"Girls" as written by Ross Stewart Macdonald, Adam Brian Thomas Hann, George Bedford Daniel and Matthew Timothy Healy....
Bite your face to spite your nose
Seventeen and a half years old
I'm worrying about my brother finding out
What’s the fun in doing what you're told?

I said no
'Oh give it a rest, I could persuade you
I'm not your typical, stoned eighteen year old
Give me a night I'll make you'
I know you're looking for salvation in the secular age
But girl I'm not your savior
Wrestle to the ground
God help me now because

They're just girls breaking hearts
Eyes bright, uptight, just girls
But she can't be what you need if she's seventeen
They're just girls
They're just girls

A pair of frozen hands to hold
Oh she's so southern so she feels the cold
One moment I was tearing off your blouse
Now you're living in my house
What happened to just messing around?

I said yo, I think I better go, I can't take you
You just sit and get stoned with thirty year olds and you think you've made it
Well, shouldn't you be fucking with somebody your age instead of making changes?
Wrestle to the ground
God help me now because

They're just girls breaking hearts
Eyes bright, uptight, just girls
But she can't be what you need if she's seventeen
They're just girls
They're just girls

I told her from the start
Destined to be hard
I told her from the start
I’ll break your heart
Destined to be hard
Break your heart

I said yo, I think I better go, I can't take you
I know you're looking for salvation in the secular age
But girl I'm not your savior
Well, shouldn't you be fucking with somebody your age instead of making changes?
Wrestle to the ground
God help me now because

They're just girls breaking hearts
Eyes bright, uptight, just girls
But she can't be what you need if she's seventeen
They're just girls
They're just girls

'Cause they're just girls breaking hearts
Eyes bright, uptight, just girls
But she can't be what you need if she's seventeen
They're just girls
They're just girls

'Cause they're just girls


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"Girls" as written by George Bedford Daniel Adam Brian Thomas Hann

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  • +8
    General CommentWasn't really happy with the quality of comments on this one. This song isn't just about a breakup or a young girl he likes, it's really a critique of the behavior of women (esp young, immature girls).

    Bite your face to spite your nose
    17 and a half years old

    He's talking about her general tendancy to act spontaneously or seemingly irrationally. She'll do things that aren't good for her to satiate immediate feelings etc. He then moves into a conversation between her and him as they are hooking up. He's trying to convince her to go further.

    Girl:
    I'm worrying about my brother finding out
    Boy:
    What’s the fun in doing what you're told?
    Girl"
    I said "No!"

    Standard girl behavior! She likes him but draws the line.

    'Oh give it a rest, I could persuade you
    I'm not your typical, stoned 18 year old
    Give me a night I'll make you'

    His thoughts after she says no. She actually wants to hook up but he's tired of dealing with the bullshit and having to "convince" girls so they feel less guilty about it. He knows he could, but fuck it.

    "I know you're looking for salvation in the secular age
    But girl I'm not your savior"

    His verbal warning to her. He's not going to play these games and play into the BS. She's looking for a savior, and since she doesn't have religion she's looking to him. This is true for a lot of young people today- they expect too much from relationships. You make you happy, not someone outside of you.

    Wrestle to the ground
    God help me now because

    Eventually they get around to it and get it on. God help him- he's getting caught up in the sexy intoxication of it all.

    They're just girls breaking hearts
    Eyes bright, uptight, just girls
    But she can't be what you need if she's 17
    They're just girls
    They're just girls

    ...and he's reminding himself not to get too caught up, because in the end they're just girls.

    A pair of frozen hands to hold
    Oh she's so southern so she feels the cold

    I think this is a reference to her looking for a relationship in him when it's just not there. She feels the warmth isn't there but is still holding onto the idea of it.

    One moment I was tearing off your blouse
    Now you're living in my house
    What happened to just messing around?

    Slowly she eeks her way more and more into his life as a gf, even though that's not what he wanted, and he told her that. She still thinks he'll change his mind.

    I said "Yo, I think I better go, I can't take you
    You just sit and get stoned with 30 year olds and you think you've made it"

    He leaves because she's making it serious and he doesn't want to. He then moves onto a critique of how she's spending her time. She's young and hot and is getting attention from all the 30 year old men that are successful. This makes her feel good and like she's important.

