Busy Line
Rose Murphy Lyrics


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I put a nickel in the telephone, dialled my baby's number
Got a brrr, brrr, brrr, brrr, busy line
Each time I tried I got a busy tone
Not my baby's number
Just a brrr, brrr, brrr, brrr, busy line

Called his uncle in Jamaica
Left a message with the baker
Even checked the number in the telephone book
Got so awfully, awfully worried
To my baby's house I hurried
When I looked inside, the phone was off the hook

And as I walked up to my baby - then
I got my baby's number
He was busy in the parlour doing fine
Busy kissing someone else
While I was keeping busy
Getting a brrr, brrr, brrr, brrr, busy line

...busy line

Just brrr, brrr, brrr, brrr, busy line

Just biz-biz-biz-biz busy line

Biz-biz busy line
I put my nickel in the telephone
Dialled my baby's number
Got a brrr, brrr, brrr, ... line
Each time I tried I got a busy tone
Not my baby's number
Just a brrr, brrr, brrr, brrr, busy line

In Jamaica, left a message with the baker
Even checked his number in the telephone book
Got so awfully, awfully worried
To my baby's house I hurried
When I looked inside, the phone was off the hook, hook, hook

Walked up to my baby - then
I got my baby's number
He was busy in the parlour doing fine
Busy kissing someone else




While I was keeping busy
Getting a brrr, brrr, brrr, brrr, busy line

Overall Meaning

"Busy Line" by Rose Murphy is a classic song about a woman who tries to call her lover but keeps getting a "busy line" signal. The lyrics describe her frustration and concern as she tries different methods to reach him. She even calls his uncle in Jamaica and leaves a message with the baker, but cannot get through. She is so worried that she hurries to his house, only to find that the phone is off the hook. Eventually, she discovers her lover is kissing someone else while she has been getting a busy signal. The song has a catchy, upbeat melody, which contrasts with the disappointment of the lyrics.


The song is a playful but poignant representation of the frustrations of long-distance relationships in the era of telephones. It also highlights the challenges of communication and the possibility of being deceived or disappointed. The song's ending suggests that the singer has accepted her lover's infidelity, implying that she may not be able to change the situation. However, the catchy jingle and chipper tone underscore the possibility of moving on and finding another love.


Line by Line Meaning

I put a nickel in the telephone, dialled my baby's number
I inserted a coin into the phone and called my lover's phone number


Got a brrr, brrr, brrr, brrr, busy line
However, all I got was a busy signal


Each time I tried I got a busy tone
Every attempt resulted in a busy signal


Not my baby's number
I realized that I must have misdialed or had the wrong number


Called his uncle in Jamaica
I reached out to my lover's uncle in Jamaica to try to locate him


Left a message with the baker
I even left a message with the local baker in the hope that he might have seen my lover


Even checked the number in the telephone book
I went through the phone book to re-check the number


Got so awfully, awfully worried
I started to panic and became extremely anxious


To my baby's house I hurried
Without wasting any more time, I rushed to my lover's house


When I looked inside, the phone was off the hook
Upon entering the house, I discovered the phone was not hung up properly


And as I walked up to my baby - then
Finally, I approached my lover


I got my baby's number
I was able to reach my lover directly after all the hassle


He was busy in the parlour doing fine
However, my lover was preoccupied with another individual in the living room


Busy kissing someone else
They were actively engaging in a passionate kiss


While I was keeping busy
Meanwhile, I was busy trying to reach my lover


Getting a brrr, brrr, brrr, brrr, busy line
But I continued to receive a busy signal


...busy line
Throughout the song, the busy signal was a recurring theme


Just brrr, brrr, brrr, brrr, busy line
My attempts to reach my lover were futile, leaving me with only the busy signal


Just biz-biz-biz-biz busy line
The repeated sound of the busy signal was a constant annoyance


Biz-biz busy line
All I could hear was the sound of the busy signal on the phone




Writer(s): Frank Stanton, Murray Semos

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Damoiselle CADILLAC Du CARLADEZ

Comment je kiff cette musique ... De ouff ! ☎

zudlow

I love Rose. Thanks for sharing!

amstepheninlondon

Glad you enjoyed it.

ClearOutSamskaras

Two things:

1.) It's hard for this to happen with artists but this woman needs to make a major posthumous comeback! Man!

2.) I have never heard Kate bush utter anything of the sort, but if she cited Rose Murphy as an influence, it would make sublime sense.

amstepheninlondon

Yes indeed

János Vass

Perfect ringtone :)

학Hyuna

This is the beeeeest version!

amstepheninlondon

I love it !!

michel DINDAINE

sure it is, I just love it

John O Connell

Most definitely the best!

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