Eurythmics – Would I Lie To You

This song was released in 1985 and it peaked at #5 in the Billboard 100, #17 on the UK Charts and #2 in Canada. This was out when I graduated and I liked the R&B direction they were going with this song.

From Songfacts.

For Eurythmics third album, Dave Stewart set out to make a “killer R&B riff.” He found it one morning when he was having breakfast with his acoustic guitar on his knee. He took the riff to Annie Lennox, who wasn’t sure about it at first, since it didn’t fit their sound.

As Stewart explained in The Dave Stewart Songbook: “When we started putting it down the song had a lot of energy and inspired Annie to come up with the great lyric, ‘Would I Lie To You” and a melody with very odd answering harmonies, ‘Now, would I say something that wasn’t true.’ These harmonies are very unusual and Annie is a genius at working them out very quickly in her head. The song started to be a fusion between Stax type R&B and Eurythmics.”


Would I Lie To You?
Would I lie to you?
Would I lie to you honey?
Now would I say something that wasn’t true?
I’m asking you sugar
Would I lie to you?

My friends – know what’s in store.
I won’t be here anymore.
I’ve packed my bags
I’ve cleaned the floor.
Watch me walkin’.
Walkin’ out the door.

(Believe me – I’ll make it make it)

Tell you straight – no intervention.
To your face – no deception.
You’re the biggest fake.
That much is true.
Had all I can take.
Now I’m leaving you

(Believe me – I’ll make it make it)

[Chorus repeats]

(Watch me – watch me! Ooh yea)

Author: Badfinger (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

5 thoughts on “Eurythmics – Would I Lie To You”

  1. I never did understand why they started off with a synthesizer electronic sound? Dave Stuart became a big producer. Producing Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and others.

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    1. Well that was their sound… She didn’t at first care for this because it wasn’t their sound…but she liked it once they started on it.


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