Modern English – Melt With You

This was a 1983 New Wave song from the band Modern English. I wasn’t a New Wave fan but I liked this song. It peaked at #78 on the Billboard 100. It recharted again in 1990 at #76. The premise of the song is different, to say the least. Again I’m surprised at how low some of the songs of my youth charted.

It was featured in the 1983 movie Valley Girl.

Robbie Grey on singing the song from songfacts.

Robbie Grey took a different approach to his vocals on this track, which gave it more pop appeal. Speaking with Boom 97.3 in Toronto, he said: “I’d always been shouting on songs before, I’d never really sung on a song. And there’s not really any singing on this either, it’s more spoken, but Hugh Jones the producer said, ‘Don’t shout into the microphone, just talk into it.’ I’d never done that before – I was a punk rocker. And so, I did. I just kind of stood back and mouthed the words. And I think that’s a lot of the attraction of the verses on ‘I Melt With You’ is that almost spoken quality.”

Melt With You

Moving forward using all my breath 
Making love to you was never second best 
I saw the world crashing all around your face 
Never really knowing it was always mesh and lace
I’ll stop the world and melt with you 
You’ve seen the difference and it’s getting better all the time 
There’s nothing you and I won’t do 
I’ll stop the world and melt with you
Dream of better lives the kind which never hates 
(You should see why) 
Trapped in the state of imaginary grace 
(You should know better) 
I made a pilgrimage to save this humans race 
(You should see why) 
Never comprehending the race has long gone bye
I’ll stop the world and melt with you 
(Let’s stop the world) You’ve seen the difference and it’s getting better all 
the time 
(Let’s stop the world) There’s nothing you and I won’t do 
(Let’s stop the world) I’ll stop the world and melt with you
The future’s open wide
**The future’s open wide
I’ll stop the world and melt with you 
(Let’s stop the world) I’ve seen some changes but it’s getting better all the 
time 
(Let’s stop the world) There’s nothing you and I won’t do 
(Let’s stop the world) I’ll stop the world and melt with you
The future’s open wide
hmmm hmmm hmmm 
hmmm hmmm hmmm hmmm 
hmmm hmmm hmmm 
hmmm hmmm hmmm hmmm
I’ll stop the world and melt with you (Let’s stop the world) 
You’ve seen the difference and it’s getting better all the time (Let’s stop the 
world) 
There’s nothing you and I won’t do (Let’s stop the world) 
I’ll stop the world and melt with you (Let’s stop the world)
I’ll stop the world and melt with you (Let’s stop the world) 
I’ll stop the world and melt with you (Let’s stop the world)
I’ll stop the world and melt with you (Let’s stop the world) 
I’ll stop the world and melt with you (Let’s stop the world)

Author: badfinger20

Guitar, Bass, song writer,

49 thoughts on “Modern English – Melt With You”

    1. I hate when songs are remembered for commercials. It doesn’t bother me if lets say Little Richard does it…because he and a lot of early artists got cheated out of royalities…
      It is a good song. Very unique story to sing about to say the least.

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      1. I hope the group made some money out of that commercial- I know sometimes you got to do what you gotta do- to put food on the dinner table.

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      2. Yes I agree…they were a one hit wonder also so hopefully it helped them…
        Remember the Nike commercial with Revolution? I did not like that. I think Yoko approved it.
        Maybe I take things like that too serious but some of these bands do have money…and plenty of it…
        Now movies and certain tv shows can enhance songs to me…

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      3. I agree on that Revolution commercial- no reason at all for The Beatles music to be commercialized- they don’t need that kind of exposure. I can understand artists who do doing it. Agree also on movies and songs- totally different.

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      4. Oh yes if they need the money I get it. Believe me at this point of my life if I could write a jingle I would do it! 20 some odd years ago I never would have…
        Goodfellas is to me good example of music and images doing each other justice. Apocalypse now is another one.

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      5. Platoon… a bunch of my friends and I went to the theater and watched it…wasn’t expecting anything but a war movie… We all walked out stunned…didn’t talk for a while. First time a movie really got to me. Well now that I bored you…lol
        Yes Apocalypse Now did help make the Doors legend I agree…with The End.

