Oh I, I just died in your arms tonight
It must have been something you said
I just died in your arms tonight

I keep looking for something I can't get
Broken hearts lie all around me
And I don't see an easy way to get out of this
Her diary, it sits by the bedside table
The curtains are closed, the cats in the cradle
Who would've thought that a boy like me could come to this

Oh-oh-oh woh I, I just died in your arms tonight
It must have been something you said
I just died in your arms tonight
Oh-oh-oh woh, oh I, I just died in your arms tonight
It must have been some kinda kiss
I should have walked away, I should have walked away

Is there any just cause for feeling like this
On the surface I'm a name on a list
I try to be discreet but then blow it again
I've lost and found, it's my final mistake
She's loving by proxy, no give and all take
'Cause I've been thrilled to fantasy one too many times

Oh-oh-oh woh I, I just died in your arms tonight
It must have been something you said
I just died in your arms tonight
Woh-oh-oh I, I just died in your arms tonight
It must have been some kinda kiss
I should have walked away, I should have walked away

It was a long hot night
But she made it easy, she made it feel right
But now it's over, the moment has gone
I followed my hands not my head, I know I was wrong

Oh I, I just died in your arms tonight
It must have been something you said
I just died in your arms tonight
Oh I, I just died in your arms tonight
It must have been some kinda kiss
I should have walked away, I should have walked away


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  • +3
    General CommentPersonally, I think "deluded" is right on the money.

    Essentially, the narrator has fallen in deep for this woman, but he's found out that he's just "a name on a list"--he's one of many other conquests for this woman. He knows he's in trouble, but he can't help himself. What he thought was a one night stand has grown beyond his ability to control it.

    This is a very interesting switch of the usual roles--the man is the innocent, here, and the woman is the playa.

    About the word "died"--this isn't a literal death, and I don't really think he's talking about an orgasm, per se. Instead, he's talking indirectly about this situation he's in. He might as well be dead, because he knows how badly this is going to hurt when all is said and done, very much like the phrase "I died of embarassment." He even talks about it being his "final mistake," as if this hurt will be *very* bad.

    This is open to interpretation, however. I concede that the reverse interpretation is also valid--that he tried to play this woman and fell deeply in love with her. Only Nick Van Eede knows for sure. ;)

    This is definitely one of my favorite songs from the 80's.
    tomd1969on February 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is a song about a dude who got involved in a relationship for a quick bit of fun or on the heat of the moment. However, it has gotten deep and he must've told lies about himself and now he has gotten too far in. However, she must be a player of some sort 'cos she has broken hearts before and he is just a name on her list so to speak. That is my quick take.
    foreverafternoonon August 25, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commentgood, but not the whole, here's the rest. the guy wanted a quickie, and that ws it. but then he died. not dead, but his old player self died, and he was reborn casue he fekll right in love with her. hey it happens. and when it happens to people of the player persuasion, it happens quick.,. so this guy is in love and now has to tell her all about his past, and it hurts, but he can't keep anyhting form her. that's my tke anyway
    fastfingerzon September 13, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commenttwo thoughts....

    one, it almost sounds like the girl was a prostitute. whether he fell in love with her or not is irrelevant, but it was a decision made in the heat of the moment that he regretted.

    two...i totally agree with what everyone else has said about how he loves someone who doesnt love him back, but the song is written so loosely it could almost be the opposite too...as in he knows that it is wrong to do whatever he did with the girl because it is leading her on, but he got into it at the heat of the moment. well, it probably still makes more sense the other way.
    it could also be about a physical relationship that interferes with (or was constructed with the idea of benefitting) work, and now hes realizing he is in a very sticky situation.

    anyway, amazing song...leave more comments....
    i absoultely love the line "i should have walked away"
    thumbelinaon April 13, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentokay, so i know i was the last person to comment on this song so i look like a total loser, but whatever.

    so today i learned that "died" in shakespearean times could be used to mean having an orgasm. and i immediately thought of this song.

    anyway, that sort of puts an interesting spin on things. just wanted to throw that out there
    thumbelinaon May 03, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song definitely has the sexual element to it..
    ""It was a long hot night
    she made it easy, she made it feel right
    But now it's over, the moment has gone
    I followed my hands not my head, I know I was wrong"
    If you ask me, this girl was kind of like the 'IT' girl, that everyone seems to be falling for
    "Broken hearts lie all around me" and he himself doesnt see himself getting out of the situation with ease. Its just the effect the girl has on people..because of her stunning exterior, or how good she is in bed, would be anyone's guess.
    Guess the Diary part/segment of the song is pretty obvious, he just happens to chance upon her little book of secrets, and takes a dig at it, something very uncharacteristic of himself by his own standards.
    What he finds inside, my take on it would be, as it was sung "Is there any just cause for feeling like this
    On the surface I'm a name on a list
    I try to be discreet but then blow it again
    I've lost and found, it's my final mistake
    She's loving by proxy, no give and all take
    'Cause I've been thrilled to fantasy one too many times" he wasnt the first to have come across her estatic sexual prowress. he's just a name for the books,just having a fling with him.

    "whoaaaaa whoaa, oh I just died in your arms tonight etc..."
    Just proves to show how much of a drug she's alikened too, but he's in too deep, there's no turning back..he knows its probably bad news, but He's in love with her.
    So this is my guess on it,
    Its one heck of a classic slow rock-ballad track, one of the absolute best,
    if you guys intepret anything differently please do put it up here
    deludedon August 08, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhile Tomd and Deluded seem to be right, the more I read the lyrics, the more it seems Thumbelina was on to something with the prostitute idea. There's several lines that would imply this.

    "I'm a name on a list" and "All take and no give" would definately imply this. Also "Who would've thought a boy like me could come to this?" and "I should've walked away" would imply the regret of going with that kind of girl.

    I think a big line to note was "Loving by proxy" though. As an adjective "proxy" means "acting as substitute for another" which well... Apply that line to a woman and lights flash prostitute all over.

    And the very last verse -
    "It was a long hot night
    But she made it easy, she made it feel right
    But now it's over, the moment has gone
    I followed my hands not my head, I know I was wrong"

    Going to a prostitute would be uneasy and tense, but it's their job to make it feel easy/right, as she did. In the end, if you replace hands with "little man" (if you get my drift), it makes a lot more sense. And in the heat of the moment, using your head isn't really how it goes down.

    So, a different take, but I'm not sure exactly what Cutting Crew intended.
    kakitayurion September 21, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOccassionaly I wonder about literacy in this country. Try looking at it fromt he opposite direction. Someone looking for love gets shafted by someone looking for sex.
    My 2 centimeson December 02, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHe only wanted an one night thing but fell in love with her after all, and now he's not feeling like himself. It definitely has something sexual in it, but has got nothing to do with premature ejaculation :S.
    He just realised he wants more than this, but that's so not like him. It's a conflict inside him.
    moulin.rouge2001on December 06, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI can't see a prostitute having a diary on her bedside table for the clients to peek at, so my interpretation is that she's married - and he may be involved with someone, too. "Broken hearts lie all around me" - that's everyone who stands to get hurt by this relationship aside from the singer. "Try to be discreet" - works for affairs as well as seeing prostitutes. "Loving by proxy" could mean an absent husband she tries to replace with a string of lovers. And in the end, he feels both used and guilty.
    meroveuson March 29, 2008   Link

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