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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    Song MeaningI remember from somewhere that this song - it's about a Man who is addicted to a Woman who is all wrong for him but he can't stay away from her.

    But I believe it is more than just Lust, it is very much a Love Song. As he is definitely falling in Love and getting addicted to her in the process, but she's all business with him as she is a Prostitute and:
    After every encounter with her, he's eager to learn (find out) if there is anything more to this beyond the act of lovemaking, does she feel anything towards him or was it meaningless all business, just a John nothing more, and he attempts that repeatedly on multiple occasions.
    Cause he has realised he's in Love, for he misses her when she leaves, he longs for her, and worst - he Needs her, which transcends Wanting.
    It is now becoming Unbearable to be without her, nor be with her working this Job.
    He confesses that it is Love that he feels, and not Lust which would certainly have been fulfilled by her visit and the act of lovemaking (Action), but no it still lingers, then he admits that it is a bit foolish on his part to want her beyond the act itself, and that her leaving has now lead to it being a Danger to him... A danger of hurting.
    And since he can't change her mind to leaving, he's gonna make her pay for exposing him to this Danger (Feelings he has for her), by making her do, by giving a bit of Passion (which is defined as: intense sexual love/a state or outburst of strong emotion/an intense desire or enthusiasm for something) to him whom all along has been the stranger in this relationship. For Prostitutes are guarded that way, they treat each John in a purely business fashion, and once Passion seeps in then its too late for her to get out, and thats how he intends to make her pay. And if that was to happen then she would truly have his soul and would then truly belong to each other. (Taking This Soul: strip him of any authority over himself he still may have).
    I found it interesting that he said This Soul Away and not My Soul Away. I believe it reflects his willingness to readily giveth if she was willing to have him.

    I hope I did the song justice.
    OneObuyanon October 16, 2017   Link

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