"Come Undone" as written by Nick Rhodes, John Nigel Taylor, Warren Cuccurulo and Simon Lebon....
Mine, immaculate dream, made breath and skin, I've been waiting for you,
Signed, with a home tattoo, Happy birthday to you was created for you.

(Can't ever keep from falling apart.. At the seams)
(Can't I believe you're taking my heart.. to pieces)
Ahh, it'll take a little time, might take a little crime to come undone
Now we'll try to stay blind, to the hope and fear outside,
Hey child, stay wilder than the wind
And blow me in to cry.
Who do you need?
Who do you love?
When you come undone.
Who do you need?
Who do you love?
When you come undone.

Words, playing me deja vu, Like a radio tune I swear I've heard before,
Chill, is it something real, Or the magic I'm feeding off your fingers
(Can't ever keep from falling apart.. at the seams)
(Can I believe you're taking my heart.. to pieces)

Lost, in a snow filled sky, we'll make it alright, to come undone,
Now we'll try to stay blind, to the hope and fear outside,
Hey child, stay wilder than the wind -
And blow me in to cry.
Who do you need?
Who do you love?
When you come undone.


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"Come Undone" as written by Nick Rhodes John Taylor

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  • +7
    General CommentOk...bear with me, this is a little long winded...

    Mine, immaculate dream made breath and skin
    The perfect pure woman, seemingly created for him

    I've been waiting for you
    Hes kept single, waiting for a woman like her to arise

    Signed, with a home tattoo,
    He tattoos her name on himself

    Happy birthday to you was created for you
    The tattoo is a gift, a promise to this woman

    (can't ever keep from falling apart
    At the seams
    Can't I believe you're taking my heart
    To pieces)
    She sees his love, his devotion, but shes scared, shes been hurt before...shes afraid to care.

    Oh, it'll take a little time,
    Time heals all wounds

    might take a little crime
    sometimes you have to do something dangerous...nothing ventured, nothing gained

    to come undone now
    To come undone, to admit to your feelings, and open up

    (PRECHORUS)
    We'll try to stay blind
    They will ignore

    to the hope and fear outside
    what other people say, that it will last, or it wont last, whatever happens is thier affair, no one elses

    Hey child, stay wilder than the wind
    He wants her to stay the same, dont change he loves her like she is

    And blow me in to cry
    and when she thinks she cant take it anymore, he'll be there for her

    (CHORUS)
    Who do you need, who do you love
    When you come undone
    (repeat)

    (Verse 2)
    Words, playing me deja vu
    Deja vu, meaning seeming to happen again..he fears she might just be going through the motions

    Like a radio tune I swear I've heard before
    She might not actualy love him back, shes just regurgitating the words back to him

    Chill, is it something real
    He tries to stay calm, to try to think logicaly about love

    Or the magic I'm feeding off your fingers
    He wants to know if something so deep can be fake

    (Can't ever keep from falling apart
    At the seams
    Can I believe you're taking my heart
    To pieces)
    She answers him, letting him know that she is giving in to her emotions, and cares about him

    Lost, in a snow filled sky, we'll make it alright
    To come undone now
    They are lost in love together, and they will face any problems they have in the future together...


    I dunno
    AnthonyEliteon December 05, 2006   Link
  • +4
    My InterpretationI think this song is all about discovering / uncovering your true feelings, which is not always easy (might take a little time, might take a little crime) but once you do, the truth comes out and you "come undone" and then you know who you really love and need and you're in peace with yourself. It's not always easy to admit who you really love and need, even to yourself.
    venera1122on July 18, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General Comment1. come undone

    When something hits you out of left field and you can't help but cry. An unexpected solemn event that tends to swell up sad feelings.

    Something about the way she said "goodbye" made me come undone.
    ----
    I found that on urban dictionary..and it makes me think of falling apart..and then who do you run to?

    I don't know about the other parts..
    "Who do you need, who do you love
    When you come undone"
    --that's all i used.

