Do you really want to hurt me?

I’ve never liked Culture Club/Boy George, but having read some of the lyrics, I realize there is some good, heartfelt song-writing there.

“Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?” (Culture Club version)

Give me time to realize my crime
Let me love and steal

I have danced nside your eyes
How can I be real

Do you really want to hurt me?
Do you really want to make me cry?
Precious kisses words that burn me
Lovers never ask you why

In my heart the fire’s burning
Choose my colour, find a star
Precious people always tell me
That’s a step, a step too far

Do you really want to hurt me?
Do you really want to make me cry?
Do you really want to hurt me?
Do you really want to make me cry?

Words are few I have spoken
I could waste a thousand years
Wrapped in sorrow words are token
Come inside and catch my tears

You’ve been talking but believe me
If it’s true you do not know
If my love’s without a reason
I’m prepared to let you go

If it’s love you want from me
Then take it away
Everything is not what you see
It’s over today

Ah!  I just found a cover of this song, with a musical style I like better:  Violent Femmes version

I needed time to realize my crime
It was let me love and steal
I did dances inside my mind
Now how can I be real

Do you really want to hurt me?
Do you really want to make me cry?
No I don t really want to hurt you

Then lovers always asked me:
Why why why why in my mind my memory’s burning
What’s your favorite color of your favorite car?
I took a step
The step was learning that that’s a step beyond a step too far

Do you really want to hurt me?
Do you really want to make me cry?
No I don’t really want to hurt you

I told the truth but it was still a lie
The words are few
Some are unspoken
I could sleep four thousand years
Man of sorrows word unbroken
His sweat like blood came down like tears
I’ve been talking
But believe me
I know that it’s true now that there’s no more
I don’t know
I’m in love and love’s the reason I’m not prepared to let you let me go
So if it’s love you want
Then take all of me
It’s this love I want
I can finally see

Do I really want to hurt you?
Do I really want to make you cry?
Yes I suppose I want to hurt you
You told the truth but it was still a lie

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