‘Would I Lie To You’ by the Eurythmics – Classic Hit or Miss
“Would I Lie to You?” is a song recorded by British pop duo Eurythmics. It was written by band members Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart. Released in the UK and the U.S. from Eurythmics’ fifth album Be Yourself Tonight, the song was the first by the duo to feature their change in musical direction from synthpop to rock and R&B. The song, and its accompanying album, featured a full backing band and relied less on electronic programming.Lyrically, the song features Lennox confronting a cheating lover as she leaves him for good. As she declares that she is “walking out the door” and he doubts her, Lennox’s response is “would I lie to you honey? / now would I say something that wasn’t true?” The music video was heavily shown on MTV, the clip beginning with an angry confrontation between Lennox and her boyfriend (during which he calls her a “bitch”), just prior to a Eurythmics performance.
After some friendly encouragement backstage from bandmate Stewart, the full band performs the song, only to have Lennox’s boyfriend return to the venue, climb up onto the stage, and get pushed off into the audience by Lennox. Steven Bauer played the part of the boyfriend. The cover photo of the Be Yourself Tonight album is a screenshot from the music video during the argument scene.
“Would I Lie to You?” is one of Eurythmics’ most recognized tunes. The song continued the bands hit singles run. In the UK, the song peaked at number 17, while it went to number five on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, becoming their third Top 10 hit in the U.S. Furthermore, it is the duo’s biggest ever hit in Australia, where it topped the singles chart for two weeks. “Would I Lie to You?” is featured in the 2009 film The Informant! starring Matt Damon.
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