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      6. Well you know what I mean then… It really affected me for a while. Wow that is a lot…I did take some friends back to it…I think 2-3 times

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      7. Yes I agree a powerful film– Willem Defoe- spectacular- Sgt. Elias I thought was the key to the film- the heart of the film. He was to Platoon what Spock is to Star Trek.

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      8. I would agree to that about Platoon..Defoe was great… Another movie that got to me…and I’m not a big Tom Cruise fan…was Born on the Fourth of July. It was not a movie I wanted to keep watching over and over though like Platoon.

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      9. Off topic but when you talked about Whitey…You mentioned he had the red and blue Beatle albums. The way he grew up…that just shocked me. Did he like them when the came out? Sorry to ask but that was just interesting to me… The way he had to grow up fast and in that generation are the ones that usually hated the Beatles… he must have had an open mind to like them…

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      10. oh it was my other grandfather who had The Beatles album I guess I was confusing– my other grandfather [i was named after him} was the one who quit school at 12 to support the family..{ Whitey liked country music- he called me Buck- because when I was young I was a big Buck Owens fan[ he took me to see him a few times} … I don’t think my other grandfather was a fan when they came out of the beatles- I never asked him about the beatles albums but i did look through his albums- he had a wide variety of music. I wasn’t all that close to my other grandfather he was an amazing person but was kind of scary–he is the one whose garage door i smashed.. he never raised his voice but i had seen his quick temper on others.. I wish now that I had asked him more about things.

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      11. No you were not confusing…I got them mixed up when you were talking about his relationship with his son. The name Whitey…you just don’t forget and I got them confused.
        I did a so called double take when you said the other one had the albums.

        One of my grandfathers was old school hard nose. He got bit by a copperhead in the garden…put a tourniquet on and kept working til he was finished doing what he was doing.
        The other one I didn’t know hardly at all helped start the guitar business. He died in 75 so I barely remember him.
        I did like talking to both of my grandmothers…they told me about silent movies and country life. What a hard time they grew up in.

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      12. My grandmothers were the great story tellers in my family also-maybe it is something about grandmas- what I know of the the family past comes though them. Whitey was always about having fun in the present time.. my other grandfathers childhood etc was so bad i don’t think he wanted to talk about it…. yes my other grandfather and his son my uncle were the ones who really didn’t see eye to eye. Total opposites. Now my dad and Whitey may not have been on the best of terms but it was a never said kind of mystery…. that is incredible- oh a cooperhead just bit me- got to finish my work though..that is OLD SCHOOL!

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      13. I took one of my friends over to see him before he passed away. He looked at my friend and said…”What do you do…Nothing?”…my friend didn’t know what to say…of course I broke up laughing after we left. Behind that gruff personality was actually a decent person…he just hated it to show. But yes he was old school…he had money but used a mule for the garden…til he died.
        I loved hanging out with my grandmothers and hearig their stories. I like hanging out with older people more than young. I took Bailey to a birthday party years ago and I hung out with an 80 year old that was there and just loved the stories. If they know you really listen they love telling.

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      14. I love hearing the old stories from people too. That story about your grandfather and your friend reminds me of when i graduated high school- my friend Dan’s parents were 60 when he graduated -mine were 39- so i go over for his graduation party and dan’s mother says “well what are you going to do with your life now ?…. I was 18 and was going to college in the fall but to be honest I had no idea. When she asked me inside I was laughing but she was a very serious person so I gave her an answer…. It kind of stinks in a way- getting older those people who lived during the depression- WWII are leaving at a rapid rate. My wife’s grandparents lived until fairly recently I loved going to see them and listening to the old stories- and they were always willing to share them.

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      15. Those kind of questions just leave you speechless. Bailey is facing the same thing. He loves film and he wants to get into film. I told im that is great…but get your core first in college and then do what you need to do…
        It does stink… tht is why I take advantage of every situation that I can get stories. One of my grandmothers remembered posters on Charlie Chaplin and Clara Bow…I didn’t find out until right before she passed.
        My fathers parents were share croppers in the 30s and 40s and then ran an old country store. One story…my father, his nephew and brother climped up in a tree in trouble over something and were not budging…they would not come down…my grandfather…the nicer one…cut the tree down lol…seriously.

