This was written by lead singer Sade Adu and Ray Saint John, who was a member of Sade's previous band Pride. The song is about a fashionable man who lives a jet-set lifestyle. He's very popular with the ladies, and breaks a lot of hearts in his travels. With the lyrics, "Across the north and south, to Key Largo, love for sale," it's implied that the women he uses also supply his wealth. It's also clear that he does not return the affections of these women, as Sade sings near the end, "His heart is cold."
The full-length version of the music video for this song runs over 8 minutes and covers the entire story of the song.
Suggestion credit: Leslie - Sherbrooke, QC
Despite the cold-hearted lyric, this song is often used to imply a romantic encounter. It played a big part in the Season 12 Big Bang Theory episode, "The Procreation Calculation," where the lovelorn character Stuart plays it during his seductions after he finally lands a girlfriend.
Steven from Bayside NyWho was the Actor who played the Smooth Operator ?
David from Lawren, Ma---I LoVe HER, she is Mysteriously Beautiful!
Constance from Dallas, TxJoel this song is not about drugs. It is about a womanizer and possible giggolo. I love the jazzy smooth music to this song. Sade's voice is great and distinctive. Great song and very true. Men like this in the song do exist.
Ani from Yerevan, Armeniasade is gorgeous!!! i like her VERY VERY MUCH!!! and 'smooth operator' is one of the best songs of her:*)
Joel from Austin, TxThis song is about a drug dealer and pimp.