I guess some people saw some portents with “Careless Whisper,” a song that you’re always going to be associated with, much as Led Zeppelin’s always associated with “Stairway to Heaven.” You said on one occasion that you aren’t as fond of “Careless Whisper” as some of your fans are – that you think “One More Try” is a stronger song.
I just feel “One More Try” is better lyrically. “Careless Whisper” as written when I was 17 years old, and I had not really experienced anything that strong in my life, so it was a bit precocious. Yet it really seemed to connect with people, which is a wonderful thing and a marvelous coincidence, you know. But basically I see that song as a bunch of images which I threw together to represent the fact that at the time I was seeing one girl and then I started seeing another, and it was just the guilt in between those two periods. The ballads I’ve written since have been about things that really hurt me.
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