"Smooth Operator" as written by and A.hardy....
Diamond life, lover boy
He move in space with minimum waste and maximum joy
City lights and business nights
When you require streetcar desire for higher heights

No place for beginners or sensitive hearts
When sentiment is left to chance
No place to be ending but somewhere to start

No need to ask, he's a smooth operator
Smooth operator, smooth operator
Smooth operator

Coast to coast, LA to Chicago, western male
Across the north and south, to Key Largo, love for sale

Face to face, each classic case
We shadow box and double cross
Yet need the chase

A license to love, insurance to hold
Melts all your memories and change into gold
His eyes are like angels but his heart is cold

No need to ask, he's a smooth operator
Smooth operator, smooth operator
Smooth operator

Coast to coast, LA to Chicago, western male
Across the north and south, to Key Largo, love for sale

Smooth operator, smooth operator
Smooth operator, smooth operator
Smooth operator, smooth operator
Smooth operator, smooth operator
Smooth operator, smooth operator


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"Smooth Operator" as written by A.hardy

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    General CommentI can't belive as old as this song is it has no more comments than this.

    Im thinkin this song is about a drug dealer and how he sleeps with different woman everywhere he makes a shipment, and how he charms all the woman because hes really good in bed.
    Ath20wjon August 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentListen closely, I will tell you about this man, they call "smooth operator"....
    He is a western male, and he has many gigs, all of which are bi-coastal, hence the 'LA to chicago, and key Largo". He would like to think he is a playboy, but be careful, it is an illusion that really doesnt exist. This male is late 50's and let's be honest, "viagra". However, he has a charm that can't be denied, but will quickly lose its play as the relationship grows. He moves with minimal space becuz he wants you as his lover to believe that he is very frugal and "righteous'. This, will make you feel inferior because you have been superficial and or as the rest of society calls it "normal" most of your life.Anyway, once he has control over you, and he knows each one of these women case by case, as stated in the song. He finds a home for you, preferably chicago, Los Angles, and or Flordia, whereever he sees you fitting. He will be your daddy, but you, the women will make him millions with all the men you acquire. The problem with smooth operator, is, one, he is getting old....Ive made love to him....he looks older then he is. And lets be realistic, how long does a man want to have such emptiness in his life...." when he falls, heaven help him...." no lie......But I see that the reason he uses these women sexually and to gain money is because he is not that handsome to have a women just be attracted to him. it is the smoothness factor, and eventually that wears off and that is why he relocates them and makes them his babies.....Whats more fascinating about this western male, is that, he has a lot of endeavors, not just women, but i think he should stick with the cattle....They are more up his ally....
    bombayprincesson January 31, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationHaving just been dupped by a smooth operator (con artist), here is my experience. This song hits it directly on the head. The smooth operator will tell you everything he knows a woman wants to hear, have her fall in love with him to gain her trust, then try to drain them of all the money they have (all this happened to me except for the last part...he did not get all my money). I'm sure he has more than one woman on the hook at a time so when one finds him out (like I did), he moves on to the next one...just like the music video shows.
    Woopakayon March 31, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentInternational Lothario
    anna_ramapuramon April 02, 2016   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI believe the video and lyrics are about a Gigolo and Conman with women:

    "Diamond life, lover boy - He move in space with minimum waste and maximum joy"...

    He lives the expensive life, and gets what he needs without spending much. He lives beyond his means... in the video you can see him dealing with two guys at a table or selling a handgun on the street and something is going on with the waitress and the singer (Sade).

    "No place for beginners or sensitive hearts -
    When sentiment is left to chance - No place to be ending but somewhere to start"...
    "Coast to coast, LA to Chicago, western male - Across the north and south, to Key Largo, love for sale"...

    This is the Gigolo (love for sale); accross the country he has rich women lovers who are just for the pleasure but with risk of falling in love (left to chance).

    "Face to face, each classic case - We shadow box and double cross - Yet need the chase"..."A license to love, insurance to hold
    Melts all your memories and change into gold
    His eyes are like angels but his heart is cold"

    This is the Con-man... he needs the chase, make the women for fall him (license to love), and he gets their money (change into gold) - will leave them dry with no love or money (his heart is cold).
    Memo74on June 19, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIts about a big pimp daddio.
    Ar3son April 20, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentall about me baby...
    MSK941on January 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits most likely is about a pimp
    does anyone think maybe a male gigallo
    nekrotic etherrifton February 20, 2008   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationHas to be said, the line "Coast to coast, LA to Chicago", while sounding sophisticated and cosmopolitan is actually meaningless. Chicago is in the American Midwest, thousands of miles from the nearest coast! Maybe the Smooth Operator got stranded at O'Hare airport en route to the East Coast. Who knows. Who cares...
    butterfingersbeckon October 06, 2009   Link
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    General Commentvery good song love the sax!
    anima69316on February 17, 2011   Link

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