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Its turned out oranges and lemons again.

Rock Lobster

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Hi everybody,

Sorry if I missed something obvious, does anyone know what the lyric above from the song by Suggs means?
 

saxplorer

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"And it's turned out oranges and lemons again / All three bells in a row"

I'm assuming a fruit machine reference?
 

Rock Lobster

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Saxplorer,

There is a fruit machine in the video but i was wondering if there was also a rhyming slang reference. The best i can come up with is that it's a bad day today, (oranges and lemons), rather than a good day, (3 bells in a row). It's also about Ian Dury so maybe it is simply celebrating his life and saying it's a sad day when he died, (which it was of course).

Oh Dear!
 
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saxplorer

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I agree it does sound very like rhyming slang - "apples and pears" and all that, and of course "oranges and lemons say the bells of St Clement's".

I did some googling though:

per Wikipedia

"The first slot machine was invented by Charles Fey of San Francisco" "Three bells in a row produced the biggest payoff, ten nickels."

Of course: "
some of the original machines had symbols of fruit, such as oranges, lemons and bananas, and this is where the name came from.
"

I've never played the bandits, but it suspect a mix of fruits might be bad, whereas the bells are good.
 
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