"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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    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 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
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    General CommentI've thought that the lines:

    >You're not the kind that needs to tell me
    >About the birds and the bees

    ...could be interpreted not just to be about sex, but also about procreation. So, I think it's possible to see this as a breakup song in which the female is pregnant. And, thinking of it that way, then it could either be that she's not telling him (so he's found out about it by another means) or he's saying that she didn't need to be so condescending when telling him.

    Obviously there's lots of interpretations, but I find the idea of a failed romance that involves a pregnancy much more complicated, poignant, and interesting.

    In my mind, I've built a mental picture where she's leaving him, letting him know that she'd gotten pregnant and now she's getting an abortion. I see the song as his reaction now that he's powerless. His words are directed at her, but it seems as if he's really just speaking to himself- she dumped him via a letter and he's only getting gossip about her ('I've actually heard').

    At first he's kind of lashing out and exerting his independence as a kind of 'I'll show you' mentality, but then at the end we see that really he's hurting with the more somber repitition of 'I've lost you'.
    tetsuo29on May 21, 2007   Link
  • +1
    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
  • 0
    General Commentthis songs about sex, pretty much. its obvious in the line "and im not the kind that likes to tell you/just what you want me to/youre not the kind that that needs to tell me/about the birds and the bees" and the title, as well.
    airgaleon April 12, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti agree that the song is about sex, but i always picture the relationship to be a younger boy with an older woman. It seems to me that the relationship was supposed to be strictly sex but then there were all these feelings that came with it. "you're not the kind that needs to tell me about the birds &the bees", usually it's left up to an adult to explain that. In the end she leaves him, but he still sees her around &her presence still lingers- hence the "won't you please let me go? these words lie inside, they hurt me so." He's hurt &he misses her, but he just wishes he could get past it. hm. but maybe i'm dumb.
    _aeronauticalon December 24, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree pretty much with somalive and aeronautical...not much to add other than that this is such a catchy song.
    ecstacyveeon March 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentcatchy song
    publicon April 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is featured in the new trailer for Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette. The shots and this music make a cool match.
    artemis_ebbon May 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    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

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