Song Lyric Sunday: “West End Girls”

Helen’s prompt for today is “girls,” and this was the first song I thought of. If someone else uses it, I don’t mind.

“West End Girls” was written and performed by by Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, The Pet Shop Boys. Wikipedia tells us, “The song is influenced by hip hop music, with lyrics concerned with class and the pressures of inner-city life which were inspired partly by T. S. Eliot’s poem The Waste Land.” It generally received favorable reviews and reached #1 in the US, Canada, the UK, New Zealand, Finland and Norway and also topped the US Dance Club Songs chart in 1984.

The Lyrics, via AZLyrics:

Sometimes you’re better off dead
There’s gun in your hand and it’s pointing at your head
You think you’re mad, too unstable
Kicking in chairs and knocking down tables
In a restaurant in a West End town
Call the police, there’s a madman around
Running down underground to a dive bar
In a West End town

In a West End town, a dead end world
The East End boys and West End girls
In a West End town, a dead end world
The East End boys and West End girls
West End girls

Too many shadows, whispering voices
Faces on posters, too many choices
If, when, why, what?
How much have you got?
Have you got it, do you get it, if so, how often?
And which do you choose, a hard or soft option?
(How much do you need?)

In a West End town, a dead end world
The East End boys and West End girls
In a West End town, a dead end world
The East End boys and West End girls
West End girls
West End girls

(How much do you need?)

In a West End town, a dead end world
The East End boys and West End girls
Oooh West End town, a dead end world
East End boys, West End Girls
West End girls

You’ve got a heart of glass or a heart of stone
Just you wait ’til I get you home
We’ve got no future, we’ve got no past
Here today, built to last
In every city, in every nation
From Lake Geneva to the Finland station
(How far have you been?)

In a West End town, a dead end world
The East End boys and West End girls
A West End town, a dead end world
East End Boys, West End girls
West End girls

West End girls

West End girls
(How far have you been?)

Girls
East End boys
And West End girls
And West End girls
(… forever)
And West End girls
(How far have you been?)

East End boys
The West End girls
The West End boys
And West End girls

The West End girls
The West End boys
The West End girls

And that’s Song Lyric Sunday for December 16, 2018.

17 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: “West End Girls”

  1. Most interesting song! Parts of the song, not the lyrics but the music, remind me of another song. Of course, I can’t think of it! I’ll have to do some research. 🙂

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  2. I always try to visit, especially on Song Lyric Sunday. Always hear some great new songs and their artist that are new to me. Happy Sunday Mr. John and hope your holiday season is going good. Blessings

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  3. I discovered this song when I found out about The West End Girls and their cover from a blog that features unheard artists. I like their version slightly better than the original (sorry, I love Pet Shop Boys though) because it is more coherent and more uniform. But then again I do like Pet Shop Boys because of the deep notes featured at the conclusion of the chorus when they sing “West End Girls”..You can hear The Wed End Girls’ version here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDZlgpgcHjw

    I do like Pet Shop Boys though. I like “Domino Dancing” (West End Girls covered this too) and “Heart” (I love Eurobeat). My favorite is their 94 song “Absolutely Fabulous” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YjDMmjgKec) for the same-named British comedy.

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