Afghan Whigs, The - Gentlemen Lyrics




Your attention please
Now turn off the light
Your infection please
I haven't got all night

Understand
Do you understand?
Understand
I'm a gentleman

I stayed in too long
But she was the perfect fit
And we dragged it out so long this time
Started to make each other sick

But now I've got time for you
For you, you, you and you and me too
Well, come and get it, come and get it
Cause I'm done

Understand
Do you understand?
Understand, I'm a gentleman
I'm a gentleman

I waited for the joke
It never did arrive
And words I thought I'd smoke

Let me in I'm cold
All messed up but nowhere to go
You got indecision, and indecision is my enemy
Well, unlock the cabinet, hey
I'll take whatever you got, got, got
Now I'm on it, now I'm on it
And you're done

I waited for the joke
It never did arrive
And words I thought I'd choke
I hardly recognize





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Afghan Whigs, The Gentlemen Comments
  1. Lawrence Leong

    "Your infection please, I haven't got all night." What did you get up to Greg?

  2. Ro Lee

    When MTV stilled played videos. One of favorite songs of this era.

  3. Charles Walsh

    this was a good album.

  4. S.A. Cosby

    The video is like a Raymond Carver story brought to life and infused with Ecstasy and sinister cool like hot chocolate and candle wax on your bare skin

    very droll

    "Understand, do you understand..?"
    that the song and video are basically about date tape, predatory male sexuality, insincerity, and callousness..?

  5. T Moody

    I stayed too long but she was the perfect fit = greatest lyric ever.

    very droll

    You know its basically about date rape right..?

    Its "...in too long" btw

  6. very droll

    This is a fresh sweet memberberry. Not like all the sour ones. 😉😉

    These guys should have been bigger than Nirvana.
    But you know how it goes.

  7. Evil Empire Network

    Let me in Im cold

  8. hitman6191

    MTV's 120 Mins Brought me here

  9. Anthony Gutierrez

    Dope and heartbreak...fuck...

  10. Chile Pepper

    Amazing how this song crept into my mind after not having listened to this album in about 20 years. It still holds up incredibly well. Gotta dig up this CD. From start to finish its a great listen.

  11. Annunaki Bros.

    i discovered this band when i was in highschool in 2005 and never stopped listening. I thought i was late to the party back then i cant even begin to understand how kids feel when they discover this music today

  12. Matt Celis

    great track from a great LP

  13. Conor dot little movies

    Yeah I liked them in the 90's, but he needs to give it up trying to look all sexy in this video, ew

  14. Feeling Hippie

    love the part at 0:47 where he fogs up the window ;)

  15. matt mostowicz

    The last time I heard this song, Bush had just been voted out of office, and grunge was exploding all over. I thought I remembered this song being more heavy. I thought I remembered the singer being old. I thought I remembered more distortion. Then I thought about it. I had forgotten that back then it wasn't about your electronics or effects, it was about playing your instruments and making something cool, deep, and intelligent. Do it yourself type stuff. 26 years later, music sucks ass, and nobody plays in instrument anymore. On top of that it's a mindfuck to think this song is over 25 years old.

  16. Paul Raal

    For some odd reason, the singer in this video always reminded me of Phil Oakey.

  17. corrado

    Dude got real fat these days

  18. Polar Bear Editing

    r/niceguys

  19. spadeandparade

    :34 that lady just come in and takes off her coat, looks in the window and sees greg watching, and immediately gets hot and unbuttons her blouse? boss mode

  20. Adrián Sanabria Sanabria

    Her stare at 2:30 drives me crazy

  21. Jade Gardner

    is this incel shit or something? i dont understand

  22. ALAN MINARI

    She was the perfect fit

  23. Gio Gionist

    I don't understand the soul image of the bands singer.

