The band wasn't sure that this song was good enough for the album. It had a more commercial sound and glossier production than their previous jazz funk recordings. It became their first and biggest hit in America. The album has now sold over three million copies worldwide, and had a 72-week stay on the US charts. This song was acknowledged at the 1991 BMI Awards for one million US performances.
Bassist Mark King, whose percussive slap bass technique provided the driving groove for this and other Level 42 hits, is known as the "Man with the Golden Thumb." He is such a good bass player that his hands were insured in the late 1980s for a fortune.
Suggestion credit: Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for above 2
Mark King appeared as a carnival master-like Phantom Of The Video in the expensive music video for this song. King reprised this role for Level 42's song "Leaving Me Now," which was also on The World Machine.
Herman Slavic from Houston, TxMark King is singing about a relationship where love has faded because of the stupid things he's done his SO. They are in a rough period. But they still care deeply about each other, and remain together. He imagines each of his band mates in a relationship with an ideal woman. They each sabotage the relationship in their own way. Mark imagines himself as something of a jester, instigating petty slights, and laughing in amusement. In the end, each of the men realize they have something special, and make amends. In the end, there is a sense each relationship can be salvaged.
Mike from CaliforniaI think these interpretations are wrong. I don't think he knows the other guys on the train at all. He is having problems with his girlfriend and he is wondering if these guys would have the same problems with her that he is having. Would they be a better match for her than him. At first, in his imagination he thinks there is no chance. And then he reverses and thinks the opposite. That's when he freaks out and ends the imagination driven love connection.
Geoff from Sandy, United KingdomHey Randy, Mark is saying "We're only human after all", the line from earlier in the song, but it's not synched up so it appears to be a little odd. Like you I pondered this for a long time before it just came to me. Love Level 42, much under rated, especially in todays world where your talent is measured purely by how much of a Maria Carey/Celine Dionne/Whitney Houston a-like you are in a talent show. These guys wrote, played and produced their music and were s#@t hot live!
Randy from Rio De Janeiro, -Love this song. But one thing has always puzzled me, in the video, right before the end, when the train pulls into the station, the lead singer is shown silently mouthing some additional lines. I often wondered if a transcript of what he's saying existed somewhere.
Travis from Grandisland, FlGreat song and agree with Kate from Austin. it always stood out among many from the 80's.
Duncan from Puyallup, WaCherie Lunghi, and she is awesome. I loved her in excalibur.
Scott from Belleville, IlWHO is the gal on the Something About You video? Anyone know? Thanks
Kate from Austin , TxJust love the song. Very unique.
Manny from Ny, NyI like this interpretation the best..
"He's sitting on the train reviewing the experiences of each of his friends from left to right with the SAME woman. At first he's like a mime in the background watching the show of his friends get CLOWNED by this chick. Then, he has enough and finally gets in her face, standing up to her clowning his friends, and exposes her. There was just something about her that his friends couldn't see that she was just making fools of them. To fall into the role of fool for someone is "human" after all".
Mike from Santa Barbara, CaThe video drew as much attention as the song, and no one seemed to be sure what it was about. It seemed like the front man had a girlfriend whom he thought might be cheating on him with one of his fellow band members, but he didn't know which one, and he was trying to figure it out while the band was traveling on a train.