I never meant to be so bad to you
One thing I said that I would never do
A look from you and I would fall from grace
And that would wipe this smile right from my face

Do you remember when we used to dance?
And incident arose from circumstance
One thing lead to another, we were young
And we would scream together songs unsung

It was the heat of the moment
Telling me what your heart meant
The heat of the moment shone in your eyes

And now you find yourself in eighty two
The disco hot spots hold no charm for you
You can't concern yourself with bigger things
You catch the pearl and ride the dragon's wings

'Cause it's the heat of the moment
Heat of the moment, the heat of the moment
Shone in your eyes

And when your looks are gone and you're alone
How many nights you sit beside the phone
What were the things you wanted for yourself
Teenage ambitions you'll remember well

It was the heat of the moment
Telling me what your heart meant
The heat of the moment shone in your eyes

It was the heat of the moment
Heat of the moment, heat of the moment
Shone in your eyes

Heat of the moment, heat of the moment
Heat of the moment
Heat of the moment, heat of the moment


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Heat Of The Moment Lyrics as written by John Wetton Geoff Downes

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  • +3
    General CommentWhen you go through a hard time, you never realize what you have or had until it is gone, or is on it’s way out the door. You may never ever realize that promises are made to be broken, and it is inevitable that you break someone’s heart, or someone breaks yours. If that one person who took their heart away from you would just give you that look they always gave you before, you would feel like the most complete person in the world, and depending on how you look at it, that one look, no matter how far you have come since your hearts were broken, no matter how happy you are, that one look will strike somewhere really deep, and it will wipe away all the happiness you have since gained back, and for a split second, maybe a short while, maybe for an eternity, you will feel the passion and love and desire you once had for that one special someone.
    halffaston May 04, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General CommentGod damnit.

    Never tie a good song to a bad relationship.
    xxblowupon August 24, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"I prefer the Eric Cartman version." - definitely, I love that episode.

    This song is so good.
    quiffpornon October 22, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIn a way this song is about looking back. I interepret it as being about what happens when you get into your mid-late 20s early 30s and what worked for you between sixteen and twenty-five no longer works. As a friend of mine once put it (and was also stated in the movie Love And Basketball) when you're a kid/teen you have your dreams ("teenage ambitions") and it doesn't occur to you until later that things aren't gonna turn out that way. Wheb you're in your late teens early twenties you just wanna party yet after a certain point the novelty wears off and "the disco hot spots hold no charm for you". That part could also be interpreted as a general comment that by 1982 the party was over for a lot of people. Many people who had been in their twenties i the disco era were now at that point I referred to earlier and confronted with reality. The song is telling this story parallel with one about a past love that the singer's reflecting on. In a loose sense its commenting on how things can happen in the heat of the moment.

    I never was a major fan of Asia. But I always liked Heat Of The Moment.
    PTownshendon July 08, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is most definately about how something happened real fast and he wasn't excpecting it to happen the way it did, but now he wants to remember all that was of greatness.
    pedroon May 23, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthaha my boyfriend sings the intro to me everytime I get upset at him.

    Depending on how mad I am, he may go through the entire song [it eventually loses connection and isn't talking about anything related to us anymore... but still] or just get through the first line.

    Definitely a great 80's song. no lies, mofu.
    xxblowupon March 19, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is written from the perspective of a man who had a friend/girlfriend from the time they were young who he promised, basically, he would never let down. he did, though, and he regrets it. however, over time she has become a person consumed by a certain lifestyle and here she is in 1982, her youth fading, the clubs are stale to her and she doesn't really care about what's going on in the world- she's just catching the pearl and riding the dragon's wings i.e. heroin. her eyes used to shine but now she's just a broken women who will end up alone and unhappy, constantly remembering her youth and that heat of the moment. this is a great story song from the era of excess.
    manders804on June 25, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like good 80s rock. This is just a great song with a great tune. I was way to young when this song was out for it to have any personal meaning. However, it makes me think about being a teenager and doing things that I am to smart to do now but loved to do without thinking about it then.
    jbarondeon April 17, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti would have to agree with pedro. something had to of happened really fast and he had no clue thi thing would happen. but where pedro went wrong i'll pick up the slack. the guy was obviously gay. going to a disco come on quere from the foot to the ear. so this ong is about love and revenge. and drugs, money and prostitutes much like most songs.
    king cobraon May 23, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI prefer the Eric Cartman version.
    ramtharon August 19, 2002   Link

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