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Daryl Hall & John Oates - "Maneater"




"Maneater" is a song by the American duo Hall & Oates, featured on their eleventh studio album, H2O (1982). It reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on December 18, 1982. It remained in the top spot for four weeks, more than any of the duo's five other number-one hits, including "Kiss on My List", which remained in the top spot for three weeks.


In an interview with American Songwriter in 2009, Daryl Hall recalled,


John had written a prototype of "Maneater"; he was banging it around with Edgar Winter. It was like a reggae song. I said, "Well, the chords are interesting, but I think we should change the groove." I changed it to that Motown kind of groove. So we did that, and I played it for Sara Allen and sang it for her…[Sings] "Oh here she comes / Watch out boy she’ll chew you up / Oh here she comes / She's a maneater… and a…" I forget what the last line was. She said, "drop that shit at the end and go, 'She's a maneater,' and stop! And I said, 'No, you’re crazy, that's messed up.'" Then I thought about it, and I realized she was right. And it made all the difference in the song.


Hall also opined, "We try and take chances. Our new single "Maneater" isn't something that sounds like anything else on the radio. The idea is to make things better."




Lyrics


She'll only come out at nights

The lean and hungry type

Nothing is new

I've seen her here before

Watching and waiting

Ooh, she's sittin' with you

But her eyes are on the door


So many have paid to see

What you think

You're gettin' for free

The woman is wild

A she-cat tamed

By the purr of a Jaguar

Money's the matter

If you're in it for love

You ain't gonna get too far


(Oh-oh, here she comes)

Watch out boy

She'll chew you up

(Oh-oh, here she comes)

She's a maneater

(Oh-oh, here she comes)

Watch out boy

She'll chew you up

(Oh-oh, here she comes)

She's a maneater


I wouldn't if I were you

I know what she can do

She's deadly man

And she could really rip your world apart

Mind over matter

Ooh, the beauty is there

But a beast is in the heart


(Oh-oh, here she comes)

Watch out boy

She'll chew you up

(Oh-oh, here she comes)

She's a maneater

(Oh-oh, here she comes)

Watch out boy

She'll chew you up

(Oh-oh, here she comes)

She's a maneater


[Instrumental Interlude]


Ooooooooh

(Oh-oh, here she comes)

Here she comes

Watch out boy

She'll chew you up

(Whoa-oh, here she comes

(Watch out) she's a maneater

(Oh-oh, here she comes)

(She's a maneater)

Ooh, she'll chew you up

(Oh-oh, here she comes)

Here she comes, she's a maneater

(Oh-oh, here she comes)

(Watch out)

She'll only come out at night, ooh-oh

(Oh-oh, here she comes)

Here she comes

She's a maneater

(Oh-oh, here she comes)

(She's a maneater)

The woman is wild, whoooa

(Oh-oh, here she comes)

Here she comes

Watch out boy, watch out boy

(Oh-oh, here she comes)

Oh, watch out, watch out

Watch out, watch out

(Oh-oh, here she comes)

(Yeah, yeah) she's a maneater

(Oh-oh, here she comes)

(She's a maneater)

She's watching and waiting, ooh-oh

(Oh-oh, here she comes)

Oh, she's a maneater