Perfume
Sparks Lyrics


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Geneviève wears Dior
Margaret wears Trésor
Mary Jo wears Lauren
But you don't wear no perfume

Deborah wears Clinique
Marianne wears Mystique
Judith wears Shalimar
But you don't wear no perfume

That's why I want to spend my life with you
That's why I want to spend my life with you
That's why I want to spend my life with you

Anna wears CK1
Jeanie wears Opium
Trisha wears No.5
But you don't wear no perfume

Susan wears St. Laurent
Janie wears L'Air do Temps
Kirstin wears Davidoff
But you don't wear no perfume

That's why I want to spend my life with you
That's why I want to spend my life with you
That's why I want to spend my life with you

The olefactory sense is the sense
That most strongly evokes memories of the past
Well screw the past

That's why I want to spend my life with you
That's why I want to spend my life with you
That's why I want to spend my life with you
That's why I want to spend my life with you

That's why I want to spend my life with you
That's why I want to spend my life with you
That's why I want to spend my life with you
That's why I want to spend my life with you

Geneviève wears Hermès
Annabelle wears Arpège
Betty Lee wears Guérlain
But you don't wear no perfume

Katie wears Giorgio
Lily wears Moschino
Jenna wears Kenneth Cole
But you don't wear no perfume

That's why I want to spend my life with you
That's why I want to spend my life with you
That's why I want to spend my life with you

Carol wears Cacharel
Lana wears Tommy Girl
Cynthia wears J'Adore
But you don't wear no perfume

Jennifer wears Céline
Laura wears Armani
Deborah wears Polo Sport
But you don't wear no perfume

Gina wears Vera Wang
Sheila wears Helmut Lang
Dinah wears Oxygene
But you don't wear no perfume

Jody wears Gaultier
Peggy wears Jean Patou
Stella wears Lagerfeld
But you don't wear no perfume

That's why I want to spend my life with you
That's why I want to spend my life with you
That's why I want to spend my life with you

That's why I want to spend my life with you
That's why I want to spend my life with you
That's why I want to spend my life with you

That's why I want to spend my life with you
That's why I want to spend my life with you
That's why I want to spend my life with you
That's why I want to spend my life with you





That's why, that's why, that's why, that's why
That's why, that's why, that's why, that's why

Overall Meaning

The song "Perfume" by Sparks is a list of various perfumes worn by different women. However, the chorus reveals that the singer's love interest does not wear perfume, which is significant to them. They express their desire to spend their life with this person, even though they don't have the scent-driven memory association that other people might have. The line "well screw the past" suggests that the singer is more interested in their present and future with this person.


The lyrics can be interpreted as a celebration of individuality and uniqueness. Each woman in the song wears a different brand and scent of perfume, and the chorus is focused on the one person who doesn't conform to that standard. The repetition of the chorus emphasizes the singer's strong feelings of love and commitment to this person, regardless of whether or not they conform to societal norms.


Line by Line Meaning

Geneviève wears Dior
Geneviève wears Dior perfume


Margaret wears Trésor
Margaret wears Trésor perfume


Mary Jo wears Lauren
Mary Jo wears Lauren perfume


But you don't wear no perfume
But you don't wear any perfume


Deborah wears Clinique
Deborah wears Clinique perfume


Marianne wears Mystique
Marianne wears Mystique perfume


Judith wears Shalimar
Judith wears Shalimar perfume


Anna wears CK1
Anna wears CK1 perfume


Jeanie wears Opium
Jeanie wears Opium perfume


Trisha wears No.5
Trisha wears Chanel No.5 perfume


Susan wears St. Laurent
Susan wears Yves St. Laurent perfume


Janie wears L'Air do Temps
Janie wears L'Air do Temps perfume


Kirstin wears Davidoff
Kirstin wears Davidoff perfume


That's why I want to spend my life with you
I want to spend my life with you because you don't wear perfume, so my memories of time spent with you won't be linked to any particular fragrance


The olefactory sense is the sense
The sense of smell is the sense


That most strongly evokes memories of the past
That most strongly triggers memories of the past


