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Sade — Smooth Operator
Album: Diamond Life
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7.8

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Total ratings: 991









Released: 1984
Length: 4:10
Plays (last 30 days): 2
He's laughing with another girl
And playing with another heart
Placing high stakes, making hearts ache
He's loved in seven languages
Diamond nights and ruby lights, high in the sky
Heaven help him, when he falls

Diamond life, lover boy
He moves in space with minimum waste
And maximum joy
City lights, business nights
When you require street-car desire
For higher heights
No place for beginners or sensitive hearts
When sentiment is left to chance
No place to be ending but somewhere to start

No need to ask, he's a smooth operator
Smooth operator, smooth operator
Smooth operator
Coast to coast, LA to Chicago, western male
Across the north and south to Key Largo
Love for sale

Face to face, each classic case
We shadow box and double cross
Yet need the chase
A license to love, insurance to hold
Melts all your memories
And change into gold
His eyes are like angels but
His heart is cold

No need to ask, he's a smooth operator
Smooth operator, smooth operator
Smooth operator
Coast to coast, LA to Chicago, western male
Across the north and south to Key Largo
Love for sale
Smooth operator, smooth operator
Smooth operator, smooth operator
Smooth operator, smooth operator
Smooth operator, smooth operator
Smooth operator, smooth operator
Comments (46)add comment
 goodwin21 wrote:
how come the lyrics go:
"coast to coast, LA to Chicago....... "

is that a reference to
1. coast to coast, PLUS LA to Chicago,

2. or a veiled reference to RT 66?

3. or they didn't understand geography?

any input?
 
 

"Coast to coast, L.A. to Chicago
I don't know geography all that well"
- The Strokes, Drag Queen
Sweet 80s
 Proclivities wrote:

At the time this song was written they probably had not been to the States, but answer number 1 is likely correct.  Plus, it's a matter a referring to an East Coast city with three syllables: "coast to coast, LA to New Haven" wouldn't have sounded as intriguing.
There's "Long Island." Which gives you nice alliteration. Or she could have punted and said "LA through Chicago." So it's just a place along the way...
Man, this is so perfect and so timeless... Just had to upgrade from 9 to 10!!
Doesn't seem to fit in with what is mostly played on this station but a nice relaxing song.
 mrtuba9 wrote:
 ScottishWillie wrote:

4. They didn't care about geography?

I'm doing Route 66 in October and I think I'll add this to my playlist.

You stopped in Bloomington, IL and Pontiac Illinois!!!

 
I went through both towns and thoroughly enjoyed my trip. The only thing better than the scenery was the people I met. Saving for my next road trip already!
Ugg . . . . whipper snapper I was pushing my kids stroller in the 80's
mrselfdestruct wrote:
Reminds me of being pushed around in a stroller through the mall in the 80s.
 

I like being able to rate a song the same as I rate the artist....10 for both here....damn Sade!!  Long Live RP!!
 Proclivities wrote:

At the time this song was written they probably had not been to the States, but answer number 1 is likely correct.  Plus, it's a matter a referring to an East Coast city with three syllables: "coast to coast, LA to New Haven" wouldn't have sounded as intriguing.
 
or maybe it is number 4 is it poetry?
Reminds me of being pushed around in a stroller through the mall in the 80s.
 elpicador84 wrote:
Great...great song!!! 
 

Hard to believe she is 11 years older than me... Accomplished!!!
You are a person very comfortable in your self to admit that! More peope should be the same! Peace!
DaveInVA wrote:
I always thought she was singing "She's as huge as a refrigerator" {#Stupid}
 

Great...great song!!! 
When this song came out in the mid 80's, I was in a warm hotel lobby in Rio checking in with my wife. No A/C but there were 4 ceiling fans spinning slowly and keeping the air moving. There was some background music playing and I was thinking the only thing missing  in this scene is "Smooth Operator" playing.....

