"Age Of Consent" as written by and Stephen Paul David/hook Morris....
Won't you please let me go
These words lie inside they hurt me so
And I'm not the kind that likes to tell you
Just what I want to do
I'm not the kind that needs to tell you
Just what you, want me to

I saw you this morning, I thought that you might like to know
I received your message in full a few days ago
I understood every word that it said
And now that I've actually heard it, you're going to regret

And I'm not the kind that likes to tell you
Just what you want me to
You're not the kind that needs to tell me
About the birds and the bees

Do you find this happens all the time
Crucial point one day becomes a crime
And I'm not the kind that likes to tell you
Just what I want to do
I'm not the kind that needs to tell you

I've lost you, I've lost you
I've lost you, I've lost you
I've lost you

I've lost you, I've lost you
I've lost you, I've lost you
I've lost you

I've lost you, I've lost you
I've lost you, I've lost you
I've lost you


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"Age of Consent" as written by Gillian Lesley Gilbert Bernard (gb 2) Sumner

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  • +1
    General CommentI think its about an older guy and a younger girl and he wants her to let him go because its wrong and he doesn't want to tell her how he feels about her because he knows the relationship can't go anywhere
    HeythereDelilahon May 25, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe starting chords of this song make me melt every time...
    mcooneyon July 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe title obviously leads you to think it might be about a younger person in a relationship with an older person, but I think that this is a piece of sly misdirection. In this case, I think the "consent" in the title refers to the narrators right to choose their own path ("I'm not the kind that likes to tell you/ Just what I want to do.")

    Maybe it's just because of Bernard's sexuality, but I always imagine this song as being about a gay couple, and the narrator wants to explore other relationships and possibilities but is being held back.

    The bit that gets to me is "Do you find this happens all the time/ Crucial point one day becomes a crime." Maybe it has been OK to sleep around before, but the partner suddenly takes offence as a method of controlling their wayward lover?
    Shotgunnon January 02, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti used to interpret this song being about a couple, one of whom is under the age of consent.

    however, on strong reflection i think it's actually about a parent/child relationship - the child is young and reckless getting into trouble with the authorities (one day becomes a crime) and rebellious (not the kind to tell you just what you want me to, also now that i've heard [the message] you're going to regret); i'm imagining a runaway (let me go... and later, i've lost you, upon reflection of what they've done). the relationship was lacking in communication (i'm not the kind who likes to tell you... you're not the kind who needs to tell me) and possibly emotionally abusive (these words lie inside they hurt) - the birds and the bees discussion being one that parents are supposed to have with their children.

    in the end the longing (i saw you this morning, thought you'd like to know) for a better relationship leads to despair because the two can't reconcile
    deathscythe257on November 29, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAnybody else noticed that target used the opening for this in one of their ads? eh?
    mediocremurphyon November 04, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is about the perfect relationship gone sour. I think that the two people understood each other quite well, ("I'm not the kind who likes to tell you...") but something got cocked up in there resulting in their breakup/estrangement("I've lost you...". I also think this is one of the best love songs ever written, and that bass line is divine!

    I really like deathscythe's interpretation as well, makes a lot of sense!
    ajklopotoskion February 27, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is 100% about my boyfriend, Lorne Armstrong. Chris wouldn't let him go. My lies hurt him. I wasn't the type who liked to tell him just what I wanted to do, and he wasn't the type who needed to be telling me about the birds and the bees. I received his poems on MySpace and got his offlines. He regrets sending those to me now. I talked to Derek and ended up losing him.
    KaylaArmstrongon January 05, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think it's just about a purely physical relationship. Sounds like the guy actually might care for the girl but is just being hurt over and over.
    Somaliveon December 18, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentcatchy song
    publicon April 16, 2006   Link
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    General CommentActually, the song heard on the trailer of "Marie Antoniette" is "Ceremony".
    Alienoon June 26, 2006   Link

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