This is the place for celebrating
This is the crowd that's fascinating
This is the time for concentrating
To hear some words worth translating

He's rapping 'bout his meditating
She's dying for some medicating
And though I shouldn't be complaining
What's lacking here is entertaining

[Chorus]
We're all looking for a good time
But what we get is empty rhyme
When everything's right but nothing's fine
It's everything but partytime

Talk about decorating
A room that needs sophisticating
When coversations become straining
No one's good at interest feigning

[Chorus]


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     First, let me say I told everyone back in 1981 that I was in love with five women. The Go Go's were probably the band I was most "into"...ever. So this is a note from a true fan. I recently read Belinda Carlisle's autobiography, where she said this song was about the group starting to lose their enthusiasm for the band and each other. I think she was close, but missed another level of the real meaning. I believe that Jane and Gina wrote the song about Belinda (and possibly about Charlotte, too) and her ongoing issues with drugs and alcohol. I think they were trying to reach her by making her sing the words at every show.

    "We're all looking for a good time" - The Go Go's were enjoying their popularity, and understand that she wants to enjoy herself

    "But what we get is empty rhyme" - Belinda is showing up for shows and rehearsals with less than full enthusiasm (the lyrics she was singing - the "rhyme" - were lacking emotion and investment)

    "When everything's right but nothing's fine" - The band's career is going great, but internally, they're unahppy with the way things are going between them

    "It's everything but partytime" - They want Belinda to stop partying and get serious about the band again

    KirkHon February 15, 2011   Link

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