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Radio XXI, side B, track 10: “What Have I Done To Deserve This?” by Pet Shop Boys with Dusty Springfield, #46 on The Top 88 of ’88

What Have I Done To Deserve This - Pet Shop BoysOh, Pet Shop Boys and Dusty Springfield, spoken like a true teenager.  I don’t know how many times in my youth I would throw my hands to the sky and shout out “What have I done to deserve this?!?!”  Which of course is much more dramatic than how you guys emote in this song.  Looking back, maybe I would have been able to calm myself down in all those many mini-crises that I had because my braces looked stupid or a girl didn’t like me or my parents embarrassed me yet again, maybe it wouldn’t have seemed so bad if I just stopped, set my face in the most deadpan expression I could muster, and with dead eyes and voice say “What have I. . .what have I. . .what have I done to deserve this?”  In a very posh accent, of course.  But I’m sure if I started doing that as a coping mechanism I’d have had to get evaluated or something for mental stability, and once they locked me up, guess what I’d be screaming into the sky?  It’s a vicious circle, Pet Shop Boys and Dusty Springfield, but at least I’d have a great song to keep me company. . .

“What Have I Done To Deserve This”

<awesome Pet Shop Boys jam>

You always wanted a lover

I only wanted a job

I’ve always worked for a living

How am I gonna get through

How am I gonna get through

I come here looking for money
(Got ta have it)
And end up leaving with love, oh, oh

Now you left me with nothing

(Can’t take it)
How am I gonna get through
How am I gonna get through

I bought you drinks, I brought you flowers
I read you books and talked for hours
Every day, so many drinks
Such pretty flowers, so tell me
(What have I
What have I
What have I done to deserve this)
(What have I
What have I
What have I done to deserve this)
(What have I
What have I
What have I…)

Since you went away I’ve been hangin’ around
I’ve been wonderin’ why
I’m feelin’ down
Went away
It should make me feel better
But I don’t know, oh
How I’m gonna get through (What have I, what have I, what have I done to deserve this)
How I’m gonna get through (What have I, what have I, what have I done to deserve this)

You always wanted me to be something I wasn’t
You always wanted too much, oh, oh
Now I can do what I want to

Forever
How am I gonna get through
How am I gonna get through

At night, the people come and go
They talk too fast, and walk too slow
Chasing time from hour to hour
I pour the drinks and crush the flowers
(What have I
What have I done to deserve this)
(What have I
What have I
What have I done to deserve this)
(What have I
What have I
What have I…)

Since you went away I’ve been hangin’ around
I’ve been wonderin’ why
I’m feelin’ down
You went away
It should make me feel better
But I don’t know, oh
How I’m gonna get through (baby) (What have I, what have I, what have I done to deserve this)
How I’m gonna get through (baby) (What have I, what have I, what have I done to deserve this)
How I’m gonna get through (baby) (What have I, what have I, what have I done to deserve this)
How I’m gonna get through (tell me) (What have I, what have I, what have I done to deserve this)
How I’m gonna get through (baby) (What have I, what have I, what have I done to deserve this)
How I’m gonna get through (yeah) (What have I, what have I, what have I done to deserve this)

Gonna get through

Gonna get through

(What have I, what have I, what have I done to deserve this)
I’m gonna get through
Right
(What have I, what have I, what have I done to deserve this)

We don’t have to fall apart, we don’t have to fight (What have I, what have I, what have I done to deserve this)
We don’t need to go to hell and back every night (What have I, what have I, what have I done to deserve this)
You never ever left me, baby, think of me (What have I, what have I, what have I done to deserve this)
Oh, babe (What have I, what have I, what have I done to deserve this)

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