clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:


Having trouble with the words to that one Human League song? This is for you

She was workin' as a waitress in a cocktail bar

Have you ever fallen in love with a song before being overwhelmed by the sheer number of words involved? Have you ever become confused about the employment status of the subject of "Don't You Want Me," The Human League's 1981 synth-pop classic? Have you ever visited a cocktail bar, even if only for a minute?

If you can answer "yes" to any of the questions above, you need to acquaint yourself with "Workin' in a Cocktail Bar." It takes the salient plot detail from "Don't You Want Me" — namely the female protagonist's gainful employment as a server in a libations establishment — and gives it a newfound clarity. If you had any uncertainty about the meaning of this song before listening, it'll be washed away in one listen. There's no doubt: she was a) working b) as a waitress c) in a cocktail bar. "Sometimes less is more. Here I bring you a classic tune reduced to its bare minimum, lyrically that is," said brilliant genius / YouTube creator svantana.