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    Hi peeps,

    I'm wondering what the following word "polka dots" means "Since you said goodbye the polka dots fill my eyes".

    ps: It appears in a song by The Libertines called "What Katie Did"


    Thanks in advance.


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    It's normally a largish spot in a pattern on clothes. Could you give us a line or two on either side?

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    tdol,

    Here is part of the lyrics:

    Oh what you gonna do, Katie?
    You're a sweet sweet girl
    But it's a cruel, cruel world
    a cruel, cruel world.

    My pins are none too strong, Katie
    Oh hurry up, Mrs Brown
    I can feel it coming down
    & it won't take none too long

    But since you said goodbye
    Polka dots fill my eyes
    And I don't know why

    What you gonna do Katie?
    You're a sweet, sweet girl
    But it's a cruel, cruel world
    a cruel, cruel world

    my safety pins are none too strong Katie
    they hold my life together
    And I never say never
    I never say never again

    Oh but since you said goodbye
    There are polka dots in my eye
    And I don't know why

    Since you said goodbye
    the polka dots fill my eyes
    And I don't know why
    Say you want
    Say you will
    Say you won't but don't leave me standing
    Say you will, it's up to anyone
    That's what they all like to know
    ...

    And since you said goodbye
    the polka dots fill the sky
    And I don't know why

    I have been thinking about what the meaning can be. But I can't even come up with a word or expression in Dutch that has the same meaning like this.

    The really silly chorus ... I have left out

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    Is it possible that it is related to Cockney slang ?

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    It's not any Cockney that I know, though if you didn't know, pins are legs. I think it's the blurred vision caused by crying, rubbing eyes, etc.

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