    I loooove this song :D
    filangie08on January 11, 2007   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI Agree with the comment about breaking down gender barriers, but I don't agree that it's the only issue being tackled with this song. It's obvious to me, from listening to it, coupled with the video, that the song is about just what it says its about....coming undone. I think that every person on earth has some part of themselves that they struggle with. A part that is not part of the societal norm. (i.e. the 'health conscious' woman who is also an alcoholic, or the business man who dresses as a woman when he's home alone.) They are parts of ourselves that are deemed "Too embarrassing" for "Polite" society, and therefore are hidden away. But what happens when you do come undone? What happens when you just can't hide who you are anymore? Where do you turn to? Who? This is the overall theme of the song. I think he's telling people to look at the world from the view of a child. Children are loving, honest, and non-judgmental. They don't see differences (gender, race, religion, sexual orientation) the way adults do, because they have not yet been formatted to think that different is wrong. He's telling us to "Come Undone" from all the stereotypes we are taught to believe as gospel truth.
    "It might take a little time, might take a little crime to come undone...
    Now we'll try to stay blind to the hope and fear outside.
    Hey child, stay wilder than the wind to blow me in to cry."

    He's telling us to do whatever it takes to stop looking down on people. To "stay blind" to all the judgmental types who only seek to hurt others to better themselves. To the children, he is saying to not conform to bullying.

    This is just my opinion.
    demolitionlover4on February 26, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDefinitely the best song by Duran Duran to date.... I've always thought it was about loving someone so much that it drives you crazy but I might be wrong.
    pheebgirlon September 14, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI've had this song on repeat for awhile now and after much thinking, I decided that the song is sung by the singer to himself infront of the his gem.

    Mine, immaculate dream made breath and skin
    ((The singer's dreams of THE girl for him, of certain characteristics, is now found to be alive and real))

    I've been waiting for you
    ((He's been in search for her and has found her))

    Signed, with a home tattoo,
    ((He promises that what he says is true and durable- note: tattoos are durable and during the time the song was written tattoos could not be removed.))

    Happy birthday to you was created for you
    ((He's telling her that she has a purpose to live))

    (can't ever keep from falling apart At the seams/
    ((He cant hold himself together despite how hard he tries. This is about personal defenses and our "wall" that keeps our emotions away from people. His defenses wont hold against her --credit to cme for the talk about defenses))

    Can't I believe you're taking my heart
    To pieces)
    ((He cant believe that no matter how hard he tries to maintain a distance, she's breaking through his defenses- taking his heart a part. EXPLAINATION: when people first love and suffer from heartache, they start building defenses to protect themselves so that they wont be hurt again. In this song, the girl is breaking through his barriers - so taking his heart to pieces is a good thing))


    Oh, it'll take a little time,
    ((self explained))

    might take a little crime
    ((it's might take some difficult rule-breaking))

    to come undone now
    ((to come undone [im my opinion] refers to the "seams" that cant hold together - his heart is coming undone. his defenses are breaking down and he's revealing the contents of his heart to her))


    (PRECHORUS)
    We'll try to stay blind
    ((they'll attempt to advert the aroused emotions))

    to the hope and fear outside
    ((to what they, if 2 persons combine, could possibly be))

    Hey child, stay wilder than the wind
    ((He's telling her/himself to stay different from everyone else - remember, she's a living form of his immaculate dream that he's finally found after alot of searching))

    And blow me in to cry
    ((and finally when the time comes, if it still remains that she's his true love (an answer to "does true love exist?), he'll be blown(meaning forced) into finally being able to believe true love exist - this will of course lead to tears enlightenment. It's that feeling you feel when your soul's searching can finally rest))

    (CHORUS)
    Who do you need, who do you love
    ((This is quite confusing for me because up to now I've interpreted the song from the singer's first person perspective to himself. On the other hand, i think he might finally making a movie and now asking her whether she reciprocates his feelings...))

    When you come undone
    ((....when she looks into her own heart))
    beccahooon August 15, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLove it!!!!!
    temptation777on March 04, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationIt's obvious to me this song combined with the official video is about breaking gender barriers.

