I've had relations with girls from many nations
I've made passes at women of all classes
And just because you're gay I won't turn you away
If you stick around I'm sure that we can find some common ground

Strong and warm and wild and free
Your laws do not apply to me

A nuclear submarine sinks off the coast of Sweden
Headlines give me headaches when I read them
I had an uncle who once played for Red Star Belgrade
He said some things are really left best unspoken
But I prefer it all to be out in the open

Strong and warm and wild and free
Your laws do not apply to me
Don't threaten me with misery
I demand equality

I'm sure that everybody knows how much my body hates me
It lets me down most every time and makes me rash and hasty
I feel a total jerk before your naked body of work

I'm getting weighed down with all this information
Safe sex doesn't mean no sex it just means use your imagination
Stop playing with yourselves in hard currency hotels
I look like Robert De Niro, I drive a Mitsubishi Zero

Strong and warm and wild and free
Your laws do not apply to me
Come eat and drink and sleep with me
We can be what we want to be

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Sexuality Lyrics as written by Johnny Marr Billy Bragg

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  • +5
    General CommentOne of my favourite songs - I feel it is about challenging Society's conceptions about how we interact sexually with others, and simply living according to one's own feelings without being subject to repressive social norms that dictate that only certain forms of sexuality are acceptable. A part of left-wing politics all too often left unsaid, I feel!
    bobkindleson May 07, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General CommentIt's a subtle song, a few meanings. A lot of the references are to sexual FANTASY. Also it deals with low self esteem regarding his body- in the video Kirsty MacColl makes a "small penis" sign with her fingers, and the people are laughing behind his back.

    There are also some rather clear masturbation references. "I feel a total jerk, before your naked body of work." "Stop playing with yourselves."

    The Mitsubishi Zero/Robert Di Niro references which follow immediatly after are to a certain kind of over the top, flash type of man.. the clever implication is that he is a wanker!
    warmerdayson October 05, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe song of a bi-sexual swinger.
    Comrade_Liaron April 23, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the line
    'Safe sex doesn't mean no sex
    It just means use your imagination'

    Can anyone explain the references to submarines in sweden, and red star belgrade fc?
    billybiloon July 07, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThey really are lines that seemingly have no relevance arn't they? Much like the Robert Di Niro and Mitsubishi lines.

    Perhaps, I dunno I'm really guessing here. Submarines are stealth ships, unspoke? A Nuclear Submarine sinking needs to be 'out in the open' much like sex? I really don't know.
    RABicleon August 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song makes me laugh. It is dweeby and happy and very straight forward. It has a good, simple message delivered without any subtility.
    blooddrivendreamon June 12, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe song is about sexual freedom, for everybody, and about tolerance (e.g. towards gay people) and individual freedom („your laws don‘t match with me“, „wild and free“ and equality. All people are equal, whether they look good or not („my body hates me„ referring to people not satisfied with their appearance or habits).

    It has some paradoxal thoughts, e.g. the one with the Mitsubishi Zero. Generally, Mitsubishis are not consideree super sexy cars, and would not really match De Niro. Furthemore, the Mitsubishi Zero is a warplane, more precisely the most common one used by Japan in WW II.
    stera11910on August 28, 2020   Link
  • -3
    General CommentThe song 'of a poof'. Lol
    alfiebabyon May 20, 2006   Link
  • -6
    General CommentThe song of a poof.
    willia05on March 22, 2006   Link

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