"How Can You Expect To Be Taken Seriously?" as written by Neil Tennant and Christopher Lowe....
You live upon a stage, and everyone's agreed
You're the brightest hope by far that anyone can see
So when you take the limelight you can guarantee
You're gaining fame and claiming credibility
Tell me baby are you gonna get high as a kite?
Tell me baby are you gonna let it happen every night
How can you expect to be taken seriously?

You live within the law, and everyone assumes
You must find this a bore, and try something new
You're an intellectual giant, an authority
To preach and teach the whole world about ecology
Tell me baby are you gonna make any other claims?
Tell me baby are you gonna take any of the blame?
How can you expect to be taken seriously?
How can you expect to be taken seriously?
(Seriously)
(Seriously)

You live within the headlines, so everyone can see
You're supporting every new cause and meeting royalty
You're another major artist on a higher plane
Do you think they'll put you in the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame?
Tell me baby how you generate longevity
Tell me baby how you really hate publicity
How can you expect to be taken seriously?
How can you expect to be taken seriously?
Seriously (seriously)
Seriously, aah

(Do you have a message for your fans?)

How can you expect to be taken seriously?
How can you expect to be taken seriously?

(Seriously)
Seriously
(Seriously)
Seriously
Aah, seriously


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"How Can You Expect to Be Taken Seriously?" as written by Christopher Lowe Neil Tennant

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    General CommentIt's about a famous rock star, possibly (probably) Sting.
    Wanderpopson November 13, 2004   Link
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    General CommentYep, Sting is probably one of the targets from all those 'acid' comments, but I think Bono Vox is the first man that Neil intended to criticise here, including PSB knew this one hardly would be a hit single by its own merits, so they decided to release it together with a cover from... U2 (A-ha!), which is Where The Streets Have No Name. And Bono made the following comment about this: "What have I done to deserve this?". I really enjoy its lyrics a lot, since it clearly reveals all the ego from some rock'n'roll stars when they decided to save the world...
    circusjuggleron September 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentDefinitely Bono! This is one of my favourite PSB songs! I think Neil has always loved to hint at things. Cryptically almost. Replace the 'tell me baby' with 'tell me Bono' and your there.. PSB forever..
    Alliance166on February 07, 2014   Link
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    My OpinionEl comentario sobre Bono me parece interesante, pero tambien creo que esta cancion se refiere a esa gente que mediaticamente quiere hacerse notar a toda costa.
    En la Argentina, a esos personajes a los que los PSB refieren, se los denomina "mediaticos", los cuales pueden ser artistas venidos a menos, desconocidas modelos, perdidas bailarinas de algun show , gente comun, hijos desconocidos de alguna notoriedad, e incluso politicos que necesitan algo de prensa para sus campañas. Y este tipo de gente se valen de todo tipo de escandalos o declaraciones contradictorias para aparecer o continuar de una u otra manera en los medios. Crean un personaje para lograr notoriedad, queriendose prolongar mas alla de sus 15 minutos de fama. Y es en ese momento cuando colapsan, poniendo en riesgo su salud fisica, mental, y moral. Pasan a ser ridiculos y faltos de credibilidad (How Can You Expect to Be Taken Seriously? ) Generalmente terminan "de mode" o arruinados.
    Si bien los PSB exponen a estos personajes adictos a aparecer en los medios, habilmente advierten tambien que para no caer en tal estado de locura el remedio es no tomarse en serio el personaje que uno mismo se construyo para mostrarse ante los demas. Que todo se trata de un juego, en donde nada se apuesta y en donde solo se juega por diversion. O sea: "you've gotta have fun".
    richardchumanon September 07, 2014   Link

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