Soft Cell – Tainted Love (Gloria Jones Cover)

Official music video by ‘Soft Cell‘ performing ‘Tainted Love’ taken from the album ‘Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret’ (1981). This song is part of our article ‘35 essential Synth Pop songs of the history‘ and therefore a required reading if you love this one.

Lyrics (Originally by Gloria Jones):

Sometimes I feel I’ve got to
Run away, I’ve got to
Get away from the pain you drive into the heart of me

The love we share
Seems to go nowhere
And I’ve lost my light
For I toss and turn, I can’t sleep at night

Once I ran to you (I ran)
Now I’ll run from you
This tainted love you’ve given
I give you all a boy could give you
Take my tears, and that’s not nearly all

Tainted love (Oh oh)
Tainted love

Now I know I’ve got to
Run away, I’ve got to
Get away, you don’t really want any more from me
To make things right
You need someone to hold you tight
And you think love is to pray
But I’m sorry, I don’t pray that way

Once I ran to you (I ran)
Now I’ll run from you
This tainted love you’ve given
I give you all a boy could give you
Take my tears, and that’s not nearly all

Tainted love (Oh oh)
Tainted love

Don’t touch me, please
I cannot stand the way you tease
I love you though you hurt me so
Now I’m gonna pack my things and go

Tainted love (Oh)
Tainted love (Oh)
Tainted love (Oh)
Tainted love (Oh)

Touch me, baby, tainted love
Touch me, baby, tainted love

Tainted love (Oh)
Tainted love (Oh)
Tainted love

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