Well screw the past
I don't care about the past


Geneviève wears Hermès
Geneviève wears Hermès perfume


Annabelle wears Arpège
Annabelle wears Arpège perfume


Betty Lee wears Guérlain
Betty Lee wears Guérlain perfume


Katie wears Giorgio
Katie wears Giorgio perfume


Lily wears Moschino
Lily wears Moschino perfume


Jenna wears Kenneth Cole
Jenna wears Kenneth Cole perfume


Carol wears Cacharel
Carol wears Cacharel perfume


Lana wears Tommy Girl
Lana wears Tommy Girl perfume


Cynthia wears J'Adore
Cynthia wears J'Adore perfume


Jennifer wears Céline
Jennifer wears Celine perfume


Laura wears Armani
Laura wears Armani perfume


Deborah wears Polo Sport
Deborah wears Polo Sport perfume


Gina wears Vera Wang
Gina wears Vera Wang perfume


Sheila wears Helmut Lang
Sheila wears Helmut Lang perfume


Dinah wears Oxygene
Dinah wears Oxygene perfume


Jody wears Gaultier
Jody wears Gaultier perfume


Peggy wears Jean Patou
Peggy wears Jean Patou perfume


Stella wears Lagerfeld
Stella wears Lagerfeld perfume




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Written by: RONALD D MAEL, RUSSELL CRAIG MAEL

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Philip Kassabian

A very catchy and great Sparks song.

Most interesting comments from YouTube:

@jessieloves2092

Geneviève wears Dior
Margaret wears Trésor
Mary Jo wears Lauren
But you don't wear no perfume
Deborah wears Clinique
Marianne wears Mystique
Judith wears Shalimar
But you don't wear no perfume
That's why I want to spend my life with you
That's why I want to spend my life with you
That's why I want to spend my life with you
Anna wears CK1
Jeanie wears Opium
Trisha wears No.5
But you don't wear no perfume
Susan wears St. Laurent
Janie wears L'Air do Temps
Kirstin wears Davidoff
But you don't wear no perfume
That's why I want to spend my life with you
That's why I want to spend my life with you
That's why I want to spend my life with you
The olefactory sense is the sense
That most strongly evokes memories of the past
Well screw the past
That's why I want to spend my life with you
That's why I want to spend my life with you
That's why I want to spend my life with you
That's why I want to spend my life with you
That's why I want to spend my life with you
That's why I want to spend my life with you
That's why I want to spend my life with you
That's why I want to spend my life with you
Geneviève wears Hermès
Annabelle wears Arpège
Betty Lee wears Guérlain
But you don't wear no perfume
Katie wears Giorgio
Lily wears Moschino
Jenna wears Kenneth Cole
But you don't wear no perfume
That's why I want to spend my life with you
That's why I want to spend my life with you
That's why I want to spend my life with you
Carol wears Cacharel
Lana wears Tommy Girl
Cynthia wears J'Adore
But you don't wear no perfume
Jennifer wears Céline
Laura wears Armani
Deborah wears Polo Sport
But you don't wear no perfume
Gina wears Vera Wang
Sheila wears Helmut Lang
Dinah wears Oxygene
But you don't wear no perfume
Jody wears Gaultier
Peggy wears Jean Patou
Stella wears Lagerfeld
But you don't wear no perfume
That's why I want to spend my life with you
That's why I want to spend my life with you
That's why I want to spend my life with you
That's why I want to spend my life with you
That's why I want to spend my life with you
That's why I want to spend my life with you
That's why I want to spend my life with you
That's why I want to spend my life with you
That's why I want to spend my life with you
That's why I want to spend my life with you
That's why, that's why, that's why, that's why
That's why, that's why, that's why, that's why



@annabackman3028

LYRICS by Ron Mael/Sparks
(Here in this version there are "only" 27 girls he doesn't want to be reminded of, instead of 30.)

Geniviève wears Dior
Margaret wears Treśor
Mary Lo wears Lauren
But you don't wear no perfume

Deborah wears Clinique
Marianne wears Mystique
Judith wears Shalimar
But you don't wear no perfume

That's why I want to spend my life with you
That's why I want to spend my life with you
That's why I want to spend my life with you

Anna wears CK1
Jeanie wears Opium
Trisha wears No. 5
But you don't wear no perfume

Susan wears St. Laurent
Janie wears L'Air do Temps
Kristin wears Davidoff
But you don't wear no perfume

That's why I want to spend my life with you
That's why I want to spend my life with you
That's why I want to spend my life with you

The olefactory sense is the sense
That most strongly evokes memories of the past
Well, screw the past!

