ASK Lyrics - The Smiths

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Shyness is nice and
Shyness can stop you
From doing all the things in life
You'd like to

Shyness is nice and
Shyness can stop you
From doing all the things in life
You'd like to

So, if there's something you'd like to try
If there's something you'd like to try
Ask me I wont say no, how could I?

Coyness is nice, and
Coyness can stop you
From saying all the things in
Life you'd like to

So, if there's something you'd like to try
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If there's something you'd like to try
Ask me I wont say no, how could I?

Spending warm Summer days indoors
Writing frightening verse
To a buck toothed girl in Luxembourg

Ask me, ask me, ask me
Ask me, ask me, ask me

Because if it's not Love
Then it's the bomb, the bomb, the bomb,
the bomb, the bomb, the bomb, the bomb
That will bring us together

Nature is a language - can't you read ?
Nature is a language - can't you read ?

So, ask me, ask me, ask me,
Ask me, ask me, ask me

Because if it's not Love
Then it's the bomb, the bomb, the bomb,
the bomb, the bomb, the bomb, the bomb
That will bring us together

If it's not Love
Then it's the bomb
Then it's the bomb
That will bring us together

So, ask me, ask me, ask me,
Ask me, ask me, ask me
Oh, la...



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Its Buxom people | Reviewer: No Way Jose | 6/25/12

The only evidence that he is saying "buck-toothed" is the printed lyrics on a single. Think a record company might want to keep the lyrics G-rated? This is like all the times Prince claims he is saying "Funk" when we know he is saying another word that starts with Fu and ends in K.

"Buxom Girl from Luxembourg" is a spectacularly better lyric. Buxom actually rhymes with Luxem and is much easier to say or sing than "Buck-toothed." Also, the idea that the girl must also be awkward, so she should be buck-toothed rather than buxom, implies that buxom girls are never awkward. Ask any buxom teenage girl if her chest makes her feel awkward and see what they say. Its not like he's saying "Well-adjusted, smartly dressed, crazy hot girl from Luxembourg." In fact, buxom is usually a euphemism for a bit zaftig, so it makes for a much better lyric. If he actually didn't mean to say "buxom," I bet he wishes he did.

ummm... | Reviewer: elizabeth | 1/28/12

If you watch the film clip when "if it's not love then it's the bomb..." is being sung they actually show a bomb with BOMB written on it, can't get much more obvious than that...

Definitely buck-toothed | Reviewer: Leon | 6/10/11

A source of some chagrin but, in the course of researching this as a bet, the answer (to my loss) is that it is "buck-toothed" and not "buxom".

If you want proof simply look on the back of the 12" release - the lyrics are printed there :(

http://www.flickr.com/photos/christianmontone/4784570517/

buxom...bucktoothed? | Reviewer: Marie | 9/17/10

Mmmmm....I'm pretty sure that the line is "To a buck-toothed girl in Luxembourg"

Anyways, great song.
In my opinion, Morrissey wrote this song for all the people who are shy and hesitant to ask people, wether it be about relationships, or just for help in general.
He says it very simply: "ask me ask me ask me"

the real meaning of this song! | Reviewer: JM | 12/12/09

The lyrics of "Ask" tell us about teenage awkwardness and clumsiness, almost certainly inspired by Morrissey's own adolescent quirk as a compulsive letter-writer. "I spent every solitary penny on postage stamps. I had this wonderful arrangement with the entire universe without actually meeting anybody, just throught the postal service. The crisis of my teenage life was when postage stamps went up from 12p to 13p. I was outraged."

The protagonist turns to a shy and bashful boy inviting him to come out of his shell and ask him about anything new he wishes to try, "because if it's not Love" then the sexual desire (significantly symbolized as a bomb) will make them get closer. Also very meaningful the use of capital letters, taken on loan from Wilde, on words like Nature, Love and Bomb. Very typical Morrissey in Smiths' lyrics.

It IS 'bomb' and there's a subtext here... | Reviewer: Darren | 9/6/09

First of all it is 'the bomb'. Never mind the subject, just listen to the sound of the word he's saying. It's quite clearly "the bomb"! The context of the song is the eighties and the Cold War. Naturally for young people today it's gonna be hard to understand, but any teenager in the 80s would have completely understood the dreadful, nerveshaking, black comedy of THAT line.

