Hanging On The Telephone - Remastered

by Blondie

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Lyrics for Hanging On The Telephone - Remastered by Blondie:

Verse 1
I'm in the phone booth, it's the one across the hall
If you don't answer, I'll just ring it off the wall
I know he's there, but I just had to call

Refrain
Don't leave me hanging on the telephone
Don't leave me hanging on the telephone

Verse 2
I heard your mother, now she's going out the door
Did she go to work or just go to the store?
All those things she said, I told you to ignore

Bridge 1
Oh, why can't we talk again?
Oh, why can't we talk again?
Oh, why can't we talk again?

Refrain
Don't leave me hanging on the telephone
Don't leave me hanging on the telephone

Verse 3
It's good to hear your voice, you know it's been so long
If I don't get your calls, then everything goes wrong
I want to tell you something you've known all along

Refrain
Don't leave me hanging on the telephone
Don't leave me hanging on the telephone

Verse 4
I had to interrupt and stop this conversation
Your voice across the line gives me a strange sensation
I'd like to talk when I can show you my affection

Bridge 2
Oh, I can't control myself
Oh, I can't control myself
Oh, I can't control myself

Refrain
Don't leave me hanging on the telephone
Don't leave me hanging on the telephone

Outro
Hang up and run to me (oh)
Hang up and run to me (oh)
Hang up and run to me (oh)
Hang up and run to me
Ohh, woah, woah, woah
Run to me, yeah

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Song Facts

Blondie’s well-known version of “Hanging on the Telephone” by US West Coast power pop band The Nerves.

Like Aretha Franklin’s famous cover of “Respect,” Blondie’s version changes the voice of the original, male speaker to a female one. As a result, Blondie’s version inverts traditional gender roles and subverts the sexual double-standard that demonizes sexually assertive women while rewarding the same behavior in men.

The cover was released as the second single from Blondie’s 1978 album Parallel Lines, reaching number 5 in the UK chart in November 1978.

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