"Reflex" as written by Nick Rhodes, Simon Le Bon, Andy Taylor, John Taylor and Roger Andrew Taylor....
You've gone too far this time
And I'm dancing on the valentine
I tell you somebody's fooling around
With my chances on the danger line
I'll cross that bridge when I find it
Another day
To make my stand, oh oh
High time is no time for deciding
If I should find a helping hand, oh oh

Why don't you use it?
Try not to bruise it?
Buy time don't lose it

Why don't you use it?
Try not to bruise it?
Buy time don't lose it

The reflex is a lonely child
Who's waiting by the park
The reflex is a door to finding
Treasure in the dark
And watching over lucky clover
Isn't that bizarre
Every little thing the reflex does
Leaves you answered with a question mark

I'm on a ride and I want to get off
But they won't slow down the round-about
I sold the radio and TV set
Don't want to be around when this gets out

So why don't you use it?
Try not to bruise it?
Buy time don't lose it

Why don't you use it?
Try not to bruise it?
Buy time don't lose it

The reflex is a lonely child
Who's waiting in the park
The reflex is a door to finding
Treasure in the dark
And watching over lucky clover
Isn't that bizarre
Every little thing the reflex does
Leaves you answered with a question mark

So why don't you use it?
Try not to bruise it?
Buy time don't loose it

Why don't you use it?
Try not to bruise it?
Buy time don't lose it

The reflex is a lonely child
Who's waiting by the park
The reflex is a door to finding
Treasure in the dark
And watching over lucky clover
Isn't that bizarre
Every little thing the reflex does
Leaves you answered with a question mark

Oh the reflex what a game
He's hiding all the cards
The reflex is in charge of finding
Treasure in the dark
And watching over lucky clover
Isn't that bizarre
Every little thing the reflex does


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"The Reflex" as written by John Taylor Andy Taylor

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  • +4
    My Interpretation"The Reflex" means a gambling addiction.

    This song is about card-player with a gambling addiction. "I sold the radio and the TV set" is typical behavior; dad is pawning the things in the house to pay off debts or get money to get back in the game."Watching over four-leaf cover" (CLUBS) and "dancing on the valentine" (HEARTS).

    Your family suffers, because you're not there:
    "The reflex is a lonely child who is waiting by the park"
    He didn't pick up the kids when he was supposed to!

    He's sneaking through the house at night in the dark, pinching stuff to pawn for his gambling addiction.
    "The reflex is a door to finding Treasure in the dark."

    Gamblers are supersticious, looking for 4-leaf clovers, rubbing their rabbits foots, kissing the blarney stone.
    "And watching over lucky clover Isn't that bizarre" to them!

    They put everything one a sure thing and then are stunned when they lose it all.
    "Every little thing the reflex does Must be answered with a question mark."

    "The Reflex" is that rush when a gambler feels lucky and he can't help but play one more hand!! But you end up losing.

    Duran Duran's Simon LeBon had a father and a grandfather who were serious gamblers.
    chaseseqon January 10, 2014   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI always thought previously that the lyrics sounded a complete load of nonsense when hearing the song, but reading them, I think there is a deliberate meaning, even if Simon le Bon didn't think about the song for too long: the "reflex" is about his inspiration, muse or philosophy, which is based on living for today, optimism (the lucky clover), taking risks, mystery (hiding all the cards), living the high life (he needed to sell the Renoir and the TV set), sex (treasure in the dark), some bright-eyed innocence (the only child in the park) and relying on reflex action rather than dwelling too long on things or being cautious.
    finnegan63on March 08, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI always thought this song was about shooting up drugs. Here are a few lyrics that make me think that:

    High time is no time for deciding
    If I should find a helping hand

    So why don't you use it?
    Try not to bruise it (like your arm)
    Buy time don't lose it
    The reflex is an only child he's waiting in the park (a pusher waits in the park)

    I'm on a ride and I want to get off (you want to quit but you can't)
    But they won't slow down the roundabout
    I sold the Renoir and the TV set (sold stuff for $)
    Don't want to be around when this gets out
    buckybuckyon April 13, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMasturbation? Please.

    I think the drug theory is plausable, but there is so much irrelevant stuff.

    My take? I rekon this song started off with a glimour of meaning, and went of at a tangent. As with many songs, this song has lyrics that are tailored simply to fit with the last one.

