This song is first and foremost about a destructive relationship that is addictive. A man is in love with a woman who he knows is bad for him. Their passion is shown in several different ways ("This bed is on fire with passionate love," "Fought with kitchen knives and skewers").
There are hints of sexual androgyny with the lines "Dress me up in women's clothes, messed around with gender roles." When Tim Booth's voice goes into falsetto at several points in this song, it adds to the idea.
Suggestion credit: Jessie Ann - Purchase, NY, for above 2
Brian Eno produced the album.
The song was covered by Matt Nathanson for the 2003 movie American Wedding. This version appeared again in the next film of the franchise, American Reunion (2012)
Jesse from Madison, WiA version of the video substituted the line "But she only SINGS when she's on top" for "But she only CUMS when she's on top. How lame. I'm SO PROUD to be an American! Standards and Practices dictates that we have to be completely lame - all for everyday stuff that's just totally all in a day's work. Isn't it high time we started accepting certain things as being simply a part of life? What are we - all Christians or something?
John from Boston, MaYou see now, you learn something new everyday. From what I understand, Matt wrote this and I'm guessing that he had a bit of inspirational help. Hello Kat!
Landon from Winchester, Oh"She only cums when she's on top" Sounds to me like she is pegging him.
Duckie from Glendora, CaAccutally this song is about Robin Brown, And james thinking she cheated with my daddy!! Although she is my god mother and she and james are friends
Jessie Ann from Purchase, NyI think the album was really good. Low, Low, Low was also another good song on the album. Other great james songs (in general) are "Sit down", "Shes a star", "How was it for you", "Don't wait that long", "Out to get you", "born of frustration"... I could go on and on.. haha
Dillon from Windsor, On, Canadathis is an amazing song, a song that is under apreciated: anyone who hasnt heard it, and listens to it loves it. The album Laid wasnt as good as the song. excellent vocals
Jessie Ann from Purchase, NyYay! They put up my facts! This is probably my favorite song and James is a terribly underrated band. And yes, the title is in the lyrics. "Laiiiiiiiiiiid" heh.
Rizwan from Highland Park, NjThis song is miscategorized. It should not be included in "Songs with titles that are not part of the lyrics", since, towards the end of the song, the singer sings "l-a-a-a-i-i-i-i-i-i-d" twice in falsetto.