"Private Life" as written by and Danny Elfman....
Your private life drama baby leave me out
(repeat 3 times)
J'ai les glands with your theatrics
Your acting's a drag
It's o.k. on TV 'cause you can turn it off
But don't try me
Yes your marriage is a tragedy
But it's not my concern
I'm very superficial I hate anything official

[Chorus:]
Your private life drama baby leave me out
(repeat 3 times)
(backup chorus)
You've been lying to someone and now me
Stop
(repeat 3 times)

Your sentimental gestures only bore me to death
You've made a desperate appeal now save your breath
Attachment to obligation through guilt and regret
Shit that's so wet
And your sex life complications are not my fascinations

[Chorus]

You asked me for advice I said use the door
But you're still clinging to somebody you deplore
And now you want to use me for emotional blackmail
I just feel pity when you lie, contempt when you cry

[Chorus]


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"Private Life" as written by Christine Hynde

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    Song MeaningThe song was written by Chrissie Hynde, the leader and singer of The Pretenders, and included on band's eponymous 1979 debut album. The following year the track was covered by Grace Jones on her first post-disco album Warm Leatherette, recorded at the Compass Point Studios in the Bahamas with among others Sly and Robbie. In the liner notes to Island Records' 1998 compilation Private Life: The Compass Point Sessions Hynde is quoted as saying: Like all the other London punks, I wanted to do reggae, and I wrote "Private Life". When I first heard Grace's version I thought 'Now that's how it's supposed to sound!' In fact it was one of the highpoints of my career - what with Sly and Robbie being the masters, and Grace Jones with her scorching delivery. Someone told me it was Chris Blackwell's idea - thanks Chris!
    "Private Life" was released as the third single from the Warm Leatherette album but it became the single that marked a new era in Jones' career as she left her disco persona behind her and began exploring genres like reggae, rock and new wave, combined with an entirely different image. It in fact became Grace Jones' first ever chart entry in the UK, peaking at #17. The single's B-side was a non-album track; "She's Lost Control", originally recorded by Joy Division. Both tracks were remixed and re-edited for the 7" single with the 4:38 version of "Private Life", now available on the Spectrum/Universal Music for Girls Night Out compilation CD. The original 7" version of "She's Lost Control" is still yet to be released on CD. In the Netherlands the B-side was the French language "Pars" from the Warm Leatherette album. In Germany, "La Vie en rose" from 1977 Portfolio was re-issued as a follow-up single to "Private Life" whereas the UK and the Netherlands opted for "The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game", which had already been the lead single off Warm Leatherette on American market.
    Following the release of the compilation Island Life in 1985 the song was remixed and re-issued as a single in the UK, then with "My Jamaican Guy" as the B-side, and charted again.

    The original video for this song presented the famous Grace Jones mask for the first time. The entire video shows Grace's face in a close-up, her taking the mask off and on and off again, singing straight into the camera. The clip was filmed in just one take, without any cuts.The music video was directed by Mike Mansfield.
    Another music video for the song was produced, which was included in the program of the 1982 A One Man Show VHS release. It again presented Jones in a close-up, with her face partially covered with shadows, as well as posing in front of a white wall.
    sepultura1987on January 23, 2012   Link

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