Die Young Stay Pretty

Album: Eat To The Beat (1979)

Songfacts®:

  • This song found Debbie Harry singing about the pressures and expectations of maintaining her looks. She explained the dark lyrics to Mojo magazine in their May 2014 issue. "I sort of felt there were a couple of different meanings," she said. "I mean, the value placed on beauty as being such a commodity and the only way to be eternally young was to die young and stay in people's minds. It's just the weirdness of human nature."
  • The song's island sound and carousel reggae beat foreshadowed Blondie's 1980 hit "The Tide Is High."

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