Radio XLIL, side B, track 9: “Dangerous” by Roxette

Roxette - DangerousOh, Roxette, even though your lyrics were mostly nonsense, you sure did know how to heat up a cassette tape.  This was the last song of Radio XLIL, bringing us that much closer to the promised land of “The Top 90 of the ’80s”.  It seems like we just started listening to this tape, and it’s already over.  You don’t really realize just how short a time 60 minutes is until you use a 60-minute tape to record music off the radio.  And really, you’re measuring time in 30-minute increments since you’ve just got 30 minutes per side.  And REALLY, you’re measuring time in 3 and 4-minute intervals, since that’s how long a song usually lasts, and you’re watching that tape slowly, but not that slowly, wind it’s way to the end of Side A or Side B and as you get super close to the end, you wonder if you gamble and try to squeeze one more song in and hope it doesn’t get cut off or do you waste valuable cassette tape real estate?

If I were a smarter boy, I would have used a stopwatch and a sheet of paper and tracked how long each song was and calculated exactly how much time I had left on each tape.  But I didn’t.  Because while I could sit for hours in front of the stereo recording music, it was too much work to actually plan stuff out.  It’s this weird paradox in my brain, Roxette.  I talk about how lazy I am, and I am, about a lot of things, but especially at my job I’m pretty much willing to do whatever needs to be done.  And I’m pretty meticulous.  At work.  For most things.  But when it comes to stuff at home, especially things like cleaning or other household tasks, I am all about cutting corners.  “Good enough for government work” is my catchphrase.  It was the same when I was a kid.  I would obsess over the tiniest perceived imperfection on one of my tapes.  I would spend hours upon hours categorizing all my comic books on index cards.  But to this day I couldn’t tell you when exactly you’re supposed to plant the crops and when you’re supposed to harvest them.  And that was pretty much all we did for the first 18 years of my life.

Hm.  Sorry, Roxette, I guess none of that really had anything to do with this song at all, did it?  But I will say I’m happy that I did spend (waste?) so much time recording music like this when I should have been paying attention to schoolwork or baling hay or cleaning my room.  Sure, I’d probably be a little smarter and a more well-rounded person if I’d paid more attention to those other things, but then I might not have recorded this and thousands of other songs for posterity.  Priorities have been achieved.

“Dangerous”

Hold on tight
You know she’s a little bit dangerous

Ooo, just a little bit dangerous

<awesome Roxette jam>

You pack your bag
Ya take control
You’re movin’ into my heart
And into my soul, get outta my way

Get outta my sight
I won’t be walking on thin ice to get through the night
Hey, where’s your work
What’s your game
I know your business
Don’t know your name

Hold on tight
You know she’s a little bit dangerous
She’s got what it takes to make ends meet
The eyes of a lover that hit like heat
You know she’s a little bit dangerous

You turn around
So hot and dry

You’re hiding under a halo
Your mouth is alive, get outta my way (get outta my way)
Get outta my sight (get outta my sight)
I’m not attracted to gogo
Deeper tonight
Hey, what’s your word
What’s your game
I know your business, but I don’t know your name

Hold on tight
You know she’s a little bit dangerous
She’s got what it takes to make ends meet
The eyes of a lover that hit like heat
You know she’s a little bit dangerous
Ooo, just a little bit dangerous

<awesome Roxette jam>

Hey, hey, hey, what’s your word
What’s your game
I know your business
But I don’t know your name

Hold on tight
You know she’s a little bit dangerous
She’s got what it takes to make ends meet
The eyes of a lover that hit like heat
You know she’s a little bit dangerous
She’s armed and she’s extremely dangerous
She’s got what it takes to make ends meet
The eyes of a lover that hit like heat
You know she’s a little bit dangerous
Ooo, just a little bit dangerous

Whoaah oh ohhhh

Hey
Where’s your work

Mmm, what’s your game

Don’t know your name

Heyyyyy, you

Ooo, just a little bit dangerous

Don’t know your name

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One thought on “Radio XLIL, side B, track 9: “Dangerous” by Roxette

  1. […] going to have enough traction to be one of the top 90 songs from a whole decade.  Also, just like our good friends Roxette, some of your songs just don’t make a whole lotta sense.  I mean, I’m guessing all […]

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