Complex
Gary Numan Lyrics


They won't come back
You know it's always the same
And they're sure to forget
Saying everyone lies

So I'm down to this
I'm down to walking on air
And you're here by my side
With all your waving and smiles
Please keep them away
Don't let them touch me
Please don't let them lie
Don't let them see me

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Written by: GARY ANTHONY JAMES WEBB

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Mad Mike

@Official Gary Numan When this song was released in 1979, I was an 8-year-old boy who, thanks to everyone from Marvin Gaye, to the Supremes, and George McCrae, through to the Bee Gees, I was a boogie child of that Funk, Motown, & Disco Age. (I still am) In 1979 Funk & Disco were quickly being eclipsed by New Wave & Synthpop, though

Point is my knowledge of New Wave & of all-electronic Synthpop is "a smattering of everything & a knowledge of nothing." So I don't know who should get credit for originating all-electronic Synthpop, where even the percussion is also all-electronic, too. The earliest I knew of were Jean-Michel Jarre (Oxygene Part IV) & Vangelis. (Albedo 0.39, Blade Runner soundtrack) Their music is all-electronic alright, but it's purely instrumental. Since there's no lyrics or vocals of any kind, it doesn't qualify as Synthpop, nor as New Wave in that sense, in my opinion

You may never read this, but whatever the case, Sir, you are grossly underrated for pioneering all-electronic Synthpop, of the variety having lyrics. There's everyone from Boggles, to the Cars, Blondie, the Fixx, & so on. And the only other person performing such a masterful job of harmonizing traditional orchestral instruments (violin, viola, cello) with electronic instruments if Jeff Lynn & E.L.O.

Upon discovery of your official Youtube channel tonight, this may be my only chance of ever getting a message of appreciation through to you, Gary. I can't thank you enough for your unrecognized & underappreciated influence upon all-electronic music. I'm a very conventional musician, in the Motown, Funk, & Disco field. At present I employ very little of electronic instruments in my music. Nonetheless, the impact & influence that Cars & that Complex have on me cannot be overstated. Your music has widened my rhythmic vocabulary; enriching it & my creative originality

What a masterpiece of harmonizing traditional orchestral instruments with synthesizers & with electronic percussion Complex is! ! It is just as futuristic in 2020 as it was 41 years ago in 1979. Strangely enough there's nothing nearly as futuristic as your music playing on the radio, even now... Thank You so much, Gary. Best of Success to you! !



My Left Eye

They won't come back
You know it's always the same
And they're sure to forget
Saying "everyone lies"

So I'm down to this
I'm down to walking on air
And you're here by my side
With all your waving and smiles

Please keep them away
Don't let them touch me
Please don't let them lie
Don't let them see me



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Mad Mike

@Official Gary Numan When this song was released in 1979, I was an 8-year-old boy who, thanks to everyone from Marvin Gaye, to the Supremes, and George McCrae, through to the Bee Gees, I was a boogie child of that Funk, Motown, & Disco Age. (I still am) In 1979 Funk & Disco were quickly being eclipsed by New Wave & Synthpop, though

Point is my knowledge of New Wave & of all-electronic Synthpop is "a smattering of everything & a knowledge of nothing." So I don't know who should get credit for originating all-electronic Synthpop, where even the percussion is also all-electronic, too. The earliest I knew of were Jean-Michel Jarre (Oxygene Part IV) & Vangelis. (Albedo 0.39, Blade Runner soundtrack) Their music is all-electronic alright, but it's purely instrumental. Since there's no lyrics or vocals of any kind, it doesn't qualify as Synthpop, nor as New Wave in that sense, in my opinion

You may never read this, but whatever the case, Sir, you are grossly underrated for pioneering all-electronic Synthpop, of the variety having lyrics. There's everyone from Boggles, to the Cars, Blondie, the Fixx, & so on. And the only other person performing such a masterful job of harmonizing traditional orchestral instruments (violin, viola, cello) with electronic instruments if Jeff Lynn & E.L.O.

Upon discovery of your official Youtube channel tonight, this may be my only chance of ever getting a message of appreciation through to you, Gary. I can't thank you enough for your unrecognized & underappreciated influence upon all-electronic music. I'm a very conventional musician, in the Motown, Funk, & Disco field. At present I employ very little of electronic instruments in my music. Nonetheless, the impact & influence that Cars & that Complex have on me cannot be overstated. Your music has widened my rhythmic vocabulary; enriching it & my creative originality

What a masterpiece of harmonizing traditional orchestral instruments with synthesizers & with electronic percussion Complex is! ! It is just as futuristic in 2020 as it was 41 years ago in 1979. Strangely enough there's nothing nearly as futuristic as your music playing on the radio, even now... Thank You so much, Gary. Best of Success to you! !

Pete Jones

@Mad Mike for me it was more the 60s but Def 70s too ...anything past that i gave up on ...lol

Mad Mike

@Pete Jones 👍👍 Lucky you, too! Long live 70s attitude & culture. Unquestionably the best decade of my life

Pete Jones

Lucky you I was 22 in 79

David Morris

Love that

Mad Mike

@gerard murphy Youre right! If anything David Bowie provided a role model for Gary to aspire to. Bowie's Fame is the earliest example of digital sampling & "bending" (bending the pitch of real audio ELECTRONICALLY) that I know of. Ill have to research it to be sure, but I believe thats the historic first of that technological advance

It may interest you to know that German-born & lifetime NYC resident Gershon Kingsley was one of the very first people to ever buy a Moog synthesizer, when the very first of those electronic music instruments were ever sold. He is credited with establishing both the Electronic Music catagory, & the Synth-pop style... The grandfather of all-electronic commercial songs (with the exception of his adding acoustic drums) is his 1969 hit Popcorn. For the decades that Ive been fascinated by his Music to Moog By album, I never knew! 😳😳

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jerome synthd20

Thanks Gary Numan for this old video 👍🎹🎶🎤🎻🎸🙂♥️

Joycelyn Simon

Omg i adore gary numan ,next to are friends electric ,this is my fav song ,great to see orginal line up , RIP Cedric , and Paul died way to young, i saw Gary in concert in the 80s @ hammersmith it was the best time of my life, my only regret was he did i signin @,oxford street a little later but i was scared to meet my idol , i did the same thing with johnny depp i suck

Todd Gamble

Thank Gary Numan. As a very young man, worried about leaving childhood and having to become an adult, your music was one of the very very few works of art that made me feel connected and that somehow, there will be a place in the world for me.

Wayne WW Brown

Please keep THEM away
Don't let THEM touch me
Please don't let THEM lie
Don't let THEM see me
Please don't let THEM know
Don't let THEM hear me

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