The Disappointed


About The Disappointed

"The Disappointed" (also typeset as "The Diſappointed") is a song written by Andy Partridge of the English rock band XTC and released as the lead single from their 1992 album Nonsuch. According to Partridge: the lyrics are about people who have been turned down romantically and come together to form an organisation "of the disappointed." It was originally inspired by Argentina's Mothers of the Disappeared. The music video was directed by a daughter of Ranulph Fiennes. A home demo of the song was later released on Coat of Many Cupboards (2002).  


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The disappointed 
All shuffle round in circles 
Their placards look the same 
With a picture and a name 
Of the ones who broke their hearts 
The disappointed 
All congregate at my house 
Their voices sob with grief 
That they want to be chief 
Of the tribe with broken hearts 
Once, I had no sympathy 
For those destroyed and thrown away by love 
Seems, your ring upon my finger 
Signifies that I've become the spokesman of... 
The disappointed 
Will bear me on their shoulders 
To a secret shadow land 
Where a somber marching band 
Plays a tune for broken hearts 
And day grows darker now 
Everywhere, everywhere 
The disappointed 
Are coming in their millions 
They're spilling from the bus 
At a monument to us 
Made of bits of broken heart 
The disappointed 
Are growing every second 
They blot the sun to black 
At the bottom of the pack 
I'm the king of broken hearts

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XTC was a New Wave band from Swindon, England, active between 1977 and 2005. The band enjoyed some chart success, including the UK and Canadian hits "Making Plans for Nigel" (1979) and "Senses Working Overtime" (1982), but are perhaps even better known for their long-standing critical (rather than commercial) success. more »

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