Radiate simply, the candle is burning, so low for me
Generate me limply, can't seem to place your name, cherie
To rearrange all these thoughts in a moment is suicide
Come to a strange place, we'll talk over old times we never smile

Somebody called me Sebastian
Somebody called me Sebastian
Work out a rhyme, toss me the time, lay me, you're mine
And we all know, oh yeah!

Your Persian eyes sparkle; your lips, ruby blue, never speak a sound
And you, oh so gay, with Parisian demands, you can run-around
And your view of society screws up my mind like you'll never know
Lead me away, come inside, see my mind in kaleidoscope

Somebody called me Sebastian
Somebody called me Sebastian
Mangle my mind, love me sublime, do it in style,
So we all know, oh yeah!

You're not gonna run, babe, we only just begun, babe, to compromise
Slagged in a Bowery saloon, love's a story we'll serialize
Pale angel face; green eye-shadow, the glitter is outasight
No courtesan could begin to decipher your beam of light

Somebody called me Sebastian
Somebody called me Sebastian
Dance on my heart, laugh, swoop and dart, la-di-di-da,
Now we all know you, yeah!



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"Sebastian" as written by Steve Harley

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    General Commentthis is one of the best songs ever written.. i think the lyrics are quite hard to understand in some parts, but that's the way it should be. it's magic.
    i like the part "mangle my mind" best. it's so..complete
    TX9on June 04, 2003   Link
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    My InterpretationI always thought the hook line came from Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, when Viola says "He named Sebastian. I my brother know yet living in my glass ..."

    The premise of the play makes sense in comparison with what was happening insofar as gender identity and the sexual liberation of the glam rock movement.
    The rest of the lyrics seem to be predominantly word imagery, and I think so much is hinted at with the words "Lead me away, come inside, see my mind in kaleidoscope ..."

    It's all very Bowiesque, for want of a lesser word.
    lonelylittlekitschon August 02, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI read in a literature book one time that Sebastian was once used as an alternate name for Lucifer or a lesser demon. I always thought it was a song about a solitary man who felt alone and condemned for what he was or what he stood for. Anyway you interpret it is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard.
    RandyWaldroupeon September 23, 2013   Link
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    General Commentfuck you bingo, your a cunt, this song is genuis, great lyrics, great song. how come you came to this page if you hate the song so much? he says everything so truethfully, apart from i cant relate to the main lines, "somebody called sibastion" everything about it is genuis, you fucking ingnorant cunt
    disabled operatoron November 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is so beautiful, poetic, disjointed, and HOT all at the same time. I agree, it's utterly genius and probably one of the best songs ever written.
    raspberryflavouredon June 30, 2008   Link
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    General CommentBingo! Please, do not write a word again.
    Your sensibility and degree of urban leverage equal those once belonging to the early stage cavemen.
    tomi189on November 17, 2008   Link
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    My Interpretation"Harley seems to complain about his society-corrupted girlfriend in the lyrics, but what has that to do with being called Sebastian?"

    I think the line "Somebody called me Sebastian" expresses his solitude from the world around him... or maybe he was just high when writing it.
    delxpezon April 21, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAm I the only one who notices that Rubies are not Blue?
    and what does that mean?
    LaverneCornixon June 04, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI just read somewhere that the meaning of the name Sebastian is The Worshipped One, and apparently Steve enjoyed thinking of himself as such. So that could be a pretty good explenation, no?
    SamJon February 01, 2014   Link
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    General CommentIt makes me think that Sebastian is Sebastian Melmoth - Who was some sort of decadent immortal being (not a vampire although some people put the novel in the Vampire category even though there's no suggestion Sebastian ever bit anyone) who is the central character of a Gothic novel called "Melmoth the Wanderer" by Charles Maturin. Maturin was the great uncle of Oscar Wilde and when Oscar left Reading Gaol and went to live in Paris he used the name "Sebastian Melmoth
    LesleySMon September 19, 2015   Link

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