"A Slow Song" as written by and Joe Jackson....
Music has charms they say
But in some people's hands
It becomes a savage beast
Can't they control it
Why don't they hold it back

You see my friend and me
Don't have an easy day
And at night we dance not fight
And we need the energy
If not the sympathy

But i'm brutalized by bass
And terrorized by treble
I'm open to change my mood but
I always get caught in the middle

And i get tired of dj's
Why's it always what he plays
I'm gonna push right through
I'm gonna tell him too
Tell him to
Play us
Play us a slow song

It's late - i'm winding down
Am i the only one
To want a strong and silent sound
To pick me up and undress me
Lay me down and caress me

I feel you touch my hand
And whisper in my ear
Ask me how i'm feeling now
And i want to get near you
But i can't even hear you

But this is a fine romance
If we have to be so demanding
We need just one more dance to
Leave here with an understanding

And i get tired of dj's
Why's it always what he plays
I'm gonna push right through
I'm gonna tell him too
Tell him to
Play us
Play us a slow song

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"A Slow Song" as written by David Ian Jackson

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  • +2
    Song MeaningIt's most likely a gay romance song.

    I'm not being disrespectful at all with that.

    I just want to put it out there, SOMEWHERE, that this two people in the song are likely both men. Considering real but rarely spoken of truths about the privately held, discrete nature of Mr Jackson.

    I --LOVE-- this song, and love its frustration with DJs, and its image of being carried to bed. There's nothing like this lyric anywhere else in popular culture. And there it is, at the end of Jackson's best-selling album, one of the best selling albums of its time. A Good Thing.
    bearealmanon January 18, 2014   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI think this is a masterpiece; Whether it's two men or a man and a women we've all been there.

    Picture the modern nightclub scenario; You go to a club (The Rivoli Ballroom in Crofton Park, South London springs to mind) with your lover/friends, you pay a kings ransom to get in. The dance floor is over packed with moshing idiots because the greedy nightclub owner has over filled the place to capacity. And to top it all off you got some arrogant DJ that thinks he's God playing his relentless 'headbanging' dance tunes....................You then both leave under a cloud because some pilled up idiot couldn't keep his hands of you or your girl, somebody spilt their plastic glass of beer over you and to top it off; your clothes got messed up because people have been barging into you all evening.

    Joe is brilliantly lamenting the days when romance and love could actually flourish at the disco, the days when DJ's would play your favorite tune and would always play a couple of slow songs at the end of the evening 'Smooch Time' setting the scene for a passionate night ahead..........Ah those were the days!!
    BarnabyHugheson October 23, 2015   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionI agree that this is a masterpiece. I also agree on the night club scenery but there is more to it. You see, JJ is a genius who does not like his songs to be pinned down on a meaning. At the concert I attended this weekend, he emphasised Junky Diva is not about Amy "F...ing" Winehouse. But listen to the song, and it is hardly open to a different interpretation. I think JJ is sometimes lying to protect his music from being pinned down on one single meaning.

    Now my theory:

    1. In his blog you can read that JJ aspires for the words to fit the music like a glove. I am questioning whether something as trivial as the loud noises of some NY gay club can ever match the astounding music of this ballad. The answer is simple: because this ballad is on a deeper level about mourning, death and loss of love. The music tells us as it builds to outbursts of sorrow, a longing for something that simply cannot be attained. Supporting evidence:

    2. First: find the words of the play "The Morning Bride" by William Congreve. The very first lines are: "Musick has Charms to sooth a savage Breast". Now "Breast" is oft misquoted as "Beast".

    3. Second: besides the striking similar wording, you will find that the rythm of the frases fit Slow Song like a glove, right up to "O force of constant Woe!
    'Tis not in Harmony to calm my Griefs" (in my mind inevitably followed by: "to pick me up and carress me")

    4. Slow Song addresses the same themes as the opening of the play. Loss, mourning and the consolation music can offer, but not always does as there is just too much grief.

    5. Note how the lyrics of Slow Song go from "we" (the obvious night club scenery) to "I". Why can't "I" even hear you? Is it the loudness of the music, or is it because "you" are gone, yet still "I want to be near you".
    balrimpleon March 01, 2016   Link

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