Late Night OTB – Overkill

Colin Haye performing an acoustic version of “Overkill” on “Scrubs.”

Here’s a “Scrubs”-less version:

And the original version, when Haye was fronting Men at Work back in 1983:

If three versions of “Overkill” constitutes overkill, I apologize.

Lyrics:

Overkill – Men at Work

I can’t get to sleep
I think about the implications
Of diving in too deep
And possibly the complications

Especially at night
I worry over situations
I know will be alright
Perhaps it’s just imagination

CHORUS:
Day after day it reappears
Night after night my heartbeat shows the fear
Ghosts appear and fade away

Alone between the sheets
Only brings exasperation
It’s time to walk the streets
Smell the desperation

At least there’s pretty lights
And though there’s little variation
It nullifies the night
From overkill

CHORUS

I can’t get to sleep
I think about the implications
Of diving in too deep
And possibly the complications

Especially at night
I worry over situation
I know will be alright
It’s just overkill

CHORUS

Ghosts appear and fade away
Ghosts appear and fade away

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