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getting away with it
(sumner, marr, tennant)

i’ve been walking in the rain
just to get wet on purpose
i’ve been forcing myself not to forget
just to feel worse

i’ve been getting away with it all my life
(getting away)

however i look it’s clear to see
that i love you more than you love me
however i look it’s clear to see
i love you more than you love me

i hate that mirror
it makes me feel so worthless
i’m an original sinner
but when i’m with you i couldn’t care less

i’ve been getting away with it all my life
(getting away with it) all my life
(getting away)

however i look it’s clear to see
that i love you more than you love me
however i look it’s clear to see
i love you more than you love me

i love you more than you love me
(more than you love me)

i thought i gave up falling in love
a long, long time ago
i guess i like it, but i can’t tell you
you shouldn’t really know

and it’s been true, all my life
yes it’s been true, all my life

i’ve been talking to myself
just to suggest that i’m selfish
(getting ahead)
i’ve been trying to impress
that more is less and i’m repressed
(i should do what he said)

however i look it’s clear to see
i love you more than you love me
however i look it’s clear to see
i love you more than you love me

i love you more than you love me
i love you more than you love me

getting away with it
getting away with it

versions
dance mix (3:11)
edit (4:19)
extended (7:31)
full length (5:14)
instrumental (5:11)
instrumental edit (5:04)
nude mix (6:02)
original version (4:36)
vocal remix (4:49)

releases
getting away with it
electronic
electronic/disappointed
electronic (remastered)
forbidden city
get the message: the best of
electronic (special edition)

comment
a ten year career gets off to a grand start as neil tennant of pet shop boys teams up with marr and sumner for this elegant, sweeping pop song, subverted by light-hearted digs at morrissey’s public image. bearing in mind it predates almost every song from the debut album it’s a remarkable achievement, and features soaring strings (conducted by anne dudley), a great intro, an even better outro, and johnny marr’s most beautiful guitar solo. first released in december 1989, getting away with it only reached number 12 in the uk but went on to sell over 250,000 copies in america, testament to its broad commercial appeal as well as the excellent songcraft on display.

neil tennant: “getting away with it (which i wrote most of the words of) is looking at morrissey’s persona of being miserable and all the rest of it, and saying that he’s been getting away with it for years. it’s meant to be humorous. what bugged me about the shoe-gazers always looking really miserable is that people think someone like that is really serious. it’s something that endlessly bugs me in pop music — that someone with the style of being serious is always accepted as being serious.”

much like disappointed two years later, tennant heard the music electronic already had and added words to it, here aided by sumner. johnny marr: “(bernard) wrote the verse and i wrote the chorus. neil tennant was really important to us. he lit the blue touch paper because it was early days when [he] got involved and getting away with it was a serious platform for us. neil and chris gave us the push we needed into the mainstream; otherwise we’d have just carried on pretending that we were an acid house group.”

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