Crap Lyrics Of The 1980s (Part Two)

I thought I had unearthed all of the decade’s stinkers in’s extensive first round-up.

But it turns out that we were just scratching the surface. And I feel pretty confident that there will be many more to highlight as the weeks, months and years roll by.

So here we go again with some more logic-defying, ill-conceived, harebrained – and sometimes just plain weird – song lyrics of the 1980s. China Crisis obsessives: look away now…


Most of my friends were strangers when I met them.’

BROS: ‘I Quit’


Why do you do that poor man thing/Why do you do that poor man/All of my life it’s as sharp as the bigger the punch I’m feeling.’

CHINA CRISIS: ‘Bigger The Punch I’m Feeling’


‘Work in my world/Put up for sale/You buy you me/I buy me you.’

CHINA CRISIS: ‘The Highest High’


This wreckage I call me/Would like to frame your voice.’

GARY NUMAN: ‘This Wreckage’


We made our love on wasteland/And through the barricades.’

SPANDAU BALLET: ‘Through The Barricades’


All we want is our lives to be free/If we can’t be free then we don’t want to be we.’



‘If I was you/If I was you/I wouldn’t treat me the way you do.’

EIGHTH WONDER: ‘I’m Not Scared’


Words don’t come easy to me/How can I find a way/To make you see I love you?’

FR DAVID: ‘Words’

(How about saying the words ‘I love you’? Ed.)


‘I’m young and free and single/I just want to mingle with you, lady’

SUNFIRE: ‘Young Free And Single’


Can’t complain/Mustn’t grumble/Help yourself to another piece of apple crumble.’

ABC: ‘That Was Then But This Is Now’


Hello, hello, hope you’re feeling fine/Hello, hello, hope you’re feeling mine/Hello, hello, hope you’re feeling time.’

NICK HEYWARD: ‘Whistle Down The Wind’


A motivated, liquidated nightmare/Like a baby with a laser on a rocking chair.’

IT BITES: ‘Black December’

12 thoughts on “Crap Lyrics Of The 1980s (Part Two)

  1. Sting could fill up a whole blog post single-handedly.

    I will listen hard to your tuition
    And you will see it come to its fruition

    I asked my dog what he thought the best in man
    He said, “The love you dispense to me twice daily from a can.

    Poets, priests, and politicians
    Have words to thank for their positions
    Words that scream for your submission
    And no one’s jammin’ their transmission

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  2. Gems! Jewels of lyrical magnificence! No-one could argue with –
    ‘I’m young and free and single
    I just want to mingle with you, lady’
    Mind you, I always winced at the line from the Spandau Ballet. Does sound painful.

    But the ABC is simply the best.

    Keep working on Part III.

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    • Yeah, the ‘young and free and single’ one is surely one of the worst chat-up lines ever. It might have worked in the States back in the early ’80s but would have prompted a slap in deepest South-West London…
      Agree with you about Spandau. Desperately trying to be profound, but failing.
      I almost didn’t include the ABC one because it’s quite a nice self-mocking, Brit-baiting line, but had to put it in by popular demand…

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