"Goody Two Shoes" as written by Adam Ant and Marco Pirroni....
With the heartbreak open
So much you can't hide
Put on a little make-up, make-up
Make sure they get your good side good side

If the words unspoken
Get stuck in your throat
Send a treasure token, token
Write it on a pound note, pound note

Goody two, goody two, goody goody two shoes
Goody two, goody two, goody goody two shoes

Don't drink don't smoke - what do you do?
You don't drink don't smoke - what do you do?
Subtle innuendoes follow
There must be something inside

We don't follow fashion
That would be a joke
You know we're gonna set them, set them
So everyone can take note, take note

When they saw you kneeling
Crying words that you mean
Opening their eyeballs, eyeballs
Pretending that you're al green, al green

Goody two, goody two, goody goody two shoes
Goody two, goody two, goody goody two shoes

Don't drink don't smoke - what do you do?
You don't drink don't smoke - what do you do?
Subtle innuendoes follow
Must be something inside

No one's gonna tell me
What's wrong or what's right
Or tell me who to eat with, sleep with
Or that I've won the big fight, big fight

Look out or they'll tell you
You're a "superstar"
Two weeks and you're an all time legend
I think the games have gone much too far

If the words unspoken
Get stuck in your throat
Send a treasure token, token
Write it on a pound note, pound note

Don't drink don't smoke - what do you do?
You don't drink don't smoke - what do you do?
Subtle innuendoes follow
Must be something inside (he's hiding)



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"Goody Two Shoes" as written by Adam Ant Marco Pirroni

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  • +2
    Song MeaningAdam Ant actually explained it himself by saying that from day one he always went at music like an athlete, meaning that he didn't drink, smoke, or do any drugs. The reason for the band breaking up and Adam going solo was actually because some of the band had started dipping into the drug scene we all know was rampant in the 80's. As for the "what do you do" was, he has never said and probably will never say because he claims that it's noone's business.
    Ms_Clairelyseon May 31, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think the Don't drink don't smoke - what do you do? thing is about the press questioning him. I think Adam didn't drink or smoke so they wondered what exactly he did do
    antmannon June 11, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the lyrics are self explanatory. Like Gary Numan, Adam sang a lot about the ups and downs of being famous.
    This was Adam's first big hit in the US. His sound was much less interesting at this point, which is partially why it became a hit. It IS a catchy pop tune but far from his best.
    MrLongroveon January 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about someone who has a lot of sex, but doesn't drink or smoke. It is being sly and implying things.
    1fishon September 18, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbasically, this person is undercover cool
    two tone beaton August 12, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSome of the lyrics are wrong, Im sorry but I think they are. I love this song though. My friends and I sing and dance to it.. Sorry for whoever wrote these. You still rock for posting them!!
    Zarilloluveron August 29, 2009   Link
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    General CommentEarly '80's...young guy with lotsa $$...and apparently he's "sexy"...uhm cocaine might splain dis song.lol No really I think has sunthin to do with someone not actually engaging in any actual
    vices other be promiscuous.
    Thia007on November 17, 2011   Link
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    General CommentOn the face of it they seem to be about fame, appearing to be very clean living, and at the same time hinting that he is interested in sex rather than intoxicants.

    I am probably reading far too much into them but Adam Ant is someone who had a mystical/psychotic experience and there is something about these lyrics, that make me think that they may also be about an altered state of consciousness, or my axe to grind.

    A little preamble. Derrida claims that the Western world, our philosophy, religion, and self above all, centre on the experience of hearing oneself speak in ones head. We usually assume that the phoneme are accompanied by ideas which we call to mind via the phonemes, to weigh up the ideas, or practice saying them to others. Derrida however believes that there is no duality (phoneme in the head, plus idea, concept whatever) except in time. We say things to ourselves, and then we hear and react to them. By doing this we create in ourselves a sort of radio play with one actor and two personae who act out a sordid love affair inside our heads. Derrida illustrates this with his book "The Post Card" which appears to be a collection of auto-erotic, homo-erotic, self-addressed, postcards. Derrida links the way in which language gets inside us to the myth of the fall in Genesis.

    Adam Ant also named himself Adam after Adam in Genesis and as an ant, some how minute in comparison to that which he had experienced.

    The verse

    If the words unspoken,
    Get stuck in your throat
    Send a treasure token, token,
    Write it on a pound note, pound note

    Remind me of the Fall (Adam's apple stuck in your throat), and Derrida's gambit, comparing words in the mind to those written on post cards.

    This verse, seems so straight forward till the final line.

    Don't drink don't smoke - what do you do?
    You don't drink don't smoke - what do you do?
    Subtle innuendoes follow,
    There must be something inside

    It sounds like he is being asked what he is into. And the subtle innuendoes suggests that he is into sex (as he was, by all accounts) but what is the "There must be something inside" bit? Again, this reminds me of Derrida and the internal love affair.

    Then there are some verses that seem to be about fame, but once again, returning to the words stuck in his throat. I am sure that I am reading too much into this!
    timtakon February 24, 2015   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI know nothing about this song, but i really love it.
    cutie_carnivoreon February 16, 2006   Link

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