Next song up - there it was. Perfect. Great memory. Oh, awesome beaches, too!

 goodwin21 wrote:
how come the lyrics go:
"coast to coast, LA to Chicago....... "

is that a reference to
1. coast to coast, PLUS LA to Chicago,

2. or a veiled reference to RT 66?

3. or they didn't understand geography?

any input?
 
 

Simple, she needed a city name that rhymed or sounded like Key Largo. I think it's just lyric writing expediency on display. 
 ScottishWillie wrote:

4. They didn't care about geography?

I'm doing Route 66 in October and I think I'll add this to my playlist.

You stopped in Bloomington, IL and Pontiac Illinois!!!

fuck off DaveInVA wrote:
I always thought she was singing "She's as huge as a refrigerator" {#Stupid}
 

In a class all by herself (a class by themselves, if you count Sade, the band).
The outdoor concert that I have on video shows how Sade  herself & all the musicians are stars and all stars are "out of this world"
I can't believe the release date. Damn I'm getting old {#Music}
 goodwin21 wrote:
how come the lyrics go:
"coast to coast, LA to Chicago....... "

is that a reference to
1. coast to coast, PLUS LA to Chicago,

2. or a veiled reference to RT 66?

3. or they didn't understand geography?

any input?
 
 
LA to Chicago ... south to Key Largo.  Dunno if Key Largo is technically on the east coast, but it's close enough for me.
I clearly remember the moment I heard this the first time. I was browsing in a record store in Oakland, and the guy behind the counter put it on, and announced to us.. "everybody dance..."

What a brilliant tune. Just freakin' brilliant.
 goodwin21 wrote:
how come the lyrics go:
"coast to coast, LA to Chicago....... "

is that a reference to
1. coast to coast, PLUS LA to Chicago,

2. or a veiled reference to RT 66?

3. or they didn't understand geography?

any input?
 

 
4. They didn't care about geography?

I'm doing Route 66 in October and I think I'll add this to my playlist.
Just Love her voice!
Tune !
ELEVEN
I always thought she was singing "She's as huge as a refrigerator" {#Stupid}
DX7 for ever
She makes me feel kinda funny, like when we used to climb the rope in gym-class.
Well, Chicago IS on a coast...
 goodwin21 wrote:
how come the lyrics go:
"coast to coast, LA to Chicago....... "

is that a reference to
1. coast to coast, PLUS LA to Chicago,

2. or a veiled reference to RT 66?

3. or they didn't understand geography?

any input?
 

 
At the time this song was written they probably had not been to the States, but answer number 1 is likely correct.  Plus, it's a matter a referring to an East Coast city with three syllables: "coast to coast, LA to New Haven" wouldn't have sounded as intriguing.
how come the lyrics go:
"coast to coast, LA to Chicago....... "

is that a reference to
1. coast to coast, PLUS LA to Chicago,

2. or a veiled reference to RT 66?

3. or they didn't understand geography?

any input?
 
I've had a crush on Sade for almost 30 years
Great track!
Thanks BillG!  

Godlike   : )
Kevin Spacey rolling his eyes
{#Sunny}
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I bought this album when it came out in England and loved it beginning to end. This reminds me why. Great song.
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 Danimal174 wrote:
You know, I liked this well enough back in the day, but it really hasn't aged well, in my opinion. Comes across as cheesy now. Oh, well...there's still "No Ordinary Love".
 
Well, there's good cheese and bad cheese, and this is some fine cheese.  ; )
Sounds much better than Smooth 411.


You know, I liked this well enough back in the day, but it really hasn't aged well, in my opinion. Comes across as cheesy now. Oh, well...there's still "No Ordinary Love". 
 

"Last play: Dec 4, 2001"

Wow!

I'm happy to hear this has been resurrected.
{#Whistle} Still waiting to hear this played.....
love at first hear...
I can't believe that the beautiful Sade's first No. 1 song hasn't been added till I uploaded it 4 months ago and it only just got added to the regular station.