99.9 Fahrenheit degrees
Stable now, with rising possibilities
It could be normal but it isn't quite
Could make you want to stay awake at night

You seem to me
Like a man
0n the verge of burning
99.9 Fahrenheit degrees

Pale as a candle
And your face is hot
And if I touch you
I might get what you've got

You seem to me
Like a man
On the verge of running
99.9 Fahrenheit degrees

Something cool
Against the skin
Is what you could be
Something cool
Against the skin
Is what you
Could be needing

99.9 Fahrenheit degrees
You seem to me
Like a man
On the verge of burning
99.9 Fahrenheit degrees

Something cool
Against the skin
Is what you could be
Something cool
Against your skin
Is what you
Could be needing

99.9 Fahrenheit degrees [X2]


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99.9f Lyrics as written by SUZANNE VEGA

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    I first heard about this song on Suzanne Vega's website where she says it's about flirting or something. :P

    Konekonosumuieon April 10, 2005   Link
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    My Interpretation

    The song is obviously about sexual tension and excitement, and is close to being X-rated but with clever use of metaphor to preserve the pretense that it might just be describing an actual fever. The speaker sees "rising possibilities" in the man (an erection, to be blunt), and his desire to "stay awake at night"--to have sex. "If I touch you I might get what you've got"--i.e., the same level of sexual excitement. 99.9 F is almost 100--suggesting he's in a state which is about to transition into something more complete--orgasmic satisfaction. He could be needing something cool against the skin--her body, whose touch can bring him over the edge and relieve the tension. Of course the metaphorical temperature works only in the imperial system: 37.9 C doesn't sound as much like it's on the edge of a complete change into something very interesting, while 99.9 C would be a lethal and impossible body temperature. 99.9 F, OTOH, is a plausible, uncomfortable but far from lethal, fever temperature, allowing the pretense that we're just talking about an illness...when this is clearly /not/ what we are talking about.

    ScottEFon October 11, 2023   Link

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