Duran Duran: The Reflex Meaning
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Song Released: 1984
The Reflex Lyrics
You've gone too far this time
And I'm dancing on the valentine
I tell you somebody's fooling around
With my chances on the danger line
I'll cross that bridge when I find it
To make my...
anonymous Aug 17th, 2014 8:58am report
This song is about Simon's sex addiction.
anonymous Jun 8th, 2014 6:20am report
The Song's Lyrics Are (Very) Puzzling To Most Listeners. Lead Vocalist Simon Le Bon Said He Has No Clue What The Song Means.
anonymous Jul 14th, 2011 7:25pm report
"A true reflex is a behavior which is mediated via the reflex arc"
Is about using your brain not your penis.
About reflecting, finding treasures in the dark which is analyzing facts and leaving the answers with question marks.
"The reflex is a lonely child
Who's waiting by the park
The reflex is in charge of finding
Treasure in the dark
And watching over lucky clover
Isn't that bizarre
Every little thing the reflex does
Leaves you answered with a question mark"
I don't believe that all songs from those years have to have a significant meaning, but in the case of "The Reflex" I believe it does.
anonymous Jun 10th, 2011 6:18am report
This song has tons of rumors of what its about. mainly about drugs or male pleasuring himself. The pleasuring himself I think Cyndi Lauper is partially to blame because of her song She bop with the "Danger zone lyric" where in the reflex its "Danger light" But anyways the band said it was recorded over two bottles of wine. They were drunk while writing it. its just randomness, or a song you can decide yourself what the song meaning for your life or just how you take the song means overall.
anonymous Jan 23rd, 2011 1:54pm report
Totally male's reflect of sexual arousement, and what he thinks how to deal with it. But most of all, use it, play with it, yet don't bruise it.
anonymous Jun 10th, 2010 6:17am report
I have to agree with an earlier assessment that the song is basically written by someone on drugs. The lyrics are vague, and the references are completely aloof. I'm a fan of Duran but I'm not sure a lot of work went into this. I think Simon just wanted to seem eccentric and mysterious. Most of Durans lyrics are about women but this one is an oddball. Fortunately the rest of the band put together great music as always.
anonymous Dec 14th, 2009 12:40pm report
It's about getting an erection, plain and simple. An erection is a reflex. No deep metaphors. It's an only child down there alone. Now that has an erection should he find a helping hand or just whack it him self? It's in charge of finding treasure in the dark... When he's about to get laid, watching over lucky clover when he's gonna get lucky. Unfortunately sometimes it happens at embarrassing moments which leave him with a question mark. He doesn't want to be around when the news gets out that he had a boner in public. -Rufuss
anonymous Jan 10th, 2009 1:07am report
Actually, I need to correct that some after reviewing the lyrics again.
Its about male ejaculation or sexuality in general...
Whether it be quick or "helped out with a hand" or kept "on the edge" and if you’re left with a "question mark"...I hope she is not pregnant...
Anyway...they may have been drunk, but im sure the meaning of the lyrics is a montage or collage of male sexual identity surrounded by groupies enticing the...um, reflex.
Anyway...they may have been drunk, but im sure the meaning of the lyrics are a montage or collage of male sexual identity surrounded by groupies eticing the...um, reflex.
...or something like that.
anonymous Jan 10th, 2009 1:36am report
I think its about male control of an orgasam... trying to last for a woman. I wouldn't admit to knowing what the lyrics meant if I was Simon LeBon either...drunk or not. Think of the video... water was always spilling over the edge & the groupies were screaming...duh? The Reflex = Ejaculation ;)
anonymous Jan 6th, 2009 1:24pm report
I think "The Reflex" was merely a bunch of random phrases put together one evening at a bar. I wouldn't read into the meaning too much.
anonymous Aug 25th, 2008 8:06am report
This song is about cocaine. "Why don't you use it try not to bruise it" (ever seen someone with their little baggy? they hold it like it was made of glass) "buy time don't lose it" (buy some more). "Dancing on the valentine" - heart palpitations/increased heart rate. And then the selling of stuff to get money (Renior and TV set), "high time is no time for deciding".. etc. "Lonely child waiting in the park" - the kid you buy it from.
Looks like the answer to me. Maybe I'm crazy though
anonymous Jul 19th, 2008 7:08am report
I believe this song is about the reflex in us all. Like the spontaneous reaction you get when something surprising comes up. The instinctive in mankind. A referral to the reflex-test is "try not to bruise it", as if you were to bruise your knee. "By time try not to lose it", as you grow older you get slower. "Every little thing the reflex does leaves you answered with a Question mark" - you get caught by surprise of your reactions. The video also relates to snappy reactions.
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