  24. Clockwork

    Lyrics:

    Your attention, please
    Now turn off the light
    Your infection, please
    I haven't got all night
    Understand, do you understand?
    Understand, I'm a gentleman
    I'm a gentleman

    I stayed in too long
    But she was the perfect fit
    And we dragged it out so long this time 
    Started to make each other sick

    But now I've got time for you
    For you, you, you and me to
    Well, come and get it, come and get it
    Cause I'm done

    Understand, do you understand?
    Understand, I'm a gentleman

    I waited for the joke, it never did arrive
    And words I thought I'd smoke

    Let me in I'm cold
    All messed up but nowhere to go
    You got indecision, and indecision is my enemy
    Unlock the cabinet, hey hey hey
    I'll take whatever you got, got, got
    Now I'm on it, now I'm on it
    And you're done

    I waited for the joke
    It never did arrive
    And words I thought I'd choke
    I hardly recognize

  25. MetalEd 72

    LSD and the early 90s, fresh out of highschool with no bullshit

  26. Heidi Haaland

    and the award for Best 4th Wall Break!

  27. blakfloyd

    Mark Cuban's hair was so cool in this video.

  28. Choco Manger

    Justin Trudeau had a band in the 90s? Fuckin' cool. He just gained all the more respect from me.

  29. Hara Kiri

    What a fucking masterpiece of a song.

  30. Matthew Burrows

    The most honest album about the male psyche ever written. She want's but I still won't to fuck. Not record to pay if your girl or boy even has trust issues.

  31. Dee Deediro

    This song never gets old...RIP David Rosser

  32. TScardoa

    Wow! I forgot how this songs kicks butt!!

  33. Brandon Treolo

    I still find all the shirt tucking of the 90's cute

  34. Berlin Saint Clair

    All messed up but no where to go!

  35. crow offroad

    Granola Boulder rolling down to Denver with freshly cracked Stress Free eggs

  36. Pepe Supreme

    Best cincinnati band of all time

    Steve Mandl

    cincy sucks

  37. jensen1901

    Little known fact: there is another alternate video they filmed for this song and it only aired once on 120 Minutes. I have a copy.

    Steve Mandl

    who cares.

    Pedro Chao

    why keep it to yourself, share the fkg thing!

    PowderBurns4

    Please share your video

    Shawn Lucas

    Evidence, please.

    jensen1901

    the video was shot in Minneapolis in 1993, directed by Phil Harder. It's in black & white and the label thought it was too "arty" so they ordered up a new clip in color. I would upload it but its on VHS :(

  38. crow offroad

    Whom is really in control now?
    give me a minute and I will try to find out.
    please try again later.
    we are all out at moment.
    ask for Prod. He may answer. if not.
    try again in the morning.
    may the force be with you

  39. bloodinthewater

    RIP Dave Rosser

    greghampton71

    bloodinthewater
    I was friends with Dave "Daveaux" Rosser and played with him many times on Bourbon St back in the early 2000's. Incredible musician and amazing person. Very sad the day I found out he had passed. Peace.

  40. Max Maexchen

    Their are so fucking young in the video. I love ' em

  41. Patrick Anderson

    I cannot remember the Baltimore Orioles' player, but this was his intro song walking up the plate to bat. It was awesome!!!!!

  42. whomee2

    24 years and I still remember every line

  43. IAmTheUngod

    I found this band to be the "thinking man"s alternative. Just like Tool is the thinking man's metal. Book T is the thinking man's funk, etc. This whole album speaks so strongly to what it is to be a man in our society and all of the conflicts that go with it. I absolutely LOVE this band and this was my first album of theirs I picked up. So much respect for them and for the material! This album STILL holds up.

  44. 108 969

    resourceful !

  45. CynthiaSantovena CynthiaSantovena

    I always thought the woman in the red robe is so gorgeous..Who is she?

  46. Steve Sullivan

    This one and "Debonair" just... wow!

  47. Rafael Jaime

    she fit with pain and standard kiss to insane is to be killed with this !!!

  48. Samuel Placensia

    I've been a fan since 1993. Greg Dulli is a genies.

    Brandon Treolo

    Samuel Placensia do you keep them in a bottle?

    Choco Manger

    He's a what?

  49. theclassicrock69

    Reminds me of Mudhoney.