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      16. That tree story is hilarious.. if he hadn’t cut that tree down maybe they’d still be up there lol… those old stories are priceless…. i had a neighbor growing up- he was the manager of the neighborhood store- nice quiet guy- when he dies and i am reading the obit- he fought in the battle of the bulge- won medals etc- who would have ever guessed it- he was just a quite modest guy i never even knew he was in the war.. Charlie Chaplin and Clara Bow- now that goes way back.. the depression sure did shape lives- neither of my grandmothers threw anything away and were hoarders [so am i- is that genetic?} my grandma- Whitey’s wife- was always fearing the depression was coming back maybe tomorrow– she did sewing for people- and hid the money she made from Whitey because she knew he’s just spend it… when they both passed and we went to clean the house we found money hidden all over the house- under carpets, in secret places etc.. I think she had forgotten she had hid the money..

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      17. You just never know people. That is something about that manager. That says a lot about his character that he didn’t boast or anything.
        I’ve heard about that so much about people who lived through the depression. They would not trust a bank. I know you have heard this before but it reminds me of Stringbean from Hee Haw. He and his wife were murdered by these two guys who were a waste of oxygen…they waited for him to come home from a Grand Ole Opry show… Years later when someone bought Stingbean’s cabin they found thousands of dollars hidden but most burnt in the stones of the chimney. He would not use a bank…because of the depression…
        That I remember as a kid because he lived around twenty or thirty miles from where we did.
        I’m with you on hoarding. My wife and I really bonded in the late nineties over The Peanuts… we both like collecting and we probably spent thousands on 60s and 70s Peanut items…We have way too many things. We go to yard sales and sometimes I’m asked…what are you looking for? I say…if you were a teenager in the 70s or 60s…I want what you had in your bedroom…
        So yes..I have way too many things.

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      18. That is a great answer- if you were a teenage in the 70’s or 60’s what you had in your bedroom!!! Yes poor Stringbean. I would always watch Hee Haw with Whitey- and of course knew him from the show- I didn’t know until later that he had been a bluegrass musician when he was younger- I think i was 12 or 13 when he was murdered… sad story… you mentioned once your wife was from West Virginia-what part?

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      19. Davis Creek…it’s near Charleston. I have fun with her about that. Going through there and seeing “The 48 states motel” and other odd things… Beautful country but many of those mountains have been stripped because of mining.

        I have a few episodes of Hee Haw I watch every now and then. Roy Clark is one of the best guitarest that ever walked the earth.

        I love the space aged mod lamps and etc… especially

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      20. Have you ever been to The Mystery Hole?- not too far from Charleston. I am very familiar with WV- yes it is a shame what they have done to the mountains in that part of the state… Roy and Buck probably made a mint from doing Hee Haw but I think some people think of them as the Hee Haw hosts and not for their music… now the first ever concert of any kind I ever saw- Buck Owens at the Jamboree in Wheeling WV. the first song I remember loving- I’ve Got A Tiger By The Tail… I thought it was about a tiger..

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      21. No I need to ask her about the Mysery Hole…never heard of it. She did tell me something about the legend of the Moth Man…I believe that is his/its name.

        They did make the money and I’ve read where Buck didn’t really like talking about it because of what you just said.
        That is cool that you got to see him. That Bakersfield sound was different and I liked it… I liked an instrumental he did…. was it Buckaroo? Loved the sound of it.

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      22. MOTHMAN! We go to the Mothman Festival every year- its in a couple weeks [a three hour drive to Point Pleasant} Its a lot of fun. … Yes Buckaroo–and one important key to his sound- Don Rich- Buck even said himself after Don was killed in the motorcycle accident- the spark went out of it for him… I think I saw Buck 3 or 4 times..I still love his music. … Funny how certain people are best in a role- Don Rich as Buck’s sidekick was fabulous and was a key to that sound- I have one of Don’s albums he made solo- it isn’t bad but it’s not the magic he and Buck had.His voice and Buck’s… …

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      23. Just a few weeks ago my cousin Mark told me he remembered when Don Rich was killed in the 70s after we talked about Hee Haw.
        They did have a great sound together. I thought about reading something on Buck…I never have….

