"Rapture" as written by and Stein....
Toe to toe
Dancing very close
Barely breathing
Almost comatose
Wall to wall
People hypnotized
And they're stepping lightly
Hang each night in Rapture

Back to back
Sacroiliac
Spineless movement
And a wild attack

Face to face
Sadly solitude
And it's finger popping
Twenty-four hour shopping in Rapture

Fab Five Freddie told me everybody's high
DJ's spinnin' are savin' my mind
Flash is fast, Flash is cool
Francois sez fas, Flashe' no do
And you don't stop, sure shot
Go out to the parking lot
And you get in your car and you drive real far
And you drive all night and then you see a light
And it comes right down and lands on the ground
And out comes a man from Mars
And you try to run but he's got a gun
And he shoots you dead and he eats your head
And then you're in the man from Mars
You go out at night, eatin' cars
You eat Cadillacs, Lincolns too
Mercury's and Subaru's
And you don't stop, you keep on eatin' cars

Then, when there's no more cars
You go out at night and eat up bars where the people meet
Face to face, dance cheek to cheek
One to one, man to man
Dance toe too toe
Don't move to slow, 'cause the man from Mars
Is through with cars, he's eatin' bars
Yeah, wall to wall, door to door, hall to hall
He's gonna eat 'em all
Rapture, be pure
Take a tour, through the sewer
Don't strain your brain, paint a train
You'll be singin' in the rain
I said don't stop, to punk rock

Well now you see what you wanna be
Just have your party on TV
'Cause the man from Mars won't eat up bars when the TV's on
And now he's gone back up to space
Where he won't have a hassle with the human race
And you hip-hop, and you don't stop
Just blast off, sure shot
'Cause the man from Mars stopped eatin' cars and eatin' bars
And now he only eats guitars, get up!


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"Rapture" as written by Christopher Stein Deborah Harry

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  • +4
    Song MeaningThis is kind of late to enter here, but I think someone searching should have something of some substance to read about this song. But before I get to that, let me clear up a bit of ignorance spouted here. First, of course, Blondie did not invent rap, or for that matter, "white rap", whatever that might be. Certainly the group was aware of Gil Scott-Heron (The Revolution Will Not Be Televised) if not "The Last Poets" and similar groups. They knew what they were doing. Finally, it doesn't matter how fast Harry and Stein wrote the song and what, if anything, they were thinking when they did so. Meaning is not a matter for the writer--it is a matter for the listener.

    I guess it is natural for people to figure that any rock song they can't understand is about drugs, but I don't think this is valid. When writing about drugs, most songwriters are pretty explicit about it. For example, "I'm Waiting for my Man" is about drugs; "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" (LSD, get it?) is not. Even "Lookin' out My Back Door", which *seems* like a guy coming home, dropping acid, and tripping on his back porch, is probably not about drugs, but rather about a man home from work who finally gets a chance to play with his creativity.

    Rapture seems very clear; I thought it was obvious to everyone. It is about environmental destruction and over-blown consumerism. Not that I'm saying it is that simple, but in one sentence, that's what you get. There is clearly a lot about sex, but this too is related to the commoditization of the act. Look at how they deconstruct the human interactions in the song. When dancing close, the body is breathing "almost comatose". They aren't grinding pelvises, they are "back to back" using the sacroiliac join--indicating that they are trying to interact as little as possible with each other. When they do face each other, they don't look at one another. Without human connection, what is left: the things we buy. I think the song is more relevant today than ever.

    There is, of course, the whole issue of "The Rapture", and the song gets more into this toward the end. It seems to say, "The Rapture is a myth, no one is really going to come down and destroy you, but your things are going to be taken away from you--by you and the way you live--and you will be left with, what? Each other." Hence the last line, "Get up!"

    And despite what someone "heard", the last line before the first "rap" section *is* "Twenty four hour shopping in rapture". (Some people think Hendrix said "Excuse me while I kiss this guy" too; that doesn't make it so. Meaning is for the listener, but the actual text is for the writer.)
    FranklyCuriouson April 10, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General CommentAm I the only one that actually loves the rap part!
    dorky_twilighteron January 07, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentSounds like voodoo to me, but I'm not sure and most likely wrong. The "man from mars" is a voodoo god (according to wikipedia) Also according to wikipaedia, "the lyrics of "Rapture" included references to hip-hop pioneers Fab Five Freddy and Grandmaster Flash." This song rocks, and I'm not fond of rapping.


    The dude in white hat and tails was dancer William Barnes, whom also coregraphed the video. Fab Five Freddy made cameo appearance in the video also.
    DeathValley69on February 19, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPerhaps,people being harrassed by the cops-"drive all night until you see a light".......
    Arcadianon February 08, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentprobably a science-fiction fantasy about a hungry alien -- but "paint a train" isn't nonsense. It refers to teens spraying graffiti on subways
    CuteSparkinaon May 10, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHey, I don't know what this song is about - that means it's about drugs!
    Shawnon March 08, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt reminds me of "Stranger from a Strange Planet" amazon.com/gp/product/0441790348/…
    It was about a man known to the world as the "Man from Mars." He was human. Most of the symbols seem to click. I don't know if she could have read it before writing those lyrics, though.
    triliothon April 10, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentbest rap song ever, lol.
    asher27on February 01, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song really is about a load of bollocks
    FoxAACon March 05, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYou people on here that are complaining about how this song resebles the sound of rapping, seriously need to grow up.
    Antoinellasticalon May 05, 2011   Link

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