Layin' in the after glow
I only want to learn what you know
But now you're leavin'
How many hearts must you break
And how many calls must I make

But now you're leavin'
In this world all that I choose has come unbearable
But love is in your touch
Ooh, it's killing me so much

Oh only when you leave
I'll need to love you
And when the action has all gone
I'm just a little fool enough to need you
A fool enough too long
Only when you leave, you'll leave in danger
Ooh, I'll make sure that you pay
So give a little passion to a stranger
And take this soul away

I only want to make this things last
So how could this have gone so fast
And now you're leavin'
How many times must I learn
It's only when you've gone that I burn

And now you're leavin'
In the end, all that is left has come unbearable
It's hard to change your mind
So leave it all behind

Oh only when you leave
I'll need to love you
And when the action has all gone
I'm just a little fool enough to need you
A fool enough too long
Only when you leave, you'll leave in danger
Ooh, I'll make sure that you pay
So give a little passion to a stranger
And take this soul away

Layin' in the after glow
I only want to learn what you know
Ooh, but now you're leavin'
How many hearts must you break
And how many calls must I make

But now you're leavin'
In this world all that I choose has come unbearable
But love is in your touch
Ooh, it's killing me so much

Oh only when you leave
I'll need to love you
And when the action has all gone
I'm just a little fool enough to need you
A fool enough too long
Only when you leave, you'll leave in danger
Ooh, I'll make sure that you pay
So give a little passion to a stranger
And take this soul away

Woo-oh-oh-oh...no no no no

Only when you leave, you'll leave in danger
Ooh, I'll make sure that you pay
So give a little passion to a stranger...


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    General CommentI'm surprised no one has commented on this song yet. I love the music and tempo of this song, it's very thrilling. As for what it means, well, it is clearly about a prostitute and her 'john'. This is keyed off of the lyric, 'give a little passion to a stranger.' Who gives passion to a stranger but a prostitute. Clearly, the prostitute is either leaving the business or moving away, which is a big disappointment to the john who has fallen in love with her. The 'action' that is gone is lovemaking. I also think the lyric that says, 'it's only when your gone that I burn.' Apparently, the prostitute has given him a venereal disease such as chlymydia or gonarrhea that causes a burning sensation. He doesn't really notice it until after love making. And then of course, as in all good Spandau Ballet songs, the element of pychosis is introduced, 'only when you leave, you'll leave in danger ooh and I'll make sure that you pay'. How ironic, the john who has been paying all of these years is now going to make the prostitute he has been frequenting pay. Very complex song about a subject matter that is not commonly sung about. Very interesting.
    BillyBuddon May 03, 2010   Link

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