For Your Own Good

Writers - Tennant/Lowe
First released - 1999
Original album - Nightlife
Producer - Pet Shop Boys, Rollo
Subsequent albums - (none)
Other releases - (none)

Soft, ominous, dissonant chords introduce the opening track on Nightlife, which also served as the opening number of the concerts on PSB's 1999 U.S. tour. Booming bass and multitracked female background vocals heighten a general air of desperation. Neil has stated that "For Your Own Good" is sung from the perspective of a woman waiting late at night for her lover to call, though she knows he's galavanting about. We're left not knowing the outcome of this little domestic drama—at least for the time being. (But if you feel like "skipping ahead," so to speak, check out the album's final track.)

Incidentally, "For Your Own Good" was originally written for or at least seriously considered for inclusion in the Pet Shop Boys' musical Closer to Heaven (more about that just below in the entry for the song with that title), but it didn't make the final cut. Chris and Neil recorded a demo of that early version of the song, with a "poppier," more upbeat sound and slightly different lyrics.

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