♫ Smooth Operator ♫

One of the many things I love about these music posts is that I learn something new with almost every one.  Tonight I learned that Sade is not a person, but is actually a band.  An English band, at that!  Who knew?  I honestly thought it was the female singer of this song!  Well … it is the singer of the song as well as the band.  Too confusing for my mind, especially tonight.

This song was Sade’s first Top Ten hit in the US, peaking at number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for two weeks in May 1985. The song 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.”  Nice guy, huh?

Smooth Operator
Sade

Diamond life, lover boy
He move in space with minimum waste and maximum joy
City lights and business nights
When you require streetcar desire for higher heights

No place for beginners or sensitive hearts
When sentiment is left to chance
No place to be ending but somewhere to start

No need to ask, he’s a smooth operator
Smooth operator, smooth operator
Smooth operator

Coast to coast, LA to Chicago, western male
Across the north and south, to Key Largo, love for sale

Face to face, each classic case
We shadow box and double cross
Yet need the chase

A license to love, insurance to hold
Melts all your memories and change into gold
His eyes are like angels but his heart is cold

No need to ask, he’s a smooth operator
Smooth operator, smooth operator
Smooth operator

Coast to coast, LA to Chicago, western male
Across the north and south, to Key Largo, love for sale

Smooth operator, smooth operator
Smooth operator, smooth operator
Smooth operator, smooth operator
Smooth operator, smooth operator
Smooth operator, smooth operator

Songwriters: Clyde Lovern Otis / Murray Stein
Smooth Operator lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

12 thoughts on “♫ Smooth Operator ♫

    • I do love her voice, and love the melody, but I never knew the lyrics ’til last night. I also didn’t realize they were British and apparently more popular on your side of the pond than over here. Glad you liked it!
      Cwtch

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  1. Sade is an excellent songstress and group; you have chosen well. That said, I was almost positive that you would shine today’s light on an old Sonny and Cher hit. To commemorate the loss of the singer turned politician, Sonny Bono, on this the anniversary of his tragic death in 1998. From the pinnacle of stardom to loss, to becoming the Mayor of Palm Springs before he ever voted in an election, to his failed bid to become a US senator and then his winning a seat in the House of Representatives…Salvatore Bono’s has left his mark on this world. As imprinted on his headstone, “And the beat goes on.” Thank-you!

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  2. Sounds to me like the narrator of the song got mixed up with a conman, buying his love with her gold, only to see him walk away with someone else after he had all he could get from her. A warning to others that this type of person does exist, male and female. The opposite tale told by Eric Burdon in “It’s My Life,” the song where his narrator sets off to be such a conman, leaving his true love behind. A sad commentary, either way.

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