Desert loving in your eyes all the way
If I listen to your lies, would you say
I'm a man (a man) without conviction
I'm a man (a man) who doesn't know
How to sell (to sell) a contradiction
You come and go, you come and go

Karma, karma, karma, karma, karma chameleon
You come and go, you come and go
Loving would be easy if your colors were like my dreams
Red, gold, and green, red, gold, and green

Didn't hear your wicked words every day
And you used to be so sweet, I heard you say
That my love (my love) was an addiction
When we cling (we cling), our love is strong
When you go (you go), you're gone forever
You string along, you string along

Karma, karma, karma, karma, karma chameleon
You come and go, you come and go
Loving would be easy if your colors were like my dreams
Red, gold, and green, red, gold, and green

Every day is like survival (survival)
You're my lover (my lover), not my rival
Every day is like survival (survival)
You're my lover (my lover), not my rival

I'm a man (a man) without conviction
I'm a man (a man) who doesn't know
How to sell (to sell) a contradiction
You come and go, you come and go

Karma, karma, karma, karma, karma chameleon
You come and go, you come and go
Loving would be easy if your colors were like my dreams
Red, gold, and green, red, gold, and green

Karma, karma, karma, karma, karma chameleon
You come and go, you come and go
Loving would be easy if your colors were like my dreams
Red, gold, and green, red, gold, and green

Karma, karma, karma, karma, karma chameleon
You come and go, you come and go
Loving would be easy if your colors were like my dreams
Red, gold, and green, red, gold, and green

Karma, karma, karma, karma, karma chameleon


Lyrics submitted by magicnudiesuit, edited by OthaFish

Karma Chameleon Lyrics as written by George Alan O'Dowd, Jonathan Aubrey Moss, Michael Emile Craig, Roy Ernest Hay, Philip Stuart Pickett

Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • +7
    General Comment

    Boy George was in the band Culture Club. He is gay (you didn't know - gasps) and was having a secret affair with the drummer of the band. So the song is about that:

    I listen to YOUR lies would YOU say I'm a MAN without conviction I'm a MAN who doesn't know How to sell a contradiction

    Would YOU say that I'm a MAN....

    The affair is secret so the lover is angry that he would be "outted".

    He came and went - could not make up his mind = contradiction.

    Love would be easy is you let your true colors shine through. The way you are with me (when they are together but also in his dreams). But your FEAR makes it very difficult. They fight (rival) over this.

    I think green just happens to rhyme with dream... no importance.

    UrJokingon May 04, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    UrJoking, THANK YOU. That's the only sensible SongMeaning I've seen for this song. :P

    I saw the comments about the song being about a woman and nearly fell off my chair, by the way.

    Anyway, apart from him being a scary dirty old man, Boy George is pretty fucking awesome.

    MashedtoaPulpon June 11, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    her??? maybe i meant 'him'...wups

    Kaaaaaon January 22, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    this song has been stuck in my head the past 4 days straight... i'm trying to figure it out by taking it in bits and pieces but when i put them together it doesnt make sense lol... im more interested in figuring out the color part... Loving would be easy if the colours were like my dreams Red, gold and green Red, gold and green i was listening to it in the car and i saw a traffic light... could this represent a traffic light comparison? like they stop and see each other than gradually date until theyre in a nonstop relationship? idk im grabbing for things...

    dmentedpixistixon January 13, 2007   Link
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    General Comment

    the song is about fear that people have, the fear of standing up for one thing. It's about trying to suck up to everybody like if you aren't true, if you don't act like you feel, then you get Karma-(justice), that's nature's way of paying you back."

    iluvuluvmeon April 19, 2007   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation

    Okay, submitted a typo - desert loving isn't the right lyric. My interpretation:

    Is the loving in your eyes all the way? If I listened to your lies would you say I'm a man without conviction, I'm a man who doesn't know How to sell a contradiction? You come and go, You come and go

    I always believed "come and go" is a play on words here - meaning that his partner is different in bed than when they're not sleeping together. Like as soon as they cum, he's out the door. The narrator's in a double bind because if he stands up for himself he can lose his lover, but if he doesn't, he feels like his lover doesn't respect him for going along with the lies and he might lose him anyway. He just can't win. What he's really wondering throughout this song is does his partner even want the relationship to work, and is it possible to fix things?

    Karma karma karma karma karma chameleon You come and go you come and go Loving would be easy if your colors were like my dreams: Red Gold and Green, Red Gold and Green

    I like the explanation someone else gave about Red Gold and Green being a symbol of political opinions (Rastafarian, etc) being a source of conflict. In many ways, the couple here just isn't right together. They have different values. As for karma chameleon, for some reason I think he used karma because it sounded good, but he probably meant "aura." Back in the 80s, a lot of the target audience wouldn't have known the difference anyway.

    Didn't hear your wicked words every day And you used to be so sweet I heard you say that my love was an addiction When we cling our love is strong When you go you're gone forever You string along

    George is coming to terms with his own denial of the change in the relationship. Again, the lover is sweet as anything until he's gotten what he wants, then he's consumed with bitterness, leaving and coming back over and over again. It's possible the lover is even having difficulty coming to terms with his homosexuality and taking it out on the narrator. So sweet as the lover used to be, George is starting to hear the wicked words and take them seriously as a problem.

    Every Day is like survival You're my lover not my rival

    This seems to indicate jealousy (possibly over George's greater fame?) but not just that, the feeling that the relationship is a struggle, the only thing that's working is the sex and the dawning realization that as much as he wants this to work, his lover just isn't open or honest enough for that to be possible. But he never quite makes up his mind in this song.

    notthattartagainon July 17, 2010   Link
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    Great song! I dont really know what it means, but 'desert loving' can be a reference to the movie "Priscilla Queen of the Desert"

    TheAntiPoseron June 12, 2003   Link
  • 0
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    taking a stab here to actually find a meaning in this song other then just say that i love it and that it gets stuck in my head.... he's going out with some biach who doesnt give a damn about anyone else except herself, and he's trying his best to make her happy but she's so selfish she cant see how lucky she is to have him... Didn't hear your wicked words every day and you used to be so sweet

    Every day is like survival You're my lover not my rival

    karma= what u give comes back to you chameleon= a creature that changes colour to suit its surroundings maybe, she changes her personality to suit the type of ppl that she's with, i dont know about the karma bit... her karma changes with who shes with? i dont know! we need help on that bit! take that as u will

    Kaaaaaon January 17, 2006   Link
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    General Comment

    very catchy, boy george freaks me out though

    strawberry**nerdson February 24, 2006   Link
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    General Comment

    kublip.. in reply to your question 'how can you not know what this song means?' well this is my answer.. be an idiot... like me.... so for all people like me 'idiots' tell me what YOU think it means, thanks :)

    anima85ukon October 17, 2006   Link

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