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Blue Oyster Cult – Goin' Through The Motions lyrics

Too wild to care
You got animal stare
You got "stay anywhere" in your eyes
Think you're leading me on but you can be anyone
'cause I know you'll be gone 'fore I rise

And we're going through the motions
Yeah, we're going through the motions
Yeah, we're going through the motions
Going through the motions

Staying with you gave us something to do
I almost thought it was true for a while
'cause there's love in your lies
You're so thinly disguised
You couldn't tell right from wrong if you tried

And we're going through the motions
Yeah, we're going through the motions
Yeah, we're going through the motions
Going through the motions

To thee I dedicate this photograph
I'll even sign it "love to you" again

And when it's faded and forgotten in some book
You'll sometimes look
You'll sometimes look
You'll sometimes look

It's a game, it's a game
No let's call it a shame
'cause there's no one to blame just to pay
You were a friend for a day
So don't cry if I say
That you got what you want, it's ok

And we're going through the motions
Yeah, we're going through the motions
Yeah, we're going through the motions
Going through the motions

Yeah, yeah, we're going through the motions
Yeah, we're going through the motions
Yeah, we're going through the motions
Going through the motions



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  • paullj_catlow
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    Paul LJ Catlow
    This is the classic "rock-star" song about the performer who's made it big and is re-assessing his values and wondering if this is what he wanted in the first place. It opens with him negotiating terms of engagement with a groupie, who as the song notes is "too wild to care" with "animal stare", as if this is nothing new to her either and the singer is just another big-name scalp for her bedpost. He perceives the essentially shallow and meaningless nature of the encounter and realizes both of them are, indeed, just "goin' through the motions" of everything and playing their respective parts.

    Yet he still has the meaningless sexual encounter anyway, shore of anything that would make it meaningful or worthwhile: just another day at the office, so to speak.

    In the morning he writes her an autograph - knowing this is also playing the part and doing what's expected of him - and a little humanity reasserts itself as she weeps and asks to stay.

    But he realizes the autograph is just going to go into a book and she might take it out and look at it in twenty years' time and try to remember a name and a face. And this reminds the rock star of his own mortality and the fact his place in the world isn't all that exalted, when he comes to look at it.
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