    'Well, shouldn't you be fucking with somebody your age instead of making changes?'

    He cautions her to not get too caught up in all that. Instead he thinks she should be enjoying her youth and possibly spend it building a relationship with someone her age, rather than being used for her youth by an older man.

    Wrestle to the ground
    God help me now because

    Sex again.

    They're just girls breaking hearts
    Eyes bright, uptight, just girls
    But she can't be what you need if she's 17

    she's immature, she can't fill his needs either.

    They're just girls
    They're just girls

    I told her from the start
    Destined to be hard
    I told her from the start
    I’ll break your heart
    Destined to be hard
    Break your heart

    He told her what he was but she kept ignoring him or thinking she could change his mind.

    The rest is pretty much repeat.
    p218on August 13, 2014   Link
  • +5
    General Commentso shocked this doesn't have any comments seeing as this is probably the 1975's best song. i think on the surface matthew wrote the song to come across as if he doesn't really care about the girl in question. he needs a distraction and this younger girl is exciting and dangerous because it's breaking the rules. however he's also trying to persuade himself that he doesn't care "they're just girls" but he can't help but feel something deeper for her. however she wants to be with him and that scares him because he just wanted to "mess around" so he tries to leave her. but she keeps him coming back "wrestle to the ground, god help me now"
    MaddyDocon October 08, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think is about how vulnerable girls can be especially young girls. Teenage girls are becoming women experimenting with their surroundings and having boys taking advantage of them.
    dbr123on November 13, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think that this song demonstrates how people just want to mess around. and you a girl isn't going to fix because she's just a girl. she isn't what you need, and the idea of just fooling around is bette.r
    rausharveyon November 01, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Commentcan't believe only 10 comments on this, is a great track and very well written.

    I think it is about a girl dumping him for an older guy and thinking hes cooler just because hes older.

    Mark.
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    teethgapsukon November 20, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFirst of all - weirdly obsessed with this song.

    Second of all - I always heard "they're just girls" meaning she's just a girl, not a woman, i.e. very young (he does say "eyes bright", meaning young and naive).

    I guess the song is him saying he was hooking up with a young girl, but she, being young, took it as a relationship instead of just a hookup. He starts to get annoyed with her because she's clingy and she's acting like he's what she was looking for. But he realizes that she's just a young girl, and he needs to break it off.
    rebeccaston March 06, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationMy interpretation of this is that there's a 17 year old girl, that will be 18 in a few months. She flirting with the guy but the guy's brother said to stay away because she's too young seeing as the guys probably in his early 20's. Obviously he ignores his brother's advice.

    She offers to have a one night stand or a short-lived fling, at first he doesn't want to because she's a stoned/drunk?/broken teenaged girl and he doesn't want to deal with her. He knows he shouldn't but he goes along with it and does the deed with her, multiple times.

    After a while he wants to end their fling because she's too much to handle and it was just a bit of fun anyway. He calls it off, breaking her heart but he said from the start that he was going to do that anyway.

    Personally, I love the 1975 and this album is absolutely perfect. My boyfriend bought it for me for my birthday because I really like them and this is honestly one of the best tracks. Great song.
    AliBon March 21, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThere are many situations in this song. It's like a written contradiction. Since he says no to her, but yet he is just looking to fool around which goes against saying No to a partner. He is also saying that girls are only out to play games, "Girls breaking hearts, etc.." It's really difficult to put into an interpretation since it's a contracting song.
    James Deanon January 09, 2016   Link
  • -1
    General CommentEveryone had great responses, but I find the dialogue in the song diffrent.

    "I said no!"
    I actually think that's the guy telling the girl to chill. Saying NO BISH we're not having sex.
    "oh give it a rest. I can persuade you."
    Thats the girl talking smiling at him all seductively trying to get him to do as hse pleases.
    "I'm not your typical stoned 18 year old?
    The guy trying to push her away.
    "Give me a night I'll make you."
    That's her being really nasty and telling him that. In that moment he can't resist. Despite how young she is.
    -Wrestle tot he ground-
    they eventually get on the ground (if ya know what i mean)
    "God help me now"
    befor eanything goes down he's like god help me now.
    BritishBumson October 31, 2014   Link

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