"Robert De Niro's Waiting" as written by and Steve/swain Jolley....
Hopes dashed to the floor
Like shattered teenage dreams
Boys living next door
Are never what they seem, oooh
A walk in the park can become a bad dream
People are staring and following me
This is my only escape from it all
Watching a film or a face on the wall

Robert De Niro's waiting
Talking Italian
Robert De Niro's waiting
Talking Italian
Robert De Niro's waiting
Talking Italian (Talking Italian)
Robert De Niro's waiting

I don't need a boy
I've got a man of steel
Don't come any closer
I don't wanna feel, oooh
You're breathing, you're touching
But nothing's for free
I never want this to happen to me
Don't try to change me you're wasting your time
Now I've got something much better in mind

Robert De Niro's waiting
Talking Italian
Robert De Niro's waiting
Talking Italian
Robert De Niro's waiting
Talking Italian (Talking Italian)
Robert De Niro's waiting
Talk talk talk talk talk
Talking oooh
Talk talk talk talk talk
Talking
A walk in the park can become a bad dream
People are staring and following me
This is my only escape from it all
Watching a film or a face on the wall

Robert De Niro's waiting
Talking Italian (Talking Italian)
Robert De Niro's waiting
Talking Italian (Italian)
Robert De Niro's waiting
Talking Italian (Talking Italian)
Robert De Niro's waiting (Talking Italian)
(Italian)
Talking italian
(Talking Italian)
Talking Italian (Italian)
Robert De Niro's waiting
Talking Italian (Talking Italian)


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"Robert DeNiro's Waiting" as written by Sara Dallin Siobhan Maire Deirdre Fahey

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    General CommentThe Songs about rape.
    Ramagammaon May 01, 2004   Link
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    General Comment"I don't want to feel your breathing, your touching"
    "I never want this to happen to me"

    Those lines sound like maybe, yeah, it's about rape. Which is what everyone says.

    But what does "This is my only escape from it all, watching a film or a face on the wall" have to do with rape? That line, out of context, sounds like it's about teenage fantasies. How does it fit into the rest of the lyrics?
    Venha Futuroon April 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHm, I can think about several possible meanings for this song:
    1. The girl don't trust boys and is afraid of the possibility of being raped
    "Boys living next door are never what they seem"
    "A walk in the park can become a bad dream"

    So she escapes from these fears by watching films with De Niro and dreaming about him, her hero.
    "I don't need a boy
    I've got a man of steel"

    2. (Less likely) The girl was raped and escapes mental pain by watching movies.

    These line confuse me though
    "Don't try to change me
    you're wasting your time"
    Who's trying to change her? Might it be that someone tries to persuade her to stop watching movies and get out with real boys...?
    Millennium Evilon May 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMillennium Evil's second interpretation is spot on.

    The whole second verse makes more sense when read as one piece, i think:

    I don't need a boy
    I've got a man of steel
    Don't come any closer
    I don't wanna feel
    Your breathing
    your touching
    but nothing's for free
    I never want this to happen to me.
    Don't try to change me
    you're wasting your time
    Now I've got something much better in mind

    An innocent young girl is approached in a park, by a "boy next door" who turned out not to be what he seemed.

    She rebuffed his advances- I don't need a boy... don't come any closer

    He went ahead anyway, and as she realised what was about to happen, and couldn't stop it, she retreated in her head to thinking about her idol to help her escape from it "now I've got something much better in mind"

    Very sad.
    jimladon September 20, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI'm not sure why people are talking about rape; I see nothing in the lyrics to suggest this. The wikipedia page also mentions rape, but doesn't link to a source that's still active.

    I've always seen this as a girl's perspective on the world around her, and particularly her romantic options, and she finds them boring. She imagines herself with a more appealing lover, more romantic, worldly, a movie star. That fantasy becomes her escape. Because she is different from those around her, she finds them hostile to her.

    Maybe it was inspired by a real or possible rape (I can't find a source that seems remotely authoritative), but any indication of that has been removed from the lyrics. For example, when she says "Don't come any closer to me", that's not an indication that the boy DOES come closer to her. It just says that she doesn't want him to. When she says "I don't want to feel your breathing, your touching", that's not an indication that the boy DOES touch her. It just says that she doesn't want him to. And she doesn't say "A boy" is staring and following her... she says "people" are doing that. Unless this is supposed to be about *gang* rape, that line doesn't scan. You wouldn't have people following her and then one boy raping her. Moreover, the line "I don't need a boy, I have a man of steel" suggests that the romantic options she has are disempowered, not hostile. It also suggests that her rejection is voluntary.

    The lyrics aren't logically incompatible with a rape and, again, it may have started with that as an inspiration, but what's left in the lyrics themselves don't say anything that dark or specific. There's a bit of a "school" of song interpretation that the most shocking possibility is the one the songwriter intended. If you apply that, then you can read a rape into this, but it's not in the lyrics. In fact, the lyrics suggests that she rejects options who are weak, not that she suffers in the grasp of an attacker who is strong. The thing she fears isn't assault -- it's boredom.

    And, for my experience, this remains a happy song, as the melody indicates. This is the experience of a girl who finds a happy fantasy in boring life and has the upbeat outlook the music works towards.
    rikdadon April 16, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis is fucking awesome- I saw it on Sounds of the Eighties.
    alfiebabyon May 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe Bananarama song Robert de niros waiting is about date rate. Siobhan Fahey has just confirmed this in an interview with the british newspaper the guardian in 2017
    MarcoSamyon July 25, 2017   Link
  • -1
    My InterpretationIt seems like most people have misinterpreted the meaning of the song ... The girl sees the average guy as not appealing because she has set her hopes on meeting Mr Right ... Mr Right is a fantasy that she has of a movie star and the romantic stuff about the character ... Now back to the song ... She finds that boys follow her, maybe because she is attractive and she finds them immature ... Hence the 'I want a man of steel' lyric ... She also seems to find guys trying to hit on her ... and she is saying that they are sub-standard ... Mr Right in this song is Robert Di Niro and the fact that he speaks Italian gives it the Romantic feel ... 'A walk in the park can become a bad dream' this is referring to the guys she sees in the park, where they are not up to scratch and also the possibility that she may find Mr Right may also be intended by the word can ... meaning that it is not always but sometimes ... Now her fantasy is the movie star ... and that is her escape from the reality that 'the boys' are not as they seem from the first interpretation ...

    The music is too joyous to suggest anything about rape ... it would have had a somber beat to it and I would never have liked the song.

    Most girls have a childhood fantasy of meeting a movie star or pop star ... Mind you lots of guys too have fantasies about being with an actress ... And they set their standards accordingly ... And sadly most people don't live up to the standards of the fantasy, hence the feeling that the guys or girls are yucky or not up to scratch ...
    Romanticstudon August 23, 2013   Link

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