It Must Be Obvious

Writers - Tennant/Lowe
First released - 1990
Original album - Alternative
Producer - Pet Shop Boys
Subsequent albums - Behaviour 2001 reissue Further Listening 1990-1991 bonus disc
Other releases - b-side of single "So Hard"

An intentional double-entendre, "hardly coded" as Neil puts it. He liked the idea of singing, "Everyone knows when they look at us. Of course they do—it must be obvious!" The double-entendre is in regard to what it is that must be so obvious. In the context of the lyrics, it clearly refers to the fact "everyone" can tell that the narrator is in love with his companion—everyone except his companion, that is. "You're the only one who doesn't know." But in light of Neil's subsequent openness about his sexual orientation, it also refers to the fact that it was rather "obvious" to many observers that Neil is gay long before he was willing to acknowledge the fact publicly. Yet he certainly wasn't above dropping little "hints" like this. It amused him to do so, essentially telling those "in the know" while keeping others in the dark, so to speak.

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