        Mothman…I gotta do some research on it. All I know about it…was it appeared near a bridge or something….but I just looked up the Mystery Hole…I gotta see that!
        My wife had a busy day today and went to sleep…I wish I could go to sleep as easy as her.

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      24. I know what you mean about sleep- my wife too- could sleep through World War III> I have a habit of falling right to sleep then waking up an hour hour and a half later- and feeling like i just slept 8 hours– and being awake for hours then falling back to sleep between 2 and 4 am… errrr….. the fun thing about the mothman festival is they have 2 days full of speakers at the old movie theater in town- paranormal speakers- from all over the country who come- some are really good- some are ‘out there pretty far” but its fun to sit and listen to them. If not for that we wouldn’t go every year…

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      25. She can take a nap on the drop of a hat. If I take a nap during the day I feel awful when I wake up…sweating and just blah…Falling asleep is hard for me…my brain will not stop jumping from subject to subject…
        That sounds like a great time. We go to some festivals once in while. My wife found a RC and Moon Pie festival…and off we went lol. Small town that has RC on ice and plenty of Moon Pies…which I don’t like but it’s fun all the same.

        Nashville has a lot of street fairs that I like going to…Italian and Greek…usually music of all kinds.

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      26. RC and Moon Pie Festival -who would have ever thought of that! I would imagine there is always something going on in Nashvillle music wise-… The other night- and its funny how we were talking about this a couple weeks ago, The Time Machine was on Turner Movies- I dvrd it and watched it before going to bed- pretty good. I wish he had gone back in time instead of forward but understand why he went forward. Glad I finally watched it… oh forgot to mention- my wife and I were out yesterday afternoon and I had seen vol. 1 before but now there are two volumes and it is compelete- a biography of Sir George- very nice looking books too. I came home and ordered them after looking up reviews. volume 1 goes into the middle beatle years- volume 2 picks it up from there and goes to the end of his life. It has gotten good reviews and as i said- a very nice looking set of books.

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      27. I’m glad you got to see the Time Machine…I’m with you…I always want time movies to go back but being it was the turn of the century it fit going forward… I thought it was well made.
        I just looked up the bio! Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin, The Early Years, 1926–1966… I will get it. Thanks for telling me…I didn’t know.
        Oh the RC and Moon Pies… I don’t care for Moon Pies but on a 95 degree day that iced RC is the best..

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      28. Maybe my favorite example- High Fidelity- great music- and fit right into the movies theme. I love that movie- a guy flick right up there with The Dirty Dozen.

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      29. I remember we walked out of the movie and my wife said it was OK.. I thought it was great- and went back by myself and saw it again. Loved the record store scenes and am also a big fan of Cusack’s.

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    2. I remember that commercial too- I didn’t hate it too much because they were a one hit wonder- they probably needed that money. Not like when the Rolling Stones were selling Microsoft software. For the song- great tune!! Was big in Toronto and given how much it’s on American oldies radio now,surprising it wasn’t a top 10 back in 1983. Modern English opened for Roxy Music in the very first big concert i went too!

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      1. Yes it’s the big groups who have the money that go for the commercials. You named a good example of Start Me Up…
        It is a good song. It has a good melody and a unique story to the song.
        I thought this one would have charted higher…but I think that on most of them I’ve done recently.
        That is cool that you got to see them. I remember the song from Valley Girl.

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      2. from what I can remember they were quite good sound wise, not great for stage charisma, but I was there for Roxy Music and really only knew the 1 song by Modern English – which at least, was a big fave of mine already. By the way Hanspostcard, I apologize up front if this is crass but I notice you have read my baseball blog, thank you, I also have a (mostly) daily pop-rock blog at http: // soundday . wordpress. com Feel free to look in there !

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