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Foreign affair (Mike Oldfield)
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A pop song written by Maggie Reilly and Mike Oldfield, which first appeared on Oldfield's 1983 album Crises. Singer: Maggie Reilly.

Foreign Affair
Take A Trip In The Air
To A Tropical Beach
An Island To Reach
A New Territory
For An Intimate Story
A Lagoon Par La Mer
It's A Foreign Affair

Drifting In Dream
On A Mystical Sea
A Wishful Emotion
A Drop In The Ocean
A Hush In The Air
You Can Feel Anywhere
In A Cool Twilight
On A Tropical Night

Floating On Air
Foreign Affair
A Magical Potion
(A) Cool Locomotion
Magical Potion - A Dream
A Cool Locomotion - A Prayer
It's A Foreign Affair

Floating On Air
Foreign Affair
A Magical Potion
A Cool Locomotion
Magical Potion - A Dream
A Cool Locomotion - A Prayer
It's A Foreign Affair

-- REPEAT THE REST 6 TIMES:

Foreign Affair
Take A Trip In The Air
To A Tropical Beach
An Island To Reach
A New Territory
For An Intimate Story
A Lagoon Par La Mer
It's A Foreign Affair

FOREIGN AFFAIR= /fɒrɪn əf*/ The governmental office in charge of foreign relationships. AFFAIR= A romantic and sexual relationship, sometimes one of brief duration, between two people who are not married to each other. So a "foreign affair" may be an affair which happens abroad, in a foreign country.

REACH= Get there, go there.

INTIMATE= /ɪntəmɪt/ private, marked with close familiarity and/or involving a sexual relationship.

A LAGOON PAR LA MER= (French) In a lagoon by the sea. A lagoon is A shallow body of water, especially one separated from a sea by sandbars or coral reefs (see picture).

DRIFTING= To be carried along, gently, by water, air or your own imagination.

MYSTICAL= Of spiritual significance and feeling.

WISHFUL= Having or expressing a wish or longing (so it's not real).

EMOTION= Feeling.

HUSH= Silence.

TWILIGHT= The moment just after the sunset or just before sunrise, when the sun is below the horizon but you can still see its light (it literally means: two lights).

LOCOMOTION= The act of moving from place to place.

PRAYER= A conversation (or talk) with God, often asking for something you desire.

"Foreign affairs" refers to the activities of a government concerned with its ongoing foreign relations, foreign policy, diplomacy, and international representation. A Minister of Foreign Affairs, or "foreign minister", is a cabinet minister who helps form the foreign policy of a sovereign state. But also, "an affair" is a romantic and sexual relationship, sometimes one of brief duration, between two people who are not married to each other. So in this song the two ideas probably overlap: we can think of a man sent abroad on an official mission who is having an affair with a sexy foreigner in a Paradisiacal island down in the tropics. It is all like a dream: the landscape, the weather, the emotions... it's like "floating on air". The continuous repetion at the end is meant to be entrancing.

But everything is so perfect and wonderful that maybe it's only happening in your imagination, look at these lines:

Drifting In Dream
On A Mystical Sea
A Wishful Emotion

(if it's "wishful", it's not real but you wish it were, and the song also talks about this experience as "a cool locomotion" and "a prayer", even "a mystical sea", so it sounds like an inner experience)

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