"Tomorrow We'll See" as written by and Gordon Sumner....
The streets are wet
The lights have yet
To shed their tawdry lustre on the scene
My skirt's too short
My tights have run
These new heels are killing me
My second pack of cigarettes
It's a slow night but there's time yet
Here comes John from his other life
He may be driving to his wife
But he'll slow down take a look
I've learned to read them just like books
And it's already half past ten
But they'll be back again
Headlights in the rainy street
I check, make sure it's not the heat
I wink, I smile, I wave my hand
He stops and seems to understand
The small transaction we must make
I tell him that my heart will break
If he's not a generous man
I step into his van
They say the first is the hardest trick
And after that it's just a matter of logic
They have the money I have the time
Being pretty's my only crime
You ask what future do I see
I say it's really up to me
I don't need forgiving
I'm just making a living
Don't judge me
You could be me in another life
In another set of circumstances
Don't judge me
One more night I'll just have to take my chances
And tomorrow we'll see
A friend of mine he wound up dead
His dress was stained the colour red
No next of kin no fixed abode
Another victim on this road
The police just carted him away
But someone took his place next day
He was home by thanksgiving
But not with the living
Don't judge me
You could be me in another life
In another set of circumstances
Don't judge me
One more night I'll just have to take my chances
And no it's just not in my plan
For someone to care who I am
I'm walking the streets for money
It's the business of love, 'hey honey'
C'mon, don't leave me lonely, don't leave me sad
It'll be the sweetest five minutes you ever had
Don't judge me
You could be me in another life
In another set of circumstances
Don't judge me
One more night I'll just have to take my chances
And tomorrow we'll see



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"Tomorrow We'll See" as written by Gordon Sumner

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    General CommentThis song was written either for or about a documentary on teenage transvestite prostitutes in Brazil. The film is called "The Boys From Brazil," and was produced by Sting's wife Trudie Styler.
    thedouglason November 22, 2004   Link
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    General Commentuge. i liked it before i knew it was about tranvestites. Nothing against them but geez...
    sixedhearton June 03, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwell, first off the lyrics on this page are wrong.

    Headlights in the rainy street
    I check, make sure it's not the heat
    I wink, I smile, I wave my hand
    He stops and seems to understand
    The small transaction we must make
    I tell him that my heart will break
    If he's not a generous man
    I step into his van


    "The small transaction we must make" should be "A smart transsexual we be"

    Suddenly the song is not very surprising. I actually like this song. Good structure (as is typical of Sting's songs) and nice imagry.
    rogerstigerson June 29, 2006   Link
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    General Commenter, I meant to type "A smart transsexual we must be"
    rogerstigerson June 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentActually... the lyrics are correct. Its not "A smart transsezual we must be" and it is about transsexual prostitutes and how difficult life is for them. I love this song... I think it's one of his best... and definitely the best on Brand New Day
    UrbanLAPixieon December 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentTeenage transvestite prostitutes? I didn't even know such a cruel "job" exists! I've always wondered why he's refering to the friend that ended up dead as a "he". I mean, sure, there are male prostitutes too but it's not very common (at least in our society).

    Anyway, not knowing what this song was actually about, I've always seen it as Roxanne's answer to the young man who loved her so desperately. ; )
    She's trying to explain why she can't come with him: She's somehow trapped in her way of life but she's also afraid to leave this life. As horrible as it may seem to us, it's her everyday routine - she's good at her job and it's the only life she knows. She'd rather carry on "walking the streets for money" than trying to get out and maybe risking not succeeding in a new life.

    I think this is a general problem of many prostitutes/criminals. They are so used to the life they are living that they are afraid to leave it behind because they think it's the only thing they are good at. And they hide their fears behind the excuse that it's only "one more night and tomorrow we'll see".
    WhiteWolfDiefon September 18, 2009   Link
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    General CommentSting uses the method of finishing the music, then going for a walk and listening to it on his iPod and letting his imagination create a story.

    The story for this is about a male transexual prostitute.

    youtube.com/…

    The entire explanation by the man himself is here.
    speedfuntomon February 07, 2011   Link

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