"What Have I Done To Deserve This?" as written by Allee Willis, Neil Francis Tennant and Christopher Lowe....
You always wanted a lover
I only wanted a job
I've always worked for my living
How am I gonna get through
How am I gonna get through

I come here looking for money
Got to have it
And end up living with love, oh, oh
Now you left me with nothing
Can't take it
How am I gonna get through
How am I gonna get through

I bought you drinks, I brought you flowers
I read you books and talked for hours
Every day, so many drinks
Such pretty flowers, so tell me
What have I, what have I, what have I done to deserve this
What have I, what have I, what have I done to deserve this
What have I, what have I, what have I ...

Since you went away I've been hanging around
I've been wondering why I'm feeling down
You went away, it should make me feel better
But I don't know, oh
How I'm gonna get through
What have I, what have I, what have I done to deserve this
How I'm gonna get through
What have I, what have I, what have I done to deserve this

You always wanted me to be something I wasn't
You always wanted too much, oh, oh
Now I can do what I want to, forever
How am I gonna get through
How am I gonna get through

At night, the people come and go
They talk too fast, and walk too slow
Chasing time from hour to hour
I pour the drinks and crush the flowers
What have I, what have I done to deserve this
What have I, what have I, what have I done to deserve this
What have I, what have I, what have I

Since you went away I've been hanging around
I've been wondering why I'm feeling down
You went away, it should make me feel better
But I don't know, oh
How I'm gonna get through, baby
What have I, what have I, what have I done to deserve this
How I'm gonna get through, baby
What have I, what have I, what have I done to deserve this
How I'm gonna get through, baby
What have I, what have I, what have I done to deserve this
How I'm gonna get through, tell me
What have I, what have I, what have I done to deserve this
How I'm gonna get through, baby
What have I, what have I, what have I done to deserve this
How I'm gonna get through, yeah
What have I, what have I, what have I done to deserve this

Gonna get through
Gonna get through

What have I, what have I, what have I done to deserve this
I'm gonna get through, right
What have I, what have I, what have I done to deserve this

We don't have to fall apart, we don't have to fight
What have I, what have I, what have I done to deserve this
We don't need to go to hell and back every night
What have I, what have I, what have I done to deserve this
You never ever left me, baby, think of me
What have I, what have I, what have I done to deserve this
Oh, babe
What have I, what have I, what have I done to deserve this

We don't have to fall apart, we don't have to fight
What have I, what have I, what have I done to deserve this
We don't need to go to hell and back every night
What have I, what have I, what have I done to deserve this

Gonna get through, baby, I'm gonna get
What have I, what have I, what have I done to deserve this
Forever
What have I, what have I, what have I done to deserve this
Gonna get through, baby, yeah
What have I, what have I, what have I done to deserve this
Gonna get through, get through, baby, ooh
What have I, what have I, what have I done to deserve this


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"What Have I Done To Deserve This" as written by Christopher Lowe Allee Willis

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

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  • +2
    General CommentMaybe I'm wrong, but I always thought it was about a woman and he gigalo... He falls in love with her, but she has no use for him anymore.

    "You always wanted a lover
    I only wanted a job
    I've always worked for my living"

    "I come here looking for money
    (Got to have it)
    And end up living with love, oh, oh
    Now you left me with nothing"
    jsmithon February 19, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Commentmaybe he was a rent boy?
    rudegiirldeeon October 03, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentfor me this is one of those typical song ...boy meets girl girl ditches boy . however i have always felt that PSB song are very issue specific in a very simple manner (unlike the regular fire-desire songs) ..they always hit the right spot & this is what makes them stand out from the other bands/artists . The depiction of what was & what it has become suddenly for no apparent reason is breathtaking
    baitnswitchon December 13, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about two people who have met at their job and have fell in love, and then split up. Neil sings about how he used to treat his partner

    "I bought you drinks, I brought you flowers
    I read you books and talked for hours
    Every day, so many drinks
    Such pretty flowers, so tell me
    What have I, what have I, what have I done to deserve this?"

    Dusty Springfield (who duets on this song) is singing about how will she get through without her former partner, because she thought she could get on without him, but couldnt.
    This song is one of my favourite duets, with Neils and Dusty's voices complimenting each other.
    DC10on February 18, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is on my gym mix, and it seems to me to be about a guy who falls for a prostitute. Or a prosititute who falls for a client, who only wanted one thing from him. Hmm.
    powerballadon December 04, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song asks alot of damn questions,that nobody answers!
    Thia007on November 30, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo me, this song is about a guy who meets a girl at work, they begin a relationship, and she eventually leaves him, crushed, for no apparent reason to him. But, my interpretation of the lyrics leaves to believe he was too infatuated with her, she wanted him to be something that he wasn't, perhaps back off a little, which made him try harder, smother her, and she ends up leaving him. "I brought you drinks, I brought you flowers, I read you books and talked for hours...EVERY day, so many drinks, such pretty flowers, so tell me, what have i done to deserve this..." I read trying too hard, smothering...and then saying, "what did I do?? only good things for you.."

    The lyric that Dusty sings, "..you went away, it should make me feel better.." is telling in that he knows that he wasn't in a good place, it wasn't the right relationship, and maybe ending it was the best thing for him, but he can't see that yet...
    pmt419on October 04, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat songgggg
    mrszaynmalikon April 22, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, it's pretty self-explanatory. He goes looking for a job, falls in love hard and ends up getting hurt in the end.
    thxneon September 09, 2013   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI've always imagined this song being about a guy getting a job at a hospital; a job that involves talking to and comforting the patients, like maybe a social worker. Most likely, I'm wrong, but this is just how I've interpreted it since the first time I've heard it.
    elixir808on December 02, 2004   Link

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