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The 'hidden' fifth track on Belle and Sebastian's 3.. 6.. 9.. Seconds Of Light EP, just after Put The Book Back On The Shelf. It's a slow, simple, kind of wistful number, just guitar and bass and Stuart Murdoch sounding a bit down.

The Jeepster web site claims that they don't list the lyrics 'simply because they're very easy to pick up,' but it's only today, with the help of the 'Belle and Sebastian References to Music' page at http://www.fineran.demon.co.uk/basrefs/music.htm, that I've figured out what Stuart Murdoch's actually singing, so I don't buy this. I've been trying to to figure out that bit about 'songs to learn and sing' for years.

Thanks to that site, I can also tell you that 'Songs for Children' is the name of The Pastels' first single, released in 1982, and 'Songs to Learn and Sing' is an Echo & The Bunnymen album, released in 1985.

Here are the lyrics, such as they are, for anyone else who's never been able to figure out quite what he's on about:

Belle and Sebastian
On the radio
Playing songs for children
Belle and Sebastian
On the radio
Playing songs to learn and sing
Belle and Sebastian
On the radio
Playing songs for children
Belle and Sebastian
On the radio
Playing songs to learn and sing

Belle and Sebastian
On the radio
And we’re really sorry
For all the trouble we’ve caused
And all the trouble we’ve caused
La la la la la...
Belle and Sebastian
On the radio
Playing songs for children...

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