Once upon a time I thought
"What's the one thing I haven't got?"
There's not a single thing in this world I couldn't buy
That's when a gentleman caught my eye

Once or twice we went around
But now I'll tell you the thing I've found
You shouldn't make your move until you know the price
Because gentlemen aren't nice

Just because I won't agree to take his arm
And I occasionally forget his name
He likes to call inclemency what I call charm
But I know they're all the same

I think I've realized my first mistake
When he cried that his heart would break
I would have thought that I was worth the sacrifice
But gentlemen aren't nice

Just because I leave him all alone for days
And go about with others of his kind
He dares complain about my evil ways
And drive me out of my -- out of my mind

What I relate is hard to bear
I only endure it so that I might spare you ladies
I'm not known for my good advice
But gentlemen aren't

So agreeable
Love ain't a paradise
And if I told you once, I won't tell you twice
Gentlemen aren't nice

Gentlemen aren't nice


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  • +2
    General CommentPerhaps its just a nice gender-role reversal. Sterotypically, (emphasis on this word, lads!) men are the ones who forget girlfriends' names and such, while the girls crawl after them. This is just a reversal we can laugh at.
    Jemmarghon October 24, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think that is the whole point. She is acting like a woman who treats her man very poorly, because it was written that way. She doesn't necessarily believe it.

    Perhaps she is trying to make fun of women who complain about their man, when really, they should be complaining about themselves.
    MoonChaseron October 10, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI find the "dramatic" almost Jazzy sound of the song cute.

    I don't think shes trying to say "I treat men like shit"
    I think she's saying that the men she has been with are just too high maintenance for her and she ends up just getting annoyed with them.
    I believe the part where she said "just because I forget his name.." Shes saying that hes just like everybody else so she can't tell the difference.

    thats what I get out of it, anyway.
    demented-faerie.xon October 16, 2008   Link
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    Song MeaningThink about it, looks are deceiving. "Gentlemen Aren't Nice," just because a guy appears to be a kind, chivalrous gentleman, it doesn't mean he is. He seems nice, but deep inside he's a bastard. This man Emilie speaks of must not have been everything he seemed.
    Sharkenon August 06, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI dislike this song:( It is not because it is unusual to Emilie, I like all sorts of music, but she sings it so over the top and over dramatic... Meh. And the protagonist sounds like a bitch. I would understand the viewpoint if the "gentleman" in this song had been mean to her, but no, he has just fallen in love and she is being all sour and bitchy about it "oh no, somebody loves me" weep weep:(
    MissAnnaon October 06, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with MoonChaser.
    I don't really think it's about men being too high maintenance, or about her being a bitch, I think she's making fun of stupid women.
    MyLucinaon October 26, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this is about the Sarcasm about how girls hate guys and treating them like dirt. I love all of EA's songs, and this is one of my favorites, she has an amazing talent.
    xxEmolollipopsxxon March 09, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with these opinions about the meaning of the song. The singer/narrator could be a persona of a cold, mean woman who treats men bad, i.e. the role reversal that Jemmargh is talking about, becuase usually its the other way around. It's definantly a satirical song with heavy sarcasm.
    I personally love the dramatics, I mean isn't that trademark what Emilie Autumn?
    Plus the ragtime/burlesque sound of it is to die for. :)
    PRettyPaiNon March 31, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionShe's definately not being sarcastic. If you've listened to many of her other songs, especially those in the Jane Brooks project, she feels just about this way about men. Sure, it's probably exaggerated quite a bit, but I don't think she's trying to make fun of women who feel this way; she feels this way.
    hersoftestsoulon July 22, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI absolutly love this song. My view on it is biting sarcasm and poking fun at women and their obliviousness to how ridiculous their complaints sound. I must admit, I sound like this sometimes :)
    Another great song from the lovely Miss Autumn.
    MademoisellePhantomon August 03, 2010   Link

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