Such a drag to want something sometime
One thing leads to another I know
Was a time wanted you for mine
Nobody knew
You arrived like a day
And passed like a cloud
I made a wish, I said it out loud
Out loud in a crowd
Everybody heard
It was the talk of the town

It's not my place to know what you feel
I'd like to know but why should I?
Who were you then, who are you now?
Common laborer by night, by day highbrow
Back in my room I wonder, then I
Sit on the bed, look at the sky
Up in the sky
Clouds rearrange
Like the talk of the town

Maybe tomorrow, maybe someday
Maybe tomorrow, maybe someday
You've changed your place in this world
You've changed your place in this world

Oh but it's hard to live by the rules
I never could and still never do
The rules and such never bothered you
You call the shots and they follow
I watch you still from a distance then go
Back to my room, you never know
I want you, I want you but now
Who's the talk of the town?

Maybe tomorrow, maybe someday
Maybe tomorrow, maybe someday
You've changed your place in this world
You've changed your place in this world

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Talk of the Town Lyrics as written by Christine Hynde


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    General CommentI love this song. And do you know what ? Shirley Manson liked it too (in case you d'ont know who Shirley Manson is, she is the singer of the group Garbage). In fact she is a big fan of Chrissie Hynde. That is why she sampled this song in their song "special". At first they did not get the autorisation from the labels etc, but then she asked directly Chrissie Hynde, who answered that, of course she could sample her song, and that she could even "sample [her] very arse" if she wanted to ! lol
    Auroreon March 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWhat is the wish that she makes out loud to result in her being the 'Talk of the town'? Is it just some basic loin longing?
    Dullthudon August 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentShe's a daring person, so I think probably what she wished in loud voice when she was younger was something really able to provoke a big scandal in the town while he seemed to be the 'perfect guy' of the town and this turned the things even harder to her in the town, whose residents should think "don't mess around with him, bitch!". But the time always brings new 'exciting' gossips to those ones and she leaves to be the 'talk of the town' but she still owns hope about her chances with him and she expects one day he makes himself more human and less perfect... Then on another day he becomes the 'talk of the town' on calling a group of shots for making something...
    circusjuggleron September 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentBelieve it or not , some pretenders experts agree , even Chrissie herself has eluded to it i think,,,,thet this song stems from her late 70s early 80s crush on Johnnie Rotten.....YES!!! that Johnnie Rotten from the sex pistols.......Chrissie claims that part of the saong is about a roadie or part of the crew that would always stand outsidetheir rehearsals or when they were leaving for a show and she would watch him stand there as they drove off....Interesting
    DrummerBoy45on August 15, 2007   Link
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    Song MeaningI believe I heard before that this song was about someone she was on the road with. I can't recall if he was a fellow musician or what, but she could never tell him exactly how she felt at the time.

    It would make sense...
    She wants him, but can't have him... wants to understand him and what he's been through, but knows she shouldn't ask too much. To me, the song seems like a mental struggle of "living by the rules" of what is acceptable.
    crackersoupon January 25, 2011   Link
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    General CommentReminds me of the perfect guy I had a major crush on back than, than drugs took him and he 'changed his place in this world'...real sad song for me.
    delia17601on March 12, 2019   Link

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