Don't Burst My Bubble
Small Faces Lyrics


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Well, there ain't nothing happening
But people telling me I got to worry.
Hah!
Saying watch that man with his ballpoint pen,
He'll take your money.
But all I wanna do,
I wanna take things slow, I ain't in a hurry.
But there's people talking like me, jiving(?),
Messing about, my, they think it's funny.
So, hold on, hold on.
Don't burst my bubble.
Leave my bubble alone, yeah.

There's kids outside my door,
I don't know what they're waiting for, so forget it.
Cos if I let them in,
I know the trouble I'd be in, I'd soon regret it.

So, hold on, hold on.
Don't burst my bubble.




Leave my bubble alone, yeah.
(ad lib vocals)

Overall Meaning

"Don't Burst My Bubble" by Small Faces is a playful commentary on the external pressures and distractions that can prevent us from enjoying life's simple pleasures. The song starts with the singer voicing his frustration at the constant barrage of people telling him that he needs to worry about something. He dismisses these warnings as baseless and wants to take things slow, without any unnecessary pressure. However, there are people around him who can't seem to take life easy and are constantly indulging in gossip and shallow activities. The singer pleads with them to stop interfering and not to burst his bubble of peace.


The second verse sees the singer referencing the kids waiting outside his door, likely seeking to drag him into some kind of juvenile mischief. He knows that giving in to their demands would be a mistake and urges them to leave him alone. The song's chorus comes in again, with the singer repeating the mantra of "hold on, hold on. Don't burst my bubble. Leave my bubble alone, yeah."


Overall, "Don't Burst My Bubble" is a call to prioritize one's peace of mind and not let external factors take away from that. It's a reminder to maintain a level of detachment from the noise and distractions around us, and not let them influence our state of mind.


Line by Line Meaning

Well, there ain't nothing happening
I'm not doing anything special or out of the ordinary


But people telling me I got to worry.
But others keep telling me that I should be worried about something


Hah!
Ha! I'm not taking their advice seriously


Saying watch that man with his ballpoint pen,
They're warning me about a specific person who may try to take my money using a pen


He'll take your money.
They're warning me that this person is a scammer and will steal my money


But all I wanna do,
However, I just want to do what I want to do


I wanna take things slow, I ain't in a hurry.
I want to take my time and not rush anything


But there's people talking like me, jiving(?),
But other people are talking and acting like me, not taking things seriously


Messing about, my, they think it's funny.
Being silly and having fun, even if it's not productive or serious


So, hold on, hold on.
In response to the warnings and comments from others, I'm telling myself to pause and think


Don't burst my bubble.
I want to protect my own ideas, opinions, and perspective


Leave my bubble alone, yeah.
I want others to not interfere with my personal choices and beliefs


There's kids outside my door,
There are children waiting outside my door


I don't know what they're waiting for, so forget it.
I'm not sure what they want, so I won't bother engaging with them


Cos if I let them in,
Because if I allow them to come inside


I know the trouble I'd be in, I'd soon regret it.
I know that it could cause problems for me and I would end up regretting my decision


ad lib vocals
Additional vocals added to the song with no specific lyrics




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Comments from YouTube:

Sandy Pompilii

The Small Faces were incredible and at such a young age putting out tunes like this.

stOOpid68

usually when u find a hidden gem from a band u can understand why it wasnt released earlier- but this has gota be one of the groups best songs!!

John Federico

this song is amazing. the best 60's band and we all missed it.

Flat Fox

Defo the best band from the 60s agreed 👍

kat Mats

All these wonderful songs sound so great pumping through my speakers from my stereo. It is a great song, Thank you for the upload.

Mne Nadoelo

They aren't mentioned in the same breath as some of the other greats. It's not right. They were amazing

Des thefrenchrapper

such a funky soul track - great! love the break when the congas come in!

OneHitWonderGuy

Pure rock n roll bliss! - originally recorded in Feb/67

NIGEL WILLMOTT

TSF's were a genius band like no other.

meiko

what a great voice! reminds me of Eric Burdon

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