Although officially released by Wham!, this was George Michael’s first breakaway single. The song explores the guilt felt by George after he cheats on a partner, and his… Read More 


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Time can never mendThe careless whispers of a good friendTo the heart and mind, ignorance is kindThere's no comfort in the truth, pain is all that you'll findShould have known better, yeahI feel so unsureAs I take your hand and lead you to the dance floorAs the music dies, something in your eyesCalls to mind a silver screen and all its sad goodbyesI'm never gonna dance again, guilty feet have got no rhythmThough it's easy to pretend, I know you're not a foolI should have known better than to cheat a friendAnd waste a chance that I'd been givenSo I'm never gonna dance again the way I danced with youTime can never mendThe careless whispers of a good friendTo the heart and mind, ignorance is kindThere's no comfort in the truth, pain is all that you'll find
I'm never gonna dance again, guilty feet have got no rhythmThough it's easy to pretend, I know you're not a foolI should have known better than to cheat a friend(Should have known better, yeah)And waste a chance that I'd been givenSo I'm never gonna dance again the way I danced with youNever without your loveTonight the music seems so loudI wish that we could lose this crowdMaybe it's better this wayWe'd hurt each other with the things we want to sayWe could have been so good togetherWe could have lived this dance foreverBut now who's gonna dance with me?Please stayAnd I'm never gonna dance again, guilty feet have got no rhythmThough it's easy to pretend, I know you're not a foolI should've known better than to cheat a friendAnd waste a chance that I'd been givenSo I'm never gonna dance again the way I danced with you
(Now that you're gone) Now that you're gone(Now that you're gone) Was what I did so wrong, so wrongThat you had to leave me alone?
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Although officially released by Wham!, this was George Michael’s first breakaway single. The song explores the guilt felt by George after he cheats on a partner, and his inability to “dance” with them in the same way after this betrayal.

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Despite the song’s ubiquity in pop culture since its arrival on the scene in 1985, George Michael has confessed to having no particular connection to the situation this song portrays. He wrote the song to pass the time on a bus, when he was just seventeen. In his 1991 memoir, Bare, Michael admits he regrets that it

was not an integral part of my emotional development… It disappoints me that you can write a lyric very flippantly—and not a particularly good lyric—and it can mean so much to so many people. That’s disillusioning for a writer.

Later in an interview with People magazine, he made similar remarks about the song.

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I’m fed up with ‘Careless Whisper.’ I don’t know why it made such an impression. Is it that so many people have cheated? I have no idea. But it’s ironic that I wrote it when I was 17 and didn’t know much about anything. Certainly nothing much about relationships.