Pet Shop Boys

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Performing in Turku, Finland in 1997

Pet Shop Boys are an English electronic pop duo, formed in London in 1981 and consisting of Neil Tennant (main vocals, keyboards, occasional guitar) and Chris Lowe (keyboards, occasional vocals).

Song Lyrics

  • There where the air is free
    we'll be what we want to be
    Now if we make a stand
    we'll find our promised land

Actually (1987)

  • We never ever argue, we never calculate
    The currency we've spent
    (Ooooh) I love you, oh, you pay my rent
    • Rent

Behaviour (1990)

  • All the people I was kissing,
    Some are here and some are missing,
    In the nineteen-nineties....
    But I thought in spite of dreams
    You'd be sitting somewhere here with me.
  • I dreamt I was back in uniform
    And a candidate for examination
    History - someone had blunder'd -
    And a voice rapped, 'Knuckle under'
    Living on the law just short of delusion
    When we fall in love, there's confusion
    This must be the place I waited years to leave
    • This must be the place I waited years to leave

Please (1986)

  • Sometimes you're better off dead;
    There's a 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 mad man 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.

  • Break a window by the town hall, listen, the siren screams
    There in the distance like a roll-call of all the suburban dreams...
    I only wanted something else to do but hang around...
  • That Zazou, he don't care
    Dark glasses, long hair...
    Sips his drinks, orders more,
    Says what he thinks, and it's a crazy war.
    • In the night

Actually (1987)

  • When I look back upon my life
    It's always with a sense of shame
    I've always been the one to blame
    For everything I long to do
    No matter where or when or who
    Has one thing in common too:
    It's a sin.
  • Everything I've ever done
    Everything I ever do
    Every place I've ever been
    Everywhere I'm going to.
    • It's a Sin
  • I reserve the right to live
    My life this way, and I don't give
    A damn when other people say
    I'll pay the price that others pay

Very (1993)

  • She's made you some kind of laughing stock
    Because you dance to disco and you don't like rock
    She made fun of you and even in bed
    Said she was going to go and get herself a real man instead
  • To free in me the trust I never dared
    I always thought the risk too great
    But suddenly, I don't hesitate
    So take my hand, don't think of complications
    Now, right now, your love is liberation
  • I feel like taking all my clothes off and dancing to The Rite of Spring.
I wouldn't normally do this kind of thing
  • Don't call me pathetic;
    I'm higher than you'll ever guess
    And relentlessly tough, 'cause when the going gets rough
    The tough get their pictures in the press
    • Shameless

Bilingual (1996)

  • What I wanted to be was a family man,
    But Nature had some alternative plans.
    • Metamorphosis
  • ...but here am I;
    Once a caterpillar, now a butterfly.
    • Metamorphosis
  • The more that you hate, the more that it grates.
    • Up Against It
  • I look from my window down to the square
    At workers still queueing patiently there
    For market forces to provide
    What history so far has denied
    For a different kind of fate
    Than to labour long and always wait...
    • To Step Aside
  • Give me hope, give me all your love
    Tell me now you're coming home tonight
    Have some faith in the love we share
    Is it fate? Does darkness end in light?
    Never been closer to heaven – never been further away...
    • Closer to heaven

Release (2002)

  • My father fought in Afghanistan
    His widows pension aint worth a damn
    My mother works and goes home to cry
    I want to live before I die
  • So my baby's on the road, doing business, selling loads,
    Charming everyone there with the sweetest smile...
    Oh tonight I miss you, oh tonight I wish you
    Would be here with me, but I won't see you
    Till you've made it back again home and dry...
  • You've got a home here
    Call it what you want
    You've got a home here
    You're gonna want it when you can't
    face the world and you need
    some support to succeed
    You've got a home
    • Here

PopArt (2003)

  • The sunset is deeper and longer
    The scent of the jasmine is stronger
    Stray dogs don't bite, birds start to sing
    Lightning daren't strike, you suddenly bring
    Bluer skies...

Concrete (2006)

  • Dreaming of the Queen
    Visiting for tea
    You and her and I
    and Lady Di
    The Queen said, I'm aghast
    Love never seems to last
    However hard you try
    And Di replied
    That there are no more lovers left alive...
    • Dreaming of the Queen
  • Remember when you were more easily led
    Behind the cricket pavillion and the bicycle shed
    Trembling as your dreams came true
    You looked up into those blue eyes and knew
    It was love, and now you can't pretend
    You've forgotten all the promises of that first friend...
    "Can you forgive her?"
    Consider for a minute who you are
    What you'd like to change, never mind the scars
    Bury the past, empty the shelf
    Decide it's time to reinvent yourself
  • Before we ever met I thought like everybody did
    You were just a moron, a billion-dollar kid
    You flew up all the way like a hawk chasing a dove
    I never thought that I would be a sacrifice in love

Bilingual (1996)

  • But for all of those who don't fit in,
    Who follow their instincts and are told they sin,
    This is a prayer for a different way.
  • Will I get in your way or open your eyes?
    Who will give whom the bigger surprise?
    Young offender, how you resent
    The lovers you need; it hurts when they bleed...
    • Young offender
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