Gold He Said
Bow Wow Wow Lyrics


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Call me Annabella
Gold is what I hold
No money, I don't care
Just gold in my hair
No silver, no copper
Cassette on my shoulder
I am richer than Richard III
I don't need to work

Lights go out
I'm all alone
Very far from home
Then I looked
And he was hooked
And said to me

No more gas?
Tough time
What do you mean I can't go to the drugstore?
I can't get my hair permed anymore?
No more gas!
Just gold, he said
Gold on my head

My name is Annabella
Gold is what I hold
To get together with the seller in the supermarket
I lost my cassette
In the launderette
I need one to complete my outfit
Take my pick
It's my favourite trick
Before someone grabs it!

Lights go out
Time to flirt
So he looked up my skirt
Then I boxed
And he was hurt
And said to me

No more gas?
Tough time
What do you mean I can't go to the drugstore?
I can't get my hair permed anymore?
No more gas!
Just gold, he said
Gold on my head

D'you love Annabella
Gold is what I hold
Always me and company
I see gold as necessary
I love gold
And sensual crime
It's my magic and my sign
Sticking to my hair and feet
Radiating oral heat

Lights go out
Be romantic
I wanna fall in love again
So take my gold
And hold my head
boyfriend.

No more gas?
Tough time
What do you mean I can't go to the drugstore?
I can't get my hair permed anymore?
No more gas!




Just gold, he said
Gold on my head

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Bow Wow Wow's "Gold He Said" revolve around the character Annabella and her love for gold. She doesn't care about money or any type of metal except gold that she keeps in her hair. Annabella is depicted as someone who is very confident in her own skin and doesn't need anyone else's approval. She is richer than Richard III, the historical King of England, and doesn't feel the need to work. When the lights go out, she is alone and far from home, but then someone hooks up with her and says they only need gold on their head.


The second verse describes Annabella's chance encounter with a guy who hooks up with her at a laundry. She loses her cassette and needs to choose one in order to complete her outfit before someone else takes it. The verse ends with the same lines as the first as she hooks up with the guy who asks for gold on his head. The third verse shows Annabella singing about how she sees gold as necessary and loves it. She believes that gold is her magic and her sign and radiates oral heat. She asks someone to take her gold and hold her head as they become boyfriend and girlfriend.


Overall, the song is all about Annabella's love for gold and her strong personality. She doesn't conform to established norms and doesn't require anyone's approval. The music is rooted in the eclectic post-punk and new wave sounds of the time and features the signature African drumming that Bow Wow Wow was known for.


Line by Line Meaning

Call me Annabella
Introducing myself as Annabella


Gold is what I hold
I value and hold gold highly


No money, I don't care
Money does not matter to me as long as I have gold


Just gold in my hair
I specifically want and have gold in my hair


No silver, no copper
I do not have or want silver or copper


Cassette on my shoulder
I am carrying a cassette on my shoulder


I am richer than Richard III
I consider myself richer than a historical king


I don't need to work
I do not have the need to work due to my gold possessions


Lights go out
The lights turn off


I'm all alone
I am now by myself in the dark


Very far from home
I am away from my residence


Then I looked
I glanced around


And he was hooked
A male individual was interested in me


And said to me
He spoke to me


No more gas?
Is there no more gasoline?


Tough time
Times are hard


What do you mean I can't go to the drugstore?
Why am I unable to go to the pharmacy?


I can't get my hair permed anymore?
Am I unable to permed my hair now?


Just gold, he said
The male is implying that gold can solve these issues


Gold on my head
Gold is now on my head


My name is Annabella
Restating my name


To get together with the seller in the supermarket
I meet the seller in the supermarket


I lost my cassette
I lost the cassette I was carrying


In the launderette
I lost it specifically in the launderette


I need one to complete my outfit
I require one to complete my attire


Take my pick
I am selecting one of the cassettes available


It's my favourite trick
This is my preferred method


Before someone grabs it!
I need to act quickly before someone else takes it


Time to flirt
This is the moment to engage in flirtation


So he looked up my skirt
The male individual looks up my clothing


Then I boxed
I punched him


And he was hurt
The male was in pain


D'you love Annabella
Asking if they love me


Always me and company
I am always with someone


I see gold as necessary
I view gold as essential


I love gold
I truly adore gold


And sensual crime
This is a sensual and illicit act


It's my magic and my sign
Gold is my mystique and symbol


Sticking to my hair and feet
Gold is physically adhering to my hair and feet


Radiating oral heat
Gold is emitting oral warmth


Be romantic
Be affectionate


I wanna fall in love again
I desire to feel love once more


So take my gold
I am offering my gold to the male


And hold my head boyfriend.
And be my intimate companion




Writer(s): Leigh Roy Gorman, Malcolm Robert Andrew Mclaren, Dave Barbarossa, Matthew James Ashman

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Comments from YouTube:

@louis8128

I would so love to have that in my collection

@dentray

I wore this tape out! Thanks Parrot Records Southend! Oh and "Fatman" for slipping it to us one Sat Morning !

@thecapricorn11

what a find! i’m 52 and i didn’t know this existed?!

@PinkyPuff69

Some forty years on, it's still such a new sound and it's still my favorite band of all time.

@wk4max

Hahaha I used to have this !! Great to hear it again ,still got the album tho 😁😍😎😇

@chcgo2undaground

Was this released on vinyl? I only ever saw it as a cassette....

@dentray

@@chcgo2undaground Me Too! I think it was released on Vinal other parts of the world who missed the whole C30 C60 C90 future thing! lol, how life has changed Back to Vinal! Fools Rush In "WOW" Bow Wow wow!

@ianscotthowrie7806

Awesome!

@kurtvanderbogarde8402

Why have you cut out the instrumental bit in between Sexy Eiffel Towers and Giant Sized Baby Thing?

@jamesjames2070

Matthew ashman is a shredder!

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