Complaints
Sparks Lyrics


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Nothing in the world is perfect
Grin and bear it silently or yell into my ear

Complaints, its my department
Complaints, its my department
Everything you wear is too tight and clashes with the candlelight
Just give it back, no questions asked
and nothing in the world is perfect
Grin and bear it silently or yell into my ear

complaints, its stereophonic
Complaints, its ironic
How they chatter, how they bore us
Like some avant gardish chorus
Just give it back, no questions asked

Well I'll dive off the mezzanine
If one more points at crooked seam
A sign of shoddy workmanship
Of asianic hands that slipped
Just give it back no questions asked

Nothing in the world is perfect
Grin and bear it silently or yell into my ear

Complaints, there's to many hours
Complaints, the bosses cower
Two weeks free from all complaining, it was due to our complaining
Take her to Spain and hear her complain

and now she says that she's expecting
And that's my fault for not protecting
Her from all the risks of passion
She's complaining, she's old fashioned
Just give it back, no questions asked

Complains, complaints
Complaints, its my department
Complaints, its my department
Complaints, its stereophonic
Complaints, its ironic




Complaints, there's too many hours
Complaints, the bosses cower

Overall Meaning

The song "Complaints" by Sparks is a satirical take on the idea of complaining. The first few lines of the song set the tone with the declaration that "nothing in the world is perfect," and the options are to either ignore it or complain about it. The singer declares that complaints are their department, implying that they are the expert at it. The following lines criticize fashion choices and a culture that values complaining as an avant-garde chorus, mocking the idea that complaining can be artistic. The line "Just give it back, no questions asked" implies that the complaints are unfounded and should not even be worth discussing.


The song later shifts to a personal complaint, as the singer talks about a woman who holds them responsible for her pregnancy. The song continues to emphasize the idea that complaining can fuel itself, as the line "Two weeks free from all complaining, it was due to our complaining" suggests that in order to have the freedom to stop complaining, one must complain first. The song repeats the refrain "Complaints, it's my department" multiple times, emphasizing the absurdity of complaining as a department.


Overall, the song uses irony and humor to comment on the idea of complaining, suggesting that it can be pointless, unproductive, and even harmful if taken too far.


Line by Line Meaning

Nothing in the world is perfect
Acknowledgment that perfection is impossible


Grin and bear it silently or yell into my ear
Options for how to deal with imperfection


Complaints, its my department
Taking ownership of the act of complaining


Everything you wear is too tight and clashes with the candlelight
Criticism of someone's fashion choices


Just give it back, no questions asked
Demand for return of something


Complaints, its stereophonic
Complaining is a two-sided conversation


Complaints, its ironic
The irony of complaining about complaining


How they chatter, how they bore us
Annoyance at the endless chatter of complainers


Like some avant gardish chorus
Comparison to experimental, atonal music


Well I'll dive off the mezzanine
Threat of extreme action if faced with more complaints


If one more points at crooked seam
Specific example of a nitpicky complaint


A sign of shoddy workmanship
Assumption that a crooked seam means poor quality


Of asianic hands that slipped
Potentially racist assumption about the ethnicity of the seamstress


Complaints, there's to many hours
Feeling overwhelmed by the amount of complaints


Complaints, the bosses cower
Power dynamic suggests bosses are subservient to complaining employees


Two weeks free from all complaining, it was due to our complaining
Paradoxical result of complaining leading to a complaining-free period


Take her to Spain and hear her complain
Suggesting someone will complain no matter the circumstances or location


And now she says that she's expecting
New complaint about unexpected pregnancy


And that's my fault for not protecting
Self-blame for an uncontrollable event


Her from all the risks of passion
Inability to prevent all potential problems related to relationships


She's complaining, she's old fashioned
Attitude of disdain towards complaining


Complains, complains
Reiteration of the central theme of the song


Complaints, its my department
Reassertion of ownership of complaining


Complaints, its my department
Repeated declaration of being in charge of complaints


Complaints, its stereophonic
Reiteration of the idea that complaints require two parties


Complaints, its ironic
Reaffirming the irony of complaining about complaining


Complaints, there's too many hours
Restating the overwhelming feeling of excessive complaints


Complaints, the bosses cower
Reiteration of the power dynamic of complaining employees versus bosses




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Written by: RON MAEL

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