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I wanted love, I needed love,
Most of all, most of all
Someone said true love was dead
And I'm bound to fall, bound to fall
For you
oh what can I do?

Take my badge but my heart remains
Lovin' you, baby child
Tighten up on your...


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    Jun 2nd, 2014 6:51pm report

    I think when he says "when I was young and moving fast, nothing slow me down"
    I think he means like he cheated on someone and and that time when he did it he was young and unconscious of what he was doing as a young man would do with a not too much knowledge about hurting someone, and now he's might regret for it


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    Jul 3rd, 2012 7:20pm report

    Alright, let the fairy work here.

    This song is about someone he thought was right, but was a gold digger or a cheater or etc etc etc etc

    He loved her, she cracked him up, and like Taylor Swift, he wrote a song about it.

    "When I was young and moving fast nothin slowed me down, slowed me down; but now I let the others pass; 'cuz I've come around"

    DUH: The girls, he doen't waste himself with them any more because he's learned and he's looking for someone good.

    THE BLACK KEYS ARE NOT DOPEHEADS, and for the crackheads out there, A DOPEHEAD IS WHAT YOU ARE!


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    Dec 1st, 2011 12:40pm report

    I think this song is about wanting something but you cant have it because someone stole it from you and you hurt soo bad.


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    Oct 12th, 2011 10:26pm report

    this song is about being whipped and having the biggest blue balls.


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    Aug 9th, 2011 8:37pm report

    I think that it is possibly about a drug... at first he's "in love" with it but after a while he is left sick and aching.


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    Jul 28th, 2011 7:35pm report

    I think it's about having a child. People don't realize how much they can love something until they have a kid.

    It talks about living without a focus/purpose in life then suddenly a having a change in perspective, then slowing down, etc, all that happens when you have a kid.

    "sick for days", and I'm aching now" could be pregnancy and giving birth.


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    Feb 1st, 2011 2:18am report

    pretty sure its about a relationship... the blues is very often written over broken hearts. Definitely wouldn't be the only one on this album (Brothers).


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    Jan 10th, 2011 1:46am report

    Not sure if this song is about being in love with another person or about being in love with a drug (heroine to be more specific...

    "six whole days & i'm aching now"..
    "tighten up"..

    Interesting thought; either way it's a damn good song!

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