    I can't believe nobody discusses the guy (husband) in the video taking of his 3-piece suit to expose lingerie underneath and then putting on lipstick!!! It couldn't be more symbolic that the woman in the water is really his "inner female" wanting to 'come undone' and break free. The guy is a tranny!! He feels like a woman trapped in a man's body. Remember the scene where the hammer smashed a barbie and football - those are symbols of gendered identities.

    Yes, in the beginning of the video he is having sex with a woman in the bed. The woman he indeed may love - reflects his deep knowing of what he really is and what he really wants to be. The little girl comes into the room and hides under the bed with a sad/worried look on her face. She is there to express the hidden truth.

    The wife blends up a smoothie with vodka, to deny what is really happening in her marriage.

    The older couple that is shown sitting on a bench and then driving and then a fire breather breathes fire into the car - remember that scene? That is reflective of the inauthenticity of living one's entire life in a lie. The fire-breather expresses and symbolizes the lyrics of "hey child stay wilder than the wind and blow me in..." The fire breather is the wild part of him (the part that wants to expose himself) that combined with the elderly couple is a foreshadowing of the future he would have staying married and denying a part of his life.

    I thought it was about his "inner feminine" and breaking free of masculine bonds, but then it was just too apparent that it was more about him actually feeling feminine (like a woman) inside. Because there is no symbolism that shows that him breaking the 'masculine barriers' brings him closer to her. After all... she is drinking, the video doesn't show them happy in the end etc.

    Further lyric analysis

    WoW - this one is so apparent:

    "~Chill, is it something real
    ~Or the magic I'm feeding off your fingers" - This is saying he felt the chills while being intimate with her and thought for a moment he might really have feelings of being sexually attracted feelings for her but he then realizes it is just the homo-erotic/homo-sexual turn on he is getting from sucking her fingers which are phallic like (the oral pleasure)



    The lyrics about, "cannot ever keep from falling apart.. at the seams can I believe youre taking my heart.. to pieces" Is about the TRUTH that must come out of him. THE TRUTH ALWAYS WINS. The wife is falling apart because she knows he is not sexually attracted to her - he wants to BE a woman.

    "Mine, immaculate dream, made breath and skin, Ive been waiting for you,
    Signed, with a home tattoo, happy birthday to you was created for you."

    This is harder to decipher because it's saying that his perfect dream has materialized. I think it's complex... his perfect dream is complete with his perfect life - but there is a dissatisfaction, the person he really wants to be (a woman) THAT IS who the happy birthday was created for.

    It must be difficult to want to be the opposite gender but yet have to be married to someone who is the gender you want to be and can't leave that person because your whole world would "come undone" - so ultimately who would he need, who would he love if he came undone? Only Himself

    Remember, this song was written in the early 90s when transgender was still VERY taboo (well, it still is) but even more then. It was a feeling from being ostracized from any type of normal life. How could he ever have a relationship with anyone, male or female after "coming undone" after coming out with his secret?

    Anyway, that's what I think from the totality of the video and lyrics. I mean, why didn't anyone even mention the video scenes?? It amazes me people just purposely left that out. Disclaimer: I am a white, heterosexual female.
    mition September 25, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationAs the English language isn't my mother-tongue, I don't always have the right understanding of some words. Before I looked up the word "undone", I had always interpreted that this song was about a sad breakup. The man is left with a completely broken heart, having loved his lover deeply, now suddenly it all ends and he asks "who do you need, who do you love when you come undone". I thought that the word "undone" means that you come back to a point where you started, both material and emotional. I couldn't help thinking that the man sees no hope. Where will he find hope? What will he do? Will there be anyone else waiting for him? But also in the song it is stated that "it might take a little time" for his emotions of sadness to go away. This would be my interpretation, as I mentioned before, it may not be right but if you take it that way, the song opens up in very different colors.
    justukyteon May 04, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA master piece!!
    mercanfaton March 19, 2002   Link

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