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(Paste Magazine)   The Human League's "Don't You Want Me" is a dark, twisted tale about a spurned man who threatens to kill the woman he discovered who left him for better things. Or so this columnist with too much time on his hands thinks   (pastemagazine.com) divider line 37
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2013-10-06 11:49:06 AM  
I"m pretty sure the band has said that the lyrics are basically a recap of the plot of the movie "A Star is Born."
 
2013-10-06 12:29:45 PM  
Meh.  It's been done better:

Well I'd rather see you dead, little girl
Than to be with another man
You better keep your head, little girl
Or I won't know where I am

You better run for your life if you can, little girl
Hide your head in the sand little girl
Catch you with another man
That's the end'a little girl

Well you know that I'm a wicked guy
And I was born with a jealous mind
And I can't spend my whole life
Trying just to make you toe the line

You better run for your life if you can, little girl
Hide your head in the sand little girl
Catch you with another man
That's the end'a little girl

Let this be a sermon
I mean everything I've said
Baby, I'm determined
And I'd rather see you dead

You better run for your life if you can, little girl
Hide your head in the sand little girl
Catch you with another man
That's the end'a little girl

I'd rather see you dead, little girl
Than to be with another man
You better keep your head, little girl
Or you won't know where I am

You better run for your life if you can, little girl
Hide your head in the sand little girl
Catch you with another man
That's the end'a little girl

Na, na, na
Na, na, na
Na, na, na
Na, na, na



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2013-10-06 01:04:08 PM  

jake_lex: I"m pretty sure the band has said that the lyrics are basically a recap of the plot of the movie "A Star is Born."


If they meant to or not, pretty much yep.

 writer(used loosely) is dumber than a bag of really stupid hammers.
 
2013-10-06 01:41:21 PM  
I am very concerned for the safety of these two young women because of this photo:
s3-ec.buzzfed.com

Notice that the print says "Smash Hits". Obviously the male is going to "hit" the women and generally "Smash" them.

Is there no end to this rape-circus that we call modern pop music?
 
2013-10-06 02:06:21 PM  
Next: article called "Article" in which author discusses with himself what the article should be about
 
2013-10-06 02:08:09 PM  
Reading that article hurt my head. What have I, what have I, what have I done to deserve this?
 
2013-10-06 02:09:18 PM  
A classic '80s "stalker song" isn't about stalking?
 
2013-10-06 02:10:59 PM  

Cubs300: Reading that article hurt my head. What have I, what have I, what have I done to deserve this?


Pretty good refference. I guess I would rate you a nine out of ten
 
2013-10-06 02:13:26 PM  
If the author is going to go through his 80s record collection and review the lyrics, it will be interesting when he gets to this.

discos80.com
 
2013-10-06 02:15:59 PM  
On behalf of all the Human League fans out there: WTF on the killing part, "DUH" to the other parts.

I wonder if the "writer" has listened to the OTHER songs by the Human League. Trust me, they have a good lyrical range.
 
2013-10-06 02:21:01 PM  
I can't believe it took humanity over thirty years to discover the secrets behind "Don't You Want Me." Thank you brave blogger.
 
2013-10-06 02:24:52 PM  
It also marks the point where their music went from interesting to dogshiat.
 
2013-10-06 02:25:46 PM  

Apos: A classic '80s "stalker song" isn't about stalking?


"Every Breath You Take" laughs at his shenanigans, mashes up with the "Peter Gunn" theme.
 
2013-10-06 02:26:51 PM  
3.bp.blogspot.com

^^ Works better if you imagine the song's First Person protagonist as a drifter who abducts & kills women he meets
 
2013-10-06 02:29:24 PM  

Glitchwerks: If the author is going to go through his 80s record collection and review the lyrics, it will be interesting when he gets to this.

[discos80.com image 400x400]


The author should focus on the original then, because Soft Cell covered it.
 
2013-10-06 02:30:36 PM  

Ed Grubermann: It also marks the point where their music went from interesting to dogshiat.


Meanstreet-member-like typing detected
 
2013-10-06 02:39:41 PM  

Coco LaFemme: The author should focus on the original then, because Soft Cell covered it.


I wasn't talking about "Tainted Love."
 
2013-10-06 02:46:53 PM  
I always thought Keith Whitley's "Don't Close Your Eyes" was secretly about a serial rapist.
 
2013-10-06 02:46:57 PM  
I find this article timely and relevant.
 
2013-10-06 02:54:12 PM  

Glitchwerks: If the author is going to go through his 80s record collection and review the lyrics, it will be interesting when he gets to this.

[discos80.com image 400x400]


hahahaha
Yes....I would like to see his review of "Sex Dwarf"
 
2013-10-06 03:08:05 PM  

LewDux: Ed Grubermann: It also marks the point where their music went from interesting to dogshiat.

Meanstreet-member-like typing detected


No idea what you're talking about. Still not sure how Human League went from social commentary to dance club trash.
 
2013-10-06 03:27:59 PM  

Ed Grubermann: LewDux: Ed Grubermann: It also marks the point where their music went from interesting to dogshiat.

