Careless Whisper

Album: Make It Big (1984)
Charted: 1 1
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  • I feel so unsure
    As I take your hand and lead you to the dance floor
    As the music dies, something in your eyes
    Calls to mind a silver screen
    And all its sad good-byes

    I'm never gonna dance again
    Guilty feet have got no rhythm
    Though it's easy to pretend
    I know you're not a fool

    I should've known better than to cheat a friend
    And waste the chance that I'd been given
    So I'm never gonna dance again
    The way I danced with you, oh

    Time can never mend
    The careless whispers of a good friend
    To the heart and mind
    Ignorance is kind
    There's no comfort in the truth
    Pain is all you'll find

    I'm never gonna dance again
    Guilty feet have got no rhythm
    Though it's easy to pretend
    I know you're not a fool

    I should've known better than to cheat a friend (should've known better, yeah)
    And waste the chance that I'd been given
    So I'm never gonna dance again
    The way I danced with you, oh

    Never without your love

    Tonight the music seems so loud
    I wish that we could lose this crowd
    Maybe it's better this way
    We'd hurt each other with the things we'd want to say

    We could have been so good together
    We could have lived this dance forever
    But now, who's gonna dance with me?
    Please stay

    And I'm never gonna dance again
    Guilty feet have got no rhythm
    Though it's easy to pretend
    I know you're not a fool

    I should've known better than to cheat a friend
    And waste the chance that I'd been given
    So I'm never gonna dance again
    The way I danced with you, oh

    (Now that you're gone) now that you're gone
    (Now that you're gone) was what I did so wrong, so wrong
    That you had to leave me alone? Writer/s: Andrew J. Ridgeley, George Michael
    Publisher: Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 27

  • Makoto Naegi from Hopes Peak Academy this is one of the best songs with he sax I know in my opinion
  • Ronsha from New JerseyI'm in love with this song. I'm sad he didn't like Careless Whisper! He's my favorite singer right now, unfortunately he died when I was only 8 :(
  • Nytescrybe from UsaTo respond to the question on the girl in the boat (the bad girl), she was Madeline Andrews-Hodge. She passed away from cancer in 2012.
  • Melissa from TexasThe woman in the video is Lisa Stahl. (To answer Eve in New York's question)
    Steve Gregory is the saxophonist.
  • Ma from FloridaGenius song and musician. Seether is full of crap with his homophobia allegations and turning it into gay angst. Guess they don't know those artists have songs that aren't gay. What's this BS about 'always knowing' someone is gay? Whether a person is or not, that is illogical mindset. It's too bad Michael doesn't really like it but I guess excessive fame and lies by media & public will have negative effect on your work and self-perception.
  • Markantney from Biloxi, MsJuly 2014,
    Jane, 1. From his first hit "Wake Me Up" which is about the ONLY song of his I never liked; I always thought he was Gay. 2. That said/written, not understanding your premise because he is/wasn't back then,..make him or his music?

    You either like his music or you don't but if you don't like it because he is or isn't Gay,...seems you're the one with the real problem.
  • Man from Los Angles, CaHi,
    Who Knows Who Is The Black Saxophonist In Their China Tour In 1984?
    Links :This : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQ9KuQQDEow
    OR
    This : http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=xQ9KuQQDEow

    Thanks
  • Lee from Newcastle Upon Tyne, United KingdomSteve Gregory played the motif on a tenor sax. To record it, they slowed the tape down a semitone to fit the key of the sax then put the tape back up to normal speed. Read the full story here: http://weddingsax.com/wp/?tag=steve-gregory
  • Eve from New York, NyDoes anybody know the name of the girl in the boat of the Careless Whisper video? I know his girlfriend in the video is Lisa Stahl and Wikipedia states that they were not given credit which I think is sad because they are participating in a video of the best love song ever written in my opinion. My favorite of all times.

    Eve
  • Jeff from Austin, TxPeople who come on here and make comments about how they prefer a cover version to the original version obviously have no clue.
  • Gunnernkosa from Kampala, UgandaThis is one of the finest ballads I have ever heard.....
  • Natalie from Philadelphia, PaSeether made a more Rock/Alternitive version of this, and i can't get it out of my head, its a great song!
  • Mercedies from Soldotna, AkThis is a good song and one of my favorites! I love George Michael and he is so talented! I hate when ppl do covers and the one on the Night at the Roxbury soundtrack of this song sucked, but I do like Seether's twist to it! Its like when Foo FIghters redid Prince's Darling Nikki. Its good to take sounds and modernize them while still honoring the original. I love the original the most tho! Great song!
  • Sarah from La, CaI loved this song even more when Seether sang it!!!!! I heard it on Q 101.1 FM!!!!!
  • Syed from Lakewood, CaThis is the single greatest song ever written and recorded. A masterpiece of songwriting talent, musical genius and sophisticated style.
  • Garrett from Nashville, TnRidgely is a co-writer of this, which probably gives him a little spending money to this day.
    GM has said that Andrew came up with the chord structure (I believe that this entire song is based around a recurring 4 chord loop.)
  • Marcus Hand from Uk, United StatesCarless Whisper was released in the UK under the name of George Michael, rather than Wham!. Most of the Wham! songs are credited to George Michael only, but this solo release was credited to George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley. Weird.
  • Erna from Metkovic, Croatiait's tenor sax
  • Wojtek from Wroc?aw, PolandI remember time ago I've heard someone saying that George was shamed about this song?!? Anyone know about this? Any quotation? I love this song anyway!:) Cheers
  • Amy from Dallas, Tx2 words: Love It!
  • Trevor from Georgetown, South AmericaIlove the song Careless Whisper. I even love the solo sax more. Can you tell what type of sax that was? I mean was it: baritone, alto, soprano, tenor sax?
  • Lola from Worcester, MaI have heard rumours that the sax player was Kenny G! I have heard that alot actually but I dunno if it's true.
  • Elson from Los Angeles, CaGeorge Michael supposedly started writing this song in 1974, as a teenager, which sort of explains why it's so "retro-sounding" for an '80s hit. It wasn't until 10 years later that it became a hit song.

    The legendary saxophone melody (technically it's not a solo, because it's a repeated motif that's not improvised) was played by UK session musician Steve Gregory.
  • Ven from Oxford, EnglandExcuse me, but george was not just pretending to be hetro, he was simply a little confused. Him and andrew actually went after women so there!
  • Jane from San Antonio, TxOh yes, this is when GM was still pretending to be heterosexual. Anyone watching the video that accompanied this song will not be able to resist the impulse to vomit compulsively.
  • Quicksilver from Santa Cruz, Caa saxophone solo
    sax soloist is a person playing the saxophone solo
  • John from Seattle, WaI would like to know who the sax soloist is.
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