    'Why don't you use it, try not to bruise it, buy time don't loose it' is typical lyrical padding out. I know, I use it a lot in my own songs. I personally Imagine this song being written around the 'Ta Na Na Na' hook, which is a stroke of genius and possibly the best device the band ever used. Its the single thing that turned me on to Duran Duran - for a long while their image put me off. Unfortunately I feel Duran's whole image set them up to date very quickley, right from being named after the evil mastermind out of 'Barberella' to the random ameteur video camera in the 'A View To Kill', and I think it detracts from their music somewhat. Wait a second, I'm getting off the subject. Yeh, I think the lyrics really were built around the phrase 'The Reflex'. It is a brilliant name for a song, but there's very little you can draw from it, so very cleverly, Duran have simply not bothered to write lyrics, just string toghether a load of phrases that are whatever you make them. So as we have seen, you can derive anything you want from it. Like Bohemian Rhapsody, everybody has a theory, but if Mercury had ever let out what that was about it would be a complete anticlimax. This song is a blank canvas on which you can paint anything you like.

    I like the masturbation theory, but there is no indication for that. As masturbation songs though, how about Pictures Of Lily by The Who? What a fantastic record.
    Sam Harrisonon December 14, 2006   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThis may be a little crass - but I always thought "reflex" was just another word for "boner".

    So why don't you use it? - Come on girl, take it.
    Try not to bruise it - But be gentle with it.
    Buy time don't lose it - And hurry up before I lose it.

    The reflex is an only child he's waiting in the park - He's always ready and willing.
    The reflex is in charge of finding treasure in the dark - Treasure in the dark = Female anatomy.
    And watching over lucky clover isn't that bizarre - Lucky clover = Female anatomy carpeting.
    Every little thing the reflex does leaves you answered with a question mark. Sex confuses everything.

    Just my interpretation.
    topazbluegirlon May 15, 2009   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningIn "Wild Boy: My Life In Duran Duran" Andy Taylor says:

    "when Simon wrote the lyrics to "The Reflex," there was a lot of speculation that the song was about Nick. According to the song, "The Reflex is in charge of finding treasure in the dark." that's what Nick would do: he was genius at finding little bits of treasure in a song.(Nick's also an only child like in "the Reflex", although Simon denies the lyrics are about him)"

    So, obviously the song is about Nick.
    fighttothedeathon May 17, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with topazbluegirl, this is about drugs.

    "You've gone too far this time" > as somebody telling him to stop doing it.
    But I'm dancing on the valentine > he cares, but he's just too high.

    Also the whole verse about being on a ride and selling stuff is a sign too.


    mcclaineon May 18, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think its about gaining confidence. It says "I'll cross that bridge when I find it. Another day to make my stand." I think he means that when he finds what he's looking for-his confidence-he'll challenge his fear.
    It says So "Why don't you use it? Try not to bruise it. Buy time don't lose it." I think this bit means that someone wants him to hurry up and make up his mind and gain his confidence quicker, but he's saying that if you do something to quickly it'll get spoilt.
    It also says "I'm on a ride and I want to get off. But they won't slow down the roundabout. I sold the Renoir and the TV set. Don't want to be around when this gets out." I think this means he tried to sell his things for confidence-or whatever he's looking for-but he doesn't want anyone to know.:)

    gaga4life98on October 21, 2011   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningI can categorically tell you all that there is little to no meaning in these lyrics - I was a teenager when this was released and a big Duran Duran fan. Various band members were interviewed at the time about the meaning and they pretty much admitted that it's all complete nonsense; they just came up with a great tune and threw in pretty much any old lyrics that rhymed.

    That's it, I'm afraid. To be honest, Duran Duran have never been known for deep and meaningful lyrics - Pink Floyd and Bob Dylan they are not.
    Bboy2on November 07, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's about not using a condom ie using one's "reflexes" instead.

    The song refers to risks and chances multiple times

    The lonely child could be the result of an unwanted pregnancy

    "High time is no time for deciding if I should find a helping hand" could be about making ill advised contraception decisions when in the middle of the act itself

    "I'm on a ride and I want to get off..." Is about not being able to stop

    "Don't want to be around when this gets out" is maybe running away when the girl gets pregnant...

    And so "why don't you use it" becomes self explanatory....

    Maybe the band didn't want to explain what it was about when asked... ;)
    Kimbo70on January 03, 2016   Link

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