Would I Lie to You?

While I keep discovering new-to-me music from the present and sometimes the past, I find I often go back to songs from the 1980s. That was an influential time for me in developing my musical tastes not only in rock and new wave but also in classical.

So back to the 80s it is today with “Would I Lie to You,” by Eurythmics, the synth-pop/new wave duo of Scottish singer-songwriter, philanthropist and political activist Annie Lennox (b. 1954) and English songwriter, musician and record producer Dave Stewart (b. 1952).

“Would I Lie to You” was a milestone song for the group as it marked a transition in their music from synth-pop to rhythm & blues and rock. In fact, the song, and the album it came from, were played by a full backing band instead of their previous reliance on synthesizers and programming.

Well, it sure worked. From the bass slide lead-in, the song erupts and never calms down. It’s a banger, as the Brits call them, and is one of the group’s most recognizable tunes. A Cash Box magazine review of the 1985 single “Would I Lie to You” says, “Hard rocking early Kinks guitar and a pounding Motown drum beat forms the background for Annie Lennox’s R&B lead vocal. Pure dance rock complete with a tantalizing horn section high-stepping throughout, ‘Would I Lie to You?’ is guaranteed to fill all the promise this band has showed in the past.

In the song, Lennox confronts a cheating lover, and empowers herself to leave him once and for all. The melody is top-notch, as are the backup singers’ answering harmonies.

“Would I lie to you? (oh yeah)
Would I lie to you honey? (oh, no, no no)
Now would I say something that wasn’t true?
I’m asking you sugar, would I lie to you?

My friends know what’s in store
I won’t be here anymore
I’ve packed my bags
I’ve cleaned the floor
Watch me walking
Walking out the door

(Believe me) I’ll make it, make it
(Believe me) I’ll make it, make it

Would I lie to you?
Would I lie to you honey? (oh honey, would I lie to you?)
Now would I say something that wasn’t true?
I’m asking you sugar, would I lie to you?

Tell you straight, no intervention
To your face, no deception
You’re the biggest fake
That much is true
Had all I can take
Now I’m leaving you

(Believe me) I’ll make it, make it (oh yes, I will)
(Believe me) I’ll make it, make it (make it, make it)

Would I lie to you?
Would I lie to you honey?
Now would I say something that wasn’t true?
I’m asking you sugar, would I lie?

Would I lie to you?
Would I lie to you honey?
Now would I say something that wasn’t true?
I’m asking you sugar
Would I lie to you?

My friends know what’s in store
I won’t be here anymore
I’ve packed my bags
I’ve cleaned the floor
Watch me walking
Walking out the door

(Believe me) Watch me, watch me
(Believe me) Watch me, watch me, yes I will, yeah

Would I lie to you?”

“Would I Lie to You,” by Annie Lennox, Dave Stewart.
Lyrics retrieved from AZLyrics.com.

Eurythmics were active from 1980-1990, after which Stewart and Lennox began solo careers, and she had a baby. She also released her debut solo album, Diva (1992). (It’s an incredible album… one of my all-time favourites. Check out one of my earliest posts, on “Stay by Me”—it’s one of my favourite posts, and songs, and my sweety and I included the song on our wedding CD!) The duo reunited from 1999-2005, then again in 2014 for a Beatles tribute concert, in 2019 for a benefit concert and, finally, in 2022 for their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (where their set included today’s selection).

“Would I Lie to You” is the opening track and lead single from Eurythmics’ fourth studio album, Be Yourself Tonight (1985).

Now you know a little about why this is my Song of the Day for Today. Thanks for joining me here.

Please enjoy the brilliant, rousing music video by American director Mary Lambert Gary (b. 1951) from the Eurythmics YouTube/VEVO channel (click on the “cc” icon at the bottom of the video pane for subtitles, as some might find the British accents in the dialogue hard to make out):

I read in Wikipedia that the video played extensively on MTV, though I feel like I was seeing it for the first time today. Wowza.

Did you notice, in the dressing room at the beginning, Dave Stewart’s encouraging words to Annie Lennox are the album’s title? And, I counted about 12 people on stage. You? Let me know your thoughts about this song and post in the Comments section!

With my best wishes,

Steve

4 thoughts on “Would I Lie to You?

  1. I was never really a Eurythmics fan, and never much liked this song, but Annie Lennox… her voice is incredible. She could sing dishwasher assembly instructions and I would listen to it.

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