kind enough to do something for my kids to have, who are too young for gigs. Top man.

David Harrison

Opening line: "WASH MY COTTON SOCKS I NEVER USE!!!!" Lol. πŸ˜„. When I was a child I couldn't make out what he was singing so I sang that instead.

Alexander Milburn

@Kevin Sturges Bless my cotton socks! I'm in the News!

Hartlor Tayley

Kevin Sturges wash my cotton socks, I’m in the news. That’s what I thought he said.

Kevin Sturges

Isn’t he singing β€œwash my cotton socks I’m in the News”?

KoasterKing 205

I thought the exact same thing line when I was a kid also ironically enough!

Neil Cartwright

David Harrison lol

Dan NΓ‘jera

"Death in solitude like Howard Hughes."

terawattz

finaly i have found it

SirFluffyFluffton

terawattz what have you found God?

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