Meanstreet-member-like typing detected

No idea what you're talking about. Still not sure how Human League went from social commentary to dance club trash.


Sorry, missed "their"
Meanstreat was band that sacked Gary Numan for being too creative
/can't listen to HL albums, for some reason Phillip' Okey's voice irritates me
 
2013-10-06 05:23:48 PM  

Glitchwerks: Coco LaFemme: The author should focus on the original then, because Soft Cell covered it.

I wasn't talking about "Tainted Love."


Luring disco dollies to a life of vice...
 
2013-10-06 05:29:16 PM  
I don't like that chicken-clucking commercial very much.
 
2013-10-06 05:30:44 PM  
Silly, but then again blogs are basically designed for those moments of minor inspiration, like when you're cruising in your car listening to the radio and your brain finally solves the puzzle of that one song you danced to at your cousin's wedding
 
2013-10-06 06:15:33 PM  
Melissa Etheridge brought the same stalker vibe to her cover of Dolly's 'I will Always Love You' that she had on her own 'I want To Come Over'.
 
2013-10-06 06:59:43 PM  
I just wonder how they ever recovered from all the arm dancing in that video.
 
2013-10-06 08:48:27 PM  
Next week we reveal the terrifying inspiration behind Culture Club's "Karma Chameleon"
 
2013-10-06 09:06:13 PM  
Young teacher the subject
Of school girl fantasy
She wants him so badly
Knows what she wants to be

Inside her there's longing
This girl's an open page
Book marking she's so close now
This girl is half his age

Don't stand, don't stand so
Don't stand so close to me
Don't stand, don't stand so
Don't stand so close to me

Her friends are so jealous
You know how bad girls get
Sometimes it's not so easy
To be the teacher's pet

Temptation, frustration
So bad it makes him cry
Wet bus stop, she's waiting
His car is warm and dry

Don't stand, don't stand so
Don't stand so close to me
Don't stand, don't stand so
Don't stand so close to me

Loose talk in the classroom
To hurt they try and try
Strong words in the staff room
The accusations fly

It's no use he sees her
He starts to shake and cough
Just like the old man in
That book by Nabokov

Don't stand, don't stand so
Don't stand so close to me
Don't stand, don't stand so
Don't stand so close to me

Don't stand, don't stand so
(Please don't stand so close to me)
Don't stand so close to me

(Please don't stand so close to me)
Don't stand, don't stand so
Don't stand so close to me

(Please don't stand so close to me)
Don't stand, don't stand so
Don't stand so close to me

(Please don't stand so close to me)
Don't stand, don't stand so
Don't stand so close to me

(Please don't stand so close to me)
Don't stand, don't stand so
Don't stand so close to me

The Police - Don't Stand So Close To Me
 
2013-10-06 09:12:37 PM  
Flip the 45 over to the other side and really have a shiat fit,   "It took seconds of your time to take his life"
 
2013-10-06 09:20:32 PM  
I thought it was an earworm designed to make you want to attack Human League.
 
2013-10-06 09:25:29 PM  

Lady Indica: ...

(Please don't stand so close to me)
Don't stand, don't stand so
Don't stand so close to me

The Police - Don't Stand So Close To Me


Uh, ok. Thanks for that.

Tequila.
Tequila
Tequila.

The Champs -- Tequila.
 
2013-10-06 10:06:55 PM  
Yes, but in the Rolling Stones 'Satisfaction'; the guy, the protagonist is attempting to achieve some sort of self-actualization, brought about by circumstances that are clearly beyond his control.

For example, our protagonist cites his attempts to achieve self-actualization through emulating male characters that he encounters while watching television.  He quickly realizes his folly, when he deftly notes that the second character may be offering diametrically opposing advice on life, as that man doesn't consume the same corporately branded cigarette product as our protagonist.

However, through it all, our protagonist remains steadfast in his quest for self-actualization by chanting repeatedly, "But I try!".  This in an attempt to assure his intended audience that, although this particular challenge IS daunting, he hasn't yet given up on the task.

I am not sure if this is a cautionary tale, or it's an inspirational tale as there is no clear follow-up song in which we encounter said protagonist, nor is there any intimation on his whereabouts or progress in the years and decades since.
 
2013-10-06 11:36:56 PM  

Lady Indica: The Police - Don't Stand So Close To Me


Hey, hey hey--he married that girl.
 
2013-10-07 12:57:31 AM  

Foxxinnia: I can't believe it took humanity over thirty years to discover the secrets behind "Don't You Want Me." Thank you brave blogger.


It wasn't really a secret, was it?
 
2013-10-07 02:53:18 AM  
Lady Indica:

The Police - Don't Stand So Close To Me

I can't hear this without seeing Chris Kattan auditioning to be a backup dancer.  (Obviously an SNL skit from the late '90's, but YouTube fails me.)
 
2013-10-07 11:42:01 AM  
Cyndi Lauper's "She Bop" has somewhat disturbing lyrics and a haunting arrangement.
 
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