Neil Tennant started to write the song while staying at his cousin's house in Nottingham and watching a gangster film starring James Cagney. Just when he was about to head to sleep, he came up with the lines: "Sometimes you're better off dead, there's a gun in your hand and it's pointing at your head". The lyrics were inspired by TS Eliot's poem 'The Waste Land', particularly its different narrative voices and mysterious references.
Here's a guide to those mysterious references: https://www.smoothradio.com/features/pet-shop-boys-west-end-girls-lyrics-meaning-video/
Written by Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, the song was released twice as a single. The song’s lyrics are concerned with class and the pressures of inner-city life which were inspired partly by T. S. Eliot's poem The Waste Land. It was generally well received by contemporary music critics and has been frequently cited as a highlight in the duo's career. https://bit.ly/3cmcInk
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