Our Lips Are Sealed

Fun Boy Three

About Our Lips Are Sealed

"Our Lips Are Sealed" is a song co-written by Jane Wiedlin, guitarist for The Go-Go's, and Terry Hall, singer for The Specials and Fun Boy Three. It was first recorded by The Go-Go's as the opening track on their album Beauty and the Beat (1981) and was their debut American single in June 1981. The single eventually reached the top 5 in Australia and Canada, and the top 20 in the United States. Although originally written and performed with three verses, an abbreviated version of the song appears on Beauty and the Beat. In 1983, Hall's band, Fun Boy Three, released their version of "Our Lips Are Sealed". Issued as a single, the track became a top ten hit in the UK, and remains the best known version of "Lips" in that country. The recording of it by The Go-Go's, while a bigger hit elsewhere, only made #47 in the UK. In 2000, Rolling Stone named "Our Lips Are Sealed" one of the 100 Greatest Pop Songs of all time. 


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Can you hear them 
They talk about us 
Telling lies 
Well that's no surprise 

Can you see them 
See right through them 
They have no shield 
No secrets to reveal 

It doesn't matter what they say 
In the jealous games people play 
Our lips are sealed  

Careless talk 
Through paper walls 
We can't stop them 
Only laugh at them 

Spreading rumors 
So far from true 
Dragged up from the underworld 
Just like some precious pearl 

It doesn't matter what they say 
In the jealous games people play 
Our lips are sealed 
Pay no mind to what they say 
It doesn't matter anyway 
Our lips are sealed 

There's a weapon 
We must use 
In our defense 

When you look at them 
Look right through them 
That's when they'll disappear 
That's when you'll be feared 

Hush, my darling 
Don't you cry 
Quiet, angel 
Forget their lies

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Fun Boy Three

Fun Boy Three were a short-lived but successful English New Wave pop band, active from 1981 to 1983 and was formed by singers Terry Hall, Neville Staple and Lynval Golding after they left The Specials. more »

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Written by: Jane Wiedlin, Terry Hall

Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group, Spirit Music Group

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9 facts about this song

Song origin
"Our Lips Are Sealed" first originated from Jane Wiedlin, who is a member of The Go-Gos band. She co-wrote it with Terry Hall, who is a member of the Fun Boy Three and The Specials.
The song concept was inspired by a brief romantic affair between Terry Hall and Jane Wiedlin. They wrote the lyrics separately, with Wiedlin in America and Hall in England, sending each other lyrics via post.
The Go-Go's version was more popular in the USA, reaching the top 20 in the Billboard Hot 100 in 1981.
Fusing post-punk and new wave sounds, "Our Lips Are Sealed" helped to define the 80's pop-music landscape.
Fun Boy Three version
The Fun Boy Three version, while not as commercially successful as The Go-Go's, was praised for its moody and slowed down arrangement. It reached number 7 in the UK Singles Chart in 1983.
Cover versions
The song has been covered by numerous artists, including the power pop band The Knack, punk band The Hippos, and singer Hilary Duff.
Music Videos
Both The Go-Go's and Fun Boy Three made music videos for "Our Lips Are Sealed". The Go-Go's version features the band members joyfully driving around and splashing in a fountain, while Fun Boy Three's has a darker aesthetic, matching their version's moodier tone.
The song has since become a pop and new wave classic. It was ranked 8th on the Rolling Stone's list of 100 Greatest Pop Songs in 2000, and in 2006, it was listed in Pitchfork Media's 200 Greatest Songs of the 80's.
Song meaning
While the catchy chorus presents a universal theme of secret keeping, Terry Hall has stated that the song was about the media and how it's always trying to break into the lives of public figures, keeping their secrets 'unsealed'.

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