"West End Girls" as written by Neil Tennant and Christopher Lowe....
Sometimes you're better off dead
There's a gun in your hand it's pointing at your head
You think you're mad too unstable
Kicking in chairs and knocking down tables
In a restaurant in a West end town
Call the police there's a mad man around
Running down underground
To a dive bar in a West end town

In a West end town a dead end world
The East end boys and West end girls
In a West end town in a dead end world
The East end boys and West end girls
West end girls.

Too many shadows whispering voices
Faces on posters too many choices
If when why what how much have you got
Have you got it do you get it
If so how often
Which do you choose
A hard or soft option
(How much do you need)

In a West end town a dead end world
The East end boys and West end girls
In a West end town in a dead end world
The East end boys and West end girls
West end girls.

(How much do you need)

In a West end town a dead end world
The East end boys and West end girls
Ooh a West end town in a dead end world
The East end boys and West end girls
West end girls.

You got a heart of glass or a heart of stone
Just you wait till I get you home
We've got no future
We've got no past
Here today built to last
In every city and every nation
From Lake Geneva to the Finland station
(How far have you been)

In a West end town a dead end world
The East end boys and West end girls
In a West end town in a dead end world
The East end boys and West end girls
West end girls.

West end girls
West end girls


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"West End Girls" as written by Neil Tennant, Christopher Lowe

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  • +4
    General CommentI think it's about class issues. East End tends to be Cockney, and "lower" class. West End has more money. So maybe it's about the rich girls who go after the poorer and lower class boys. Kind of a UK "Uptown Girl."
    sangsueon January 05, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General Commentif you grew up understanding the east end/ west end conundrum.... trust me, the song is not about drugs or homosexuality, though both are prevelent in the culture. it is about a culture itself and the times growing up there. no future explaining the way it felt to be in the middle of nowhere, no past meaning many did not know their own family history...who's your daddy.....?

    a place where you fall asleep to the lull of sirens every night... and when one day... you journey to the other end... you meet the other world. like boy meets girl...and you dream of nothing but getting out....
    Brezyon August 27, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentLook, the PSBs are from London. London famously has an East End and West End. The West End is high-rent, full of theatre, tourist attractions, and businesses. The East End is working-class, the home of cockney and most of London's most famous gangsters. Hence, the famous show "EastEnders."

    This song is nothing more than the old tale of lovers (or potential lovers) from different sides of the tracks, inner-city pressure,* and alienation of being young in a modern world.

    PSBs themselves used this phrase, and it's funny that Flight of the Conchords' "Inner City Pressure" is a clear homage to "West End Girls."
    JimmyCarlBlackon August 13, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentCharmingMan is right.

    Quote from Neil Tennant:

    "We arrived in the studio and Bobby O had programmed Michael Jackson's Billie Jean drum pattern. Chris started to play along and I started playing chords. In terms of the lyrics, the inspiration for West End Girls came from The Message by Grandmaster Flash. I remember once staying at my cousin's house in Nottingham and we were watching some kind of gangster film with James Cagney, and just as I was dropping off to sleep, the lines 'sometimes you're better off dead, there's a gun in your hand and it's pointing to your head' came into my head and I thought 'that's quite good' so I went off to find a pen."
    Onlineon December 19, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is obviously about drugs. probably cocaine or something of that nature.

    "Sometimes you're better off dead
    There's gun in your hand and it's pointing at your head
    You think you're mad, too unstable
    Kicking in chairs and knocking down tables
    In a restaurant in a West End town
    Call the police, there's a madman around"

    refering to somebody whos lost it on drugs.

    "Too many shadows, whispering voices "

    refering to the paranoia that the drug induces.

    "Faces on posters, too many choices "

    too many drugs to choose from

    "If, when, why, what?
    How much have you got?"

    if i can get it. when do you need it? why you getting it through me? what do you need? how much money do you have?

    "Have you got it, do you get it, if so, how often?
    And which do you choose, a hard or soft option?"

    asking the dealer if hes got what he came for, then debating how to take it... smoke the rock (hard) or crush it into powder and snort (soft).

    "You've got a heart of glass or a heart of stone
    Just you wait 'till I get you home "

    heart of glass referring to the pipe he smokes it out of. heart of stone reffering to the rock hes smoking. just you wait till i get you home... self-explainatory.


    anyways, it goes on and on. this is just one man's opinion though.
    risefromruinon March 30, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI always thought this song had a cold war context to it...east germany, west germany...east berlin, west berlin...
    mightymouseon January 12, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI like the way there are about three or four different meanings that people find here. The Neil Tennant quote says a lot: he heard a cool line in a film and put it in a song that was written very quickly. Thinking of Phil Collins's answer to what In the Air Tonight, I can't imagine many songwriters throwing something together in a hurry and there NOT being more than one meaning, especially here where it may have come out in somethng of a stream-of-conciousness.

    That is to say: the obvious meaning of rich girls from up west looking for guys from the rough east end. But the gay thing was probably in mind as well. In Neil's native Newcastle, the west end is where the gay pubs are rather than the well-to-do. Neil Tennant didn't write anything specifically openly gay back then, so it would have to be somewhat hidden between the lines. Holding all of this kind of imagery in mind and it's easy to see how the rest of the lyrics fall into place, not about one specific subject, but about the loose concept of east meets west, but in the rougher east side.

    It is a very good song which has stood time very well, considering the ephemeral nature of so much music that is firmly within the pop category.
    light vesselon August 06, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song was inspired by gangster films and a TS Elliot's poem, "The Waste Land". The poem speaks of "unreal" cities. I don't think you can get more "unreal" than post war Berlin. But, I think the song may be relating to all cities where there is a division. Dickins', who is quoted in "The Waste Land", wrote extensively about class structure, so it may be a division of class, ideology or something else. It is just an exploration in social and economic differences.
    jsbst18on November 27, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't really know what this song is about, but for some reason it really freaks me out.
    ApollyonCrashon September 28, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti LOVE this song

    I have mixed idea of what this song 'might' mean. I'm not sure exactly but here is MY idea. Feel free to critique.

    Idea 1: It is about a guy, an eastern, high class, maybe rich man that having a nervous breakdown. Why? Because he's in the west side of time where he meets his lover. Girl? Guy I don't know. If it's a girl she's leaving him and that is why he is freaking out. OR...

    Idea 2: Same guy as before -high class, east side of suburban town - that falls in love with a man on the west side of town. Maybe he's fraking out because he can't believe he has homoexual feelings.
    The west end 'girl' could be a drag queen hooker in this case.
    The line 'just you wait til i get oyu home' makes me think one of the Pet Shop Boys are the 'west end girl/gay/queen' telling the story, sort of consoling the east end boy.


    Both sound far fetched and down right dumb i know, but this is what i see when i hear this song. I'm the type of person that sees music videos playing in their head when they hear a good song...so in my head these ideas play like a movie in my mind.
    sixedhearton November 11, 2004   Link

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