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The Reflex
First Released The Duran Duran Tribute Album
Length 3:14
Singer Chris
Roger (Final Chorus)

The Reflex is a song by Duran Duran released in 1984 on their third album Seven and the Ragged Tiger. "The Reflex" became the band's most successful single. It was their second single to top the UK singles chart and would prove to be their last UK #1. It was also Duran Duran's first single to hit number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 (for two weeks) on June 23, 1984, and became a huge hit internationally.

Less Than Jake's version of the song is true to the original lyrically but changed from a new wave/dance style to better suit the band's own style. Their cover can be found on The Duran Duran Tribute Album and the No Idea version of Goodbye Blue & White.

About the SongEdit

The song's lyrics are puzzling to most listeners[1] although there is strong conjecture it's either about erections or drug abuse.[1]

Lead vocalist Simon LeBon said he has no clue what the song means. [2] According to the lyrics, the Reflex is a mysterious child and a game.

Producer Ian Little recalls the sound Nick Rhodes came up with on his Roland Jupiter-8 keyboard: "...whenever I hear that steel-drum part it always brings a smile to my face because it's so out of tune. Steel drums always are, but it was exactly right in terms of rhythm and tone. So a wood-block sound was mixed in to make it even more percussive and, Bob's your uncle, it did the job."[2]

LyricsEdit

You've gone too far this time
but I'm dancing on the valentine
I tell you somebody's fooling around
with my chances on the dangerline
But I'll cross that bridge when I find it
another day to make my stand, oh
high time is no time for deciding
if I should find a helping hand, oh

So why don't you use it
try not to bruise it
buy time don't lose it

The reflex
is an only child
and he's waiting in the park
the reflex
is in charge of finding
treasure in the dark
and watching
over lucky clover
well isn't that bizarre
but every little thing the reflex does
leaves you answered with a question mark

I'm on a ride and I wanna get off
but they won't slow down the roundabout
I sold the Renoir and the TV set
don't wanna be around when this gets out
But I'll cross that bridge when I find it
another day to make my stand, oh
high time is no time for deciding
if I should find a helping hand, oh

So why don't you use it
try not to bruise it
buy time don't lose it

The reflex
is an only child
and he's waiting in the park
the reflex
is in charge of finding
treasure in the dark
and watching
over lucky clover
well isn't that bizarre
but every little thing the reflex does
leaves you answered with a question mark

So why don't you use it
try not to bruise it
buy time don't lose it

The fucking reflex
what a game
he's hiding all the cards
the reflex
is in charge of finding
treasure in the dark
and watching
over lucky clover
well isn't that bizarre
but every little thing the reflex does
leaves you answered with a question mark
(Whoa) Whoa the reflex
what a game, yeah
he's hiding all the cards
(Whoa)the reflex
in charge of finding
treasures in the dark
(Whoa)and watching
over lucky clover
isn't that bizarre
cause every little thing the reflex does
leaves you answered with a question mark

AppearancesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Lyric Interpretations.com
  2. Buskin, Richard. "Classic Tracks: The Reflex". Sound on Sound, July 2004.

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