This Town Ain't Big Enough for
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Zoo time, is she and you time?
The mammals are your favourite type, and you want her tonight
Heartbeat, increasing heartbeat
You hear the thunder of stampeding rhinos, elephants and tacky tigers
This town ain't big enough for the both of us
And it ain't me who's gonna leave

Flying, domestic flying
And when the stewardess is near do not show any fear
Heartbeat, increasing heartbeat
You are a khaki-coloured bombardier, it's Hiroshima that you're nearing
This town ain't big enough for both of us
And it ain't me who's gonna leave

Daily, except for Sunday
You dawdle in to the cafe where you meet her each day
Heartbeat, increasing heartbeat
As twenty cannibals have hold of you, they need their protein just like you do
This town ain't big enough for the both of us
And it ain't me who's gonna leave

Shower, another shower
You've got to look your best for her and be clean everywhere
Heartbeat, increasing heartbeat
The rain is pouring on the foreign town, the bullets cannot cut you down
This town ain't big enough for the both of us
And it ain't me who's gonna leave

Census, the latest census
There'll be more girls who live in town though not enough to go round
Heartbeat, increasing heartbeat
You know that this town isn't big enough, not big enough for both of us




This town isn't big enough, not big enough for both of us
I ain't gonna leave

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of "This Town Ain't Big Enough For The Both Of Us" by Sparks vs. Faith No More describe a man's obsession with a woman, to the point where he is willing to do whatever it takes to win her over. The opening lyrics set the scene of a "zoo time," where the man and woman are surrounded by their favorite type of mammals, leading to a romantic tension. The following lyrics describe the man's increasing heartbeat as he inches closer and closer to his desired outcome, painting vivid imagery of stampeding rhinos, elephants, and tacky tigers. The chorus asserts that there is not enough room in this town for both the singer and his love interest, and he will not be the one to leave.


The second verse describes the man's attempt to impress the woman through travel, specifically flying. He instructs himself not to show any fear as the stewardess approaches, again emphasizing his desire to impress her. The bridge portrays the man's everyday routine of meeting the woman at a café, culminating in his realization that not enough girls live in town to satisfy everyone's romantic desires.


The final verse describes the man's efforts to look his best by taking yet another shower, with the rain pouring in the foreign town adding a sense of drama to the scene. The chorus repeats to emphasize the man's determination to stay and win the woman's affection.


Overall, the lyrics portray a man who is willing to do whatever it takes to win the woman of his dreams, regardless of the danger or competition that might follow.


Line by Line Meaning

Zoo time, is she and you time?
Are you and she going to the zoo together?


The mammals are your favourite type, and you want her tonight
You have a particular fondness for mammals and are hoping to spend the night with her.


Heartbeat, increasing heartbeat
Your heart is racing faster.


You hear the thunder of stampeding rhinos, elephants and tacky tigers
Your senses are overwhelmed by the sound of stampeding animals.


This town ain't big enough for the both of us
This town is too small for both of us to coexist peacefully.


And it ain't me who's gonna leave
I am not going to be the one to leave this town.


Flying, domestic flying
You are taking a domestic flight.


And when the stewardess is near do not show any fear
You should not appear nervous when the flight attendant is nearby.


You are a khaki-coloured bombardier, it's Hiroshima that you're nearing
You are like a military pilot in khaki clothing, nearing the area where Hiroshima was bombed.


Daily, except for Sunday
You go to the cafe every day except Sundays.


You dawdle in to the cafe where you meet her each day
You take your time walking into the cafe where you meet her daily.


As twenty cannibals have hold of you, they need their protein just like you do
You feel like you are being held captive by twenty cannibals who have the same nutritional needs as you.


Shower, another shower
You take yet another shower to be clean for her.


You've got to look your best for her and be clean everywhere
You feel you must look your best and be clean all over for her.


The rain is pouring on the foreign town, the bullets cannot cut you down
The rain is pouring down on a foreign town where you are, and the bullets cannot harm you.


This town ain't big enough for the both of us
This town is too small for both of us to coexist peacefully.


And it ain't me who's gonna leave
I am not going to be the one to leave this town.


Census, the latest census
The most recent census has been taken.


There'll be more girls who live in town though not enough to go round
There will be more girls in town, but not enough for everyone to have one.


You know that this town isn't big enough, not big enough for both of us
You are aware that this town cannot accommodate both of us.


This town isn't big enough, not big enough for both of us
This town is too small for both of us to coexist peacefully.


I ain't gonna leave
I refuse to leave this town.




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: RON MAEL

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@Ivan-ig6ii

There’s something special about Sparks. Something that can’t be explained properly. They and their music are so weird but in such brilliant way that drives you completely crazy. Love this band. Hugely underrated.

@NS9213

Perfect Description Ivan!! Couldn't have said it better!

@paulconnelly523

Genius band. Wernt scared to be diverse. I love them.

@tonyofarrell7318

Brilliant band ,still recording and touring today

@dumpygoodness4086

McCARTNEY MOCKS SPARKS??
Find the hidden Ron Mael!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5nzLQ63c9E

@daffydad

There's something special about the audience too miserable old bunch lol

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@NS9213

49 Years later and still no one has ever caught up to the quirky inventiveness of Sparks. Simply brilliant!

@eddyvideostar

Dear NS: This was progressive operatic rock, almost in the style of Queen.

@JJONNYREPP

Sparks - This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both Of Us. which one's the Baker.....

@REVOisMYname

Heavy Queen influence

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