Why Don't We Live Together?
Neil and Chris were very bold to insert a sexually ambiguous (if slightly sexist) line like "The woman in me shouts out; the man in me just smiles" in the final track of their first album. In general, this appears to be an unusually direct song amidst so many others that can't be taken purely at face value, such as "Opportunities" and "Tonight Is Forever." It seems to be an honest plea by the narrator to his paramour that they indeed start living together. Of course, there's a touch of cynicism (or just plain realism) in the words "I might not always love you; you might not care," but otherwise it all seems innocuous enough, non-marital cohabitation notwithstanding.
It's interesting to note that the chorus incorporates the line "With all the love we had and all the love we hide," which had previously appeared at the very end of the original single version and video of "Opportunities," but was deleted from the album and second single versions. Meanwhile, the bouncy, staccato music is a delight, as are the agitated, improvisational-sounding background vocals. This probably could have been a successful single if the Boys and/or their record company had seen fit to release it as such.
- Mixer: Stephen
- Album version
- Available on Please
- Album version (4:49)
- Mixer: Ron Dean
Miller and the Latin Rascals
New York Mix (5:14)
- Available on the Further Listening bonus disc with the Please reissue
- Original New York Mix (5:14)
- Mixer: Stuart Price
- Pandemonium CD live version (4:18)
Official but unreleased
- Early 1980s demo "Version 1" (2:42)
- Early 1980s demo "Version 2" (3:32)
- Early 1980s demo "Version 3" (5:53)
- Early 1980s instrumental demo (5:14)
- This recording has sometimes been referred to inaccurately as a "Dub Mix" attributed to Ron Dean Miller and the Latin Rascals
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