What It Takes – Song and Lyrics by Aerosmith

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Written by: DESMOND CHILD, PERRY ANTHONY JOSEPH, STEVEN TYLER

Duration: 4:08

Discover the poetic beauty in ‘What It Takes’ by Aerosmith. This lyric breakdown takes you on a journey through the artist’s thoughts, emotions, and the story they aim to tell. From clever metaphors to evocative imagery, we delve into the nuances that make this song a lyrical masterpiece. Whether you’re a fan of Aerosmith or a lover of well-crafted words, our detailed analysis will give you a deeper understanding and appreciation of this song.

There goes my old girlfriend, there’s another diamond ring
And, uh, all those late night promises I guess they don’t mean a thing
So baby, what’s the story?
Did you find another man?
Is it easy to sleep in the bed that we made?
When you don’t look back I guess the feelings start to fade away
I used to feel your fire
But now it’s cold inside
And you’re back on the street like you didn’t miss a beat, yeah

Tell me what it takes to let you go
Tell me how the pain’s supposed to go
Tell me how it is that you can sleep in the night without thinking you lost
Ev’rything that was good in your life to the toss of the dice?
Tell me what it takes to let you go
Yeah
Girl, before I met you I was F.I.N.E
Fine
But your love made me a prisoner, yeah my heart’s been doing time
You spent me up like money then you hung me out to dry
It was easy to keep all your lies in disguise
‘Cause you had me in deep with the devil in your eyes
Tell me what it takes to let you go
Tell me how the pain’s supposed to go
Tell me how it is that you can sleep in the night without thinking you lost
Ev’rything that was good in your life to the toss of the dice?
Tell me what it takes to let you go
Guitar
Tell me that you’re happy that you’re on your own
Yeah yeah
Yeah, tell me that it’s better when you’re all alone
Tell me that your body doesn’t miss my touch
Tell me that my lovin’ didn’t mean that much
Tell me you ain’t dyin’ when you’re cryin’ for me
Tell me what it takes to let you go
Tell me how the pain’s supposed to go
Uh, tell me how it is that you can sleep in the night without thinkin’ you lost
Ev’rything that was good in your life to the toss of the dice?
Tell me who’s to blame for thinkin’ twice
No no no no
‘Cause I don’t wanna burn in paradise
Oo
Let go, let go, let go
I don’t wanna burn in paradise
Let it go, let it go, let it go, let it go, let it go, let it go, let it go,
Let it go, let it go, let it go, let it go, let it go, let it go,
Let it go, let it go, let it go, let it go, let it go, let it go, let it go
Let it go, let it go, let it go, let it go, let it go, let it go,
Let it go, let it go, let it go, let it go, let it go, let it go, let it go
Let it go, let it go, let it go, let it go, let it go, let it go,
Let it go, let it go, let it go, let it go, let it go, let it go, let it go
Let it go, let it go, let it go, let it go, let it go, let it go
Let it go, let it go, let it go, let it go, let it go, let it go, let it go