  50. Nihilist Teddy Bear

    looks like he's channeling Andrew dice clay

    Steve Mandl

    I think hes's channeling your mom

  51. Zoar Paz

    now....Greg keep coming to Tel Aviv we love you.

  52. Fabio Pagan

    One of the best 90 singles and videos! Awesome

  53. Angela Capman

    Too bad for you to feel that way.

  54. Joseph Friedman

    confused as to why people like these guys they are not that good but not bad just mediocre.

  55. Steve Mandl

    haven't heard the song since the 90's

  56. Steve Mandl

    saw this video on 120 mins last night

  57. Angela Capman

    I heard of them along time ago, but never really listened. 120 minutes threw them right in my face a few nights ago. Late bloomer, but, wow. Blew me away.

  58. Elise Pallagi

    I just heard this album last night thanks to a friend. Mind was officially blown. 😍

    thepayne78

    Gentleman is a fantastic album highly recommend their album Black Love quite a different feel to to it bus still fantastic. Also if you like Greg Dulli the lead singer he had band after Afghan Whigs called The Twilight Singers which was quite good as well.

    Feeling Hippie

    So happy for you, This band has an incredible discography! I am so happy they are still at it today :)

  59. Radim Petricek

    can't get enough of this piece

  60. Romany1111

    The black guy looks like Geoffrey Holder, the Uncola guy from the 60's.

    Casey Kane

    Was he the Caribbean guy? "Crisp and clean and no caffeine. Never had it--" [deep-voiced laugh: "Ha ha ha ha!"] --"never will!" I guess I ought to go check for myself. God, I remember him from the early '70s!

    Casey Kane

    Yep, the guy in the "Gentlemen" video looks exactly like him. I didn't realize, but Geoffrey Holder did ads for 7 Up through the '70s and into the 1980s. He also did a variety of other things as well. Thanks for reminding me of him and letting me know his name. Here's a classic ad: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXmc7DG4uu8

  61. fairiebloom

    Dulli is pure sex...

    Daniel Herrera-Mata

    +fairiebloom yes he is

    Quentin Raffensperger

    He kinda looks like new Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

    Manuel Chavarria

    If you're into coke bloat and guyliner, sure, I can see that.

    Berlin Saint Clair

    fairiebloom Ikr? He looks SO DAMN GOOD in this video at that. Yum!

  62. Art Norton

    Great tune....forgot about these guys

  63. no comment

    the voice sounds like Trent Reznor

  64. Matt Bischoff

    Check out Steve Earles new band Moonbow! Look up the video for End of Time!

  65. Alvin Caples

    One of the most underrated alternative bands...this song will never get old

    Michael Allison

    Amazing tune

    Wulfgold

    This album will never get old.

    Princess Valeta

    Yeah these guys took off when Kurt was dead and Mudhoney sucked

    very droll

    Alvin man you're so right. This is absolutely timeless brilliance. Dulli's vocal tones and phrasing are phenomenally expressive.

  66. timothy pane

    everybody in college who was cool had this album

    Steve Mandl

    fuck college

  67. maitre yoda

    This not afghan mother fuk

  68. Bart Tare

    I've always liked this song.  Love the drumming.

    Alvin Caples

    Yeah the drummer is awesome

    Stephen Delvacchio

    This would be good to sample

    Alvin Caples

    A damn good sample

  69. kathy92404

    I remember seeing this video and wanting that model in red look

  70. stephen schwarz

    Hey, Nik Fowler. In answer to your question. The band formed just north of Cincinnati, Ohio. In the little college town of Oxford. The school is Miami U. of Ohio. I'm not positive Greg was attending there, but that's kinda the origin. Greg's had  success in other area's, but the "Wigs" are his passion. If you listen to all their stuff, you can always find "that one song" that just knocks you back !  For me, the album "Black Love" is just perfect, start to finish. The song "Faded" is the killer though. When I hear it, I'm flooded with a million thoughts and emotions. I wish they would tour through this area. Maybe someday. "Wigs Rock" ! ! !

