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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    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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