Maneater

Album: H2O (1982)
Charted: 6 1
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  • She'll only come out at night
    The lean and hungry type
    Nothing is new, I've seen her here before
    Watching and waiting
    Ooh, she's sittin' with you but her eyes are on the door

    So many have paid to see
    What you think you're gettin' for free
    The woman is wild, a she-cat tamed by the purr of a Jaguar
    Money's the matter
    If you're in it for love, you ain't gonna get too far

    (Oh-oh, here she comes) Watch out boy she'll chew you up
    (Oh-oh, here she comes) She's a maneater
    (Oh-oh, here she comes) Watch out boy she'll chew you up
    (Oh-oh, here she comes) She's a maneater

    I wouldn't if I were you
    I know what she can do
    She's deadly man, she could really rip your world apart
    Mind over matter
    Ooh, the beauty is there but a beast is in the heart

    (Oh-oh, here she comes) Watch out boy she'll chew you up
    (Oh-oh, here she comes) She's a maneater
    (Oh-oh, here she comes) Watch out boy she'll chew you up
    (Oh-oh, here she comes) She's a maneater

    Ooh,
    (Oh-oh, here she comes) Here she comes, Watch out boy she'll chew you up
    (Whoa-oh, here she comes. Watch out) She's a maneater
    (Oh-oh, here she comes. She's a maneater) Ooh, she'll chew you up
    (Oh-oh, here she comes) Here she comes, she's a maneater
    (Oh-oh, here she comes. Watch out) She'll only come out at night, ooh
    (Oh-oh, here she comes) Here she comes, she's a maneater
    (Oh-oh, here she comes. She's a maneater) The woman is wild, woo
    (Oh-oh, here she comes) Here she comes. Watch out boy, watch out boy
    (Oh-oh, here she comes) Oh, watch out, watch out, watch out, watch out
    (Oh-oh, here she comes) Yeah, yeah, she's a maneater
    (Oh-oh, here she comes. She's a maneater) She's watching and waiting, ooh
    (Oh-oh, here she comes) Oh, she's a maneater Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 21

  • Usedtobecamelot from UsThe bass and sax alone make it for me. It's a very easy to sing, catchy song. I see way too many purists here, much like those who stan over the prog rock Genesis when Peter Gabriel was shaving the front part of his head because he wanted to be the first trans Mohican. Songs went nowhere, and moron fans felt SO superior over mere pop fans that they didn't "get" prog rock Peter. Didn't help your case that you had to be stoned out of your gourd to do so...
  • Paul Osman from Liverpool, EnglandThis song has MOTOWN written all over it! It is similar to "My World Is Empty " by the Supremes . Stevie Wonder's Part Time Lover is similar although Hall & Oates Man-eater was first. All these are great songs which should be played together!
  • Tj from Qld, AustraliaMan-eater made #4 in Australia in early 1983. Their first Australian hit was Rich Girl, in 1976.
  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaEdward can I ask who Kelly was?
  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaHey if a panther got loose I would leave too.
  • Elizabeth from NyDani is correct. It was stated by John that the song turned out to be about NYC.
  • Dani from Usa The song isn't about a girl at all. John has previously said it's about NYC in the 80s and how things like greed and avarice could eat a person alive.
  • Shandroise De Laeken from Davao City, PhilippinesSurprised that no one from here ever said that the line "Here she comes she'll chew you up, she's a maneater" has been used by some black rap singer in his song "Dangerous" which was a big dance hit in 2004-2005. I don't know who that person was, and if he asked permission from Hall and Oates to use that line. Regardless,I understand why that rapper stole that line... that is indeed a classic one, isn't it? Something from 1980's can't be rivalled by any idea created today! A-ha! There you are!
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn October 16th 1982, Hall & Oats performed "Maneater" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    Six days earlier on October 10th, 1982 it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #65; and nine weeks later on December 12th, 1982 it peaked at #1 {for 4 weeks} and spent 23 weeks on the Top 100 {and for 9 of those 23 weeks it was on the Top 10}...
    It reached #1 on the Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks chart...
    And on the same 'Bandstand' show the duo also performed "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)"; it peaked at #1 {for 2 weeks} on the Top 100 chart earlier in 1982 on January 24th.
  • Markantney from Biloxi, MsJuly 2014, I remember as a yute we'd joke about lyrics in Hit Songs and on this one: "Watch Out Boy, she'll chew you up."; we'd say, "She'd Better!!!"

  • Ken from Louisville, KyIn a recent interview, John Oates said he wrote the chorus (oooooohh here she comes....watch out boy, she'll chew you up) as a reggae song. He said that Daryl Hall liked the words but didn't like the tune and yelled "Hall and Oates don't do reggae!" Hall changed the tune and filled out the rest of the lyrics with Sara Allen.
  • Emmy from Bellville, Onamazing song
  • Camille from Toronto, OhHey, I like some Hall and Oates music, but this one has to be my least favorite of their radio tunes. Does nothing for me.
  • Edward from Henderson, NvJohn Oates says this song was inspired by Kelly LeBrock.
  • Edward from Henderson, NvDel Shannon's "Little Town Flirt", another song about a dangerous woman, also includes the line, "Here she comes..."
  • Paul from Detroit, MiI love the boys, but this song was just terrible.
  • Eric from Beaverton, OrMicky: The band name is Hall and Oates, not Hauling Oates.
  • Micky from Los Angeles, CaI love Hauling Oates.
  • Thomas from Somerville, AlGood song but not one of the boys best. They kind of sold out which dissapointed me. I was a huge fan at one time. Maneater was very generic and sounded like most of the music at that time.
  • Tom from Chicago, Ilohhhh oh here she comes....
  • John from Manchester, EnglandTop song.I love this for driving at night.
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