What does Careless Whisper mean?

Seether: Careless Whisper Meaning

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Song Released: 2009

Careless Whisper Lyrics

I feel so unsure
as I take your hand
and you lead you to the dance floor.
As the music dies,
something in your eyes
calls to mind the Silver Screen
and all it's sad goodbyes...

I'm never gonna dance again.
'Cuz guilty feet...


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    Oct 30th 2010 !⃝

    This song is about a man who has cheated on his significant other and as they dance and the song ends he looks into her eyes and feels guilty about it, he realises that he shouldn't have cheated and that it's easy to pretend but that she knows more than he thought, it seems that he makes a commitment not to cheat and never dance/get involved with someone else like this again,but it's to late because she leaves him and he calls for her to stay with him that he's realised his mistake and that he won't do it again, but there was to much standing between them and maybe it's better like this.

  2. anonymous
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    Nov 5th 2018 !⃝

    This is a very sad song and it reeks of betrayal. There are three people involved and they are obviously friends, very close friends. Two of them are in a serious relationship. Today it could be that two women are involved, or it could be a man and woman who are in love?

    But for the sake of argument I will say that it is a relationship between a woman and a man who are presumably in love; but there is the third person who is close to them both. However there is a sexual attraction that the friends have toward each other and it becomes increasingly difficult for them to resist one another. They have hung out with each other on numerous occasions, but this night is different.

    There is always a danger when friends who are in a friendship like this, because of familiarity, it will soon breed complacency. And it seems that the two friends have spent some time with each other as the lover of the man is out of town (perhaps on business, or family emergency) but while she is gone as it is said: "When the cat's away the mice will play" and these two like happy mice - do just that.

    Now here is where it gets sticky. While these two mice are busy playing on the dance floor, there is a "careless whisper" between them that opens a door for them to, as it is in a movie scene on the silver screen, get together sexually. After the music dies they are still dancing and decide to leave the dance club. The bait is taken. After a time of playing this dicey and spicy game, it turns out that the man really loves the spice of his friend more than he does his current love. As a matter of fact he is so enamored with her (the friend) they continue to play with each other thinking that they could do this until the lover returns. Suddenly he finds himself torn between the two women. One he now loves, the other he thought he loved.

    The one that he now realizes he loves is open to whatever, in hopes to gain the edge over her best friend. The night's music from the dance floor plays on until the other friend returns and catches them together in a very compromised position. This shatters all levels of trust between them all. The returning lover is so broken that she leaves without a word. Realizing what they both have done, the cheating friend in her sudden heart felt guilt takes serious note to what she has done to her best friend. Now all of both relationships and friendships are torn apart.

    Ending up being despised by both women, the man learns a valuable lesson: it is better to remain uninvolved with his lovers friend, because the potential betrayal that comes between them can leave a very bitter taste in everyone's mouth. The woman who he thought he loved is lost. And the friend that he has cheated with, whom he does love, comes to her senses and sees this as the ultimate betrayal between all of them. The cheating friend whom he now wants desperately, the effects of this horrible betrayal is so horrendous for her that she now wants nothing to do with him either.

    The rude awakening of all of this has caused them all so much unnecessary pain. This he never expected. He thought that it was going to be a quick roll in the sack and that would be the end of it - they could return to their normal lives. He did not expect to find himself in love with the cheating friend. He never expected his lover to ever find out. And he never, ever expected to find himself wanting the cheating friend so desperately! Now he has lost them both. The cheating friend will never have anything to do with him because of her own pain, and the pain that she has caused her best friend.

    Now he is all alone - he contemplates his loneliness and his gross errors. He should have never carelessly whispered in the ear of his friend. And even though he knows this truth, the pain is so unbearable and he knows that he will never find, or have another woman affect him as the cheating friend has.

    The moral of the story is friends should stay friends, lovers should remain lovers and if there is at least a hint of interest in the friend, one should come clean and do what is right instead of playing with the feelings and hearts of others who are emotionally involved. This he will never do again and his love for the other friend is something that he will never have again or forget. And he will have to deal with his guilt and unforgiving loss for the rest of his life. This has been a lesson in love that neither he, his lover or the cheating friend will never forget!

  3. anonymous
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    Mar 24th 2018 !⃝

    This event occurred rigt after the time Mario return to the Mushroom Kingdom so it had to take place after beddeedaeedabeab

  4. anonymous
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    May 15th 2012 !⃝

    A lover lies about who he is. The woman can no longer tell the difference between truth and lies. He can do nothing to get her to see the truth. He is sad at what he threw away with his careless whispers, lies.

  5. nobodyyouknow
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    Mar 27th 2012 !⃝

    This song is about someone degrading and taking advantage of a person that they care alot about. They feel guilty and want to fix it but they know they will never be the same and they cant fix what they've done to break their relationship with their friend or loved one.

  6. anonymous
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    Aug 2nd 2011 !⃝

    I feel this song clearly describes the scenario of falling for a friend's girl....they have an opportunity somewhere to dance together, both knowing what the other is thinking but can't say.....the guy knows it's wrong to cheat his friend out of his girl....but both he and the girl are being careless whether they get caught or not.

  7. anonymous
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    Apr 9th 2011 !⃝

    This song was written in an era when Night "Clubbing" was much more popular. He fell in love with his dance partner, unintentionally, while he belonged to somebody else. When your on a dance floor you have to talk in your partners ears because of the loud music, thus careless "whispers" during which he fell in love with her but now he can't dance with her any more because the guilt is beginning to set in. Guilt because of his "friend" who he believes he's cheating on ( I love the statement that "guilty feet have got no rhythm") . He doesn't know how to say goodbye is what it comes down to.

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