Everybody Lies
Leo Sayer Lyrics


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Well they say that every dog must have its day
And to hell with anyone who’s in the way
And they’ll say that all your proof
Is just a fraction of the truth
‘Cos everybody lies

They’ll tell you pride will come before a fall
And no wall can survive the wrecking ball
But like the twisting of a knife
No lie will save your life
When everything’s a case of do or die

Lie, lie, lie
Everybody lies, lies, lies
Underneath us Earth is shaking
From the mess that we’re creating
Oh it’s all a pack of lies

We bring back empty buckets from the well
Spray perfume on the most disgusting smell
Split the colours and the classes
Spread this bullshit to the masses
‘Til reality is just an empty shell

And don’t get me started on the greed
People buying all the things that they don’t need
Pet rocks and great big yachts
It’s the gots and they ain’t gots
Kissing all of common sense goodbye

One day we’ll meet our maker and he’ll say
You only told the truth by inches every day
Oh but God it proved so hard
So I embellished by a yard
Everybody does it by the way

And God will strike us down we’ll go to hell
But down there we’ll all get on so very well
‘Cos we’ll be sharing porky pies
With the very bestest liars
While we roast away upon the funeral pyre

Oh lies, lies, lies
Everybody lies, lies, lies
Underneath us Earth is shaking
It’s foundations we’ve been faking
As we create another stinker
To placate a penny pincher
Falling in hook, line, and sinker




Shouting ‘Hey, look I’m a winner!’
If I deny, deny, deny, deny, deny

Overall Meaning

Leo Sayer's "Everybody Lies" is a satirical masterpiece about how people lie on a daily basis. The opening lines, "they say that every dog must have its day/And to hell with anyone who’s in the way," suggest that people fight for themselves, eliminating anyone who might prevent them from achieving their goals. The next lines, "And they’ll say that all your proof/Is just a fraction of the truth/'Cos everybody lies" emphasize the fact that everybody lies - in different situations, in different ways, to different people.


The song goes on describing different situations where people lie to get whatever they want, even at the cost of others' well-being. The lines "We bring back empty buckets from the well/Spray perfume on the most disgusting smell/Split the colours and the classes" mean that people are trying to cover up their shortcomings and create a fake reality that they can benefit from. The next line "Spread this bullshit to the masses" suggests that people use various media platforms to spread misinformation, making it impossible for others to determine what is true and what is not.


The song concludes with the lines "If I deny, deny, deny, deny, deny", emphasizing that it's becoming more and more challenging to tell the truth in today's world. The song tries to highlight the importance of understanding how lying and manipulation work and how people can find their way through the masses of misinformation.


Line by Line Meaning

Well they say that every dog must have its day
People believe that everyone deserves a period of success and happiness in life.


And to hell with anyone who’s in the way
People do not care about the obstacles they may encounter on their way to success.


And they’ll say that all your proof
People will dismiss evidence and data that challenge their beliefs.


Is just a fraction of the truth
People will claim that the evidence presented is only a small part of the whole truth.


‘Cos everybody lies
People tend to be dishonest and hide their true motives and actions.


They’ll tell you pride will come before a fall
People warn that arrogance often leads to failure.


And no wall can survive the wrecking ball
People believe that everything eventually comes to an end.


But like the twisting of a knife
People will use lies to cause harm and pain to others.


No lie will save your life
Dishonesty is not a solution to problems and can backfire.


When everything’s a case of do or die
In difficult situations, people resort to any means necessary to succeed.


Lie, lie, lie
A call-out to people's tendency to be untruthful.


Everybody lies, lies, lies
People at all levels of society are prone to deceit.


Underneath us Earth is shaking
Dishonesty is undermining the foundations of society.


From the mess that we’re creating
Lies and deceit are creating chaos and confusion in society.


Oh it’s all a pack of lies
Everything around us seems to be based on falsehood.


We bring back empty buckets from the well
Despite our efforts, we often fail to achieve our goals.


Spray perfume on the most disgusting smell
People try to mask unpleasant realities with superficial solutions.


Split the colours and the classes
Divisive tactics are used to win power and control over others.


Spread this bullshit to the masses
Falsehoods are often propagated to gain support and manipulate public opinion.


‘Til reality is just an empty shell
Lies and distortions have eroded the true nature of society and the world around us.


And don’t get me started on the greed
People's lust for power and wealth is a source of many problems in society.


People buying all the things that they don’t need
Consumerism and materialism have led to a culture of unnecessary spending.


Pet rocks and great big yachts
Examples of frivolous and unnecessary consumer products.


It’s the gots and they ain’t gots
The rich and powerful often seek to dominate and exploit those who have less.


Kissing all of common sense goodbye
People have abandoned logic and reason in favor of irrational behavior.


One day we’ll meet our maker and he’ll say
A reference to the idea that we will all ultimately be held accountable for our actions.


You only told the truth by inches every day
Despite our tendency to lie, we are also capable of honesty and integrity.


Oh but God it proved so hard
Honesty is difficult and often requires courage and sacrifice.


So I embellished by a yard
People will exaggerate and distort the truth to achieve their goals.


Everybody does it by the way
Dishonesty is a common trait shared by many people.


And God will strike us down we’ll go to hell
There are consequences for dishonesty, whether in this life or the next.


But down there we’ll all get on so very well
Even in the afterlife, people who lie to themselves and others will be together.


‘Cos we’ll be sharing porky pies
In hell, people will continue to lie and deceive each other.


With the very bestest liars
The most successful liars will find one another in hell.


While we roast away upon the funeral pyre
A metaphor for the consequences of dishonesty and deceit.


It’s foundations we’ve been faking
Many aspects of society, including politics and the economy, are built on lies and deceit.


As we create another stinker
Despite the problems and failures caused by dishonesty, people continue to deceive others.


To placate a penny pincher
People will use lies to appease those who are motivated by greed and power.


Falling in hook, line, and sinker
People are easily fooled and deceived by those with malicious intent.


Shouting ‘Hey, look I’m a winner!’
People crave recognition and success, often at the expense of honesty and morality.


If I deny, deny, deny, deny, deny
A reference to the tactic of persistent lying and evasion.




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Written by: Leo Sayer

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Tyrone peterson


on Leo Sayer - I Pull My Blue Jeans On

Nice song

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