"Be My Number Two" as written by and Jackson....
Won't you be my number two
Me and number one are through
There won't be too much to do
Just smile when I feel blue

And there's not much left of me
What you get is what you see
Is it worth the energy
I leave it up to you

And if you got something to say to me
Don't try to play your funny games on me
I know that it's really not fair of me
But my heart's seen too much action

And every time I look at you
You'll be who I want you to
And I'll do what I can do
To make a dream or two come true
If you'll be my
If you be my number two

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"Be My Number Two" as written by Joe Jackson

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    General CommentI have always wanted to know what the real meaning to this song is....if any one knows I would love to hear it. It is Top 3 of all time favorite songs.
    Laithon January 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think he's dumped girlfriend (or boyfriend) number one and is ready to take on the second choice, "number two." But he's making sure that Number Two KNOWS that he/she is Number Two, but shouldn't think that he/she is lesser than Number One.
    MamaDayon June 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree, MamaDay, and I also think that he wants this relationship to be very honest and on the level, no "funny games," because his "heart's seen too much action." That last relationship was difficult, he wants this one to be simple, "Just smile when I feel blue."
    CoachJohnon December 30, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti think this is about "love the second time around" with his previous partner. he loves his partner so much that he wanted her (even if they're through) to be his 2nd love...
    i think that saying to your ex that you wanted her still to be your next girl (number two) is sweet.. in my opinion
    uhm uhmon October 02, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationThis is about someone that was in a relationship but it has ended. There's a new person in the picture but he wants this person to know up front that they are number 2. "Everytime I look at you, you'll be who I want you to" he's using number 2 to fill a void. Number 2 will never hold the place in his heart that number 1 does but he's gonna try and do what he can do "to make a dream or two, come true."

    It sounds like a sweet song that you would want to have dedicated to you, and it is one of my favorite songs, but when you break it down, it really is a sad song. What's sadder is when you can relate to the song; being somebody's number 2, knowing that you will never be number 1 in their heart and accepting it because you'd rather be number 2 than nothing at all. For those of us who have been there, the true meaning of this song is brutally obvious.
    sally55on February 10, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThe song is about what you want it to be. To me its about someone who, after a previous(number one) relationship, is very disappointed in love and mistrust starting a new relationship. Because of this he got low self-esteem, doesn't expect much, and just doing his best. Before he commits himself into a new (number two)love he makes it clear that he has bin true a lot and she should realise where she begins at. And that in this eventually new relationship she should give him some time, only have to be herself, open and honest, and gentle with his heart(love).
    Numbertwoon March 14, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about butt sex.
    xerxes316on December 05, 2014   Link
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    General CommentWhy not stick to what Joe Jackson saisd about it himself? "I would say it's a bit world-weary or, not world-weary, but a bit, how else to express this? Once bitten, twice shy. It's saying, "Well, let's try again, but it's not going to be like it was the first time." So it's poignant, I think."
    WalterBuentmanon October 28, 2018   Link

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