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Anonymous asked in Entertainment & MusicMusicLyrics · 10 years ago

What is the meaning of the Tears for Fears song "Head Over Heels"?

I'm doing a project based on the lyrics of "Head Over Heels" by Tears for Fears, but I don't exactly understand all the lyrics. I get that its about someone who's madly in love with a girl (or guy but I'm just going to say girl) but she keeps their relationship only physical or is using him, and his life is deteriorating becuase of it?

Here they are:

"I wanted to be with you alone

And talk about the weather

But traditions I can trace against the child in your face

Won't escape my attention

You keep your distance via the system of touch

And gentle persuasion

I'm lost in admiration, could I need you this much?

Oh, you're wasting my time

You're just wasting time

Something happens and I'm head over heels

I never find out until I'm head over heels

Something happens and I'm head over heels

Ah, don't take my heart

Don't break my heart

Don't throw it away

I made a fire and watching it burn

Thought of your future

With one foot in the past now just how long will it last?

No, no, no, have you no ambition?

My mother and my brothers used to breathing clean air

And dreaming I'm a doctor

It's hard to be man when there's a gun in your hand

Oh, I feel so . . .

Something happens and I'm head over heels

I never find out until I'm head over heels

Something happens and I'm head over heels

Ah, don't take my heart

Don't break my heart

Don't throw it away

And it's my four leaf clover

I'm on the line, one open mind

This is my four leaf clover"

I really don't understand what he means by: "But traditions I can trace against the child in your face

Won't escape my attention".

Or this entire stanza:

"I made a fire and watching it burn

Thought of your future

With one foot in the past now just how long will it last?

No, no, no, have you no ambition?

My mother and my brothers used to breathing clean air

And dreaming I'm a doctor

It's hard to be man when there's a gun in your hand"

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  • 10 years ago
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  • 3 years ago

    I think he means by saying "But traditions I can trace against the child in your face

    Won't escape my attention", is MAYBE that he's also older than her and he can see that she won't take him or their relationship seriously because of a potential age gap? I'm just throwing that out there. I'm in a similar dilemma. I'm head over heels for a woman 15 years my junior. I feel I'm wasting my time even trying to pursue a relationship with her. Who knows? As for the remainder of the lyrics, they're just perverse/perplexing at best.

  • 10 years ago

    head over heels is describing someone falling down a hill

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