Sometimes you're better off dead
There's a gun in your hand and it's pointing at your head
Songwriter Neil Tennant credits classic hip-hop when talking about lyrical influences, especially in this song:
In terms of the lyrics, the inspiration for West End Girls came from The Message by Grandmaster Flash. I remember once staying at my cousin's house in Nottingham and we were watching some kind of gangster film with James Cagney, and just as I was dropping off to sleep, the lines 'sometimes you're better off dead, there's a gun in your hand and it's pointing to your head' came into my head and I thought 'that's quite good' so I went off to find a pen.
In the biography Introspective, producer Bobby Orlando said that his vision was to make a rap song in a British accent.