When the core Thompson Twins members Tom Bailey, Alannah Currie and Joe Leeway wrote this song, they didn't assign heavy social commentary to it. "We were just trying to be wacky and a little bit crazy and come up with an idea that we could be irreverent about," Bailey said in our interview
Over time, however, the song took on new meanings, and in 2014 when Bailey performed the group's hits for the first time since 1987, it opened up to him in a whole new way. "I thought, What are we talking about with this 'Lies' business?," he said. "I realized that it was not only the lies that we tell each other in relationships, but it specifically mentions the media and the way that we're controlled by a view of the world which is presented us through the press and TV and radio and all the other forms of media, and now the Internet."