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Easy, ready, willing, overtime,
Where does it stop, where do you dare me to draw the line.
You've got the body, now you want my soul,
Don't even think about it, say no go.

I-- I 'll do anything that you want me to do,
And I'll do almost anything, that you want me too, ooh,

But I can't go for that, (No can do)
No, I can't go for that, (No can do)
Oh, I can't go for that, (No can do)
I can't go for that, can't go for that, can't go for that.

I can't go for being twice as nice,
I can't go for just repeating the same old lines.
Use the body, now you want my soul,
Ooh, forget about it, now say no go.

I-- I'll do anything that you want me to do,
And I'll do almost anything that you want me to do,

But I can't go for that, (No can do)
No, I can't go for that, (No can do)
Oh, I can't go for that, (No can do)
I can't go for that, can't go for that, can't go for that.

(Saxophone instrumental)
Oh, I-- I'll do anything that you want me to do,
And I'll do almost anything that you want me to do,

But I can't go for that, (No can do)
No, I can't go for that, (No can do)
Oh, I can't go for that, (No can do)
I can't go for that, can't go for that, can't go for that, can't go for that.

I can't go for that, can't go for that (No can do)
I can't go, I can't go-- for that, (No can do)
Oh, I can't go for that, (No can do)
Oh, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no can do,
Oh, I can't go for that, yeah, (No can do)
No, no, no, no, no, no.....
(Repeat to fade out)


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"I Can't Go for That" as written by Daryl Hall Melissa A. Elliott

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • +3
    My InterpretationI don't think this song has anything to do with an affair. I think he's just a little jaded. Men and women have different hearts. Women are such testers of limits and boundaries with men. And men...I think they're so wrapped up in ego that sometimes they aren't really sure what they're in it for. I think he's probably played what he sees (at this point at least) as a game a couple too many times. Here's this woman he's involved with intimately and he's thinking: uh-oh here we go. It's not enough that I adore her...I'm ready, willing, never missing a beat...she wants to push and test and make me draw a line. Define it. She wants to know how deep I'm in. And here I'll go with the same lines, the same emotions, (oh I want to be with you forever..I think I'm in love..I've never felt this way before..I won't ever leave you), and to him it just sounds exhausting. You have my body...is that not enough? That's my interpretation.
    4internaluseonlyon July 30, 2010   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningShe probably wants him to pay for dinner. He can't go for that.
    kohlgillon May 15, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHe can't go for what? Not very clear. Kind of like Meatloaf's "I'll do anything for love but I won't do that" - won't do what? Well there's not a lot of words anyway so I guess he's just saying that she can't have his soul. All right then any ideas?
    stoolhardyon March 21, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentheh good question
    hoydenon September 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree, stoolhardy. I just think he's saying, "You can't have my soul - otherwise I'll love you." And the rhythm is catchy and has been used now in two songs - Simply Red's "Sunrise" - which was a gem of a song - and Jon Secada's "My Baby Don't Rock Like That" from his new album, Same Dream.
    cphersonon May 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think he just wants her for sex but she wants more and he isn't really into the commitment thing.

    cool tune.
    rocknroll staron December 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHe's saying he can't go for a committed relationship because his heart wouldn't really be in it. It would be fake, while what they have now is real.

    He'll do anything for her, but he can't be someone he isn't.
    DLMon December 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo me it's more like you can always say you'll do anything for someone, but there is always somewhere where you draw the line, no matter what.
    youthrillmeon December 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think either she wants to have a threesome with a dude or she wants to put her finger in his butt.
    TJBruinon April 25, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOr maybe she's Hall's girlfriend and wants to bone Oates... or it's Oates' lady and she wants to bone Hall.

    And they can't go for that.
    TJBruinon April 25, 2008   Link

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