"Rent" as written by Neil Tennant and Christopher Lowe....
You dress me up, I'm your puppet
You buy me things, I love it
You bring me food, I need it
You give me love, I feed it

And look at the two of us in sympathy
With everything we see
I never want anything, it's easy
You buy whatever I need

But look at my hopes, look at my dreams
The currency we've spent
I love you, you pay my rent
I love you, you pay my rent

You phone me in the evening on hearsay
And bought me caviar
You took me to a restaurant off Broadway
To tell me who you are

We never-ever argue, we never calculate
The currency we've spent
I love you, you pay my rent
I love you, you pay my rent
I love you, you pay my rent

I'm your puppet
I love it

And look at the two of us in sympathy
And sometimes ecstasy
Words mean so little, and money less
When you're lying next to me

But look at my hopes, look at my dreams
The currency we've spent
I love you, you pay my rent
I love you, you pay my rent
I love you, you pay my rent

Look at my hopes, look at my dreams
The currency we've spent
I love you, you pay my rent
I love you, you pay my rent

Look at my hopes, look at my dreams
The currency we've spent
I love you, you pay my rent
I love you, you pay my rent
I love you, you pay my rent (It's easy, it's so easy)
You pay my rent (It's easy, it's so easy)
You pay my rent (It's easy, it's so easy)
I love you (It's easy, it's so easy)
(It's easy, it's so easy)
(It's easy, it's so easy)
(It's easy, it's so easy)
(It's easy, it's so easy)
(It's easy, it's so easy)
(It's easy, it's so easy)



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"Rent" as written by Neil Tennant Christopher Lowe

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    General CommentNeil Tennant has said that this is sung from the perspective of a kept, younger mistress - something very much talked about in the 80s when this was written. a great song, but i always thought that it was "i'm your poppet, i love it" which i think is sweet. shame. thier best song, i would say.
    jameskendallon June 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI would have to say that this, like a lot of songs written or sung by gay people, gets a lot of weight attached tothat little fact and not much attached to the real meaning. There's never any statements of gender in the lyrics, and it could just as easily apply to homo or hetero relationships. The meaning of the lyrics and story here are about a "kept" lover, not "ZOMG Buttsex!"
    Red Octoberon September 28, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI can understand the idea of rent boys because of some parts of the song. However, if this song is about rent boys, how to explain "Words mean so little, and money less, when you're lying next to me"?

    This sentence concerns "the two of us". So both people do not care about money during these moments. If one of them is a rent boy, especially at such moments it is the money that is important.
    That does not fit....
    jayceeNLon December 20, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationjayceeNL, the emotions in a paid relationship are no less complex than the emotions in any other relationship. Maybe in that moment it's not about the money. Maybe in that moment it's important that the john doesn't think it's about the money. Especially when a kept lover is being supported ("you buy me things, you pay my rent") instead of simply paid, it gets complicated.

    RedOctober, it could be about all kinds of relationships. On the other hand, it's not overfocusing on the sexuality of the singers to observe that "rent boy" is a specific term for a male prostitute with male clients, and the composer definitely knew that.
    gementon February 02, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThere are a few lines that point to a sexual relationship, but I always thought that the song could be about any relationship where you're sheltered and coddled, like a parent/child one.

    Your mother or father spoils you to the point where you don't have to worry about yourself. They feel that that's how to be a good parent. They know they can't be around forever, so they give all that they can while they still can, to prove that they love you, so that nobody, including you and themselves, can turn around and accuse them of not loving or taking care of you. And as their child, you get everything you want and need (ie, they pay your rent and buy you everything in the world) - except the freedom and ability to learn how to take care of yourself and others. It's something you inevitably realize as you grow up and watch your parents grow older and frailer. The worst part is that you have no clue how to take care of them, since you never even had to learn to take care of yourself, much less your parents.
    fluuxon March 04, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is obviously about rentboys. good, self-explanatory lyrics. the singing conveys feelings helplessness and sadness. He pays his rent and he loves him, it's so easy. "You give me love, I feed it" is also a good line.
    eric_mon December 10, 2004   Link
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    General CommentAs the comment above states, its about someone who will love someone else for money "I love you, you pay my rent" pretty much sums it up. A very "hurt" song and you can hear in his voice the shame of what the song is about, makes this more of an iconic song.
    DC10on February 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthehehe...I think this song rocks...Or is that just me?

    You can hear the guilt in his voice, and yeah this song is self explanatory...but its great
    Randomhugson March 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI have always thought this to be the very best Pet Shop Boys song, but it never occurred to me it was actually about rent boys until reading the comments above! Mind you, I was young and naive enough when I first heard it over 20 years ago to assume that the person he is singing to is necessarily a woman! In fact, of course, it's about a kept man and the nature of all such relationships. Terribly sad and also a comment on 1980s life, as were all the Boys' songs at the time, it remains nevertheless timeless and seminal. The irony in the repeated lline 'It's so easy' is particularly moving.
    TheKeeperon June 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentStrange that, I thought it was about a woman too, since I was about 8 or nine years old. It only just occured to me at lunchtime (it was on the radio), it was about rent boys, how naive am I??? Must remember not to sing along too enthusiasticly next time.
    RyanTChaseon August 10, 2006   Link

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