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  • Written by: Roger Taylor, Spike Edney, and Steve Strange
  • Produced by: Roger Taylor
  • Musicians:
Roger Taylor - vocals and most instruments
Spike Edney - keyboards, vocals
  • Length: 3:55



Manipulator, 1988 A-side

Alternate Versions:

  • Extended Version, released on 12" and cassette issues of Manipulator (Length: 4:07)

Additional Information

  • The result of a one-off writing session with Steve Strange, leader of New Romantic band Visage. Written and recorded too late to be included on Shove It, the song was duly issued as a non-album A-side in July 1988 to little reaction.


And here comes trouble

Can you see the way he twists you 'round his little finger
Um, dressed to tease, if looks could please, I'll see you later
Cold green eyes, you've grown to despise
He'll stab your back, but don't look back

He pushes the bell with his finger
Don't you stop, don't you linger
Check out his new bore, oh, how many more has he got in store?

(Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-aah) Check out, manipulator, ch-ch-ch-check out
(Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-ooh) M-m-m-m-m-manipulator, ch-ch-ch-check out
Check out
Lower than low
Lower than low
Low, low, lower than low
Check out

Ooh, trouble
Ch-check out
And here comes trouble

Jealousy was not his history
Come on now, how low can you go
Not much lower than lower than low
Check out

(Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-aah) Manipulator, ch-ch-ch-check out
(Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-aah) Manipulator, lower than low
(Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-ooh) M-m-m-manipulator, m-m-m-manipulator
Lower than low
And here comes trouble, trouble, trouble, trouble

Trouble, trouble, trouble, trouble