Best 'English as a Fourth Language' Comment About a Woman Who Has 'The Look' from the Roxette Song 'The Look'

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I don't know how I'd failed to notice that this song was a lost William Burroughs cut-up novel.

Poll Results

Naked to the t-bone 14
She's a juvenile scam 4
Tasty like a raindrop 4
Moving like a hammer 3
Kissing is the wet sand 3
Banging on the head drum 2
When she's spinning me around/Kissing is a color 2
Her loving is a wild dog 2
She's a miracle man 2
Shaking like a mad bull 2
Is a lover's disguise 1
Loving is the ocean 0
Hitting like a hammer 0
Swaying to the band 0
Heavenly bound/Cause heaven's got a number 0
Never was a quitter 0
Fire in the ice 0
Walking like a man 0

There must be some magic clue inside these gentle walls (Old Lunch), Monday, 27 June 2016 17:41 (four years ago) link

I vote for "Chica Cherry Cola"

MarkoP, Monday, 27 June 2016 17:55 (four years ago) link

I've marvelled over these lyrics for a while.

Hi! I'm twice-coloured! (Sund4r), Monday, 27 June 2016 18:25 (four years ago) link

Naked to the t-bone

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 27 June 2016 18:37 (four years ago) link

I guess 'flayed' is technically a look, if not THE Look.

There must be some magic clue inside these gentle walls (Old Lunch), Monday, 27 June 2016 19:10 (four years ago) link

"Shaking like a mad bull" for the pawing the ground & snorting imagery.

gyac, Monday, 27 June 2016 19:21 (four years ago) link

I half wonder if the woman he's observing isn't actually a blighted mannequin being chewed to pieces in a wood chipper or something.

There must be some magic clue inside these gentle walls (Old Lunch), Monday, 27 June 2016 19:29 (four years ago) link

these lyrics are amazing

probably going with "Her loving is a wild dog"

silverfish, Monday, 27 June 2016 21:06 (four years ago) link

although if "Naked to the t-bone is a lover's disguise" counted as one line, I would probably vote for that

silverfish, Monday, 27 June 2016 21:08 (four years ago) link

Lots of defiance of the communicational impetus of language here, but "when she's spinning me around/Kussing is a color" might be the most un-evocative image here

mark e smith and brexit (Drugs A. Money), Sunday, 3 July 2016 21:28 (four years ago) link

The complete randomness of the lyrics is probably my favorite thing about this song.

volumetric god rays (DJP), Sunday, 3 July 2016 22:51 (four years ago) link

I might vote for "she's a juvenile scam" because I both actually like the way it sounds and have no idea what it would mean.

Hi! I'm twice-coloured! (Sund4r), Monday, 4 July 2016 01:11 (four years ago) link

I really enjoy the impassioned delivery of "banging on the head drum", though. Hm.

Hi! I'm twice-coloured! (Sund4r), Monday, 4 July 2016 01:20 (four years ago) link

heaven has *her* number


Mark G, Monday, 4 July 2016 07:33 (four years ago) link

naked to the t-bone

TARANTINO! (dog latin), Monday, 4 July 2016 08:01 (four years ago) link

Either of the options that suggest the observer is actually looking for a man. Brings a level of pathos to it

albvivertine, Monday, 4 July 2016 11:16 (four years ago) link

Actually the "hammer" options p much suggest the same thing, so those too. Chose "She's a miracle man" tho I guess there's meant to be a comma in there.

albvivertine, Monday, 4 July 2016 11:20 (four years ago) link

yesterday i read this thread and then went and saw stations of the cross (2015) in which this was the only piece of music in it

linee, Monday, 4 July 2016 23:46 (four years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Sunday, 31 July 2016 00:01 (four years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Monday, 1 August 2016 00:01 (four years ago) link

wow, a landslide among so many good options

intheblanks, Monday, 1 August 2016 00:15 (four years ago) link

four years pass...

Truly, this is the 'Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds' of the '80s.

Meat Chew All the Way (Old Lunch), Friday, 8 January 2021 14:20 (two weeks ago) link

At the time, this reminded me of T. Rex. Never liked anything else they did, especially the insipid ballads.

Halfway there but for you, Friday, 8 January 2021 14:59 (two weeks ago) link

This song is entirely unannotated on

peace, man, Friday, 8 January 2021 16:44 (two weeks ago) link

From songfacts though:

Per Gessle: "'Walking like a man, hitting like a hammer'... the first two verses are guide lyrics, words just scribbled down to have something to sing. Couldn't come up with anything better, so we kept them. Everybody gets lucky sometimes."

You don't say!

peace, man, Friday, 8 January 2021 16:46 (two weeks ago) link

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