Aerosmith – What It Takes

Aerosmith – What It Takes – Meaning of the song

This song is about breaking up with a girlfriend and wanting to know what it takes to get over it. When they started putting it together, is sounded like a lovelorn, twangy country song, which they remedied by adding electric guitars. Steven Tyler and Joe Perry wrote it with Desmond Child, who had written a few other songs with the band, including “Dude (Looks Like A Lady).” Child has a tremendous hit rate when it comes to songwriting – he’s also charted with songs for Bon Jovi, Cher, Alice Cooper and many others.

The lyrics, “Girl, before I met you I was F.I.N.E – fine,” are a reference to another song on the album: F.I.N.E..

What It Takes – Lyrics

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 everything 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

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

Tell me how it is that you can sleep in the night

Without thinking you lost everything 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

Ooo Let go, let go, let 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

I don’t wanna burn, I don’t wanna burn

Aerosmith – What It Takes – Live

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