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"Rules Of The Game Of Quoits"

[ from the album "Circus Maximus" (1986) ]

Lyrics

The girl in the rubber shoes has run away from home
To the gymnasium
The sun in the blinds is blue and the girl moves through the room
Like an aquarium

Rules of the game of quoits
Use the dimmest light or the brightest light
When the hoops start melting and the sticks catch fire
Rules of the game of quoits
Use the softest matting or the hardest floor
When the hoops start melting and the sticks catch fire
Tunics may be worn or torn away
And the rules of the game may be ignored

The boy with the ruddy face has left his place of work
For the gymnasium
He enters like a tent where the girl has left her scent
Like a geranium

Rules of the game of quoits
Use the softest matting or the hardest floor
When the hoops start melting and the sticks catch fire
Rules of the game of quoits
If your posture's right you can thrust the quoit
When the hoops start melting and the sticks catch fire
Tunics may be worn or torn away
And the rules of the game may be ignored

The girl in the rubber shoes pins the ruddy-faced boy to the floor
Of the gymnasium
She's crawling on the spot, she's the ink-rubber, he's the blot
And she erases him

Rules of the game of quoits
Use the dimmest light or the brightest light
When the hoops start melting and the sticks catch fire
Rules of the game of quoits
Bend your knees and swing through ninety degrees
When the hoops start melting and the sticks catch fire
Tunics may be worn or torn away
And the rules of the game may be ignored

"For love will endure or not endure
Regardless of where we are"