That's why I want to spend my life with you
That's why I want to spend my life with you
That's why I want to spend my life with you
That's why I want to spend my life with you

Geniviève wears Hermès
Annabelle wears Arpège
Betty Lee wears Guérlain
But you don't wear no perfume

Katie wears Giorgio
Lily wears Moschino
Jenna wears Kenneth Cole
But you don't wear no perfume

That's why I want to spend my life with you
That's why I want to spend my life with you
That's why I want to spend my life with you

Carol wears Cacharel
Lana wears Tommy Girl
Cynthia wears J'Adore
But you don't wear no perfume

Jennifer wears Celine
Laura wears Armani
Deborah wears Polo Sport
But you don't wear no perfume

Judy wears Gualtier
Peggy wears Jean Patou
Stella wears Lagerfeld
But you don't wear no perfume

That's why I want to spend my life with you
That's why I want to spend my life with you
That's why I want to spend my life with you

That's why I want to spend my life with you
That's why I want to spend my life with you
That's why I want to spend my life with you

That's why I want to spend my life with you
That's why I want to spend my life with you
That's why I want to spend my life with you
That's why I want to spend my life with you

💖💖💖💖💖
(They left out one verse here;

"Gina wears Vera Wang
Shiela wears Helmut Lang
Dinah wears Oxygene
But you don't wear no perfume")



@annabackman3028

@New Forest Pixies No worries!
The problem is all people (ALSO MEN, God knows 😫) that are used to practically shower in cheap perfumes, and one way or the other "upgrade" to more expensive. They keep pouring it over themselves, used to the strong smell the first minutes. That's when the scent start to fade off with a cheap one.
OR, with high quality, her(/his) nose get numb of the strong smell. That person doesn't realize HOW much it smells. And that the smell is overwhelming, can make people in a bus walk two or three stops just to escape it.

Ask people who are oversensitive to strong smells what they think. 🙄. Headaches, nauseousness, blocked nose and asthma.

Another problem is that a lot of expensive perfumes also have a spray nozzle or pump, which usually is set to spray as you were using mosquito repellent😫.
Clever women spray in some sort of small cup and use a finger to apply just a little on chosen spots, like behind the ears, one on the middle of the chest (cleavage😘), below the back of the neck (opposite the cleavage) and inside of the wrists.
(Don't use the palm, it will smell for HOURS even if you scrub yourself 20 times!)

Imagen the difference between using ONE spray dose on all those spots from one spray dose on EACH SPOT!!! Or shower it all over the body 😱.

AND, how freaking much money that costs!!! 😵

Ignorence and stupidity. 🙄

The secret is that perfume should be used to make a sexy guy sence just as much that he must come close to really smell it😘😇😄! Fishing!!
Not to evacuate a train. 😂😂😂

I REALLY hope that potential women read this too!!!
I mean, girls, ask any guy what their opinion is! 🥰😇
Tell your sisters ❤️



All comments from YouTube:

@scottallison9659

One of the finest and most important bands of the last fifty years..FACT!! 🎤🎹🎸🥁⚡️ 🕺🥰

@spoonerfive

Sparks are flat out Awesome. I'm 64, and Kimono My House blew me away back in the '70's. It still does, and I was so happy to find that they made great music as seniors, too!

@gumunduringigumundsson9344

They are still going strong. Heard the new album yet?

@jmitch623

I’m 72 and back in the fold!

@SuperGayHomo

62 here, read about Kimono in Dan Nooger's Circus column, got it, loved it. Also loved how Lester called it "herky jerky carnival music."

@howiegruwitz3173

Ron has been a senior for five decades

@LAVideoArt

Sparks.... One word: UNDERRATED!!!!!

@Iris7374

Absolutely true!!

@gumunduringigumundsson9344

Underrated is an understatement ;)

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