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Careless Whisper Lyrics Meaning Explained: Song by George Michael

Careless Whisper written by the then-teenage George Michael in 1979 peaked at number one on the US and UK singles charts in 1984 and became a worldwide hit.

The song’s smooth saxophone melody and heartfelt lyrics were popular with listeners. With its irresistible combination of vocals and rhythm, “Careless Whisper” evoked the essence of 80s pop music.

Millions of people love this song which is still a karaoke and dance floor classic but the man who composed it had little good things to say about the song that started his solo career. Why? To understand the meaning of the song “Careless Whisper,” let’s explore the lyrics in more detail.

Careless Whisper Song Lyrics Meaning

I feel so unsure, As I take your hand and lead you to the dance floor As the music dies, something in your eyes, Calls to mind a silver screen, And all its sad good-byes

The lyrics of the song go into the theme of lost love, but with an appealing twist. It reveals that the reason behind this lost love is the singer’s own act of cheating on their former lover.

What adds another layer of betrayal is the fact that this former lover was not only a romantic partner but also a close friend, as believed in the chorus. The singer’s infidelity can be seen as a double treachery bringing complexity to the emotions explored in the song.

I’m never gonna dance again, Guilty feet have got no rhythm, Though it’s easy to pretend, I know you’re not a fool

He is feeling guilty and singer’s regret at cheating his ex-lover. He even goes so far as to say that he’ll never be able to dance again because his guilt has robbed him.

I should’ve known better than to cheat a friend
And waste the chance that I’d been given
So I’m never gonna dance again
The way I danced with you, oh
Time can never mend
The careless whispers of a good friend
To the heart and mind
Ignorance is kind
There’s no comfort in the truth
Pain is all you’ll find

He cannot mend the damage caused by our thoughtless words towards a close friend. These words are referred to as “careless” and imply that the singer had been deceived and mistreated his friend causing irreparable harm to their friendship.

The singer knows that their actions have permanently hurt the relationship and that things will never be restored to how they once were between them.

I’m never gonna dance again
Guilty feet have got no rhythm
Though it’s easy to pretend
I know you’re not a fool

He has lost all desire and hope. He just want go to away from everything and feeling guilty about something. In spite of this, he acknowledge that pretending everything is fine and easy.

I should’ve known better than to cheat a friend (should’ve known better, yeah)
And waste the chance that I’d been given
So I’m never gonna dance again
The way I danced with you, oh
Never without your love

He expresses his regret and sadness for cheating on his lover and wasting the opportunity he had. He wishes to sing in vows to never dance again in the same way they, as it can only be done with the presence of his old and true love.

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Tonight the music seems so loud
I wish that we could lose this crowd
Maybe it’s better this way
We’d hurt each other with the things we’d want to say
We could have been so good together
We could have lived this dance forever
But now, who’s gonna dance with me?
Please stay
And I’m never gonna dance again
Guilty feet have got no rhythm
Though it’s easy to pretend
I know you’re not a fool
I should’ve known better than to cheat a friend
And waste the chance that I’d been given
So I’m never gonna dance again
The way I danced with you, oh
now that you’re gone
(Now that you’re gone) was what I did so wrong, so wrong
That you had to leave me alone?

The rest of the lyrics is about expressing regret and sadness over the lost relationship. He acknowledge that he could have had a great relationship, but now he is left alone longing for their former partner.

He also confess to making a mistake by betraying his lover and losing the opportunity for a lasting connection. He now wanting to be alone with his former lover to make things right, and knowing that it probably wouldn’t help to be alone with them.

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