Also, as with many Moz lyrics theres a delicious subtext going on here, and that's one of homosexuality. The narrator is cajoling his would-be gay lover. He clearly thinks this person is in the closet ("Spending warm Summer days indoors") poinlessly attemping to have a girl/boy relationship ("Writing frightening verse, To a buck-toothed girl in Luxembourg") when THEY could be together. If only this boy wasn't so scared of embracing his gayness. Hence the allusions to shyness, coyness and the very subtle "Is there something you'd like to try? Ask me I won't say no, how could I?" And, maybe even these overtures are not strong enough, for our narrator pulls no punches with the final what-have-you-got-to-lose? gambit about nuclear war.

It is a beautiful love song full of freedom and hope. But with that 'bomb' sting in the tail. Genius.


Don't you think... | Reviewer: Izzy | 7/28/09

Wouldn't it make more sense if he were saying "bond that will keep us together" instead of "bomb that will keep us together?"... I mean, it just makes loads more sense.. and I think he might actually be saying bond, not bomb... : P just what I think

Is anyone here serious? | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/15/09

I don't believe you people got so far with trying to analyze this song. There's no bomb, and no world war metaphors. The song is quite simple. He sings about people's way of missing life because of fears, and about truth and identification of one to another are the way to bring two together. He just wants to help someone by opening him up.
Oh and the Luxembourg girl is just a joke about compromise for what finds you when you're shy...

ASK ME | Reviewer: Allen | 8/12/08

yes the nuclear threat is there in the song but to me as a 35 year old morrissey fan lol it means ......when he should of been out doing the things he wanted to he was to shy so he just stayed in a wrote (as we no he did) the pen pal i recon must of been a new your dolls fan that wrote to him. The bomb was going to kill most of us so were she came from dont have much importance,and to say she was buck teethed in my book says he didnt fancy here at all he would of rather been out with a nice young man than in doors on hot summers days writing! he was waiting for the right person to ask him something he was to scared to ask like,a date with a charming man!!!!!! good or bad love or hate we come together in some form so that was just common sence!

THE bomb | Reviewer: Gabriel | 6/21/08

Definitely THE bomb, not A bomb or the bombS, means the ATOMIC bomb. And yes, it may well be a cold war metaphor. By the way, it would be a playful and ironic punchline ("girlfriend in a coma"?). I think that what it says is: "Ask me (...) because if it's not love, then it's the bomb [that would be WW3] that will get us together", I guess. (meaning: the answer is "a priori" yes; it may be love, it may not, there is nothing to lose).

SHY BOY AND THE BUCKTOOTHED GIRL | Reviewer: kistenmacher | 5/28/08

In my understanding the song is about a shy boy who dosent have the guts to tell a bucktoothed girl he loves her. The girl loves him too ''ask me i wont say no'' (but he dosent know).
So if they dont get together because of their love (in case the guy dosent say to the girl he loves her) they'll get together anyway cause the bomb will kill them both...

sooo | Reviewer: kali | 3/28/08

so i dont think it's ironic at all AND it is actually very revelationish.
because when he say's ask me i wont say no how could i, i believe he sang together with love and that it probably meant for you to ask love for the help.

Not really | Reviewer: Kate | 1/15/08

Coyness and shyness are quite similar in meaning. Although coyness suggests a sense of complicity, which might be where you get the slyness idea from, but they're not synonyms.

I'm not sure either, about the not returning the sentiment; I don't think it's the narrator not returning the sentiment because of the line 'ask me i won't say no, how could i?'

I think it's arguably more to do with the fact that trying is more important and 'if it's not love' just refers to feelings existing but it not being love!

I think, as ever with Moz, this song is heavily ironic in any case.. but I think my reading stands.

Bless! | Reviewer: Mark | 1/15/08

Bless you, you young people! This is a song from Long Ago when we were all under the threat of nuclear war, and all teenagers were convinced we'd all be dead before our twenties. What Moz was singing about was the usual worry from that time - if the subject of the song doesn't go out with him, they'll both be killed by nuclear bombs anyway!

Hmm... | Reviewer: Jack | 11/16/07

It is 'bomb'. What Morrisey means is, that even if you ask him out, and he doesn't return the sentiment (if it's not love), then the 'bomb' (meaning the question: do you love me) will bring them closer, perhaps in friendship.

Coyness is not shyness. More akin to 'slyness'. yeah?


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