“Come Undone” by Duran Duran

To say that someone has ‘become undone’ points to the idea of that person losing his or her composure. And basically, what the singer is relaying in this Duran Duran track is that he is head-over-heels for a particular lady (i.e. the addressee). Or in other words, he is becoming undone. That is to say that in this romantic situation, emotions are now overtaking logic. And in relation to such he and his partner perceive the “fear outside” but “will try to stay blind” to this reality. And this reads like a metaphorical way of saying they acknowledge the potential for heartbreak yet choose to ignore it.

You can view the lyrics, alternate interprations and sheet music for Duran Duran's Come Undone at Lyrics.org.

As such, what all of the poetic language featured throughout “Come Undone” ultimately seems to lead back to is the singer implying that he and the addressee need to remain emotionally strong to make their romance work.  That is to say that being “undone” has left them in vulnerable-emotional states. And it is up to each other to ensure that at the end of the day they don’t come out of the ordeal looking foolish for giving themselves freely to love. 

Autobiographical Lyrics

Moreover Simon Le Bon (the band’s lead singer), who wrote the lyrics to this track, did so specifically within the context of the relationship featured therein being a first love. Thus the fear, if you will, that is expressed by the singer is partially due to him never having felt this way before.

Lyrics of "Come Undone"

Facts about “Come Undone”

  • The foundation of this track actually came from Duran Duran trying to craft an updated version of “First Impression”, a song they dropped in 1990.
  • “Come Undone” came out on 23 February 1993. Being published by EMI and Capitol Records, it served as the second single from Duran Duran’s self-titled seventh album. In fact it was a late addition to that project.
  • The song was also included in the band’s “Greatest” compilation album which came out in 1998. Their signature song “Save a Prayer” also appears on that project.
  • The music video to this song, which was filmed partially at the London Aquarium, was directed by Julien Temple.
  • “Come Undone” peaked at number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 13 on the UK Singles Chart.
  • Where the song fared the best was actually in Israel, as it managed to top the music chart in that country.

Who wrote “Come Undone”?

The following members of Duran Duran are credited as writers of this classic:

  • Warren Cuccurullo
  • Simon Le Bon
  • Nick Rhodes
  • John Taylor

And the entire band produced the song alongside John Jones.

17 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    Love this song .. absolutely beautiful .

  2. Anonymous says:

    Great, great, great song. One of the top songs of 90s.

  3. G H says:

    Great song couple expressing care with one another, and her walking in the wheat field she looked so gorgeous with her dress and warm hat on ,thats a very beautiful woman.

    • Luz says:

      I am reading the comments for “Come undone”, but this comments seems to refer to the “Ordinary World” video…Are they mixing the comments???

  4. Anonymous says:

    Simon Le Bon wrote this song for his wife, Yasmin Le Bon. Though, it’s about a females orga-m.

  5. Avian500 says:

    This song is so well recorded and the message of love is so clear. Everyone ends up undone when love enters their lives. Avian500 Sound Engineer

  6. Anonymous says:

    Every time I even hear the words “come undone” it takes me right into the lyrics. Feeling the song make my heart race. Taking me back to 1993 when I was 18 and my first love. We both still hold this song close to “us” as she is the love of my life. We went separate ways many many years ago, but I will always love her and this song will always bring me to her memory. If even for a moment. Thank you for your creativity and your great song

  7. Anonymous says:

    Loved this in the 90’s. Thought it was George Michael for 30 years till divorce n alcoholism brought me back to it. Sober now!

  8. Redd says:

    Wonderfully done with the mix of lyrics and visuals making it superbly emotional !

  9. Eliza says:

    1993 is a iconic year
    How old was the love of your life when you separated anonymous? And if she’s the love of your life why did you separate?

  10. Sara-Rae says:

    I realize this song is about love, but it means more to me than that. To me, the lyrics, some of them, speak to mental health. Breaking apart at the seams is what I feel every time I have a PTSD attack. I know depression and anxiety also bring out coming undone.
    It’s so cool that this song means a little something different to various people. It speaks to you where you are in your journey of life.

  11. Lisa says:

    This song came out 6 month’s after my husband of 15 years and 6 children Commited Suicide right in front of me. I havent been the same since then it’s now neen 30 years. And I’m still Undone and I can’t believe it. It’s like Im living in a dream wsitung to wake up again to to. the life i lost.

  12. A very unhappy person ???? ???? ???? ???? says:

    This song has amazing memories for me!!! When my husband & I first got together ❤️ this was always on the radio…it became our song as we loved it so much and it just felt like us! We were 21&23 when it came out. We aren’t still together but I’ll never forget the memories and our 1st nights spent together and “Come Undone ” always playing on radio!!! I’ve never remarried-can’t see it happening. I’ll probably just be alone til the end.

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