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twisted tenderness
(electronic)



you must think that i’m a fool

this twisted tenderness just leaves me cool

you’ve got me in a mess, you know it’s true

out in the wilderness, here without you



right outside it’s a cruel world

something’s happening, it’s distracting

you’re just bad news, girl



never let that feeling die

all you’ve got to do is tell a little lie

tell a little lie, tell a little lie

don’t you know it’s true



i will never let you down

spread this message all around

that i hope and that i pray

you could turn my life around



take a look out there

we’re under house arrest and you don’t care

we could always be friends

but you were careless, right ’til the end



i feel guilty, oh it’s such a shame

it’s frustrating, it’s a sad thing

and there’s no-one else to blame



never let that feeling die

all you’ve got to do is tell a little lie

tell a little lie, tell a little lie

don’t you know it’s true



i won’t ever let you down

spread this message all around

that i hope and that i pray

you won’t take my love to town



tell a little lie, tell a little lie

that’s all you have to do, is tell a little lie

tell a little lie, tell a little lie

don’t you know it’s true



right outside it’s a cruel world

something’s happening, it’s distracting

you’re just bad news, girl



never let that feeling die

all you’ve got to do is tell a little lie

tell a little lie, tell a little lie

don’t you know it’s true



i won’t ever let you down

spread this message all around

that i hope and that i pray

you won’t take my love to town



tell a little lie, tell a little lie

it’s all you have to do, is tell a little lie

tell a little lie, tell a little lie

don’t you know it’s true



don’t you know it’s true

hey, don’t you know it’s true

don’t you know it’s true

hey, don’t you know it’s true



don’t you know it’s true

don’t you know it’s true

don’t you know it’s true

don’t you know that it’s true

versions
album version (5:29)
guitar/vocal mix (4:55)
instrumental (5:31)

releases
twisted tenderness
twisted tenderness::deluxe
get the message: the best of
electronic (special edition)

comment
tragically, the urgent centrepiece and title track of electronic’s third lp was never released as a single; the only place it was featured prominently was the twisted tenderness::deluxe promo (and the best of in 2006). bernard sumner: “we wrote twisted tenderness on guitar. we got it programmed and we started playing it on the synthesiser, and it turned into a dance tune and sounded fucking great.” musically and lyrically dazzling, it would have complemented the first single vivid very well and certainly performed on the singles chart — backed by king for a day and warning sign, it would also have been the ultimate electronic single. but it wasn’t to be.

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