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Radio XXXVII, side B, track 2: “Dressed For Success” by Roxette

Roxette - Dressed For SuccessOh, Roxette, when this song was a big hit, I swear I remember reading somewhere that you guys didn’t know a lick of English and you sang all of your hits phonetically.  Is that true?  It was hard for me to believe at the time because it didn’t seem possible that someone would be able to pull off such a feat, but these days, I’m more inclined to believe that humans are capable of pretty amazing things, including singing awesome pop hits without actually knowing what they’re singing.  It would actually make some sense, because sometimes the lyrics didn’t always make a lot of sense.  Like I’ve already written about when “The Look” hit us all like a hammer, your lyrics are kind of a mish-mash of images and ideas, like a pop star version of Scattergories.  To the point where when I revisit the lyrics it seems like you were putting us on.  But if it’s true that you didn’t actually know what you were singing, maybe someone was putting YOU on.  I guess in the end it doesn’t really matter that much, though, does it, Roxette?  Your music was fantastic whether it made any sense or not.

“Dressed For Success”

Yeah yeah yeah

<awesome Roxette jam>

Tried ta make it
Little by little

Tried ta make it
Bit by bit on my own

Quit the job
The grey believers

Another town
Where I get close to the bone

Whatcha gonna tell ya brother
Oh oh oh
Whatcha gonna tell ya father
I don’t know
Whatcha gonna tell ya mother
Let me goooooooooo

I’m gonna get dressed
For success

Shaping me up for the big time, baby, get dressed
For success

Shapin’ it up for your love
For your love
Yeah yeah yeah

I’m not afraid
A tremblin’ flower

I’ll feed ya heart
And blow the dust from your eyyyyes

Ohhh ho ho
And in the dark
Things happen faster
I love the way
You sway your hips next to miiine

Oh
Whatcha gonna tell ya brother
Oh oh oh
Whatcha gonna tell ya father
Ohhhh, I don’t know
Whatcha gonna tell ya mother
Let me goooooooooo

I’m gonna get dressed
For success

Shaping me up for the big time, baby, get dressed
For success

Shapin’ it up for your love, yeah

Look sharp!

<awesome Roxette jam>

Yeeeah yeah yeah
Ohhhhhhh

Whatcha gonna tell ya brother
Oh oh oh oh oh
Whatcha gonna tell ya father
I don’t know
Whatcha gonna tell ya mother
Let me goooooooooo

Dressed
For success

Mmmm, I’m gonna get dressed
For success

I’m gonna get dressed
For success

Hittin’ the spot for the big time, baby, get dressed
For success

Shapin’ it up for your love
For your love
Yeah yeah yeah
For your love
Yeah yeah yeah
For your love
Yeah yeah yeah
For your love
Yeah yeah yeeeeeah

<awesome Roxette jam>

Yeah

<awesome Roxette jam>

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