    Stephen Delvacchio

    Reds and bangles sucks but yea I hard there from there

    Eric Fisher

    Went to High school in Oxford and Miami U.
    Sadly 97x ain't around anymore.

  71. KPEC3arrival

    Love this song. The Afghan Whigs from Cincinnati, Ohio! A big hit for a hometown band, with heavy rotation on MTV.

    Daniel Herrera-Mata

    +KPEC3arrival those were the good old days man mtv use to play videos

    Eric Fisher

    Late to the post but... 97x... Bam The future of rock and roll.

  72. ciscomars

    Super chanson Merci! Je l'avais oublié.

  73. Daniel Herrera-Mata

    this song is so fucking awesome ,,,,uuuuuuggggghh hurts so good  to listen
    the afghan whigs ladies and Gentlemen

  74. Christy Clyde

    Love it.

  75. creature_five_fingered

    Wow. Another bizarre video by Afghan Whigs!

  76. timothy pane

    art college memories

  77. Anime Studio Animation

    Joaquin Phoenix related to Greg Dulli .....hmmmmm looks just like him

  78. alltheluck

    Great song to fuck too

    whomakesthenazis

    with your mistress

    whomakesthenazis

    or your mister

  79. Steen Brølling

    It never will get much better and greater than this...

  80. J. Dovales

    This song still makes it for me, over 20 years later and it's still as fresh today as when I first heard it. Especially the power in some of the verses that stand out:
     "I stayed in too long
    But she was the perfect fit
    And we dragged it out so long this time
    Started to make each other sick" and
    "Let me in I'm cold
    All messed up but nowhere to go
    You got indecision, and indecision is my enemy
    Well, unlock the cabinet, hey
    I'll take whatever you got, got, got
    Now I'm on it, now I'm on it
    And you're done"
    Wow! Fuckin' brilliant.

  81. Iman S

    every time i hear this song it sounds more amazing than the last.

  82. rmiller2020

    I listened to this album so much I think I wore out the shine on the CD. Takes me back...

  83. Douglas Fernald

    my fave song!!!!
    check out others like sunny day and the shipping news

  84. Jason Price

    greg was a handsome bastard back in those days,huh?

  85. Jacek Dyminski

    I wish all my ladies listened to that in the past and now:)

  86. timothy riley

    One of the best brainy ass-kick rock songs ever written by humans...

    timothy riley

    Zantom from Risailiea 3 located beside the Horsehead Nebula...he writes great songs

    timothy riley

    Zontum from Risailia 3

    futuregirl3

    +timothy riley HAHAHA!!! good one, I love it ! ! ! ( have you heard "Skiddles of Yerpin" by The Blazing Quazarz? They're from outta the Lagoon Nebula : )

    timothy riley

    @futuregirl3 Heh, kool, I'll check it out.

    timothy riley

    @goandrewgo plenty...and not many come close to this searing ferocious missive

  87. GonsalvoDeCordova

    Did not like them much 20 years ago.  Lately, however, they have sounded more appealing.  Odd, that.

  88. jime6688

    Always remembered the "morphing" for lack of a better term to a black man and then an old man.  The old man absolutely nails his singing parts and his expressions are priceless.

  89. noirclair

    Been a fan since I saw them live when I was 16 and have never actually seen this video before, and, well, Mr Dulli...

  90. greeko25

    sexy rock

  91. MissVagina

    I was searching for this song for the longest time!

  92. Retro Walkthroughs

    I like their feeling of rhythm. Found them through You My Flower but their riffs seem too similar unfortunately. Nice band though.

  93. John Senay

    Nice way to put it.

  94. riccapurequi

    jeez what a song, what an album.. but the video is still unwatchable!

  95. Jonny Solarius

    Utter genius. Floored by this album when I first heard it two years ago and it hasn't let go of me since. Best CD I've ever heard.

  96. Jonny Solarius

    Fantastic description!

  97. Brandee Leon

    But, they're not from Seattle. They were signed to SubPop for a coupe albums. And Greg lived there for a while during the Black Love era (used to run into him). But yes, unfortunately people tried to shoehorn them into the genre, not really knowing how to market them.