What does this verse from Mike Oldfield's Foreign Affair song mean?

a lagoon by la mere

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    "La mer" - the sea (French)
    – Mick
    Dec 26, 2016 at 10:28

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Taking a look at the verse as a whole....

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 by la mere.

It's a foreign affair.

... I would imagine that 'la mere' is an anglicization of the french 'la mer', which quite literally means 'the sea'.

A lagoon is a shallow body of water separated from a larger body of water, quite often from the sea, therefore 'a lagoon by la mere' is a shallow lake, cut off from the ocean, which is quite in keeping with the tropical island setting of the song.

  • Also "la mere" rhymes with "affair". "By the beach" would have required a different word to end the couplet.
    – Andrew
    Dec 26, 2016 at 15:44

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